Category: Food for Thought

One hundred-and-one health benefits of coconut

By Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta

While traveling through Thailand, my partner and I joked about buying a coconut plantation because it seems that everything now-a-days is coconut based!

  • coconut oil
  • coconut butter
  • coconut shreds
  • coconut water
  • coconut milk and cream
  • coconut flour
  • and even coconut soya sauce (try it, it’s actually delicious)

Coconut (C. nucifera) belongs to the Arecaceae (Palmae) family and the subfamily Cocoideae. Continue reading

Chia seeds: great for weight loss!

It’s no secret that chia seeds are a powerful superfood. Through the years, people have eagerly added them to a variety of foods, from smoothies and yogurts, to oats and fruit. With three times more iron than spinach, and twice the amount of protein of any other seed or grain, it comes as no surprise that their very name means “strength” (Mayan).

This member of the sage family (Salvia Hispanica), also fills the body with antioxidants, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and potassium galore. For all of these reasons, chia seeds are considered to be an incredible source of ongoing energy. Continue reading

These fruits and veggies will help you lose weight

By Sarah Landers

Most adults gain weight as they age, and scientific studies have shown that even small increases in weight can have a substantial impact on our risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It seems like almost everyone is on a diet, and there is so much information online about what you should and shouldn’t be eating. For example, fruit is good, but high in sugar. Sugar is bad, so don’t eat fruit. … With all the information available, it’s hard to know what foods to put into our bodies.

A study that has just recently been published in the British Medical Journal, reports that tea, blueberries, apples, pears, prunes, strawberries, peppers, celery and grapes have been scientifically proven to help you lose weight.

The study has been years in the making, and examined a sample of 124,000 U.S. men and woman over a period of 24 years, to determine whether dietary intake of flavonoids caused any weight changes over time. The answer? Yes!

What is a flavonoid?

Flavonoids are naturally occurring bioactive compounds that represent the composition of fruits and vegetables – looking beyond calorie and macronutrient contents. Previous studies have shown that the consumption of certain fruits, including blueberries, apples, pears, prunes, strawberries and grapes, has had a negative effect on weight gain over time.

An increased intake of peppers and celery has also been associated with less weight gain, and the mechanisms responsible for these benefits, as well as the specific constituents may explain why.

The fruits and vegetables that have been associated with lower weight gains are rich sources of several flavonoids (particularly flavonols, anthocyanins and flavones). Using a combination of animal models and short term human studies to provide evidence around the underlying mechanisms, scientists have shown that several flavonoids can decrease energy intake in the body, increase glucose uptake in the muscles, and decrease glucose uptake into the adipose tissue.

Meanwhile, other studies on green tea, which is a rich source of flavonoids, suggest that it can decrease fat absorption, while increasing energy expenditure. Green tea has gained a lot of publicity over recent years for its weight loss capabilities, being heralded as one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.

Green tea is packed full of antioxidants and various other substances that are beneficial for your health – including those handy flavonoids.

It also contains caffeine – which isn’t always a bad thing, as caffeine can assist with fat burning, and improve your performance when exercising. As far as antioxidants go, green tea is full of EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which is known to boost your metabolism.

In conclusion, choosing high flavonoid drinks, fruits and vegetables – such as apples, pears, berries, green tea and peppers – may help control your weight. The study shows that our dietary needs go beyond eating any old fruit or vegetable to meet our “five-a-day recommendation.” By carefully choosing which fruits and vegetables we consume, we can have a greater impact on our health.

It is hoped that this study will help health officials to refine previous dietary recommendations, with a view to preventing obesity and its potential consequences.

Strategies to combat the growing childhood obesity crisis, and to help people maintain a healthy weight from childhood through adult life, are critically needed, and these flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables might hold the key to healthier lifestyles.

Sources include:

www.BMJ.com

AuthorityNutrition.com


 

Shop GMO-Free In The UK

The only app giving the GM status of thousands of foods in the UK

Download app for Shop GMO-Free in the UK

With the Shop GMO-Free app at your fingertips, you’ll be able to join with us, to ‘persuade’ food manufacturers to help us regain our food sovereignty, to use our right to decide what sorts of foods they should be supplying us with, in a language they can understand. In other words, we can vote with our shopping baskets!

With this app, it couldn’t be easier – it’s the no hassle way to buy foods for yourself and your family that are guaranteed by their manufacturers to be free from GMOs and from products from animals fed on GMO feed.

Download the app:

Android app here

iPhone app here

 Weaponised shopping

With our Shop GMO-Free in the UK app on your phone, you will have the power to vote with your shopping basket about what sort of food you and your family will eat.

It worked in Germany, where meat and dairy producers are now being required to feed their cattle with GM-free feed again, when shoppers refused to buy the other kind. (See How to get British supermarkets to return to GM-free meat and dairy).

It’s also been making a difference for shoppers in America, where big food companies are being forced to remove GM ingredients from their products because customers are gradually refusing to buy them. (See Record numbers of US companies switching to non-GMO seeds and GMOs facing downturn on world market).

With huge international trade deals like TTIP being hammered out in private rooms, well away from the democratic process and public accountability, the only leverage we have is in our consumer power. (See The lies behind the EU’s transatlantic trade deal and Secret emails reveal how UK ministers plotted with GM lobbyists to bring GM foods into the UK.)

We hope that our app will make a huge difference… by giving everyone the information they need to make the choices that are best for them and their families.

Download the app here:

Android app here

iPhone app here


Thanks to Natural News

Four powerful steps to reverse autoimmune symptoms

Autoimmune conditions bring pain and misery to an estimated 20% of the population.   Conventional wisdom handed down by the medical establishment says that these conditions are incurable.

But there’s a new school of thought that looks to find and deal with the root causes. As a result, many people are making great progress in getting rid of these conditions.

Ask yourself whether you have the early stages of autoimmune problems and get some immediate strategies for dealing with this! Continue reading

The bedtime drink that naturally speeds up weight loss

By Heidi Kristoffer of Natural News

Want to lose extra pounds? Here is a calorie burning drink that you can try which will increase your metabolism even while sleeping.

It’s easy to make with simple ingredients.

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Ten natural ways to ease migraines

By tomasx of Natural News

Recommending natural remedies for migraine will never be an exact science. Even doctors aren’t too sure about what causes migraines. But for some people, natural remedies work better than anything a doctor could prescribe – and maybe one of these ten remedies could work for you, too. It has to be worth a try!

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The Big Gain, Stay Sane, No Pain Detox

By Anne Dieu Le Veut

There’s a basic mistake that some of us make when we get to this time of year. We subconsciously feel that we deserve some sort of punishment of austerity for all our excesses – especially over Christmas. So the New Year detox has taken on all the associations of the religious purge and confession of Original Sin in the hope of absolution!

The worse of the detox zealots are those who go on a juice-only diet; they rush around excitedly virtue signalling, making the rest of us feel quite dull and guilty, telling us how much energy they now have, when all along, they’re just on a sugar jag. The amount of fructose that they’re ingesting makes them seem like a hyperactive child at a birthday party and, mark my words, there will be tears before bedtime! Continue reading

Quercetin stops cancer cells in their tracks

Much to the chagrin of those “scientists” who’ve made recent claims that antioxidants may actually be “bad” for you, a new study has come forth to shine light on these disease-fighting powerhouses once again.

Quercetin has proven itself to be quite the cancer-fighting little polyphenol. In fact, it may be one of the most powerful cancer fighters we know of. Continue reading

TTIP will bring GM foods flooding into our shops, and they won’t be labelled

Currently, all food producers selling their products in the UK are legally required to list on the package label when it contains GM ingredients … but all that is set to change under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

When TTIP passes through Parliament into law here – I’m not saying ‘if’ because of how much MPs are being bribed to pass it – GM foods will come flooding into our supermarkets and the packets won’t be labelled. This is because there will no longer be any law to say they should be. The British public is already being mentally prepared by heavily-biased propaganda television programmes and as we speak, Monsanto is planning on moving to Britain, no doubt to be better placed to mop up all the tax-free breaks on this new windfall. Continue reading

Just when we need a miracle…. miracle foods!

By Ishtar Babilu Dingir

The Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba used to say “Life is a Game. Play it.” We really do seem to be on the most amazing helter-skelter fairground ride at the moment where only those who insist on thinking for themselves about the best way to say healthy and nourished, will survive it.

I’m not sure when the purveyors of life-enhancing substances became the purveyors of death-dealing substances, but I recently read a very well respected medical researcher referring to the pharmaceutical industry as ‘organised crime’. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD is a Danish medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark said: Continue reading

The role of soya in creating ‘moobs’ or man boobs

By Kayla Daniels

So many of our young men are growing breasts that the word “moobs”  — short for “man boobs” —  has entered the popular vocabulary.   While the word itself sounds amusing, it’s a heartbreaking trend for young men and their families, and a booming business for surgeons who specialize in breast reduction surgery.   It’s anywhere from $4,000 to $9000 depending on the procedure and the area of the country, not to mention the surgeon’s reputation and self esteem. Continue reading

Persistent cough? It could be the wheat

Do you have a cough that nothing seems to cure, and if so, do you eat bread, cakes, pastries, cookies and muffins? This article by Marie Hoven explains the link between the gluten found in the wheat cereal grain and persistent coughing.
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