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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds- 10 Benefits

1. Lose Weight Without Starving
The Chia Seed is a dieter’s dream come true. The tiny, healthy seeds can be made to taste like whatever you want, and their unique gelling action keeps you feeling full for hours. Hunger is a main enemy of real weight loss, and you don’t want to fight it with jittery expensive pills. When a chia seed is exposed to water, it forms a coating of gel, increasing its size and weight. Since the gel made of water, it has no calories. It’s also difficult to remove from the seed, meaning that it helps your body think it is full, without adding calories!

2. Balance Blood Sugar
Keeping balanced levels of blood sugar is important for both health and energy. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy foods or sweets. This can lead to ‘slumps’ in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day. But how does the Chia Seed help with this? Both the gelling action of the seed, and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fibre combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.

3. Help Prevent Diverticulitis / Diverticulosis
With all the over-processed foods like white flour on the market today, rich sources of fiber are needed. These foods of convenience have contributed to the rise of diverticulitis. Irregularity is a big factor in this risky condition. To help ensure regularity, you need plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet. If you don’t want to eat celery, and whole-grain everything…or piles of bran flakes, the Chia Seed is here to help. Each seed is coated with soluble fibers which aid its gelling action. The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fibre. The insoluble fiber is unable to be digested (it does not contribute any calories, or break down) so instead, it helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process. Soluble fiber, and the gel coating of the seed keeps the colon hydrated and ensures the easy movement of food.

4. Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet Omega-3 oil is usually thought of as “that healthy stuff in fish”. But, what if you don’t want to eat fish every day? What if you’re a vegetarian, or simply worried about pollution adding harmful substances to your fish dinner?  Chia is the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. By weight, chia contains more omega 3 than salmon, and it still tastes like whatever you want! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health. It’s also recently been targeted as a weight-loss helper. USA Weekend magazine also reports on a study where overweight dieters who included omega 3s in their eating plan lost 2 more pounds monthly than the control group, who did not.

5. Feel more energized all day long. Don’t want to feel like taking an afternoon nap? Your energy levels have a lot to do with what you eat. Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. Usually protein from items like peanut butter and some beans are incomplete, meaning you have to combine them with other foods to get the full benefit. Not Chia though, it’s protein is complete to raise your energy levels. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady, never jittery energy.

6. Bake with less fat
Do you enjoy making baked goods at home, but hate all the butter and oil that has to go into them? Chia gel can substitute for half the butter in most recipes! The food will bake the same and taste the same (or better) from the addition of the chia gel. All you need to do is divide the amount of butter or oil in half, and then use the same amount of chia gel to fill in. The anti-oxidants in chia can even help keep the food tasting fresh longer. Everything from cookies to cakes to muffins, pancakes and waffles can be made with chia gel as your butter replacement. Which recipe will become your new favorite?

7. Add age-defying anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants have been in the news lately due to their super healthy benefits. You know that blueberries and several exotic fruits (that aren’t always in season) have them, but did you know that chia is extremely high in anti-oxidants too? These helpful substances are what makes the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long. At room temperature, they’ll stay fresh and ready to eat for over two whole years! And that’s all without a single chemical or preservative. This amazing ability is not found in other seeds like flax or sesame, because those seeds don’t have the same rich anti-oxidant content.
Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues. Fight free radical damage by staying fresh and healthy with nature’s anti-oxidant powerhouse

8. Cut cravings for food
Being deficient in minerals or vitamins can create a craving for food. For example, if you’re low on calcium, you may feel compelled to eat lots of cheese and ice cream. This happens because your body knows that cheese is a source of calcium, and it hasn’t been getting enough. But what if dairy and whole milk are a “Diet don’t”? You can always add calcium to your food by sprinkling on the chia. By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins. By balancing your vitamins and minerals with chia, you can curb cravings that might tempt you.

9. You can pack in more flavorful punch
How can a seed with NO flavor help the foods you already like to taste better? First, because they have no taste of their own, chia seeds will never cover up or add to the flavor of your food. Second, when the seeds hydrate, they magnify the taste of whatever they were added to. Put them in pudding? Chocolaty! Swirl them into a smoothie? Fruity! The same thing goes with dressings, dips, salsas, sauces and more. These two factors combine to let chia seeds take on the taste of whatever you add them to. They distribute and never dilute, the flavors you love.

10. Save your money
Why should eating less cost you more? You already know diet pills are expensive, and ‘box meal plans’ can run up to $500.00 a month. If you’re buying ‘calorie counting packs’ or other individual portions in the store, you can also end up paying more because more preparation and materials go into these foods. More than enough chia for 1 month costs less than a dollar a day. You can use as much or as little as you want to achieve your own desired results. There are no preparations required for these simple seeds, not even pesticides need to be used to grow them. They’re always safe and 100% chemical free. A measuring spoon is all you’ll need when you’re ready to take advantage of chia for yourself. It doesn’t get any easier or more inexpensive.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Shamed for getting thin:

“Biggest Loser’s” weight-loss firestorm

How much is "too much" to win a reality show?

Shamed for getting thin:  
Rachel Frederickson (Credit: AP/Trae Patton)

How do you win at “The Biggest Loser”? By losing the most weight, of course. Unless you lose too much, in which case you’re also a loser.

Such is the fate of Rachel Frederickson, who triumphed on Tuesday night’s finale of the competitive weight loss show  after shedding  a dramatic 155 pounds from her starting weight of 260 pounds, nearly 60 percent of her original weight. 

It’s the highest percentage of weight lost by any contest in the show’s history.  And even the show’s trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels couldn’t contain their shock when she emerged, transformed and slender.

And from the moment Frederickson appeared in her slinky, silver dress the controversy and concern trolling began.

 “‘Biggest Loser’: Uproar as winner appears ‘too thin’ at 105 pounds” blared the LA Times.

 Zap2It, “Why was Rachel Frederickson allowed to lose too much weight?” 

... Twitter erupted into fretting over the “sickly,” “eating disorder” new version of the former competitive swimmer.

Frederickson described herself as now in maintenance mode...

There is no denying that dangling a quarter of a million dollars in front of overweight people as an incentive to get as thin as possible as quickly as possible is not the most practical or sensible plan ever invented for long-term health.

Nor is it the kind of thing most people can apply to their own experience. 

But a show about quietly making small changes over a lengthy period of time and preaching that changing your body takes hard work and discipline,  wouldn’t sell.

There are serious ethical questions to be asked regarding whether the rigors of the competition are putting the players in physical danger and whether the narrative is sending an unrealistic message to viewers. 


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Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of 
"Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." 

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Rachel Frederickson wanted to Win Biggest Loser: But at what cost to her health?




 Loser Frederickson.jpg

 This image released by NBC shows contestant Rachel Frederickson from "The Biggest Loser." Fredrickson lost nearly 60 percent of her body weight to win the latest season of “The Biggest Loser” and pocket $250,000. A day after her grand unveiling on NBC, she faced a firestorm of criticism in social media from people who said she went too far. (AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton)
This image released by NBC shows contestant Rachel Frederickson from "The Biggest Loser." Fredrickson lost nearly 60 percent of her body weight to win the latest season of “The Biggest Loser” and pocket $250,000. A day after her grand unveiling on NBC, she faced a firestorm of criticism in social media from people who said she went too far. (AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton)

Flabbergasted by155-pound weight loss:

Bob Harper admits he was flabbergasted by “The Biggest Loser” contestant Rachel Frederickson’s 155-pound weight loss. The trainer told Rachel Ray during a taping for an episode airing February 13 that he was astonished by the dramatic finale, reports US magazine.

“I was stunned,” he confessed. “That would be the word. I mean, we’ve never had a contestant at 105 pounds.” When the cook and talk show host asked him about fans criticism that the season 15 winner was emaciated he responded, s, when the contestants leave to go home…they’re in charge of themselves. I had not seen her until that night, and so when she walked out, I was just kind of like, ‘Whoa.’ And I’ve been on the show since the beginning, forever.”

However Dolvett Quince, her trainer on the show defended Frederickson’s dramatic weight loss on Facebook.

"Biggest Loser is a journey which has its ups and downs," he wrote. 

"Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions. 

Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!"

Rachel Frederickson wins The Biggest Loser

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sugar Scare: Why Calories May Be the Least of Your Worries About Sweeteners

That sweet tooth won’t just add to your waistline or put you at risk for tooth decay—researchers say that too much of the sweet stuff may kill you.
That’s according to a new study out in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine that found Americans who get 25 percent or more of their calories from added sugar are nearly three times more likely to die of heart disease than those who consumed less than 10 percent—the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.
The study is the first of its kind to link added sugar consumption to death.
Head researcher Quanhe Yang of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at 15 years' worth of data gathered from 31,000 people who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that 70 percent of adults exceed WHO’s recommendation that added sugar be limited to under 10 percent of daily calories, making them more likely to die of heart disease.
If you think getting 25 percent of your calories from sugar is a lot, it is—but getting there absentmindedly can be surprisingly easy. A sweet granola bar or two for breakfast; a supersized soda with lunch; a couple of chocolates at the office; and a slice of cake as a late-night snack can do it. Added sugars lurk in unexpected places too, including sweetened fruity yogurts, nonfat salad dressings, and spaghetti sauces.
Whether the added sugar comes from high fructose corn syrup, beet or cane sugar, or something as natural as honey doesn’t matter—the study included all foods that were sweetened.
“What’s tricky is the FDA does not require manufacturers to put added sugar on the label,” says Rachael Johnson, spokesperson for the American Heart Association and University of Vermont professor of nutrition.
To avoid listing sugar as the first ingredient on the ingredient panel, Johnson says food makers often list five or six kinds of sugar separately instead. The FDA has been petitioned to address the problem, she says, but no action has been taken. And of course, naturally occurring sugars in fruit aren't flagged either.
“What the study says is that eating too much sugar isn’t good for you. That’s hardly news,” says Marion Nestle, New York University professor of nutrition. But she says the study reinforces the benefits of limiting added sugars.
“Just about everyone would be healthier eating less sugar, but less is not the same as none. Ten percent of calories for most people means 50 to 80 grams of sugars a day, or 12 to 20 teaspoons. A bit more won’t raise the risk by much. Soft drinks have slightly under a teaspoon of sugar per ounce, so drinking less of them is a good first step,” says Nestle.
Indeed, the study found that 37 percent of added sugar in our diets comes from sugar-sweetened beverages, followed by grain-based desserts, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, and candy.
No surprise, the beverage industry responded swiftly to the new study. After taking credit for an overall decline in adult consumption of added sugars thanks to the industry's increased focus on providing more low- and no-calorie options, the American Beverage Association maintains the study is flawed.
“Heart diseases are a complex set of problems with no single cause and no simple solution. When it comes to risk for heart disease, there is nothing unique about calories from added sugars, or sugar-sweetened beverages for that matter,” says the group in a statement. “This is an observational study which cannot—and does not—show that cardiovascular disease is caused by drinking sugar-sweetened beverages.”
But Yang tells TakePart that the study isn't focused on only sweet drinks—it examines all added sugars, including hidden sugars that Americans consume.
"Most previous studies have focused on sugar-sweetened beverages but not total added sugar, and none of these studies have used national representative samples to examine the relationship between added sugar intake and cardiovascular disease mortality," says Yang.





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Original article from TakePart