Featuring: Farm to Fastfood – What American Presidents Ate Over the Years

George Washington, the first US President had simple eating diets. He enjoyed nuts, fish, and Madeira Wine.

Thomas Jefferson may have been America’s first foodie. The Founding Father developed a taste for French cuisine, grew a vast vegetable garden and cherished a farm-to-table diet.

The 11th President, James Polk was known to be a finicky eater.

Abraham Lincoln was more of a modest eater. According to historians, the 16th president “liked apples and hot coffee,” and didn’t demand much in a meal.

The eighteenth president Ulysses S. Grant enjoyed coffee and was fond of rice pudding.

Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed hotdogs, fruit cake, and toasted cheese.

On the other hand, Ronald Reagan was known for his sweet tooth. The country’s 40th president munched on jelly beans to quit smoking and quickly fell in love with the candy

More fun facts on the Presidential Diet over the years at CNN.com

7 Winter Wonder Foods to Stay Naturally Warm

Every food ingredient has a natural property and there are some specific foods that help keep your body warm so as to combat the cold weather so that you don’t easily fall ill. Check these foods that you should definitely include in your diet this winter season:

Ginger – reduces high cholesterol level and is a great option to keep the body fit during winters.

Honey – also keeps the body warm and combats cold, flu or cough during winters.

Buts – some of the best sources of good cholesterol, vitamins, fibre and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Cinnamon – a wonderful spice to shield you from the dipping temperatures.

Garlic – has antibacterial properties to keep one away from the common winter diseases such as cold, cough and throat irritations. It keeps the cholesterol level in check.

Whole Grains – during winters, they keep the body warm. These grains give you extra energy during the winters to keep you going

Turmeric – it tends to generate heat once consumed.

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Who Would have thought? ‘Healthy’ Foods that Nutritionists would never eat

Here are a few foods you may think are healthy although the science tells us otherwise.

Rice malt syrup
Often considered ‘much’ better than sugar, the truth is that rice malt syrup is a refined sugar. The sugar mix of rice malt syrup is 3% glucose, 45% maltose and maltotriose 52% so while it may be fructose free, it does not mean calorie free so not only is it misleading to claim it is free of sugar, but it will contribute to an excessive calorie intake when over consumed just as regular sugar will.

Coconut water
While coconut water, especially when served in a real coconut parades as the ultimate health drink for hydration, with 18g of sugars, or almost 4 teaspoons per 250ml serve it is still a high sugar choice of fluid.

Almond milk
Popular on paleo regimes and for those who which to avoid animal milk, unsweetened almond milk contains few calories per serve and literally no sugars. However, these milk are generally low in almond content with the most common brands containing as little as 2% resulting in a ‘milk’ that is low in protein and calcium.

Breakfast biscuits
While some European cultures enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and a few sweet biscuits, it is then a big jump to claim that they are a ‘healthy’ breakfast choice. With just 4g of protein, plenty of carbs, up to 10g of sugars and just 3g of fiber, there are many, many other more nutritious breakfast options than a sweet packet of biscuits.

More at News.com.au

Turmeric, the spice of life

Turmeric – a member of the ginger family – that, before it’s washed, looks a bit like an ugly carrot. Turmeric is not a root, but a rhizome, which means its stem is where all the good stuff is found.

Scattered to the wind, it’s a sacred part of Hindu ceremonies. It’s also been used as a dye for fabrics — it’s even what gives mustard its bright, yellow hue. But the very thing that makes turmeric so colorful — a compound called curcumin — is what some researchers say also makes it a powerful weapon against disease.

Biophysicist Ajay Goel has been studying its medicinal qualities at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

“We’re doing clinical trials on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, diabetes,” said Goel.

“And it seems to have an effect on all these different conditions?” Cowan asked.

“Absolutely. It is such a wonderful compound that has been shown to work in every single instance people have tried.”

Goel says thousands of studies have shown that, in a concentrated enough dose, the curcumin in turmeric has not only proven to be an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory but also shows promise in preventing and even treating something as serious as cancer.

Café Gratitude’s co-owner, Ryland Englehart, said, “In a petri dish, that can knock out, like, diseases. I mean, it’s crazy. It’s become a phenomenon. It is the buzz word in the health world.”

So much so, Google’s Food Trends Report called turmeric a rising star of 2016.

Cowan asked Englehart if turmeric was as good as its hype.

CBS News

5 Reasons to Add Spirulina to Your Diet

Spirulina, a blue-green alga commonly found in powdered, supplement form, is one of the stars of this class—and one that you may have unknowingly consumed. Over 1,400 studies have already been conducted, with results proving that adding spirulina to your diet can drastically improve your overall health and wellness. Let’s take a look at the top five ways.

Cancer Prevention
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.”

Cholesterol Reduction & Prevention of Atherosclerosis
Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important, as people with high cholesterol are at twice the risk of developing heart disease. And with spirulina, you can lower cholesterol naturally, while also preventing atherosclerosis—the thickening and hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Lower Blood Pressure
In addition to lowering cholesterol levels, spirulina has also been shown to significantly improve blood pressure. The algae contain a pigment called phycocyanin and, using animal subjects, scientists have discovered that phycocyanin possesses antihypertensive effects, which means, essentially, that it helps to lower blood pressure.

Encourage Weight Loss
Though green vegetables aren’t typically known for their protein content, spirulina is actually made up of about 62 percent protein, and if you’ve ever tried to shed a few pounds, you know how important it is to add enough high-quality protein to your diet.

Eliminate Candida
At proper levels, candida is a fungus that aids in nutrient absorption and digestion. But when candida overproduces, it can become a serious concern that leads to a wide variety of negative and serious health problems. In fact, invasive candidiasis is a leading cause of mycosis-related death in the United States, and candida overgrowth has become the hallmark sign for most autoimmune diseases today.

Observer

GMO Tobacco Plants Reveal the Promise of Hyper-Productive Food Crops

Researchers specializing in genetic modification have developed a super­powered strain of tobacco plants that grow substantially faster and more efficiently than conventional crops, according to a new report published in the journal Science.

How did the experiment work? The researchers inserted genes into the DNA of tobacco plants that they believed would increase three specific proteins that are involved in photosynthesis, the process of turning sunlight into energy.

“The objective was simply to boost the level of three proteins already present in tobacco,” Long explained. By boosting these proteins, the researchers reasoned that the plants would grow more with the same amount of sunlight. Once they had produced multiple modified tobacco plants, they selected the three most productive specimens and planted them alongside regular tobacco crops.

Of the modified plants, two were 20 percent more productive than the standard strain, and one was 14 percent more productive.

In other words, the GMOs were bigger and better.

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Marijuana may help combat substance abuse, mental health disorders

Contrary to research that suggests marijuana may act as a gateway drug, encouraging the use of other harmful substances, a new study indicates it may have the opposite effect.

Marijuana may be an effective ‘exit drug’

The researchers came to their conclusion after conducting a systematic review of 60 studies assessing the effects of either medical or non-medical marijuana on mental health and substance abuse.

The analysis revealed that medical marijuana shows potential for treating symptoms of PTSD, depression, and social anxiety.

“Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication,” Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada explains.

The evidence to date suggests that medical marijuana does not raise the risk of self-harm or harm to others, the researchers note, although they caution that acute marijuana intoxication and recent use of medical marijuana may affect short-term memory and other cognitive functions.

The team concludes that more research is required to further assess the effects of marijuana use on mental health and substance abuse.

Medical News Today

A mix of Topical and Ingested Natural Ingredients Key to Anti-Aging Skin

While the eyes are the window to our soul, our skin is a mirror to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Our general health, our nutrition, our lifestyle and our emotional state are all reflected in the way our skin looks. So, there is real truth in the saying “beauty starts from the inside.”

Many ingredients play in both topical and ingestible products. Examples would be collagen or collagen peptides, lipids and different antioxidants and vitamins. In fact, research shows that by utilizing a combined approach one can experience better results. For example, providing carotenoid antioxidants via topical and ingestible treatment led to greater accumulation in human skin compared to each delivery method alone.

So, how can we maintain and support skin longevity?

Collagen is the major protein of skin cells. It supplies the firmness and structural integrity of the young skin. As a result of intrinsic aging as well as environmental factors, collagen production is reduced while collagen fragmentation is increased.

Ceramides belong to a family of lipid molecules that are an integral part of cell membranes. As such, ceramides are important for skin protective barrier function. Using ceramides in a supplement or in a cream can support skin barrier function and help keep skin hydrated and moist.

Our first line of defense against UV is the antioxidant reservoir in our skin. This reservoir is gradually depleted as we age, and ironically, UV radiation serves as a catalysis to this harmful depletion process. Therefore, there is the sense in replenishing antioxidants into our skin.

Combining the different protective approaches (topical and ingestible) is a sweet spot in the industry, and we will probably see more brands coming out with this holistic skin care approach. With the topicals facilitating the consumer expectation for short-term effects and the ingestible complementing the bigger picture and providing long-term, 24/7 benefits for skin parameters as well as for overall wellness which is reflected in our skin.

Natural Product Insider

What the Reversed Kratom Ban Teaches Us About Drug Advocacy in America

You may not be familiar with the drug kratom, but many Americans are. Kratom is known to relieve pain and anxiety, and has often been used to ease the challenges of getting off of more harmful drugs, namely opioids. The DEA was slated to ban kratom until late September, when an outpouring of public activism by kratom users led to an indefinite delay on such a ban.

Earlier this year, the DEA announced its intent to place kratom on the list of Schedule I drugs. This is the most restrictive category of banned substances that includes drugs like heroin and LSD. The DEA describes a Schedule I like so: “Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.” Kratom users have used the drug to help them kick their OxyContin habit. Despite being a far more addictive substance, OxyContin is a Schedule II drug. Advocates for kratom compare the drug’s addictive power to coffee. No deaths have been linked to the drug.

Read the full story on Merry Jane.

Be Happy and Gay! These 7 Nutrients are Guaranteed to Boost Happiness Levels!

If you’ve been feeling a little moody lately (or if those PMS symptoms are getting you down), perhaps it’s time to look at your diet. You might be lacking in a few important nutrients that could be the reason why your happiness levels are down and you feel lethargic and unmotivated
Let’s put the pep back in your step and the smile back in your face!

Magnesium – its role in the development of serotonin means it is a major contributor to how happy you feel throughout the day. Low levels of magnesium have been linked to a higher risk of depression.

Chromium – helps the body regulate insulin, which in turn regulates your brain’s level of serotonin, norepinephrine, and melatonin, the chemicals your brain uses to manage emotion and mood. While a standard, well-balanced diet should ease

Calcium – low levels of calcium can have a negative effect, particularly in women. Studies have found that those deficient in calcium tend to suffer more intense PMS symptoms, and are more prone to PMS-related depression

Iron – having adequate levels of iron ensures that your body is in top form, fighting off fatigue, apathy, and mood swings.

Vitamin B6 – Neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers in charge of getting information from your brain to the rest of your body, love vitamin B6.

Vitamin B12 – a deficiency of B12 commonly results in fatigue, slowed reasoning, and even paranoia in some cases. Conversely, higher levels of the vitamin allow the body to synthesize optimal conditions for the brain to send and receive signals, which plays a large part in your mood.

Vitamin D – If you’re feeling consistently down in the dumps, an increase in Vitamin D may be all it takes to lift your spirits. Much like calcium, low levels of vitamin D have been associated with symptoms of depression in both men and women.

Marie-France Asia