Calories from alcohol are “empty calories”, they have no nutritional value.

Alcoholic drinks are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar

Being high in sugar means alcohol contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat!

Calories from alcohol are “empty calories”, they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contains traces of vitamins and minerals, but not usually in amounts that make any significant difference to our diet.

Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should be taking place ( including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted.

With a pint of lager containing the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza, the calories soon add up

A pint of Heineken, 5% alcohol has 227 calories

A large glass of red wine, 13% alcohol has 170 calories

A Jack Daniels, 40% alcohol has 111 calories

Source: Drinkaware.co.uk

 

Why calories in alcohol are extra fattening

Alcoholic drinks are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar

Being high in sugar means alcohol contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat!

Calories from alcohol are “empty calories”, they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contains traces of vitamins and minerals, but not usually in amounts that make any significant difference to our diet.

Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should be taking place ( including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted.

With a pint of lager containing the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza, the calories soon add up

A pint of Heineken, 5% alcohol has 227 calories

A large glass of red wine, 13% alcohol has 170 calories

A Jack Daniels, 40% alcohol has 111 calories

Source: Drinkaware.co.uk

 

Eggs, a very useful low calorie food

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For those interested in weight loss,research indicates that increased protein and reduced carbohydrate intake stabilise blood sugar between meals and reduce snacking. Eggs are a very useful low calorie food that provides large amounts of nutrients. Because they have no carbohydrates, they do not have a GI (glycaemic index) and are useful in a low GI diet

Ham and Spinach Frittata

This type of omelette is called  a frittata in Italy and is delicious hot or cold. It is cooked until set firm, making it an excellent picnic food or served with salad and potatoes makes a perfect dinner. Eggs are such good value and are a great source of protein.

Serve with: lightly dressed green salad and boiled new potatoes

Ingredients ( serves 4)

Knob of butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

350g fresh spinach, tough stalks removed

8 large Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs, beaten

100g cooked ham or loin of bacon, cut into cubes

50g hard cheese, finely grated

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablesp. olive oil

Method

Preheat the grill and heat a large non-stick frying pan. Add a knob of butter to the pan and cook the onion for 4-5 minutes until softened but not coloured. Stir in the spinach and cook for a few minutes until wilted. Turn the mixture into a sieve and press well with a wooden spoon to squeeze out the excess liquid. Then place the spinach on a board and roughly chop. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then fold in the spinach mixture with the cooked ham and bacon and most of the cheese. Keep about 2 tablespoons aside to use later. Season with salt and pepper. Wipe out the frying pan and then return it to the heat and add the oil. Swirl to coat the sides of the pan evenly, then pour in the egg mixture and cook for about 5 minutes over a low heat to set the bottom and sides. Scatter over the remaining cheese and cook gently for another couple of minutes, then flash under the grill for 4-5 minutes until lightly golden and set. Leave to settle in the pan for a few minutes before cutting into wedges and arranging on the plate with salad and potatoes.

http://www.eggs.ie/health/nutrition

Your brain is your best friend

Your brain is your best friend, it controls everything you do, how you feel.

This is how it can make you happy, just by taking a little exercise;

“What triggers happiness in our brain when we exercise?

If you start exercising, your brain recognises this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain – Derived Neurothropic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also a reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and we have a happy sense of achievement”       Leo Widrich, blog.bufferapp.com

A half hour walk will do. While your brain accounts for only 2% of your body weight, it devours 20% of the energy. There’s a lot going on in there so it pays to look after your best friend. Here’s a list of top foods for the brain;

  1. Wholegrains
  2. Oily fish
  3. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants
  4. Tomatoes, avocados
  5. Water
  6. Dark chocolate
  7. Pumpkin seeds
  8. Broccoli
  9. Nuts

If you look after your brain  – your brain will look after you

Sound health!

Going drinking tonight? 3 things you must do..

If you are going out, there are three things you must do;

1.EAT   2. EAT.  3. EAT

1. Alcohol is an awful messer when it comes to food because it throws your whole system into chaos. It helps to eat before drinking, especially foods high in protein. Having food in your stomach will help slow down the processing of alcohol. And keep your energy levels high

2. If you’re having a meal with friends, so much the better. If you’re not, avoid crisps and snacky things.

3. Have something ready to eat when you get home. Your body will be craving a carbohydrate boost from having to cope with alcohol which is why you feel hungrier after drinking

If you do eat, you’ll sleep better and feel fresh in the morning

Sound health!

Is there goodness in beer?

Yes according to Nutritiondata.self.com. They say the good comes from low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The bad on the other hand – “a large proportion of the calories in beer comes from alcohol”. The analysis is on a can of regular Budweiser, below is a breakdown  of the main constituents;

Alcohol     13.9g

Water       331.09g

Ash              0.4g

Total         345.3g         Total serving size 357.0g

As you can see Budweiser is 4% alcohol, 93% water, a total of 97%.  The remaining 3% is made up of minerals, mainly calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. Problem is the benefits of the goodness in a can of Bud is more than offset by the toxic nature of alcohol.

See Nutritiondata.self.com for the complete breakdown

Why are lower levels of drinking recommended for women?

Because women are at greater risk than men for developing alcohol related problems. Alcohol passes through the digestive tract and is dispersed in the water in the body. The more water available, the more diluted the alcohol. As a rule men weigh more than women, and pound for pound women have less water in their bodies than men. Therefore a woman’s brain and other organs are exposed to more alcohol and to more of the toxic byproducts that result when the body breaks down and eliminates alcohol.

Source; NIAAA

Alcohol is a terrible messer when it comes to food

Alcohol is notorious for leading people to overeat because of its physiological effect on appetite and because it is generally consumed in a social setting where food is plentiful.

There’s no place to store alcohol in our bodies the way we do food; therefore the body must use incoming alcohol preferentially as its energy source  in order to keep it from reaching toxic levels. This gives alcohol its natural ability to stimulate appetite by depleting the glycogen (carbohydrate) stores in order to metabolize it, causing you to crave carbohydrates.

Alcohol also acts as a diuretic, increasing urination thus decreasing electrolytes like sodium. Again we now begin to crave the things we are losing – hence our desire for salty carbohydrate – like foods ( e.g. chips, crisps, dips, crackers , etc.,).

When you combine alcohol’s natural effects on appetite with its well-known un-inhibiting effects at a destination full of palatable foods, you  have hungry people who often end up with no cares about what and how much food they consume.

 

Source; Neal Spruce, Sharecare.com

The Super Spud

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Ireland is the spiritual home of the potato. We grow them better here than anywhere else

News  that consumption of potatoes is falling is hard to believe

The potato is super charged with energy.  At 75 kcal per 100 gms, its right at the top of the vegetable tree.

Potatoes are healthy, full of vitamin C, high in potassium and great value for money

Get your day off to a flyer with Irish Potato Cakes for breakfast. See  http://www.thedailyspud.com – spud full of recipes, info and fun. Well worth a visit

Potatoes are versatile. Think how many different ways there are to cook them.

THE SUPER SPUD. HIGH IN ENERGY. LOW IN FAT

Why calories in alcohol are extra fattening

Alcoholic drinks are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar

Being high in sugar means alcohol contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat!

Calories from alcohol are “empty calories”, they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contains traces of vitamins and minerals, but not usually in amounts that make any significant difference to our diet.

Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should be taking place ( including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted.

With a pint of lager containing the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza, the calories soon add up

A pint of Heineken, 5% alcohol has 227 calories

A large glass of red wine, 13% alcohol has 170 calories

A Jack Daniels, 40% alcohol has 111 calories

Source: Drinkaware.co.uk