Or how the industrial food system transformed a healthy food into a cardiovascular and diabetes risk factor
The picture above shows state of the art steel roller mills. Wheat comes from above and the mill grinds it into white flour.
Those steel roller mills were invented in the 1870s and were a revolution, similar to the electric car in our current days. It was a fast and efficient method that allows the production of the purest and finest white flour at low cost. Even the poorest citizen could now buy white bread, a food reserved previously to the richest. As you can see from above, it is a nice, clean, efficient and modern environment.
By seeing all the benefits, the steel roller mill became so popular that within 10 years most mills in the western world had been replaced. The mechanics of the steel roller mill was soon extended to other grains, such as rice, oats and barley. And thus was born the first processed food and the beginning of our industrial food system.
So what’s not to like?
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Cooking could prevent chronic diseases and improve your overall well-being.
Nutrition is a major component of health but far too often, most go for easy solutions.
This goes from eating out at lunch breaks, picking up frozen dinners or prepared food at the grocery store, and eating chicken in buckets in the evening.
In fact, it’s easy and practical in modern times no to cook at all and only use the fridge to stock up on prepared food. That goes from adolescents, busy professionals to ambitious mums. And when there is cooking, it involves convenience food such as canned tomatoes, frozen vegetables and ready-made ingredients.
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Brewed coffee, black or green tea are the healthier alternatives to your espresso.
Like cars, work schedules and taxes, coffee is ever so present in modern daily lives. Many cannot work without it, let alone start their day. Big and small fortunes are built in delivering espressos or brewed coffee to workers on weekdays. As such, I consider coffee as the biggest recreationally available drug of our times.
Yet health impacts of coffee and are not well-known.
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Drinking black tea can lower by 52% cortisol or stress.
Health-conscious people tend to prefer green tea over other drinks. Green tea is a potent antioxidant, improves insulin sensitivity, protects against myocardial injury, and also has antiviral properties. It is indeed a good idea to drink on a regular basis green tea to lower risk of cancer, diabetes or liver disease.
Black tea is less popular. However, research shows that black tea lowers significantly stress. In subjects performing highly demanding and stressful tasks, consumption of black tea can decrease by half cortisol and bring back the body to equilibrium.
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10 to 15% caloric restriction increases life expectancy.
In an ideal world, everyone would know exactly daily calories requirements. Each body cell would get exactly enough energy and nutrients for use.
Practically, this is impossible. Physical activity, digestion, exercise, weather conditions, stress, psychology and many other factors change calorie requirements. Most of us end up eating more than needed, due to easy and cheap availability of high caloric food.
A paying strategy is to eat 10 to 15% less than you need. Based on your weight, daily physical activity, many online tools and applications will advise a daily calorie intake to maintain your weight. Subtract 10 to 15% from the figure shown.
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High consumption of milk is correlated with higher mortality risk.
Analysis of milk shows essential nutrients: protein, glucose, fats as well as calcium, vitamins and more.
This basic analysis led official bodies and most doctors to recommend milk to infants, children and adults. This is true especially in the Western world.
By looking at a broader picture, most populations are actually allergic to cow milk. But years and centuries of evolution made most europeans less sensitive to milk allergens.
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