Saturday, 7 October 2017

Potatoe Chips Cravings? Try This Instead

Craving potatoe chips? Struggling to resist the temptation?
This could be your saviour with this healthier alternative to the potatoe chips you buy from the supermarket.

Potatoes and butter, healthier? Yes, you heard that correct. Yummy! Let me enlighten you if you give me permission. Yes, butter is rich in fats, but if you eat them in moderation they are beneficial to your health. They are not the enemies, they are your friend, "the healthy fat guys". Hmmm, is there such a thing? Healthy fat? I don't want to be fat. Yes, I know, me too. That is why I eat healthy fats that helped me lose weight and stay healthy. You heard that right. Sounds intriguing? Yes, it is intriguing for the most of us. We all know the relationship between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease has been a controversial topic for several decades but recent studies at Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, found that participants with the highest intake (median intake 339 g/day) had reduced death due to Cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with those with the lowest intake of full-fat dairy. Butter contains more than 400 different fatty acids, vitamin A, D, E ( a powerful antioxidant), B12, and K2 (cardiovascular protective properties).
If your butter is sourced from green grass-fed cows, it can contain high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that potentially can help provide protection against different types of Cancer and helps the body store muscle instead of fat. As you can see I can go on and on about the benefits of butter for your brain, your cardiovascular system etc.
Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV). It also contains a good amount of Potassium (crucial to heart function) and some other goodies like B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Iron, Calcium, Copper, and Zinc. All the good stuff that your body needs.
Bottom line, potatoes can be a healthy nutritious ingrediant when combined with the right foods and cooked the right way and for the right people. If you happen to have an allergy to dairy, use olive oil or coconut oil instead. If you have a sluggish liver, add some bitter foods to your plate. That way everyone will be happy! You, because buttery potatoes are delicious; and your liver, because bitter foods stimulate your liver to produce more bile and help emulsify the fats from your meal so the vital nutrients are better absorbed and utilized by your body. Your heart and your brain will also be happy because you are giving them the nutrients they need to function optimally.
Feeling hungry? Me too. Let's go make some buttery potatoes AKA Tornado Potatoes. Enough talk. Cooking time.
Here's the recipe:

Tornado Potatoes by Merle O'Neal

My cooking tip: ALWAYS Pre-Steam potatoes 8-10 minutes! 
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Science source:
*Diary consumption and patterns of mortality in Australian adults
*Estimated intake of milk fat is negatively associated with cardiovascular risk factors
* Consumption of dairy products inversely associated with risk of CVD

Probiotics in yogurt and Depression

Probiotics from yogurt may improve Depressive symptoms.
More and more research shows that the gut microbiome has a key role in the regulatory brain function and in human behavior. This concept is a "paradigm shift in neuroscience" according to Gerard Clarke PhD, from Microbiome Institute at University College Cork in Ireland.
In a placebo-controlled clinical study, subjects received a daily probiotic for 4 weeks, Bifidobacterium longum; after that, they received a placebo for another month. Scientists found reductions in the stress hormone and reduced anxiety in the participants.
The results showed reductions in the stress hormone cortisol and a blunted increase in subjective anxiety in response to acute stress. More research is needed but there is hope, some probiotics strains may improve depressive symptoms.

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