Day 26 of 30!
There are a couple of things I would like to discuss today. First, Strawberries and then nuts.
Fruit in general is something that I definitely know that I need on a daily basis especially since I am not eating carbs in the form of sweet potatoes every night. I mostly eat blueberries, apples, and the occasional Mango. This weekend however I had some amazing raspberries and some really sweet strawberries. After not eating a strawberry for the past 3 weeks I was actually able to recognize just how sweet they really are. No, they were not dipped in chocolate or brown sugar like I used to eat as a kid which got me thinking about how sugar related items, candy for example would be undeniably sweet were I to eat any.
It would seem that our bodies and specifically our taste buds become accustomed to different levels of sweetness and can become dulled to just how sweet something is if eaten often. No, I am not going to run to the closest Starbucks and order a vanilla late to test my theory but it was nice to know that were I to pick up candy etc, I would probably stop eating it sooner rather than later due to the fact that my taste buds would be able to pick up on just how sweet it really is.
Now for nuts. Why nuts you might ask? Well, my husband has been pushing me to pay attention to what foods have Omega 6 vs Omega 3 in them. Nuts are one item of food that in the paleo world are considered to be a great snack (NOT MEAL). What the heck is Omega 6 and Omega 3? (One promotes inflammation and the other as anti-inflammation)
"Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids are 2 different classes of polyunsaturated fats. They are both important, because they are made into powerful regulatory hormones. Omega 6 fats are primarily converted into a range of pro- inflammatory hormones and omega 3 into anti-inflammatory hormones. Perhaps it would help to think of the analogy of hot and cold taps. Hot being omega 6 and cold being omega 3. We need a balance of hot and cold to get the right temperature. Due to the abundance of omega 6 in our diets from chemically extracted vegetable oils, (see graph below and the recent increase in salad oil, shortening and margarine) and a lack of food sources of omega 3 like cold water fish and grass fed / wild meat we have an imbalance. An ideal ratio is 4:1 up to 1:1 of omega 6 to omega 3. This is a long way from the standard American diet which gives 20:1. Imagine the hot tap (inflammation) on full and the cold tap (anti-inflammation) on a dribble. Inflammation is rampant" -http://paleozonenutrition.com/2011/05/10/omega-6-and-3-in-nuts-oils-meat-and-fish-tools-to-get-it-right/
With this said, an important factor to keep in mind with nuts is the fact that they an make a great snack but are not something you necessarily want to be eating a lot of all the time. They certainly should never replace a meal and it is not because of their fat content. Here is another web page that discusses this in more detail and from where I got the nifty Omega 6 nut list.
Omega-6 Content Various Nuts (1/4 cup)
Again, all of this points to making sure you are researching what is appropriate to eat, what should be eaten in moderation, and what we should definitely stay away from.
|Recipe from Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragaso|