Omega Fats

We have all heard of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. But do you know the difference between each one or how they work? Here is information to guide you in eating a healthy diet with the right balance of omega fatty acids in your meals.

Omega 3 Fatty acids: What are they?

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need to obtain them from our diets because they are not manufactured by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids also have been associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. Other studies are showing potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Carbohydrate Truths

Carbohydrates are a nutrient found in many foods that is converted into sugars during the digestive process. You might have heard that carbohydrates, or carbs, are bad for you, but this is not necessarily true. In fact, your body needs carbohydrates to function well and to provide energy. Carbohydrates are a type of macronutrient found in many foods and beverages. Most carbohydrates are naturally occurring in plant-based foods, such as grains. Food manufacturers also add carbohydrates to processed foods in the form of starch or added sugar. The most basic carbohydrate is a sugar molecule, which joins together one or two units of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

Carbs are divided into main three groups: simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates and fiber. The three different types of carbohydrates vary in nutritional value and are broken down in different ways during digestion. Learning about the three kinds of carbohydrates can help you make smart food choices in order to stay healthy every day. Common sources of naturally occurring carbohydrates include: fruits, vegetables, milk, grains, legumes and other starchy vegetables.

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Potassium & Your Blood Pressure

Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function.

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Delicious Fruits

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, so why don’t you challenge yourself to eat more fresh produce this month!

Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense, which means they provide lots of vitamins and minerals with fewer calories. They also contain fiber to keep you feeling full, and antioxidants that may protect you against certain chronic diseases such as cancer or heart disease. The USDA MyPlate guidelines recommend filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. That means most of us should eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit per day AND 2-3 cups of vegetables per day. If you choose, you can consume fruits and vegetables that are canned, frozen, dried, and in 100% juices.

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Diabetes Testing Supplies & Nutrition

For years, many Americans have lived with the misguided notion that it is better to eat a series of small meals each day as opposed to three large ones. In May 2014, more information was released that further disproves the age-old myth. Only this time, the researchers involved looked directly at the relationship between meal frequency and diabetes.

The study, which was published by the magazine Diabetologia, indicated that opting to consume just two, appropriately sized meals a day may be best for some diabetics. The two meals that the researchers are now recommending be considered by diabetics are breakfast and lunch. They feel that adopting such a routine may make diabetes management, at least for those diagnosed with type 2, much easier and more effective.

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The use of sugar, sweeteners, and sugar substitutes has often been a topic of hot debate. Until recently, using sugar has been discouraged in diabetic meal planning. Current scientific studies have not supported the necessity of completely abstaining from sugar, and now itís becoming widely accepted that sugar may be used in moderation without causing deterioration in blood sugar control. Countless studies have investigated the safety profiles of artificial sweeteners.

Misinformation is rampant regarding the safety and acceptability of using both sugar and artificial sweeteners. A fair amount of alarmist propaganda is out there, mixed in with medical facts.

Listen with a critical ear. Try to review the scientific studies, not the hearsay. Consider the source of the information. In the end, the decision of what to use is up to you.

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Healthy Meals For Diabetes

Eating right is essential to keeping your mind and body running at its best. During this year’s National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us to build an eating plan with your unique lifestyle and nutritional needs in mind. So whether you’re a career professional, vegetarian, student, athlete, or busy parent, it’s important to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

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Asparagus & Diabetes Health

Looked at as a prized delicacy, asparagus has been around and used since ancient times by the Greeks and Romans. Asparagus is one of the oldest recorded vegetables, and it is thought to have originated along the coastal regions of eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor areas.  Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.  Its spears grow from a crown that is planted about a foot deep in sandy soils. When grown under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10″ in a twenty four hour period.  
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Nutrients & Skin

Do you want beautiful, radiant, and glowing skin?  It can be possible when your skin is supplied and nourished by certain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  Your skin can look healthier and younger by eating the right foods.  Experts recommend that a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin.  No need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on certain skin-care products and lotions.  Try eating these nutrients for an amazing and healthy complexion:

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Cooking with Herbs

You have decided to cook with some delicious herbs but do not know how to cook with them. Then you wait and your fresh herbs go bad. Herbs can be bought fresh, or dried. You can even grow them in your own home. Herbs are flavoring agents used for enriching or altering the flavor or odor of foods. Herbs make a dish complete. Different herbs have different uses. Herbs add great flavor to your dishes but also contain many healthy nutrients.

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