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Month: November 2014 (Page 2 of 2)

Why do Rice Crispies go Snap, Crackle and Pop?

I KNOW you’re all dying to know but were always too afraid to ask, so I’m going to tell you!

Rice Crispies contain lots of sugar and are cooked at  high temperatures. The sugar forms crystals and also creates air-filled pockets.

So, when Rice Crispies absorb milk, forces push the air which  then breaks the cavity walls and make the snap, crackle and pop noise. As far as I know, this is the only  food that does this.

And just in case you were wondering… no they are not a particularly healthy breakfast. Far too high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. You’d be much better off with a wholegrain cereal which will give you longer lasting energy along with some fresh fruit.

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Chillies for Weight Loss

Chillies for weight loss

Chillies for weight loss

SO, the latest news today is that chilli peppers may help those trying to lose weight.

But before you get all excited and rush to your nearest Mexican restaurant take a few minutes to read the facts.

Hot peppers such as jalapino and habenero chillies contain a substance called capsaicin. This adds spice to food but also makes the body heat up. It now looks like this body generating heat may help with some of the those ever-expanding waist lines.

Researchers at the UCLA Center for Human nutrition looked at the abilities of chillies to increase heat production in those on weight-loss diets. They found those eating the highest levels of DCT (dihydrocapsiate), a substance found in chillies believed to have a weight loss potential, had a higher energy expenditure after eating. They also found DCT (which is not the hot part) significantly increased fat oxidation and encouraged the body to use more fat as fuel. So, the bottom line is chillies may be beneficial in increasing metabolism as part of a healthy diet.

Don’t forget the ‘healthy diet’ bit. If chillies worked that well all Mexicans would be lean and fit … And trust me of this one … they’re not!

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