Monthly Archives: January 2014

Is Grass Feed Beef Better for Children?

grassfedbeefAs a health conscious individual, I find myself drawn to organic products. When it comes to meat, I prefer eating grass feed beef as I consider this a great way to enjoy red meat without its evil side. Yes, naturally-raised and organic beef is the better option because it is recognized worldwide for its fantastic taste, fine quality, and health benefits. Many chefs and health experts around the world believe that grass feed beef contains vitamins and antioxidants that are good for the body. Grass feed beef is, therefore better for both adults and children who want to live healthier, longer lives.  But, not all grass is considered equal, check out this website for a list of the best types of grass seed.

Why Grass Feed Beef is the Better Choice

There’s actually truth to the saying, “You are what you eat”. Studies have shown that people who eat healthy, organic food live longer lives than those who don’t. It’s also the same for animals. Lambs, cows, chickens and goats that are grass fed resulted to more delicious and healthier meat than conventional cattle. Here are the reasons why grass feed beef is great for children and adults.

  • It contains plenty of healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • It has a lot of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat that helps reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease.
  • It is rich in vitamins A and E, and antioxidants.
  • It has more lean beef, which means less total fat.
  • It helps reduce bad cholesterol while it increases good cholesterol in the body.

Make Grass Feed Beef a Part of Your Child’s Diet

balanceddietMeat should be part of your child’s balanced diet as it is a great source of protein, calcium, vitamins and nutrients. While most of us have been raised eating conventional meat, recent studies have shown that these types of meat contain toxins and pollutants harmful to the body. Animals raised with the use of antibiotics, artificial food, and genetic engineering contain cancer-causing hormones. When consumed, these chemicals can stay in your child’s living tissues and cause severe problems later on in life. The more unhealthy meat your child eats, the more he/she is at risk for a variety of cancers and many other diseases. One of the greatest gifts that you can give your child is, therefore, grass feed meat.

Be Sure to Check the Label

When buying meat for your family, check the label to make sure that you’re buying certified organic beef, pork, or poultry. These are grass fed animals raised in a much more holistic environment than conventional cattle. Grass fed cattle is also known to be less susceptible to contamination with disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli. Thus, always check the label to make sure that you’re buying genuine organic products.

Choose Restaurants that Serve Grass Feed Beef

There are now a number of restaurants in the US that serve grass feed beef. Evos, Pizza Fusion, Gustorganics and Amanda’s are some restaurants that you and your child can go to. Burgerville and Bareburger are also two burger joints that you can go to as these are places that serve great tasting, juicy, organic burgers.

Grass Feed Beef is Definitely Great for your Child

Raising children may be hard work than it seems, but love is always what matters in the end. Raising your child with grass feed beef means that you care about what they eat, and want them to grow and develop into healthy individuals. Feeding a child with grass feed beef is, therefore, the perfect manifestation of a parent’s love for their child.

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The Secret Ingredient to Baking Healthier Cakes

The Secret Ingredient to Healthier CakesHealth conscious individuals try to avoid eating cakes as much as possible. Why? For one, the flour used in baking cakes lack the vital nutrients. This refined ingredient stimulates the production of insulin which promotes the storage of fats in the body. Same goes with sugar. Two, there’s the use of butter and margarine, which is rich in saturated fat. And saturated fat increases the levels of bad cholesterol in our bodies, a huge predisposing factor to heart disease. Margarine is also filled with trans fat, which doesn’t just increase LDL, but also lowers HDL (good cholesterol). With all that said, how can one make healthier cakes?

Making healthier cakes

The answer, according to scientists, is replacing the usual flour with finely ground corn bran. But what difference does this make? Well, it can increase the body’s fiber intake. With increased intake of dietary fiber, we get to absorb good amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber that is essential in preventing constipation, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, just some of the many side effects of eating a diet made with refined ingredients.

Corn Bran in, flour out!

corn-branIn an article published in teatronaturale.com, Mukti Singh, a food technologist associated with the US Department of Agriculture, shares that corn bran can be a substitute to 20% of flour. In her experiments, she used white cake gold standard test flour approved by the American Association of Cereal Chemists. But why just 20%? According to starting-a-bakery.com you still have to consider the qualities that make up white cake, such as color and springness. Furthermore “one slice of an 8-inch, 6-slice, two-layer white cake made with 20% corn bran fiber would provide about 5 grams of fiber,” which is way more than what usual cake flour can give us. The recommended daily intake of dietary fiber is 20 to 35 grams.

Lowering fat and calorie count

Singh has also worked on experiments aimed at lowering fat and calorie content in cakes. The test entailed encapsulating microdroplets of canola oil wity water and flour by a stream jet cooking process. According to her and her colleagues, “the cream-textured mixture that results can then be dried to form a smooth-flowing, shelf stable powder that offers busy bakers the convenience of not having to pour, measure or clean up any oil. Their studies have established a foundation for other researchers to further experiment on creating healthier cakes, bread and possible other pastries. Imagine feeling less guilty while indulging in all those treats.

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Healthier Ways to Deal with Anger

dealingwithangerWe all get mad sometimes, but there are just some people who don’t really know how to manage their anger, and it can lead to a lot of negative effects to your mind, body and soul. For those of you who have anger management issues, it’s high time you learn how to express rage in the right ways, and here are a few tips that should help you out.

Dealing with Anger

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Healthier Ways to Deal with Anger

  1.  A good number of people would rather not think about their anger. They will choose to act out different emotions, such as depression or frustration these are less likely to drive people away. However, suppressing your anger just brings more anxiety and an increased likelihood of experiencing physical complaints. That said, it would be best to show anger directly.
  2. Make an appointment for a massage or other type of natural healer. Often times this can alleviate the negative energy that’s bottled up inside of you.
  3. Don’t view rage as a bad thing. Many believe this about anger, and they think that if they’re angry there must be something wrong with them. But anger is simply an emotional response telling people that something is wrong and needs to be addressed.
  4. Women in relationships often get angry because they tend to associate anger with hurt. In contrast, men’s anger centers more on different parts of their lives such as work or traffic or politics. So try not to let yourself be vulnerable to hurt feelings. The less vulnerable you feel, the more likely it will be for you to express anger in more constructive ways.
  5. Talk about the anger that you feel with family members or friends. Reach out to them and they may be able to help you sort things out. If you have trouble saying what you feel, then you can always put it in writing. But while doing that, it would be nice if you could practice how to share your anger or how you will be able to speak to the person you’re mad at.
  6. Also try to learn how to calm yourself. This can help you think about what you’re feeling and what you need to do to solve the problem. This will also help you develop the ability to listen to other people’s feeling, instead of both parties having to engage in a heated confrontation.

Even more ways of dealing with anger

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