LOL, I once set a Sparkpeople goal of eating at least 10 foods from this list every day. The problem was that the goal was too easy so I deleted it. If you follow sparkpeople guidelines and make daily meal plans that fall within the recommended ranges in the Nutrition Tracker, that goal just takes care of itself.
Actually SO are TOMATOES and CUCUMBERS any thing with seed in it is technically a fruit in botany.
4/23/2012 6:02:47 PM
By the way, if you bake your own bread - you can substitute amaranth flour for some of the wheat and it makes an irresistable loaf of bread. When I did that long ago, I found that the bread didn't need any spread at all. You will need to look up recipes to be sure, but I think a substitution of up to 1/4 of the wheat was acceptable. Or maybe 1/5, can't remember. I would advise doing a lower substitution to make sure you like it, though.
4/23/2012 5:45:09 PM
I don't know about the healthiness of canola oil, but I avoid it because it's so darned tasteless... Even when buying potato chips (gasp!), I will only buy brands that are 1) on sale and 2) use peanut oil or sunflower seed oil or safflower oil or corn oil. Makes a huge difference in taste. Oddly enough, it's the major, heavily advertized brands of potato chips that keep shifting to canola oil and soybean oil or blends (the list of OR oils so you have no idea what's in the chip). I assume canola is used because people assume it's healthy. In my local grocery store, it's the cheapie house brand that uses the good oils (and I can tell from the taste) so it can't just be about cost.
And as some others have said - coconut oil is so good! I use it instead of dairy butter most of the time. I also use coconut oil or coconut butter in my "sinus tea" for sinus infections: 1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut oil or a blend of both, plus 1 tbsp honey, plus 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Actually, I'm not into eating it as a "tea" (in warm water) and so eat it as a tasty paste with water on the side. All the ingredients have a medicinal purpose for such infections. Can't verify the efficacy, since I do a lot of other things for sinus infections that might explain why I toned down the last one in record-breaking time, but it sure tastes good! I've heard that 1 tsp of cinnamon per day also has a beneficial effect on blood sugar (verifiable by diabetics who monitor).
im finding that what i thought i knew has to be revamped because i have a child with 48 xxyy and we.re thinkin celiac and the autism just one of the symptoms. and foods even affect depression grains good? no grains bad preservatives good? no bad they affect the autism well we live we learn n im just glad spark people r here
4/15/2012 5:19:23 PM
I recently finished reading "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell, and he make as strong case that meat, milk, cheese, eggs and other animal-based proteins are anything but healthy. In fact, Campbell's research shows animal proteins to be the trigger that sets off many cancers, including breast, prostate and colonrectal. If you want healthy food, stick to whole fruits and veggies and whole grains. They're packed with micronutrients and fiber to keep cancer, heart disease and diabetes at bay.
What, no coconut oil, sardines, canned salmon? And what is canola oil doing on the list, it's not a healthy oil. Don't even get me started on soy milk and grains ... The list is reflective of supporting Big Food and Big Ag. I'd like to see a Registered Holistic Nutritionist write it, not a dietician.
Pretty decent list, actually. Naturally, not perfect! And "expert" opinions certainly vary. Various sources may provide somewhat different lists of which "super foods" are included. Also - an item that is listed under one category typically isn't cross-listed under another, even if it "fits" there as well -- such as the high-protein/ high-calcium salmon someone mentioned. At least FEW processed foods made the list [though I still can't imagine how overly processed, probably genetically modified, soy veggieburger/ protein can be considered a super-food!] Keep in mind also that the medical community and food industries have PUSHED the low-fat/ high-carb (especially grains) agenda for years, with minimal supporting scientific evidence. [ In fact, our nation as a whole is heavier than ever.] Several of the items pushed - and listed here - have been shown to have some negative health consequences in some situations. So, I plan to just keep reading and researching, and recognize that sometimes even Sparkpeople.com will cite the "party line," which manages to ignore or downplay research findings that contradict current politicized interests, including those of agribusiness/ medibusiness. -- Maryjean
Why did the following high sugar content foods select as super foods: potatoes, Orange juice, soy milk, corn(sugar), all rice except brown rice. Most of the fruit listed except berries are bad for you because of the sugar content as well. I managed to keep my sugar level well below 100 because I avoided most fruits and replaced with vegetables. Alsdo, canned sardines should replaced tuna as well.
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