Enjoy Life Foods is launching a Brand Ambassador Program and is looking for people who love their products to become part of an elite, go-to group, educating other like-minded people who seek great-tasting, allergy-friendly, nutritious food to become an Enjoyable.
As an official Enjoyable, you will get to:
Help other people who are looking for delicious, safe, gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods (more…)
Lactose, commonly known as “milk sugar”, may not be digested well if you are either born with absent or low levels of the enzyme lactase or if your intestine has been injured resulting in absent or low levels of lactase. Lactose is a disaccharide or two sugars linked. It is a combination of the two sugars, glucose and galactose. If intestines lack or are deficient in lactase you will not adequately digest lactose and you will experience gas, bloating, abdominal cramps and diarrhea shortly after eating something containing lactose.
The lactase enzyme is on the surface of the intestine cells where it is very vulnerable to intestinal injury. Some people are born with absent or low levels of lactase, therefore have congenital alactasia or hypolactasia. Between 80-100% of people of Asian, Native American, or African ancestry are lactose intolerant for this reason compared to only 15% of those of Northern European ancestry. (more…)
The mineral zinc is classified as an essential nutrient due to the vital functions it performs in our bodies. It is found in almost every cell of the body with highest concentrations in the liver, pancreas, kidney, bone, and muscle. High concentrations occur in the brain, middle ear, eye, prostate gland, sperm, skin, hair, and nails. This micronutrient is essential for the activity of approximately 100 enzymes. Enzymes promote biochemical reactions in the body.
Zinc supports a healthy immune system. It is needed for wound healing and DNA synthesis. It helps maintain our sense of taste and smell and is involved in energy metabolism, hemoglobin production, carbon dioxide transport, prostaglandin function, synthesis of collagen, protein synthesis, and vitamin A metabolism. Zinc is important for male fertility. It supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence. (more…)
I am always on the lookout for delicious ways to combine fresh summer vegetables, from the garden, into a tasty meal. This recipe is taken from Rachael Ray’s Everyday magazine, with changes made to make it gluten-free. It is quick, easy and delicious and takes about the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta. (more…)
The food label is an effort to simplify and encourage the use of nutritional information. It is clear, informative, and detailed, providing everything a consumer would normally need to decide if a food meets their nutritional standards before buying.
The common nutrients, such as Total Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium, are required fields. Other nutrients, such as Iron and Vitamin K, are optional and not required to be listed.
Serving size tries to reflect the amount a person can eat. It must be about the same for like products, which makes it easier to compare the nutritional qualities of related foods. Serving sizes are expressed in both common household and metric measures. (more…)
Editors’ note: This animal study investigating the effects of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a strain of probiotic bacteria, on ulcers of the stomach lining of rats demonstrated that bacteria placed directly into the stomach significantly and according to dose reduced gastric ulcer size. If the results of this animal research are reproduced in humans, it would demonstrate that probiotics may hasten recovery for people suffering from stomach ulcers. The bacteria did not affect the function of normal gastric mucosa but normalized those with abnormal changes during ulceration. (more…)
HAPPYBABY has added two gluten-free varieties to its organic HAPPYBABYPUFFS line.
These Puffs are the first melt-in-your-mouth organic finger food for toddlers that helps them to learn self-feeding and they are the only gluten-free puffs on the market. The puffs are rich in vitamin D and are the only baby snacks with added vitamin B and calcium. They contain half the sugar of similar products and are free of artificial colors/flavors and GMOs. (more…)
Dec. 5, 2007. Courtesy JAMA and Archives Journals and World Science staff
Honey. Photo: Andreas Praefcke
A bit of buckwheat honey beat the leading over-the-counter children’s cough remedy in relieving kids’ cough and associated sleep troubles, a study has found.
But the research—though published in a respected medical journal—was funded by the U.S. honey industry. Its authors recommended further studies to confirm the results, while noting that safety and efficacy questions have arisen around over-the-counter kids’ cough medicines. “Cough is the reason for nearly three percent of all outpatient visits in the United States, more than any other symptom,” they wrote in the report. “It most commonly occurs in conjunction with an upper respiratory tract infection,” and often disrupts sleep. (more…)
Vitamin A was first identified in 1913 because of its crucial role in vision. Subsequent discovery of its many other duties show that a deficiency will cause a broad range of health problems.
Vitamin A is not a single compound but actually comprises a fat-soluble family of molecules that includes retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and retinyl ester. The term vitamin A also includes certain plant carotenoids called provitamin A because they are dietary precursors of retinol.
Vitamin A is essential for normal vision and eyeball health, a properly functioning immune system, gene regulation, reproduction, embryonic development, health and protection of all the tissues that line the body, including skin and mucosa of the lungs, digestive tract, urinary tract, and genital tract, bone metabolism and normal growth and strong teeth in children.
Vitamin A Deficiency
The United States National Institutes of Health recommends testing vitamin A levels in people with celiac disease at diagnosis. This is because vitamin A deficiency is common in celiac disease. Deficiency can result from incomplete digestion, absorption, or metabolism. (more…)
When this Examiner saw a recipe for Cucumber Chickpea Bruschetta last week it was very intriguing. We were celebrating the 4th with friends and I wanted to make something special as an appetizer.
Bruschetta made with cucumber as the based seemed easy and since there is no gluten-free bread needed it is pretty cheap to prepare. Then a friend gave me two cucumbers from her garden and we had local salsa fresh from the farmer’s market in the refrigerator, so the plan came together. This bruschetta is incredibly easy to make, customizable, refreshing and layered with flavor and texture. (more…)