Posts tagged ‘omega-3’
So, you all know you should eating WILD salmon, and NOT farmed Atlantic salmon. Right?
I’m not going to delve into the full story on this post, but if you want more information check out here.
And according to Seafood Watch,
One of the biggest concerns is the amount of food required to raise farmed salmon. It generally takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. The environmental impact of salmon farming is still increasing as global production continues to rise.
Most salmon are farmed in open pens and cages in coastal waters. Waste from these farms is released directly into the ocean. Parasites and diseases from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms and escaping farmed salmon can harm wild populations. As a result, all salmon farmed in ocean net pens get an “Avoid” ranking.
Farmed salmon also has higher levels of the toxin PCB, and get their pinkish hue from food with pink food dye. They are also fed grains (um, who ever heard of a fish who ate GRAINS?) and also disgusting leftovers from slaughterhouses. Now, this isn’t every salmon farm, but there is just no way of telling. That’s why I don’t order Atlantic salmon at restaurants anymore.
But here’s the issue: you know you should be eating your fish (up to 12 ounces a week of low-mercury fish) and getting your healthy omega-3s!
Enter wild salmon. If you like salmon, your best bet is to eat WILD salmon.
And it just so happens that I had the most kick ass salmon last night from the company Henry & Lisa’s. You can check out the website for their story and their other products, but last night I (ok, Matt) made the Wild Alaskan Salmon with Asian Ginger Marinade.
Oh my god, amazing! Super easy to prepare, cook, and NO fishy flavor. Truly superior.
If you live in NYC, you can find their products in smaller retailers pretty much all over. You can type in your zip code and see where their products are carried near you. I bought mine at the Park Slope Food Co-op.
This is definitely going to be a staple in my freezer!
Before you read this, go and check out Lock and Mane, a new website for fabulous hair products. Featured on Daily Candy Deals yesterday, and also my best friend’s new business, this site has made quite a splash already.
In celebration of Lock and Mane (of which Matt’s friends FRESHTHRILLS designed the site and Matt did all the copy) today’s post is dedicated to hair. My friend Jackie is blessed with the most beautiful hair that I can imagine. It shimmers, it bounces, and gently curls in all the right places. Unfortunately, my hair is not one of my favorite attributes, and I have spent countless hours and dollars trying to rule it. When she wakes up, it looks just as good as if she just styled it. I, on the other hand, look like a character from Where the Wild Things Are. When it’s humid outside, her hair gets volume. My hair, on the other hand, gets frizz. And lots of it. But then God delivered the Brazilian Keratin Treatment to me, and many of my troubles have since gone away (never mind the original formula was made from formaldehyde, the same stuff that is used as embalming fluid, but hey, there’s a price to pay for beauty)
Anyway, what you eat can have a huge effect on your hair health (and that of your skin, nails, etc) In fact, since your hair is basically dead, what matters is at the root—where strands of hair are created. Proper nutrition is CRUCIAL for beautiful hair. So, if fantastic hair is your goal and gets you to eat a healthier diet, so be it. Works for me!
Here are some of the vitamins and nutrients that are known to promote fabulous hair like my friend Jackie’s. But keep in mind, please, that if you are frying your hair every day with a hair dryer and iron (like I used to do), eating good food is NOT going to counter act that. Although I wish it did!
*Essential Fatty Acids (these are fats that your body needs from outside sources). These are known to improve hair texture and prevent dry, brittle hair. They also moisturize the scalp and help with dandruff and itchy scalp. Food sources: fatty fish like salmon, Omega-3 fish oils (distilled, purified, and you ALL should be taking them!), and flax seed (ground).
*Protein: Hair is made of keratin, a hardened protein. So without enough protein in your diet, your hair will grow slower and strands will be weakened. Food sources: Animal proteins like eggs, meat, and dairy and vegetarian sources such as legumes, nuts, and grains are all important for hair health.
*B Vitamins, especially folate (folate is found naturally in foods, while folic acid is the same thing, but the synthetic version found in supplements), biotin, B6 and B12 are probably the most important for the health and growth of your hair. A vitamin B deficiency can lead to hair loss, weak strands and slow growth. Folate foods: avocados, asparagus, artichokes, beets, oranges, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, fresh peas, soybeans, chickpeas, lentils, turkey Biotin foods: cauliflower, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, soy flour, liver, salmon. Vitamin B6 foods: white potato skins, garbanzo beans, bananas, lentils, beef, pork, chicken, salmon. Vitamin B12 foods: beef, lamb, veal, liver, clams, oysters, fish, milk, egg yolks, cottage cheese
*Vitamin C aids in scalp circulation, maintaining the capillaries that carry blood to the hair follicles. I’m sure you’re getting your fill of C with all the wonderful summer fruits out there.
*Zinc and Copper: Zinc is important for tissue repair and growth in the body, including hair. Without enough zinc you could be prone to dandruff, hair loss, and slow hair growth. Copper is a component of melanin, a pigment found in skin and hair. Premature graying could be attributed to a copper deficiency. Zinc and copper should be taken together for best absorption. Zinc Foods: include animal proteins, shellfish, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, and wheat germ. Copper foods: found primarily in liver and oysters, which I know we don’t eat a lot of. So, get your fill with artichokes, avocados, bananas, garlic, legumes, mushrooms, nuts and seeds, potatoes, prunes, radishes, soybeans, tomatoes, and whole grains.
*Water, and lots of it. Our bodies are made mostly of water, and keeping your body fully hydrated will contribute to shiny, nourished hair.
Please keep in mind that the average shaft of hair only grows about ½” a month, so it will take about 6-12 months to see the effect of a good diet on your hair. So stick with it, and may you be blessed with fabulous hair like Jackie!
Yesterday I enlightened you on the wonderful nutritional value of mushrooms. Keeping with this theme (it is summer concert season, after all), today is all about hemp. I’m sure memories of college bong sessions come rushing back, or images of hippies dancing around in hemp clothing with hemp bead necklaces. Ahh, nostalgia. But did you know you could eat hemp too?
First off, let me make this point clear: you do not get high from eating hemp seeds. Sorry for the let down. But what you DO get when you eat this superfood are incredible nutritional benefits. They are packed with loads of amino acids, protein, vitamins, and essential fatty acids (EFA) which are wonderful for your health.
Let’s take a closer look at Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). These are fats that your body cannot produce on its own, and therefore needs to get these fats from an outside source. You can think of these particular fats as the “good” guys (yes, there ARE good fats, much different from the saturated fats in they typical American diet). The two types are linoleic acid (Omega-6) and linolenic acid (Omega-3). These EFAs are found in hemp seeds and in the perfect proportion that you body likes (Note that we get more than enough Omega-6 in our diet, which is why you hear a lot about Omega-3s ie. fish oils, which are not as prevalent in our diet and hence we need to consume more of them)
Another important aspect of hemp seeds are amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. One of the proteins in hemp is globulin, which helps to manufacture antibodies in your body, aiding your immune system. The hemp seed has 65% globulin, the most of any plant source.
They also contain plant sterols which have been known to lower cholesterol. They also contain vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Not only are hemp seeds super healthy, they are delicious! They have this wonderful nutty flavor, making them a perfect addition to almost everything from your morning oatmeal to salads. Matt makes mean vegan hemp seed chocolate chip cookies. Ask him for his recipe!
Hemps seeds can be found in any health food store, as well as hemp oils. Because of their high fat content and tendency to spoil quickly (remember walnuts?), it’s best to store them in the refrigerator. I highly recommend you picking up some hemp seeds on your next shopping trip and experiment with these tiny superfoods!
Here’s a recipe I found online at www.hemp-guide.com to get you started:
Hemp Pancakes Recipe
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why not start it with yummy hemp pancakes recipe! This recipe combines the goodness of whole wheat flour, the nutrition of hemp and the added option of super foods such as blueberries. What better way to kick start your morning!
3 Tbsp Hemp Seed Oil
1 cup organic whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons HONEY (optional)
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup plain organic yogurt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vanilla
Combine flour, shelled hemp seed, baking powder & soda, and salt in bowl. Combine eggs, yogurt, and water. Whisk in butter. Pour into dry ingredients. Use blender to mix to smooth consistency. Cook on (buttered) pan / griddle (medium heat). Cook until tops are bubbly – turn and cook until browned.
Makes about 16 pancakes – can be frozen and heated up in toaster afterwards.
Optional: add in Berries while cooking!
Makes: About 16 pancakes