Monday, November 1, 2010

Excerpt from Jo Lee Magazine Q and A

A Northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica).Image via Wikipedia
Q: What is Krill and what are the benefits of taking its oil?
AB: Krill are semi-translucent crustaceans that congregate in dense masses. Together with plankton they make up the largest biomass on earth. This makes them one of the most easily renewable food sources. From a health perspective they are a fantastic source of Omega 3 fatty acid; a superior source than even salmon oil. Firstly krill has better absorption due to its high phospholipid content. Due to its high absorbability you need to take approximately 2/3 less of krill than you do of Salmon oil. Secondly it is very high in anti-oxidant content which helps the oil itself from going rancid. Finally, because it is lower on the food chain it has decreased exposure to industrial pollutants, pcb’s and mercury.
Green Tea Sencha 煎茶 2Image by hitthatswitch via Flickr

Q: I recently went to purchase Green Tea. There were about 15 varieties to choose from, how do I know I am getting the best brand?
A.B: The best kind of Green Tea to purchase for its health benefits is usually loose whole leaf Sencha, or the powdered variety, Matcha. Generally speaking the standard grocery store variety does not come close to containing the anti-oxidant, anti-cancer properties we all drink it for. These types of green tea are more expensive, but tend to last longer and will definitely give you your nutritional bang for your buck. Check out Tea Shops to find these varieties.

Q: What is the difference between grain fed and grass fed cows? Is one more nutritious to consume than the other?


Original description: Dryland grazing on the G...Image via Wikipedia
A.B: Grass fed cows are without a doubt a superior source of both protein and fat. Unfortunately the majority of cows we raise and eat in North America are reared predominantly on a grain based date. Cattle are meant to consume fiber rich foods like grass – not grain. Grain feeds are starchy and lower in fiber which spur rapid growth of the animal but also trigger digestive problems in cattle that can cause liver abnormalities and allow bacteria such as E. coli to proliferate rapidly.  Grass fed cows although lower in saturated fat, contain quality saturated fats. The omega 3 fats found in grass fed beef have a similar ratio to that of fish oils, with the added benefit of containing CLA.  CLA or conjugated linoleic acid is sold in supplement form as a weight loss aid {It's benefits go way beyond this.]  The amount of vitamin A and E in grass fed meat is also superior.

 

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