Tips & Tricks

Are you planning on buying
a new kitchen?

Then you schould bear the
following points in mind:

Articles - Out and about:

Summer rolls are the perfect snack for hot days. This dish is widespread in south-east Asia and is
Anyone who likes fresh greens in their own home will be delighted with microgreens.
Polenta is associated with the regional cuisine of many European countries such as Italy,
A cup of coffee and a bread roll with cheese, cold meats or jam - this is what breakfast looks like
Rolling hills, misty forests and countless tea gardens – these are the highlands of Sri Lanka

Milk myths under scrutiny

Some beliefs about foods are very persistent and survive through the generations. The message that spinach is maybe not the uniquely powerful source of iron Popeye believed has already got around. But with milk, some myths seem to be even more stubborn. For instance, the claim that milk is a “calcium predator” is something that you read again and again. Because of its surprise value, it’s very tempting to use this as a headline. Hasn’t everyone learnt at school, and heard at the breakfast table, that milk is good for your bones. Because of the calcium. If you look on the Internet, you’ll also find the statement – backed up by arguments that sound just as reasonable – that you can’t get enough calcium without eating dairy products and that if one cut out dairy, one was headed straight down the osteoporosis road. So who’s right? Is milk good or bad? Black or white? Healthy of not?

 

Milk products with a positive calcium balance

A team of researchers led by Luise Schumann at the Institute for Alternative and Sustainable Nutrition, in Giessen, Germany scrutinized just these myths associated with milk and published their results in the journal "Ernährung im Fokus". The conclusion that they came to is that milk and dairy products are not calcium predators, on the contrary they supply calcium with good bioavailability. And while it is true that the sulphur-containing amino acids contained in dairy products cause higher levels of calcium excretion in the urine, the end result is a positive calcium balance for milk and dairy products.

 

Osteoporosis threat myth is no more than that

Another belief that the researchers found to be far less dramatic than some people make out is the osteoporosis threat to non-milk drinkers. The researchers say, “Calcium is a critical nutrient in the overall German population, and especially for teenagers and older people.” But they continue, “It is, however, possible to adequately cover the daily calcium requirements without eating dairy products or drinking milk, for example, as part of a vegan diet. On the other hand, many vegans consume only a very low amount of calcium and therefore are likely to have an increased risk of osteoporosis.” It must be borne in mind that not all studies identify this association. Vegans should nonetheless be mindful that they need an adequate calcium intake.

 

Source: Harald Seitz, www.aid.de

Lose weight ...

... without a diet? Be good to
yourself. more...