Fiber is a very mysterious component of our diet. Generally, people seem to know that it’s good for them, good for their heart, will help keep them regular, and they should eat “more” of it. Maybe the delicate nature of the topics relating to fiber have caused advertisers to confuse the public even more than usual. Do you remember the SNL skit with Phil Hartman about Colon Blow cereal?
Rather than a wordy article reviewing the studies behind fiber, I decided to write this in a way that I hope you can actually use.
How much fiber: 25-40 grams per day
Types of fiber: Soluble and Insoluble (we need both)
Soluble fiber: Dissolves in water and forms a gel.
Scientist are confirming some of the positive attributes of spirulina. It is an tiny algae that has been claimed to reverse aging, increase energy, and help combat drastic changes in insulin. The super food also provides all essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protein and in fact when compared to meat sources of protein it has a higher percentage of this important nutrient. It has most vitamins, and minerals some of which are iron, calcium, iodine. It is important to note that the popular algae does contain what appears to be B12 vitamin which is needed for the upkeep of red blood cells and to keep the nervous system healthy. Researchers are not convinced that the human body can absorb plant based B12 and they do not recommend that people rely solely on supplements such as the algae for their B12 vitamins. This is of particular concern for people who avoid animal products. This food has greater amounts of beta carotene than traditionally thought of foods and is also a great internal cleanser.
Like other algae, spirulina
grows in the water and...
Acai berries come from a palm tree that grows in South America and they are reportedly extremely beneficial when taken as a dietary supplement. Natives of the Amazon region in Brazil where the fruit is abundant have used it as a staple in their diet for many years. It is an economically viable product that was readily available and perhaps that is the main reason that it was so often included in the diet. In recent years, the berry has been touted as being beneficial for (and this is just a short list): weight loss, to increase energy, to serve as an anti-oxidant, to improve mood and sex drive, improve cholesterol and skin conditions. Perhaps it is the mystique of a far way fruit from an exotic land that has driven interest and allowed the product to gain popularity, but little research has been done to back any of the claims. The product seems to have received a golden ticket when it's benefits were discussed on the Oprah Winfrey
show. While this television format is often informative, it does not replace hard scientific evidence backed by...
The importance of these micro-algae as a food source for generations to come was highlighted at the United Nations World Food Conference in 1974, were they were described as "the best food for the future". It is the IIMSAM, or the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina
against Malnutrition, which has taken the lead in making this nutritious organism available for the millions of people who face starvation.
IIMSAM is an institution that aims to use these micro-algae to combat starvation, malnutrition and food shortages in developing and the most underdeveloped countries. It also has a focus on dealing with the illnesses and complications arising from malnutrition. In addition, IIMSAM caters especially for the needs of undernourished disabled children and those that are HIV positive.
Expansion of IIMSAM's East & Central Africa Programme
A drive to expand the IIMSAM's East & Central Africa Programme against malnutrition has come not a moment too soon. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki recently declared a state of emergency in that country because over 10 million people are undernourished.
Malnutrition rates in...