Nutrition

Recipe: Pink Berry Strawberry Smoothie

Ok, I feel like a pro at smoothies. I have made them for years and authored at least 20-30 recipes.  I drink them several days a week, and I feel better if I have one. I think the pink and purple or citrus smoothies are my favorites, but I can tolerate some of the green ones.  This recipe combines healthy fats from chia seeds and flax meal.  Flax meal is high in fiber, and 73% of the fat is polyunsaturated.  Chia seeds are equally impressive a decent source of protein and fiber.   I have added a base of Fairlife nonfat milk for protein and fluid.  The berries add enough sweetness to absolve the need for sugar.   This simple smoothie has enough fiber and protein to keep you full all morning long.  

 

Myth: You will be healthier with less fat in your diet.

Not all fats are bad.

Several years ago, every medical and nutrition expert recommended that we avoid fats in our diet.  Basically, the entire school-age population was taught in health class and on Saturday infomercials that we should eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.  The problem is that this advice does not pass the muster of nutrition science.  

 

Research: Resistant dextrin may assist with weight loss

Resistant dextrin may improve insulin resistance and assist with weight loss.

Recently, I have noticed a new ingredient in many of the cereals I eat.  The additive is a compound called resistant dextrin.  Dextrin is a soluble gummy substance or prebiotic that is obtained by hydrolysis of starch, used as a thickening agent and in adhesives and dietary supplements.  Resistant dextrins are a class of soluble fiber isolated from wheat or corn that is believed to reduce the glycemic response and promote satiety. Dextrins are also believed to also improve insulin resistance and assist in the management of type 2 diabetes.  It is hypothesized to absorb water and should expand the gut and reduce your appetite, but there is limited evidence that prebiotics improves insulin resistance or reduce weight.

 

Editorial: The truth about energy drinks

Are energy drinks bad for you?

We have all been there.  It was a long night and you tossed and turned.  You may have had a late night of work followed by a dinner that haunted you.  You may have even had a nightcap or two.  Now, it is 9 am and you are dragging at work or school.  Now, that energy drink is calling your name.  It really is easy to give in and reach for a tall, monster-sized drink of instant octane in the cooler.  The questions are if they are really that bad for you or is this just hype from the healthy nuts?  

 

Milk alternatives, Part 1: Fairlife Ultra-Filtered Milk

Fairlife Milk: The Better Milk

If you visit the Fairlife milk website, you can easily find the claims that it is nutrient-rich milk made with a patented cold-filtration process that removes the lactose and increases the protein content.  The claim that their filtration process was inspired by the same process that removes impurities from water.  The process reportedly started with dairy from family-owned dairy farms that is processed by soft filters that concentrate and removed parts to leave the milk goodness that had less lactose and more calcium and protein.

 

Recipe: Apple Cranberry Flax Smoothie

Apple Cranberry Flax Smoothie

This recipe combines healthy fats from the flax meal.  Flax meal is high in fiber, and 73% of the fat is polyunsaturated.   I have added a base of Fairlife nonfat milk.  The fruit adds enough sweetness to absolve the need for sugar, but you may need to add a little honey.   This simple smoothie has enough fiber and protein to keep you full all morning long.  

 


Research: Effect of high-protein meal replacement on weight and cardiac risks

High-protein may assist with weight control and lower cardiac risk.

Higher protein diets are still a common approach to weight loss.  Most dieters have tried them.  The problem with suggesting them is that there is limited research to support their use and some research shows that the addition of many sources of protein may actually increase your risk of heart disease.   Any future research that might show higher protein diets lower cardiometabolic risk factors would potentially indicate that higher protein diets that result in weight loss might have a place in treating diabetes and heart disease.    

 


Myth: Nighttime eating makes you fat.

Eating at night will not make you overweight.  

A lot of experts recommend against eating past 6 p.m. at night because they mistakenly believe that it might make you more likely to gain weight.  This type of advice might seem to make sense because we are less active at night, but it is also misleading. Weight gain is more about what and how much you eat and not back when you eat it.  The belief that separates fact from fiction when it comes to late-night eating and weight gain.

 

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