Turmeric continues to make some impressive health headlines. Best known as the spice behind curry, research is showing how it can potentially play a role in weight loss, along with preventing Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other conditions.
With so many responsibilities and not enough time, sometimes eating out seems like the most reasonable option for fueling up. Unfortunately, restaurant dishes are often loaded with calories, as well as the saturated fat, sodium and sugar that make these meals taste so good. Indulging in these large, frequent meals can be costly in terms of time, money and nutrition. Even the seemingly “healthier” options are still generally higher in sodium, sugar, and saturated fat than a packed lunch or a meal eaten at home.
Still, eating out has become so normalized in our culture that many people dine out daily at lunchtime and 2-3 times per week for dinner, so it’s important to know how to be smart about it. Here are 14 strategies to try when eating out, as well as some of the healthier selections from eight of the most popular types of cuisine.
“Superfood” has been a buzzword for years, but it’s really more of a marketing term than an official food-industry classification. Still, superfoods generally have one thing in common: They pack a significant nutrient punch. They may be high in one nutrient in particular, or they might contain several phytonutrients, antioxidants, other vitamins, and/or minerals. And since these perks come in a small volume of mostly low-calorie food options, they have an even greater appeal in our weight-obsessed culture. Some superfood all-stars of the recent past include blueberries, dark chocolate, oats, pistachios, and dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach.
Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” was identified in the 17th century by Dr. Daniel Whistler and Professor Francis Glisson when they discovered the causative factors of rickets.
Drinking a protein shake after resistance-training is a popular nutritional strategy adopted by many fitness enthusiasts & athletes to boost muscle protein synthesis (MPS), but does evidence support this practice, and if so, then what type of protein is best, how much should be ingested and when should it be consumed?
The average Briton consumes up to 8000 mg of sodium each day! An amount far in excess of the tolerable upper level (UL*) intake recommended by most health organisations. Too much salt in the diet can raise blood pressure which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. A reduction in average salt intake from 8g to 6g per day is estimated to prevent over 8000 premature deaths each year and save the NHS over £570million annually.
The Atkins diet made headlines in November 2002 when researchers from Duke University presented results of a study comparing the Atkins diet to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) low-fat diet at the AHA’s annual scientific meeting. Headlines of “Atkins diet meets with success,” “Vindication for the Atkins diet?” and “Atkins diet beats low-fat fare” had meat-lovers cheering and dietitians cringing. Sceptics argued that the study, funded by the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, included too few people and failed to monitor participants’ actual food intake and exercise levels.
It’s Halloween season, which means sweet treats, a few tricks and an all-round good time! But what about the temptations to indulge in snacks that are counter-productive to a healthy and balanced diet? Below are some quick, easy and fun alternatives to the usual sugar-laden snacks, great for family Halloween parties or even to give out to trick-or-treaters!