KernAktuell July 2018, News

Intelligent eating

Eating is more than just calorie intake

Most people base their weight management on the simple formula “Energy intake minus energy consumption = weight change”. My body weight will change depending on whether or not I take in more calories than I use. But many new findings show that that is over-simplistic. Eating is always far more than just calorie intake.

It depends on the quality of the calories
Intelligent eating means paying attention to the content of the calories. The American doctor Joel Fuhrman has investigated various foods and considered the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and secondary plant substances they contain in relation to their calories. The results are summarised in the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI). By eating foods that are high on this list you automatically increase your intake of low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods – and you can eat these until you are full.

Eating influences our feelings
Publication of the bestseller “Gut: The inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ” has drawn people’s attention to the major influence that our digestive tract – with its numerous nerve pathways and billions of bacteria – exerts on our wellbeing. The gut is constantly sending messages to the brain. Eating nutritious food has a positive impact on our thinking, our bowel flora and our immune system. In addition, fibre-rich food helps to cleanse the bowel, keeps blood sugar levels more stable and thus prevents cravings.

Proper nutrition slows aging
Free radicals are dangerous and highly reactive oxygen molecules in our bodies that accelerate the aging process and are linked to a number of diseases. Foods with antioxidising properties prevent unwanted oxidation and are of great physiological importance. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value expresses the level of a food’s antioxidant effect. The higher the value in the ORAC list, the better the food’s effect.

Correct foods at Estyria
At Estyria we base our choice of products and foods on the ANDI and ORAC lists. Fruits such as cranberries, seeds such as pumpkin seeds, nuts such as cashews and of course pulses like our scarlet runner beans are important components of a good diet. Promoting natural organic products is also part of our strategy. Organic vegetables, for example, contain up to 69% more antioxidants and significantly fewer toxic heavy metals and pesticide residues than conventionally produced products. Consumers know this. It is therefore not surprising that in 2017 more than 50% of the products we produced were organic.

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Traditional Styrian
stamp press process

While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.

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