Eating Local & Organic » Edgar Cayce http://eatinglocalandorganic.com Food News and The Kitchen Sink Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 The Case Against Egg Whites http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/the-case-against-egg-whites/ http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/the-case-against-egg-whites/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:58:13 +0000 Laura http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/?p=927 So you’ve been told, over and over again, that egg whites are a great low-fat, high-protein alternative to whole eggs. Even the popular website LIVESTRONG.com has egg whites listed in their Easy to Digest High-Protein Food article saying:

Egg whites are a fairly easy way to add protein to any diet. Simply hard-boil a few eggs and eat them as a healthy snack. One large egg contains about 6 grams of protein. About 3.6 of those grams are found in the egg white. People watching their saturated fat or cholesterol intake should stick to egg whites.

an egg yolk surrounded by the egg white

Photo: Miya/Wikipedia. An egg yolk surrounded by the egg white.

LIVESTRONG.com used the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) to determine the inclusion of egg whites, which got a perfect score. The premise is that if the egg white got a perfect score, it can’t be hard to digest. But it’s not that simple:

[PDCAAS] does not take into account certain factors influencing the digestion of the protein and is of limited use for application to human protein requirements because what is measured is maximal potential of quality and not a true estimate of quality at requirement level.

And these are the factors influencing the digestion of the protein:

  1. amino acids that have passed through the final section of the small intestine will either be passed out of the body or absorbed by bacteria–but they will appear to have been digested.
  2. amino acids that are lost because their absorption is blocked by antinutrients are assumed to be digested by the PDCAAS system.

And now we get to the real meat of the issue. Egg whites contain proteins which block enzymes that are needed to digest the protein. These are the antinutrients which are assumed to be digested by PDCAAS.

Most people don’t know, and aren’t being told, that egg whites consist of proteins that are hard to digest. In fact, the most protein in an egg white comes from ovalbumin–and it’s the major offender. The other protein that blocks digestives enzymes is ovomucoid which accounts for 11% of the total egg white protein. That’s a total of 65% of the egg white protein that is not only not absorbed, but is hard on your digestive system.

  • ovalbumin (54%) — blocks digestive enzymes
  • ovotransferrin (12%)
  • ovomucoid (11%) — blocks digestive enzymes
  • ovoglobulin G2 (4%)
  • ovoglobulin G3 (4%)
  • ovomucin (3.5%)
  • lysozyme (3.4%)
  • ovoinhibitor (1.5%)
  • ovoglycoprotein (1%)
  • flavoprotein (0.8%)
  • ovomacroglobulin (0.5%)
  • avidin (0.05%)
  • cystatin (0.05%)

So does this mean you should never eat egg whites? No. But you may want to stay away from or limit all egg-white concoctions. If you’re looking for protein, you’ll get more out of the egg yolk. And if you’re looking to lower your overall fat intake, try to look at the other foods you’re eating to see if you can decrease the amount of butter and oils.

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5 Foods That Prevent Cancer http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/5-foods-that-prevent-cancer/ http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/5-foods-that-prevent-cancer/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:57:12 +0000 Laura http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/?p=909 The human body has an amazing ability to heal, given it has the right nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system. When the body is working as it should, it has the ability to combat all kinds of conditions and diseases. Once compromised by a diet of processed-food, chemicals, sugar, toxins and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables it becomes more and more difficult for your body to heal naturally.

Cancer-Fighting Foods

In his article for PreventDisease.com author and naturopathic doctor Dave Mihalovic talks about how your immune system is setup to naturally fight cancer tumors.

Certain proteins within our immune system hold the precise instructions needed to destroy cancerous tumors.

In a healthy body, this inherent ability is always present and always effective without the use of drugs.

However, these proteins can be rendered ineffective if cells experience uncontrolled growth though damage or mutations to DNA or if toxins through food and chemical pollution override the immune system’s natural function.

Many of us don’t eat right, get enough sleep and manage stress as well as we’d like. That’s why you should augment your body’s cancer fighting abilities by incorporating these 5 foods into your diet.

5 Foods That Prevent Cancer

  • Tumeric
  • Grapes and resveratrol
  • Green tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw fruits and veggies

Read more about how these foods kill cancer here.

To this list we’ll add another powerful food that has been shown to inhibit cancerous tumor growth: raw almonds. Almonds are full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more. They are very high in phosphorus, magnesium and calcium.

raw almonds

Photo: Elenathewise/iStockPhoto. Raw almonds

Mg %DV
Phosphorus 134.379 NA
Iron 1.219 6
Calcium 70.308 8
Magnesium 77.963 21
Vitamin E 7.422 35

Read more about how almonds can prevent cancer naturally here.

 

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The Pressing Nature of Juice http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/the-pressing-nature-of-juice/ http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/the-pressing-nature-of-juice/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:42:49 +0000 Laura http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/?p=667 The latest thing in juice is something called “pressed” juice. Or some even say “cold-pressed” juice. The idea is similar to how high-quality oils are made–by pressing to extract the juice rather than using a centrifugal juicer that can add a significant amount of heat to the process. If you see the label “cold-pressed” it’s really just about putting more emphasis on the cold-pressed phase of this type of juicing.  Although there can be a small amount of heat generated during the initial phase where the fruits and vegetables are crushed, pressed juices offer the benefit of squeezing every last drop of juice, vitamins, minerals and enzymes out of the fiber. What you end up with is a very dense juice that’s packed with all the stuff that’s so good for you. This means more nutrients for your buck!

williams-sonoma, breville juice fountain crush, cold-press juicer

Photo: Williams-Sonoma. Breville Juice Fountain Crush, cold-press juicer.

Read more about the difference between cold-press juicers and centrifugal juice extractors hereThe Huffington Post article also has a really good breakdown on the differences and a section to help you decide which juicer type to buy. The article also has links to Breville’s centrifugal and masticating (or cold-press) juicers that run in the $300 – 400 range. Or if you’re particularly well-to-do, you can opt for the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer which will cost you around $2,400.

While juicers can be a bit pricey, especially the good ones that save you time and are easier on the cleanup, you need to think of them as an investment in your health. In the long run the return on a juicer investment will be a longer and higher-quality of life. And that’s worth a lot!

 

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Why Raw Milk? http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/why-raw-milk/ http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/why-raw-milk/#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:15:44 +0000 editors http://eatinglocalandorganic.com/?p=116 This great infographic from Natural News shows the differences between raw, organic milk and dead, conventional, pasteurized milk. It covers the differences on nutrition, production practices, food safety, and historical uses. Did you know that conventional, pasteurized milk has no beneficial organisms in it? Have you ever wondered why so many people are needing to take probiotics? It’s because they’re not in the milk we drink anymore. Discover more about why raw milk is so important!

Raw-vs-Pasteurized-Milk

If you’d like to get involved or make a donation to the raw milk campaign at Raw Milk Freedom Riders, click here.

So did you know that conventional milk can contain fecal matter and pus? Shocking. Tell us what you think about the FDA preferring us to drink milk that’s dead, has no beneficial organisms and contains pus!

 

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