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Quinoa

Quinoa is another product that over time can become a regular visitor on Polish tables. Thanks to its numerous pro-health properties and high popularity, this exotic food product is slowly becoming an increasingly available product. If you want to find out if it is really worth taking a look at someone, check out the article below!

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What is quinoa?

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Quinoa, also known as Peruvian rice or quinoa, is a plant known as pseudozhoża. This means that it produces starch-rich seeds, which, however, are not included in cereals. The origin of this plant is attributed to the areas of South America, where it is very often called the mother of cereals, sacred grain of the Incas or golden grain. This product is used in the culinary art, where it is used as an addition to main dishes, soups or salads. Quite often, quinoa is also used to make desserts.

Quinoa – properties

Quinoa, like soy or nuts, is one of the few products in which proteins of vegetable origin are considered to be of full value. The rationale is the presence of all exogenous amino acids that are not capable of self-synthesis in the human body. It is also worth paying attention to the fact that due to the high content of the protein, the quinoa is a very good alternative for people who avoid meat.

Another and equally important aspect regarding the properties of quinoa is the high content of unsaturated fats. I am talking primarily about linoleic, linolenic and oleic acids. As it is well known, these compounds are conducive to maintaining the proper lipid profile of our body. This means that quinoa is a very good product in the case of excessive cholesterol or as an element of atherosclerosis prevention.

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Peruvian rice is also used in diseases related to nutrition. Quinoa is a gluten-free product, so it can be successfully used by people suffering from celiac disease. It is also worth mentioning that quinoa has a low glycemic index, which is 35. Such a small result confirms the justification for the use of this product in the diet of people struggling with diabetes. In the case of this group of people, it should be added that the quinoa is a good source of fiber.

Nutritional value of quinoa

Using the USDA data (National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference), below we present the nutritional value of quinoa in 100 grams of product
Energy value – 120 kcal,
Total protein – 4.40 g,
Fat – 1.92 g,
Carbohydrates – 21.30 g (including simple sugars 0.87 g),
Fiber – 2.8 g.

vitamins
thiamine – 0.107 mg,
riboflavin – 0.110 mg,
niacin – 0.412 mg,
vitamin B6 – 0,123 mg,
folic acid – 42 μg,
vitamin A – 5 IU,
vitamin E – 0.63 mg.

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Minerals
calcium – 17 mg,
iron – 1.49 mg,
magnesium – 64 mg,
phosphorus – 152 mg,
potassium – 172 mg,
sodium – 7 mg,
zinc – 1.09 mg.

How to cook it?

The method of preparing a quadruple is extremely simple. The product is made by cooking, but before we get to it, Peruvian rice should be well rinsed in running water. Next, boil the cabbage into boiling water, which we cook under cover in the range of 10 to 15 minutes. Quinoa should be boiled in a ratio of 12, that is, for two glasses of water, one glass of a quota.

Where to buy it?
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Calm all the frightened by the fact that quinoa is only available in South America. Nowadays, when online sales are very developed, access to the product is trouble-free. In the network there is a mass of health food stores or an ecological assortment that in their offer definitely have a quinoa. As for prices, they look different. It is conditioned by many factors – the producer’s brand, the basis weight of the product or the very place of production of this article.

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Coffee

Coffee is the favorite drink of most busy people. It is usually associated with a break and relaxation. Like every product, coffee has its advantages and disadvantages. Today, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and many beneficial properties are attributed to it. With some exceptions, coffee is definitely better to drink than to give up.

1. Coffee – action
2. Facts and myths about coffee
3. Some reasons to drink coffee

4. Decaffeinated coffee

5. Summary

1. Coffee – action

Coffee grain contains over 1000 bioactive compounds, of which the most interest is caffeine, chlorogenic acid, and kafestol. All listed compounds have potentially beneficial effects, including antioxidant ones. Coffee is one of the most abundant sources of antioxidants in your daily diet. The effect of a coffee drink on the body depends on many factors – starting with the type of coffee (most often we deal with arabica and robusta), by burning grains, the method of making coffee, and on a specific gene set and composition of a person’s microflora . It turns out that both genes and the composition of microbiota determine the metabolism and the final effect of coffee.

Caffeine, the compound most associated with coffee, undergoes metabolism in the liver. As a result of transformations, three main compounds are formed: theophylline, paraxanthin and theobromine. It is excreted through the kidneys. Interestingly, in people who smoke, the metabolism of caffeine is accelerated due to its effect on cytochrome P450 enzymes that are involved in the conversion of caffeine in the liver. It freely flows from the bloodstream to the brain. Caffeine is an antagonist of adenosine receptors, i.e. has an inhibitory effect. Thanks to this, it eliminates tiredness and drowsiness.

2. Facts and myths about coffee

Coffee rinses out magnesium and calcium
Myth. It is true that the studies have shown increased urinary calcium and magnesium excretion, but this effect is achieved when consuming more than 744 mg of caffeine per day (approximately 8 glasses of coffee per day). Consumption of caffeine in an amount of approx. 400 mg daily with simultaneous intake of calcium with a diet of at least 800 mg does not cause negative consequences.

Coffee raises blood pressure
Myth. This effect can be observed in people who drink coffee occasionally. Drinking coffee for three days in a row causes the development of tolerance and ceases to have an effect on the blood pressure.

Coffee improves concentration
Fact, as long as it is not decaffeinated. Caffeine, depending on the dose, may improve alertness, speed of reaction, concentration, mood, and even increase self-confidence. The more rested we are, the less the effect is. Coffee can be a salvation after a sleepless night.

There are contraindications to drinking coffee
Fact. Although there are not many – there are. Drinking coffee is not recommended for pregnant women, as well as people with reflux disease or stomach ulcer. The caffeine contained in coffee may exacerbate the symptoms by stimulating the secretion of gastric juice. In addition, it also increases the secretion of gastrin, which in turn causes relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, thus the stomach content is easier to pass from the stomach to the esophagus.

Caffeine is addictive
It is not known. In DMS-5 (Diagnosis and manual manual of mental disorders), or the classification of mental disorders of the American Psychiatric Association, criteria for the diagnosis of caffeine withdrawal syndrome are included. Disorders related to the consumption of caffeine have been recognized as a problem requiring further research.

Moderate consumption of caffeine, ie about 5 cups of coffee a day, does not have negative effects on adults. However, this looks slightly different in children and adolescents, in whom low doses (100-400 mg) can cause negative symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness and sleep disorders. Considering the fact that caffeine may have a beneficial effect on the mood, for young people reaching for coffee in order to achieve this effect may lead to the development of abnormal habits.

3. Some reasons to drink coffee

First of all, coffee probably reduces the risk of premature death. Based on the results of current research on the health effects of drinking coffee, it has been shown that the lowest risk is associated with drinking 3 cups a day.

In comparison with people who do not drink coffee, coffee drinks are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary heart disease. Research shows that an extra cup of coffee a day can reduce the risk of death for cardiovascular reasons by 2%.

The higher the intake of coffee, the lower the risk of developing tumors, including prostate, liver, endometrium. People who consume coffee in comparison with coffee abstinents are less exposed to the risk of liver cirrhosis or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (by 1/3). Reducing the risk of these serious diseases by 30% is a spectacular result and a leading argument in favor of incorporating this drink into the daily diet.

Daily drinking of coffee may act prophylactically for type II diabetes. The caffeine is probably not responsible for this effect, but the other components of coffee, because decaffeinated coffee also works prophylactically.

Decaffeinated coffee, however, does not protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease (as opposed to traditional coffee).

4. Decaffeinated coffee – does it have similar effects?
The composition of decaffeinated coffee is not much different with the profile of active compounds except for caffeine, which contains traces. Decaffeinated coffee does not bring as many beneficial effects as the natural one, however, its consumption also reduces the risk of some diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and endometrial cancer.

5. Summary

In conclusion – drinking coffee brings far more benefits than threats. In fact, there is not enough evidence of any harmful effects, except during pregnancy, in which caffeine should be limited due to the developing body of the child.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause a much longer persistence of this compound in the blood of a pregnant woman. This is extremely important considering that caffeine passes easily to the amniotic fluid. In addition, the CYP1A2 metabolising enzyme activity in the fetus is very low. This means that a child in the womb consuming large amounts of coffee is exposed to its action much longer than the average adult person. Therefore it is reasonable to preserve moderation. Drinking coffee during pregnancy may increase the risk of low birth weight of a child, miscarriage, premature birth.

Moderate consumption of coffee is also recommended to women because of the results of the study, which suggest that a higher intake of coffee may increase the risk of fractures (in men, this trend has not been demonstrated). It is difficult to say whether we can blame caffeine for this state of affairs. After all, intake up to 400 mg of caffeine per day should not lead to any negative consequences. However, there are doubts about the relationship between drinking coffee and the higher incidence of lung cancer. It is suspected, however, that this relationship is due to the fact that smokers often drink coffee regularly. Therefore, smoking seems to be the deciding factor, which has not been included in some studies.

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Cabbage diet

Cabbage diet is one of the more popular slimming diets in our country. Although it is cheap, it is not time-consuming and does not require great sacrifices, it is not a diet recommended by dieticians and doctors. Why? What exactly is a cabbage diet? What are its assumptions? How fast are the effects? What are its side effects? What are the risks associated with this diet? There are many questions, we will try to answer them in the following article.

What is a cabbage diet?
Cabbage diet is a short, but very promising diet plan. It occurs under many names, the most popular of which is the presidential, Swedish or Canadian diet. The purpose of this diet (like other alternative diets) is to lose a significant number of kilos in a very short time. Therefore, this plan is extremely tempting for people who need quick results, and do not have time to rationally lose weight.

The cabbage diet has become popular several years ago. Apparently former Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski was her great supporter and thanks to her got rid of unnecessary kilograms. That’s where the name of the presidential diet came from.

Cabbage diet – a menu and recipe for cabbage soup
The basic ingredient of this diet is cabbage. Vegetable is valued because of its low energy value. The creators of the cabbage diet believe that it can be eaten without restrictions. They suggest eating as much as possible of cabbage soup. They explain their recommendations with the fact that there are only 25 kcal in 100 g of cabbage. White cabbage also contains a few carbohydrates 5.8 g / 100 g, with a large amount of dietary fiber 2.5 g / 100 g.

It is important, however, to remember about the proper preparation of meals. The diet allows you to eat vegetable soup based on cabbage, however, the traditional bigos with the addition of meat and fat is a strictly forbidden product.

At the very beginning it should be clearly stated that the menu of cabbage diet is extremely monotonous. Monocomponent diets are characterized by a small variety of meals due to the limited number of products allowed during their use. The basic meal of this diet is cabbage soup, which can be eaten without any restrictions. You can find the recipe below.

Cabbage soup

Components
– 1 head of Italian or white cabbage – white cabbage (about 2000 g) was used in the recipe,
– 6 heads of chopped onion (500 g),
– red pepper (200 g),

– yellow pepper (200 g),
– 1 bunch of celery (400 g),
– 6 fresh tomatoes (850 g),
– 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (10 g),
– chilli spices, pepper, garlic, curry, dill, basil (very important – we do not add table salt).

A method of preparing

Wash the washed and cleaned vegetables into small cubes. Fry all but onions in a hot pan with rapeseed oil. Add the onion when the remaining vegetables are soft. Once all the ingredients have reached the desired softness, we put them into a pot with water and cook for about 1.5 hours. Once in a while, thoroughly mix the contents of the pot, so as not to burn the soup. At the end, add spices as desired. It is very important to remember not to add salt to the soup. To prevent monotony in the diet, the soup can be served in the form of a cream or with the addition of other low-calorie vegetables.

The nutritional value of one portion of soup

– 7.2 g protein,

– fats 2.4 g,

– 28.4 g carbohydrates,

– fiber 10.2 g.

The total energy value of one portion of soup 147 kcal.

Cabbage diet is characterized by high content of dietary fiber, so you can not forget about proper irrigation of the body. It is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of liquid each day. To vary the diet, you can also reach for natural vegetable juices, herbal infusions, green tea and coffee. However, you must forget about the use of sugar, the cabbage diet excludes it. The creators of the cabbage diet indicate that achieving amazing results (minus 3-6 kg per week) is possible only if we completely comply with the weekly menu schedule.

Cabbage diet – a weekly version of the menu
The first day of the cabbage diet opens the breakfast from the previously prepared soup, dinner looks just like that. The meals between them are snacks from raw vegetables and green tea and mineral water.

The second day begins with breakfast, steamed or raw vegetables are recommended. They can be any vegetables except legumes and corn. It is also important not to eat any fruit that day. We eat cabbage soup for dinner, and for dinner, we recommend two baked potatoes without addition of table salt.

The next day of the cabbage diet begins with a bowl of cabbage soup. On the third day, we also gradually introduce fruit, they are the basis for the second breakfast, as well as afternoon tea. The most effective is the consumption of fruits with high fiber content, e.g. grapefruits and oranges. At this stage, bananas are excluded! If the afternoon tea was not filling enough, you can eat a plate of cabbage soup for dinner. If we are full, we can let go of our last meal.

On the fourth day of the cabbage diet, we can afford to make our meals more varied. Breakfast is traditionally a cabbage soup, for the second course and dinner we introduce bananas forbidden earlier. For dinner on this day, it is suggested to drink two liters of skim milk or buttermilk and drink them with four glasses of mineral water.

The fifth day begins with cabbage soup as standard. On this day, lean meat also appears on the menu. It is recommended to prepare about 200 grams of lean beef or chicken fillet once. For dinner, eat 6 medium-sized tomatoes, which are washed down with at least 4 glasses of liquid (mineral water or tea).

The penultimate day of the diet begins with cabbage soup. For lunch, a portion of 200 g of lean meat or fish should be cooked with steam. Dinner is a large bowl of finely chopped green vegetables (lettuce, peppers, leeks, broccoli).

We start the seventh and last day of the diet like the rest. For lunch we cook brown rice and serve it with low-calorie vegetables. We do not eat a substantial meal for dinner, on the seventh day, a few glasses of fruit juice (without added sugar) are served, as well as a few glasses of still mineral water.

Cabbage diet – defects and opinions
Cabbage diet, although very popular, is not a diet recommended by dieticians and specialists. The position she has achieved among other alternative slimming diets is mainly due to her low price and ease of use. Another advantage is the small time needed to achieve your dream goal. The effects of this diet, although positive, may adversely affect the condition of our body, because after stopping the diet we return to the initial state. Before starting a cabbage diet, it is worth considering the risks associated with its use. The rapid loss of kilos resulting from a very large calorie deficit is a non-physiological process. The main disadvantages of the cabbage diet include the very common yo-yo effect.

Other disadvantages of this method of feeding are the aforementioned monotony, not every person is able to get used to the taste and smell of cabbage soup. People using a cabbage diet also often complain about too frequent urination, because cabbage has strong diuretic properties. This vegetable contains a significant amount of bloating substances, intensifies the processes of intestinal gas production. In addition to unpleasant dyspeptic symptoms, the cabbage diet also causes fatigue, irritability, general weakness and can cause headaches. It is also worth noting that it is a shortage diet, so it is not properly balanced – it does not cover our needs for proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Opinions about this diet are divided. She has many supporters and opponents. The effect of using this diet is often short-lived. The yo-yo effect in this case is a common phenomenon. Perhaps that’s why dietitians do not recommend this diet. Given its popularity, it is surprising that a small number of scientific publications and studies prove the effectiveness of such a model of nutrition. A person who wants to lose weight in a rational way, without the yo-yo effect, should think twice about it. Perhaps the lack of scientific reports on the effectiveness of this diet means that it is not taken seriously in the medical environment. It should be clearly stated that cabbage diets should not be strictly used by children and adolescents, pregnant women and nursing mothers, people with immunocompromised persons, as well as people with significant obesity.

Taking into account all opinions about the cabbage diet, it can be said that this diet is not a good or recommended way to lose unwanted kilograms. When using this diet, weight loss is only a result of water loss, not fat. In addition, the cabbage diet reduces the basic metabolism and does not cover the need for basic nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of the body. Losing weight on this diet is a non-physiological and unnatural process. The problem of obesity and overweight should not be treated on your own. Long-term results and health improvement can be provided by education of healthy eating habits, so you should go for a consultation with a dietitian.

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Dried tomatoes

Tomatoes are at the forefront of the most commonly used vegetables in Europe. Only the potato, onion and lettuce are ahead of them. They owe their popularity to their availability, versatility and low price. Tomatoes can be bought in various forms. The most popular are purees, juices, concentrates, sauces and dried tomatoes. Especially the latter deserve our attention, they are extremely tasty, aromatic and can be an addition to many tasty dishes. They are a great source of lycopene, the properties of which we will tell you today.

Dried tomatoes – nutritional value
Tomatoes are vegetables appreciated almost all over the world. Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) came to Europe in the 16th century and it was brought from Central America. The beginnings of cultivating tomatoes on our continent were not easy – due to the intense red color, they were considered a highly poisonous plant and were only cultivated for ornamental purposes. Today, tomatoes are appreciated by consumers and are appreciated for their nutritional, health and dietary properties.

Dried tomatoes are obtained by drying purified and cut fresh tomatoes. Although they look less attractive than raw, they definitely outweigh them with nutritional values, including the content of lycopene. Dried tomatoes usually occur in two forms. The first one is tomatoes dried in oil, the second is dried without oil (in dry form). The observation shows that consumers more often choose tomatoes dried in oil. Such a product in 100 g contains about 213 kcal, including 20 g total carbohydrates (including 6.7 g dietary fiber), 13.3 g fat and 6.67 g protein. However, those dried without the addition of oil in 100 g contain about 257 kcal, including 55 g of carbohydrates (including 13 g of dietary fiber), 3.7 g of fat and 14.8 g of protein. Such disparities result both from the manufacturing method and, type and method of cultivation. When buying dried tomatoes, special attention should be paid to the type of oil that the vegetables are filled with. The best quality tomatoes are cold pressed rapeseed oil and olive oil. It is not recommended to buy tomatoes in a flood of sunflower oil due to the unfavorable ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which can increase the inflammation in our body and have a bad effect on the cardiovascular system. For example, tomatoes in raw form in 100 g provide about 18 kcal, including 3.9 g carbohydrates (including 1.2 g dietary fiber), 0.2 g fat and 0.8 g protein.

Dried tomatoes are a real treasury of mineral salts and vitamins. 100 g of dried tomatoes contain as much as 39 mg of vitamin C. An adequate supply of vitamin C ensures beneficial effects of the immune system. Vitamin C also takes part in the collagen synthesis process and reduces the concentration of bad cholesterol. In addition to vitamin C, in dried tomatoes there are also significant amounts of vitamin A, 100 g of the product provides our body with about 833 IU of this vitamin. Proper supply of this compound ensures good skin condition, strengthens the eyesight and regulates the processes of creating new cells. In dried tomatoes we can also find vitamins from group B, including B1, B2, B3 and B6. Their appropriate level plays an important role in the prevention of diseases of the nervous system.

In addition to vitamins, dried tomatoes contain a large amount of necessary for the proper functioning of micro- and macroelements. The most important of these is potassium, which in the body is responsible for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance and correct muscle spasms. Both fresh and dried tomatoes are a great source. Apart from potassium, we can also find sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium in them. The amounts of the elements listed above are however small. The healthiest and the tastiest dried tomatoes are those that come from natural crops (eg from our gardens and plots).

What properties do the dried tomatoes have?
Due to the low energy value, tomatoes are included in dietetic food. Conscious consumers who have knowledge about healthy eating use them daily as part of their meals. Over the past dozen or so years, tomatoes have gained a special position in the prevention of cancer. All this is due to lycopene, an organic compound from the carotene group. It exhibits strong pro-health properties, while its absorbability from dried tomatoes is definitely higher than from raw ones. Lycopene has a strong antioxidant effect, therefore it is well suited for the prevention of cardiovascular and cancer diseases. It is worth noting that lycopene scavenges free radicals twice as efficiently as beta-carotene and ten times more efficiently than alpha-tocopherol. Such a high content of lycopene makes real dried superfood tomatoes.

There are numerous scientific studies around the world that are looking for irrefutable evidence that lycopene contained in dried tomatoes has anti-carcinogenic properties. There are studies that showed a positive correlation between lycopene consumption and a decrease in the activity of breast cancer cells. Lycopene is responsible in this case for inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells. Proper supply of this component ensures proper DNA synthesis and prevents its damage. Therefore, it is safe to say that currently conducted scientific research gives great hope to oncological patients. Unfortunately, to find unambiguous and indisputable evidence, research should be carried out constantly.

In addition to the potential use in the prevention of cancer, lycopene is also credited with a significant role in the prevention of bone diseases. When we talk about this type of illness, we think about the diet with an increased amount of dairy products, calcium supplementation and vitamin D. Of course, the above-mentioned ingredients are necessary to ensure good bone health, but let’s focus this time on the role of lycopene. Bone system diseases, including osteoporosis, go hand in hand with systemic inflammation and increased oxidative stress. The latter is particularly harmful. It directly affects the inhibition of bone formation and shortens the lifespan of osteoblasts. As mentioned before, lycopene is an extremely powerful antioxidant and it is this feature that makes it a substance extremely helpful in the prevention of bone diseases. , r

How to prepare dried tomatoes yourself?
The purchase of dried tomatoes is an expense of about 10 to 15 PLN for a small jar. Tomatoes bought in the store are quite tasty, but the label often does not provide us with enough information on how to produce them. We do not know if they were dried in the sun or in a drying room. We do not know what crops they come from and whether they meet our requirements. Despite the addition of fruit, seeds or various spices, bought tomatoes sometimes just simply tasteless. So if we want to get dried tomatoes of the highest quality, it is best to prepare them yourself. This is not so difficult, contrary to appearances, and can have a big impact on our health.

The first step is to chop the cherry tomatoes into quarters and remove the seeds with a spoon. The next is to put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper (a sheet skin). You need to gently salt them, then set the oven to about 90 ° C, preferably with the function of thermo-flow. Drying tomatoes at this temperature usually takes about 2 hours. The baking tray is pulled out of the oven only when the tomatoes are already heavily wrinkled. It then translates the dried tomatoes into a bowl, seasoning it according to your taste and arranges tightly in the jar. A few slices of garlic are put into each jar. The last step is pouring the jars into warm, slightly warmed oil and turning the jars upside down. Such a recipe for dried tomatoes is very simple to make and guarantees us the perfect taste for many, many weeks.

Recipes for dishes using dried tomatoes

Below are two ideas for delicious use of dried tomatoes in the kitchen.

Hummus With Dry Potatoes

Components
– 200 g of chickpeas in brine,
– 100 g tahini (sesame paste),
– 3 cloves of garlic,
– lemon juice juice,
– 70 g of dried tomatoes (10 pieces),
– salt,
– pepper,
– 10 g olive oil.

In the bowl, put chickpeas, sesame paste, garlic cloves squeezed through the press, lemon juice and finely chopped dried tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste. The whole blends to a uniform mass. If the mass is too dry, add a small amount of water. Hummus can be served with crunchy or whole grain bread.

Nutritional value in the whole portion

– 1182 kcal,

– 42.2 g protein,

– 71.7 g fats,

– carbohydrates 81.8 g,

– fiber 32.1 g.

Mediterranean baguette

Components
– 80 g wholemeal baguette,
– 40 g mozzarella cheese (half balls),
– 20 g arugula lettuce,
– 70 g of dried tomatoes (10 pieces),
– fresh basil leaves,
– 20 g walnuts (handful),
– 10 g olive oil – for spreading.

Nutritional value in the whole portion

– energy 722,9 kcal,

– 30,3 g protein,

– fats 34.4 g,

– 69.5 g carbohydrates,

– fiber 16.2 g.

Cut the bun in half. We lubricate with olive oil. Dried tomatoes are cut in half. Slices of mozzarella, tomatoes and half of basil leaves are placed on a whole-grain baguette. Place the buns in the oven heated to 180 ° C, bake them until the mozzarella dissolves. After removing from the oven, place the nuts and fresh basil leaves on them.

Dried tomatoes are not only a tasty addition to Mediterranean cuisine. They have health properties that many of us have not heard of yet. Due to the high content of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants should often appear on our tables.

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Arginine

Arginine is a relatively exogenous amino acid. Young people should deliver it to the body along with the diet, while adults are able to endogenously produce adequate amounts of arginine. In recent years, the significant effect of arginine on the body has been discovered, so it is worth taking care of its appropriate level. To ensure proper supply, it is worth knowing where arginine is, how it works and whether it should be supplemented?

The occurrence of arginine
The pool of arginine in the body, in addition to endogenous changes and intracellular protein degradation, also affects the supply of amino acids with diet. Especially for its correct level should be taken care of in the case of increased demand of the system – in the case of injuries, disease states and moments of significant burden on the body excess catabolic processes. Along with the progressive aging of the body, the production of endogenous arginine decreases and it is recommended to supplement it with the diet.

The rich source of arginine are products containing animal and vegetable protein soy, beef, pork, turkey, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, groundnuts, brazilian, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, almonds, linseed, chocolate, buckwheat and mackerel. Small amounts are also found in milk proteins. Only half of the arginine supplied with food to the body as a result of digestion is absorbed into the blood, and 40% breaks down in the small intestine.

The action of arginine
Arginine is formed in the urea cycle and is involved in the synthesis of proteins, creatine, urea, proline, polyamines and nitric oxide. The amino acid has a regulatory function and stimulates the secretion of glucagon, insulin, prolactin and growth hormone. The metabolic pathways of arginine vary depending on particular organs and cells.

Arginine affects the proper functioning and protection of the liver. It provides detoxification of the body by converting toxic ammonia into urea in the urea cycle.

Arginine is a substrate in the synthesis of creatine, which is a precursor to the index of normal kidney function – creatinine. Creatine plays a key role in muscle energy, influencing the improvement of oxygen metabolism and lowering the level of lactic acid. In the case of training people, this allows you to increase training loads, increase muscle mass and reduce the amount of fat.

The supply of arginine also influences the production of growth hormone (GH). GH affects the immune system and the central nervous system. Too large amounts of growth hormone negatively affect the body, increase the risk of cancer and reduce the uptake of glucose, which is an energy substrate, especially in endurance sports. The supply of arginine before bedtime stimulates the secretion of GH even more.

Arginine in the vascular endothelium is responsible for the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO), which stimulates the immune system, reduces inflammation, facilitates wound healing (especially in the case of burns) and dilates blood vessels. In addition, it is involved in the relaxation of smooth muscles, improves blood circulation and helps regenerate damaged muscle fibers. NO deficiency has a significant effect on the formation of atherosclerotic plaque and oxidation of LDL cholesterol molecules.

The amino acid also delays the body’s aging process thanks to its antioxidant properties and its influence on the synthesis of collagen. Arginine is needed for the production of sperm, keeping the right amount of sperm and their motility. In addition, it has a positive effect on intestinal microbiota and improves insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes, which reduces the risk of developing the disease and its subsequent complications.

The dosage of arginine
Arginine is used in the form of pure, isolated amino acid L-arginine or as synthetic compounds – AAKG (arginine with glutaric acid), hydrogen chloride or L-arginine malate. The best assimilable form is the one closest to the natural one found in food.

Arginine as a drug is used in diseases of the circulatory hypertension, ischemic disease, atherosclerosis, cerebral infarctions and blood clots, as well as in diabetes, glaucoma, infertility in men, burns and infections.

Arginine is very often supplemented by athletes to support the body’s exercise capacity. Unfortunately, there are no unequivocal studies that prove the beneficial effect of arginine supplementation in strength and endurance sports.

The recommended daily dose of arginine should be 5 grams – this is the basic dose, without any side effects. The pre- workout preparation is the most effective . If high doses of arginine are used, gastrointestinal discomfort (nausea, diarrhea, dehydration) may arise.

Contraindications to the use of arginine
Arginine should not be supplemented by people suffering from schizophrenia, pregnant women, nursing mothers, people taking anticoagulants, people with renal insufficiency, liver and bile ducts, digestive and absorption disorders and advanced hypertension.

Each supplementation should be supported by laboratory tests and consultation with a doctor. In addition, there should be a few hours between taking a dietary supplement and a medicine so that interaction does not intervene between them.

Opinions about arginine
Arginine is an amino acid necessary for the proper functioning of the body, while both excess and deficiency is not beneficial to the body. If there is too much arginine in the system, too much nitric oxide is produced, and this completely reverses its effect – instead of lowering blood pressure, it increases and stiffens the blood vessels, instead of making them more elastic. In addition, administration of high doses of arginine may disrupt the balance of other amino acids.

A rational and well-balanced diet allows you to provide the right amount of arginine so that you can feel the positive effect of this amino acid on the body.

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Pomegranate

The fruit of pomegranate has been known since antiquity, when it was considered a symbol of both fertility and abundance, immortality and sanctity. He was worshiped in many religions around the world. In folk medicine, it was used primarily to fight parasites. He was also supposed to help with aphthae, ulcers, diarrhea or febrile states. It was often used as a means to fight haemorrhage, dysentery, acidosis and microbial infections. In fact, all parts of the plant were used in Ayurveda – not only the fruit itself, but also the bark, flowers, leaves and even roots.

What is the pomegranate and where does it come from?
The family pomatia (Latin Punicaceae) and the order Myrtales (Latin Myrtales) belong only two species of flora. These are low trees, from 3 to a maximum of 7 meters, or shrubs whose leaves are opposite and single, prickly branches, and bisexual flowers of a strongly intense red color 2. The fruits of these plants resemble our native apples.

The most well-known species from the aforementioned pair is pomegranate (Latin Punica granatum), also known as the bush or tree of pomegranate or proper pomegranate. It probably comes from Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia . Currently, its cultivation covers the Mediterranean, India, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and it can easily be found even in China, Japan, Russia and the United States, mainly in California and on Arizona areas.

Depending on the place where it grows, it can have different sizes, maturation time, juice volume and dose of other ingredients. It grows easily on barren soil, although the best ones are fertile, clayey and humus-rich . It tolerates a wide temperature range. He is not afraid of frosts, including those reaching even minus 15 degrees Celsius.

Pomegranate fruit only after four years. Fruits reach full maturity in late autumn and can weigh even about a kilogram. From this amount you can get about 500 to 750 g of juice. One tree or shrub can spend up to 50 kg of pomegranate at a time. It is a product that gets to know thanks to the purple, later dark blue skin with irregular cracks. Inside it, there are up to 1000 to 1,300 granular seeds in the chambers 2. The second not significant in economic terms is Punica protopunica, which can be found only on the island of Socotra belonging to South Yemen 2.

Nutritional values ​​of pomegranate
Three independent research staffs worked on determining the nutritional value of the pomegranate from 2010. The final chemical composition of the fruit is influenced by many factors, including, first of all, the variety, climate, growing conditions, the maturity of the harvested crop and the manner in which it is stored.

It was finally determined that the product in question is characterized by low calorific value ranging between 65 kcal and up to about 78 kcal in 100 g raw material. Among the macronutrients, carbohydrates boast the most. There are from 1.5 g to 18.7 g in 100 g, while the protein content does not exceed even 2 g, and lipids oscillate in the value of about 1 g. The pomegranate also contains quite a large amount of fiber, in 100 g it is from g up to 5 g. The fruit described is also a great treasure trove of many micronutrients. The most important are vitamin C, E, pantothenic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus .

Half the weight of a pomegranate is his skin. Interestingly, it is practically the most important part of this product, because it is where we find bioactive components that are extremely important for human health, such as phenolic compounds, among them flavonols, elagotannins and proanthocyanidins. In turn, the edible part of this raw material is made up of 0% of the weight of fruit and seeds, whose weight fraction does not exceed 10%.

Regarding the chemical composition of the main part of the grenade, which is possible to consume, in fact 85% of its content is water. The rest is made up of fructose, glucose and pectin. The most important ingredient in terms of health are organic acids, including ascorbic, lemon and apple, as well as flavonoids and anthocyanins. Seeds are mainly a rich source of lipids, largely those from the polyunsaturated family, such as linoleic and linolenic acid. Other fats that build popular pomegranate seeds include stearic, punic, oleic and palmitic acids. Pomegranate oil accounts for almost 20% of the weight of seeds. The other components of their mass are protein, sugars, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols, and mainly of genistein belonging to isoflavones .

Both the juice of the described product and the fruit itself are the source of many bioactive compounds. According to the results of the research by Apkinar-Bayizit from 2012 and Lansky and Newmann from 2007, nectar contains anthocyanins, ellagic, gallic, caffeine, epigallocatechin gallate, quercetin, rutin, citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, fumaric acid, amber acid , chlorogenic, p-coumaric acid, quinoline, catechins, epicatechin, glucoside, cyanidin, pelargonidin and delphinidin.

In turn, based on the results of Wang’s 2010 and Yasuja experience from 2012, pomegranate fruit and seeds have in their composition catechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin gallate, flavan-3-ole, kaempferol, luteolin, naringin, pelargonidine, prodelphinidine, quercetin, rutin, hydroxybenzoic acid, ellagic, caffeic, chlorogenic, p-coumaric acid, quinic acid, punikalagine, corilagin, pedagulagin, telimagrandin, delphinidin, epigallocatechin, kaempferol 3-O-glucoside and kaempferol 3-O-rhamnoglucoside. All these ingredients make it despite the inconspicuous appearance of this product in an amazing way that supports human health .

The effect of pomegranate on health
Thanks to the richness of vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds, pomegranate has an extremely positive and diverse effect on the human body and its functioning. This product is known for its numerous health properties, thanks to which it works both prophylactically and therapeutically. The most important and most popular health properties include antioxidant, cardioprotective, hypoglycemic, anti-cancer and support the development and growth of beneficial microorganisms .

The antioxidant potential of this fruit has been the subject of many scientists’ research for many years. However, it was discovered that not every grenade has the same antioxidant effect, because it depends on its variety, degree of maturity, climatic conditions in which it grew and a specific component of the plant, which was taken into account in the given experiment.

In 2002, during one of the experiments, it was discovered that the pomegranate skin extract is characterized by a greater antioxidant capacity than the solution prepared from its seeds. This study used the ability of substances contained in the described plant to quench the action of a specific product resulting from oxidative stress known as DDPH. Its full name is the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical. After 5 years, in another experiment, it was observed that the food product created from crushed fruits has 20 times more antioxidant capacity than the apple-juice.

One of the most interesting studies was carried out in 2000. Four methods of checking antioxidative capabilities such as ABTS, DPPH, DMPD and FRAP were taken into account in it. The obtained results confirmed up to 3 times higher antioxidant capacity of juice from the described fruit compared to red wine and green tea.

In turn, the experience conducted by Sudheesh and Vijayalakshmi on a group of laboratory rats administered isolated pomegranate flavonoids showed that these animals were characterized by a smaller amount of compounds that are biomarkers in assessing the changes associated with the oxidation of lipids, such as hydroperoxides and malondialdehyde, in the liver , heart and rodent kidneys. In addition, it was observed that among the individuals that were used in the experiment increased the activity of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase and glutathione reductase in the above-mentioned organs.

In the case of a study conducted with the participation of humans, it was unequivocally proved that giving the volunteers an extract of the described fruit in the form of capsules led to a greater antioxidant capacity of plasma by as much as 31.8% after only 30 minutes from taking the preparation .

Tannins and anthocyanins, which are rich in pomegranate fruit, also have antiatherosclerotic properties. Experiences on this subject were conducted both on animals and with the participation of people. The results of the research most often underlined the role of the juice of the described product and its unambiguous effect on the drop in systolic pressure. In one experiment conducted on wistar rats, which were characterized by high blood pressure induced by subcutaneous administration of the protein hormone, angotensin II, the animals received 100 mg of pomegranate juice per kilogram of body weight for weeks. As a result of this action, a drop in blood pressure in rodents was observed.

In another study, the results clearly indicated that the administration of nectar for one year to people with atherosclerosis in whom carotid artery stenosis occurred resulted in a 30% reduction in intima and middle thickness of the above-mentioned site with an 83% increase in enzyme activity that inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol molecules, i.e. paraoxonase-1 abbreviated as PON-1 (called Serum paraoxonase / arylesterase 1).

An interesting experiment aimed at confirming the anti-atherosclerotic action of the juice of the described fruit consisted in consuming for weeks by a group of patients 800 mg of oil from the seed of the product. In these patients a statistically significant decrease in the amount of triglycerides and a decrease in the ratio of the mentioned lipid molecules to the so-called good HDL cholesterol. The results of this experiment coincide with the study conducted by Esmaillzadeh, which was to test the effect of drinking concentrated pomegranate nectar on the lipid profile of patients with type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia. In these subjects, a reduction in the amount of total cholesterol, LDL and a decrease in the ratio of these substances to HDL was observed.

In addition, other experiments have shown that using both the extract of the described fruit and the juice itself leads to a large reduction in the expression of vasculitis markers such as thrombospondin, TSP (thrombospondin), and transforming beta-growth factor, i.e. TGF-β (ang. transforming growth factor β), with the simultaneous increase in nitric oxide in blood plasma .

Many scientists over the years also conducted observations to prove or exclude the effect of pomegranate on the decrease in glucose. Thus, the experiment on wistar rats allowed to note that the administration of an aqueous extract from the skin of the described fruit in the amount of 200 mg per kilogram of body mass leads in rodents to the reduction of sugar in the plasma. In a very similar experiment, where the same animals with diagnosed diabetes were given a rich polyphenol-rich solution for 10 days, it was found that it led to a decrease in fasting glucose and at the same time caused an increase in insulin concentration.

In a further study in rats with glycemic disturbances induced by streptozotocin, rodent consumption of pomegranate seeds of 300 and 600 mg per kilogram body weight resulted in a reduction in blood sugar by 7% and 52 in just 12 hours. %. However, in an experiment in mice, which was supplemented with oil from the described plant rich in linolenic acid, this effect positively influenced the sensitivity of tissues to insulin, thanks to which the risk of developing full-type type 2 diabetes mellitus decreased in these animals.

Another experiment in which the same rodent species were used consisted of feeding them with a pomegranate solution. This led to a decrease in serum resistin, a substance that is involved in the development of insulin resistance.

Human studies have only partially produced positive results. In one of them, it was proved that drinking juice from the described fruit by patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes results in a reduction in the amount of fasting glucose while reducing insulin resistance. In the next, however, where sick people consumed 50 ml of drink a day for months, neither the improvement of fasting glycemia nor the greater sensitivity of tissues to the pancreatic β-cell hormone occurred. The glycosylated hemoglobin A1c of patients did not change either.

Many scientists also began to wonder whether this wonderful fruit, containing so many bioactive compounds, may also have its share in inhibiting the development and prevention of cancer. The results of the experiments confirm that in the case of prostate cancer, both the described seed oil and juice prevent further development of the disease. In addition, it was observed that whole fruit extracts had better antitumor activity than solutions from particular parts of the pomegranate. In turn, research on breast cancer shows that the substances contained in the plant are responsible for stopping the angiogenesis, invasiveness and enlargement of cancer cells, which simultaneously leads to their self-destruction.

In other colon disease experiments, it was observed that patients after nectar in the colon release elagotanine and urolithin, ie components responsible for reducing the risk of cancer of a given organ by inhibiting the development of cancer cells and bringing them to apoptosis. In addition, in the data part you can find information that the grenade also works in the prevention and treatment of leukemia and liver diseases on the background of cancer .

Most of the experiments regarding the properties of the described fruit concerned its role in stopping the development of microorganisms. Probably the antibacterial abilities of this product are associated with anthocyanins in their composition, which are also responsible for the antioxidant capabilities of the pomegranate. The data collected on the basis of numerous studies indicate that the fruit mentioned above has a severe destructive effect on Staphylococcus aureus, or Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, also known as the pseudomonas, as a result of punikalagin, which is found in the skin of the product. It was also observed that solutions from this part of the fruit negatively affect the growth of other bacteria, such as Proteus vulgaris, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella typhi, Listeria monocytogenes or Yersinia enterocolitica.

Other experiments also confirmed that the product extracts also inhibit the development of periodontal pathogenic microorganisms. Interestingly, pomegranate solutions that destroy strains hazardous to health, at the same time support the growth and development of probiotic bacteria inhabiting, for example, intestinal walls in humans, mainly from the family of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium .

Where was the pomegranate fruit used?
Due to its numerous properties and rich chemical composition, the pomegranate fruit has been used in various industries. The best documented is its use by the food, leather and cosmetics industry.

As far as the first of the above-mentioned products is concerned, the product is primarily used to create juices, wine, jams, preserves, jellies, dried seeds, as well as syrups and liqueurs. . Of the punch and alcohol produced from this fruit, the Caucasus regions are particularly well known 2 .

Although not the grenade itself, but the leaves and bark of the trunks and roots of the tree on which it grows, thanks to the high content of tannins are used for the production of safian, or delicate skin, which is used to create exclusive shoes or women’s handbags. It is also often used to cover furniture and even create a unique setting for books. Interestingly, thanks to the colors obtained from fruit cover, eastern carpets are so enchanting. These dyes also produce ink for body dyeing. Intensive shades extracted from the flowers of this plant are also used to make the fabrics of linen, cotton, silk and wool 2 more attractive.

When it comes to the cosmetics industry, it is an industry that is constantly developing and, according to the expectations of consumers, creates more and more exclusive products based on natural substances. 1. The skin and pomegranate due to their anti-inflammatory effect and preventing discoloration in the human skin are an increasingly frequent component of numerous skin care products. The research conducted on hairless guinea pigs, which were administered with the extract of the mentioned ingredients, and at the same time irradiated with UV rays, showed that the compounds contained in the product also reduce pigmentation.

Another experience, in turn, confirmed that pomegranate polyphenols counteract the aging of the skin caused by UVB radiation. It has also been proven that they inhibit the activity of peroxidase in the connective tissue, which makes them antioxidant. 5. Importantly, they are also used to prolong the durability of cosmetics, especially creams, shampoos and lotions. In turn, extracts from tanning agents are used in sunscreen, antiacne preparations and foot cosmetics 1 due to their astringent effect.

Interestingly, the oil from the seeds of the described fruit also found its place in the cosmetics industry. Thanks to the fact that it contains significant amounts of punic acid from the omega-5 family, it destroys the free radicals to a large extent. In addition, it has a soothing and renewing effect. An important component of this liquid fat are also polyunsaturated lipids, often called vitamin F. They are mainly linolenic acid in an amount of 0.2%, oleic acid in a concentration of 7.7% and linoleic in a dose of 9.8%. They affect the faster regeneration of the skin, as well as its good nourishment, moisturizing and refreshing 5. That is why they found themselves in preparations for the treatment of sunburn and wounds. They are also used in the presence of rosacea. In turn, mature skin has a rejuvenating and anti-wrinkle effect 1.

Contraindications, that is, the grenade is good for everyone
Unfortunately, despite its great properties, the grenade can not be used with impunity and any time of the day by people who take drugs permanently because it significantly affects their metabolism. The importance of consuming juices based on the described fruit is particularly emphasized here. Observations from numerous studies show that beverages from tropical products in various ways inhibit the action of cytochrome P50, which in the liver takes part in the direct detoxification and processing of drugs taken.

Among the nectars from such ingredients as papaya, kiwi, mango, passion fruit, pitai, white grapefruit, orange, carambola and rambutan, the strongest inhibitory effect on the aforementioned substances showed, among others, grenade 3. Inhibition of cytochrome P50 function strengthens the action of the taken medicinal preparations, especially those containing statins, which are found even in tablets for cholesterol 7. Other contraindications for the consumption of beverages or fruit in the unprocessed form include hyperacidity, peptic ulceration or gastritis 6.

Should a pomegranate really be part of a well-balanced diet?
Both pomegranate and juice produced from this fruit are currently not very popular products in the daily diet of the average Pole. This is probably due to the low awareness of how good both preventive and curative properties bring about the regular consumption of this plant. In addition, it is a great support in the treatment of both people with already diagnosed cancer, as well as those who are in an increased risk group.

Pomegranate can also be successfully used in patients with impaired glycemia or bad lipid profile – however, it must be stressed that eating this fruit will not replace conventional therapy.

Especially for hours of consumption of this product should be considered by people with chronic diseases, which force them to daily consuming drugs. In order to prevent the interaction between pomegranate or its juice and adopted tablets, especially those containing statins, a minimum of 2 hours should be allowed between the pharmaceutical and the food containing the product described.

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South Beach Diet

The South Beach diet, also known as the South beach nutrition model, was invented and developed by Arthur Agatston, an American cardiologist. He created it in 1995 with the intention of improving the health and condition of his heart patients and those suffering from type 2 diabetes. He did not expect that his nutritional plan would be so effective that the television station in Miami would offer him a performance in one of programs aimed at presenting the principles of the created food model. The coincidence of the events described above resulted in the popularity of the diet among the inhabitants of Florida praising the removal of excess kilograms and well-being. In 2003, this resulted in the publication of the first doctoral book with the significant title The diet of southern beaches, which spread in the number of 23 million copies.

Fashion in this way of feeding went around and mastered the whole world. The result was the publication of further guides, cookbooks and additional guides translated into many languages ​​and intended for many diet lovers from Florida. Although in Poland it had its great 5 minutes a few years ago, still many people are considering the pros and cons of switching to this style of nutrition 2.

General principles and assumptions of the South Beach diet
The South Beach diet is based on fairly simple and easy to remember rules. First of all, it does not take into account the calories of meals, or the right amount of macronutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats, there is also no look at the delivered dose of vitamins and minerals, which unfortunately can lead to their numerous deficiencies. The only thing that the author pays attention to is the glycemic index, or IG (glycemic index) selected for consumption of products. In this respect, the model is reminiscent of the recommendations made by Montignac, the first person to pay attention to the importance of looking at the quality of carbohydrates supplied with food.

It is also worth mentioning here that, contrary to the assumptions of the above-mentioned author, the south beach diet does not look at the glycemic load at all, although it has been known for years that it is a more reliable indicator of the body’s sugar load than the food index itself . It should also be remembered that eating products with a high content of pure glucose in small amounts gives the same effect as eating a large amount of food based on complex carbohydrates. Unfortunately, in the assumptions of the Florida nutrition model, there is no mention of it, although Agatston recommends eating any portion size 2.

Continuing, in the South Beach diet should be excluded from the menu of highly processed products, containing large amounts of saturated fatty acids, and those whose glycemic index is higher than 60. The author emphasizes that after eating dishes with, for example, white noodles or bread is not enough that there is a high ejection of sugar into the blood, it is also due to the rapid digestion of such substances, hunger appears almost immediately. Therefore, he recommends replacing them for whole grains, as well as vegetables and fruits, but only those whose IG does not exceed a maximum of 50.

You can also include protein in your daily menu, but at the same time, you should limit the supply of this macronutrient from dairy products. The sources of good unsaturated fats, such as vegetable oils, avocados and sea fish, are also important. When it comes to drinks, the doctor recommends only non-carbonated mineral water, juices, but only vegetable, decaffeinated coffee and tea that do not contain theine. Such products can be drunk in any quantity.

An important rule in this way of eating is the ban on avoiding breakfast, because without this meal the body is exposed to sudden attacks of hunger and the desire for sweets increases. Thanks to the menu thus composed, you not only do not have to make a big jump in blood glucose during the day, but you should not feel hunger 5 too often.

The diet of the southern beaches consists of three phases in which individual products are excluded or included in the menu. Each stage is characterized by a different restrictiveness of assumptions. It is assumed that such a nutritional model allows you to drop as much as 6 kg during the first two weeks of its duration. Although Agatston stresses in their assumptions that calories are not important, the way in which the recommendations are arranged in each phase assumes menus with calories that often do not exceed 1200 or 1400 kcal. Even in the case of people who only use allowed products, but actually eat as much as they want, often not only do not lose weight, but even increase it 5.
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South Beach diet phases and their course
The priority assumption of the first stage of the southern beaches diet is the leveling of the glycemic level, and thus the normalization of results in the case of people with type 2 diabetes. In this phase, lasting only two weeks, depending on the so-called. Starting weight can be used to lose weight up to 6.5 kg. Of course, the more weighed at the beginning, the more significant and effective these defects are.

The first stage menu should contain about six meals, the size of which should fully satisfy hunger 5. Unfortunately, the list of products that may be included in this phase on the plate of the person starting his adventure with the South Beach nutrition model, is not too extensive.

Meat products are mainly recommended for lean beef, especially tenderloin, roast beef and cross-dressing, fat-free pork in the form of ham, entrecote, leg or calf kidney, and saddle of lamb. Cured meat is mainly poultry, preferably cooked or smoked chicken or turkey breasts, of course not containing almost any composition of lipids. The menu may include all available fish, shellfish and seaweed.

Also recommended is leguminous plants both fresh and frozen and from the can, provided that they do not contain sugars. The most often mentioned are white, black and red beans, including mung type, chickpeas, lentils, soy and all its products with limited fat content, including milk from its seeds. The menu may also contain eggs in an unlimited number.

As for vegetables, the most recommended is eggplant, chard, Chinese cabbage, or bok choy, as well as its blooming variety, or choy sum, in Poland also known as Chinese broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, all varieties of pumpkin, endives, escarole, green beans, fennel, poisonous peas, all kinds of mushrooms, kale, jicama, i.e. Mexican potato, kohlrabi, kopary, cauliflower, white cabbage, as well as Chinese, Italian, headless and leavened, artichokes, edible ketmia, vegetable juice cocktails, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beans, lentils, radishes and sunflower seeds, , mustard leaves, turnip and grape, cucumber and green and sour, walnut, hot pepper, tomato and also one year old, also known as turkey pepper, parsley, artificially sweetened pickles, any type of tomato, leek, rhubarb, red chicory , arugula, watercress, radishes, including Japanese variety, any type of lettuce, root celery, celery, artichokes, palm hearts, tomato juice, sugar peas, shallots, chives, asparagus, spinach and broccoli.
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Every day, the menu should also specify exactly one portion of nuts or seeds in the amount of 15 pieces of almond, cashew or Italian variety or 3 tablespoons of sesame or sunflower seeds, otherwise linseed or pumpkin seeds. The appropriate dose from the type of products described may also be 30 pistachios, pine nuts, hazelnuts or ¼ cup of soybeans.

When it comes to fats, the maximum daily amount available for consumption is 2 spoons of one selected type of oil. The recommended group consists of rapeseed, corn, linseed, sesame, sunflower, soybean oil, extra virgin oil and grape seed. Interestingly, the recommended form of lipids is also low-fat mayonnaise and soft margarine. On the other hand, the full-value additives and spices in the first phase of the diet include broth, horseradish, lemon or lime juice, paprika paste, aromatic oils and anything that adds flavor to the dishes, but does not contain glucose.

As a substitute for ordinary sugar, Agatston recommends 27 to 100 kcal per day of long-rejected and unrefined fructose and saccharin. On the other hand, allowed beverages include herbal tea, mint style, chamomile or dill, moderate amounts of coffee and tea, vegetable juices and carbonated drinks without sugar 5.

It is worth noting here that the dietetics based on research has already excluded some drinks from the group of healthy products, where carbon dioxide is injected in an industrial manner. This is due to the fact that this gas leads to the formation of ghrelin, or stomach hunger hormone 3. A few years after the release of the first version of the South Beach diet book appeared its improved version called turbo. In this option, the first phase of the described feeding model is extended by several dairy products, such as skimmed milk or buttermilk, to a maximum of 1% fat in the composition, natural yoghurts 0%, light cheese and curd containing less than 3% lipids. Interestingly, the new recommendations also allow you to deliver daily from 75 to 100 kcal from such ingredients as jelly, jams, cocoa, ice cream, chewing gum. Of course, all these items can not contain sugar.
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What is most amazing, despite the possibility of adding artificial fructose to dishes, all fruits, including those with a low glycemic index, are prohibited by the author 5. Such rigorous recommendations and limited product base are a simple way to bring about numerous shortages dangerous to the health of each person, and more patients with cardiac problems and type 2 diabetes, despite the fact that it was initially designed for them to describe the model of nutrition.

After probably the most difficult two-week start-up phase, the second phase of the southern beaches diet begins. It lasts until the person’s weight is reached, even though the weight drops are much slower during this period than at the start. The menus of this stage begin to be small steps enriched with carbohydrate products. Agatson recommends very slow introduction of dishes with wholegrain bread, brown rice, whole-meal pasta and low IG fruit. This is justified by the need to get used to an increased ejection of sugar into the blood. In addition, it is to help check how the body of each person reacts individually to a specific product.

During the first week of the second phase, you can eat only one fruit and one starchy product per day. However, the harvest of trees is forbidden for breakfast, because, according to the doctor, they may cause increased appetite. In addition, we only eat these ingredients in combination with a source of protein, such as skimmed yogurt. This is to lead to the elimination of hunger.

In the second week of this stage on the first day, we can still eat one fruit, but two starchy products. In the next day, we add one more crop to the set. Then we add the complex carbohydrate component again and keep it that way for 48 hours. Then, by the end of the week, we watch the number of 3 fruits and 2 meals based on starch 2.

During the second phase of the South Beach diet, specific products from different food groups can be included. From the dairy products, it is allowed to introduce light-style fruit yoghurts that do not count as healthy food. As regards cereals, it is possible to consume barley products, unprocessed flakes, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal or leavened bread, wild rice or brown rice and roasted or shot grits.

In the case of fruit, only specific species such as grapefruit, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, pears, apples, kiwi, mangoes, cantaloupe, oranges, plums, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, as well as high GI grapes are allowed to enter the menu. and apricots in both fresh and dried form. In the second phase, green peas, black and pinto beans are available in the diet, and according to some sources, both sweet and ordinary potatoes, but only in small quantities. The author at this stage also allows you to eat small portions of bitter chocolate and red wine 5.

Importantly, despite the main rule, not to count calories and eat as much as you want, not to feel hunger, the portions of most products that come in this phase are very specific. And so during the day you can eat only ¾ cup of gooseberry or blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or cranberries. According to some sources, even one medium banana per day is allowed. The menu can also include no more than a single, not too large peach, pear, orange, pomegranate or kiwi, or a small apple or papaya. From other available fruits you can choose a half of grapefruit or mango, ¼ melon, 15 balls of grapes, 2 ordinary plums or 4 dried, 12 cherries and 4 apricots.

In the case of cereal products, you can not afford more than 1 slice of wholemeal bread, ½ cup of wholemeal, buckwheat or soy pasta or brown or wild rice. Importantly, according to some sources, 3 cups of popcorn and breakfast cereals with an average amount of sugar are also allowed. With vegetables, the recommendation of a specific portion applies only to carrots and peas, which should not be eaten more than half the average size of the cup. As for the aforementioned wine, a maximum of 2 glasses is recommended, although some say that 330 ml beer is also acceptable alcohol. The following products are not added to the menu: beets, pineapples, watermelons, lychee, dates, figs, raisins, honey and sweetened ice cream and desserts 5.

This stage of the diet is already much more varied than the previous two weeks. It is incomprehensible, however, to introduce into the menu also unhealthy products like light fruit yoghurts, sweetened breakfast cereals or beer for products still banned, which are harmless to the body.
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The next and the last stage of the style of feeding south beaches takes place after reaching the desired weight. The third phase according to the author should last until the end of his life. There are no prohibited products at this time. However, you should observe your body and at most eliminate yourself on your own, what you consider harmful or causing weight gain 2. Of course, foodstuffs with a glycemic index below 50 are recommended. Agatston recommends going back to phase two if weight is increased. The amazing fact is that the author himself allows his followers to exclude any selected products and to experiment with his health and metabolism on the principle of any transition from the last stage to the one that preceded it.

Effects possible to obtain
Supporters of the South Beach diet exchange numerous beneficial effects that they gained when they switched to this eating model. The most important of these is, of course, a large and quite fast loss of weight, especially during the first two weeks, where record-players lose even 10 kg. Generally, during the entire treatment, the weight loss usually varies from 15 to a maximum of 20 kg. Unfortunately, nobody underlines that his health will change for the better. Some also enjoy mixing the model of the south beaches with the 1000 kcal option to get even better and more spectacular effects related to the pursuit of perfect figure 2.

Unfortunately, both the traditional South Beach diet and its version maximally trimmed by the amount of energy supplied may have deplorable health effects related to dysregulation of the metabolic system, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, liver and kidney burden with too much protein, which may result in disease conditions at the result of malfunctioning of these organs.

Additional side effects are also emphasized by the patients themselves, especially in the first phase they complain of fatigue, irritability, general nervousness and weakness, probably due to the total discontinuation of all carbohydrate sources, which is a simple route to hypoglycaemia, especially dangerous for people suffering from diabetes for whom it may even end up in death

It should also be emphasized that the brain functions and draws energy only from glucose, so for the first two weeks it will not work properly. Unfortunately, a large proportion of people trying to use the diet of the south beaches and obtaining the dream figure in the third stage quickly returns to their former weight or is caught by the yo-yo effect.

Opinions of specialists and people using
On many websites and forums people who are satisfied with the rapid loss of excessive kilos share their experiences and praise the use of this model of nutrition. The only drawbacks that are noticed and underlined is the abandonment of bread, but what you do not do for the perfect look. What’s more frightening is the fact that some nutritionists also consider this diet healthy and rational and promote its use with their name. Only individual sources emphasize that the South Beach diet is not safe for health. Despite the states of hypoglycaemia, weakness and nervousness, the consequences of deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and the burden of two important organs, such as the kidneys and heart, can last for months or even years 2.

It is important to emphasize that there are healthy ways to get rid of excess weight and get a great figure not for a moment, and for years. It is worth to go to a proven dietitian who will help you learn the proper and healthy eating habits for the whole body.

Contraindications, or can South Beach diet reach everyone?
The main contraindications not to use the South Beach diet, which are currently exchanging sources, are kidney diseases, diabetes or frequent fluctuations in blood glucose level 1. Unfortunately, due to improper balance of this diet, it should not be recommended to anyone, let alone people young people and teenagers who often consult on internet forums and follow what is fashionable, fast and effective. The price of health, even until the end of life, is not adequate to obtain, often only for a moment, attractive and slim figure. Especially that you can take care of a satisfactory appearance and good health at the same time.

An example menu for one day from phase I, II and III
Below are some examples of menus for each stage of the South Beach diet. Of course, trying them on is not recommended.

First phase
And breakfast is a seafood salad and tea without theine.
II breakfast vegetable juice.
Lunch, boiled chicken breast, boiled cauliflower, a tablespoon of olive oil, still water.
Afternoon tea, cut vegetables, decaffeinated coffee.
Grilled zucchini and aubergine dinner with smoked salmon, still water.
Snack 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds, still water.

The second phase
And breakfast of boiled egg, tomato, red pepper, still water.
II breakfast natural light yogurt, small apple, tea without theine.
Lunch of half a cup of boiled wild rice, baked trout, sauerkraut salad, vegetable juice.
Afternoon tea 2 cubes of dark chocolate, still water.
Supper one slice of wholemeal bread with soft margarine, a slice of poultry ham without fat, with green peppers, tea without theine.
Vegetable juice snack.

Phase three
And breakfast cereal on milk 1%, still water.
II breakfast sandwich with lean cottage cheese, tomato, decaffeinated coffee.
Lunch of zucchini cream soup with wholegrain toasts, vegetable juice.
Afternoon tea light fruit yogurt.
Dinner salad with iceberg lettuce, light mozzarella, red, yellow and green peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds with a tablespoon of olive oil.
A snack of 3 bitters of dark chocolate.

As can be seen from the above examples, especially in the first and second stage, there is no way that the menu composed in this way would provide all the necessary vitamins, minerals, nutrients and adequate energy supply.

Summary – does this model of nutrition have more disadvantages or advantages?
Looking objectively at the advantages and disadvantages of the model of nutrition created by Dr. Arthur Agatston, it is not difficult to conclude that despite good motives he composed a diet that can quickly destroy the body. The only plus that everyone probably knows is a fast loss of unwanted kilos in the first two weeks of use.

Unfortunately, the downsides resulting from South Beach nutrition are much more. Deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, hypoglycemic states, weakness, nervousness, excessive supply of protein and general poor balance of meals and a 24-hour menu leading to health loss are not and should not be acceptable side effects of the treatment.

To get a beautiful figure and at the same time stay healthy, it is enough to follow scientifically based eating habits and introduce a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity into your daily schedule. If you can not start changing your life yourself, remember that there are specialists who will be happy to help you. Good luck!

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Phytohormones

The problem of insufficiently high testosterone levels is found not only among people exercising, but also most men of middle age. This extremely important male sex hormone determines not only sexual performance, but most of the processes taking place in our body. In this article, we will try to get a bit closer to the subject of phytohormones – plant compounds that can effectively improve its concentration.

What are phytohormones?

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The concept of phytohormones in medicine and broadly understood health literature refers to substances that manage the development of plant tissues. The term is also used for compounds of plant origin that work in the human body like hormones. In the context of our system, we speak first and foremost about substances responsible for stimulating the anabolic processes of protein molecules, i.e. real development and impact on strength and muscle mass.

The following groups of compounds are distinguished in systematics, including phytohormones

– phenylpropanoids;

– flavonoids;

– fatty acids;

– lignans;

– steroids;

– stilbeny;

– triterpenoids.

How do phytohormones work?

Before we go on to determine the exact function of phytohormones, we have to say something about the effects of steroid hormones. It is with these compounds that phytohormones cooperate most often. Steroid hormone compounds penetrate the interior of the muscle cell membrane from the blood. There are characteristic receptors in the form of proteins whose function is to bind to hormones and convert them into the so-called transcription factor. This factor is responsible for the initiation of anabolic processes. This means that they affect our genes and stimulate them to produce various types of muscle proteins that determine the size of our muscles or strength.

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It turns out that in practice there is a mass of similarities between plant phytohormones introduced into the human body and its own hormonal compounds of steroid character. We are talking here about the spatial structure of these compounds or their physicochemical properties. Participation in a series of changes argues their supposed impact on the increase in the level of active anabolic steroids. In practice, we are talking about three main modes of action here.

The first of these involves real impact on the synthesis of steroid hormones. Steroidal anabolic hormones are created by uneconomic reactions (ie sugars and fatty acids) or more efficiently from cholesterol. Compounds referred to as phytosterols are substances that have molecular structure identical to cholesterol. It can therefore be assumed that anabolic steroids can also be produced in our system through the supply of phytohormones. Scientific research proves that herbal phytosterols clearly contribute to the increase in both male and female sex hormones, but the degree of cholesterol uptake remains unchanged. Produced compounds are further transformed by the natural intestinal flora to other forms that show greater activity than testosterone.

In addition, phytosterols are responsible for cholesterol transport pathways within the intestine, which significantly reduces its level in the blood.

This, as is well known, leads to a reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It is also worth mentioning flavonoids in the context of the production of anabolic hormones. These compounds not only inhibit the enzyme called phosphodiesterase, which leads to the degradation of cAMP. Flavonoids clearly contribute to the increase of its content in cells, which contributes to the intensification of the lipolysis process (destruction of fat molecules) and the activation of numerous kinases that effectively enhance the synthesis of new muscle proteins. This in turn causes an increase in muscle mass as well as strength and endurance.

Phytohormones, thanks to the similar construction similarities to our hormonal compounds, often prevent the transformation of anabolic steroids into substances with a completely different activity.

This is mainly about the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and estradiol. These compounds largely have a negative effect on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and lead to a reduction in the release of gonadotropins. Reducing their content leads to a decrease in testosterone levels. This perfectly illustrates the direct impact of phytohormones on the anabolic hormone levels of our body. What’s more, the excess of altered forms of testosterone can cause a number of adverse changes to our health. Excessive amounts of DHT and estradiol can cause prostate damage, hypertrophy of the mammary gland and its excessive steatosis, retention of subcutaneous water within the thighs and buttocks, and increase the development of swellings in the joints.

With the total amount of testosterone produced in the testicles maximally 3% reaches our muscular system and leads to its development. The remaining amount is captured by SHBG, special globulins that deprive the basic male hormone of activity. A significant part of the phytohormones is associated with SHBG, taking the place for testosterone, which causes that more of it goes to muscle tissues. In addition, some phytohormones effectively inhibit the synthesis of this specific type of globulin, which takes place in the liver.

Occurrence

In practice, it turns out that there are a lot of plants that have been recommended for a long time in order to improve sexual functionality and to support physical vigor. Today, they are referred to as tonic preparations – increasing the endurance of the body in relation to the heavy physical effort and extreme environmental conditions. Below we present the species of plants that are not only the most popular in terms of recognition, but also the most common use.

Manchurian aralia

In its composition we find triterpenoids. Aralia is a relative of ginseng, occurs primarily in Siberia, where for many years has been known as the basic ingredient of local folk medicine.

Terresops

Moots, or the popular Tribulus, are characterized by the presence of steroids and flavonoids. It is one of the most popular and best documented plants with anabolic and aphrodisiac (ie prosexual) activity, which is used in sport supplementation.

Garlic

Garlic already in the days of ancient Egypt was recommended to fighters to improve physical fitness. Thanks to the rich content of flavonoids, steroids and sulfur compounds, garlic is recommended not only to improve immunity and increase testosterone levels, but also to intensify fat burning processes.

Pumpkin

A basic component of home-made first-aid kits for people living in the Balkans and modern herbal medicine. In its composition we can find polyunsaturated fatty acids, steroids and triterpenoids.

Chinese tea

Green Tea EGCG

Chinese green tea variety is a rich source of flavonoids, steroids and triterpenoids. Due to the large amount of catechins and isoflavones, Chinese tea increases the level of protein anabolism (studies prove an improvement in the nitrogen balance by almost 10%) and purification processes and thermogenesis.

Indian incense

Kadzidłowiec is known to athletes mainly as an anti-inflammatory agent and strengthening the structure of the musculoskeletal system, i.e. fascias, joints, tendons or ligaments. This is possible due to the increased resistance to overloading. In addition, thanks to the presence of triterpenoids, it can be included in anti-catabolic preparations.

Sawmill palm

Saw Palmetto Berries

This plant is known primarily to the inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea. Flavonoids and steroids present in the palm determine strong aphrodisiac properties and clear toning effect. The basic ingredient in many measures to alleviate symptoms resulting from prostatic hyperplasia.

Stinging nettle

Nettle is known primarily for the removal of subcutaneous water and the intensity of diuresis. In addition, it normalizes prostate function and shows a stimulant character, which can be explained by the occurrence of lignans and steroids in its composition.

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Diamond Fish Oil

Soy is a wealth of proanabolic flavonoids, steroids, triterpenoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Due to the presence of isoflavones, it also has a strong pro-health effect. What’s more, a rich amount of proteins is often used by manufacturers of dietary supplements for the preparation of protein preparations.

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Your caloric demand

Many athletes believe that the silhouettes are not built at the gym, but in the kitchen. As much as 80% of the success of our figure we owe to what and in what quantities we eat. The remaining 20% ​​is hard work at the gym, which allows us to shape your dream figure.

Many novice athletes ask themselves how many days I should eat to build muscle mass? How to eat to lose excess fat in the body? Below you will find a simple step-by-step calculation that will allow you to calculate how many macronutrients you should supply your body per day.

What is my caloric demand?
First of all, you should start by establishing your Basic Metabolism (PPM). It is nothing but the minimum amount of calories needed to maintain the vital functions of your body. To explain the calculations, let’s take a person who does not practice a sport weighing 100 kg.

Pattern for PPM

PPM = 24h x your weight

That is PPM = 24 x 100 kg

For a person weighing 100 kg, the daily PPM is therefore 2,400 kcal.

The next step in our calculations is adding a coefficient of our daily activity, which ranges from 1.1 (very poor physical activity) to 1.5 (you are a very physically active person). Because our ward is just starting his adventure with sport, he set his physical activity level to the lowest, ie 1.1.

Substituting to the pattern

PPM = 24 x 100 = 2400 Kcal x 1.1 = 2640 kcal

2640 kcal – that’s how many calories a day our protector needs to provide his body so that its weight stays in place.

Building muscle mass or reduction?
If we want to build muscle mass, we should first add 300 kcal to our calculations. If we want to reduce body fat, we should subtract 300 kcal from our PPM.

Our ward decided to throw away unnecessary kilograms, which is why we will deduct 300 kcal from his PPM.

PPM = 2640 kcal – 300 Kcal = 2340 kcal

In the case of reduction, the weight per week should drop to the maximum about 1 kg. In the case of building muscle mass, the weight within two weeks should increase by a maximum of 0.5 kg. If this is not the case and your weight is standing still and the circuits do not change, add / subtract 200 kcal and observe the behavior of your body.

How much do I need macronutrients per day?

First, let’s start with the protein. For our body, we should provide 1.5 to 2 grams of protein for each kg of body weight. Our mentee assumed that for each kg of body he will deliver 1.5 g / kg.

Pattern

Protein = factor x weight

B = 1.5 g / kg x 100 kg = 150 g

1 g protein = 4 kcal

B = 150 gx 4 kcal = 600 kcal

The next step is fats. We should provide 0.5 to 1 g of fat for every kilogram of body weight. Our ward decided to deliver 1 g / kg of fat to his body.

Pattern

Fat factor x weight

T 1 g / kg x 100 kg = 100 g

1 g fat = 9 kcal

T = 100 gx 9 kcal = 900 kcal

We calculate carbohydrates by subtracting proteins and fats from PPM

Pattern

PPM carbohydrates – protein – fats

W = 2340 kcal – 600 kcal – 900 kcal

W = 840 kcal

1 g W = 4 kcal

W = 840 kcal / 4 kcal = 210 g

Our ward must deliver to his body

B 150 g (600 kcal)

T 100 g (900 kcal)

In 210 g (840 kcal).

 

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Beef

The World Health Organization (WHO) has placed red meat on the top of the list of carcinogenic substances with cigarettes and asbestos. The keyword in this report, however, is the processed expression. Yes, processed meat and ready-made dishes are not good for our health. I guess no one deludes that hot dogs or burgers from chains have more advantages than disadvantages. Even the hams liked by Poles hit this list – and we thought that only American bacon is bad. However, if we buy meat from a trusted seller who acquires them from an organic farm – in which cows are grazed on the grass – and we can make homemade steaks, hams, patties or even burgers ourselves, we can enjoy the advantages of beef without fear. The whole report refers more to chemical additives and preservatives than to meat itself.

The advantages of beef

Beef Protein

The value of beef is often assessed by color, consistency, smell and the amount of visible fat. Immediately after slaughter, the muscle tissue of bovine meat is unfit for consumption. It is hard, rubbery and above all ill-digested by the human body, and the nutritional value is low due to poor digestibility. Beef meat should mature before it can be eaten. This process takes place when the meat is stored at a temperature higher than the freezing temperature. The changes occurring at that time, both in the structure and in the properties, make the meat change its properties and is suitable for consumption as culinary meat. In 2012, the consumption of beef by one Pole amounted to approx. 2.1 kg per year, while in 2000, approx. 10.7 kg per year, as we can see it is a significant difference.

Beef meat is characterized by a high content of easily digestible protein for us. Its values ​​depend to a large extent on the amount of intramuscular connective tissue as well as race and age of the animal. The connective tissue of the animal consists mainly of collagen and less elastin. Beef meat has relatively low-fat content compared to other meat from slaughter animals. By eating 100 g of beef sirloin, we will provide 20.5 g of protein and 3.5 g of fat. It is worth mentioning that beef is a good source of vitamins A, E, cobalamin, thiamine, pyridoxine. It contains easily absorbable iron, so it is worth using them in the therapy of anemia. Beef meat is also a source of creatine. Creatine is designed to increase exercise capacity during training, so if we are very physically active, let’s introduce it to your menu.

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The amount of fat in beef depends to a large extent on its type. For example, beef popular in Poland, such as brisket, contains 15.7 grams of fat in 100g, for comparison 100 grams of beef sirloin will provide 3.5 grams of fat. So we see a significant difference. In beef, we find mainly saturated fats (44%) and monounsaturated fats (46%), in a smaller amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
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This ratio of fatty acids is not the most favorable for us, therefore it is recommended to use appropriate strategies that can improve this ratio. Such strategies involve changing the quality of fodder animals for slaughter. After the consumption of beef, we will also provide CLA, i.e. conjugated linoleic acid. It has a positive effect on human health and has an anti-carcinogenic effect. The amount of CLA in beef meat can also be increased by modifying the composition of animal feed.
Beef Liver
Beef liver – health itself

Beef liver, which is part of offal, we often treat as a slaughterhouse by-product. However, it can be a valuable resource that provides a lot of nutritional value. It contains large amounts of vitamins A and B12. Vitamin A is essential in visual processes, has antioxidant effects, promotes the ability to regenerate cells, protects the epithelium. The liver due to the high content of vitamin A is not recommended for consumption by pregnant women. The second main vitamin component of the liver, vitamin B12, is responsible for the normal state of the nervous system and erythropoiesis, i.e. the production of red blood cells. Its deficiency leads to anemia. It is worth to introduce it to your menu in case of problems with morphology.