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Counting Carbohydrates

By Ingrid De La O

Remember the 90’s? The world-wide-web was invented, Google was born and fanny packs were all the rage (and apparently still are).

It was also the time that fats were considered bad, like really bad. In fact, it was in fashion to buy fat-free everything, even fat-free mayo was a thing. Today the really bad crown has gone to carbohydrates while fats are rising in style by the keto industry. I’m glad the world changed its stance on fats. The myelin sheath that protects your nerves is coated in fat. Lack of high-quality fats break down this myelin sheath, and I’d be getting on your nerves right now.

The mentality today is counting calories and carbohydrates. We become mathematicians in some cases and excessively only tunnel vision at these two when looking at the back of the label. The problem is that it is not the macronutrients we should be scared of, but the quality of these macronutrients. The intake of toxins that are rising in our food consumption starting with the use of herbicides and pesticides–which cause a cascade of reactions in the body that promote fat storage, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

Let’s talk about a super-nutrient that most of America is deficient in– fiber. This super-nutrient is a type of carbohydrate. Gasp!

“Only 5% of people in the US meet the recommended daily target of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. That amounts to a population-wide deficiency — what nutritionists call the fiber gap”

Fiber is a super-nutrient since it’s a part of so many different foods. Eating a fiber-rich diet is associated with better gastrointestinal health and a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, high cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, even some cancers. That’s because fiber is fantastic in many ways: It slows the absorption of glucose — which evens out our blood sugar levels — and also lowers cholesterol and inflammation. More on that in a second…

But first let’s talk about other important stuff found in carbohydrates–antioxidants! These are abundant compounds primarily found in fresh fruits and vegetables, and evidence for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases is continuously emerging.

Antioxidants and polyphenols are commonly found in nature bound to macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. In fruits, and vegetables, carbohydrates are the major component that makes up their matrix. It turns out you need the fibers found in these fruits and vegetables to make the antioxidants bioavailable, that’s because once in your gut they bind to macromolecules such as fiber that improve their bioavailability.

Fiber is able to safely and effectively transport polyphenols to the colon where these compounds may have a protective effect on colon health as they are released during plant fiber fermentation by gut bacteria. That means the more nutrients you get for your gut bacteria including antioxidants, polyphenols, and fibers, the higher the reward for your system, this will boost your immunity, prevent signs of aging, and lend to better overall health and weight-loss success.

No more meal math: Eating high-quality foods—including plenty of high-quality fats—is the new golden rule of weight loss. When you eat the right quality and balance of whole foods, your body can do the rest on its own.

Processed carbohydrates—foods like chips, soda, crackers, and even white rice—digest quickly into sugar and increase levels of the hormone insulin. This is why the keto diet is so darn popular these days!

Sugar is not the problem, the problem is that these toxins found in these foods create inflammation and hinder your overall ability to use sugars as energy. Some of these toxins are artificial colors that create inflammation, rancid fats that are free radicals, artificial flavors that are hormone disruptors, preservatives that kill your gut bacteria, heavy metals that are a wrecking ball to your entire system, nano-plastics that disrupt the liver, brain, and gut, and lots of glyphosate that hurt your liver enzymes along with your thyroid for metabolism.

Antioxidants are the antidote to inflammation, the diversifier of your gut microbiome, the hormone balancers, and a long list of benefits.

So let’s save our math for counting sheep. And pay more attention to the toxins.

Snack Smarts: Raise Your Nutrition IQ

By Simon Sum, DCN, RDN, ACSM-CPT, FAND, Director of North America Scientific Affairs, R&D at Herbalife Nutrition
 
The good news: nearly 90% of consumers read nutrition labels. The bad news: people don’t always understand the vital nutritional terms on labels. Nutrition IQ is critical to supporting healthy eating habits and reducing the risk of chronic disease. For example, according to The International Food Information Council Foundation, nearly two in three people have heard of nutrient density, but far fewer can explain what it means. And while many consumers now understand that protein is a vital addition to meals, they are less picky about their protein when it comes to snacking.
 
First, let’s first review why protein is critical to our daily diets. Proteins are essential macronutrients that help to maintain our immune systems and build muscle, bone, skin, and hair. Without consuming the appropriate amounts of protein, you run the risk of missing out on these essential functions. Eventually, that could lead to problems, such as a loss of muscle mass, failure to grow, weakened heart and lung function, and even early death. Available evidence indicates that it’s the quality of protein (or the protein “package”), rather than the amount of protein that likely makes a difference for our health. 
 
Nutrient density is the measure of how much nutrition you get per serving or per calorie eaten and vital to achieving a nutritious diet. When choosing between two food items with the same calorie amount, one food choice can provide your body with the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals we need every day. In contrast, another option may provide empty calories from sugar and saturated fat with no other significant nutritional benefits.
 
Snacking often gets a bad rap because many options are loaded with sugar, saturated fat or excessive salt. And the food industry has responded to this challenge with endless “low sugar” and “low sodium” snacks – but that does not mean that the nutritional benefits are increased. The next evolution in the quest for better-than snacks has come in the form of protein labeled options. But while protein is good, not all protein snacks are created equal, and consumers may end up with a food solution that sounds healthy but is not.
 
One of the challenges with finding nutrient rich snacks is that until recently, there was no tool available for health professionals or food manufacturers to determine the nutrient density of protein snack products. Working with a team at Herbalife Nutrition, we created an index to identify the comprehensive profile of nutrient rich protein snacks. And the results were illuminating for consumers wanting to grab a bite that satisfies their hunger needs but also supports their desire for good quality protein snacks. 
 
Our study, entitled “A Modified Nutrition Rich Food Index to Assess Nutrient Density of Protein Foods and Snacks” presented at last month’s American Society for Nutrition annual meeting, demonstrated that good source protein food products are snacks with vitamins A and D, calcium, and fiber. At the same time, consumers should also look for products with a low amount of saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. As for calorie count – a healthy snack should be 100-150 calories to prevent hunger and maintain satiety before the next meal. So next time you grab a yogurt, shake, or protein bar – don’t just count calories, but also the vitamins and fiber to increase your healthy food options and raise your snacking IQ.
 

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The Easy & Fun Way to Choose Healthy Products: NEW HueApproved Scanner

If you have ever found yourself looking at labels at the grocery store or online and trying to decide on the best product for you, our HueApproved Scanner will make it easy for you! 
Check out how it works here:
Our philosophy is simple:
Food as Fuel to Color Your World.

We are a third party, unbiased, wanting to help you make the best lifestyle choices!

We love simple. Easy home cooked meals. Lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. Nutritious products with clean labels. But cutting a pathway through the clutter can be hard work and we need your help.

Nutrients are important. Using the nutrition label or recipe analysis, we check protein, fiber, sodium, sugar, and saturated fat.

Ingredients are important. We look for recipes developed by our HueChefs made with whole minimally processed ingredients and we look for packaged foods with fewer additives.

Behaviors are important. Making time to cook at home is best but we know you need other more convenient options.

And finally the pattern is important. At the end of a day, it’s the sum total of individual choices that determines the pattern. The more variety you bring into your day, the better.

So we envisioned a pattern for a good food day based on nutrients, ingredients, and behaviors. Then we developed a tool to assess how well a product or a recipe compares to that pattern on a scale of 1 to 7.

We sum the scores to get a final value between 1 and 7. The higher the number, the more we approveand we need your help to test it out for us!

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Boost Your Metabolism to Speed Up Weight Loss

ILana Muhlstein, MS, RDN

Metabolism is essentially the rate in which we burn food for energy. Therefore, a slow metabolism doesn’t burn the calories from food as quickly and the excess of calories consumed will be quicker to store as fat. On the upside, someone with a slow metabolism will likely feel more full and energized from less calories and should therefor focus on filling and satisfying low calorie foods.

Cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, and cabbage are a great example. They are very high in fiber, which can help absorb excess fat and calories and promote elimination. These vegetables also contain iron and calcium, which and both minerals are essential for a healthy working metabolism.

Whey protein, found in protein shake powders like shakeology, are also great for boosting metabolism. Protein requires extra energy to breakdown, causing your body to burn excess calories and jolt your fat burning potential. The lean protein can also stimulate our satiety hormones and contribute to feeling full and satisfied which can prevent overeating. Whey protein also contains leucine, an amino acid, that can help build muscle, which can improve our metabolic rate, aka speed in which we burn calories.

Beans and legumes, like lentils, are amazing for boosting metabolism. They are very rich in plant based protein and iron, both essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism. Additionally, beans and legumes are rich sources of resistant starch. This starch is harder for the body to break down, meaning that it helps keep us fuller longer, can lower our blood sugar response, and encourage our body to burn more calories to break it down. The high fiber content can also help reduce fat storage in the body and improve elimination, which is very helpful for enhancing a positive metabolic system. 

 It has been studied and shown that your metabolism works about 2x stronger in the first half of the day, compared to the second half. You are eating food at the same time that you are engaged in your daily activities which is ideal for burning more calories. Even walking to and from the bathroom, or getting in and out of the car is more calorie-burning than sitting on a couch. In fact, using your brain and reading emails has been shown to burn more calories than watching TV. Therefore, the more you eat in the first half of the day, and the less you eat later at night, the better your metabolism will work. 

 

Winter Soup Cleanse

Everyone resolves to lose weight, eat better, work out more, etc etc in the new year.  But no one actually follows through!

Now you can do something that’s great for your physical health that tastes delicious and won’t leave you feeling deprived. The ladies from Wear Your Wellness, who created their hydration challenge to reinforce the benefits of staying hydrated, have now come up with a soup cleanse for you to start your new year off right!

The reasons a soup cleanse is so beneficial?

  • Stay hydrated with warm liquids
  • Give your system a break after the holidays with easy to digest soups
  • Pack in more nutrients per serving to boost your immunity during cold and flu season
  • Adds more fiber to your diet to clean your pipes and bust belly bloat
  • Soup recipes are easy to make, easy to store for multiple meals

Gift Guide × Health Conscious Foodie

(Photo credit— VeganSmart Instagram)

Each holiday is filled with homemade recipes and delicious snacks, making it a foodie’s favorite time of year. This year, instead of gifting the foodie in your life one of their favorite treats, why not step it up by introducing them to new, healthy flavors their taste buds will love. 
 
Below are some healthy picks that are sure to shake up every foodie’s holiday!

 
For the foodies who love spicy:

MINA Classic Moroccan Harissa, Shakshuka and Tagine’s spice up the flavor of your food, add nutrients to your health and easily up your cooking game. What can be used as a sauce, dip or spread, Mina Moroccan sauces are versatile in its ability to add heat to any dish, as well as make Moroccan cuisine quick and easy.


For the foodies who like a little crunch:

The newest superfood, Wine RayZyn, is a hand-harvested wine grape naturally toasted and caramelized, keeping the skin and seeds intact to provide unprecedented amounts of fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants—not to mention, a delicious crunch. RayZyn can be added to all your salads, baked goods, side dishes and more!

 

 
For the trendy foodies:

Olitalia, an Italian-based and globally loved olive oil and vinegar company, is introducing their line of balsamic-based Drink Vinegar to the U.S. market just in time for the holidays. Available on Amazon and nationwide in October, Drink Vinegar helps improve metabolism, enhance digestion, serves as an excellent source of Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin B2 and B3 AND can restore your skin’s natural beauty and radiance.

 

 
For the foodies always on the go:

VeganSmart, a line of delicious, plant-based nutritional shake, with no dairy, eggs, soy, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, preservatives, cholesterol, acesulfame-K, MSG, and zero trans-fat, is the perfect way to stay full and keep your energy up during the busy holiday season. Containing 5 different non-GMO plant based proteins, VeganSmart provides the essential amino acids for building and repairing tissue and muscle.