SIMPLE OPINIONS > Diets and nutrition

The Myth Behind Milk

A recent article in The New York Times questioned whether or not dairy products should be a fundamental part of a balanced diet. Let's get straight to the point: cow's milk is not an indispensable food. Forget the myth that milk is the best source of calcium. If you are concerned about your bones then you should make sure you are following an alkaline diet and not an acidic one...meaning plenty of vegetables and no cheese!

11/07/2012

Sunscreening eating fruit

Protect yourself with a high protectiosunscreen, this is the first recommendation before exposure to the sun. The protection, however, begins with eating sources of beta-carotene such as apricots, cantaloupe, carrots raw, but also watermelon. In this way, the skin defends itself becoming more responsive to tanning and allowing the melanin to protect us. A simple and healthy habit for every day in the summer.

26/07/2014

Less salt, better

Less salt you consume the better you are. Simple and true. Excessive consumption of salt is related to water retention and increase of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Eating too much salt leads to a lower sensitivity of taste. Sodium exists in nature, you do not have to add it to your diet. This is especially true for children who are uneducated to the taste of excess salt in their meals.

27/04/2014

Omega 3 preserve the clarity of your mind

A joint study between the University of South Dakota and San Francisco finally declares that yes, without any doubt the intake of omega 3 in the diet allows you to maintain long-cognitive skills. It is worth to change your eating habits to introduce sources of omega 3. Easy to say but very difficult to get, in this case, for once, I agree to the use of a supplement of certified fish oil.

21/01/2014

Not just a matter of calories ...

Finally, an article stating that not all food is equal to equal calories. What we eat "controls us," writes the author, the macro and micro-nutrient composition of the meal affects the hormonal system and the control of sense of satiety. That's right, pay attention to calories, certainly, but of equal importance is to pay attention to the composition of the foods providing us with those calories.

21/11/2013

The bad culture of "well-being" ...

I am shocked, I found this article, useless, distracted and not referenced in the main Italian newspaper that says that milk is essential, sugar given to children before going to sleep is ok, in short, that the diet of advertising goes well and all the rest is paranoia. Why write such things? Perhaps to fill the very last minute a newspaper column. Why?

23/10/2013

Excess salt in the diet, a cultural issue

Yet another study highlights how dangerous excess salt in our diet can be. It estimates that 65% of the world population take in twice as much sodium as necessary, and about 2.3 million deaths are attributable to this fact. The issue is cultural: the salt is cheap and "fast". Seasoning with spices without salt is possible. It costs a little more, takes more time and dedication, probably prolongs life.

04/04/2013

Vitamin supplements, useless when you don't need them

A study conducted at Harvard over a span of 13 years on over 15,000 people age 50 or more shows that vitamin supplementation on its own does not signficantly contribute to cancer prevention. It shows a modest reduction in the risk (8%) but nothing so significant. Our bodies do not need to swallow pills, but rather, healthy choices at the dining table.

22/10/2012

Bouncing eggs...

After the exploding watermelons caused by the excess of a fertilizer, a news comes increasingly from China about eggs that, once boiled, they bounce. Probably because of chikens fed with counterfeit food containing a protein of cotton seed. A food that make eggs toxic. It's a matter of fraud of course, but also this strange idea that chemistry can ignore and take the place of nature.

10/02/2012

Good and fast weight loss?

An article on Corriere.it video shows that it is not possible to lose weight fast and well without adequate physical activity. I called the "Wellness Revolution": eat well, move and have a positive attitude. What is often missing from these tips is that you have to develop a nutrition culture anyway. To make the food an ally and not an enemy.

30/08/2011

Having vegetables before the meal

A recent study by the University of Osaka recalls once again that eating vegetables before the meal reduces the glycemic impact, improve lipid levels and blood pressure, promotes satiety, so it is a good dietary strategy. It's at least 20 years that I hear periodically this same advice, an advice that stays the same over time, soemthing rare when it's about nutrition. I like it, I share it and I want to share it with you.

22/07/2011

Plenty of vegetables, but varied

A study published by the'' American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that not just eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, five servings classic, but these servings need to be varied otherwise the health benefits are much less effective. Keep in mind, whether you are following a weight loss diet or you care for your health.

12/07/2011

Diet when preparing for a school exam

A few years ago I suggested to a friend - who was preparing the Academic thesis - to eat properly because it would have helped his concentration. I'm afraid my advice didn't get through. Andrea Ghiselli, INRAN researcher, suggests exactly the same. Eat little. Digestible. Often. I am afraid that this time this tip remained unheard, again.

26/06/2011

The nutrition education

Prof. Umberto Veronesi regrets that nutrition education is not widely known in Italy and abandoned to the self-interest of individuals. And in the vacuum of information, I might add, is spreading misinformation of commercial advertising. Food and health are one. Deserves to dedicate more space. At school. At home. In the media. It would benefit everyone. Just everyone.

21/06/2011

Michelle Obama has the "nutritional plate"

Michella Obama, First Lady, presented the idea of the "pot food" (www.choosemyplate.gov) instead of the well-known "food pyramid". Two facts. She talks about caloric meal intake rather than daily intake, an issue dear to me. She avoids the abstract technicality of nutritionists and she talks straight to the people from the political heart of the nation. Approved. It can work.

02/06/2011

Eat less, but better

The newspapers reported that caloric restriction improves eyesight and memory. Ok, the usual study in mice. Anyway interesting idea. And as usual the author of the article forgets to mention that it's not enough to just eat less, but you should eat better, preferring foods with lower caloric concentration and higher micronutritional concentration, not to turn malnutrition into starvation.

01/06/2011

Bounching eggs...

After the exploding watermelons caused by the excess of a fertilizer, a news comes increasingly from China about eggs that, once boiled, they bounce. Probably because of chikens fed with counterfeit food containing a protein of cotton seed. A food that make eggs toxic. It's a matter of fraud of course, but also this strange idea that chemistry can ignore and take the place of nature.

31/05/2011