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body & soul
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, June 27, 2015
There s a reason why people love the music of
the Rolling Stones more than either just Jagger or
Richards: amazing things happen when two great
collaborators work in tandem to create magic. That s
true in art, and it s just as true in nutrition. More
and more research confirms what great chefs and
home cooks have always known: foods weren t
meant to be eaten alone. They re meant to work in
partnership, each bringing its own set of unique
flavours (and nutrients) to create the perfect weight-
Case in point: last month, a study published in
the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported
that salads were more nutritionally potent if you
added eggs to them. The reason: the eggs made it
easier for your body to absorb carotenoids, the pig-
ments that give veggies their colour---and help you
fight weight gain.
Here are other ideal collaborators, each bringing
its own unique nutritional talents to help keep you
slim, compliments of the new Zero Belly Cookbook.
Tuna + Ginger
Pairing a tuna roll, or a few pieces of tuna sashimi,
with ginger can help your belly look smaller imme-
diately. The ginger accelerates gastric emptying, which
helps diminish that "food baby" look rapidly, and it
also blocks several genes and enzymes in the body
that promote bloat-causing inflammation. Tuna s
roll here is critical, too: it s a primo source of docosa-
hexaenoic acid, a type of omega-3 fat that can ward
off stress chemicals that promote flab storage and
down-regulate fat genes in the stomach.
Make a power combo: Place the ginger atop your
brown rice sushi---but lay off the soy sauce. A single
tablespoon has over 1,000 mg of belly-bloating sodi-
um, more than a Big Mac!
Spinach + avocado oil
If you re tiring of your usual go-to spinach-and-
olive-oil salad, mix things up with avocado oil. Made
from pressed---yes--- avocadoes, it s rich in heart-
healthy monounsaturated fats that may help improve
cholesterol and ward off hunger. It also contains vita-
mins B and E and bloat-banishing potassium. Mean-
while, the high-volume, low-calorie spinach will fill
you up without filling you out. And studies show
that women who eat foods with high water content,
such as leafy greens, have lower BMIs and smaller
waistlines than those who don t.
Corn + beans
While eating "a musical fruit" may not sound like
the best way to lose weight or reduce bloat, hear us
out. A calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly
servings of protein- and fiber-rich legumes has been
proven to aid weight loss more effectively than a diet
that doesn t include beans, according to Spanish
researchers. And pairing beans with corn can help
boost the slimming effect. Corn---like bananas and
cold pasta---contains resistant starch, a carb that
dodges digestion. In turn, the body isn t able to
absorb as many of its calories or glucose, a nutrient
that s stored as fat if it s not burned off.
Cayenne + chicken
You feel like chicken tonight? Good for you. Pro-
tein-rich foods like poultry not only boost satiety,
but also help people eat less at subsequent meals,
according to research. And adding cayenne pepper
fires up your fat burn. A compound in the pepper,
called capsaicin, has proven to suppress appetite and
boost the body s ability to convert food to energy.
Daily consumption of capsaicin speeds up abdominal
fat loss, a study published in the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition found.
Potatoes + pepper
Thanks to the low-carb craze, white potatoes have
With many healthy foods, two better than one
been unfairly blacklisted. A second look at the science
reveals the spuds can actually help you lose weight.
Australian researchers found that potatoes are actually
more filling than fibre-rich brown rice and oatmeal---
and they re a good source of bloat-banishing potas-
sium, so you ll look slimmer almost immediately.
Just be sure to skip the butter in favour of pepper.
Piperine, the powerful compound that gives black
pepper its taste, may interfere with the formation of
new fat cells---a reaction known as adipogenesis---
which can help trim your waist, zap body fat and
lower cholesterol levels.
Make a power combo: Enjoy half a baked potato
with a bit olive oil and fresh pepper---and not just
as a side dish. It can be a snack. (www.yahoo.com)
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
A study reported that salads
were more nutritionally potent
if you added eggs to them.
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