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Nutritious breakfast foods

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13 January 2014

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Starting your day with a good breakfast is one of the most important and best decisions any individual can make. Breakfast literally means 'breaking your overnight fast'. Remember it could be at least 10 hours since your last meal, so it is important to re-fuel your body for another day.

Nutritious breakfast food:

1. Cereals They are staple breakfast foods, that are usually fortified with vitamins. When buying cereals, it is recommended to look at the ingredients! Some consideration that have to be taken into account are:

The main ingredient should be whole grain (at least 16g per serving);
Have a relatively low in sugar content (10 g or less per serving);
Be a good source of fiber (at least 3g per serving);
Be free of artificial colors and dyes.

Spice it up! Try adding some nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds! They will up your energy levels!

2. Bread In order to get the most nutritious content, refined white flour products should be avoided as they contribute to blood sugar fluctuations and weight gain. As an alternative to white bread is whole grain bread. Whole grain bread contains all three parts of the grain - the germ, the bran and the endosperm. The germ and the bran contain most of the nutrient value, such as minerals, fibers, essential fats and phytonutrients (plant chemicals that offer protection against disease). While white flour has had the precious germ and bran stripped away, leaving only the endosperm, whole grain items keep all three parts of the grain, preserving all of nature's goodness.

Spice it up! Try organic red palm oil on toasted whole grain bread! It tastes delicious and looks amazing!

All these products have something in common except the source being cereals. Can you guess what it is?

They all contain palm oil! Did you know that….50% products with every day usage contain palm oil ranging from margarine, cereals, crisps, soaps and baked goods, to soaps, washing powders and cosmetics.

Palm oil is versatile and can be found as a common ingredient in many consumer products due to its properties. It has a high melting point: at room temperature it is semi-solid. On a cold day or when refrigerated, it hardens as on a hot day, it can become completely liquid. Other advantages include heat stability; palm oil can be used for all types of frying, as it has a high frying temperature (225 0C) and does not leave a greasy feeling in the mouth as sunflower or peanut oil does. It also blends well with other edible oils, and it has high resistance to oxidization and rancidity, which entails products using palm oil have extended shelf life.

Natural Habitats produces certified organic and fair-trade palm oil by empowering farmers in Ecuador in order to ensure 100% sustainable production. To find out more about palm oil production, please visit: Natural Habitats .

 

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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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