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Spring: 3 foods you should be eating now!

Yay! Spring is finally here! Mother nature is slowly waking up from her long winter sleep and everything around blossoms into beauty. Spring is a particularly euphoric period as it brings a burst of colors, light and warmth after a seemingly endless winter. It’s the perfect time to start anew; improve our lifestyle and dietary habits (After all, isn’t it the season of transformation?). We have picked some foods for you… Here’s why you should include them in your diet…

1. Oily fish to mend your heart!

Despite their name, oily fish are one of the healthiest foods, a real treasure trove of nutrients! They have a complete amino acid profile and unlike other animal protein sources, they contain up to 40% of the total lipids in the form of highly unsaturated long-chain fatty acids (e.g. wild Atlantic salmon). In addition, oily fish are excellent sources of vitamin B, A and D as well as trace elements such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, selenium and iodine.

  • The American Heart Association recommends consuming at least 2 servings (approx. 100 g per serving) of cooked fish per week, preferably oily fish (e.g. salmon, sardines, herring, albacore tuna, anchovies, etc.) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Eat a variety of fish (ideally eco-labelled fish to ensure quality products and to encourage sustainable fishing as well!).
  • And above all, avoid frying them as this may lead to a loss of omega-3 and an increase in other fatty acids (e.g. trans fat), depending on the type of fat used.

2. Eat your beets!

Sliced or diced, raw or cooked… Beetroots have conquered our plates and palates by its subtle sweet taste, crunchy texture, and great versatility. In addition to containing fiber, it is a healthy source of carbohydrates as it has a medium glycemic index and contains many vitamins (A, C, folate, niacin and biotin) and minerals (iron, magnesium, selenium, potassium, zinc, etc.). A distinctive quality of beetroots is their high betalains content, a class of pigments which not only confers to them vibrant red hues but also many surprising benefits.

3. Strawberry Merry

Who on earth doesn’t like these sweet and tangy fruits? Strawberries are particularly rich in vitamin C, an essential element for the maintenance of many vital functions – e.g. it plays an important role in the absorption of iron and the synthesis and repair of collagen, which is a component of blood vessels, muscles, skin, etc. Strawberries also contain trace elements (such as manganese and potassium) and antioxidants (flavonoids and ellagic acid) that, according to studies, help to slow down cellular aging and prevent many chronic diseases mentioned above. And the “strawberry” on top is that they are low in calories (only 30 kcal per 100g)!

Interview: Behind the scenes of DietSensor

Astrid Bonnasse, the co-founder of DietSensor, talks about the main features of this application that has revolutionized the management of macronutrients.

 

Tell us the story behind DietSensor. Was its creation serendipitous?

The creation of DietSensor is not at all serendipitous. In 2013, our nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Overnight, we had to learn how to calculate the number of carbohydrates so as to inject the right dose of insulin. However, the only information we had, was the nutrition facts labels. We were so struck that in the 21st century, there were no simple and efficient solution. We had to find a way to help our child and all diabetics facing the same issues. It was then that we stumbled on this famous miniaturized scanner “SCiO” and decided to use it to create the first food database worldwide together with the app that would give all the necessary information: DietSensor. With this scanner, there is a way to scan your food and know the amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, wherever you are. We immediately realized that this application would be of use not only for Type 1 diabetics like our daughter, but to help improve health conditions affected by dietary imbalance through healthy eating habits: type 2 diabetes, overweight, obesity, cholesterol and so on. We built a network of doctors and dieticians and injected into the application the advices of health authorities in terms of nutrition, taking into account all these pathologies.

When we won the Best of Innovation Award at the CES Las Vegas in 2016, it was for us the proof of all the good that emanates from this adventure.

 

What message does DietSensor convey?

We want people to be aware that DietSensor is a solution based on most renowned scientific studies. The app is not a scam and does not make illusory promises. The primary message is simply that it is important or even essential to get back to a healthy diet. A message that has not changed since the Hippocrates’ time. No current diet adopts this approach. It’s quite the opposite, they suggest rapid weight loss with the assured risk of the yo-yo effect, as found by many studies. Losing weight should be regular and stable, while eating healthily and without interrupting the intake of any essential macro nutrient.

 

What is the difference between DietSensor and the other applications?

Unlike other apps, DietSensor does not address calories directly. We firmly believe that dealing with calories through high or low caloric diets is a mistake. This approach is far from being enough.   We need to balance our food and get back to our good old habits. We used to eat healthily earlier on but nowadays, what is sold to consumers may not necessarily be healthy. Our nutritional programs aim to help users according to their condition and we offer them specific help based on their health status. The objective is knowing how to prevent or mitigate diseases by eating healthily.

 

How does it work?

Like for all nutrition apps, you’ve got to have determination to record what you eat, and this can be done without the SCiO. The app is used by people fighting obesity, by those who want to learn about diet balancing and by fitness people. But unlike the other applications, DietSensor is not only about recording your meal but it advises (portions, food to balance,…) and educates on nutrition through training and real life experimentation.

For type 1 diabetics, DietSensor indicates the number of carbs they can have on their plates, making insulin dosing easier. It is also accompanied by a program to help these patients better understand functional insulin therapy. For people with type 2 diabetes, DietSensor helps them to rebalance macronutrients not only for losing weight healthily but also gives them the possibility of reversing their health condition, as proven by several studies and as experienced by some of our users.

 

Does DietSensor replace medical monitoring?

Of course not! We don’t want to replace doctors. Quite the contrary, we want DietSensor to be a tool for easily collecting data and feedback from patients, enabling better follow-up  on a daily basis. DietSensor wants to become a companion of doctors, dieticians and patients. In fact, we observed that information sharing and follow-up are difficult. The patient has the possibility to share reports rich in information with health professionals, if he wants to.

 

What are your views on fad diets?

When you claim faster results, it’s expected that people want to follow them. However, these so-called miracle diets are extremely harmful because they don’t promote a balanced diet. You can very well reach the results promised, but as soon as you stop, weight regaining is inevitable. In addition, these plans are very restrictive and have a significant social impact. At DietSensor, we recommend healthy weight loss through portion management. It’s true that in some cases, certain foods must be reduced or restricted. It all depends on the condition.

 

Dietsensor has had a remarkable journey. To what do you dedicate this success?

Our journey was indeed remarkable in the sense that we had an international exposure from the very beginning with the CES award. DietSensor has been ranked among the top 10 most innovative and successful start-ups in the world! We announce this week the launching of DietSensor worldwide as we have been receiving requests around the globe and we can no more restrain to Europe and North America. Helping people who are struggling with their nutrition is at the same time a passionate and challenging adventure. Our mission remains the same, that of always helping others.

 

Any future projects?

Given that DietSensor is now available worldwide, we wish that more and more people around the discover and use DietSensor. We want everyone to know that health issues related to nutrition can be prevented by adopting healthy eating habits! We are currently working with several doctors who are convinced about DietSensor, with hospitals and also enterprises who want to propose this approach to their employees.

 

When it comes to losing weight, can you outrun a bad diet?

Eat like our grandparents … and cut out bread for optimal weight loss, says Pat Divilly

Read the full article at: www.irishtimes.com

When it comes to lose weight, many people make the mistake of focusing on exercise, but later research has shown that exercise is not enough, and that we should cut back on calorie intake. Physics activity reduces the risk of a range of ailments such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately it doesn’t promote weight loss according to the study. The findings of Prof Herman Pontzer shows  the need to focus on diet when it comes to managing weight, or preventing or reversing unhealthy weight gain. So let’s us introduce you to the DietSensor! Dietsensor is the first instant nutrition coaching app with sensors able to tell within seconds the nutritional values of a food or beverage and give immediate advice, of the quantity of what you should eat from your plate based on your goals. All this driven by evidence based medicine. It is for people who need to control their daily food intake, especially those who want to effectively tackle weight loss, get in shape or manage diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure or other chronicle diseases related to nutrition. It’s an extremely popular option for people looking to really get their arms around their portion size, daily caloric goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat. We have built algorithms which identifies the causes of your recurring diet setbacks, or which food you should add or cut off. DietSensor helps you recognize and understand your own habit patterns and advises you accordingly to prevent them from happening. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list. Being able to know exactly what’s in every mouthful of food you eat is every dieter’s dream. This incredible DietSensor device is about to make that dream a reality. Be the first to get the game-changing new DietSensor App AND qualify for the Early Bird Discount on your Dietsensor subscription https://www.dietsensor.com/early-bird-subscription/

DietSensor : Food Tips to Prevent, Control and Reverse Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise, yet most cases are preventable and some can even be reversed. Taking steps to prevent and control diabetes doesn’t mean living in deprivation; it means eating a tasty, balanced diet that will also boost your energy and improve your mood. You don’t have to give up sweets entirely or resign yourself to a lifetime of bland food. With these tips, you can still take pleasure from your meals without feeling hungry or deprived.

Read full article here : helpguide.org

The number of adults worldwide affected by diabetes has quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million, the World Health Organisation has warned in a report on World Health Day. Nearly one in 11 people are now affected by the disease, with obesity and unhealthy eating included in the factors driving the rise. Diabetes and obesity does not have to be death sentence. Maintain the right balance between diabetes and nutrition and you can live a long, normal life. At DietSensor, we believe that patients can manage their diabetes with  medication and diet and we aim at making your life easier while enjoying your meal without worrying about being off-track! What you eat – and when you eat it – will affect your blood sugar levels. DietSensor helps you recognize and understand your own habit patterns as it is the first instant nutrition coach with sensors that automates nutrient counting based on your goals or the conditions you have, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. The app scans your food to show you its full nutritional breakdown. Save time and eliminate errors from manual entry and get your DietSensor now ! Join our list  https://dietsensor.com/dev/wait-list/ and pre-order the dietsensor and the SciO scanner today and pay on delivery, in September 2016.

Controlling blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol linked to lower cardiovascular disease

While controlling blood pressure, blood sugar and LDL-cholesterol levels reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, only 7 percent of diabetic participants in three major heart studies had recommended levels of these three factors, according to research from the Heart Disease Prevention Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Read the full article at: www.sciencedaily.com

Ben Franklin said, « An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. » Heart disease is no exception. According to the Science Daily, the findings illustrate the need for persons with diabetes better manage their blood pressure, blood sugar and LDL-cholesterol levels, which are prime indicators of future cardiovascular disease, and which are modifiable by changes in diet and lifestyle. While taking action now does not guarantee that you’ll never get heart disease (as age is perhaps the strongest risk factor), it does vastly improve your chances of avoiding it or at least delaying it significantly. Balanced nutrition is difficult, yet is the best tool for prevention and maintaining our health.With DietSensor, a click of the sensor before eating , we will know exactly if the food meets the set nutritional goals. It is the first nutritional coaching app to help you better manage chronicle conditions and fitness with a deep understanding of your own habit patterns and advises you accordingly. DietSensor enables its users effortlessly and precisely control the composition and balance of their meals : serve, scan, eat smart! Designed in collaboration with doctors and nutritionists, the application also provides both health and therapeutic support and education referring to validated principles of the profession. 

Diabetes: can you really eat to beat it?

Converts to the bestselling blood sugar diet say you can. When one type 2 diabetic tried it, he reversed his condition. Four years on, is he still cured?

Read the full article at: www.theguardian.com

People with type 2 have to become nutrition experts and learn how to count the carbohydrates in their food. They should be very careful for it’s the carbohydrates in foods that get processed into blood sugar in the body. 

At DietSensor, we want you to fight your fear with knowledge and have made it so easy for you so that you may have a better standard of living.  You can stop being a religious calorie counter – manually logging in meals can be so EXASPERATING, and we are aware of it.

The DietSensor scans food, reads the spectrometric scans from your SciO scanner and then sends accurate analysis of your homogeneous food or beverage to your smartphone. And the most exciting part is that DietSensor provides you with accurate results with any homogeneous food, even with HOMEMADE dishes and beverages that do not have a nutritional label. 

Remember that your own self-care actions can make a big difference to your health. You are not helpless! After all, it’s not diabetes itself that typically causes serious problems, it’s poorly-controlled diabetes. With your DietSensor app and with good care, you can live a long and healthy life. Better living through molecular scanning ! Welcome to the future.