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New Health Foods To Add To Your Diet

Have you heard about these new health trends? Listen up – you will want to take notes and heard to your local grocery store.

What? Never heard of them, you say? Well, Kalettes are the beautiful hybrid of Brussels sprouts and kale. Yes, this hybrid veggie was created by Tozer Seeds, but it is not a genetically modified product. Kalettes cook faster than Brussels sprouts, are more versatile than their parent veggies, and boast a savory, nutty flavor. Delicious served fried or raw, kalettes are so versatile that they make it easy for you to get your daily veggie serving.

Bone Broth
You’ve likely heard about the bone broth craze by now. While the proof of its benefits has yet been inconclusive, it is said that its high amounts of collagen, gelatin, protein, essential vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium can help to improve your bones, digestive and immune system, along with your hair, skin, and nails. The flavor is much like stock used for soups and sauces, and it made by simmering bones for much longer than regular broth, usually with meats and herbs added for flavoring.

Originating from North Africa and the Middle East, harissa is a spicy paste made from chili and other spices and herbs, often used to flavor soups, stews and couscous. It may also be served with meats, or as a simple dip for bread. Because of its high levels of capsaicin and other disease fighting antioxidants, harissa can be used to flavor your dishes while delivering an added health boost. It has also been said that eating spicy foods can help to temporarily boost your metabolism and combat inflammation.

The newest grain in town, hailing from the Middle East, is freekeh. Freekeh is wheat that is harvested while it is still young, green, and soft, and then sun-dried. This grain retains a firm but slightly chewy texture and is comparable to a lighter version of orzo. It also seems to pack more bang for your buck. Low in fat, plus high in protein and fiber (more so than quinoa), freekeh also contains essential nutrients and is low on the glycemic index.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that contains high amounts of chlorophyll. In plants, chlorophyll is used during photosynthesis to convert light to energy. In humans, it’s said that chlorophyll helps your body heal faster, controls and stabilizes hunger levels and cravings, promotes healthy iron levels and helps clear out free radicals, thanks to its antioxidant content. Because of these benefits, spirulina is often taken by cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

Used in either tablet or powder form, it can be rather expensive, but a little can go a long way. Drawbacks are its distinct odor, but mixing the powder in smoothies, juices, or other meals, make it palatable.

Have you tried any of these? Which is your favorite? Any health trends we missed? Feel free to share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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Health Care And Food Go Hand-In-Hand

When it comes to health, there are many factors that can attribute to the state of our well-being. However, based on our expenditures alone, food plays a significant role on our overall health. While we spend $2.9 trillion annually on health care, we are spending $1.4 trillion on food. By consuming better foods and paying attention to how we feed and fuel our bodies, we can decrease our health care spending while improving our health.

Sustainable Foods
Thanks to new technologies, techniques like hydroponics and aquaponics are enabling new food production frontiers. Crops are requiring less water and can be harvested in unlikely places, such as rooftop gardens. By enabling this, cities are able to produce fresh foods, reducing transportation costs and making produce more accessible.

Farm To Table
The Farm to Table movement encourages the community to help support local farmers, thus decreasing the demand for large food distributors. From this movement, fresh food delivery companies were born. Weekly home delivery boxes include only the freshest produce, breads, cheeses, and other popular local food items.

Cooking At Home
The act of cooking at home has gotten easier. There are companies who deliver pre-portioned and pre-packaged meals that are ready to cook. No need to prep, simply cook and eat. And because the internet is a glorious thing, recipes for nearly anything and everything under the sun is simply an internet search away. Not only are recipes available, but there are a growing number of cooking videos online that may be easier to follow than reading instructions. Since these resources are readily available, more people are testing their skills and building confidence in the kitchen.

Even more impressive is the way tech is entering the cooking field. The June Intelligent Oven uses advanced technologies to determine if your food is done cooking.

Dining Out
Thanks the internet and a variety of apps, consumers have cuisine and nutritional information at their fingertips. They can utilize apps to find out more about the food they are consuming. And they can use platforms like Yelp to see what’s good around their area, and find diet specific menus and restaurants. While this allows consumers to be more conscious about what they put in their bodies, it does not necessarily mean that people will stop their bad habits for a healthier lifestyle.

Prescribing Food
In most cases, prescribing a diet and exercise regimen change can prove more beneficial than prescribing meds alone. For example, with high blood pressure or high cholesterol, medications can help to control it, but a change in dietary habits may eventually eliminate the need for the medication all together. While doctors may suggest changing eating and exercise habits, prescribing a diet and exercise plan could fare better.

Health Insurance
Ideally, this proposal for prescribed foods would be covered by health insurance. The growing number of meal kit delivery programs could work with doctors and insurance companies to develop and implement prescribed diet plans.

Reward Good Food Behavior
Who doesn’t like being rewarded? Along with this prescribed food idea, adding incentives to a health care plan could help aid in the success of this proposed program. For example, much like a safe driver discount with car insurance, by reaching a specific health care goal, insurance deductibles would decrease. If we can offer incentives in other realms, why not apply the principle to our health and health care?

Do you think encouraging better eating and exercise habits should be incorporated into our healthcare in a more serious way? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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Health Benefits Of Food: Both Sides Of The Story

New health trends come and go. One minute, there’s a new superfood, the next minute, it’s bad for you. It’s hard to determine what’s good and bad when there are studies proving both sides. But as the old adage goes, correlation does not equal causation. There may be other factors that could contribute to the positive or negative results of a study, so conclusions should be taken with a grain of salt.

One sided arguments are never the full story. We’ll discuss the good and the bad of common foods which often fall under scrutiny.

It’s common knowledge that avocados contain the “good kind of fat” and this is true. Avocados contain healthy monosaturated fats and are packed with more than 20 vitamins. They improve heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and are great for vision as they contain natural chemicals that reduce eye damage. The bad news is their high calorie content. If you’re looking to lose weight, avocados might not be the best choice.

Fermented foods are currently experiencing a boom. Pickles fall into that category, providing intestinal and digestive benefits thanks to live (good) bacteria that help regulate the immune system. They can also offer antioxidant protection since the pickling process preserves the natural antioxidants. While these benefits sound good, it is wise to eat pickles in moderation. While they are low in calories, one pickle can contain 49% of your suggested sodium intake.

Coffee seems to be one that teeters the line of being bad and good often. Coffee may help fight Type 2 diabetes with its ability to regulate blood sugar, and has also demonstrated an inverse relationship with the risk of many different cancers. However, coffee contains caffeine, which is often linked negative health effects including insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, rapid heartbeat and more.

Chocolate has been linked to lowered risk of both heart disease and stroke. An NYU study found that people who ate 100 grams of cocoa powder scored higher on memory tests. The downside to this is that the other properties of chocolate won’t help the rest of your body, especially in terms of caloric intake.

Red Wine
In moderation, red wine may help in reducing the risk of heart disease by increasing good cholesterol in your body. It also has the ability to burn fat in tests on mice, however, this may not pertain to humans. Consequently, drinking more than one to two glasses a day may lead to abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, liver problems, and more. Red wine is also high in calories, which can lead to weight gain as well.

Nuts contain many nutrients and can help lower bad cholesterol levels in your blood. But too much can lead to weight gain as nuts have a high fat and calorie content.

Egg yolks contain all the good stuff – calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate and panthenic acid, B6 and B12. But, they also contain lots of cholesterol. One egg contains about 185mg of sodium, and our recommended daily intake is 300mg.

Red Meat
Unprocessed lean beef is the best choice when it comes to red meat. Studies show that those who consume more lean beef have higher levels of protein, zinc, potassium, and B vitamins. On the other hand, eating red meat can harden blood vessels and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. According to another study, people who eat 3 ounces of red meat per day are 13% more likely to die from heart disease or cancer. It is important to remember that moderation is key.

It is said that the hops in beer can help fight inflammation and improve digestion. The high silicon content of beer is said to help promote strong bones. And various studies have found that those who drink about two beers per day are at a 25% lower risk of getting heart disease. But as with any alcohol, it is addictive and can lead to liver disease if over-consumed.

Can you think of any other foods that have been said to be both good and bad for you? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Vine, and Pinterest.

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