24 February 2008

There are soooo many food sites and blogs online that it hard not to find any kind of information or recipe on any particular food, recipe or subject one is looking for.

Some are dry and to the point. Some are hard to read, simply because of errors and misspellings. Some are a challenge reading. Some entertaining, with wonderful titles to draw you in. Such is Food Porn Daily,aka, Slashfood. I won't say more -- visit the site to see for yourself to find what it's all about:

Food Porn Daily.

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22 February 2008

Chia seeds

A new (to some) dietary food supplement has been receiving quite a bit of press attention recently: Chia (as from that stupid pet). The food is more intriguing than the pet, and quite nutritious -- the food, not the pet!

Chia seeds provide an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids for those persons who can't, for a variety of reasons, obtain it from fish sources.

From Wikipedia:

"Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a plant of the genus Salvia in the Mint family. It originated in the central Valley of Mexico. It was largely cultivated by the Aztecs in prehispanic times and was one of the five more important food plants in that time. After the arrival of the spaniards, the plant almost became extinct because of cultural and religious reasons.

Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since it is the vegetable source with the most Omega 3 content, specifically α-linolenic acid or ALA. It also adds antioxidants and a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber. For all these health related benefits, chia is in the process of application before the EU authorities to be considered as a novel food...

...Chia is an annual herb growing to 1 m tall, with opposite leaves 4–8 cm long and 3–5 cm broad. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem...

...Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about one millimeter. They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. Chia seeds typically contain 20% protein, 34% oil, 25% dietary fiber (mostly soluble with high molecular weight), and significant levels of antioxidants (chlorogenic and caffeic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols). The oil from chia seeds contains a very high concentration of omega-3 fatty acid — approximately 64%. Chia seeds contain no gluten and trace levels of sodium. There are no known toxic components of chia.

Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, the southwestern United States, and South America, but is not widely known in Europe. The United States Food and Drug Administration regards chia as a food with an established history of safe consumption.

Historically, chia seeds served as a staple food of the Nahuatl (Aztec) cultures of Central Mexico. Jesuit chroniclers referred to chia as the third most important crop to the Aztecs behind only corn and beans, and ahead of amaranth. Tribute and taxes to the Aztec priesthood and nobility were often paid in chia seed.

Today, chia is grown commercially in its native Mexico, and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Guatemala...

...Chia seed may be eaten raw as a dietary fiber and omega-3 supplement. Grinding chia seeds produces a meal called pinole, which can be made into porridge or cakes. Chia seeds soaked in water or fruit juice is also often consumed and is known in Mexico as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.

Chia sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular (U.S.) cultural icon of the chia pet."

For a detailed description on the nutrititional benefits of chia, visit Living and Raw Foods:

"Because the question of what might be the optimum diet can, at times, be emotionally charged for many people, having had a significant emotional commitment in believing they know what’s best, I would like to suspend the issues of diet and introduce you to a “super” food that all would agree on. It is known as the Chia Seed. Once valued so much that it was used as currency, this unique little seed has exceptional nutritive and structural benefits."

Chia is available from a number of organic and health food stores, including Whole Foods and The Vitamin Shoppe.

07 February 2008

Egg Protein

Looking around for a good source of protein?

Eggs are not my favorite food, but there are other ways to enjoy the benefits of eggs. Egg protein is widely available in a variety of forms and flavors, including liquid, bar, and powder protein supplement formulas. Here's a little bit of information on what's in this protein:

*A large egg provides 6 grams of protein

*Protein content of egg white=3.6g, protein content of egg yolk=2.7g

*Because of their high protein content, eggs are included in the meat, fish, poultry, nuts and beans group of the US Food Guidance Systems.

*Eggs have the highest quality protein in the food supply with the amino acid pattern almost matching the human requirement for essential amino acids (FAO protein value=100)

*Digestibility of egg protein is 97%. This means that 97% of the egg protein is absorbed as amino acids, which are available for new protein synthesis and replacement of lost protein.

*Cooked egg protein is more digestible than raw egg protein (cooked egg protein digestibility=90.9%+/-0.8, raw egg protein digestibility=51.3+/-9.8)

*The biological value of egg protein is 94%. Biological value is a measure of the rate at which the protein in food supports growth. Eggs and milk have the highest biological value and provide more amino acids for growth and tissue maintenance than even meat, including beef, chicken, pork and fish.

A good source of egg protein is powder for shakes, if you want to avoid the actual eggs. Jay Robb Enterprises (as well as several other companies) makes several tasty flavors. Many are available in health food stores and online.