Every now and then, new trends in nutrition come up as we all pursue the road to good 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. Right now, you may see such words on a product label and may be part of a company's marketing strategy, but they don't automatically spell benefits for 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.
"A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention."
It looks like all this attention given to ancient grains nowadays is related to the fact that most of them are gluten-free. As gluten-free diets continue to be hot, it shouldn't be surprising to witness this comeback. 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. 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. Ancient Grains and a Comeback
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
These days, quinoa seems to have taken the backseat to amaranth, chia, bulgar, teff, millet buckwheat, kamut and sorghum. These ancient grains are indeed making their comeback. Are they even familiar to you? These grains have been in existence for centuries upon centuries, some since as early as 6,000 BC. Most of them have high fiber content and are helpful in the prevention of certain cancers, hypertension and heart disease.
Pure and Natural
A lot of brands out there are quick to announce that they have rid their products of anything "artificial." They may claim, for example, that their products have no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, and can thus be rightfully called "all natural." A spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says these companies are cutting their ingredients based on what consumers demand. However, this is still not enough reason to use the label, "all natural," warns the Food and Drug Administration.
Proteins are essential for growth and maintenance of body tissues and for the production of substances such as hormones and enzymes which help to control many functions within the body. If insufficient carbohydrate and fat are available in the diet, then protein may also be used to provide the body with energy. Proteins are made from building blocks known as amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids. 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.
Power Protein: Companies that manufacture yogurt, cereal, cottage cheese and crackers are happy to tell the world how much protein their products offer. Of course, we all need protein for a great variety of reasons. It builds and repairs our muscles, for example, and it helps satisfy our cravings, allowing us to manage our weight better. It's about snacking, and companies are adding this macro nutrient to practically 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.