The Jar Healthy Alphabet Part 1
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Here we are again with new amazing discoveries of the healthy nutrition world, found and investigated just for you.
Imagine, a few years back matcha and gluten were new, fancy and even exotic in some way. Today, in 2020 these are nothing but everyday terms which are on everybody’s A-list. Well, if those became mainstream - it is time to delve into new surprising trending topics which are yet to become the new ordinary.
The Jar Healthy Vending wants to introduce you to a few hot new terms we guarantee you haven’t heard of before. From A to Z, look out for those big and small discoveries of the ever-changing world of nutrition and sustainable lifestyle:
It may well be that the quinoa will have to step aside as the trendy lunch side and salad filling soon. Amaranth is hot and trending, watch out! It's not new, though, it has been grown and cultivated in Mexico for centuries, literally.
Amaranth is a group of more than 60 different species of grains that have been cultivated for about 8,000 years. It's highly nutritious, obviously - naturally gluten-free, as a bonus has soft gelatinous texture and nutty flavour. Are we the only ones who already started imagining a pretty packed lunch set with some amaranth at the side? Instagram story worthy.
Both quinoa and amaranth come from the same family, however, the latter is also rich in amino acids and especially lysine, which has a positive effect on the work of the cardiovascular system, glands and fermentation.
What's particularly relevant today - it also helps to fight viruses. An extra point.
A diet not only for your own health, but for the sake of the whole planet at once! The sustainability is trending everywhere, indeed.
The term came from a medical journal article, outlining the importance of cutting carbon, costs and eventually saving the planet by consuming the right food - the right way. It is already scientifically proven that human production of heat trapping greenhouse gasses and increase in global temperatures are very much notable, while food production makes up between 20 to 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
The climate diet basically promotes a great food transformation, which will allow the humanity to feed everyone on this planet without ruining the atmosphere in the nearest future.
So what should you eat and most importantly how to be global warming-cautious? The authors suggest the following regimen: about 34 percent of daily calories should come from the starchy stuff, like rice and potatoes and wheat. Another 23 percent should come from legumes like lentils, soy-based foods, and peanuts. And another 18 percent should come from fats—preferably liquid ones that aren’t derived from an animal. All the rest get split between fruits and vegetables (a surprisingly small eight percent of the recommended daily intake), dairy, meat, and sugary things.
Easy, but also remember about lighting, heating, recycling and everything that comes along with a sustainable lifestyle. But this is a topic for a whole new article, for now, let just contemplate on that.
Not so much about food, but an interesting and strange trend from the 90s worth the attention in 2020. Freeganism is an alternative philosophy for living, based on minimum participation in capitalism as well as limited consumption of capitalistic resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food. Weird, but ok.
Freegans use creative strategies to get things for free, so they don't need to shop. Those who are lucky to live in the countryside - grow their own food, make clothes, raise livestock and so on. But those city freegans have to use different strategies: usually reusing items that would otherwise go to waste.
We do not urge to go to such extremes, unless, this really resonates with your philosophy. Remember, just about any step you can take to save money will also help you live greener.
Well this is important! Especially in 2020, especially for those who want to eat balanced nutritious diets.
Also called 'the green sheen' - greenwashing is the marketing trick to deceive consumers into believing that the company's products are environmentally friendly. All those green labels persuading you about that dedicated appeal to nature are nothing but the Green PR. As the world today increasingly embraces the pursuit of greener practices, corporate companies want to take advantage and produce numerous misleading environmental claims as a way to commercial success.
Obviously, we are not shaming all the producers of healthy and organic food. But there are plenty of those on the market shelves. So if you see fluffy language, vague eco-friendly labels, suggestive pictures - double check the ingredients just to be safe this is not another marketing trick.
The Jar Healthy Vending is pro ethical approach to life and business, and our team is super responsible in the choices of products. With our menu you can be sure you are never a victim of greenwashing effect.
Gluten-free diet is outdated. The new trend is lectin - free.
If going lectin - free is a questionable decision, unless you are advised so by your doctor, knowing about this special new topic might be important.
Lectins are type of carbohydrate-binding protein. They exist in most plant and animal foods, but found in the highest amounts in legumes, nightshade vegetables, diary products and even grains...quinoa, rice.
They are kind of fine, but also potentially dangerous - no one knows - the research is still not clear about that. But lectins have some links to inflammation and also a bad reputation of mediators between bacteria and their intended targets. Well, in any case, if you see 'lectin-free' label soon - you know what is going on.
Always take the new information with a pinch of salt (or better chia seeds) and remember - just because something is trendy it doesn't mean it's 100% legit.
Enjoy your weekend with The Jar Healthy Vending!