Diabetes is a growing epidemic; in 2012 statistic showed that 29.1 million Americans ( 9.3% of the population) had diabetes with 1.7 million new diagnoses every year. It’s estimated that 86 million Americans age 20 and older have prediabetes; a high blood glucose level that makes them more susceptible to contracting the disease.
Canadian studies show the situation is slightly better, but deteriorating fast, in 2009, almost 2.4 million Canadians (6.8%) were living with diabetes and from 1998 to 2009, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among Canadians increased by 70%.
‘Sourdough’ bread is made when wild bacteria and fungi are utilized to create dough. This ancient bread-making technique has been around since 2600 BC when civilizations like the Egyptians were making bread using the same principles that artisanal bakeries use today. The symbiotic relationship between the bacteria and yeast produce breads that are easily digestible and high in nutritional value.
How symbiosis produces brilliant bread
Wild yeast enzymes metabolize complex sugars and starches from carbohydrates like grains. This produces the food that the bacteria and yeast need to survive and grow. This process releases carbon dioxide in little bubbles which is what makes the bread rise. Continue reading
The Human Microbiome Project conducted a study recently which found that the body is made up of more microbes than human cells. That’s right; your body is seething with bacteria, but before you call the germ police, bacteria come in both good and bad varieties and good bacteria (probiotics) are vital to the healthy functioning of our bodies.
Probiotics aid in the absorption of nutrients from our food and play a crucial role in the manufacturing of hormones. Bacteria are essential for the efficient processing of food and the extraction of vitamins. They produce anti-inflammatories and even control your mood. These diminutive beasties are really essential to keeping you healthy and happy.
Probiotics occur naturally in a wide variety of foods. Unfortunately, our propensity for processed foods and the widespread use of anti-bacterial products has led to a deficiency of probiotics in the modern diet. Always choose organic products which have pre and probiotic content. Healthy snacks like those from Shasha Co. contain pre and probiotics that are resistant to heat so they retain their good bacteria through the baking process.
We’ve all pulled those all-nighters where you’re cramming for an exam or working on that big presentation, and the only thing that gets you through is an endless supply of sweet coffee and gummy bears. Trouble is; the more sugar you consume, the worse you get at remembering new information and coming up with your signature brilliant ideas.
According to David DiSalvo from Forbes Magazine: “Research indicates that a diet high in added sugar reduces the production of a brain chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Without BDNF, our brains can’t form new memories and we can’t learn (or remember) much of anything… Research has also linked low BDNF levels to depression and dementia.” That means the more sugar you eat, the less you remember, and so all those gummy bears are definitely not going to help you remember the finer points of that sales presentation.