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Growing Diabetes: Agriculture’s Role in Chronic Disease

Chances are, if you asked a room full of people for a show of hands if they either have Diabetes or have a loved one or friend affected by the disease, the overwhelming majority would raise their arms up high. A recent report from the CDC indicates that 30 million people – nearly 10% of the U.S. population – are living with Diabetes and approximately 24% are undiagnosed but symptomatic. These numbers are mainly indicative of Type 2 or Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM), which accounts for nearly 95% of all cases. NIDDM, which results in cellular insulin resistence whereby cells don’t receive necessary glucose needed for energy, can be prevented and often reversed through proper weight management and healthy eating behaviors. In contrast, Type 1 or Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) accounts for only 5% of cases and is a genetic, autoimmune disorder that destroys the cells responsible for producing insulin – the hormone that ushers glucose into the cells for metabolism. The result in both cases is an excess of glucose in the blood stream, compromising the vascular system and inducing an inflammatory state that negatively impacts all major organs, especially the heart. Heart disease is the number one killer for those with Diabetes, which is why early management of the disease is critical.

The main culprit? An excess of simple carbohydrates in the diet.

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Topics: wellness, Diabetes, disease, education, livelifepositive, agriculture, blog, health, healthy

Miranda Hammer, RD

Posted by Support Boomity on Sep 20, 2017 2:06:00 AM

Miranda Hammer, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian, natural foods chef and founder of the website crunchyradish.com. Miranda primarily focuses on plant-based nutrition, as well as recipe and content development. She received her Masters Degree from the Clinical Nutrition Program at New York University and completed her clinical rotations at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

Additionally, Miranda attended the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Past work experience includes serving as a Clinical Dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center and running her own private practice in New York City. Her work has been featured in Vogue, mindbodygreen, Well + Good, and food52.

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Topics: dietitian, education, health, superfoods

A Guide to Navitas Organics’ Updated Nutrition Facts: Part 2

Posted by Arthur Mullin on Jun 4, 2017 2:16:00 AM

A common question I hear from Navitas field team members as well as our customers is, “Can you tell me more about the benefits that superfoods provide?”


This is, of course, a fair and reasonable question to ask. After all, our organic superfoods are 1) ‘super’ and 2) sold at a premium price compared to some conventional alternatives. Shouldn’t our products list all their outstanding nutritional and health benefits? Don’t we want to inform our customers that these foods have high nutritional value? Let’s revisit an important distinction made in A Guide to Navitas Organics' Updated Nutrition Facts: Part 1: we are proud to offer our superfood products as food rather than supplements. This means that we display a Nutrition Facts label on our packaging, and conform to FDA Nutrient Content and Health Claim Guidelines.

 

Navitas Organics superfoods have some remarkable properties with regards to nutrient density, nutrient complexity and rare nutrients. They are also associated with an extensive list of impressive health benefits. However, the FDA is very clear on what can and cannot be stated about food.


For instance, nutrients that are not included on a list that the FDA recognizes (declared as Daily Values or DV%) cannot be specified as having a particular function or benefit (i.e. antioxidants including flavanols, resveratrol, ellagic acid and catechins). The only antioxidants that can be identified as such include vitamins A, C and E, and there must be a minimum of 10% recommended DV% reflected on the Nutrition Facts label to include them (more on this later). Still, nothing can be stated about the benefits of these antioxidants – only that they are contained within the food. Supplements, on the other hand, can purport almost any benefit of both nutrients and compounded products. These claims should be substantiated by scientific research but are often not. Again, referring to part one of this blog, supplements are not reviewed by the FDA for safety or effectiveness.

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Topics: education, hemp, FDA, foods

A Guide to Navitas Organics’ Updated Nutrition Facts: Part 1

Posted by Arthur Mullin on May 16, 2017 9:04:00 PM

Notice anything different about the nutrition panel on the back of the latest Navitas Organics bag? What’s with the large, bold number of calories per serving? Why have some of the serving sizes changed, and what is the difference between Total Sugars and Added Sugars? If you are asking these questions, you aren’t the only one.

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Topics: education, FDA, superfoods

What's the Difference Between Chia Powder and Chia Seeds?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Mar 22, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Considering the ingredients of both Chia Powder and Chia Seeds are one and the same – Chia – many people assume that both products can be used interchangeably. Chia Seeds are nothing more than the whole, raw seeds and Chia Powder is created by grinding up these seeds into a fine powder. From a technical standpoint, that's the only difference between the two (there is no nutrition or absorption difference). Yet, because each product has such a separate role in the kitchen, you may want to consider actually having both of these superfood ingredients on hand.

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Topics: chia, education, superfoods

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