On a scale of 1-10, how useful are food labels to you? Does front and back of package labeling help you make a more informed, healthier decision?
This may be the case, but… What if we told you that certain food labels in the U.S. may be deliberately misleading and confusing?
Our goal is to shed light on what we should pay attention to and what deserves to be ignored when it comes to food labeling.
Have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from?
Maybe it never crossed your mind. Let’s face it—we aren’t going to be planting “chocolate” trees in our backyard anytime soon.
Chocolate has an interesting origin. It is made from cacao seeds that come from the Theobroma tree. Theobroma is the Latin name for cacao, which translates to “food of the gods”.
If you are having a vegan or vegetarian over for a BBQ (July 4th anyone??), or you are a new vegan yourself- then this is the article for you!!! We gathered some of our favorite recipes and fave vegan products in ONE spot for the ultimate guide.
Benefits of Eating Raw Foods
- Raw foods may be better for mental health. Research has shown that higher intakes of raw fruit and vegetables, compared to cooked or canned, in young adults was associated with significant higher mental health outcomes, including:
- Decreased depressive symptoms
- Higher mood
- Higher life satisfaction
Eating cooked and canned fruit and vegetables was associated with an increased positive mood only.
This study found that the top 10 foods related to better mental health were carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens like spinach, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber, and kiwifruit (all raw eaten raw!!).
Remember, whole grains contain all three edible parts of the seed, whereas refined grains only contain the starchy endosperm.
Now that we understand what makes up an oat kernel, let’s talk about different types of oats (listed in order of least processed to most processed):
- Whole Oat Groats: portion that is left after the hull is removed; Contains all three parts of the seed (the bran, endosperm, and germ), which makes it a whole grain; Have a hearty, chewy texture, and nutty flavor; Take the longest to cook
- Oat Bran: outer layer of the groat, which is separated from it during processing; Is creamier than other types of oats and usually cooks much faster
- Steel Cut Oats: Made from oat groats that are cut into smaller pieces; Have a somewhat chewy, chunky texture and take longer to cook
- Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled Oats): Made from oat groats that are steamed, rolled, and flattened into flakes, then dried to remove moisture
- Instant Oats: Most processed type of oats that usually come sweetened and artificially flavored; Made from oat groats that are steamed longer and rolled into thinner pieces than rolled oats; Cook the fastest
Dietary fiber is a complex group of substances that can be categorized according to their source, solubility, fermentability (how effectively bacteria metabolize them), and physiological effects.
Different forms of dietary fiber include:
- Non-starch polysaccharides (hemicellulose): Found in cereal grains; present in both soluble and insoluble forms
- Pectin: water-soluble polysaccharide; Highest amounts found in fruit and to a lesser degree in vegetables, legumes, and nuts
- B-glucans: non-starch polysaccharide, generally soluble; Highest amounts found in barley and oats
- Cellulose: major component of plant cell walls; found in grains, fruits, and to a lesser degree in vegetables and nuts
- Lignin: Found in foods with a woody component aka celery and the outer layer of cereal grains (The outer layer is the bran, which is the part that is removed during processing, but remains intact in whole grains)
I think most people could agree that we should be getting more plants into our diets, but does anyone really know why? Yes, eating more whole plant foods, like fruit, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains can help reduce our risk of chronic disease—thank you phytochemicals! But what really is the deal with plants? Why is it so important that we eat them on a regular basis? One word. FIBER.
Foodnerd, dedicated to creating easy-to-access, easy-to-digest and easy to understand superfoods, announces the launch of its OverNights, the first ever raw and sprouted overnight breakfast kit available to consumers.
There may be one important consideration that has been left out. As the old saying goes “you are what you eat”, but we respectfully disagree.
You are not necessarily what you eat, you are what you assimilate. And in order to assimilate nutrients or absorb and utilize them, they need to be bioavailable.
There are so many amazing people creating awareness and interest around veganism. We picked out 20 of our favorites and separated them out into 4 categories: Vegan Recipe Accounts, Activism and Sanctuaries, For the Nerds (science driven accounts), Save the Earth/Environmental Accounts, and For the Gym Rats.
We hope you all know a thing or two about sprouts after reading our previous blog article, “The Complete Guide to Sprouts” (if you haven’t already read this, we suggest that you go back and do so—it will give context to what we are talking about here).
In a nutshell, sprouts are packed with a variety of beneficial nutrients that can have a major impact on our health, but just knowing these details aren’t going to do us any good.