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

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!

Very little, but very dangerous…snacks!

Talking about beer reminded me about one more very important topic – snacks 🍲. They are very dangerous for your waist-line and your weight in general. Why they are so dangerous? Because few nuts here, and crackers there don’t seem like a lot, but if you add up all calories that you consume daily over these tiny snacks, you can get terrified. Especially any bready-types (empty carbs!) or nuts bring the worst. For example, 100 grams of almonds (which is a tiny bag) contain about 576 calories! This is pretty much a third of what you should eat daily! Then add few normal meals and one more snack of crackers, and here you go – more pounds gained. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you never can have any snacks, but try to pick green veggies for a snack instead. What about nuts? They are good for your health, right? Right (or we will explore this question in later topics). But! Make sure that you eat them with cautious – only first half of the day, not much, and I would suggest consuming them only on days when you work out. They are good for a breakfast, especially if you can’t eat much in a morning (I can’t eat much when I just wake up). They will give you needed energy, and it is easy to have this snack even at work.
Now, I did mention beer for a reason. Most of the people like to snack something while they are drinking beer. The secret here is that not a beer makes you fat. To be honest, beer doesn’t have that many calories in it, however, beer works as multiplier, in a way. Everything you eat with beer, goes straight to your sides and tummy. Why? Because while you are drinking, your liver is metabolizing and burning alcohol, instead of fat cells (which is what liver normally burns). (For more information you can read this article:). Now think about nuts and chips that you can eat with the beer and that all those calories get stored right away. Yes, this is scary! 😱 Personally, I like beer 😛 (even thought, of course, the healthiest choice is not to consume alcohol whatsoever), I drink it often, however I don’t have a belly, and my weight is only 115 pounds. Why? Because I never eat snacks with my beer anymore (I also don’t drink 12 packs a night). So, in addition to my previous post and choosing beer with no corn syrup, please, try not to eat anything with your beer, unless it is vegetables (with NO Ranch sauce!). You can have celery, peas, and you might risk eating some dried-salty-fish, for example. Salt will make liquid stay in your body longer (so you will be heavier), but you will lose it very fast afterwards.
Conclusion: snacks can be different, good or bad. Have snacks with cautious. Nuts, chips or crackers even in small quantities can carry tons of calories. Even worse is to eat them with beer or any other type of alcohol! 🍺 Give a preference to green veggies as your snack and then you can have it as much, as you want during the day!🌱 😁