Category Archives: Healthy_Eating

Leftovers may be good for you.

Now this is interesting. It has been found that when white rice, when cooked with fat and then refrigerated, has about 50% fewer digestible starches when reheated than fresh cooked rice. And it isn’t just rice:

A previous study in 2009 also showed that freshly cooked legumes, cereals, and tubers had significantly higher levels of resistant starch after multiple cycles of heating and cooling. The resistant starch in peas, which had the most dramatic change, increased by 115 percent.

via Why Leftover Pasta Might Be Healthier Than Fresh | Mother Jones.

The article has a bunch of other interesting ways that we can make our food healthier for us.

Too Much Sugar Really Is Bad For You

If you drink three sugary drinks a day you stand a greater risk of impotence, if you are a man, and a greater risk of just dying, if you are a woman, than People who don’t have all that added sugar in their diet.

That the findings of a new study from the University of Utah.

About 35 percent of the high-sugar females died, twice the 17 percent death rate for female control mice. Those who ate more sugar initially had higher birth rates, perhaps due to the extra energy. The rates declined as the study progressed, partly because more of them died.

While the death rate for both male groups was the same — 55 percent, due to the competition for territory — the high-sugar males acquired and held 26 percent fewer territories than control males. They also produced one-quarter fewer offspring, as determined by a genetic analysis.

via Three-soda-a-day sugar habit could be toxic, Utah study finds | The Salt Lake Tribune.

Coincidentally, according to this article these are the same symptoms seen in children born from parents who are also first cousins.

 

Obesity, Corn, GMOs

Still think GMO corn and soy isn’t a health hazard? New studies show that GMO foods may be making you fat. A study out of Norway is giving us indication that these foods meant to feed the hungry masses may be creating hungry masses.

The study fed one group of cattle, pigs, salmon and rats GMO corn and soy while another group was fed non-GMO corn and soy. They also ran the test feeding two groups of rats GMO fed salmon and non-GMO fed salmon. The results?

Krogdahl notes: ” The ones who had fed on GM corn were slightly larger, they ate slightly more, their intestines had a different micro-structure, they were less able to digest proteins, and there were some changes to their immune system.” This fact that ‘they were less able to digest proteins’ has huge implications in the biochemistry of amino acids necessary for all life processes. This not only may relate to a rise in obesity, but to increases in many modern diseases. These diseases include diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism spectrum disorders ASD ADD, autoimmune diseases, sexual dysfunction, sterility, asthma, COPD and many more.

via Obesity, Corn, GMOs | Cornucopia Institute.

GMO foods are changing us. The problem is that it doesn’t seem it changes us for the better. Personally I would advise people to avoid GMO foods except for the fact that it is impossible to do so in the US because of food suppliers aren’t allowed to tell us what is GMO and what isn’t.

URL: http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/07/obesity-corn-gmos/

A Tip for Those on Atkins – No.1

When I first started the Atkins diet I would walk into a fast food restaurant, order a sandwich and throw away the bread. This seemed like an awful waste to me. I started ordering my sandwiches and asking them to hold the bread. I got no odd looks, just a plastic bowl from Wendy’s and Burger King with the makings of the sandwich without the bread. Not only was I not wasting bread but the sandwich was served to me in a container that made it less messy to eat.

I’m mentioning this because I was eating with some friends at a Wendy’s the other day and one of them who was also doing the Atkins diet remarked how she would have never thought about ordering the sandwich that way. Hey, the Burger King motto for years was, “Have it your way.”

For those of you interested, I’ve lost the twenty pounds I wanted to lose in eight weeks. I had to increase my carb intake just to avoid losing the weight too fast. I’ve also switched over to the South Beach diet and I’ve added a three mile walk to my daily regimen.

The South Beach diet allows carbs as long as these foods have a low glycemic index. Potatoes, white flour, white rice and sugar are still taboo but a lot of fruits and whole grain pastas are allowed. Overall I think it is a more nutritionally sound diet.

Atkins vs. South Beach

I’ve been on the Atkins Diet for a little over four weeks and I’ve lost 11 pounds. I knew the diet worked before trying it because I watched several co-workers where I use to work just melt away their weight on this diet. For the most part they kept it off for over a year. A little weight came back over that time but what’s a five pound weight gain over a year when you dropped forty pounds the previous six months?

However, I’m considering changing over to a similar diet, the South Beach Diet. My reasons aren’t due any lack of confidence in Atkins, I know it works. The reasons for this is that I do not believe I can sustain Atkins for the long haul. I’m also concerned about the ambivilence that Atkins seems to have toward saturated fats.

Both diets are based on keeping blood sugar levels stable, keeping the body’s need for insulin at a flat rate. Both diets eschew sugars and highly refined flours and meals. The difference is that while Atkins wants you to limit your intake of all carbohydrates, South Beach just wants you to limit your intake of certain carbohydrates. While Atkins doesn’t care about the amount or types of fat you consume, South Beach wants you to avoid saturated fats and transfats.

I switch over this weekend to South Beach. I’ll keep you posted on the results. I want to lose another ten pounds. Let’s see if I’m there in another month.

Healthy Cooking

Gerri got the lab results back from a physical she took earlier this week. Every thing was fine except her cholesterol. Her Cholesterol wasn’t fine at all. The doctor has her on medication to get it under control but there is going to be a change in diet around this house.

The troublesome part of this is that since I’ve been working from home I’ve taken on the duties of cooking most of our meals. I really enjoy doing this and I’ve had fun experimenting with recipes I’ve found and some of my own making. Perhaps I got a little too much into some of the more cholesterol rising foods? The guilt here is getting to me.

The guilt comes into play in more ways than one. I’m one of those people that can lay around, eat fried foods, never paying any attention to fat intake and my cholesterol level remains around 160. I could stand to lose around thirty pounds and I need to exercise more. Gerri goes to the gym regularly, tries to eat a healthy diet (when I’m not feeding her one of my dishes) and is generally concious of what she puts in her body. She ends up being the one with the high cholesterol.

So, I’m looking for recipes. If you have any recipes for a low-cholesterol diet I would appreciate you sharing them with me. I intend to share at least one recipe a week on this site with other folks. I’m also looking for ideas for what to replace my typical southern breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy, biscuits and grits with. All suggestions will be welcome.