Anyone who has been shopping lately knows how hard it is to find the right cooking oil. Many of us, including Fiona Tuck, nutritional medicine practitioner, stand in front of the shelves just gazing at the endless choices – canola, olive, avocado, and rice bran – the list just goes on-and-on. Then, we recall the latest research and other published findings, further complicating the issue further – don’t go for animal fats vegetable is better, hang on, it may be better to switch back. Duh-oh! So, which oil is the best for our health?
Research indicates that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. However, this diet is a lifestyle choice rather than a short-term craze to lose weight and improve health.
We all know what we eat affects our gut bacteria but did you know that an imbalanced gut bacteria can cause weight gain?
Prebiotics are in plants, mostly vegetables. These plant fibres cannot be digested. Instead, they make their way through our small intestine to our colon relatively unchanged. When they get to the colon, they act as food that can stimulate the bacteria. The bacteria ferment them, and that’s why you often hear them called ‘fermentable fibres’.
Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Stress is a cause of many illnesses as it creates physiological changes in our bodies. For instance, our body reverts back to its primitive instincts when stressed. Should it fight or should it flee?