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Short Chain Fatty Acids: Why do you need them?

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. What is a short chain fatty acid (SCFA) you ask? Well, SCFA’s are made from the fermentation of resistant starch in the large intestine by the colon cells. There are three main groups of SCFA’s: Acetate, Butyrate and Propionate. Simple enough, right? The primary SCFA, Butyrate, has many health benefits that have taken the medical community by surprise. It has been shown to increase the mucus production within the intestinal cells, increase the intestinal blood flow, repair the gut mucosa lining and improve the permeability of the lining of the colon! Butyrate has also been shown to decrease inflammation and diarrhea and

How to Get the Most Out of Your Vegetables

Vegetables and legumes have been widely known to have great benefits to our health and well being. They are rich in protein, fats, carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals such as, vitamin A, C, E, K, and multiple B-vitamins. Many of their benefits include antioxidant activities, prevention of many adverse health diseases, including nutrient deficiencies as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, the process of preparing and cooking can affect the nutrients available in these food items. Some processes can increase the amount of nutrients, while other processes can decrease the nutrients available in vegetables and legumes. Cooking Methods: Common cooking methods include st

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