Wednesday, 7 June 2017

More Tips For a Gluten-Free Diet

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A lot of people either do not know that they are gluten-intolerant or take it for granted if they do. But gluten-intolerance brings a serious autoimmune problem that should be addressed as soon as detected.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oat, and rye, among certain other grain choices that are part of most people’s diet. Keep in mind, though, that not all types of grain have gluten. Some gluten-free grains are corn, tapioca, polenta, and buckwheat. Just ensure before buying that they are fresh, not genetically modified, and not combined with other gluten-producing grains.

To know that your morning cereal, for example, is gluten-free, make sure to read the packaging labels and check if gluten is part of the ingredients. Other favorite food options that have gluten are pasta and bread, but there are alternatives now in most supermarkets. Make sure to inquire for gluten-free substitutes for these.

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Another thing to make you feel better if you’re gluten-intolerant is that many of naturally growing food are free of gluten, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, fish, and meat. Build your diet around these meal choices.

Lastly, you should keep away from lager beer and ale, as these often contain generous amounts gluten. The good news is that not all alcohol types necessarily have gluten; you can still drink wine, sherry, cider, and most types of liqueurs. And, there are several gluten-free beers available now. The important thing is to ask first and never risk your health.

Peter Gaum is the CEO and founder of Santa Barbara Bar, the maker and distributor of nutritious, gluten-free snack bars that use the finest natural ingredients for better, healthier living. Click here for more information on the company’s variety of products.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Discussing the different types of fats

Contrary to what other people believe, fats present in foods are actually nutrients that give an individual the energy to perform physical activities. However, some types of fats are detrimental to the health, especially if the consumer does not exert enough physical effort to burn these fats. Learn more about the types of fats in foods below: 

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Saturated fat 

Saturated fat is also known as “solid fat” because it is typically in a solid state at room temperature. It is mostly found in animal-based foods, such as meat and milk, and in tropical oils. Saturated fat has long been associated with increased bad cholesterol and heightened risk of heart disease. It is recommended to consume a maximum of 20 grams of saturated fat in any given day. 

Trans fat 

Trans fat is a harder type of fat has increased shelf life and is essential in the production of processed foods. This type of fat, which has been changed through hydrogenation process, is even more dangerous as it not just raises the levels of bad cholesterol, it also decreases the amount of good cholesterol in the body. 

Unsaturated fat 

Unsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature and can typically be seen in oils from plants. Consumption of this type of fat can improve cholesterol levels – lowers bad cholesterol and keeps good cholesterol level high. 

In food nutrition labels, the level of unsaturated fat the product contains is the difference between the amount of total fat and the sum of the saturated and trans fats. 

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Peter Gaum, Santa Barbara Bar founder and CEO, seeks to address the needs of health-conscious customers by developing highly nutritious and delicious snacks. Visit this website for more information about Santa Barbara Bar.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Almonds For Snackers

Almonds are packed with nutrition. They are not, in fact, nuts but seeds. Regardless, there are documented health benefits of almond, a food that has been mentioned even in the Bible as a gift of Jacob's sons to their brother Joseph in Egypt.

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There are documented medical benefits as well.The Journal of the American Dietetic Association has suggested that almonds increase vitamin E levels in blood plasma and cells while also lowering cholesterol levels. Researchers from the University of California have found almonds could reduce the risk of colon cancer.Another study noted an increase in antioxidants, reduced blood pressure, and improved blood flow from diets that included almond consumption. Finally, there is also evidence that almonds can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Almonds have been much maligned since they have high levels of fat.This is true, but the fat it contains is unsaturated and, therefore, good for health and especially the brain and nervous system. People suffering from inflammation also benefit since almonds have excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

Amusingly enough,it is also high in protein, providing six grams for every ounce. It also has calcium, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium aside from selenium, copper, and niacin.Almonds are, therefore, good for the brain, bones, and heart and help in regulating cholesterol levels, boosting the alkalinity of body systems bene fitting the immune system.

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That isn't all either.Since almonds are rich in fiber,they also help in digestion and prevent constipation. Because of some observed positive effects on neural activity, it has been suggested that the risk Alzheimer's disease can also be reduced.

Almonds are hardly a cure-all, but with all their benefits,they certainly deserve a place in the diet. Peter Gaum has a deep appreciation of this and has gone ahead to create nutrition bars that capitalize on the health benefits of almonds. Look up the Coconut Almond and the Dark Chocolate Almond bars at the Santa Barbara Bar website.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

What Are The Health Benefits Of Peanuts?

For centuries, people have been munching on one of the healthiest foods without knowing that its numerous health benefits. Even children go nuts over this food choice, considering it as one of their favorite sandwich fillings.

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What are some of the nutritional values of peanuts?

  • Peanuts are a rich source of antioxidants. While it is hard to rival some fruits as the best source of antioxidants, for example, pomegranate and prunes, peanuts do have antioxidant content similar to blackberries and strawberries.
  • Peanuts are a great brain food. They contain high amounts of vitamin E (which protect brain cells from chemical breakdown), niacin (a B vitamin that helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease and brain degeneration, and minerals, such as magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and potassium, that maintain the health of brain and nerve cells.
  • Peanuts are good for the heart. The heart benefits from monounsaturated fats, in which peanuts are rich. Based on numerous scientific studies, diets that are high in monounsaturated fats have led to a substantial decrease in risks of contracting cardiovascular diseases.
  • Peanuts can potentially reduce the risk of stroke. This legume contains a great amount of resveratrol, which is known to protect the body from a variety of diseases. Recent studies have also suggested that it can decrease stroke risk.

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Peter Gaum is the CEO of Santa Barbara Bar, which produces nutritious snack bars that use different healthy ingredients, one of which is peanuts. Read more about it by checking this this link.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Five Of The Healthiest Dried Fruits

In a society that values speed, lifestyles have to adjust. This applies to everything from how people work to how they eat. Despite popular discouragements, healthy living can be achieved with enough practice, knowledge, and planning.

For instance, nutritionists recommend packing a few health bars in one’s bag to snack on. These foods are suggested because they are easy to carry and typically contain dried fruits, which pack in essential nutrients and vitamins. Listed below are five of the healthiest dried fruits:

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Raisins: Many health bars use raisins because they are sweet without additional sugars. One serving has approximately two grams of protein. Raisins are also a good source of potassium and manganese. These are also low in calories and, when combined with other nuts and grains, are a great source of fiber.

Tomatoes: People normally think of pizza when they talk about tomatoes, but these fruits are an extremely healthy choice. One serving alone contains a good amount of iron, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and niacin. Tomatoes are also known as one of the world’s superfoods, helping prevent cancer.

Figs: These fruits aid the digestive track and have a gentle laxative effect. They are also great for those who are lactose intolerant because they contain high levels of calcium.

Apricots: As with raisins, apricots are added to snack bars for their naturally sweet flavor. Moreover, a single serving of these fruits contains around half the recommended daily vitamin A requirement. Apricots are also an excellent source of vitamin E and copper.

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Lychees: Some people don’t like the taste, but their unusual flavor hints at their nutritional value. Lychees provide an astounding 244 percent of the daily needs for vitamin C in a single serving. They also contain 3.2 grams of protein and are a great source of riboflavin.

Try creating a snack that contains most, if not all, of these fruits.

Peter Gaum of Santa Barbara bar helps people keep their healthy lifestyle with his nutritious snacks. Learn more lifestyle tips when you follow this Twitter account.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Snack It Out: Benefits Of Healthy Snacking

A lot of people, especially those who want a successful diet routine, swear by healthy snacking. While snacking on candies and other junk food can cause weight gain, healthy snacking actually has great benefits. Here’s why healthy snacking can change one’s diet game:

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Snacking prevents overeating

Eating a small snack, preferably whole wheat, fruits, and other carbohydrate-rich foods, will send signals to the brain that the body is not too hungry, thus preventing it from overeating during the next meal.

Snacking keeps the body’s blood sugar levels stable

The body converts ingested food into glucose for energy. Unhealthy snacking will make the body’s blood sugar levels unstable, and will prompt unhealthy food cravings. However, healthy snacking will help the body maintain its glucose levels to prevent fainting, headaches, low blood sugar, stress, and other complications.

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Snacking boosts mood and brain functions

Healthy snacks do not leave the body cranky and sleepy. In fact, they give the mind and body an extra boost. They are great for regulating concentration, and also reduce post-meal sleepiness that often happens after a carb-loaded pig out session.

Peter Gaum is the founder and CEO of Santa Barbara Bar, a wholesale bakery that serves nutritious, gluten-free, and hearty snacks for everyone. Visit this Facebook page for more tips on healthy eating.