At the end of last year, I spent several weeks discussing nutrition. In particular, we spoke about the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. They’re called “macro nutrients” because they are the main categories of our nutritional needs – as opposed to “micronutrients,” such as vitamins, minerals, etc.
Don’t be deceived by the “micro,” however. Just because we may need a relatively small quantity of a given vitamin or mineral does not mean that adequate consumption of that particular micronutrient is a small matter.
This leads to a subject I’ve been wanting to tackle for some time now.
Taste The GoodnessAfter reading what I wrote about sugar and simple carbohydrates, you might have concluded that “sweet” is the same as “unhealthy.” That’s not necessarily the case, however. After all, many ripe fruits are relatively sweet.
I say “relatively” because most of us have been so affected by the excess consumption of refined sugar that pretty much anything else tastes more or less bitter. That having been said, there is a sort of “natural wonder food” that pretty much defies all preconceived odds against it, including the “not- sweet-enough” factor.
Let’s Play A GameUp for some fun? See if you can figure out the identity of this wonderful food.
Here are some clues:
- It has been called humanity’s oldest sweetener.
- Medical doctors have used it for centuries (for millenia, actually) as a powerful antibiotic.
- It contains natural probiotics.
- In its raw state, it is filled with enzymes.
- In its heated state, it becomes a potent antioxidant.
- I’m doubt I’m spoiling your fun by telling you right off the bat that I’m not talking about sugar cane!
In next week’s post, I’ll reveal this mystery food (if you haven’t guessed its identity already). I’ll also go into greater detail about some of its more impressive traits.
Nutritional ScreeningAlso, don’t forget that our office offers an extensive nutritional screening service. Whether or not you need a dental revision procedure, such a comprehensive screening can be a valuable tool in a proactive person’s health maintenance protocol.
Many of us made New Year’s resolutions in the health and weight loss areas. Well, here’s a handy tool to help you achieve your goals! For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (570) 343-1500.
Until next week,
Dr. Blanche Grube