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Is Sugar Good or Bad?

Is Sugar Good or Bad?

At Blendi we are really open when it comes to sugar. Our Blendi products are healthy, natural, plant-based and picked perfectly when ripe, fresh from frozen locking in the nutrients until you are ready to activate them once again by just adding water.  Blendi are intended for active people who want nutritious fruit & vegetables at the ready. If you eat too much of anything, there are bound to be negative side-effects, and sugar is no different.  Not all sugars are created equally, and what’s attached to them can make a big difference to your energy levels, and your waistline.

Is All Sugar The Same?
Once it eventually gets broken down to be used as energy, yes, all sugar is the same, but wait!

Glucose is the simplest form of sugar. It is what your cells use as their main energy source, and it’s easy to get too much of it, sending your blood sugar levels sky rocketing.

Fructose is what’s in fruit. It’s harder to break down but eventually ends up powering your cells in the same way.

Sucrose is a combination of the two, and because your body has to work harder to process it, it builds up more easily in your blood. Basic table sugar is essentially sucrose.

Why Is Natural Sugar Better?
So, you could say that natural sugars – that is, not processed table sugar such as honey, coconut sugar and sugar from fruit, are better for you because they break down in a more efficient way, not too quickly, not too slowly, just right. This is true, but, the real reason natural sugars are better for your body, if consumed as part of the food you find them in, is that they’re attached to other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which regulate their release into the bloodstream. Our point is that natural sugar is still SUGAR, but it comes as part of a higher-quality package, when you eat it in fruit and vegetables.

Why not try out Blendi Smoothies for a healthy source of natural sugar.

Is Ginger Good For You? Let us count the ways!

Is Ginger Good For You? Let us count the ways!

In these times of hyper healthiness and superfood saturation, almost everyone has more than a passing knowledge of how to keep their nutrition at optimum levels, so no one needs to ask is ginger good for you; the question is really how many different uses does this mega spice have in the human body!

Let’s get a little backstory on this superlative superfood: The ginger we consume is actually the root of a flowering plant that grows to about a meter tall. It’s from the family Zingiberaceae, from which the golden warrior spice turmeric comes from, not to mention the A-game aromatics, cardamom and galangal. So clearly it’s quite the family tree!

Ginger’s health benefits are well known; and as well as being a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, it’s also a powerful anti inflammatory and antioxidant thanks to the oily resin found in the root known as Gingerol.

So, how many ways is ginger good for you? Well we could write an actual book on it but given the speed of modern life, we’re thinking you might want us to summarise it for you, so here’s a few of our favourite ways that this aromatic Asian powerhouse brings us health.

 

Is ginger good for nausea?

The gnarly looking root had been shown in various studies to suppress nausea. It has long been used as a sea-sickness remedy, (putting the sea into nau-sea!) but even more relevant it is the evidence showing its use in fighting post surgery nausea and even chemotherapy-related nausea. But it’s in the battle against the dreaded morning sickness that it has shown the most valour. Studies show that as little as a gram to a gram and a half of ginger can significantly reduce nausea in the early stage of pregnancy.

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Is ginger good for pain relief?

In keeping with its caring nature, ginger won’t just prevent nausea, but it’ll treat pain too! Gingerol acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings and researchers discovered that it “affects the pain pathways directly but also relieves the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.”
One study has even found that it can help ease the pain of menstrual cramping!

Is ginger good for your tummy?

Ginger has been shown to speed up the evacuation of the stomach in people suffering with chronic indigestion. It is said to have carminative effects: which means it promotes the release of intestinal gas. It’s also an intestinal spasmolytic, which means it relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. So all these combined make it a fierce warrior against a lethargic digestive system!

Is ginger good for your heart?

LDL, the bad cholesterol, is the friend of NO heart! But thankfully, its presence in the body can be a massively influenced by what we eat.

Here’s where the ginger comes in! In a 45-day study of 85 individuals with high cholesterol, 3 grams of ginger powder caused significant reductions in most cholesterol markers

And in a second study, ginger was shown to lower the LDLs of rats as successfully as a cholesterol lowering drug!

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Is ginger good for your brain?

The march of time can’t be stopped but there’s plenty we can do to protect our brain from its procession, eating ginger is one of these ways as studies have shown that it improves brain function and may prevent alzheimers.

• Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process and are believed to be among the key drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.

• And guess who’s bursting at the seams with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties? Yes, go to the top of the class? It’s ginger.

Animal studies suggest that ginger’s antioxidant and bioactive properties can inhibit inflammatory responses that happen in our hallowed grey matter.

• In fact there’s even been evidence to show that it can positively affect our cognitive function. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory.

Ginger Recipes

So there’s just a few of our favourite answers to the question of “Is ginger good for you?” But what are the best ways to get this centurion of a spice into our bodies to get it down to business.

Consume To Bloom! Some Simple Ginger Recipes to get you firing on all cylinders!

Tea

Ginger is great drunk as a tea, just pour boiling water over some roughly chopped ginger and drink it like a standard brew.
Add some lemon for a citrus twist, sweeten it up with some honey, or add all three and a dash of whiskey for an Irish Ginger Tea!

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Soup

Ginger in soup has an a amazing dual function of making a wintery soup seem heated, and making a fresh soup taste aromatic. Our absolute favourite soup combo has got to be Carrot and Ginger. Like this delicious vegan ginger soup!

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Smoothie

Ginger is delicious when enjoyed in a nutrient dense smoothie like the Blendi Hey Orange. The Hey Orange is a sachet of freeze-dried fruit and veg that just needs to be popped in your blender with water to release its goodness. Blendi have combined ginger with orange, mango and banana to make a breakfast smoothie to nutritionally kickstart your day. There’s no prep involved but it’s a nutritious as if you had picked the fruit that day yourself! Blendi press pause on nature until you are ready to play.

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Ok so this one is a treat but what list about ginger would be complete without a recipe for Christmas Gingerbread Cookies on it. The recipe is vegan too so completely plant based (just like Blendi products)! We found this tasty recipe that should keep you in enough cookies to have everyone dusting gingery crumbs off their laps til the end of the year!

So just in case you weren’t paying attention, at a casual glance we’ve ascertained that ginger’s benefits far outstrip jazzing up the Friday evening takeaway. It is a genuine superfood that you should endeavor to consume as often as possible, with proven benefits in your gut, your brain, your heart and your stomach!

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YES! Definitely Ginger is good for you. So don’t waste any time before enjoying this amazing food.

Merry Christmas!

High Fibre Foods to improve your Health

High Fibre Foods to improve your Health

 

One thing that confuses us here at Nu Lyfe Foods is we all, in fact, get enough protein in our diets unless you are a Gym or Sports fanatic, and the world has gone mad on protein this, protein that and protein the other.  Every food start-up is chasing this space, what we do not get enough of ?  its  Fibre, & why is that well most of our foods, meals are more and more processed taking away the rawness and therefore we should be supplementing our diets with fibre.  It’s only a matter of time we guess mid 2019 that there will be a change in consumer requirements in the snacking space seeking out high in fibre foods.

Nowadays, it is clear that in order to have a balanced diet and stay healthy, it is essential to incorporate fibre into our diet on a daily basis. In our “High Fibre Foods List” below, that we have put together just for you, you can find information on foods that contain the highest amounts of fibre.

 

BENEFITS OF FIBRE IN OUR DIET

Why is the consumption of fibre so important? There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble, and both contribute to our health.

1.INSOLUBLE FIBRE

Insoluble fibre does not dissolve however,

  • Increases the feeling of satiety, which helps in weight management
  • Increases the stool bulk helping laxation and reducing constipation

2.SOLUBLE FIBRE

Soluble fibre, as the word indicates, can dissolve and transforms into a gel texture

  • Can help in reducing glucose levels, as soluble fibre can’t be easily absorbed by the body, which lowers risk of diabetes
  • Can help in lowering cholesterol, as cholesterol particles adhere to fibre and travel with it out of the body, which can help in reducing health decease

All foods listed on our “High Fibre Foods List” contain both soluble and Insoluble fibre. The proportion of each varies from one source to another.

 

HIGH FIBRE FOODS LIST

 Fibre is be mainly found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. See below the top high fibre foods list.

TOP HIGH FIBRE VEGETABLESTOP HIGH FIBRE VEGETABLES


TOP HIGH FIBRE FRUIT
 TOP HIGH FIBRE FRUIT


TOP HIGH FIBRE NUTS AND SEEDS
 TOP HIGH FIBRE NUTS AND SEEDS


TOP HIGH FIBRE GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 TOP HIGH FIBRE GRAINS AND LEGUMES

 

DOWNLOAD THE FULL HIGH FIBER FOOD LIST

 

HOW MUCH FIBRE DO WE NEED?

We need around 25-40 grams of fibre a day for normal body function. Even though this is not a high quantity, only 1 in 4 Irish people meet the nutritional goal for dietary fibre intake as published on the  “North/South Ireland Food Consumption Survey”.

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BLENDI – HIGH FIBRE CONSUMPTION MADE EASY

We know that sometimes it is hard to get all the fibre that we need in our busy lives, that’s why Blendi wants to offer an easy way to incorporate fibre into your diet. All our Blendies are made with just natural ingredients and are high in fibre, which means that all of them contain your minimum daily intake.

High Fiber Blendi

GIVE IT A TRY! PLAY HEALTHY!   

 

 

In conclusion, taking between 25-40 grams of fibre a day will maintain a healthier digestive system, reducing the possibility of constipation, diabetes and heart disease to name but a few health benefits. It also helps to keep your appetite controlled to maintain a healthy weight.

Maintain a balanced diet by including some of the foods mentioned in our High Fibre Foods List!

You can also make it easier by incorporating one or two healthy Blendies in your daily diet.

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