Thursday, September 27, 2007
Try this on for size though...eating more fiber aids in these things:
• lowers you chance of diabetes
• lowers chance of heart disease
• it is the best way to prevent constipation
The mayo clinic says this about fiber high-fiber diet may lower your risk of specific disorders, such as hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and the development of small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can also lower blood cholesterol levels and slow the absorption of sugar, which for people with diabetes, can help improve blood sugar levels. A high-fiber diet may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Eating a high-fiber diet may also help with weight loss. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you're no longer hungry, so you're less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets tend to be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.
Evidence that dietary fiber reduces colorectal cancer is mixed — some studies show benefit, some nothing and even some greater risk. If you're concerned about preventing colorectal cancer, adopt or stick with a colon cancer screening regimen. Regular testing for and removal of colon polyps can prevent colon cancer.
taken from mayo clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fiber/NU00033
so how about that so next time you in rainbow thinking about getting Twinkies or those wonderful nightmares hot pockets think to yourself it might try to be good to myself today and just eat some fiber for once.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This is an American tale, recounting the story of a food stuff that has shaped several generations of North Americans. The Twinkie looks innocent enough, almost enticing beneath its plastic silky sheen. However, strip back that veneer of gentillesse and you are confronted with a monster of the manufacturing age. Read on to discover the soft, and sometimes sinister, underbelly of the American Twinkie.
What Makes a Twinkie?
The list of ingredients of a Twinkie is a veritable Who's Who of the food chemical world and the following is a list of ingredients as provided on a ten-pack of Twinkies. Take a deep breath:
How's your stomach? Really? Oh dear... Well hold tight because Twinkies also contain 2% or less of:
But Is It Good for You?
One 43g Twinkie contains 2% of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of iron but none of the RDA for vitamins A and C and calcium. Each cake has 5g of fat (2g of which are saturated), 20mg of cholesterol, 2000mg of salt, 25g of carbohydrates (of which 14g is sugar), 1g of protein and absolutely no fibre whatsoever.
So although not devastatingly bad for you, taken in moderation, Twinkies can truly be an ideal snack.
A Tale of Two Twinkies
So far, you may think that the Twinkie is an innocent by-product of the 20th Century mass manufacturing phenomena. And you'd be right. However, the following two experiments will show the sinister side of this apparently innocuous object.
The Gremlin Factor
Do you remember Gremlins, the film about the cute little animals that transmogrify into heinous, thoroughly unappealing critters? Well, the same principle applies to the Twinkie.
For this experiment, you'll need one Twinkie and a high ball glass three-quarters full of water. Simply place the unwrapped Twinkie submerged in the water and leave it for 15 minutes.
When you return, your innocent Twinkie should have transformed into some kind of primeval goo from which several new species could evolve. Surprisingly, it still has its golden hue. If it looks like that in a glass after 15 minutes, how do you think it looks in your stomach after half an hour?
Best not think about it, eh?
This experiment can be dangerous, so be warned. You'll need a microwaveable bowl/plate, one unwrapped Twinkie and plenty of cleaning products.
Basically, shove your Twinkie on the plate and microwave for about one minute. One of two things will happen: