c) All of the above
Pom Acai Jam
1/2 cup Pom juice
3-4tbsp chia (they don’t gel as much in Pom for some reason)
let sit for 20 minutes, then add:
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp maple syrup (or not)
stevia to taste
2 tbsp acai powder or pulp
Stir to mix, then chill for 30 min. It will keep up to a week or so in the fridge (not sure on the expiration date—haven’t tested that yet!)
Nutrition Class Topic:
Occasionally, when I’m teaching, I’m reminded of something that I think is actually interesting and maybe not completely well-known or remembered.
One of the main reasons the low-fat/fat-free diet craze where people cut out fat and ate lots of sugar (a la the ’90s Snackwells boom) didn’t help people lose weight is because when a glucose (carb) molecule is broken down in the blood to be available for use, and the body doesn’t need it (i.e. there’s a surplus), the fragments have to be put back together and stored. Instead of being reconstructed as a glucose molecule, they form a fatty acid. Simplified Conclusion: Eating too much sugar leads to weight gain.
Americans are perpetually low on Omega-3 fatty acid intake, which are extremely important to health. Why does this happen? Omega-6’s are in abundance (vegetable oils) in fast food and processed food, and we use them in the kitchen too. Omega-6’s and 3’s compete for the same metabolic enzymes, so when there is an abundance of 6’s, the 3’s don’t get used even if you are ingesting enough (which is unlikely unless you take supplements or eat fish twice a week).
Do you like to understand the reasons/science behind random nutrition facts?
Do you make most of your food choices for satisfaction/taste or for health reasons?