Something seems fishy here…

Worry not, soon I will run out of posts about fish and seafood! However, while I am still on this wave, I want to talk about farm raised fish vs wild-caught fish 🐟. Honestly, I didn’t even think about it and that there is any significant difference, until mom of my ex mentioned this difference and that I should never buy a farm raised fish. I think it is time to investigate a little! Is there a real difference and what is it?

First of all, let’s think why there are so many fish-farms? Humans are overfishing and exhausting our Earth in many more ways (alas), so logical solution is to grow own fish, thus oceans and rivers won’t be left lifeless! Great decision *clap-clap-clap*. I, personally, worry a lot about our planet and ecology, so I should encourage to buy farm raised fish. Debates can heat up, because obviously it is still bad for ecology in many ways, so let’s leave ecology out of this. What about health? As with chicken and other farm raised animals, people want to get more profit, so their fish is full of antibiotics and pesticides (why? Because this poor fish is packed in tanks, which leads to blooming parasites and other diseases). Even worse is farmed-raised fish from China is very cheap, but their “nice” waste management leading to water contamination in farms, which make fish…. Yeaaaah. Not good. But if you don’t buy fish raised in China, you should be okay. Personally, at the stores I saw fish which was grown in China, lots of it, so make sure to read label on a package, when you buy it (you can find more information here).

Now it is getting even more depressing. The more articles I read, the “funner” it becomes. If we talk about salmon (one of the most popular fishes), then first of all, I want to talk about color. Wild salmon eats krill, which turn their mean pink color in a natural way. On farms salmon has to eat ground parts of other fishes, so their meat stay gray and they farmers just dye it in a “right” color 😒. Here is a SalmoFan chart of colors to pick from (yep!) :

 

 

 

Little bit more information from this article: “Farm-raised salmon has 5-10 times more PCB’s (cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyl) than wild caught. In three independent studies scientists tested 37 fish meal samples from six countries, and found PCB contamination in nearly every sample. They are feeding the fish toxic food, which produces toxic meat.

According to USDA data, farm raised salmon has 52% more fat than wild caught. Toxins are stored in fat and the fat in farm raised salmon is found to be contaminated with over 100 pollutants and pesticides. (Source: Environmental Working Group)”

I take in consideration thought, that this study happened long time ago, and maybe now it became better, but since farmed raised fish Is so much cheaper, I am sure that it doesn’t get fed by high quality natural (organic) food.

Now one more thing, which actually started it all. My ex’s mom (who is my friend now) said hat farmed-raised fished has “bad omega acids and I had to research if this is true. I didn’t find any indication of “bad omega acids, but I think it is actually about Omega-6 acid. Omega-3 and 6 are both essential to our bodies, but farm-raised fish has too much of it (about 3 times more than wild salmon), in opposite to Omega-3 acid. Here is a chart with differences, and link to the full article:

But I can hear someone is yelling “hey! But wild caught fish contain mercury and other toxins (thanks to people and pollution that we create)”, and you know what I will reply? They are correct… Nowadays even wild caught fish is not always “clean”. Best choice is Alaskan wild-caught fishes, because they are the cleanest. If you are interested, you can read some tips about avoiding mercury in fish here

Quail eggs. What are they?

There are lots of talking about chicken eggs. Good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, yolk or no yolk… But right now, I want to talk about quail eggs 🥚 How many times you saw those tiny, cute looking eggs at the store and thought – why would I pay more for them, if it is simple the same eggs, just smaller in size? Even thought quail and chicken are both birds, their eggs are not the same. So, let’s see if there is any point in buying quail eggs over the chicken eggs.
Let’s start with good news. Sometimes it is about taste, not only about health, isn’t it?

  • Quail eggs have a higher yolk-to-white ratio (and yolk itself is very flavorful), so there is a +1 point into the taste 😋 of these eggs, over the chicken eggs.

Moving forward, there are a good amount of beneficial fatty acids found in quail eggs that many people enjoy, due to their heart-boosting effects.

  • HDL or good cholesterol (yes, we can’t skip cholesterol!) is the “good” form of cholesterol and HDL makes up more than 60% of the fat in quail eggs. According to study which published in the Dietary Guidance of America in 2012 quail egg contain less trans fatty acid that means it is good food that contain less cholesterol compared to other egg such as chicken egg.
  • Quail eggs also have a higher potassium level and potassium shows blood pressure-reducing abilities.
  • Allergy relieve: Quail eggs are high in ovomucoid protein, which acts in the body as a natural anti-allergenic. Therefore, if you are suffering from congestion, inflammation or other symptoms of allergic reactions, quail eggs can get your body back to normal.
  • Quail eggs have higher level of vitamin B-12 (so don’t eat it same day with crab meat!) and Vitamin B-6, which boosts metabolic activity.
  • Raise Energy Levels: The minerals and micronutrients found in these tiny eggs, as well as the protein boost of nearly 6 grams per serving, makes these eggs particularly good for an early morning surge of energy and mood. A high-protein, nutrient-dense breakfast is highly recommended for those who often feel dependent on caffeine or other stimulants to regulate their energy levels.

Now, can you imagine? This is not everything!

    • Promote brain function – Quail eggs contain amino acid and great protein level which can help to stimulate the brain function and nourish the nerve system in brain, so it can work better. The amino acid or protein in quail eggs also protect the brain cells from damage and repair the cell if its broken.
    • Prevent anemia – Study show that women who consume quail egg regularly tend to have lower risk of developing anemia. Quail eggs contain a lot of iron which can help in red blood cell formation and prevent anemia while the amino acid in quail egg also may increase the level of hemoglobin within the red blood cells.
    • Purify the blood – Quail egg have been proved can help the body to remove certain heavy metals and toxin such as mercury (can have some tuna now?). The amino acid and other component of quail eggs can bind the toxin and flush it away from the body.
    • Boost immune system – Quail eggs contain many amino acids including lysine and it can boost immune function. Lysine or a type of amino acid is known can promote the antibodies production and support the immune function response.
    • Prevent diabetes – Study reported that quail egg contains amino acid especially Leucine which can help in regulating blood sugar level and maintain the balance level of insulin that makes it a good food to prevent and treat diabetes.
    • Maintain healthy skin – Quail eggs are an excellent source of protein and it contains Lysine, an amino acid that can promotes the collagen production. Collagen is a type of protein that is required in keeping skin layer tightness and prevent it from sagging and wrinkle.
    • Reduce the risk of heart disease – Quail egg contains important nutrients and vitamins that can reduce the risk of heart disease by 24% according to study by Lee et al in 2010. These benefits served by the presence of Vitamin E or tocopherol.
    • Relieve depression – Quail eggs don’t only contain vitamin, mineral, carbohydrate and protein. It is also completed with some sex hormones according to study by Daniel in 2010. Quail eggs contain anti depression properties that called as hormone P which is effective in relieving depression especially in women who suffer from menopause syndrome.
    • Promotes sexual function – It has been mentioned before that quail eggs contains some sexual hormones which can enhance the sexual organs function such as prostate gland in male.😏
    • Treat gastritis – Quail egg contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help in treating stomach ulcer or gastritis. The amino acid content of quail eggs also helps in repair the broken lining of stomach that caused by infection.

chicken and quail eggs differencesSo, what is the bad news and what you should remember about quail eggs?😶
Everything has a flip side (bigger yolk, potassium and everything else), so these eggs need to be eaten in moderation. Why?

  • For people with pre-existing cholesterol problems, adding large quantities of these eggs to a diet might not be the best choice, as there are roughly 1.6 grams of saturated fat in each serving.
  • Risk of Hypotension – Although quail eggs are good for people with high blood pressure, it is advisable to eat them in moderation. Too much potassium in our body may lower our blood pressure to an abnormally low level and might increase the risk of hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Risk of Hypoglycemia – Although quail eggs are beneficial for controlling diabetes, it is better to eat them in moderation, because eating too many quail eggs may lower your blood sugar to an abnormally low level, and may increase the risk of hypoglycemia.
And now, at last, few tips on a quail eggs:
• Consuming five quail eggs a day will be enough to get its benefits. Excessive consumption of quail egg may cause Vitamin A intoxication especially if you consume it along with other food which is source of vitamin A such as carrot and fish.
• Quail eggs are safe to consume raw since its bacteria free. The quail eggs contain Lysozyme or known as bacteria killer which makes quail eggs save even if you eat raw.
• Wash the egg just before you consume it.
• Add some quail egg on your soup, stew or even salad to get more benefits and you can serve it with many ways including boiled, pan fried or even baked.

Conclusion: Quail eggs certainly has more to them, that just a cute look. I give them a + and conclude that it is beneficial to include them in your diet in moderation😋

 

You can read original articles here:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/quail-eggs.html
https://drhealthbenefits.com/food-bevarages/food/health-benefits-of-quail-eggs
https://goodhealthall.com/side-effects-of-eating-too-many-quail-eggs/

More seafood? Yes, please!

Let’s talk about delicious crab meat today. It is pricy, it is tasty, it has no carbs and almost no fat. Moreover, it is very rich on protein (19 gr in 100 gr of a product), Magnesium, Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin B-6. Sounds like a great meal, doesn’t it? I thought so too, but then I heard that it has too much cholesterol, so I decided to check on that. How much of crab meat you can eat at once? Probably not more than 16 oz. It is a jumbo package of a crab meat. 16 oz has about 225 mg of a cholesterol, which doesn’t exceed a 300 mg income for a healthy person, so that is okay-ish, but not great, since you basically exhaust your daily cholesterol limit.

Next, I need to mention that different kinds of crabs have different cholesterol level. A 3-ounce serving of steamed blue crab has over 80 milligrams. The same amount of Dungeness crab contains around 65 milligrams and Alaska king crab has just 45 milligrams (for the source, read here), which means you always have a healthier choice of crab meat.
I also need to say that crab meat contains a lot of sodium, and with salt added to your side dish or to the sauce, you easily can get more sodium, than you want to. In 16 oz jar you can get up to 77% of your daily intake of sodium. Moreover, it is not only rich on Vitamin B-12, but has almost 2 times more than you need daily (and that is in 100 gr of a product!😦), so you really should not choose to eat crab meat every day. I know, it is very sad, but truth. Will save you some money though!

P.s. check out my article about scallops. Yummy 😋

Conclusion: While crab is awesome, you really shouldn’t consume it every day. No carbs, no fat, BUT lots (or you may say too much) of cholesterol, sodium and Vitamin B-12

Sour and… happy!

Today is a good day. I found out an awesome fact!🌟 🌟 🌟 I love vinegar (that is not THE FACT), and I add it to my salads, to some of my dishes, and I love picked veggies (I even drink the juice of the jar. For me it seems totally normal, but for some reasons people usually look at me odd). So, the awesome fact is that vinegar indeed helps to lose weight (I had suspicion, since it is an acid after all) and not in some extreme and unhealthy way. The experiment was conducted to help people with diabetes (and this is a big problem in America) and see how vinegar can help them (if you are interested to read more about an experiment, you can follow to the link here). Drinking vinegar helped reduce the usual blood sugar spikes in the insulin-resistant subjects (insulin sensitivity improved by 19%). It helped the diabetics to a lesser extent. My main point is not about diabetes though, but about weight loss. The experiment didn’t help very much with diabetes, but patients dropped pounds of weight. Maybe it is not as good to fight diabetes, but certainly good for your waist line. Funny that this fact is not publicly known. Maybe because, as with many other “cheap-natural-products”, vinegar costs less than 20$, while medications, while other programs and medications cost 10-20 times more. Way to make people pay somebody else’s houses on Hawaii. Whatever it is, having a spoon of 5% vinegar before meal (especially high-carbs meal!) is a worthy shot, in my opinion. I will do it and even will bring a bottle of vinegar to work! Hopefully, in a month or two, I will be able to give you my “report” on that matter.
Now, since we are on topic of vinegar, let’s talk about more benefits!

DIfferent types of vinegar and an egg

1. Vinegar is a source of dietary polyphenols, which are antioxidants and defend against oxidative stress. Apple cider vinegar induced a protective effect against erythrocyte, kidney, and liver oxidative injury, and lowered the serum lipid levels (at least in mice)

2. A case-control study demonstrated that vinegar ingestion was associated with a decreased risk for esophageal cancer. Because acetic acid in vinegar forms acetate ions in the stomach, it may possess antitumor effects.

3. According to a study, consumption of oil and vinegar salad dressings (five to six times or more per week) significantly lowered the risk for fatal ischemic heart disease in women participants (men, I am pretty sure it would help you too!)

4. Apple cider vinegar also helps break up mucus by its natural antihistamine effect, so… it can help with stuffy nose and allergies!

5. Kidney stones form when a person’s urine becomes too acidic and concentrated, forming crystals from the uric acid or oxalates. Vinegar works by alkalizing the urine, thus preventing the formation of kidney stones. Vinegar may even help to break down the ones that are already formed.

6. Apple cider vinegar can help with upset stomach or diarrhea

7. Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar; its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks 😀

8. As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

9. Also it helps with dandruff, acne, nighttime leg cramps and bad breath.

More detailed information can be found here and here

Of course, nothing is perfect in our world. Some people might have stomach problems, which are incompatible with vinegar. In this case you need to talk to your doctor. Also, DO NOT forget, that you can’t consume vinegar acid (or 90%+ vinegar), because as a real acid, it will burn you from inside and it can be even fatal. Some injuries taken from vinegar acid are permanent, so never-ever try to put it in your mouth. Also, according to one case-control study in Serbia, vinegar ingestion was associated with a 4.4-fold greater risk for bladder cancer, so I am not saying that vinegar it is a magical elixir, but it has very strong benefits against low risks.
Conclusion: YES! SO next time when you sip light vinegar and your face will crinkle, these facts from above will help to bring your smile back to your face 😉

Food of the Kings! Or Gods?

I think it is time to talk more about good stuff, so not everything feels so depressing. There are tons of different types of food that you can consume, but getting my DNA results leaded me to talk about… asparagus 🌱

First of all, asparagus is suuuuper low on calories. Per 100 grams you get only 20 calories, isn’t it cool?! It is also rich on Potassium, Vitamin A, Iron and more. Now, let me feed you with health-miraculous benefits of it, because this vegetable IS amazing and was called by Nefertiti “food of the Gods” for a reason (articles are here and here ):

  • Besides low calories, its spears contain moderate levels of dietary fiber. 100 g of fresh spears provide 2.1 g of roughage. Dietary fiber helps control constipation conditions, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines and regulate blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that high-fiber diet help cut down colon-rectal cancer risks by preventing toxic compounds in the food from absorption.
  •  Its shoots have long been used in many traditional medicines to treat conditions like dropsy and irritable bowel syndrome.
  •  Fresh asparagus spears are a good source of anti-oxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, carotenes, and cryptoxanthins. Together, these flavonoid compounds help remove harmful oxidant free radicals from the body protect it from possible cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and viral infections. Their total antioxidant strength, measured regarding oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value), is 2150 µmol TE/100 g.
  •  Fresh asparagus is rich sources of folates. 100 g of spears provide about 54 µg or 14% of RDA of folic acid. Folates are one of the essential co-factors for the DNA synthesis inside the cell. Scientific studies have shown that adequate consumption of folates in the diet during pre-conception period and early pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects in the newborn baby.
  •  If you’re planning on conceiving, asparagus is your vegetable. Asparagus is a source of high-quality vitamin C, which keeps sperm healthy, as well as increasing its volume and mobility.
  •  Its shoots are also rich in the B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid. These group of vitamins is essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
  •  Fresh asparagus also contains fair amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin-E. Regular consumption of foods rich in these vitamins helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  •  Its shoots are also an excellent source of vitamin-K. 100 grams carry about 35% of DRI. Vitamin-K has potential role bone health by promoting bone formation activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established a role in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  •  Asparagus is an excellent source of minerals, especially copper and iron. Also, it has small amounts of some other essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and red blood cell formation.
  •  And finally, another health benefit – asparagus is also supposedly great for your sex-life. For centuries it has been regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac. Aside from its phallic shape, asparagus stirs up desire in both men and women 💕. This is due to the large amounts of vitamin E present which stimulates the production of sex hormones.

Now when we know how healthy asparagus is, I want to add some interesting facts to it (and you can read more about it here https://www.thelocal.de/20140509/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-asparagus :

  •  First of all, the reason why I mentioned my DNA test is that it told me that I have a gene that makes me smell “asparagus pee” (and I can indeed). So fact #1 is everyone makes “asparagus pee,” but not everyone can smell it. Scientific study has confirmed why some individuals don’t notice the uniquely pungent urine experienced by others after eating asparagus: The sulfurous compounds in asparagus pee are highly correlated with a condition called “specific anosmia,” the genetic inability to smell certain odors.
  • Apparently eating asparagus, before and after drinking alcohol can have beneficial effects 🍷. If you’re planning a night out on the tiles, eating the vegetable before you start drinking could help protect your liver. The minerals and amino acids it contains not only protect the liver from toxins, the enzymes in asparagus can help break down the alcohol and alleviate hangovers. (OH MY GOD, isn’t it a miracle?!😵)
  • White asparagus is in fact the same as green asparagus, but grown underground. German farmers plant their asparagus under mounds of soil called hillings. Deprived of sunlight which prevents the development of chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants), the spears stay white. No magic or genetic modifications! Just hard work of farmers.
  • Asparagus was considered as food of the kings for a long time and not everyone was able to eat it. Appreciate it.

And lastly, I want to share how I cook asparagus. I like to put it on a baking sheet, add olive oil, sea salt, and sometimes sprinkle some small bacon pieces over it. Bake it at 375 degrees, for 15-20 minutes. Yummy! 😋

Conclusion: Huuuuge +! Asparagus is so great for your health, while low on calories, that everyone should eat it, seriously! Time to run to the store!