For more Zing in your life, have more Zinc

September 11, 2020

Zinc is an essential mineral required for the proper functioning of more than 300 enzymes in the body. It keeps the immune system strong, creates DNA, supports our sense of smell, builds proteins and triggers the release of enzymes. Zinc also helps body cells communicate effectively with each other by acting as a neurotransmitter. The recommended daily intake for zinc is 8 mg for women and 11 mg for adult men. Even though it can be found in a wide variety of foods, it is easier to be zinc deficient than you think. Here are 8 zinc-rich foods that you must include in your diet to remain healthy.

Dairy

Dairy products like milk and cheese are excellent sources of numerous nutrients and minerals including zinc. 1 cup of full-cream milk contains 9% of the DV while 100 grams of cheddar cheese provides a whopping 28%. Most of the zinc content in milk and cheese can be easily absorbed by the body. Milk and cheese can be used to make many dishes and are easy to include in the diet.

Legumes

A variety of legumes like lentils, chickpeas and beans contain ample amounts of zinc. 100 grams of cooked lentils can give you 12% of the daily value (DV). The presence of phytates in the legumes, however, stop zinc from being properly absorbed in the body. Legumes are still a prominent source of zinc for people following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Spouting, heating, fermenting or soaking the plant-based zinc sources can promote its effects in the body.

Nuts

Many nuts such as cashews, pine nuts, almonds, peanuts etc. are loaded with zinc and can help you increase your intake. Cashews have the most zinc content among nuts and one serving of 28 grams can give you 15% of the DV. Owing to the burst of other nutrients they hold, nuts can be a healthy snack, thus helping you boost your zinc intake.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate can provide some zinc when you are also looking to treat yourself. 100 grams of 70-85% dark chocolate holds 3.3 mg of zinc, which is 30% of the DV. Since dark chocolates are high in calories (100 grams contains 600 calories), you might just want to consider it as an occasional zinc-rich treat instead of relying upon it as a habitual source.

Seeds

Seeds like hemp, pumpkin, squash and sesame can give a decent hike to your daily zinc intake. Men get 31% and women get 43% of their daily recommended intake of zinc from 3 tbsp of hemp seeds. Seeds are crunchy and versatile, so you can easily incorporate them in your diet by adding them to your soups, stews, salads etc.

Cultivate “Food Label” Reading Habits

July 8, 2020

 

One of the most important skills in the post “industrial farming” world is perhaps reading the Food Labels. Increasingly packaged foods are replacing home cooked meals and snacks. Being curious about what goes into the body, not only expands the Nutritional IQ but can also save lives in the long run.

However the sheer number of food claims can be bewildering and confusing. We have foods that are “gluten free”, “low fat”, “multigrain”, “zero cholesterol”, “added vitamins” , and more. With more claims like “fresh,” “no additives,” and “natural,” “organic” it gets more confounding.

The trick to reading a food label is knowing what to look for. If you understand the terms on the food label, it will surely mean you are already treading on the path to healthy purchase decisions.

The nutrition label provides key information such as serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrate and vitamin content. The label also contains a list of the ingredients. This information helps you stay on track with your daily targets. It also helps you avoid certain ingredients if you have a food intolerance or are following a diet that excludes certain components, such as dairy.

For a novice, reading food labels can get very confusing. So, here, we guide you on how to read nutritional labels correctly and what information it provides.

The Vital Points

The most important and reliable information on the label can be found on the nutrition facts panel and the ingredient listing.

Here is the information that’s most essential:

Calories

Despite all the talk about carbs and fat, calories are what counts for weight control. So the first thing to look for on a label is the number of calories per serving. The US FDA’s new Calories Count program aims to make calorie information on labels easier to find by putting it in larger, bolder type.

Serving size and number of servings per container

This information is critical to understanding everything else on the label. My daughter was horrified when she realized that the ice-cream sandwich she regularly ate had twice the calories she thought it did. Her confusion arose because some manufacturers take what most of us would consider a single-serve container and call it two servings, hoping the numbers on the label will look better to consumers.

Dietary Fiber

It helps fill you up, and you need at least 25 grams daily. To be considered high in fiber, a food must contain least 5 grams per serving. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide fiber.

Fat

Fat has more calories per gram than carbs or protein, and all fats have 9 calories/gram. Choose unsaturated fats whenever possible, and limit foods with saturated and trans fats (also called trans fatty acids). Manufacturers are required to list the amount of trans fat per serving starting Jan. 1, 2006, and this information is already showing up on labels. In the meantime, look for terms such as “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated,” which indicate the product contains trans fats.

Sodium per serving

Sodium should be restricted to 2,300 mg per day (that’s less than 1 teaspoon of salt) for healthy adults, and 1,500 mg for those with health problems or family histories of high blood pressure. To reduce your sodium intake, choose less processed foods.

Sugar

It adds plenty of calories, and is often listed on the label in “alias” terms, like “high fructose corn syrup,” “dextrose,” “invert sugar,” “turbinado,” etc. Choose foods with less than 5 grams per serving to help control calories.

% Daily Value (% DV)

This reflects the percentage of a certain nutrient that the food supplies, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. It gives you a rough idea of the food’s nutrient contribution to your diet. The nutrients highlighted in the % DV are a partial list, limited to those of concern to the typical American.

Ingredient List

Manufacturers are required to list all of the ingredients contained in the product by weight. A jar of tomato sauce with tomatoes as the first ingredient lets you know that tomatoes are the main ingredient. The spice or herb listed last is contained in the least amount. This information is critical for anyone who has allergies, and for prudent shoppers who want, say, more tomatoes than water, or whole grain as the leading ingredient.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets specific rules for what food manufacturers can call “light,” “low,” “reduced,” “free,” and other food terms. Here’s the low-down on interpreting these terms:

  • “Healthy” food must be low in fat, with limited cholesterol and sodium.
  • Anything labeled “free” must only contain tiny amounts of the ingredient in each serving. For example, “trans-fat free” or “fat-free” products can have only 0.5 mg of trans fats or fat; “cholesterol-free” foods can only have 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams of saturated fat.
  • A serving of a food labeled “low sodium” can have a maximum of 140 milligrams of sodium.
  • A serving of “low cholesterol” food can have a maximum of 20 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams of saturated fat.
  • One serving of a “low-fat” food can have a maximum of 3 grams of fat.
  • A serving of a “low-calorie” food can have a maximum of 40 calories.
  • A serving of a food labeled “reduced” must have 25% less of the ingredient (such as fat) than a serving of the regular version.
  • One serving of a “light” food must have 50% less fat or 1/3 fewer calories than the regular version.

At Komatha Impex, we are committed to health and wellness. We do wish that you develop a healthy habit of reading Food Labels. We also recommend that you follow a good diet and fitness regimen for a happy and healthy long life.

Source

  • FDA – https://www.fda.gov/food/new-nutrition-facts-label/how-understand-and-use-nutrition-facts-label

“𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗸𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗻.” – 𝗨𝗻𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗻

June 30, 2020

 

Organic consumption is no more a passing fad or a trend. Increasing number of people are switching to eating organic food or choosing more and more food which are organic. With growing health concerns around dietary habits, the world over, the demand for Organic Food is only scaling up rapidly. As an international company committed to health and wellness of the humanity, we have a fantastic line-up of organic dairy ingredients which pass the most stringent standards and benchmark for quality. We are happy to demystify the term “Organic” so that you can make more informed decisions.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰?

Any Organic product is certified by government regulatory bodies or self regulating Institutions. Different countries have different organic standards or different certifying bodies.

By and large, organic food production often takes holistic view of food production. This entails following sustainable practices that not only minimize damage but also improve the health of the ecology, the livestock and every aspect of the ecosystem. What Organic truly means is that the food comes from farms and processing facilities that follow strict guidelines. Animal welfare is a top most priority for organic farmers. They ensue that livestock for dairy products are given all organic feed – essentially no GM, no synthetic inputs. They also safeguard the livestock by preventing diseases with natural methods such as clean housing, rotational grazing, cage-free living and proper access to outdoors. Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients.

𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘀

Organic products do not contain artificial/synthetic preservatives. Hence, not only the organic products stay fresh for longer it also helps you get more nutritional benefits. Consumption of organic products can help reduce exposure to harmful chemicals that can lead to serious health issues like cancers, brain tumours, immune disorders, infertility, cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s and numerous other diseases unlike the Conventional Products. It has been proven through research that organic products have remarkably higher levels of antioxidants like polyphenols, and various nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic dairy products than in the produce obtained through conventional methods.

𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆

Organic practices not only to protect environmental health, but also strive to improve it. It supports the environment and helps reduce pollution, slowing down climate change and the effects of global warming. February 2014 in the “Journal of Applied Ecology”, researchers from the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland confirmed that on an average, organic farms supported 34 percent more plant, insect and animal species as compared to those using conventional methods. Moreover, the organic farms harbored 50 percent higher pollinator species diversity.

𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 – 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘁!

While many food labels promise undefined and unverified benefits, latest science confirms why choosing Organic is so important. Organic food do come with slightly expensive price tag. However if one factors in the health and ecological benefits, the price will always be worth it.

𝗞𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗮 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘅 – 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂

Our #organic #dairy product range includes #cheese, #butter, milk, full cream, skim milk powders, non-fat dried milk, milk protein concentrates and whey powders.

✅Certified organic (can meet any government organic standard worldwide)
✅ rBST free
✅ Made with fresh NZ milk from cows pasture-fed 365 days a year
✅ Cheeses suitable for vegetarians (no animal rennet)
✅ Produced by a farmer-owned co-operative
✅ A low and reducing carbon footprint
✅ Kosher certification on request

For #Import inquiries on range of premium organic #dairy #ingredients, write to 𝗱𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆@𝗸𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘅.𝗰𝗼𝗺

 

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