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Toxins and Fish: Safe Food Guidelines

Fish and Toxins: Safe Food Guidelines One of the healthiest food choices we can make is to eat fish. Besides a source of low-fat and high-quality protein, it is a rich source of vital nutrients such as vitamin D---a nutrient that many people are deficient in.  Fish is also rich in calcium and phosphorus, as well as other minerals such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.   Fatty types of fish are considered the healthiest because they are particularly good sources of vitamin D as well as omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your body and brain to function optimally and are strongly linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.   Unfortunately, environmental pollutants such as dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can accumulate in foods, including...

Food Sources: Essential Fatty Acids

Food Sources: Essential Fatty Acids Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) cannot be created by the body; they are called “essential” because they must be obtained through the diet.  There are two primary families of essential fatty acids: Omega-6 and Omega-3.   Linoleic acid (LA) and Arachidonic acid (AA) are two common omega-6 fatty acids.  LA is found in most plant oils, and AA is present in meat, poultry, and eggs.  Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the most common omega-3 fatty acids.  ALA is found in some plant foods and EPA/DHA in fatty fish.   The Adequate Intake (AI) for omega-6 fatty acids are as follows: Females, ages 19-50: 12 grams per day Females, ages 51+: 11 grams per day Females (pregnant, lactating): 13 grams per...

The Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms (Not Those Kind)

Medicinal Mushrooms [caption id="attachment_4410" align="alignleft" width="371"] Image Courtesy of Kikkoman[/caption] At Thrive, we are always trying to motivate our clients to get in the kitchen and cook. Cooking at home is the best way to control your diet and optimize the ingredients that enter your body. As more nutritional data is released, there is clear support for the medicinal benefits of food. Nutritional studies support an Anti-Inflammatory Whole Food Plant-based diet rich in fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, legumes and organic meats in small amounts. This diet is consistent with a Mediterranean diet but includes the foods of many other cultures for diversity and benefits. One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated is to introduce new foods and ingredients to keep your diet exciting. Cooked Asian mushrooms...