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4 Reasons to Try Meatless Mondays
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[url=https://www.kiwilimon.com/blog/dietas-y-nutricion/nutricion/4-razones-por-las-que-el-lunes-sin-carne-es-una-buena-idea][b]Leer en español[/b][/url] Have you heard about [b]Meatless[/b] [b]Monday[/b]? It is an international health campaign organized by Monday Campaigns Inc. in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future that encourages people to improve their [b]health[/b] and the health of the planet. Since[b] eating less meat[/b] per week has benefits for you and if you are aware of the implications of [b]meat[/b] [b]production[/b] in the world, taking part in [b]Meatless[/b] [b]Monday[/b] will be a good start to take action to help the planet. There is research on[b] semi-vegetarian meal plans[/b] that have shown they have benefits like lower risk of type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer, lower blood pressure, and a higher-quality diet. Therefore, joining [b]Meatless[/b] [b]Monday[/b] could be a great idea if you want to follow a semi-vegetarian diet without completely giving up on meat. Here are 4 good reasons to do it. To Lower Your Saturated Fats Intake [b]Red[/b] [b]meat[/b] is rich in fats, especially saturated ones, which could lead to high levels of cholesterol in the blood, according to Mexico’s Federal Office for the Consumer (Profeco). High cholesterol, in turn, can cause heart diseases. To Prevent Fatigue or Dehydration Eating too much [b]red[/b] [b]meat[/b] or [b]processed[/b] [b]meat[/b] can cause secondary effects like [b]dehydration[/b] since the body requires a lot of water to digest it. On the other hand, digesting meals that are rich in meat does not only divert energy from the brain and cause [b]fatigue[/b], but some types of meat, like beef and turkey, are also rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is linked to melatonin production, which can cause drowsiness or regulate the sleeping cycle. To Lower the Risk of Heart Diseases According to the systematic analysis of 20 studies from 2010 that assessed the link between eating red and processed meat and the risk of incident cardiovascular disease, experts found that eating processed meat, but not red meat, seemed to increase the [b]risk of heart disease[/b] by 42%. To Prevent Weight Gain [b]Eating[/b] [b]meat[/b] has several benefits that can lead to a healthier weight and lifestyle, including increasing appetite, greater muscle mass retention, and speeding up metabolism. However, several studies have linked [b]obesity[/b] to eating more than the recommended maximum of red and processed meat since, when it is not properly managed, the high consumption of red and processed meat can also lead to a higher calorie intake in general. You don’t have to completely[b] give up on meat[/b]. As a matter of fact, some health experts recommend a daily intake of 2.9 ounces of lean meat to keep a healthy diet. It is a matter of eating these products in moderation, something you can easily do on a [b]Meatless[/b] [b]Monday[/b], or the day of your choice. Check out some [b]vegetarian[/b] and [b]meatless[/b] [b]recipes[/b] to join Meatless Monday: Tinga and Nopal Tostadas Avocado, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Sandwich Traditional Enchiladas Mineras [b]Translated by Miranda Perea[/b]
5 Outrageously Good Mexican Cheeses You Must Try
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Leer en españolWhether it is in quesadillas, tamales, enchiladas, or chilaquiles, Mexican cheese is the perfect topping for a wide variety of recipes in Mexican gastronomy. Besides being the perfect complement or the main ingredient in several recipes, Mexican cheese is also eaten as a snack and is present in most cuisines of the different Mexican states.If you are a cheese lover, there are Mexican cheeses you must definitely try. Up next is a guide so you can proudly enjoy Mexican cheese.Queso de HebraKnown as Oaxaca cheese or quesillo. It is mainly produced in Oaxaca and Chiapas but is now available throughout Mexico. It is a soft Mexican cheese. It is a string cheese prepared with cow’s milk. It is fresh, creamy, and has a moist texture that is easy to handle. This Mexican cheese is great for melting and broiling. That’s what makes it the king of quesadillas!Cotija CheeseIt is one of the most famous Mexican cheeses. It is named after the place where it is produced: Cotija, Michoacán, where nearby producers from Jalisco and Michoacán sell it. Authentic Cotija cheese has the collective mark granted by the Regional Association of Cotija Cheese Producers and is made in the rainy season, from July to September. It is a hard cheese made with cow’s milk and its ripening process takes from 4 weeks to 6 months. Its well-known mineral flavor, due to Colima salt, makes it perfect for pasta.Panela CheeseIt is one of the most widely consumed queso fresco in the country and is produced all over Mexico. It is made with cow’s milk, although it is made with low-fat milk in some places. In that case, it has a lower fat content, which makes it ideal for some meal plans. In some regions of Mexico, there is a kind of cheese called queso botanero that is made with semi-skimmed milk. It is perfect for snacking or for sandwiches and tortas!RequesónExperts think the story of this cheese goes back to the Spanish colonization. It is produced with the leftover cheese whey. It is often made with cow’s milk although there is also requesón made with goat’s and sheep’s milk. It is a queso fresco that can be prepared at home with cheese, lime juice, or white vinegar. It is a staple in Mexican antojitos like tlacoyos. Queso de Bola OcosingoIt is a one-of-a-kind Mexican cheese that is a mix of two cheese families: string cheese on the outside and queso fresco on the inside, so its outer core is hard and the inner is semi-hard and ripe. It comes from Ocosingo, Chiapas and there is a collective mark that convenes those who produce this cheese that is highly valued in Mexican cuisine.Source: Yescas, Carlos, et al. Quesos Mexicanos. Larousse, 2013.Translated by Miranda Perea
How to Make Perfect Homemade Granola
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Leer en españolNowadays, granola has become part of our diet since its health benefits and its low-calorie content make it ideal for meal plans and healthy dishes. However, as it grows in popularity, more brands have launched industrialized versions to the market, most of which are less healthy than they used to. Therefore, here you’ll find everything about granola and how to make your own to make the most of its healthy and natural origin.What Is Granola?There are many types and varieties of granola, but true granola must be a mix of different nuts, rolled oats, honey, and several dried fruits that are baked until crunchy. How to Make the Best Granola?To each their own, but this is a great place to start if you have never made granola before. Keep reading to learn how to prepare granola step by step.1. Grains Use three cups of the grains of your choice. Oats are a classic option, but you can do as you will with the recipe and use rye, wheat, etc.2. Nuts A cup and a half will do and there is an immense variety to choose from: peanuts, pistachio, almonds, hazelnuts, or even a mix.3. Sweetener Time for honey. You can use either honey or maple syrup for a healthier option.4. Oil This ingredient is very important because it keeps the granola from burning or sticking and gives it a nice and smooth feeling. Use half a cup of olive oil.5. Salt That sweet and savory taste of the best granolas comes from adding a teaspoon of salt to the recipe to enhance all the mixed flavors.6. Mix Now, it’s just a matter of mixing the dry ingredients and adding, one by one, the wet ingredients to obtain a uniform mixture.7. To the oven Evenly spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake it at 356 °F for at least 30 minutes.Why Is It Best to Make Your Own Granola?Making your own granola is not a whim or a game, it truly has benefits:It is more delicious, as you can prepare it according to your taste and use the ingredients you prefer. Some even add bacon or peanut butter.It is extremely easy to prepare and it is even faster than a trip to the supermarket to buy it.It is cheaper than store-bought granola and you already have all the utensils you need to make it at home.Your house will smell delicious.TipsFor even healthier granola, add some tablespoons of quinoa.For a boost of flavor, add shredded coconut or dried pineapple.Always use fruit cut into small chunks to keep your granola from getting mushy.Add a citrus touch with lime or orange zest.To spice up your granola, add a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, or nutmeg.RecipesOnce your granola is ready, you can use it to prepare these delicious recipes that your family will enjoy. Yogurt & Granola Fruit Swekers with Granola Honey Granola MuffinsTranslated by Miranda Perea
3 Reasons You Need Popcorn in Your Diet
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Leer en españolPopcorn can be part of a well-balanced diet if you know how to prepare it since it contains important nutrients and offers a wide variety of health benefits. Popcorn is a special kind of corn that explodes when exposed to heat. This happens because the core of each kernel contains a small amount of water that expands when heated and makes the kernel pop.While it may not seem like so because it is a very popular snack, popcorn is a whole food, which makes it high in several nutrients and, according to different studies, there is a link between eating whole grains and health benefits like reduced inflammation and less risk of heart disease.A serving of 3.5 ounces of popcorn contains the next nutrients:Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 7% of the DRIVitamin B3 (niacin): 12% of the DRIVitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 8% of the DRIIron: 18% of the DRIMagnesium: 36% of the DRIPhosphorous: 36% of the DRIPotassium: 9% of the DRIZinc: 21% of the DRICopper: 13% of the DRIManganese: 56% of the DRIThe previous comes with a total of 387 calories, 0.4 ounces of protein, 2.7 ounces of carbohydrates, 0.1 ounces of fat, and 0.5 ounces of fiber, a high amount that makes this portion of popcorn one of the best sources of fiber in the world. There are many ways to make popcorn and perhaps the most popular version is the prepacked one that can be cooked in the microwave. However, most microwave bags are coated with a chemical substance called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to multiple health conditions.To make healthy popcorn, it is best to cook the kernels on the stove with only 3 tablespoons of oil, which can be either olive or coconut oil. This amount of oil will be enough to prepare half a cup of popcorn kernels and you will only need one teaspoon of salt for seasoning. If you want extra health benefits, you can sprinkle popcorn with nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has a nutty and cheesy flavor and contains several important nutrients including protein, fiber, vitamins B, and different minerals.Translated by Miranda Perea
The ABCs of Keto Diet: What to Eat and Why It Works
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Leer en españolThanks to the miracle-like results of some celebrities, the ketogenic diet has become widely popular in recent years. But, do you know what this diet plan is about? Does it really work? What should you do to follow a keto diet? Here, we will tell you all you need to know about the keto diet.For Beginners, What is the Keto Diet? This diet is based on the principle of ketosis, which is a state in which the body mainly feeds on fats. This is achieved by following a diet with a high-fat content, low protein content, and many carbohydrates.Which Foods Are Allowed in the Keto Diet? Most meals must be based on the next ingredients:Meat: Chicken, turkey, red meat, sausages, ham, or bacon Fatty fish: Salmon, trout, or tuna Eggs Dairy products: Butter, cream, cheese Dried fruits and seeds: Nuts, almonds, chia, or pumpkin seeds Oils: Olive, avocado, or coconut oil Avocados Low-calorie vegetables Spices: Salt, pepper, and other spicesWhich Foods Are Not Allowed in the Keto Diet? Sweetened foods: Sodas, juices, smoothies, cakes, bread, candies Grains: Wheat, rice, pasta, cereals Fruits: You can seldomly eat a handful of strawberries Legumes: Beans, lentils, chickpeas Vegetables: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots Diet or low-fat products Sugar-free diet products Alcohol Why Does the Keto Diet Work So Well? There are many reasons why the ketogenic diet is so effective; however, the main reasons are:1. You will not starve to death with this meal plan. Eating foods with a high-fat content makes you feel full and helps you avoid cravings between meals.2. It is a diet plan that only lasts for a couple of weeks. Due to the way it affects the body, it is best to follow this diet for up to three weeks at a time. 3. Unlike other diets that include special ingredients or specific preparations, the keto diet is very simple. In addition to help you lose weight, the ketogenic diet can improve your general health. What about kick-starting the year by losing some pounds while you eat delicious food? Join our 7-Day Keto Meal Plan. Download the cookbook HERE.Translated by Miranda Perea
Everything You Need to Know About Gluten
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Leer en españolIn recent years, a lot of people have said goodbye to foods with gluten, regardless of whether they suffer from celiac disease or not, because of all the negative information around this substance. Keep reading to find out more about the myths and facts of this protein so that you can choose wisely whether you hop on the gluten-free diet or not. What Is Gluten? Gluten is a protein that is contained in many kinds of cereal, like wheat, barley, and rye, as well as foods like pasta, bread, pizza, and soy sauce, among others. Those with celiac disease cannot eat food with gluten because it causes them swelling, intestinal damage, and other reactions in their bodies. Who Should Follow a Gluten-Free Diet? According to Harvard’s School of Medicine, those who must avoid food with gluten are the ones who suffer from celiac disease as it is fundamental to stay healthy.On the other hand, some people might not be allergic to gluten but are gluten intolerant. These people show symptoms like inflammation, diarrhea, and stomachaches when they eat food with this protein.Therefore, there are two groups of people who should stick to a gluten-free diet: Those with celiac disease and those who show pain or discomfort after eating food with gluten. In any case, it is best to seek medical advice to determine whether someone can eat gluten or not. What Is Wrong with Gluten?According to experts, gluten is not so bad, as there is no current scientific research that shows that eating gluten-free foods will improve someone’s health or will help prevent several diseases.Is It Wrong to Stop Eating Gluten?Although this kind of diet has multiple health benefits for certain people, not eating gluten could harm your health because these foods contain vitamins and minerals like iron and folic acid. In addition to this, experts from Harvard University assert that gluten-free food contains more sugar and fat and less fiber. Moreover, recent studies point out that those who follow gluten-free meal plans gain weight.The Health Benefits of Gluten Even though it has become a trend to eat gluten-free foods, which are more expensive, scientific studies have confirmed the health benefits of gluten. A study published in 2017, that included 100,000 people non-allergic to gluten, found no evidence that a diet with gluten was linked to heart diseases. On the contrary, the study asserts that those who do not eat food with gluten have a higher risk of heart diseases.On top of that, several studies have linked eating cereal to better health. Those who eat more whole grains are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, strokes, and other heart diseases.Now that you know gluten is not as bad as it seems, and if you are sure that you suffer from celiac disease or are gluten-intolerant, then you should avoid this protein. In this case, it is best to seek expert advice and to keep a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, protein, legumes, grains, nuts, and animal protein, as well as gluten-free foods, like quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, maize, oats, and buckwheat. Read more: The Surprising Benefits of Cabbage Gluten-Free Recipes Kiwilimón cares about your health, which is why we have a wide selection of gluten-free recipes for any occasion. You must try them!Gluten-free desserts Gluten-free bread Gluten-free recipes Gluten-free sidesTranslated by Miranda Perea
The Surprising Benefits of Cabbage
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Leer en españolCabbage belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables, which have very few calories and multiple health benefits. This plant rich in fiber is a great option to prepare delicious soups, stews, and salads that you will surely love. Moreover, it is also a budget-friendly and yielding ingredient. Is Cabbage Rich in Vitamins and Minerals?Cabbage is, indeed, one of the best foods for your diet as it is full of vitamins and minerals like:Vitamin KVitamin CVitamin B6Vitamin AFolic acidCalciumIronPotassiumMagnesiumTherefore, it is a good idea to make a delicious cabbage soup or a carrot and cabbage salad to serve with your meals. Which Are the Health Benefits of Cabbage?Believe it or not, several scientific studies have shown that cabbage has multiple health benefits since it is good for the heart, helps improve digestion, could help prevent diabetes and cancer, and lowers cholesterol levels. Read on to find out more about why you should eat more cabbage.Cabbage Improves Digestion Thanks to its high fiber content, cabbage is the perfect option for people with constipation or for those who want to improve their digestion. Since this vegetable is rich in insoluble fiber, it helps increase the number of good bacteria in the intestines, which is good for the immune system.Cabbage for the Heart Red cabbage, also known as purple cabbage, is rich in a chemical called anthocyanin, hence its bright color. Most importantly, scientific research has shown that anthocyanin lowers the risk of heart disease. In addition to this, everything suggests that eating foods rich in anthocyanin could help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diseases in the heart’s main blood vessels. Now you know, cabbage contains about 36 types of anthocyanins, which makes it the perfect food to take care of your heart.Can Cabbage Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?Although further research is required, a recently published study points out that a diet rich in cabbage may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. In this case, the participants ate significant amounts of vegetables, fish, apples, pears, oats, and rye bread.Cabbage Is Rich in Vitamin C As everyone knows, vitamin C is highly important for proper body functioning, making cabbage a good option. On one hand, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron and is needed for collagen production, which is essential for the skin, muscles, bones, and even the veins.On the other hand, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which stresses the need to eat more food rich in this vitamin to fight the effects of free radicals. Remember that, when it comes to antioxidants, red cabbage contains 30% more than green cabbage.Cabbage for Cholesterol If you have high cholesterol levels, it is best to eat more vegetables and healthy foods since high cholesterol means a higher risk of heart disease.In the case of cabbage, experts have found that it contains two substances that lower bad cholesterol levels. Nowadays, high blood pressure affects a large part of the Mexican population, so people should change their diet to eat more healthy foods since high blood pressure implies a higher risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Therefore, those with this disease should eat more foods rich in potassium that will help them control their blood pressure.Cabbage is the best option for people with high blood pressure because it is packed with potassium and other nutrients.Can Cabbage Fight Cancer?In the last decades, several scientific studies have shown the importance of diet to fight cancer. It is worth mentioning that cabbage is rich in sulforaphane, a chemical compound that could help prevent cancer. Besides that, cruciferous vegetables have also been linked to a lower cancer risk. According to recent research, sulforaphane could help fight skin cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer.Fun Facts About CabbageAccording to Mexico’s Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (Sader), cabbage arrived on the American continent in 1541 thanks to a French man called Jacques Cartier. Cabbage is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. There is a wide variety of cabbage: Copenhagen Market, Superette, Emerald Cross, Royal Vantage, Red Rockie, and Sure Vantage, to mention some. The Best Cabbage RecipesCabbage and Chickpea Soup Chicken Breast-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Creamy Cucumber, Chayote, Cabbage, Ham, and Celery Salad Chicken Cabbage Soup Ground Beef-Stuffed Cabbage RollsTranslated by Miranda Perea
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Las vitaminas C y D han sido las estrellas en estos años de pandemia, cuando todos hemos buscado la forma de resguardarnos de la manera más natural posible del COVID-19. Pero ¿cómo funcionan y en qué alimentos podemos encontrar vitaminas para fortalecernos contra el coronavirus?La vitamina C es un antioxidante del cual podríamos decir que desde siempre ha sido promovido como un benefactor en la función inmunológica saludable, mientras que la vitamina D saltó a la fama en años recientes, con sus posibles efectos positivos sobre la función inmunológica.Lo que la ciencia ha podido investigar hasta el momento respecto del consumo de vitaminas como suplemento y el nuevo COVID-19 es que existe la posibilidad de que los suplementos puedan ser efectivos. Por ejemplo, algunos estudios observacionales vinculan los niveles más bajos de vitaminas en la sangre con un mayor riesgo de dar positivo por el virus que causa el COVID-19, sin embargo, estudios como estos no pueden probar que la vitamina D proteja a las personas contra las infecciones.De acuerdo con información del sitio de la Universidad de Harvard, un estudio de 2021 sobre zinc y vitamina C tampoco demostró beneficios para las personas con COVID-19 leve. En este estudio, las personas cuyos síntomas no requirieron hospitalización fueron asignadas al azar para recibir sólo vitamina C, 8.000 mg/día, o sólo zinc, 50 mg/día, o ambos suplementos en las dosis anteriores o ninguno de ellos.A pesar de las dudas sobre el beneficio general de estos suplementos, muchos médicos comenzaron a recetarlos de forma rutinaria en los primeros días de la pandemia de COVID-19, probablemente por la falta de conocimiento sobre cómo tratar esta nueva infección y el historial de seguridad que tienen los suplementos de estas vitaminas.Mientras que las personas con deficiencias nutricionales sí deben recibir suplementos y las deficiencias de zinc o vitamina D son comunes y pueden contribuir a una función inmunológica deficiente, lo mejor siempre será poder adquirirlos de una dieta nutritiva y adecuada para cada persona. A continuación, te contamos más sobre las vitaminas C y D, además de en qué alimentos encontrarlas.La vitamina C, o ácido ascórbico, es una vitamina soluble en agua, un antioxidante y eliminador de radicales libres que tiene propiedades antiinflamatorias, influye en la inmunidad celular y la integridad vascular, y sirve como cofactor en la generación de sustancias que incluyen la adrenalina, la noradrenalina y la dopamina.Cuando una persona se encuentra en un estado de estrés oxidativo, como cuando está atravesando alguna enfermedad que cause incluidas infecciones graves y sepsis, por ejemplo el COVID-19, puede que requiera más vitamina C, pero aún se está estudiando el papel potencial de altas dosis para mejorar la inflamación y la lesión vascular en pacientes con este tipo de coronavirus.Las frutas y verduras son las mejores fuentes de vitamina C, en especial las frutas cítricas, los tomates, el jugo de tomate y las papas. Otras buenas fuentes de alimentos con vitamina C incluyen:pimientos rojos y verdeskiwibrócolifresascoles de Bruselasmelón Muchas de las mejores fuentes alimenticias de vitamina C, como frutas y verduras, generalmente se consumen crudas. Consumir cinco raciones variadas de frutas y verduras al día puede aportar más de 200 mg de vitamina C.Por otro lado, la vitamina D es un nutriente importante que el cuerpo necesita para construir y mantener los huesos fuertes, entre otros beneficios. La fuente principal de esta vitamina es la luz solar, pues la piel absorbe los rayos ultravioletas del sol y los convierte en vitamina D.Sin embargo, muchas personas no obtienen la suficiente y esto ocurre especialmente si eres mayor, no comes alimentos saludables o tienes un tono de piel más oscuro. Si bien la vitamina D estimula el sistema inmunológico y alivia la inflamación, los expertos señalan que se necesita más investigación sobre sus propiedades antivirales.Aunque hay varios estudios sobre la relación entre la vitamina D y el COVID-19 que señalan que los niveles bajos de ella sí pueden aumentar la probabilidad de dar positivo, otros sugieren que los niveles más altos de vitamina D no reducen el riesgo de infección viral, hospitalización o gravedad de la COVID-19. La mejor forma de adquirir vitamina D es más luz solar, de 15 a 20 minutos tres días a la semana, y alimentos como:Pescado azul (como el salmón o las sardinas)carne rojaYemas de huevoAlimentos con vitamina D añadida, como la leche
Leer en españolPopcorn can be part of a well-balanced diet if you know how to prepare it since it contains important nutrients and offers a wide variety of health benefits. Popcorn is a special kind of corn that explodes when exposed to heat. This happens because the core of each kernel contains a small amount of water that expands when heated and makes the kernel pop.While it may not seem like so because it is a very popular snack, popcorn is a whole food, which makes it high in several nutrients and, according to different studies, there is a link between eating whole grains and health benefits like reduced inflammation and less risk of heart disease.A serving of 3.5 ounces of popcorn contains the next nutrients:Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 7% of the DRIVitamin B3 (niacin): 12% of the DRIVitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 8% of the DRIIron: 18% of the DRIMagnesium: 36% of the DRIPhosphorous: 36% of the DRIPotassium: 9% of the DRIZinc: 21% of the DRICopper: 13% of the DRIManganese: 56% of the DRIThe previous comes with a total of 387 calories, 0.4 ounces of protein, 2.7 ounces of carbohydrates, 0.1 ounces of fat, and 0.5 ounces of fiber, a high amount that makes this portion of popcorn one of the best sources of fiber in the world. There are many ways to make popcorn and perhaps the most popular version is the prepacked one that can be cooked in the microwave. However, most microwave bags are coated with a chemical substance called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to multiple health conditions.To make healthy popcorn, it is best to cook the kernels on the stove with only 3 tablespoons of oil, which can be either olive or coconut oil. This amount of oil will be enough to prepare half a cup of popcorn kernels and you will only need one teaspoon of salt for seasoning. If you want extra health benefits, you can sprinkle popcorn with nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has a nutty and cheesy flavor and contains several important nutrients including protein, fiber, vitamins B, and different minerals.Translated by Miranda Perea
Existe una realidad: el cuerpo se intoxica. Lo intoxicamos. Los eufemismos nos alcanzan: “No, no es nada”, decimos cuando los órganos comienzan a quejarse. Ignoramos que se comunican a través de sensaciones para que los miremos, para que observemos el foco rojo que nos prenden. Nos lo dice también la piel manchada y opaca. Nos lo anuncia el sueño que se fuga entre episodio y episodio surrealista. Nos lo indica la falta de energía. El inicio de año es quizás la mejor orilla para aventarse a las nuevas aventuras. Hay que comenzar de nuevo. Un cumpleaños, una luna nueva, un lunes: todo sirve. Los puntos de partida nos empoderan para alejarnos de lo tóxico en nuestras vidas –a la pareja desinteresada, a esa perversa muletilla, al amigo que nos quita paz, a los alimentos que nos podrían estar envenenando sin siquiera detenernos a mirar su mal–.  Israel Chirino, experto en trofología, indica que lo ideal es someter al cuerpo a un détox tres veces al año, pero que si no se puede, con una vez está bien. “Las 24 horas del día estamos en contacto con toxinas, ya sea a través de la alimentación, a través de la respiración, a través del contacto con algún cosmético, alguna crema que vaya en la piel”, confirma el también llamado Trofoamigo. Para nuestra experta en nutrición clínica, Jennifer Asencio, es recomendable hacer desintoxicación después de las comilonas de fin de año, pues lo que conseguiremos mediante una restricción es atajar el camino hacia nuestras metas de salud anuales: bajar de peso, liberarnos del colesterol, dejar atrás el hígado graso. La desintoxicación ayuda a liberar las toxinas de aquellos órganos dedicados a eliminar sustancias del cuerpo, por ejemplo, los pulmones, el hígado, los riñones o el colón. Cuando existe en ellos una acumulación de toxinas comienzan también los malestares o, peor aún, las enfermedades. No lo podemos negar. Algunas veces tomamos decisiones incorrectas sobre lo que ponemos sobre el plato. A veces no es a veces, es siempre. Y ponemos carnes procesadas, azúcares en exceso, sal yodada, harinas refinadas o grasas trans que al no poder ser procesadas por el organismo –por su cantidad, por su frecuencia– el organismo deja de asimilarlos y de desecharlos. Esto produce reacciones inmunitarias en nuestro sistema. “Es necesario neutralizarlos para que no nos causen otro tipo de problemas como mutaciones celulares, que a la larga podrían desarrollar tejidos cancerígenos, etcétera”, asevera Israel. Pasa igual en la afinación y el balanceo de los automóviles. Hay que realizar un détox habitualmente para mantener el correcto funcionamiento de los órganos, el metabolismo, la piel, el sueño y mejorar la calidad de vida. La forma de conseguirlo es restablecer la armonía biológica del cuerpo, “se trabaja mucho con el balance ácido-alcalino para lograr una homeostasis. Lo que busca la desintoxicación es recuperar ese equilibrio entre ambos”, afirma Israel. Existen varios tipos de desintoxicación, pero lo que el Trofoamigo recomienda es que sea biocompatible al organismo, que aquello que elijamos sea una fuente de enzimas y nutrientes vivos. Otros métodos incluyen suplementos, pero según sus recomendaciones, hay que elegir lo más natural. No se trata de comer aire. En la viña de la desintoxicación existen alimentos bondadosos, elementales, que nos ayudan a eliminar lo que al cuerpo le sobra. Chirino recomienda lo verde: las lechugas, las acelgas, las espinacas. Recomienda que sean orgánicas, de cultivos locales.Nos pide poner suma atención a la hidratación, porque no toda el agua es buena: para hacerla potable algunas veces se somete a un exceso de cloración que podría dañar los riñones. Lo mejor es el agua ligeramente mineralizada, ionatada y viva. “Actualmente en el mercado existen filtros para lograr este tipo de agua. Existen incluso en versión portátil”, dice. Nos insta a comer ingredientes crudos, o al menos ligeramente cocidos, que todavía se sientan crocantes a la mordida, evitar los alimentos procesados y el alcohol. No disfrazar la comida con aderezos excesivos o demasiada miel, hacer la desintoxicación en plena conciencia. Por su parte, Jennifer Asencio recomienda comenzar con un ayuno de 12 a 16 horas, tomar té verde, pues “ayuda muchísimo a limpiar las vías urinarias, las vías hepáticas y biliares, así como acrecentar la microbiota del intestino. Esto produce cambios en el pH del organismo y mejora las condiciones para que haya más bacterias buenas y benéficas para el intestino”. Adicionalmente, afirma que tomar vinagre de manzana en ayunas mejora la motilidad del intestino y ayuda a limpiar más fácil las vías urinarias y hepáticas. Con un juguito en la mañana el détox no demostrará todas sus bondades. Según lo que nos cuentan los expertos, hay que hacer un tratamiento completo, un cambio de hábitos por algunos días que reinicie el organismo de pé a pá. No estás solo en tus metas de salud. Nuestras nutriólogas de casa elaboraron este reto détox para que empecemos el año de forma más saludable. Lo comenzaremos juntos el 10 de enero y dura diez días, ¿nos acompañas? 
La pandemia de COVID-19 llegó para revolucionar la manera en que comemos, pues las fastuosas comidas en restaurantes con amigos o familia se volvieron casi imposibles. Es aquí cuando surgen las dark kitchens, espacios que han llegado para quedarse, ampliar la oferta gastronómica y para consentir nuestro paladar desde la distancia. Hoy en día, una de las dark kitchens más destacadas del área metropolitana es Abelio quince15, la cual ofrece crujientes, deliciosas y saludables pizzas de masa madre. Cabe recordar que este tipo de masa se fermenta de manera natural, lo que tiene muchos beneficios para la salud, sobre todo para la digestión. Esta pequeña, pero impresionante, dark kitchen es liderada por un grupo de 5 personas, quienes hacen llegar estas maravillosas pizzas de masa madre a todos sus comensales. Otro aspecto que podemos destacar de este proyecto es que utiliza ingredientes de temporada y de la más alta calidad. Si te animas a probar los platillos de Abelio quince15, te recomiendo la pizza de aguacate con sofrito de tomate casero, jalapeño, burrata, limón y aceite de oliva, pues no solo es deliciosa y está llena de sabor, sino que además viene con un humus casero que te encantara. Por otro lado, también cuentan con una rica pizza de higos con sofrito de tomate casero, queso gruyere, anchoas, jamón serrano y miel de Oaxaca. Al combinar todos estos ingredientes en tu boca, ya no querrás probar ninguna otra pizza.Si tienes ganas de probar algo más que pizza, no te puedes perder la coliflor asada y adobada, el elote dulce asado y el pan artesanal con su rica base de masa madre. Para cerrar con broche de oro, cuentan con postres como el pain perdu, un rico pan brioche casero, o el cremoso cheesecake asado. Cabe destacar que Abelio quince15 es la mejor pizzería que he visitado, ya que su toque casero es inigualable.
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