It well-known: white bread is not recommended for patients with diabetes mellitus, because it contains sugar, which is rapidly absorbed by the body, leading to a momentary increase in blood glucose level followed by a peak of insulin (a hormone that regulates glucose level). That is why it is believed that white bread has a high glycemic index (GI).
Veybiao Zhou, a professor of nutrition at the National University of Singapore invented the “perfect” bread for people with diabetes. He called it purple bread. As for the unusual color of bread for diabetics, that in fact is associated with a touch of potato peel Vitelotte grade and the color of eggplant, which is the foundation of revolutionary bread.
It is digested by about 20% slower than the white bread, which results in a less dramatic increase in the blood sugar level, a gradual release of energy and it avoids discontinuity of insulin – which can cause dangerous effects for people with diabetes.
“However, it does not mean that purple bread contains less calories than white bread”, said Professor Zhou Veybao in an interview with CNN. It contains the same amount of wheat flour and the starch, thus has the same caloric load, just carbohydrates are ingested slower, which allows a person to be in good shape throughout the day.
An additional benefit of purple bread is that it is rich in anthocyanins, natural pigments, which range from red to blue, and which are particularly found in large quantities in blueberries, grapes, cranberries. Anthocyanins are strong antioxidants, they are useful for skin, eyes and cardiovascular system, fighting against cell aging and free radicals. Not bad for bread!
Currently, purple bread has not yet been sold. However, professor Zhou said that several major food companies are already interested in his product and most likely purple bread sooner or later will become a familiar product in every supermarket.
Fashion of healthy nutrition creates its “heroes”. The most useful breakfast is muesli, the most convenient meal – sushi, the most healthy snack – yogurt with dried fruit or a smoothie. But not all superheroes are ready to save your body – some products are only masked.
As in the fashion industry, food has its own trends, which decided to follow. But they are usually invented in order to sell more. Therefore, we offer a list of products that are only pretending to be healthy.
Banana chips advertised as an excellent replacement of sweets. Why would you have chocolate when you can eat banana chips! Banana is useful in fact, is not it? But the point is that the banana chips fried in deep fat. Even one serving contains 10 grams of saturated fats, which raise cholesterol levels.
Sushi is an example of how healthy food turns into harmful if it’s overeaten. Sushi not much subjected to heat treatment, so they are considered to be healthy food. But sushi restaurants often prepare fish with high mercury content. And if you eat too much mercury, you can get symptoms of poisoning like insomnia, nausea, hair loss, high blood pressure and much more unpleasant consequences.
Muesli become synonymous of a healthy breakfast. Many people gave up on bacon and eggs to start the day with something useful. But the pack of muesli, standing on the shelves hide a nasty secret. Ready flakes with fruit contain about 500 calories and an immeasurable amount of sugar per serving. So if you want to eat really healthy muesli, buy a pack of oatmeal, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, mix and enjoy a healthy breakfast and not a fake in a beautiful package.
When people strive to lose weight, they are looking for products with the lowest fat content. They buy low-fat yogurt and think that it helped a body, but it’s wrong. When the fat content of the product is significantly lower, it lost a taste. To compensate this, manufacturers add sugar. And low-fat yogurt is very sweet.
Energy bars basically make your body to store fat and calories, which in one bar may be up to 500 – as much we need for lunch. When you will enjoy energy bar once again, think about these numbers.
Gluten free foods
If you can not eat gluten for medical reasons, you have no choice but to go on a gluten-free diet. For the rest the purchase of gluten-free products would be a waste of money. Such products with a high degree of purification does not contain whole grains, so they don’t have much of fiber and antioxidants. So, if the rejection of gluten is not neccessary, do not waste your money.
Sports drinks from shops are harmful. Actually, on this planet, there is no useful products with such colors. They are considered to be healthy drinks comparing to lemonades. Sweet drinks, of course, is an absolute evil, made from sugar or chemical ingredients. But it does not make sports drink useful. They are full of sugar, dyes and preservatives, so many of them banned in Europe and Japan.
If you are preparing a smoothie at home, you’re on the right way. At home you can add to smoothies everything you want. But some people forget or do not have time to prepare a cocktail on their own and buy ready-made products. Be careful! They may contain more sugar than you think!
Did you hear about diet on popcorn? It was very popular. Who would refuse popcorn? But the corn from a microwave is not very good idea. It contains diacetyl composition which is added into all artificial oil. Delicious, but terribly bad. Diacetyl is safe if to eat it, but not for breathing. And when the hot popcorn in front of you, it is very easy to breathe it.
Food waste is becoming hot issue these days during a time when so many efforts made to eliminate world hunger. The United States wastes about 40% of its edible food, amounting to about $165 billion worth of food each year.
There is no one right way to stop food wasting but fortunately there are many methods to decrease it. In this article, we will give you some hints how to eat more and waste less.
A lot of recipes propose serving sizes which are too big so we can always have leftovers that we never seem to use. If this is a case, you should try to essentially cut back on the recipes by about ⅓ to ½. If it requires two chicken breasts, you can make it with one large one. Also, explore your fridge before going to grocery shop in order to avoid duplicates.
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Use vegetable tops in salads like carrots, radishes, and beets. They are very rich in nutrients. Compost your scraps for fertilizer so they stay out of the landﬁlls and create a healthy soil amendment at the same time.
Wasted food = wasted money
Try to create your menu and shopping list basing on products you have. When you’ll see wilted greens, imagine throwing actual money in garbage. You can easily boil stems and stalks in chicken stock until soft. Then add garlic, onions, and your favorite herbs and spices. Puree it in blender and now you have healthy soup which you can freeze for later on.
Write your shopping lists with exact measurements to know exactly what you need and how much.
No one is perfect
Don’t throw away summer produce like slightly bruised peaches or past-their-peak berries, freeze them for winter or make summer berry pudding.
Sometimes we have one or two pieces of fruit or vegetable that didn’t fit to meal. To avoid food waste in this case – roast them. Heat oven to 400° and cut-up all your leftover produce into bite size pieces – roast for 30 – 40 minutes or until tender and add to salads, omelets, yogurt, whole grains or sandwiches.
Just as you recycle your plastic bottles and cans, you need to recycle your leftovers.
I recently made an avocado and tomato salsa salad for dinner guests. Rather than toss the leftovers, I combined them with a quick-cook whole grain brown rice and quinoa mix and created a quick lunch that was divine the next day (equation below). One person’s trash is another person’s lunch.
– Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, clinical associate professor for Boston University
Usually, we want to stay healthy, have a brilliant skin and nice shape, but eating tasty food. Celebrities are facing the same issues. And when we see them on the red carpet in a slinky evening dress or in a new movie in great shape – is this not the best proof of the effectiveness of their diets and used tricks? Today we decided to gather in one article 9 the best dietary tips shared by the famous actresses, singers and models.
1. Nо caffeine, nо alcohol
Tracy Anderson, the personal trainer of Jennifer Lopez said that Jennifer’s diet consists of organic products, and it is from the high-quality proteins and a high density of nutrients. Everything fresh, without preservatives. Caffeine and alcohol are excluded.
2. Cabbage diet
Sarah Michelle Gellar is a fan of fast weight loss. Her favorite diet is one based on cabbage. Within 7 days you can eat cabbage soup with fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken. She says that in this way you suppose to lose up to 4.5 kg a week, as the soup fills the stomach and, therefore, satisfies hunger. In addition, it is believed that cabbage helps burn fat.
3. Freshness and naturalness
Actress Jessica Alba believes that we need to have in a diet as much as possible fresh and natural products those which have minimal preservatives processed. And, of course, exclude those foods in which sugar has an unnatural origin.
4. French fries will not kill you
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow likes smuzzy and her diet includes all kinds of Omega-3s, but she doesn’t exclude fast food. She loves french fries, cocktails martini. She says that she tries to balance consumption of food, and to not set limits herself for anything.
5. If it’s vegetable, eat it!
Actress Lea Michele really committed to vegan lifestyle; is that it fits most. She admitted that notices when consuming a little more milk products, this is reflected in the figure. Moreover, it feels tired and exhausted. But if it follows the menu of your favorite vegetables, it is able to give it strength, while energy is growing.
6. Sugar away!
Top model Jasmine Tux: “The only product I completely excluded from your diet – it’s sugar.” The reason was that what it did to skin.Sugar causes rashes and inflammation.
The Oldways Finding Common Groud Conference in Boston hosted some of the world popular nutritionists, scientists and food experts. The group of twenty experts include the best specialists and even doctors from Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell Universities. The co-chairs were Dr. Walter Willet of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. David Katz founding director of the Yale Prevention Research Center.
Despite the fact that all of them can manifest different nutrition philosophies and promote various kind of tips, during the conference they reached a consensus and found nutrition key points they all agree on. Hopefully, it will make our healthy eating habits more strong and confident. Moreover, such gathering allowed cutting off all the pseudo-science and nutrition confusion which helps to sell pills, supplements, magazines, plans, diets but doesn’t make any practical difference.
It was found out that there are many agreements between top famous nutrition experts. And here are the list of key nutrition points they agreed on:
The foods that define a healthy diet include abundant fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes and minimal amounts of refined starch, sugar and red meat, especially keeping processed red meat intake low. When you put it all together, that’s a lot of common ground.
Nutrition advice should be free of politics.
Finding common understanding between experts is important for public health.
Food insecurity cannot be solved without sustainable food systems. Inattention to sustainability is willful disregard for the quality and quantity of food available to the next generation, i.e., our own children.
The general clues of healthy nutrition almost stay the same, the new studies make headlines.
Accurate coverage of health nutrition topics by journalists is very important.
Red meat is incompatible with environmental health in a sustainable world. We need a diet that equals the nutrition of our Paleo ancestors, but is sustainable.
Every year new nutrition trends may appear and another that were popular only for some time go away. While such trends like gluten-free food stay with us for a long time, there are short-term nutrition trends as fat-free cookies or vitamin waters.
Now in the beginning of 2016, is time to look whether something new is coming up, what will stay with us and what we should expect. For collecting hot nutrition trends, Medigoo.com followed famous nutritional experts, new research, and findings.
Nutrition Trends for 2016
No Sugar Diets
After numerous of studies about high-sugar food that has shown how it contributes to the development of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, overweight, a popularity of no-sugar diet has increased incredibly fast. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially advised lower daily sugar intake and this nutrition trend will obviously come to our 2016 year.
Rachel Beller, MS, RDN, CEO of Beller Nutritional Institute assures that souping in 2016 will replace juicing. While saying souping she doesn’t mean the bone broth diets or just stick to soups daily, but including souping meals even in desserts.
While exclusive juice diets are billed as ‘cleanses’ or ‘detoxes,’ the one ingredient with the most ‘detoxing’ power – fiber – is trashed after the juice is squeezed out.
The huge focus on improving digestion and gut health in 2015 continue to make us choosing with gut-friendly products such as kefir, sauerkraut, and very popular dietitian decision – bone broth.
Nutrition-based British chefs Helmsley and Helmsley included bone broth as a base in many of the recipes in their book “The Art of Eating Well.”
Oldways Whole Grain Council, a nonprofit nutrition education organization based in Boston conducted a study that promotes the sprouted buckwheat as a food which decreases blood pressure and helps to protect against fatty liver and sprouted brown rice can help reduce blood glucose levels and improve immune function in breastfeeding mothers.
There is a misunderstanding that plant-based diet makes you feel vegetarian. It promotes moderated meat consumption especially red and processed one. This diet is guided by back-to-basics approach which limits heavy meat dishes or switches it to organic green veggies.
Of course, the food with high in fat doesn’t have positive effects if to consume them in big quantity. But people who are obsessed with non-fat or fat-free products are totally wrong in their choices. Because a lot of additives are making this food more dangerous for your body. In 2016 look for naturally full-fat products.
Probably, such nutrition trends never stay less important, but now all nutritionists accent the mindfulness during eating instead of calorie counting, dieting, and food-weighting. It means tuning in what you are eating, enjoying your food and feeling the every piece and not snacking during communication, watching TV or playing computer games. Be aware of what you eat and enjoy your food!
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