High fiber desserts

High fiber desserts reduce inflammation

Want to know the secret to stopping inflammation? It’s simple, eating high fiber desserts on a daily basis,or taking a sufficient quantity of dietary fiber everyday will not only reduce your inflammation,but also keep you full and reduce your cravings for sugar effectively. While experts recommend that we get 25-30 grams daily, most of us barely meet the halfway mark.

How can Dietary Fiber Help Me?

 

Dietary fiber is that  “miracle” substance that is proven to foster weight loss, improve gastrointestinal health, protect your heart, and even guard against cancer.

Food manufacturers and diet gurus are boasting about it in their products, TV commercials exposing taut tummies urge you to get more by whirling it into juice or water, and a recent book suggests that 35 grams a day is the key to losing weight and staying healthy for life.

Although devoid of calories, this “non-nutritional vital nutrient”, is anything but lacking when it comes to your health. And new research shows yet another way that roughage (as Mom calls it) can help prevent inflammation – one of the major causes of chronic disease.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the relationship between fiber and C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is the best clinical marker for inflammation in your body. And it is a powerful predictor of future heart disease and diabetes. The study evaluated the body composition, CRP levels, diet and physical activity of 524 people and found that CRP levels were inversely associated with the total fiber in the diet.

The message is clear. Fiber up to keep inflammation down.  For maximum benefits, you should eat a variety of plant-based foods that provide both soluble and insoluble fiber. Here are some of the wholesome, fiber-full ingredients you’ll find in Guilt Free Desserts:

 

References

  1. Ma Y, Griffith JA, Chasan-Taber L, Olendzki BC, Jackson E, Stanek EJ 3rd, Li W, Pagoto SL, Hafner AR, Ockene IS. Association between dietary fiber and serum C-reactive protein.Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Apr;83(4):760-6

Lose Weight and Boost Memory with Almonds and Cocoa.

If you’re trying to get rid of that unbearable muffin top,or you want to just give a boost to your memory, don’t let this advice go to waste.Below are two of the best foods that will help you meet these goals.

New research shows that adding almonds to your diet may not only aid in your weight-loss efforts, but also reduce your body fat and cinch your midsection significantly.

The 24 week study, published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, included 65 adults who were either overweight or obese. Half of the participants in the study ate a low calorie diet plus three ounces of almonds per day… or a low calorie diet plus their choice of complex carbohydrates. Both groups consumed the same amount of calories and protein.

At the end of the study, the almond-eaters enjoyed a 62% greater reduction in weight, 50% greater reduction in waist circumference and 56% greater reduction in fat mass compared with the group consuming the complex carbohydrates.

Boost Your Memory with Healthy Chocolate Desserts!

A natural compound found in cocoa (as well as blueberries, tea and wine) may help to enhance your memory, according to newly published research.

“This finding […] identifies a single natural chemical with memory-enhancing effects, suggesting that it may be possible to optimize brain function by combining exercise and dietary supplementation,” says Mark Mattson, PhD, at the National Institute on Aging.

The compound, epicatechin, is from a group of compounds known as flavonols. It has been shown previously to improve cardiovascular function and increase blood flow in the brain.

The findings, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, suggest that a diet rich in flavonols may help reduce the incidence and severity of neurodegenerative disease and cognitive disorders related to aging.

In the study, researchers compared mice fed a typical diet with those fed a diet supplemented with epicatechin. The mice with the supplemental diet had greater blood vessel growth in the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning and developed more mature nerve cells. This suggests an enhanced ability of these cells to communicate.

After further analysis, the researchers found that epicatechin had a beneficial effect on the expression of genes important for learning and memory, and decreased the activity of genes playing a role in inflammation and neurodegeneration.

Organic cocoa is one of the world’s richest sources of flavonols. In fact, naturally processed cocoa is so rich in these compounds that it has an antioxidant value 12 times higher than blueberries! Try Guilt Free Desserts for rich and delicious chocolate desserts like:

  • Chocolate Rum Balls.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge.
  • Flourless Sunbutter Brownies.
  • Chocolate Coconut Truffles.
  • Espresso Chocolate Mousse.
  • Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Berries.
  • Grand Marnier Soufflés.
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake.
  • Pavlova with Chambord Cream & Fresh Berries.
  • Pumpkin Bourbon.
  • Cheesecake.
  • and many more!

To target your tummy and boost your memory, trade in your gluten free, sugar free,Low Gi Desserts !

Reference

  1. Journal of Neuroscience (Society for Neuroscience), May 30 2007, Volume 27, Issue 22. “Plant-Derived Flavanol Epicatechin Enhances Angiogenesis and Retention of Spatial Memory in Mice” Authors: H van Praag, MJ Lucero, GW Yeo, K Stecker, N Heivand, C Zhao, E Yip, M Afanador, H Schroeter, J Hammerstone, and FH Gage.
  2. Wien MA, Sabate JM, Ikle DN, Cole SE, Kandeel FR. Almonds vs complex carbohydrates in a weight reduction program. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Nov;27(11):1365-72

Boost Your Metabolism with Coconut Flour Desserts.

Boost Your Metabolism with Coconut Flour Desserts.

Wouldn’t it be nice to crank up the dial on your metabolism?

Well,certainly you can! Certain foods raise your metabolism into high gear, helping you burn more calories and increase your enregy level.

The best known of these thermogenic (or fat burning) foods is protein. That’s the reason why high-protein diets promote weight loss (and why Low Gi Desserts packs our goodies with protein).

But there’s another food with similar calorie-torching power – and that’s coconut oilThis healthy tropical oil is filled with medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These unique fats are easily absorbed and rapidly burned as energy, helping to stoke your metabolism. What’s more, coconut fats help your body blaze through slower-burning long chain triglyerides (LCTs) as well.

Dr. Julian Whitaker notes that “LCTs are like heavy wet logs that you put on a small campfire. Keep adding the logs, and soon you have more logs than fire. MCTs are like rolled up newspaper soaked in gasoline. They not only burn brightly, but will burn up the wet logs as well.”

In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the thermogenic (fat burning) effect of a high-calorie diet containing 40 percent medium chain fatty acids was compared to one containing 40 percent long chain fatty acids. The researchers found that the thermogenic effect of the MCFAs were almost twice as high as the LCFAs. They were so astounded, they conducted a follow-up study and discovered that MCFAs given over a six-day period can increase diet-induced fat burning by 50 percent!

Enjoy a one-two metabolism punch of coconut with the great recipes in Guilt Free Desserts. Use high protein coconut flour, then just blend in organic extra virgin coconut oil and the remaining ingredients for a meltingly delicious metabolism booster.

References:

  1. Baba, N. 1982. Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition of fat in response to overfeeding with diet containing medium chain triglyceride. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 35:678-82
  2. Murray, M.T. 1996. American Journal of Natural Medicine 3(3):7
    Hill, J.O., et. al. Thermogenesis in man during overfeeding with medium chain triglycerides. Metabolism 38:641-8
  3. Seaton, T.B., et al. 1986. Thermic effect of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides in man. Am. J. of Clin. Nutr. 44:630