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.
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. Different food types had corresponding scores, which were then averaged for each participant before the foods were ranked from most to least problematic, relative to addiction-mimicking behaviors.
The foods that emerged as most distressing and physically uncomfortable are the highly processed, fatty and sugary types. These foods also tend to have high glycemic indices, which affect a person's blood sugar level after consuming the food. According to researchers, this is no coincidence. Several researches do provide hints that these certain food types can lead to behaviors and brain alterations which are often related to an alcohol or drug addiction diagnosis.
Food addiction as of today has not been recognized officially. Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it bears the most similarities with binge eating disorder. But the study discussed earlier – the latest on the subject – is the first to look into the link between how people eat certain foods and the properties of such foods (high fat, high sugar or highly processed. Researchers are very hopeful that the finding will help obese people in their struggle to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Fats and oils containing large amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids are derived mainly from seeds and nuts and include pure sunflower, safflower, sesame, soya, corn oils, and sunflower and soya margarine.
Two polyunsaturated fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids cannot be made in the body and must be provided in the diet. These are called essential fatty acids.
These essential fatty acids are known as the "parent" fatty acids of 2 families of unsaturated fatty acids. The parent fatty acids undergo various different chemical reactions to produce the different fatty acids within each family, which have numerous different and important functions within the body.
Linoleic acid is the parent fatty acid of the n-6 family of fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid is the parent fatty acid of the n-3 family of fatty acids.
Include a variety of whole grains in your healthy diet, including whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and barley. Experiment with different grains to find your favorites.
Make sure you're really getting whole grains. Be aware that the words stone-ground, multi-grain, 100% wheat, or bran can be deceptive. Look for the words "whole grain" or "100% whole wheat" at the beginning of the ingredient list. In the U.S., Canada, and some other countries, check for the Whole Grain Stamps that distinguish between partial whole grain and 100% whole grain.
Try mixing grains as a first step to switching to whole grains. If whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat pasta don't sound good at first, start by mixing what you normally use with the whole grains. You can gradually increase the whole grain to 100%.
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 believes he might be addicted to food may never get an official addiction diagnosis from a doctor. 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 think you might belong to this group of people, this is one progressive and promising research for you to follow. It's not good to deny a problem when it's there. Know and accept your need for help.