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5 Nutrition Tips You Won’t Have Heard of

April 15, 2019

We all know the importance of eating a well-balanced diet. This means eating a wide variety of foods including carbohydrates, proteins and dairy in the right amounts. And of course ensuring you eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.

It’s also important to ensure that the food you eat is as nutrient rich as possible. Below you’ll find some top tips from scientists and nutritionists on how to get the best from your food.

1. Dairy – Keep your milk in the dark

Somethings are best kept in the dark, and milk is one of them. In fact, after just two hours of exposure to indoor LED lighting – the type typically found in your supermarket – recent studies have shown that milk begins to lose vitamin A. And after 16 hours, milk found in a typical plastic bottle will have just half the vitamin A it started with. But, good news, there is a way to prevent this, through light-protected packaging. Here at Noluma we test and certify packaging to ensure your milk is protected from light and remains fresher and tastier for longer.

2. Fruit and vegetables – to cook or not to cook

The raw food diet has long been held up as an example of one of the best ways to get the most from your fruit and veg. But did you know that cooking certain kinds can give you that extra nutritional boost? Food Revolution breaks this down for us. Our bodies can get more nutrients and vitamins from cooked asparagus, carrots and mushrooms than when they are raw. Cooking these veg can give you a boost in vitamins A, B, C and E. Something to keep in mind if you need a vitamin boost1.

3. Carbohydrates and starchy food – Reheat your pasta

Pasta is one of the nation’s favourite comfort foods but not always seen as the most nutritious. Michael Mosley, of BBC’s ‘Trust me I’m a doctor’ looked into how we can enjoy pasta without the guilt. Scientists at the University of Surrey discovered that when you cool and reheat pasta after cooking it, it undergoes a chemical transformation. This process changes the carbs in pasta to a ‘resistant starch’ which the body treats as fibre. You get to enjoy your favourite comfort food, with the added bonus of fewer calories and increased fibre content2. What’s not to like?

4. Proteins – Unlock plant power

Until recently it was widely thought that the best way to get protein into your diet was to eat meat based foods. With the rise in vegan and vegetarian diets, however, plant based protein is on the up! Foods such as nuts, seeds, pulses and grains are all plant based and a great way to make sure you’re getting that all-important protein your body needs. Check out the top 15 protein laden plants from Medical News Today to get your started.

5. Sugar and Sleep – How they are linked?3

One of the British Heart Foundations simplest tips for reducing sugar intake is remove it from your tea or coffee. The taste is easy to get used to and difference is incredible. When we’re tired our body craves the natural boost sugar provides. But rather than give in to the sugar, it may be better to catch some zzzzzz.

Here at Noluma, we are passionate about nutrition and health. That’s why we’ve been working with Newcastle University to look the importance of nutrients in our diet and how nutrient lose in food can be prevented. You can find our more here and read the report in full.

1 https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/6-vegetables-are-healthier-cooked-raw.html
2 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29629761
3 https://www.nutritionforlife.co.uk/blog/how-to-cut-down-on-sugar