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Chia Seeds Health Benefits

Chia Seeds Health Benefits
Chia seeds have long been recognized as a super food. These tiny, black seeds from the Salvia Hispanic plant originated from South America. Chia is part of the staple diet of the Aztecs and Mayans in the past and the word “Chia” means strength in the ancient Mayan language. Despite its ancient roots, Chia seeds have only been distinguished recently as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

So what makes Chia seeds among the healthiest food? Here are the reasons:

  1. Full of Antioxidants – It is a good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants help in preventing free radicals which damage the molecules in our cell that can cause cancer and increase the effect of aging.
  2. Rich in Fiber – It is one of the best sources of fiber. They are made out of 40% fiber, by weight. Our bodies need fiber for better digestion. Since chia seeds are almost all fiber, it can absorb up to 12 times it weight when soaked in water. Consuming them make on feel more full and lessens our appetite.
  3. Good Source for Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Our brain and body needs Omega-3. We usually get this from fish. These seeds have more Omega-3 than salmon, per gram.
  4. Packed with Nutrients – These tiny seeds are actually a good source of nutrients. It has Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus and as well as vitamins like Zinc, Vitamin B1, B3, B2 and Potassium. An ounce of Chia seeds only contains 137 calories and one gram of carbohydrates.
  5. Source for Protein – Compared to other plant food, Chia seeds are a good source for quality protein. They are composed of 14% Protein.
  6. Contains Essential Bone Nutrients – It is loaded with calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. These are essential to our bones. Chia seeds contain more calcium than other dairy products.

So if you’re looking to try out new food why don’t you give this superfood a try? They’re easy to prepare as part of your drinks, meals and even as a substitute to egg. These seeds may be tiny but they’re definitely a super food. For delicious recipe ideas, you can browse our chia seeds recipes here.

Recall Alert! Health Risks on E.Coli Contamination on General Mill Flour

Recall Alert! It has been announced that some products of General Mill are advised for recall due to E.coli contamination. We therefore warn our dieters to watch out for the flours they might have purchased days ago. So if you are planning to bake something this week, pls. make a double check of your flour brand or cake mixes.

General Mills Flour

Fortune recently reported that General Mills Wondra flour (which was named in the recall) was used in three other Betty Crocker Cake Mixes namely:

  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
  • Bett Crocker Delights Super moist Carrot Cake Mix
  • Berry Crocker Moist Rainbow Bit Mix Cake Mix (Canada only)

The recall for the said products was a result of the recent outbreak of deadly bacteria E.coli case. Since December 2015, 42 people have already fallen ill caused by the said bacteria. However, there’s no need to fret about it!

The good news is that no illnesses have been reported by the company about the potential harmful risks of said mixes. There’s also no General Mills or Betty Crocker products added to the recall list. The company’s spokesperson also told Fortune that the retailers were already notified about the recall last Monday. The recalled products shall be removed from the shelves quickly.

Italian Scientists Claimed that Pasta Does Not Make You Gain Weight

We’ve all heard how the wheat and gluten found in pasta can make us gain more weight and trigger deadly diseases in our body, especially to those who are gluten intolerant.

In fact, eating pasta made from wheat is not allowed in this diet. The fast metabolism pasta brands we’ve recommended in the diet are made from natural ingredients.

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But recently, the health and fitness world are thrown into hype again as two studies from Italian Scientists revealed that Pasta does not contribute to weight gain and obesity. Let’s hear more about these studies below:

The research which was published in Nutrition and Diabetes journal was conducted over 23,000 adults who have undergone a healthy Mediterranean diet. This diet, rich in veggies, fruit, fish, and whole grains, promotes better overall health and lowers the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers at Neuromed (Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo) in Italy also found out that the correlation between having a healthy BMI and pasta consumption was not affected by the diet was followed closely. Let us read some of the critical claims stated by the principal authors of the research.

“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite. Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio” George Pounis, the paper lead author.

“In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude. We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it.

“The message emerging from this study, as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INCHES, is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good for your health”. Licia Iacoviello, Head of Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute.

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Health at the University of Reading also added that the pasta consumption conducted in the research was not an isolated case. But rather, it was consumed as part of the diet.

“In this study, people who consumed a lot of pasta also followed a traditional Mediterranean diet, which is not surprising as the study was conducted in a Mediterranean population. Pasta intake could, therefore, be mainly a marker for adherence to this kind of diet.

“What is interesting however is, that these results clearly show that it is wrong to demonize carbohydrates as the data clearly show that consumption of a carbohydrate-rich food such as pasta does not have to have an adverse effect on body weight.

“The results of this study confirm current dietary recommendations and support the recommendation for a balanced diet.”

The Fast Metabolism Dieter’s Question:

What is your stand on this controversial issue, dieters? Share your thoughts below.

5 Powerful Ingredients in Speeding Up Your Metabolism

It is a common concept that maintaining a healthy body requires perseverance, discipline, and commitment. Eating the right food is the biggest aspect that helps metabolism to function well. But sometimes no matter how much we adhere to the program, our metabolism won’t cooperate the way we want it to be. In short, this is not as easy as pie! So how do we speed up and boost our metabolism to burn fats away?

5 Powerful Ingredients in Speeding Up Your Metabolism

These 5 powerful foods will help you reduce your inflammation, regulate your appetite, and most of all increase your metabolic rate to burn fats and lose weight faster.

1. Lemon Juice

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If you got bored in drinking plain water, we recommend you add lemon juice, or zest for variation. Not only because it’s good for your digestion. but drinking lemon juice before your meal helps lower your blood sugar levels and since lemon is rich in polyphenols, it helps to suppress your body weight and fat accumulation. Try to squeeze some lemon into your water or dish.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great ingredient to pair with your herbal teas or morning beverages. Cinnamon keeps you feel fuller, longer, and satisfied, lessening your chances of food cravings. It also keeps your blood sugar levels in check.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Are you a spicy food lover? A great news is waiting for you! Studies revealed that the phytochemical capsaicin increases your metabolism and fat burning rate. Not only it spices up your food and flavor but it also spices up your metabolic rate! You can read the whole news here. We encourage you to cook your favorite spicy recipes today!

4. Turmeric

One of the key factors that hinderes us in losing weight is inflammation. But fortunately, we have turmeric to counter this. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help fight inflammation, reduce the risk of obesity and heal other ailments.

5. Flax Seeds

One of our favourite healthy fats, flax seeds are a great source of healthy omega acids that balances our hormones and inflammation. It also contains fibers to help you keep your cravings under control. Flax seeds are great to incorporate in your smoothies, especially in Phase 3.

Get the benefits of these 5 superfoods, get them from your nearest market today and you will be amazed how good you feel after including them in your diet!

Load up Your Fast Metabolism Diet with Beans to Effectively Lose Weight

If you are doing the fast metabolism diet and is a vegetarian/vegan, beans, legumes, and lentils definitely top your list as your protein source buddy. It has been our alternative source of protein and a substitute in cooking meat recipes. But you must not underestimate the power of beans when it comes to our nutrition as it is surprisingly healthy and nutritious. Nutritionists encourage everyone, vegan or not, to eat and load up their diet with beans, legumes, and lentils because of its notable benefits in our body.

LOAD UP YOUR FAST METABOLISM DIET WITH BEANS!

Still not convinced? Here are the 5 reasons why you should start loading up your meal map with beans.

1. It is rich in fibers and major nutrients

All beans are rich in fiber that helps you keep feeling full until your next meal. Not just with any types of fiber, but it is rich in insoluble fiber and contains folate that protects your mental and heart health, it is good for protecting your body against heart diseases. If you are pregnant, beans help protect your unborn child from birth defects. Aside from that, beans are also high in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

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2. It is loaded with different amino acids

Beans are rich in 20 amino acids like lysine, in which it scavenges fat, leaving you looking lean and fit. The building blocks of amino acids found in beans paved a great way in making an alternative source for meat.

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3. It can help you regulate your blood sugar.

Because beans are complex carbohydrates and are rich in fiber, its content quickly fills your stomach and slows down the rise of your blood sugar level. This helps you stabilize your blood sugar while fending off your hunger and giving you a steady supply of energy.

4. It is a versatile food

Beans are versatile and highly adaptable when cooked as food. Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, or a snack, you name it, beans are very easy to incorporate into your foods and their rich flavors add to the delicious taste of your recipes.

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5. It is affordable

Beans are the least expensive source of protein, whether organic or not, so if you wanted to stay loyal and organic throughout the diet without hurting your budget, you might want to start incorporating beans more in your diet than purchasing expensive organic meat!

So there, the stated benefits of beans will give you more reasons to love the veggie. If you are convinced to have it often before, then look for bean recipes here.

How Fermented Foods Promote Healthy Gut Health

We are all familiar with that famous kimchi or sauerkraut every Korean or Japanese munch on TV. It’s gotten our attention because truth be told, there are numerous benefits we can get out from these fermented dishes. Kimchi or Sauerkraut is just one of the popular fermented foods we’ve grown to love. Fermenting foods has been one of the methods used by our ancestors in preserving foods and up to now it is still being practiced in some parts of our world. What’s interesting about fermented foods is it helps in gut healing.

How Fermented Foods Promote Healthy Gut Health

Why are Fermented Foods still popular Nowadays?

Fermented foods are still popular because not only it preserves your food in a natural way, but mainly, it promotes healthy digestion around your gut. It kills off the bad bacteria and only retains the good bacteria which is called Lactobacillus.

Lactobacillus is considered a good bacteria as it converts sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. This helps gut to restore the balance of our immune system and alleviate inflammatory diseases in our intestines. This can offer relief especially if you are experiencing bloating and IBS.

Cabbage as one of the most powerful fermented foods

When you think of fermented foods, the first thing that comes to mind is cabbage. It was no surprise why you would think of cabbage immediately, though. Aside from the fact that it is widely used in making the famous kimchi, cabbage is packed with powerhouse benefits you won’t get from other veggies.

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For one, Cabbage is a cruciferous veggie that is important for maintaining your body’s pH balance. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory foods. Depending on how you cook your cabbage, you can preserve more nutrients of it. Take, for example, boiling cabbage and drinking its juice create a soothing tonic in your GI tract.

Fermented foods promote good bacteria also called as probiotics that literally meant “for life”. So if you haven’t incorporated fermented foods in your fast metabolism diet plan already, you might want to start reconsidering it!

Learning The Truth Behind Food Labels

One of the most remarkable transformations that the fast metabolism program has brought to us is we become smart and picky eaters. We become educated in identifying healthy foods from its unhealthy counterparts.

Learning The Truth Behind Food LabelsBut as we do grocery shopping to buy our food supplies, we are faced to common issue of getting confused with food labeling. The question is what do these labels really mean? Does it make a difference if we are knowledgeable with the food labels?

What does “pesticide-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range”, mean? How do they differ in affecting our overall health and well-being?

In this blog post, we will guide you on how to differentiate these food labels and be a smart consumer by picking safe and healthy choices for your fast metabolism diet program.

 

1. Organicorganic sealAn organic product bears a USDA organic seal. It is considered the highest stamp of an organic approval. The organic seal ensures that the product is being produced without any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other growth-hormone chemicals. It ensures that the produce you’re eating is being grown naturally and manually. When a product has an organic seal, you are rest assured that you’re consuming the cleanest food possible.

 

2. Cage Free or Free Range
cage freeThis basically means that the animals are given much more freedom to move around, rather than being restrained in a cage. “Cage free” label is often applied in eggs while the label “free range” refers to the animals (cows, chicken, pigs, turkey, fish, etc).

Note: Keep in mind that the meat in “Cage Free” or “Free Range” products are not guaranteed that it was humanely treated, and that it only means that these animals are able to roam freely as they claimed.

3. Grass-Fedgrass fedThis food label means that an animal ate nothing but an animal’s milk (either cow, sheep, goat, etc), fresh grass, and hay. If you are going to purchase a product that is Grass-fed, look for “American Grassfed Association” or “Animal Welfare Approved” stamp to ensure that the animal was raised on a range or family-owned pasture.

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A USDA approved product is also generally pesticide free. You can look on pesticide residue-free label to identify pesticide free products. The same as with hormone free/antibiotic free.

5. All Natural or NaturalnaturalThis food label is the most intriguingly food label of all. The term natural refers to the foods without synthetic preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and additives. However, several companies are misleading the market for labeling their food as “natural” when in fact, it’s not. Your best bet on identifying natural food is with USDA seal.

 

6. Genetically Modified FoodsgmoFollowing the hype of GMO salmon, most consumers are now wary of identifying the GMO foods. You can read here on tips how to identify and avoid GMO foods.

Now that food labels are singled out in this post, you have a reason to be watchful of your foods and your surroundings. It is better to be safe at all times so minimize your exposure to bad elements such as GMO produced foods. Stay informed and be vigilant.

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