Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Cereal flake size influences calorie intake | Penn State University

People eat more breakfast cereal, by weight, when flake size is reduced, according to Penn State researchers, who showed that when flakes are reduced by crushing, people pour a smaller volume of cereal into their bowls, but still take a greater amount by weight and calories.

“People have a really hard time judging appropriate portions,” said Barbara Rolls, professor of nutritional sciences and Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition. “On top of that you have these huge variations in volume that are due to the physical characteristics of foods, such as the size of individual pieces, aeration and how things pile up in a bowl. That adds another dimension to the difficulty of knowing how much to take and eat.”

via Cereal flake size influences calorie intake | Penn State University.

Pretty good idea.  Cereal is hard to measure by volume.  You can weigh it instead and compare to the serving size on the package.

You’ll notice that for similar reasons, European recipes are frequently given by weight instead of by cup volume.  It’s more controlled, and if you have a food scale, it’s actually easier to measure that way.

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Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

So the larger question remains: does eating fruits and vegetables that are high in flavonoids affect those clinical precursors to heart disease? Or even more simply, can eating fruits and vegetables directly affect your risk of heart disease?

It would appear so …

via Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites.

We love this particular mailing list, produced by a chef who is a physician — how cool is that — it’s always full of information, especially if have a particular diet because of a medical issue, or a concern, or a potential drug interaction with food.

 

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I’m on a diet. Can I have one free meal a week where I eat anything I want?

English: Half of a homemade pecan pie in a gla...

Quick Q&A today for a blog follower.

If you mean by that, as MUCH as I want, no, since you’re significantly overweight and just starting out on your food plan, you really have no idea how much to want.

Maybe later you will… by Thanksgiving dinner perhaps.

If you mean by that, just different foods with the same nutritional result, that’s more do-able, as long as your plan allows those foods.

If you mean by that, can I switch around breakfast and dinner or something like that, by all means yes, on most plans that’s totally fine.

What does it mean when I keep going off my diet?

English: Typical Atkins diet meal

Let’s break this one down to its two obvious extremes.  You on a Diet, You off a Diet.   The only two commonalities are You, and The Diet.

 

SO …

Either the diet is not you, or the diet IS you, but you are not the You you intend to be, yet.

Either the diet is next to impossible for you to keep up with — in which case,  you can change it.

Or You are not yet up to the point of really wanting to stick with it long enough to get where you want to go.  You want to go there, you just don’t want it enough to sacrifice short term comfort to get long term gain.  Yet.  Maybe you will later.  Hope so.  Till you want it enough to stay with the process, you may as well not start the process.

Are some foods bad?

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The effect of a vegetarian diet in this study was “pretty modest,” Eckel said. The more extreme diet—the vegan diet—did not appear to add additional benefits.Most nutritional experts “agree that diets should limit added sugars and sugary drinks, refined grains, and large amounts of saturated and trans fats, [and healthy diets should include] substantial amounts of fruits and vegetables [and] whole grains, legumes, and nuts,” Baron writes. “Achieving these goals trumps the more narrow goals of whether to include moderate amounts of dairy, eggs, fish, or even meat.”Eckel agrees. “We need to get away from this good food/bad food ” concept, he said. The overall diet is what is important. “Is some red meat or saturated fat in a diet appropriate? I think so. Its just a matter of how much.”

via Vegetarian diet linked to longer life in American Adventists | theheart.org.

Let’s restate a bit.  Going vegan may increase your lifespan slightly, but going to a more healthy diet can lead to fewer issues as you age,  thereby increasing your lifespan and your overall quality of life tremendously.

What’s good?  You already know.  Eat real food, mostly plants, just enough quantity to be satisfied.  Adding in some meat and even some treats is going to make that lifestyle much more pleasant for many people, and that will increase your compliance, so it’s good.

Chasing Delicious | Kitchen 101: Nutrition in Produce

via Chasing Delicious | Kitchen 101: Nutrition in Produce.

Must admit, we’re posting this because it’s a really cool photo.  Do love the idea of eating different colors of plants while you’re eating as a wide  variety of plants as possible.

Enough is Enough – The Scientific Truth on 10 Popular Fat Burners | Burn The Fat Blog – Tom Venuto.

Enough is enough. Everywhere we go, we are being inundated with ads promising us that taking a few pills a day will burn fat. Turn on the television and you hear doctors recommending the latest and greatest fat burner (here’s a little secret: most doctors take only one class in nutrition during their education, and thus know very little about nutrition and metabolism). If you want to waste your money on fat burners, go ahead and stop reading. If you want to learn the truth, keep reading …

via Enough is Enough – The Scientific Truth on 10 Popular Fat Burners | Burn The Fat Blog – Tom Venuto..

Quick summary:  There’s no fat burning product that helps enough to justify the cost.

And drink some green tea.