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vegetables by Nicole salazar for 360 magazine

Show your heart some love on more than just Valentine’s Day 

By Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS

Experts aren’t sure why people are more likely to have a heart attack during the winter than any other time of year. If Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month are inspiring you to take better care of your ticker, here’s big news. 

A 12-month human clinical study involving 577 participants conducted in Malaysia reveals we aren’t doing our hearts any favors by eating a high-carb diet. Researchers looked at different patterns of eating, from high-fat to low-fat, high-carb to low-carb, and measured the effect each way of eating had on the risk for heart disease. Turns out, fat intake didn’t move the risk needle one way or the other. The higher carb diets, on the other hand, were associated with greater cardiovascular ris. 

I wasn’t the least surprised by this study’s findings! I’ve been saying for years that fat has been wrongly demonized. If anything, it’s sugar – not fat – that’s causing us to go off the metabolic rails. In this study, low-carb diets performed considerably better than high-carb diets.

The study found that healthy adults who ate higher proportions of carbohydrates (compared with the amount of proteins or fat they consumed) tended to develop several elevated risk factors for cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure and more plaque-promoting small LDL cholesterol particles. Higher proportions of dietary fat intake were not associated with elevating these risk factors.

A hormone called insulin – and a condition called insulin resistance – are at the core of pre-diabetes, and are turning out to be early warning signs for heart disease. And the results of this study showed that insulin measures were considerably better when people ate diets with a lower amount of carbs, and that was true regardless of the amount of fat consumed. 

It’s insulin resistance, not cholesterol, that is the root cause of heart disease and, according to other research, probably many other chronic underlying conditions plaguing our world. 

The good news is that insulin resistance is treatable, preventable and mostly reversible by diet alone. It’s time we get off the toxic diets that are causing this condition in the first place! It’s time we understand that saturated fat and cholesterol are not the problems. When you remove that outdated thinking, the current dietary guidelines collapse like a house of cards. 

What’s good for the heart is good for the brain, and vice versa. I haven’t found one exception to that case. The right diet for the heart looks exactly like the right diet for the brain. And sadly, the  diet we SHOULD be eating is exactly the opposite of the diet we’ve been told is heart-healthy. 

Easy, no-fail heart-healthy eating changes

Most attempts to eat healthier fail quickly because the changes are too big and unmanageable. Instead of trying to completely overhaul your diet, start by making a few small changes. Here are a few simple suggestions that may have a healthy impact on your heart: 

First, remove these items from your kitchen: 

  • Corn oil and canola oil. These seed oils are filled with omega-6 which is very pro-inflammatory. 
  • Sugar. Let’s be realistic. I know you’re probably not going to give up your favorite sweets entirely. But be kind to your heart by restricting those goodies to just a few days a month.
  • Canned soups, salad dressings and pasta sauces. These are often loaded with hidden sugars and a ton of sodium. Instead of relying on these cooking shortcuts, do an internet search for simple recipes you can make from scratch.  
  • White flour and white rice. These are heavily processed and raise your blood sugar almost as much as pure sugar. And – don’t shoot the messenger – products made with ‘whole grains” don’t do much better. Whole grains still raise blood sugar, and still contain gluten, so they may not be the solution for everyone. 

Then, add these items to your fridge and pantry: 

  • Palm oil. You can find this online and in specialty markets. Millions of people around the world use it as their everyday cooking oil. Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil is rich in nutrients such as brain- and heart-healthy vitamin E tocotrienols. 
  • Butter. This was never bad to begin with! It was banished from our tables because of our ill-advised fear of saturated fats. So we replaced it with something much worse!
  • Stevia and monk fruit. These are natural sweeteners that have no effect on your blood sugar.” 
  • Nuts: People who eat more nuts have lower BMIs. Their diets are higher in magnesium, higher in fiber, higher in poly- and monounsaturated fats, all of which can have a profound effect on your health. But nuts are also easy to overeat and contribute to weight gain, so just be careful about the amount you consume.
  • Egg yolks: What a relief that you don’t have to suffer through one more tasteless egg white omelet! The advice to eat egg white omelets is way past its expiration date! 
  • Dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa on the label): Chocolate contains cocoa flavanols; beneficial plant-based phytonutrients that support cardiovascular health.
  • Grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and less inflammatory omega-6s. It’s also free of hormones, a very big plus indeed. If you follow this suggestion, you’ll never have to worry about how much marbling is in your steak, or if your hamburger is 70/30 instead of 90/10 or 80/20. It won’t matter. 
  • Dark meat poultry: The USDA data shows that there are mere milligrams of differences in the nutritional content of white and dark meat. 

Here’s more advice: Stick with the basics. I’ve always said that the only rule you really need to follow in nutrition is to eat real food, food your great-grandmother would have recognized as food. Eat from what I call the “Jonny Bowden Four Food Groups”: food you could hunt, fish, gather or pluck. Stay away from overly processed and get back to basics. 

That doesn’t mean you can never snack. Get organic (non-GMO) popcorn with minimal chemical processing. Get away from that chemical soup called “butter flavoring” and look for a microwave popcorn that contains palm oil, because palm oil doesn’t burn easily so your popcorn will taste better.  

This year, you can finally make commitments to a heart-healthy diet that are easy to achieve. These tips will help you take better care of your heart throughout the winter and may become heart-healthy habits you’ll want to follow all year long.  

Biography: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, (aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster”) is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health, and the best-selling author of 15 books on health. Dr. Jonny — a former professional pianist and conductor — earned six certifications in personal training and fitness, has a Master’s degree in psychology, a PhD in holistic nutrition and is board certified by the American College of Nutrition. He has written, contributed to or consulted on hundreds of articles in publications as diverse as the New York Times, People, Us, O the Oprah Magazine, In Style, Vanity Fair Online, People, GQ, Forbes Online, Clean Eating, the Huffington Post and countless others.

He is the best-selling author of 15 books, including “Living Low Carb”, “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth” and his latest, the revised and expanded version of “The Great Cholesterol Myth” (2020). 

Gemmist haircare

Gemmist introduces innovative scalp balancing bar

“After taking a small questionnaire, this product was formulated specifically for my hair texture. The shampoo lather felt lavish and the conditioner was viscous.” 360 Magazine’s Vaughn Lowery

The science-based, personalized haircare brand, Gemmist, is proud to announce the launch of their premium, soap-free Scalp Balancing Bar. A new innovation in scalp care, this first-of-its-kind bar utilizes results-driven, vegan ingredients to help exfoliate the scalp and  hair from the roots. The bar is free of sulfates, silicones, parabens and PEGs.

A weekly scalp therapy, that provides soap-free moisturizing, physical exfoliation, and stimulation to the scalp and hair follicles, the Scalp Balancing Bar transforms into a rich creamy lather when emulsified with water and instantly soothes, refreshes, and clarifies. Natural Ingredients include sugar—for gentle exfoliation; Eucalyptus Oil – to help relieve itchiness and control excess oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil — anti-fungal and known to clear hair follicles,  Ginger Root Oil—to clarify, stimulate, purify and refresh; and Argan Oil and Shea Butter—for hydration.

“Compared to the skin on our bodies, the scalp contains more sebaceous and sweat glands as well as hair follicles, which makes it very important to take care of,” says Allison Harr, CEO and founder of Gemmist. “The Scalp Balancing Bar took over a year to develop, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer this product to our existing lineup of haircare essentials.”

Gemmist partnered with experts in soap and soap-free bar chemistry to make a product that would exfoliate and help balance the scalp by helping to remove product build-up, excess oils, and pollution with every wash —resulting in a scalp that is both soothed and refreshed. For proper usage, once a week lather the bar with water and massage directly onto the scalp. Leave on for 1-2 minutes and then rinse well. Repeat if necessary and then shampoo and condition your hair, as usual, avoiding the scalp area.

The Gemmist Scalp Balancing Bar retails for $25 and can be purchased online alongside Gemmist’s shampoo and conditioner. All Gemmist products contain salon-grade ingredients to deliver exceptional results. For more information, please visit gemmist.com.

About Gemmist

A haircare company inspired by two key pillars – science and simplicity. Personalized product recommendations of solution-oriented formulas take the guesswork out of a haircare routine. Derived from data and insights via a proprietary algorithm, Gemmist was created to deliver the perfect shampoo and conditioner for specific hair needs direct to the consumer. Gemmist, a combination of gemma, Italian for ‘jewel’ and chemist, represents the juxtaposition between the hard facets of science and the raw power of beauty through shiny, healthy hair. For more information and to take the Gemmist hair quiz to determine your formula combination, please visit gemmist.com.

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Cleancult – redefining clean

By Armon Hayes

Truth be told, the cleaning industry has a dirty little secret—it’s not so clean after all. In order to fix tomorrow’s problems, we must fix today’s cleaning model. Many green cleaners don’t actually clean, and conventional ones often contain unhealthy chemicals. That’s where Cleancult comes in. 

Based in Puerto Rico, Cleancult is an eco-friendly brand that understands its duty to the Earth and its unique environments. Cleancult has products you will absolutely love and can feel good about incorporating into your routine, all the while minimizing your carbon footprint. From liquid hand soap, to laundry detergent, to dish soap made of effective cleaning power charged by nature’s finest ingredients, Cleancult keeps things clean, sustainable, non-toxic, and GMO-free. 

If you make the switch to Cleancult, you will eliminate 44 pounds of plastic waste each year.

Redefining powerful ingredients led to their signature, coconut-powered CocoClean Technology. Citric acid instantly lifts stains and tough odors without leaving behind toxins on your clothes. The plant-based formula of their hand soaps harness the power of coconuts and other biodegradable elements for a clean that’s uniquely tough on grit and grime, but gentle on your skin and our earth. The Lavender essence liquid hand soap is a gamechanger, now that frequent, vigorous, 20-second hand washing is necessary. An essential blend of aloe vera gel, olive oil, and coconut oil cleans and moisturizes your hands, leaving them feeling renewed. No worries, the same holds true for the Grapefruit Basil dish soap

The Home Bundle is the perfect package to get started, especially in a mosaic motif. It includes vibrant-colored, easy dispensers that will dress up your kitchen sink and compliment any bathroom decor. Their reusable glass bottles are shatter-resistant, rubberized but stylish, and guaranteed to be with you for the long haul. 

Cleancult has revolutionized every aspect of the cleaning process, from its ingredients to its packaging, to its performance to its shipping. Other cleaning products, even eco-friendly ones, use a lot of plastic that clogs up our homes, landfills, and oceans. An innovative refill system makes it easy for you to clean sustainably with 100% recyclable packaging made in the USA and carbon-neutral shipments. If you join the free recycle back program, Cleancult will take care of it for you, refilling your bottles and recycling your cartons. 

Everything about them comes back to one idea, redefining clean. Recyclable, paper-based milk carton refills means you can be eco-friendly in between cleans. Formulas with a little elbow grease that actually do the dirty work in your home without creating any more waste for the planet. Ready for a new cleaning routine? You can tailor every membership to your unique needs by choosing what you want, offering flexibility on shipments, and even pitching in on your recycling. 

Curate your very own clean routine with the products you need, delivered on a schedule that works with your lifestyle, because a brighter tomorrow starts with a smarter today.

Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Farm Animal Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Faunalytics x Farm Sanctuary

A new study from Faunalytics suggests that people who interact with farm animals at sanctuaries are more likely to consume fewer animal products.

Farm Sanctuary, America’s premier farm animal sanctuary and advocacy organization, joined Faunalytics to release the study, which showed that 70% of non-vegans who went on a tour through Farm Sanctuary said they would make dietary changes to reduce consumption of animal products. Comparatively, only 53% said they would change their diets prior to taking the tour.

You can see the study by clicking right here.

Farm Sanctuary followed up with participants in the survey two months later, and non-vegans reported eating less chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy, with many correspondents crediting the tour for that change.

Tourists didn’t only make active lifestyle changes. They also changed opinions. While 52% of participants said humans contribute to farm animal suffering before the tour, that number went up to 69% after the tour.

78% of omnivores said they were willing to cook vegetarian or vegan meals, which is up 12% from the 66% who were willing before the tour. 48% also said they were willing to discuss veganism and vegetarianism with others, but 73% said they’d had conversations with others about the subject at the time of the two month check-in.

The study took place at Farm Sanctuary locations in New York and California with over 1,200 subjects, and Farm Sanctuary hopes to continue progress by showing that tours can be both fun and effective.

Tom Beggs, a Faunalytics research scientist and the lead author of the study, said the public is becoming more aware of the way animals are treated in the food system, and a global shift is happening.

“The results from our study confirm something that most farm animal sanctuaries are already aware of: having meaningful interactions with farmed animals encourages people to empathize with them, and more importantly, to consider them as sentient individuals and not food,” Beggs said.

The study also shows that it’s important to find a balance between light-hearted and educational when sending a message about animal cruelty. The best way to spread the word is to make it easy to take immediate action by doing things like providing recipes, selling plant-based ingredients and foods and offering opportunities to get more involved in the cause.

Megan Watkins, CEO of Farm Sanctuary, said industrial agriculture is a major threat to our current world.

“The critical role that farm sanctuaries play in modeling a compassionate relationship with animals and inspiring positive lifestyle change cannot be overstated,” Watkins said. “Whether you visit in-person or virtually, the best way to glimpse the future is to visit a farm sanctuary.”

Faunalytics’ recent Animal Product Impact Scales list revealed the products causing the most suffering to animals in the United States. You can see that list by clicking right here

To learn more about Faunlytics, you can click right here, and to learn more about Farm Sanctuary, you can click right here.

Symara Briel Wilson illustration for travel article inside 360 MAGAZINE.

Ovolo Hotels Go Vegetarian

By Cassandra Yany

Ovolo Hotels announced Thursday– which was World Vegetarian Day— that all of its restaurants and bars in Australia and Hong Kong will move to completely vegetarian menus for the next year. This initiative has been termed “The Year of the Veg” and makes the hotel group the first in the world to eliminate meat from its menus.

Ovolo Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, said, “We want to be conscious about what we are consuming and practice environmental sustainability as best as we can, as this leads to a larger impact on humanity, not just the environment.”

These venues include:

  • Monster Kitchen & Bar at Ovolo Nishi in Canberra, AU- New Executive Chef Paul Wilson will implement his experience in internationally renowned kitchens to create a sophisticated vegetable-forward menu.
  • ZA ZA TA at Ovolo the Valley in Brisbane, AU- Managed by Israeli-born chef Roy Ner, formerly of Nour and Lilah in Sydney
  • Mister Percy at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour in Sydney, AU- This location will be transformed into a vegetarian Italian wine bar.
  • Komune at Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong- The location is cutting meat from its menus, and the hotel will soon debut a new restaurant that will be fully vegetarian, as well.

Other locations such as Alibi Bar & Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Australia and New Zealand, and Veda at Ovolo Central in Hong Kong will continue with their vegan and vegetarian menus, respectively. 

In addition to moving fully vegetarian, Ovolo has already taken numerous other steps to implement eco-friendliness in their hotels. The hotel collection has eliminated single-use plastic bathroom amenities and replaced them with re-fillable, tamper-free pump bottles that are HDPE recyclable, eliminated single-use plastic straws, introduced reusable woven bags for slippers, and began using biodegradable materials in all laundry bags and packaging.

To learn more about Ovolo Group’s move to become fully vegetarian in Australia and Hong Kong, visit here.

About Ovolo Group

Ovolo Hotels is the leading designer hotel group. The Ovolo Group was founded by entrepreneur Girish Jhunjhnuwala and first entered the real estate market in 2002; then further expanded into the hotel industry in 2010. Ovolo Hotels quickly became one of Hong Kong and Australia’s most dynamic independent owner operated hospitality firms by providing guests with the best in effortless living across hotels and food and beverage outlets.

A collection of contemporary hotels that keep you connected to the little luxuries you love, all effortlessly included. The company prides itself on being in touch with the modern traveller through award-winning interior designs, detail-driven comforts, complimentary value-added services like the mini bar, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and more, and cutting-edge technology – all done in signature Ovolo style. At the 2019 HM Awards, Ovolo Hotels were acknowledged for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, receiving the accolade “Hotel Brand of the Year.”

A proud Hong Kong brand, Ovolo Group remains a family-owned and privately-operated business operating four hotels and three restaurants in Hong Kong, and seven hotels and five restaurants across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Ovolo is also developing a new hotel in Melbourne, Australia (South Yarra).

Ovolo also has the By Ovolo Collective within its portfolio of hotels, a distinctive collection of four hotels each one unique, each one special, the more guests explore, the more they’ll find. These include Nishi Apartments in Canberra Australia, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong, The Sheung Wan Hong Kong, and Mamaka Kuta Beach Bali Indonesia launching late 2020.

Image by @zumbarsoap and featured on 360 MAGAZINE

Indigo Wild – Zum Clean Laundry Soap

Zum Clean Laundry Soap is a sweet rehab your garb will enjoy and, in return, will keep you rocking’ your favorite threads longer than “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” This is not detergent, but it’s just as effective and a lot gentler. Highly concentrated, it works perfectly in standard and HE washing machines. Zum Clean Laundry Soap washes away laundry-related anxiety so you can ditch your dirty detergents. Clothes’ hardest job should be protecting your bod, not fighting a chemical tirade in the washer on their off day. Therefore, Zum Clean Laundry Soap is completely free of parabens, phosphates, phthalates, and petroleum by-products. Our simple, plant-based formula is low-sudsing, highly concentrated, and perfect for high-efficiency machines.

WHAT’S INSIDE

  • Zum Clean Laundry soap is not a detergent. It’s made with four simple, natural ingredients you can pronounce and, of course, cruelty-free.
  • 100% Saponified Coconut Oil treats your second skin gently and doesn’t dry it out.
  • Essential Oils naturally freshen clothes and “aromatherapize” your home while you wash.
  • Baking Soda removes dirt and odors.
  • Vegetable Glycerin is gentle on clothes so you can ditch the dryer sheets.

AROMATHERAPY BLENDS

Frankincense-Patchouli*, Frankincense & Myrrh*, Sea Salt*, Lavender-Cedar*, Tea Tree-Citrus*, Lavender*, Lullaby Lavender, Patchouli*, Sweet Orange*, and Eucalyptus-Citrus,

SRP: 32 fl. oz. — $14.25 | *64 fl. oz. — $21 and up

AVAILABILITY: IndigoWild.com

CHECK OUT OTHER ZUM PRODUCTS

  • Zum Mist = Throw Zum Mist into your purse, backpack, gym bag and/or car! This aromatherapy spray is so versatile that it can be used in shoes, as a hair refresher, air and room freshener and more. Zum Mist contains only purified water, essential oils, and vegetable glycerin – no chemical emulsifiers. Also, cruelty-free and vegan.
  • Zum Wash = Amp up the clean Zum Wash — our mega-moisturizing, SLS-free liquid soap for hands and body. Packed with an anthology of certified-organic saponified oils — we’re talkin’ coconut, olive, and jojoba — plus essential oil blends that amp up the aroma at every level. Basically, it’s a concerted effort for natural cleaning and deep moisturizing.
  • Zum Bar Soap = The shower is a stage and the Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap is an essential oil protégé that plays the 33-hit wonders. To every batch of goat’s milk soap, we add plant-based, fragrant essential oils, transforming it into an aromatherapy concerto like no other. It’s naturally ultra-moisturizing, naturally balanced for the skin, and naturally homogenized.

ABOUT ZUM

It all began with the famous little Zum Bar, cooked up in Emily Voth’s kitchen in 1996. Since then, we’ve been cooking up all sorts of natural Zum products, including lotions, candles, salves, lip balms, bath salts, liquid soaps, massage oils and aromatherapy sprays at The Zum Factory in Kansas City. Our natural aromatherapy products thoroughly cover the body and home.

ABOUT INDIGO WILD

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Indigo Wild Began with he famous Zum Bar created in Emily Voth’s kitchen in 1996. Ever since, they’ve been hand-making every small batch of Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap. As well as an array of other plant-based, natural aromatherapy products for body and home.

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The Healthy, Soft Hands Package

If all your efforts to keep germ free are taking a toll on your skin, then it’s time to revamp your wash routine with Plaine Products.

This eco-friendly body brand is on a mission to rid the world of single use plastics while helping you nourish and protect your skin. Their products are made with safe non-GMO ingredients and packed in refillable, aluminum bottles–good for the body and good for the earth.

Choose a targeted solution from their full line, or build your ultimate Healthy Hands Care Package with these top products:

• Peppermint Hand Sanitizer — This blend of 70% ethyl alcohol and antimicrobial/antiviral peppermint essential oil exceeds CDC recommendations to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Not to mention it smells great!

• Citrus Lavender Hand Wash — Give your kitchen and bath a fresh and invigorating scent while washing away germs without harsh chemicals.

• Citrus Lavender Body Lotion — Once clean, slather on this lightweight, hydrating lotion made with pure aloe and rose hips oil.


Thanks to their amazing customers, Plaine Products has diverted over 200,000 plastic bottles from landfills and oceans in the last two years! Even in the face of the pandemic, they continue to make a difference thanks to a social distancing distribution process and safe sanitization procedures.

All Plaine Products are vegan, non-GMO, and free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and palm oil. Plus, they are cruelty free and Leaping Bunny Certified.

Jane Velez-Mitchell illustration by Mina Tocalini

Meat Causes Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) new guidelines for cancer reduction were revealed recently and it’s no surprise that they recommend avoiding or reducing meat intake. The ACS is advising the public to consume far less processed and read meats while shifting to more plant-based whole foods. In the guidelines they do advise consuming nutrient-rich, high in fiber foods like vegetables, whole grains, beans, fruits, and peas. “Eat the rainbow” as we’ve all heard for years. 

These new guidelines follow in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) stance released in 2015 where they famously classified red meats as a Group 2A carcinogen that was “probably carcinogenic to humans”. They referenced studies that lined consistent consumption of red meat to colorectal cancer.   

New Day New Chef: Support and Feed Edition focuses on the organization’s work supplying food to children’s charities, homeless and domestic abuse shelters, food banks, family and senior centers by supporting vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. Filmed largely with robotic cameras during the COVID-19 outbreak, the show follows Maggie Baird, (actress, screenwriter, vegan, and mother of musicians Billie Eilish and Finneas, who are also vegan) on her journey to create Support and Feed. Two episodes are now available to stream on Prime Video, with more released weekly. 

Animal Rights Activist & Host of “New Day New Chef: Support and Feed” Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained.com, a multi-platform social media news channel producing thousands of widely shared videos on animal rights and veganism. Jane is the winner of four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States. For six years she hosted her own show on HLN (CNN Headline News) where she did a weekly animal segment. Velez-Mitchell also reported for the TV show Celebrity Justice, and was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in LA and WCBS-TV in NY. Jane is active in the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles. Two episodes are now available to stream on Prime Video, with more released weekly. 

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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.
 

Vogue MAGAZINE UKRAINE, Ministry of Tomorrow, 360 MAGAZINE

VOGUE UKRAINE – MOT

Vogue Ukraine edition recognizes eco fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow for social and sustainability excellence. 
 
“each stage of production is exemplary”
Tetiana  Solovey 
 
“This is a big win for our tailors in Nairobi. Against all odds, they have shown that given a chance with training and access to basic tools, luxury craftsmanship and sustainability is possible” said Julian Prolman, founder and president of Ministry of Tomorrow.
 
The MOT eco-factory was established directly next to Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, so that tailors living in Kibera have an opportunity for fair wage jobs, where they can walk a short distance to work and have a chance for a better future. 
 
MOT’s Nairobi facility produces high quality, limited edition, handmade eco-luxury vegan bags with an aim to deliver abundant social and environmental good with each bag sold. 
 
About the Ministry of Tomorrow

The Ministry of Tomorrow, headquartered in Los Angeles, is a for-profit social enterprise that designs and produces high-quality, eco-luxury, vegan accessories and garments and sells directly to consumers at ministryoftomorrow.com
 
The purchase of MOT products enables sustainable development by providing income generating opportunities for people in marginalized places of the world. MOT represents a new frontier in business based on love for all and responsible commerce.