Can Fat Be Your Friend?

October 7th, 2008

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Many people have difficulties understanding the concept of fat and whether it is good for you or not. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that does not have one clear, all-encompassing answer. It is the same as the situation with carbs, another highly confusing area of the diet.The problem seems to be that there is bad fat that is bad for you no matter what. It will make you fat and increase your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

On the other side of the table though, is that fat is something that your body needs to survive.

Some fats supply essential fatty acids such as linolenic acids which are needed for the metabolizing cholesterol, producing prostaglandin and fort the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and arytenoids. Fat cells are stored in the body and provide insulation, store energy, and provide cushioning for organs. Many new reports are now saying that there was not really enough evidence in previous reports to make the general statements that were previously made such as that fats cause cancer.

Inner City Neighborhoods Looking for Healthier Foods

October 6th, 2008

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Inner city neighborhoods are one of the worst neighborhoods in this country when it comes to being able to find quality food to feed your family. Many of these neighborhoods have an abundance of fast food restaurants with very few places to get quality foods at a reasonable price. Many of these restaurants are there with the sole purpose of supplying jobs for many people in inner city neighborhoods. However, it is leaving the neighborhood overcrowded with no place to turn to if the residents would like to feed their families better food than what they can get at these restaurants.

Many of these neighborhoods are turning to the open farmer’s market type of situation where local farmers can have the opportunity to grow and sell their organic foods. This is a great option that is much healthier and gives people a place to earn the money from selling what they grow.

Unfortunately, the debate seems to be whether these communities can afford to reject badly needed jobs for local residents. Compared to the drug dealers, gangs and petty thieves some might say fried chicken restaurant that helps people earn an honest living isn’t really all that bad.

Reduce Carbohydrates and Improve Your Health

October 2nd, 2008

bread.jpgCarbohydrates are necessary for your body but more people are realizing that, some carbs are better than others. Diabetics have found that by reducing the amount and type of carbs that they eat, they can help control their blood sugar levels and feel better. In addition, by keeping their blood sugar levels more controlled they will also prevent further complications from their diabetes from developing.

Another new factor is that by eliminating most of the carbs from your diet, people began losing weight.

With all the fad diets and the amount of information bombarding us daily about what is healthy and how to lose weight quickly the nation was starting to lose faith that it is possible to lose weight. All natural grains are carbohydrates but they are slow carbs that give your body energy. It wasn’t until man figured out how to take those grains and make breads and pastas by adding preservatives and chemicals to make them taste better and look better that all their nutritional value was altered. As these new, faster burning carbs came along, society loved the taste and how easy to cook they were but are discovering what they sacrificed for taste and convenience.

Help The Economy, Go On A Diet!

October 1st, 2008

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It’s true!

Researchers are saying that if Americans cut their caloric intake and lost weight the energy crisis that is currently taking place, could be averted. That sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.

On average, a normal American eats between 50% and 100% more calories than recommended.

All of those calories have to be produced, shipped and stocked. By the time you pay the plants to produce them and the truckers to drive them to their destination and the people at the store to put them on the shelves it’s no wonder that things cost so much. If we used less food we’d have lower prices and we’d have more land for other things, instead of cultivating it all (which also costs money) to be used to grow more food.