“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”  – J. A. Brillat-Savarin

All about salt – eating out

  If you are on a low sodium diet, it is pretty easy to control your salt intake as long as you prepare your food yourself. It is comparatively easy to learn what to use for cooking and how to shop shop. The problem arises when you decide to dine out as you may... read more

All about salt

What is salt? Salt (also known as common salt or table salt) is a mineral composed of sodium chloride (NaCl). It is present in seawater (approx. 35g per one litre) from which it’s extracted through evaporation. It can also be processed from salt mines. Salt is... read more

Let’s Go Nuts!

Nuts are a very rich source of various nutrients. Their high protein and oil content makes them a fantastic choice for vegetarians and vegans. Full of minerals and vitamins, they can be eaten every day. The best choice is eating raw nuts, as the roasting process,... read more

Why Do We Crave Sugar

  Sugar cravings are so strong sometimes that they wake us up in the middle of the night and take us straight to the fridge. Some find it amusing, but for others, it is an unfortunate reality—blame it on a “sweet tooth” or addiction. The reason, though, is hidden... read more

Sugar & Sweeteners

The list of different types of sugars that can be added to food products is extensive. All of them are sweet, but they differ a lot in their composition. Sometimes they will be hidden in the ingredients list under “E number”, which is listed here as well. The below... read more

Sugar in Your Coffee

I can resist everything except temptation – Oscar Wilde Sweet taste is a temptation many yield to. Discover the way to turn it into something not completely unhealthy! Some people love their coffee or tea to be sweet. Since we know that sugar is not our best friend,... read more

Sugar in Fruits

  Since we know that fructose is much worse than glucose for our body and health, it’s good to choose fruits that balance those two monosaccharides. The table below shows the most popular fruits and their sugar content. Pay attention to dried fruits and their... read more

Reading Labels – Sugar

  The number of food additives and preservatives (as well as natural ingredients) is huge, and it’s not surprising that reading labels and understanding their content has become a challenge. However, it’s worth knowing some general rules in order to avoid buying... read more

Sugar-Free and Zero Sugar

Sugar-free or zero sugar—so what makes it sweet? All you need to know about non-nutritive sweeteners The sweeteners commonly used as replacements for natural sugars or natural sweeteners are called artificial sweeteners, non-nutritive sweeteners, non-caloric... read more

Is Your Diet Balanced

The diet we follow is majorly influenced by the place we live, the way we were brought up, and our health conditions and habits. It may not be a perfect one, but as long as we are healthy, we typically never consider changing it—unless we ask ourselves what a... read more

HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup

Is HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) different than sucrose? Since its invention, high-fructose corn syrup has been a very controversial sweetener. Today, many argue that HFCS is much worse than table sugar. Like the most popular disaccharide, sucrose (table sugar),... read more

How Much Sugar Per Day

There is a big difference between added sugar in, for example, processed foods (such as cereals or sauces) and natural sugar (which is present in fruit or milk). Products that have added sugar should be limited, as they easily make us fat, while products with... read more

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

Glycemic Index and Load—White or Brown Rice? All food is digested in different ways in our body and has various impacts on blood sugar level. Fortunately, knowing the glycemic indexes of foods, we can easily control blood sugar level and therefore keep ourselves fit... read more

Glucose

Glucose is the basic source of energy for every cell of our body, but it can become the cause of many diseases if overeaten. When we consume carbohydrates, they are broken down to their simplest molecules: glucose and fructose. Those two are digested in a totally... read more

Fructose

Fructose is the sweetest sugar on the planet. It can be found in fruit and honey. Depending on the fruit type, the amount of fructose can be different. Remember! Even though the glycemic index of fructose is really low, it’s not recommended as an everyday sweetener,... read more

Dried Fruit Not Always So Good

Dried fruit—healthy but extra carbs! (E220), (E228), (E224), (E222), (E223), (E221) doesn’t make them perfect. Choose the darkest one when shopping. Dried fruits are recommended as a healthy choice. They may be a good substitute to high-sugar processed snacks.... read more

Maltodextrin and Dextrin

Do not confuse maltodextrin with dextrin! With all the complicated names of additives and preservatives, it is truly difficult to understand ingredient lists on labels and to make right choices. Here, we present two compounds that have confusingly similar names but... read more

All about Carbohydrates

Everything you ever wanted to know about carbohydrates! Carbohydrates—love them or hate them, but choose them wisely. They are one of the main nutrients, an important source of energy and a main component of the diet of the majority of people. It is extremely... read more

Let’s Have a Drink

How much water should we actually drink every day? It is common knowledge that drinking as much as two liters or 8 cups of water per day (sometimes called “8 x 8” for short) is healthy. It supposedly contributes to weight loss and healthy skin, and even fights cancer... read more

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