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3 scrumptiously healthy vegan chocolate recipes!

A feeling of guilt overwhelms you as you bite into a bar of chocolate or as you allow a chocolate truffle to melt in your mouth? But here’s how health can meet pleasure. Read more

You want chocolate? Here is our selection of 3 scrumptiously healthy vegan recipes you won’t forget!

Orange avocado chocolate truffles

Ingredients

  • 120 g avocado flesh, a small avocado
  • 180 g dark chocolate 70%
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
  • 5 drops of organic sweet orange essential oil
  • 20 g candied orange peel cut into small cubes

Method

  1. Cut the avocado in half, discard the pit and gently remove the flesh with a spoon.
  2. Mash the avocado until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Add 5 drops of essential oil of organic sweet orange.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a water bath, i.e. in a Pyrex or stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of hot water.

Tips: Chop the chocolate into pieces so that it melts easily and quickly and stir it continuously to avoid it getting burnt.

  1. Add the avocado puree and candied orange to the chocolate. Usually it should set pretty easily, if that’s not the case, chill the mixture for 10 minutes (don’t forget to wrap the bowl with cling film as we don’t want our chocolate truffles to collect fridge odors).
  2. Use a spoon to scoop chocolate balls. Roll them between the palms of your hand to create a smooth surface and roll each truffle in cacao powder to coat them and voila!

Source: Rose and Cook

 Vegan chocolate milkshake

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 220 ml of vegan milk (a mixture of coconut milk and oat milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (or according to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
  • small chunks of dark chocolate 70%,
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Method

  1. Blend together the vegan milk, frozen bananas, cacao and vanilla powder.
  2. You may add some ice cubes if you want it cold.
  3. Pour the milkshake into a tall glass and add a few pieces of dark chocolate on top. Enjoy!

Source: L’appartement living

Quinoa coconut cacao bar

Ingredients

List A
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 4 heaped tbsp of raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder if you don’t have cacao)
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt
List B
  • 1 cup puffed quinoa cereal
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup pistachios

Method

  1. Melt together the list A ingredients.
  2. Stir in list B ingredients.
  3. Pour uniformly into a lined loaf pan and chill until set.

Source: wholeheartedeats

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Childhood obesity: an ever-greater social concern

If in ancient times, being fat was a symbol of wealth and abundance, nowadays, it is a common fact that overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems. Moreover, the subject of childhood obesity is becoming an ever-greater social concern at present. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges in the 21st century. This is a phenomenon that particularly affects low- and middle-income countries.

According to WHO predictions, over the next decade, more than 42 million children would be overweight. More than 80% of them would live in urban areas. Childhood obesity is a topic of interest to many researchers. Recent studies have shown that obese children may remain obese even in adulthood. They are thus likely to develop an earlier age, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. However, obesity and related illnesses are preventable. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

healthy-eating-habitsHow to diagnose childhood obesity?

The body mass index (BMI) is a very useful tool to detect obesity in adults.  However, to facilitate diagnosis of obesity in children, WHO recommends the use of the BMI-for-age percentiles. In fact, children’s weight cannot be measured using solely BMI. According to WHO, the BMI calculations must be supported and complemented by the BMI-for-age percentile graph. For an efficient medical follow-up, the child’s health record should be kept up-to-date. If your child’s BMI keeps on rising, you should seek professional medical advice.

According to the National Institute of Health Education and Illness Prevention (Inpes), the Body Mass Index is a good way to define adiposity. It varies according to age. The BMI increases during the first year of life, decreases until 6 years and then increases again. The BMI-for-age percentile graph can be used to identify the child’s obesity risk. Overweight is defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. If the BMI is above 97th percentile, the child is obese.

childhood-obesityHelp your child develop healthy eating habits

Healthy eating habits should be developed at an early age. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children have balanced diets or eat healthy portions of food. If healthy eating habits are inculcated during childhood, healthy eating would be quite natural for the child.

Introduce healthy foods in your child’s diet from the age of 6 months. According to nutritionists, you can start with fresh vegetable purees such as carrot and zucchini. Fresh fruit juices can also be given to children at the age of 6 months. Remember, a good leader must be an example under all circumstances. If you want your child to develop good eating habits, you must be an example to be followed.

Be creative by exploring and experimenting with different flavors. You have to bear in mind that a child does not have the same needs as a teen or an adult. It is important to properly define the food portions. If you want to know more about healthy eating, seeing a specialist can often make the difference. Alternatively, some innovative tools can be used to define portions and carb count.

Keeping Diabetes in Control During the Holidays

The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  However, these gatherings are often centered on a meal – which can make things very challenging for individuals with diabetes.  Too much worry about portion selection can induce stress and anxiety.  The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests to start meal planning in advance.  This way, individuals with diabetes can sample and enjoy appropriate portions of their meal without having to guess at nutritional values.

Read the full article on: www.diabetes.org

 

Rising diabetes and obesity crisis laid bare by data analysts in new maps

The number of prescriptions given to treat type 2 diabetes – a disease associated with obesity and lifestyle – has risen by nearly 35 per cent in just four years, according to new research. Data analysts at Exasol produced a heat map of England showing prescription rates in 2011 and 2015, using official Government figures. They found that, based on current trends, the number of people with type 2 diabetes was on track to reach five million by 2020, five years earlier than previously thought. 

Read the full article at: www.independent.co.uk

Prescriptions have gone up by more than a third in just five years. The map of prescriptions indicates a higher prevalence of the disease in the east of England.However, the highest rate of type 2 diabetes prescriptions was Newham in London. According to researchers, it was estimated this would rise to five million by 2020, based on the prescriptions ordered. At Dietsensor, we are convinced if you have the right data and the right technology, you can turn any problem into a data problem and uncover information to help address it. The DietSensor mobile application was developed to help users better manage their health, by providing accurate, easily nutritional information, especially for those who are suffering from being overweight or with chronicle diseases related to nutrition. By downloading the mobile app you can: -Track your daily meal intake – Select foods to plan daily meals -Learn about portions serving sizes – The DietSensor’s app is 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.

You can pre-order dietsensor and the Scio scanner today and pay on delivery, in October 2016. https://www.dietsensor.com/wait-list/

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/

How to Stop Dieting: 3 Keys to Sane, Sustainable Weight Loss

Most diets don’t work because they’re impossible to stick with for the long term. Try following these principles for successful sustainable weight loss.

No. It’s not your fault; it’s inevitable. Low carb diets are usually extreme ways of eating that achieve short-term results, often at significant sacrifice. You feel totally unsatisfied after a meal. Or you spend hours making special menus and buying special expensive food. It works for a very determined, disciplined period of time, but you can’t wait until the diet ends because it’s totally unsustainable. A person who wants to lose weight, have to become nutrition experts and learn how to count the carbohydrates in their food. 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 control on your diets.

You can stop being a religious calorie counter – manually logging in meals can be so EXASPERATING, and we are aware of it.  The DietSensor app is a nutrition coaching app for people who need to control their daily food intake, especially those seeking for a tool to carb count for weight loss, to get in shape or to manage diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure or other chronic diseases related to nutrition. It is a User-Friendly app, taking you 10 times fewer clicks to log a food than with other manual input methods.

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. You can order dietsensor and the SCio scanner today and pay on delivery.

* Source: www.psychologytoday.com

 

Specific diet plan works better than drugs for type 2 diabetes, study shows

Highly structured nutrition therapy helped type 2 diabetes patients reach health goals similar to those accomplished with medications, researchers report. « This is very encouraging since participants un the study have lived with type 2 diabetes for more than 10 years and were not able to control their blood glucose or weight with multiple medications. »

Read the full article at: www.upi.com

DietSensor can tell you what’s in your food just by scanning it. It’s like ’Star Trek,’ but, you know, for real! The DietSensor is the first instant nutrition coach 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. According to Remy Bonnasse and his wife, the app that they developed for the SCIO Dietsensor, could work for anyone who wants to monitor their food intake, but the real audience is people with chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes. “When you have heart disease or type 2 diabetes you have to balance carbs, fat and protein, so the advice can give them goals they should follow and tell them what to cut back or or suggest foods that will balance out their meal,” Bonnasse said. The DietSensor provides you an innovative progression chart which gives you comprehensive information on carbs, fat protein, calories, and alcohol levels to provide customized nutrition goals. Stay on target by getting tailored-to-YOU feedback on the quantity and quality of the food you should or should should not eat. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list

How to Avoid Diabetic Complications

Long term diabetic complications are the result of one or more parts of your body becoming damaged as a result of diabetes.

Long term complications need not be inevitable and research indicates that it is possible to minimise complications or avoid or prevent them altogether.

Read the full article at: www.diabetes.co.uk

Good news: The complications of diabetes—the damage to the body caused by uncontrolled blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol over time—can be limited or effectively treated.

Having diabetes puts a person at greater risk for heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, loss of limbs, and other unwanted complications. Fortunately, most diabetes complications can be limited or effectively treated with early detection and proper care as soon as you or your health care provider discovers the complication. These includes the keeping blood glucose ((or blood sugar), blood pressure, and blood lipids (such as cholesterol) on target is also important in preventing and treating complications.

Despite what you may hear, diabetes itself is not a leading cause of blindness or heart disease in the United States. Rather, poorly managed diabetes is a leading cause of these and other serious health problems.

The DietSensor is here to simplify your life style! It is a User-Friendly app, taking you 10 times fewer clicks to log a food than with other manual input methods. For even more precise and accurate analysis, our app integrates with the SCiO spectrometric scanner to identify the chemical makeup of what you are about to eat. This even allows analyzing homemade food, taking into account specific cooking and additive ingredients, like cooking oil.You can still download the app for free even if you do not buy the scanner. A Smart Diet Scale will also be available this year, and the pocket size scale should come in 2017. For more info visit DietSensor.com or join our list dietsensor.com/wait-list/

New dietary guidelines limit sugar, rethink cholesterol

The 2015 guidelines recommend a “healthy eating pattern” with limited sugar and saturated fat, less salt and more vegetables and whole grains. The guidelines are revised every five years, and the draft version of this year’s guide came in months ago at more than 500 pages. The guidance affects everything from what’s served in school and prison lunches to how food labels work. It helps dietitians guide their clients. Experts say it also puts pressure on manufacturers and restaurants about what they put in their food. At the end, “Diet is essential to health … we are really left with no solid advice for most people,” but DietSensor can fulfill those gaps left without answers.

Read the full article at: edition.cnn.com

The US government had set up a dietary guideline of nine recommended things you should eat in order to have a proper diet. These latter will help the Americans to have a healthy eating pattern by reducing the amount of sugar and fat intakes during the day. Some nutrients are back on track like egg and protein food such as seafood, lean meat and poultry. The guidelines argued that some fat need to be present in food as it is beneficial to the body as long as it is under controlled. However, food counting is not something very easy as you can easily lost sight of the target or have inaccurate intakes at the end of the day. The first nutritional coaching app to help you better manage chronicle conditions and fitness DietSensor, makes food tracking so easy and accurate that anybody will be able to know what and how much he or she is about to eat, every day, without a huge effort. Moreover, the DietSensor app is designed so that user get a nutritional coach at the tip of his fingers throughout a well guided schema which will bring the line of conduct recommended.

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.