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Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011

 
quinoa, avocado & asparagus wrap <3
 

 

Found this article this morning and thought it was pretty interesting!

'Miracle Fruit' Makes Everything Taste Sweet

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You've heard of superfoods, but how about miracle fruit? Called Synsepalum dulcificum, it's a native West African berry that looks like a cranberry, that magically makes sour foods taste sweet. Be it lemons, pickles, vinegar or even beer, the miracle fruit turns them into dessert. 

Foodies have been holding "flavor tripping parties" with the miracle fruit, according to Time magazine. Although the miracle fruit doesn't taste like much on its own, it affects the flavor of other foods for about an hour. Guinness beer is reported to taste like chocolate, and lemon tastes like sweet juice. 

Scientists have found that a key ingredient in the miracle fruit — a protein known as miraculin — binds strongly to the sweet taste receptors on the tongue. The protein then changes shape in a way that turns on its sweet receptors when it's introduced to something highly acidic (AKA sour). After the acidic food is swallowed, miraculin returns to the inactive shape, but it remains bound to the sweet receptor for up to an hour, ready to receive a new acid trigger, according to Discovery News.


It's easy to see how and why the dieting and food industry would be interested in this miracle fruit. Besides a food marvel, it could also be a lower-calorie way to enjoy sweet treats. But not so fast. Although purified miraculin extract is currently being sought after in Japan, in the U.S a 1974 ruling by the Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of a miracle fruit extract.
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Make a Break
(Women's Health & Fitness February 2011)

Do you get popcorn & a choc top every time you go to the movies?
Is Sunday night pizza night?
Do you stop off at McDonald's on the way home from your child's weekend sport?

Bad food associations can become habit and are often the cause of unwanted weight gain.
Breaking a routine may be hard but if you're determined to shake off any excess weight, start looking for healthy alternatives.  

Bring a bag of air popped popcorn from home, make your own healthy thin-crusted pizza choc-full of veggies and resist temptation at fast food chains.  It may feel like a struggle at the time but the end result is worth it.

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 my weakness at the movies is popcorn plus a BIG bag of peanut MnMs and pepsi max. 
then there came a time when i got sick of walking out of the cinemas feeling bloated & guilty and like i just wasted a treat because really i was just mindlessly munching. so i started bringing my own food like a mix nut trail that i made (goji berries/dark chocolate/roasted nuts).  and now i just buy water or orange juice. sometimes i still eat popcorn but i just share it with my other half :)

we also used to get mcdonald's AT LEAST 3 times a week. i wanted to stop this habit so i started associating mcdonald's with food thats just full of chemicals and processed sh*t, and the patties made with leftover meat and random bits of animals i dont even want to think about.  yep that worked, havent had a cheeseburger in a fair few months :)

it's all good to treat yourself every now and then but just dont go overboard.  you're in control of your body, not the other way around.  

use your imagination... healthy treats dont have to be mind numbingly boring & bland.  below are some awesome ideas :D:D

 


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