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Researching What’s Good & Bad in Our Food

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It’s a pretty simple equation that we, as humans, have gotten ourselves into. The further we progress in time, the more we know about things. It’s how the world has always worked. Starting from the beginning, when whoever discovered that circular motion wheels could get us places, we built on this fact. We now have cars, machinery, and other such pieces of technology based off this one idea. There is research conducted in every single field imaginable on a daily basis, all leading to some super-knowledge on things that we already know a lot about. There will never be a point where the learning stops.

So what does this mean for what we eat?

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Allergies and Intolerances

Over the past couple of years, allergies have become big business. There has been more paid research into certain allergies that have cropped up, and in a lot of countries it’s becoming a legal requirement to state what allergens are present within a dish. There are 14 main allergens that have to be listed for every dish: fish, egg, peanut, celery, mustard, mollusc, milk, soy, sesame, nuts, lupin, sulphur, cereals, and crustaceans. This list will vary depending on the country you’re in, as certain allergies are more prevalent in different places depending on what the citizens of said country have been exposed to.

Both over-exposure and underexposure to certain foods can be triggers. A lot of people are seeing the benefits to their health and lifestyle by cutting out certain foods that hold intolerances for us all: gluten and dairy. If you are unsure about where to begin with it all, then here’s everything you need to know about the gluten free diet. You can start by cutting out bread, as this is generally something that a lot of us eat that contains a big amount of gluten. Seeing the difference made just by doing this can often be motivation enough to carry on cutting out this complex carbohydrate.

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What’s Good For Us

There has been a massive investigation over what is good for us recently, especially as advertising laws are now so specific with brands and retailers having to tell the truth as so not to make a false sale. Doctor-recommended foods include those that generally make up the “Super Food” subgroup. These are things like oily fish, green vegetables, certain nuts (such as brazil nuts and almonds), and fruits that will help to give our immune system a boost. It’s all about getting as many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into our bodies as we can without having to eat a whole lot more (which would upset our daily calorie intake).

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What’s Bad For Us

We all secretly know what’s bad for us, especially with the increased education of the percentage of foods we should be putting on our plates. So we know that we should keep fats, sugars and dairy to a minimum, and thanks to continued research we are knowing just what to consider “good” and “bad” of these groups of foods. Saturated fats are the bad fats, but naturally-occurring fats are the good ones. It can be hard to get our heads around, but as long as we know that we’re on the right path and have the right language and terminology to help us, who can complain?

 

It’s important to do research on what is good and bad in the food we eat. That way, you can make more informed decisions about what to put into your body!

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