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.
Are you having weight problems? Have you been diagnosed as obese? Maybe it's not just what you eat or how much. According to a study, you could actually have a food addiction. We all say we're addicted to our favorite donuts or chocolates. Food addiction is quite a controversial topic among researchers, but there is increasing evidence to prove that highly processed, sugary and fatty foods have a unique contribution to our weight problems.
According to the latest research conducted on the subject, certain behaviors and attitudes associated with certain types of food, closely resemble addiction patterns. In the study, over five hundred participants identify the foods that contributed the most to their weight problems. Participants used the Yale Food Addiction Scale in defining their problem foods. Scores for different food types for each participant were then averaged, and then the foods were ranked from most problematic to least problematic in terms of behaviors that mimic addiction.
The foods that turned out to be most mentally distressing and physically uncomfortable are the highly-processed types or those which are high in fat and sugar. Such foods also have the highest glycemic indices, which are measurements of how the food affects a person's blood sugar levels after being consumed. Researchers believe this is not a coincidence. There are many studies suggest that these particular food types can elicit behaviors and alterations in the brain which are normally associated with a drug or alcohol addiction diagnosis.
Food addiction as of today has not been recognized officially. It is most similar to binge eating disorder using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But the study mentioned earlier – the latest conducted on the topic – is the first to establish a connection between how people eat specific foods and the qualities of those foods (being highly processed, high-sugar or high-fat). Research continue to hope that this finding will soon help obese people who are struggling with their weight issues.
Nutrition doesn't have to be complicated. It goes back to the lessons you learned as a kid. Start with a real breakfast; don't ever skip that. If you're waking up early for a run, make sure you drink at least a glass of water and put something healthy into your stomach before you go out the door. Cooking with your kids and engaging them in hands-on activities are two ways to begin to educate children about the healthy eating, and kick start the important task to help change how the younger generation looks at food and nutrition.
This could help change the world's approach to obesity treatment, which may not always be about reducing food intake, but rather using methods that are known to stop drug abuse, smoking and drinking.
A person who feels like he is addicted to food may never get a medical diagnosis as of now. But researchers are keen on spreading information so that those who are exhibiting sings of an addiction-like eating disorder can be helped. If you're afraid you might be one of these people, this is one continuing research that you should follow. You can't deny a problem that is clearly there. Know and accept your need for help.
There are "linkages" or relationships between different basic nutrients. Selenium (a mineral) is linked to Vitamin E; they share many "duties" in the body and one can often be substituted for the other. Fats, carbohydrates and proteins can all be used to provide energy to the body and can be additive in meeting the energy requirements of an animal. (Protein will be converted to energy producing subunits if fed in excess of it's basic metabolic needs.) Calcium and Phosphorus must be fed at the appropriate "ratio" for maximal utilization and to prevent interference with other mineral metabolism.