‘ Chia Seeds Are Among the Healthiest Foods on the Planet but Be Careful they Could be Toxic for Certain Health Conditions ‘


#AceFoodNews – Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.

​Here are 11 health benefits of chia seeds that are supported by human studies.

1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to mint. This plant grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy … in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognized as a modern day superfood. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world.

This is what chia seeds look like:


​Don’t be fooled by the size … these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18 percent of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30 percent of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30 percent of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27 percent of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

This is particularly impressive when you consider that this is just a single ounce, which supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate! Just so that we’re all on the same page, 1 ounce equals 28 grams, or about 2 tablespoons.

Interestingly … if you subtract the fibre, which may not end up as usable calories for the body, chia seeds only contain 101 calories per ounce. This makes them one of the world’s best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie.

To top things off, chia seeds are a “whole grain” food, are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and naturally free of gluten.

Bottom Line: Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants

Another area where chia seeds shine is in their high amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid.

Although antioxidant supplements are not very effective, getting antioxidants from foods can have positive effects on health. Most importantly, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging anddiseases like cancer.

There are some claims online about chia seeds having more antioxidants than blueberries, but I was unable find a study to verify this claim.

Bottom Line: Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that help to protect the delicate fats in the seeds. They also have various benefits for health.

3. Almost All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber

Looking at the nutrition profile of chia seeds, you see that an ounce has 12 grams of “carbohydrate.” However, 11 of those grams are fiber, which isn’t digested by the body. Fiber doesn’t raise blood sugar, doesn’t require insulin to be disposed of and therefore shouldn’t count as a carb.

The true carb content is only 1 gram per ounce, which is very low. This makes chia a low-carb friendly food. Because of all the fiber, chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in your stomach. Theoretically, this should increase fullness, slow absorption of your food and help you automatically eat fewer calories.

Fiber also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which is important because keeping your gut bugs well fed is absolutely crucial for health. Chia seeds are 40 percent fiber, by weight. This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world.

Bottom Line: Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. This gives them the ability to absorb 10-12 times their weight in water. Fiber also has various beneficial effects on health.

4. Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein

Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein. By weight, they are about 14 percent protein, which is very high compared to most plants. They also contain a good balance of essential amino acids, so our bodies should be able to make use of the protein in them.

Protein has all sorts of benefits for health. It is also the most weight loss friendly nutrient in the diet, by far. A high protein intakereduces appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60 percent percent and the desire for night time snacking by 50 percent.

Chia seeds really are an excellent protein source, especially for people who eat little or no animal products.

Bottom Line: Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.

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I haven’t been as busy on here as usual, something I’m aiming to remedy I promise. But I thought I’d share a little bit of nice news with you if you don’t mind.

Today my very first article was published in The Bolton News. They have given me a column each week to write about allotments and gardening and I’m so excited. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I’m so very thankful to them.

As we say up North “I’m chuffed to bits”.

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Chelsea chop


#AceFoodNews – Hi Vix hope you are well and thought if you had not had this link maybe useful, but agree too much pruning too early is not good, and my brother does most of his around time ,after growing season ending about October – he is RHS (Old School) if you know what l mean. Anyway keep well and best wishes – http://tinyurl.com/q48s3a3

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I’ve had a few emails asking about ‘The Chelsea Chop’ what is it and what does it do?  

I’m guessing this has come about after watching the wonderful RHS Chelsea flower show on our TV’s recently. It doesn’t take a genius to work out it’s something that normally done around the time of the flower show (late May or early June). It’s were you simply cut back the stems of some herbaceous plants such as Sedum, Echinacea purpurea, Campanula lactiflora, Rudbeckia ‘herbstonne’ to name but a few cut them back to around one third as their flower buds start to appear.  But why?  Cutting them back will make your plants stockier and bushier and will give you flowers into late summer/ Autumn, also helping to keep your borders looking tidy, without all those stems needing staking.  

If that sounds a little too radical why not try a less…

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How to make Mediterranean Carob Syrup


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I get excited when I stumble on old recipes and look forward to trying them out in my kitchen. Today I am making am making Carob Syrup. Although you can buy it ready made, nothing beats the flavor of home made. I very often detect a burtn tast in the ready made jars….

Carob is gluten free, nut free, dairy free and caffeine free and the tree is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a great source of vitamins and is rich in protein, iron and calcium.

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For the syrup, you will need:

2 kilos carob
2 kilos water ( I like weighing my water but if using a measuring jug it’s 2 liters)
4 kilos sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla or less according to your preference
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Rinse the pods several times in water.

Roast them but do not overdo it, I…

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‘ Questions and Answers over Food Additives in Food and Sign the Petition ‘


#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (Food Babe) – June 12 – When ABC News Reporter asked Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors on whether or not they are using some questionable additives in beer – like caramel colouring and corn syrup, they would not answer.


​If they are not hiding anything, why won’t they comment?

I need you. We have over 31,000 signatures since yesterday when I first announced our latest action. I can’t do this alone. It will only take a few seconds to make your voice heard – please sign the petition now – http://foodbabe.com/beer/

The government isn’t doing anything about this. They are allowing beer companies to use a long set of additives in beer – without us knowing anything about it. We need to stand up to these archaic policies – and fight for our right to know.

I know it’s sad we have to have petitions like this in this day and age, but your voice can change that. We have taken on some of the biggest companies in the world – and this action is no easy feat either.

Let’s do this – I want to beat our previous petition records. Subway caved within 24 hours of our last petition to remove the yoga mat material from their bread – and a dozen other major food companies followed suit, as a result.

Undoing the secrets of the beer industry is obviously going to take longer – but we can do it faster, if we stand together.

We have the chance to change the world together again – can I count you in?

What do Windex and Coca-Cola Have In Common?

We know more about what’s in them than we do one of the world’s most popular drinks – beer! This has to stop.

Please take a few seconds and sign this petition.

Sending much love,

Vani

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‘Recipe of the Month’


#AceRecipeNews – Rick Stein – June07 –

Dover sole à la meuniére
“I think this is one of the best classic French dishes and one that we dare not take off the menu as it’s so popular.

The name translates as ‘in the style of the miller’s wife’ which refers to the fish being dusted in flour before cooking. If you are a celiac you can always use gluten free flour, it works just as well.

Dover sole has white flesh and is firm to the touch with an almost sweet taste; here in Padstow we always use fresh Cornish Dover sole to complement the sauce.

Since it’s a classic dish we serve it in a classic way, on the bone. Of course our waiting staff always offer to bone the fish at the table should a customer prefer it.

Enjoy and don’t forget to tweet me pictures of your dish – @StephDelourme.”

Recipe chosen by Stephane Delourme, head chef atThe Seafood Restaurant and taken from Rick Stein’s Seafood courtesy of BBC Books.

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‘Obesity Campaigners Still Waiting to Ban Drink Sizes ‘


#AceFoodNews – NEW YORK CITY – June 05 – New York City took its fight to limit the size of sodas and other sweet drinks blamed by some for obesity back to an appeals court, AFP said.

The regulation, spearheaded by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in May 2012, has been opposed by big business, including restaurant chains, movie theatres and soda makers.

They say the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene overstepped its authority on the measure.

The legislation aims to limit personal sweet drink sizes to 47 centilitres in stadiums, stores and fast food restaurants.

Just hours before the regulation was to take effect in March 2013, a judge ordered it blocked, calling it “capricious and arbitrary.”

Many drinks that are high in calories are not included, and the ban does not cover supermarkets or other food stores.

Then in July 2013, a local appeals court upheld that ruling.

But new Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would try to appeal once more.

Lawyers working on the case stressed that these were drinks with “empty calories.” A decision is expected from the court within one to three months.

In New York City, 58 percent of the population is either obese or overweight.

AFP

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