NEW Column! Rants & Radishes
Rants and Radishes is a new segment in our newsletter where we challenge some conventional thinking, go off topic or debate a subject pertaining to food and wholesomeness. It is strictly our own perspective we have established after we have taken some time to research a particular topic, trend or something that just doesn’t make sense to us. You’re free, as are we, to have an opinion, but our goal is to bring light to some subject matter that really just gets our goat!
Butter vs. Margarine the great debate!
Is butter really better? You decide. We have!
Butter, a substance containing some of the building blocks of life, carbon hydrogen and oxygen is a natural food containing one ingredient and has been around and used for thousands of years. Although butter is a saturated food, the body is able to process and metabolize it more readily than margarine which is an unnatural product composed of many ingredients and can only be made through processing and alterations to the molecular structure of a vegetable or plant oil. Hydrogenation of these plant oils requires high temperatures, causing some troublesome effects which result in this unnatural product and sometimes contain trans fats. Trans fat, which lowers good cholesterol and increases bad cholesterol is what increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Although most margarine today is now made without creating trans fats, and there are certainly better products than in the past available, it is still an unnatural product of many ingredients created through processing. So be aware of what you put in your body.
Well its February, love and romance is in the air. Everywhere you look, there are secret plans, dinners, flowers and not to mention almost everything shaped like a heart! While all this is nice and can make that special someone feel loved, what says I love you more than giving your own heart. Not just emotionally speaking, but physically, but making sure you are as strong and healthy as possible so you can continue to share in the romance year-after-year.
There are a number of factors that affect the heart such as exercise, alcohol, tobacco, weight and stress, but diet is a big factor. Staying true to our roots we are going to focus on diet and what you can do to take care of your heart.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure are two conditions that open the door for heart disease. By adjusting your diet, you can improve your cholesterol and blood pressure levels tremendously. Let’s talk about fats.
The Facts on Fats:
Foods to Eat:
Foods to Avoid:
Easy Tips to Take Care of Your Heart:
Tanya is a classically trained, Red Seal Chef, and former restauranteur and caterer, with additional studies in Holistic Nutrition and business. Having food as her foundation she continues to build on her interests and knowledge base in the study of the body, mind and brain connection. She now spends her time as a Mom of twins, researcher and writer, while continuing to participate digitally in the culinary world with her company, Artisan Food Co.