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 spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says these companies are minimizing their ingredients according to consumer demands. However, this is still not enough reason to use the label, "all natural," warns the Food and Drug Administration.
The antioxidants and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables help protect against certain types of cancer and other diseases. And while advertisements abound for supplements promising to deliver the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables in pill or powder form, research suggests that it's just not the same.A daily regimen of nutritional supplements is not going to have the same impact of eating right. That's because the benefits of fruits and vegetables don't come from a single vitamin or an isolated antioxidant. The health benefits of fruits and vegetables come from numerous vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals working together synergistically. They can't be broken down into the sum of their parts or replicated in pill form. Healthy eating tip 5: Eat more healthy carbs and whole grains.
Choose healthy carbohydrates and fiber sources, especially whole grains, for long lasting energy. In addition to being delicious and satisfying, whole grains are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help to protect against coronary heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Studies have shown people who eat more whole grains tend to have a healthier heart.
Those words may be found on a product label or as part of a company's marketing plan, but they're not always beneficial to 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 Power of Protein
Companies that manufacture yogurt, cereal, cottage cheese and crackers are happy to tell the world how much protein their products offer. Of course, our need for protein is multifaceted. It builds and repairs our muscles, for example, and it helps satisfy our cravings, allowing us to manage our weight better. It's a matter of snacking, and companies are adding protein to just about 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.
From time to time, we welcome new trends in nutrition as we all try to improve our 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.
The Comeback of Ancient Grains
Nowadays, there seems to be less interest given to quinoa as people are starting to welcome back millet, teff, sorghum, chia, buckwheat, kamut, amaranth and bulgar. These ancient grains have indeed been ressurected. Do any of them sound familiar? 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 seems like ancient grains are getting all this attention today because of their gluten-free composition (not all but most). As gluten-free diets continue to be trendy, this comeback should not be at all surprising. 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.
Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases.
Not to lose weight, conform to a fad, or because I am depressed and need comfort. As Hippocrates wisely stated: "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." The reason we eat should be to keep us healthy - which makes us strong, beautiful, happy and confident. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy your food just because it's healthy, in fact, it makes it more enjoyable. Just look at some of the recipes on this blog and other whole foods blogs! I eat when I'm hungry, and stop when I'm satisfied. This means I eat whenever I want, and I eat however much I want. Since I am eating foods that my body loves, it's pretty hard to feel uncomfortably stuffed because my digestive system knows what to do with what I am feeding it. My smoothies regularly consist of at least 7 or more bananas. My dinners often include over 4 potatoes and 2 cups of rice. Keep it carbed! Keep it whole foods! I drink alkaline water throughout the day. Our bodies are 70% water, so we should replenish that water whenever we can, allowing it to wash out the toxins in our bodies and our cells hydrated. I filter my water with velaqua. That's about it! With these guidelines, my diet ends up being a diet of whole plant foods, a lot of them raw, and with a high-carb focus. Your diet will surely be different, maybe by a lot or just slightly; the important thing is that it works best for you.
However, if you're planning to try these ancient grains, note how some companies just add ancient grains to their current products and market them as "healthy." This is why you have to read the nutrition facts label carefully to know just what exactly you're consuming.