WELLNESS FOODS: FACTS AND MYTHS
A Guest post on Wellness Foods: Facts & Myths by AK Jain, communication head at Misrii. Since the age of modernization, the global population has become accustomed to adopting a fast lifestyle that involves packaged food, fast foods which increases the cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar content in the body ultimately giving way to numerous diseases in the future.
There is also another set of the population who’ve seen this coming and is moving on to adopt a very sustainable lifestyle, also called clean eating, with the inclusion of foods that are all organic, freshly grown from the fields with no preservatives, additives. Coming to think of the two different manners of lifestyle we who are at the crossroads of it are still juggling with our decisions and what is the proper adoption of lifestyle.
The following are some statements that are proven to be true or false:
One Should Cut Down on the Carbs for Healthy Living
Carbohydrates are the primary source through which the body gets its energy. The different groups of carbohydrates include glucose, fructose, lactose, sucrose, fibre and starch. Out of all the named ones, many people want to opt-out of starch and lactose since it means providing a high content of sugar while some become lactose intolerant. People also have the fear that taking too many carbs is going to result in bloating of the body and eventually gaining weight in the process.
The truth is it is not recommended to reduce carbs unless it is recommended to do so. This is due to the fact that there are two sources of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are in the category of soft drinks and cookies, which do not even help satisfy hunger and they have a low nutritional value. Complex carbohydrates function in the opposite way, they have a high nutritional value, keeps the stomach full for longer hours. You can find it in whole grain foods, vegetables, fruits.
Most people adopt brown rice instead of white rice, whole grain bread or brown bread instead of white bread, homemade juice with no added preservatives than what a soda provides or even better-consuming fruits as a whole. Brown rice has fewer calories and is rich in fiber, while fruits other than fructose still have good levels of minerals, vitamins and fiber. Fiber is very necessary to prevent constipation, lower blood sugar levels, promote weight loss.
Marketed Bodybuilding Protein Supplements may be Replaced by Alternative Protein Sources
This point is surely not about criticizing the ones who believe in the works of protein powders as a means to gain more muscles and for bodybuilding or also to lose weight. But the validity of protein powders functioning in their full and actual form is still questionable. Safety and labeling depend on the blind faith that we place with manufacturers.
According to an online article published by health.Harvard.edu, Clean Label Project (a non-profit group) published a report on toxins in protein powders. 134 products were screened and many protein powders contained heavy metal like lead, arsenic, mercury, biphenyl-A (used for making plastics). This can have health impacts like cancer.
For the ones who still need the usage of these protein shakes, they should keep in mind which manufacturer are they dealing with, is the package sealed, whether it contains all the data and correct information from the date of manufacture, with the correct ingredients. In addition, make sure that the comments followed by people are similar to the experience you will have, including the taste and size of it.
A reliable form of protein supply remains to be:
- Eggs (6 grams from one egg)
- Milk (one glass 8 grams)
- Soy milk (6.3 grams)
- Chicken breast (53 grams)
- Fish like salmon (22% protein )
- Broccoli (33%)
- Almonds (6 grams per ounce)
Veganism is the Next Best Alternative and Caters to Everyone
Veganism emerges as a sustainable and thought-out diet mode not only for future generations, but also for the animal kingdom. Although it seems vital to transfer our diet mode to an entirely herbal organic form, the thought and practice of it is certainly restrictions and strict.
Being vegan brings many advantages to the environment and the animals around you. A diet that is low in calories, low in fat, with a reduced risk of obesity and illnesses, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The questions that remain are they being deprived of the protein, calcium, vitamin B -12 which otherwise, a consumer of meat or a vegetarian gets through their normal dairy products and meat. Will the use of pulses, whole grains, nuts and seeds be viable for years to come and ensure that everyone survives and remains satisfied? The argument remains the same for everyone and it depends on commitment.
So much of what Veganism is remains unavailable and misinformed to people as information along with the status, education, understanding, eating habits of the people be taken into account. We also have to talk about the various cultural, traditional customs and old fabric of the people. Are developing and underdeveloped countries to be considered in this practice? It is certainly not a negative prerogative to practice, but just these questions come up to any individual who has never adopted the practice of Veganism.
There is one belief we should all think about, and that is we are different individuals with different sizes, height, income, background and through cultural spaces, continents, so the idea of what best to eat will change and beg to differ. But we know what stands best for us, along with the advice of nutritionists and dieticians the body should be taken into account to establish that we aren’t overdoing with any eating practice of ours that will lead to serious repercussions within the body.
AK Jain, communication head at Misrii. Currently heading communication at Misrii – a healthy food ordering platform. offering healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks & sweets. That’s where you find your place for Diet Meal Plan.