Carbohydrates from a different point of view – glycaemic  index
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Carbohydrates from a different point of view – glycaemic index

Would you like to improve your child’s diet? Pay attention to the glycaemic index of the food you prepare. It is a simple solution for more healthy and nutritious eating. The glycaemic index indicates how fast the blood glucose level is going to rise after eating a specific product. The basic value on the scale of that index is the rate at which pure glucose is absorbed (100). The index value of other products tells us how fast or slow we absorb the carbohydrates that they contain. For example, the index of strawberries is 25, which means that after eating them the blood glucose is going to rise 75% slower than in case of eating pure glucose with the same amount of carbohydrates. How can we use this knowledge in…
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Original overview of alternative breakfast proposals
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Original overview of alternative breakfast proposals

Since I devoted the previous post on my blog to popular snacks for children that are advertised as “healthy”, today I decided to suggest a few alternative lunch solutions for our kids. Producers of snacks put images of nuts and milk all over their packaging, but as it turns out the main ingredients of these products are sugar, palm oil, emulsifiers and preservatives. Meanwhile, a home-made hazelnut cream is very simple to make and it doesn’t take that much time at all: Ingredients: 100g of hazelnuts, 1/4 glass of dates (immersed in warm water for 30 minutes), 1/4 - 1/3 glass of milk or vegetable milk (I recommend rice milk or almond milk), 2 tablespoons of cocoa Warm up a dry pan and put nuts on it. Then roast them for…
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Pack a lunch for your children and don’t fall into the trap of pseudo-healthy snacks
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Pack a lunch for your children and don’t fall into the trap of pseudo-healthy snacks

A school year begins and together with it there comes the matter of lunch that is either prepared at home or bought at school. I decided to review the ingredients of popular snacks that are advertised as excellent for satiating hunger, healthy, nutritious and perfect for our kids. Let’s start with cookies that are marketed by its producer as a “breakfast”. Their packaging includes information on how to start a day in a healthy manner and how to make the most important meal (that is, breakfast) properly balanced. The list of ingredients is relatively long. What do we have here?  In the order provided by the producer - let’s remember that this order corresponds to the percentage content of each ingredient in a finished product, starting with the highest one:…
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What can replace the traditional sugar? The sweet, the sweeter and the sweetest
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What can replace the traditional sugar? The sweet, the sweeter and the sweetest

In relation to the previous post on my blog I’d like to devote a few words to what can replace the traditional and the most widespread sweetening substance, that is, sucrose made of sugar beets and sugar cane. Some promote the use of honey while others encourage using xylitol, also known as birch sugar. Among natural sweeteners we can also find stevia. Which of these is the best and worth recommending? For starters, let me provide a few pieces of information on each of them. Xylitol is a natural sweetener obtained from birch trees. Let’s start with its advantages. It’s as sweet as sucrose but has 40% less calories. Additionally, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It reduces the risk of dental caries by reducing plaque. The bacteria that cause…
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Flavored water will give you better health?
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Flavored water will give you better health?

The high temperature season has practically started and what becomes a very important element of a child’s everyday diet is the water. When we start expanding a child’s diet, that is, around its sixth month of life, we should start accustoming our little ones to drinking pure water, not flavored water, sweetened juices or sweetened sodas. To begin, let me quote the ingredients of some popular beverages for children: example no. 1 (juice): water, vegetable pastes, juice from concentrate, sugar example no. 1 (juice): water, vegetable and fruit juices, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup example 3 (flavored water): water, sugar, citric acid, sodium benzoate, flavour, strawberry juice from concentrate (0.1%) example 4 (cola-type beverage): water, sugar, carbon dioxide, coloring: caramel E150d, phosphoric acid Bases on the examples above it is clear…
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Diet while breastfeeding – busting the myths!
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Diet while breastfeeding – busting the myths!

The issue of nutrition of a nurturing mother has become overgrown with myths. When I started my first Milk Run, I heart the most bizarre recommendations from my close ones, my family, midwifes and nurses. I tried searching for information in the Internet, but the advice I got there was often contradictory. Some people were saying: “don’t drink tea” and “don’t eat dairy”, and others: “drink tea with milk”! Some “experts” advised against eating foods that cause flatulence. Some other recommended avoiding raw vegetables and gluten. When my child had nappy rash on buttocks I heard that this was caused by me eating too sour and spicy meals. Generally speaking, all of that made my head dizzy! That’s why today after six and a half month of breastfeeding my daughter…
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