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
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.
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.
Some amino acids can be made in the body and others can only be supplied by the diet -these are known as the essential amino acids. Some foods are better providers of these amino acids than others. Those which contain all the essential amino acids are known as "high biological value" foods e.g. milk and dairy foods, meat, eggs etc. Those which contain fewer of the essential amino acids are known as "low biological value" foods e.g. cereals, beans, lentils and nuts. However if a wide variety of foods are consumed in the correct proportions the different protein sources can work together to provide the ideal levels of the different amino acids
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
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.
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.