How Does Food Impact Health?
The food we eat gives our bodies the "information" and materials they need to function properly. If our body don't get the right information through the food that we take, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines.
If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong
instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and
In short, what we eat is central to our health. Consider that in light of Webster's definition of medicine: "The science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease."
Food acts as medicine--to maintain, prevent, and treat disease.
What does food do in our bodies?
The nutrients in food enable the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions. This quote from a popular textbook describes how the nutrients in food are essential for our physical functioning.
"Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline.
When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop." - Perspectives in Nutrition, Wardlow and Insel
In other words, nutrients give our bodies instructions about how to function. In this sense, food can be seen as a source of "information" for the body.
Thinking about food in this way gives us a view of nutrition that goes beyond calories or grams, good foods or bad foods. This view leads us to focus on foods we should include rather than foods to exclude.
Instead of viewing food as the enemy, we look to food as a way to create health and reduce disease by helping the body maintain function.
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Knowledge is power. By knowing the truth about fruit jams you will be able to make positive, healthy decisions, and choices when it comes to your diet. The choices you make today for yourself and your family will define their eating habits for generations.
How can Jam make my body healthier? It’s loaded with sugar, and corn syrup and HFCS, and stuff I can’t even pronounce. All Jams are not created the same. Not all jams have the same amount of sugar, some don’t have corn syrup in them, nor do they all have HFCS.
Higher quality jam is not made with HFCS most use real Pure Cane Sugar. Many high-quality jams are GMO-free, gluten-free, loaded with fiber and may contain less sugar than conventional jams, jellies, and preserves.
Of course, there is the common sense approach that everything in moderation is the best way to go. Fresh fruit is always a healthy choice for you but trying to spread a whole apple across a piece of toast just isn’t the same as a nice teaspoon of fresh jam.
Preparation of mixed fruit preserves generally involves the use of added pectin as a gelling agent, although most fruits contain a degree of pectin, added pectin helps ensure a nice gel and healthy shelf life.
There are various types of mixed fruit jams made globally. Fruit jam can be made from sweet or savory ingredients. Properly, the term mixed fruit jam refers to a product made with a blend of whole fruit, cut into pieces or crushed. The different fruits used in mixed fruit jam usually vary. Fruits are heated with water and sugar to activate the pectin in the fruit. The mixture is then put into containers. It comes in myriad varieties.
The nutritional value of today’s Jams is not 100% lost as they were when our grandmothers stood over a stove cooking down fruit for hours and inadvertently cooking out all the wonderful nutrients.
By adding sugar and pectin (depending on the type of pectin) some jams only have to cook at boiling for as little as ten minutes instead of two and a half hours. This helps retain the natural nutritional value of the fruit while ensuring shelf stability. This is why choosing a jam that utilizes fresh fruits, healthy ingredients and proper production is an important health decision.
Knowing that choosing the right fruit jam as a main staple in your life, and indulging in a health-conscious lifestyle will not only give you great peace of mind, but also a healthy happy future to embrace.
Jam’s first benefit is the mere fact that eating it instead of butter or margarine on your toast is a huge upgrade in healthy eating. It also has benefits that are a direct result of the antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins inherent in the fruits jam is made of.
Health benefits range from helping to heal cuts and wounds, to providing energy, to lowering blood pressure. (These benefits are more prevalent with jams as compared to jellies & preserves but all three have potential.)
Before we get into some fun recipes let’s just briefly define the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves.
Jam is the jelled puree which is made with the flesh and juice of both vegetable and fruit. Along with sugar and water it is heated which helps to activate pectin. It is also made with the combination of various fruits such as peaches and plums. As it has no free liquid, it is easy to spread. The fruits such as blueberries, apricots, peaches, cherries, raspberries, pineapple, strawberries and rhubarb should be mixed with the high pectin fruits to set or gel. It is also known as conserves.
It has a very long history. Culinary matters of cookbook of 1st century Rome has the recipes to make jam. It was used as a diet in Middle East where there is ample amounts of sugar. In Britain, it was brought by Crusaders. It reached to West Indies by Spanish where the fruit was found in abundance and this method was used to preserve fruits.
One tablespoon of jam contains:
6.09 g of moisture
0.07 g of protein
0.01 g of total lipid fat
0.05 g of ash
13.77 g of carbohydrate
0.2 g of dietary fiber
9.7 g of total sugars
It also provides:
0.02 mg of copper
1.8 mg of vitamin C
0.1 mg of iron
0.015 mg of vitamin B2.