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Every now and then, new trends in nutrition come up as we all pursue the road to good health. At the beginning of 2015, a lot have started their ascent to popularity, including this renewed drive to consume more ancient grains, other natural foods and those which are rich in protein. Right now, you may see such words on a product label and may be part of a company's marketing strategy, but they don't automatically spell benefits for you. If they replace a soda's artificial sweeteners with stevia, for example, it still doesn't mean the drink is now healthy. On the other hand, there are those products which have stayed true to their minimal ingredients and are full of nutritive value, and they very well deserve an "all natural" claim.
The "war on saturated fat" has been a miserable failure. It was initially based on flawed studies, but somehow became public policy (with disastrous consequences). The worst part is... the governments and health organizations have yet to change their position despite overwhelming evidence that they've been wrong all along. Actually, saturated fat doesn't really raise LDL that much. The effect is weak and inconsistent and appears to depend on the individual . When saturated fat does affect LDL, it changes the particles from small, dense (very, very bad) to Large LDL, which is mostly benign . Saturated fat also raises HDL cholesterol, which is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease . If anything, saturated fats actually improve the lipid profile, NOT the other way around. In the past few years, many massive studies have examined the link between saturated fat and heart disease risk.
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It looks like all this attention given to ancient grains nowadays is related to the fact that most of them are gluten-free. As gluten-free diets continue to be hot, it shouldn't be surprising to witness this comeback. On top of that, most people aren't happy about eating genetically modified food, and these grains are just the complete opposite, being true to their nature. However, if you're convinced these ancient grains are worth trying, be wary of manufacturers that simply add ancient grains to their present products and sell them as "healthy." This is why you have to read the nutrition facts label carefully to know just what exactly you're consuming. Ancient Grains and a Comeback
I believe in using fresh, high quality from-the-earth ingredients and cooking methods that protect the natural goodness and nutrients of foods, while always maximizing flavor and taste. Meat supplies a variety of nutrients - among them iron, zinc, and Vitamin B12 - that are not readily found in plants. We can survive without it; millions of vegetarians choose to do so, and billions of others have that choice imposed upon them by poverty.
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These days, quinoa seems to have taken the backseat to amaranth, chia, bulgar, teff, millet buckwheat, kamut and sorghum. These ancient grains are indeed making their comeback. Are they even familiar to you? These grains have been in existence for centuries upon centuries, some since as early as 6,000 BC. Most of them have high fiber content and are helpful in the prevention of certain cancers, hypertension and heart disease.
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A lot of brands out there are quick to announce that they have rid their products of anything "artificial." They may claim, for example, that their products have no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, and can thus be rightfully called "all natural." A spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says these companies are cutting their ingredients based on what consumers demand. However, this is still not enough reason to use the label, "all natural," warns the Food and Drug Administration.
Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going. Avoid eating at night. Try to eat dinner earlier in the day and then fast for 14-16 hours until breakfast the next morning. Early studies suggest that this simple dietary adjustment—eating only when you're most active and giving your digestive system a long break each day—may help to regulate weight. After-dinner snacks tend to be high in fat and calories so are best avoided, anyway. Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day and with every meal—the brighter the better. Colorful, deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—and different colors provide different benefits, so eat a variety. Aim for a minimum of five portions each day. Try adding berries to breakfast cereals, eating fruit as a healthy dessert, and snacking on vegetables such as carrots, snow peas, or cherry tomatoes instead of processed snack foods.
Power Protein: Companies that manufacture yogurt, cereal, cottage cheese and crackers are happy to tell the world how much protein their products offer. Of course, we all need protein for a great variety of reasons. It builds and repairs our muscles, for example, and it helps satisfy our cravings, allowing us to manage our weight better. It's about snacking, and companies are adding this macro nutrient to practically every food product they make. If your hunger pangs are back thirty minutes from your last snack, it probably didn't come with enough protein.