From time to time, we welcome new trends in nutrition as we all try to improve our health. At the start of the year, many have begun their climb to popularity, including this revived passion for ancient grains, natural food and protein.
The Comeback of 43 Essential Nutrients
This is what people don't understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It's not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It's because kids - and this is the problem with school lunch right now - are getting sugar, fat, empty calories - lots of calories - but no nutrition.
Quinoa feels like a thing of the past today as more people are taking interest in bulgar, amaranth, sorghum, teff, millet, kamut, bulgar and buckwheat. These ancient grains are indeed making their comeback. Are they even familiar to you? We've had these grains for hundreds and hundreds of years, some of them dating from 6,000 B.C. Most of them have high fiber content and are helpful in the prevention of certain cancers, hypertension and heart disease.
It appears like all this hoopla about ancient grains these days has something to do with most of them being being gluten-free. With gluten-free diets being so hot, this comeback should be far from surprising. Moreover, people don't like the thought of eating genetically modified food, and these grains are the exact opposite and true to their origin.
Healthy eating tip : Put protein in perspective. Protein gives us the energy to get up and go—and keep going. Protein in food is broken down into the 20 amino acids that are the body's basic building blocks for growth and energy, and essential for maintaining cells, tissues, and organs. While too much protein can be harmful to people with kidney disease, the latest research suggests that most of us need more high-quality protein than the current dietary recommendations. It also suggests that we need more protein as we age to maintain physical function. How much protein do you need? Protein needs are based on weight rather than calorie intake. Adults should eat at least 0.8g of lean, high-quality protein per kilogram (2.2lb) of body weight per day. A higher intake may help to lower your risk for obesity, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. Older adults should aim for 1 to 1.5 grams of lean protein for each kilogram of weight. This translates to 68 to 102g of protein per day for a person weighing 150 lbs
Many brands out there are proud to tell the world that they have eliminated all "artificial" ingredients from their products.\A lot of brands in the market are eager to announce that they have stripped their products of all "artificial" ingredients. For example, they may claim that their products contain no preservatives or artificial sweeteners, and then start calling them "all natural." A spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says these companies are cutting their ingredients based on what consumers demand. However, the Food and Drug Administration warns this still does not justify the claim, "all natural."
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.
Pure and Natural
Diets deficient in polyphenols and other natural plant-based phytochemicals found in herbs, spices, fruit, teas, colourful vegetables and other healthy plant-based foods, have been linked with higher risks of cancer particularly breast, pancreas, ovary, skin, prostate, bowel and oesophagus. The protective benefits of polyphenols, however, do not to stop after a diagnosis of cancer. Breast cancer survivors taking higher levels of fruit and vegetables had a lower recurrence10 and those with a higher dietary intake of lignans, isoflavones, flavanones within soy-rich foods or green tea had a lower risk of breast cancer death. Individuals with skin cancer who had higher leafy, green vegetable intake had a lower rate of new cancer formation. Men adopting healthy diets after prostate cancer were shown to have slower PSA progression.
You may see those words right now on a product label or they may be part of a company's marketing agenda, but they don't necessarily give you real benefits. For instance, a soda's artificial sweeteners being replaced with stevia doesn't automatically make it 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 Power of Casein Protein
Companies behind such food items as crackers, yogurt and cereal are proud to announce the protein contents of their products. Of course, our need for protein is multifaceted. For example, it builds and repairs muscle, helps satiate our appetite and is, in fact, important in weight maintenance. Snacking is the thing, and manufacturers are adding this macro nutrient to almost each food product they have. If, after thirty minutes of having a snack, you're hungry again, you probably need more protein.