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Friday, September 7, 2007

Buyers guide to sliced Bread

The Nutrients

Wholegrain bread is a rich source of nutrients such as:

· Carbohydrate for energy;

· B-group vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin), which help release energy from food;

· Both insoluble fibre for good gut health and soluble fibre, which can help lower cholesterol absorption;

· Protein for growth and repair;

· Other vitamins and minerals such s iron, selenium and magnesium;

· Natural antioxidants such as vitamin E.

Is Wholegrain Better?

Not necessarily. Wholegrain breads are higher in fibre, as the outer bran layer of the grain is present, but bran also contains phytates, which can reduce some of the nutrients we absorb from wholegrains. The good news is some phytates are broken down during the bread fermentation process and wholegrain breads tend to have more nutrients than white breads anyway. Milling grains to make white flour removes much of the bran and germ, so white bread has lower levels of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

To compensate for the fact that half of all bread eaten is white, this type is often fortified with iron, calcium, folate and omega-3 fats.

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Food Myths Busted

Green tea doesn’t contain caffeine

You’re trying to reduce your caffeine intake and you think green tea is the answer because it’s caffeine-free, right? Contrary to what you may think, green tea is not a herbal tea and it contains caffeine (between 10-50mg). Like all tea, the amount of caffeine in green tea is influenced by brewing, preparation and the quantity of leaves used.

Truth of the matter: Green tea contains about the same amount of caffeine as black tea. It is also a rich source of Flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Enjoy a maximum 2-3 cups of tea (or any caffeine-containing drinks) a day.


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Food Myths Busted

You can choose where you lose weight from

You’re determined to get that six-pack and a trim, taut and terrific bum to match. The latest headline on the health and fitness mag reads “10 days to a flat stomach” or “Get the perfect butt”. The specific diets that target belly or bottom fat sound wonderful but, again, it’s a case of “if is sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

Nutritionist and exercise expert Kristen Mackenzie says our genes and gender are largely to blame for where we store excess fat. Women generally carry their fat on their buttocks, thighs, breasts and around the stomach area. They are often shaped like a pear on an hourglass. Men, on the other hand, are more prone to being an apple shape and store fat around the stomach.

Just because you store fat in all the places you don’t want, doesn’t mean you can wave a magic wand and lost fat from all these places. If you want to lose fat from around your butt, you must lose fat from all over.

With weight loss, you need to acknowledge the areas that you can and cannot change. You can change your total body fat and muscle mass, but your height, bone size and fat distribution are what make you unique. Be realistic when you set your weight-loss goals and instead of focusing on spot reduction, focus on making a healthier you.

Truth of the matter: To reduce weight from those wobbly bits, move your body and control what goes in your mouth. Try resistance exercises to help tone the areas you like the least. Wear clothes that show off your best assets and love your body. It really is unique and special!


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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Metabolic Syndrome

If you have metabolic syndrome (a condition characterized by obesity around the waist, high blood pressure and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism), make sure you include dairy in your diet. Researchers in Wales found that drinking milk or eating dairy products regularly can lower the risk of developing the syndrome by 62 per cent.

It’s not known exactly how this works, but it has been proposed conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), found mainly in dairy products, may improve the action of insulin in the body, reducing blood glucose levels. More research is needed, but 2-3 daily serves of dairy products will benefit your bones and teeth, no matter what other good they might do!

Source: J Epidemio Commun Health

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