WHO: EATING HEALTHY FOOD EXTENDS LIFE

It is now a scientific fact: introducing healthy foods into your daily diet, preferably of plant origin, from controlled agriculture and rich in all active nutrients helps to increase life expectancy. This is explained to us by the World Health Organization which periodically emphasizes the importance of nutrition in the prevention of the most serious and important diseases.

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FAVA BEANS QUINTESSENTIAL MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Fava Beans or Broad beans are prodigious legumes, in other words, they represent the quintessence of healthy nutrition. And it is easy to say why. We grow them in Italy, in the Marche, on the hilly areas located between the provinces of Pesaro and Urbino, with organic and biodynamic cultivation methods. From stone-ground and full-body beans with a renewable energy milling system we obtain the best whole bean flour. Together with wholemeal spelled flour, we produce a variant of well-being: the Spelled and Broad Bean Specialty, already winner of the “Best Product Innovation” Award at the Anuga in Cologne.

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Mediterranean Diet

Undisputed queen of healthy nutrition with a Mediterranean tradition, fava beans or broad beans, together with lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas, the rediscovery of cicerchia, represent an ally of our well-being and our longevity.

In fact, it has been shown that those who regularly consume legumes of natural and organic origin improve their health by extending their life expectancy.

Broad beans lower the level of bad cholesterol thanks to the high content of plant fibers that stabilize blood cholesterol levels.

They are very often indicated by specialists, doctors and nutritionists, to reduce the risk of diabetes. Today, with the advent of a society that eats unregulated, devoted to fast food and street food, we find ourselves an increasingly obese and sick population. Diabetes is one of the main causes of an improper diet based on fats and sugars. The broad beans, thanks to the high content of vegetable fibers, significantly reduce the risk of contracting this very serious disease, also reducing the possibility of stroke or heart attack.

Le fave contengono tanti preziosi minerali

Broad beans contain many precious minerals, including manganese, which is very useful in fighting arthritis and osteoporosis. Among the various properties this portentous legume helps the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems and erects a barrier against seasonal ailments to defend our immune system.

Vitamina A, presente in elevata quantità

The considerable benefits of fava beans are also found on the skin, thanks to vitamin A, present in high quantities and which acts on the epidermis, making it radiant and beautiful. If you think that the wellness roundup is over, you are wrong: beans are also very rich in Vitamin B1, or thiamine, a substance necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system and to regulate metabolism.

CHILDHOOD OBESITY: THE REMEDY IS IN FOOD

Preventing childhood obesity is a moral duty, as well as a real possibility. In Italy 21% of school-age children are overweight and 9% are obese. A child suffering from obesity risks altering the functioning of hormones, suffering from disorders and diseases that until a few decades ago seemed to belong exclusively to the adult world. Sugar levels rise effectively increasing the risk of diabetes. One in ten of them suffer from high blood pressure, while one in three has high levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

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PASTA: NEVER SAY EVER (ONLY IF WHOLEMEAL)

Eliminating an important food such as pasta from your diet means reducing the energy needed to fight the fats and fatigue that our body undergoes. Pasta yes, always, even every day, as long as it does not come from refined grains grown with chemical methods. Pasta is an indispensable ingredient, our mothers and grandmothers have taught us. For us Italians, it represents an indispensable must in our pantries. It is always present on our tables, whether they are summer, fresh and carefree or winter, steaming and fragrant. How can we do without it? Natural pasta is good, healthy, cheap, and light. It is a complete food, when combined with protein and vegetable ingredients, and is good for you and the planet.

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SPELT WHEAT IN PREGNANCY: THE RIGHT NUTRITION FOR YOU AND FOR HIM (OR HER).

Eating well with spelt wheat. Especially pregnant. It makes you feel better, who need the richest energy and all natural nutrients, and it’s good for him (or her), who needs you, your well-being and the best elements to be able to grow in a strong and healthy way . Nothing more obvious. A healthy and balanced diet is a must when the female body needs the utmost attention and care; and taking care of yourself, thanks to a healthy nutrition that also includes spelled in pregnancy, means first of all taking care of the greatest love you know: your child. But sometimes the most obvious things are those hidden from the eye. Food is an indispensable thing to live, you know. What is often forgotten is that a certain type of food is essential to live long and well. From the oldest to the most recent scientific investigations, the influence of food on the individual’s health has been well understood. The better you eat, the better you are then.

Spelled is not just a cereal, but one of the oldest cereals in existence and cultivated by man on Earth.

All of our well-being seems to start from a positive association of factors, including a healthy lifestyle and food that is recognizable as good and healthy. Spelled is a cereal. Taking spelled during pregnancy, preferably whole grain, is the best way to add natural fibers to your daily diet and solve annoying intestinal obstruction problems without medicines or substitutes, which is very common in pregnancy, especially in its last months. Spelled is not just cereal, but one of the oldest cereals in existence and cultivated by a man on Earth. Its origins are Persian and date back to about 5000 years ago, but the Roman legionaries greatly appreciated its qualities and appropriated it for very long periods until the completion of the Empire. Its high satiating value, its naturalness, organoleptic properties, and intense flavor are qualities that make this special ingredient real support for the entire gestational period. And beyond.

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But why prefer spelled wheat in pregnancy to wheat?

Eat spelled when pregnant. Always choose cereals from sustainable agriculture that respect the environment and the natural life process of plants and the land that hosts them. It is the best way to be convinced that what you eat is what strengthens you and does not harm you. But why prefer spelled wheat in pregnancy to wheat? Spelled contains much more protein than wheat and is more easily digestible. But it also contains Thiamine, Niacin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, B vitamins, complex carbohydrates, and too much more to be able to give up. Thiamine (or Vitamin B1), in particular, is essential in the growth phase of children, stimulating brain production and mental attitude. This load of nutrients is essential for the correct eating habits that every pregnant or puerpera woman should have for her well-being and that of him (or her). Try wholemeal or semi-wholemeal spelled pasta, fresh salads with pearls or autumn soups combined with mushrooms and seasonal vegetables. At breakfast do not let your tummy miss our puffed cereals from organic and bio-sustainable agriculture. Do not forget the Luzi wholemeal spelled flour, suitable for delicious sweet or savory recipes and rigorously stone ground with a renewable solar energy system. To guarantee him (or guarantee) the future he deserves.

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WORLD FOOD DAY: HERE’S HOW TO FEED

World Food Day is celebrated every 16 October to commemorate the birth of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, more commonly known as FAO. Also this year the commitment of the international organization is to disseminate as much information on healthy nutrition and improve environmental sustainability. The main objective is to reduce hunger in the world through a global information campaign directed by a simple but effective slogan: HEALTHY FOOD. To do this, he explains to FAO, everyone needs greater awareness of daily nutrition and above all a real commitment to love oneself more. Preferring healthy meals, based on legumes, cereals, vegetables, is good for the individual and the planet itself.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

World Food Day also this year foresees the focus on some specific themes. Advice, vademecum or simply the possibility of glimpsing a new path in our way of nourishing ourselves and nurturing those we love:

These are the points summarized by FAO as follows:

  1. Legumes and nuts are excellent sources of vegetable protein. Legumes, in particular, represent a meal rich in minerals and proteins, but poor economically, therefore also accessible to the less well-off classes.
  2. It is advisable to reduce, if not eliminate, drinks and refined and industrially processed foods, rich in saturated fats, sugar and salt, and not to eat excessive quantities of products of animal origin. If you really can’t do without it, do it in moderation.
  3. Whenever you can, replace refined foods with whole-grain ones. This is valid for almost all foods of plant origin, such as rice, flour, pasta, bread and derivatives.
  4. Unsaturated fats are part of a healthy diet and come exclusively from vegetable oils, fish and nuts. It is necessary to reduce saturated and trans fats of animal origin that carry bad cholesterol.

GUIDELINES FOR A HEALTHY ITALIAN FOOD

A simple and effective guideline promoted by FAO on World Food Day to encourage increasingly healthy and conscious nutrition and to combat hunger in the world. If millions of people suffer from hunger, on the other hand an increasing number suffer from obesity. The hashtag #famezero for some years now created for World Food Day aims to develop, together with the programs exhibited by experts and researchers, real nutritional policies and intense educational programs in favor of an advantageous diet for the human being and the environment. Each country adopts, under the supervision of FAO, its own guidelines. In Italy, the National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition has been involved since 2003 with the dissemination of a document entitled “GUIDELINES FOR A HEALTHY ITALIAN FOOD”.

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For us at LUZI this document has always represented the clearest intention: to create healthy, good foods that are also good for the planet. Let's summarize the most important points:

  1. Check your weight. Weight is an indispensable element to measure our physical well-being. If it exceeds the average it should stick to, it is because we have introduced more energy than we should have. Energy, food, which is transformed into fat mass and is deposited in our body. Each individual has their own metabolism. This means that one individual can gain more weight while still eating the same way as another. Those with a slower metabolism will devote themselves more to physical activity and will better control the intake of fat, sugar and salt. Excessive consumption of fats and their accumulation in the body actually constitute a health hazard, increasing the risk of developing certain diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some types of cancer, respiratory failure , the mechanical consequences of overload on the joints. The more stable the weight is within the norm, the better the living conditions and the longer the expectations.
  2. Practice physical activity. Moving is essential, it burns energy and eliminates toxins. Sedentary lifestyle causes obesity, especially in the developing and more delicate age groups.
  3. Carbohydrates are good for you, but it is preferable to consume those coming from cereals and legumes originating from virtuous production cycles that do not involve refining the product and keep it really whole. Cereals and derivatives in Italy represent the primary source of complex carbohydrates. In a balanced diet, 60% of the calories in the ration should come from carbohydrates.
  4. It is essential to take in as much plant fiber as possible. Whole grains and vegetables are very rich in them. Dietary fiber in itself has no nutritional value but is important for regulating the various physiological functions of our body. The fiber is composed of a soluble part and an insoluble part. The one soluble in water regulates the absorption of some nutrients, such as sugar, the insoluble one, contained above all in whole grains, acts on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract by protecting it.
  5. Fats: choose the quality and moderate the quantity. Wise advice to always keep in mind.
  6. Sugars, sweets and sugary drinks: within the right limits. Sugar raises blood sugar levels in the blood. It is important that they are always in the norm. Simple sugars can be consumed as sources of energy for the body, within the limits of 10-15% of the daily caloric intake (corresponding, for an average diet of 2100 calories, to 56-84 grams). Among the favorite desserts those of the Italian tradition, homemade.
  7. Drink plenty of water, about two liters per day. Ours is an organism made up mainly of water. In a newborn, water represents 75% of body weight. It is important to drink and avoid the risk of dehydration.
  8. Reduce the salt. It is an indispensable element for the flavor it gives to each food, but it is good to always keep it at bay. Salt in fact causes arterial hypertension, increasing the risk of some heart diseases.
  9. It is good to remember that healthy and correct nutrition is determined by the combination of several healthy ingredients. It is essential to reduce foods of animal origin to the advantage of plant and or plant foods and to diversify one’s daily diet.