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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

[ Gluten May Not Be The Source Of Your Sour Stomach ]

Wondering why even after you cut gluten out of your diet you still have stomach issues?  Contrary to the longstanding medical advice that wheat gluten is the cause, it may not be gluten at all.  While just 1% of Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease, many more have adopted a gluten-free diet in hopes of controlling stomach discomfort with many not having any success.  Now new researchers claim your misery may be due to a group of carbohydrates called fructans. While fructans are found in wheat they’re also found in high quantities in onions, garlic, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, artichoke and certain other vegetables. The study sourced people who were independently put themselves on a gluten-free diet (but weren’t celiac) and gave them cereal bars that either contained gluten, fructans, or a placebo. They found that the participants who ate the bars containing fructans experienced more symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Even more astonishing was those who ate bars with gluten wheat had no difference with those with the placebo bars. In any case, do schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss any G.I. issues ask about low FODMAP diet, which targets certain hard-to-digest carbohydrates like fructans.

SOURCE: Mental Floss


[ Keep Apple Slices From Browning With A Rubber Band ]

Apples and pears are healthy snacks kids love, that is until the fresh slices turn brown. One mother has come up with a simple hack that keeps freshly cut slices of fruit from turning brown and without using lemon juice. Eleanor Hill says all you need is a pairing knife and a rubber band. First, cut apples and pears without removing the core.  She says to slice the fruits so that the core is squared and hang on to it.  Once you’ve made your slice, reassemble the apple or hear, like a jigsaw puzzle and place the rubber band around the apple to hold it together. She said her hack works well because it uses the fruit’s own acids to keep it fresh and you don’t have to include a separate step of dousing slices with lemon juice. A bonus is you don’t need a plastic bag or container to transport. This trick can also work on avocados by keeping the pit in place and reassembling the unused portions and holding them together with a rubber band.

SOURCE: Daily Mail