Sugars – An explanation of the different kinds of sugars found on food labels.
Learn about the history of sugar, the difference between refined and natural sugars, and sugar alternatives (artificial sweeteners). We also discuss how sugar interacts with the body and both the positive and negative ways it can impact health. History of Sugar It is believed that cane sugar was discovered before the birth of Christ. As […]
Carbohydrates are our body’s fuel source. They are our most efficient way of receiving energy. Carbohydrates are converted into glucose (blood sugar) and routed around the body to supply energy to our muscles and other organs. There are different types of carbohydrates, which can be consumed in different quantities. There is significant controversy surrounding this […]
Fatty acids, solid fats and trans fats Oils and fats are made up of fatty acids, which can be saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. Solid fats are fats that are solid at room temperature, mostly from animal products; meat, milk, butter, beef fat (tallow, suet), chicken fat, pork fat (lard), shortening. Solid fats are loaded with […]
Protein is beneficial because it is made of amino acids. Amino acids are the body’s building blocks and are instrumental in forming cells, repairing tissue, making antibodies, building nucleoproteins (RNA/DNA), carrying oxygen throughout the body, assisting muscle activity, as well as being part of the enzyme and hormonal system. The human body requires approximately 20 amino acids […]
Effects of Caffeine What caffeine does to the body There is no requirement of caffeine in the human diet for the body to function properly. Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system (CNS), the cardiac muscle (increases heart rate), and respiratory system (relaxes air passages permitting improved breathing, and allows some muscles to […]