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Prebiotics and Probiotics Together for Good Colon Health
Scientific research of the last couple of years has discovered that the colons of people generally have a higher amount of bad bacteria than good bacteria (called probiotics) in their guts. Optimum colon health decrees we must have more of the good bacteria.

Taking probiotics is a step in the right direction to rectify this imbalance. But it is not enough. These probiotics need to be fed. Prebiotic soluble fibers, called fructans, are essential to keep the good bacteria growing and pushing out the bad bacteria at first, and killing them by the low pH in the gut after being well established.

Life Energy Food is a company dedicated to helping people attain good gut health. Its products, Vim® and Frē® contain prebiotic fructans, soluble fibers that are readily consumed in the colon and feed the probiotics in your gut. Feeding these good bacteria helps them to overpower the bad bacteria that cause health problems.

But our prebiotic fructans do more than just feed the probiotics. They help alleviate irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, such as diarrhea or constipation. They also relieve abdominal discomfort. Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) are produced when prebiotic fructans are consumed by probiotics in the large intestine. These SCFA acidify the luminal pH of the colon, thereby stopping the growth of pathogens and preventing certain types of cancer, including colon cancer. They also play a key role in the prevention and treatment of bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

Diet is the most important factor in gut health. A diet heavy in dietary fiber in the form of fruits and vegetables and low in animal protein is crucial. Taking prebiotic fructans leads to the beneficial production of SCFA. However, the fermentation of animal proteins in the gut can result in the production of potentially toxic substances. So cut down on your meat intake and load up on your fruits and vegetables to keep your body healthy and strong.

Vim® and Frē® are great sources of the prebiotic fructans your body needs. They contain prebiotic fructans which other soluble fiber products such as Benefiber®, Citrucel®, and Metamucil® do not have. 

For more information on prebiotics, probiotics, and fiber, see our sections: "Prebiotics and Probiotics" and "Dietary Fibers"



Sugar Alternative
We all eat too much sugar. Not only that, we all know we eat too much sugar. Statistically, each person in the world consumes, on average, about 53 pounds of sugar a year. In the US, it’s twice that. That’s a lot! But that sweetness just tastes so good it’s hard to resist. We eat a cookie and decide well, that was just a little cookie, so we can have another one. Or we have a delicious piece of pie and it was so yummy we ask for seconds.

Sugar is actually an important part of our diet, even a healthy part of our diet. It makes foods taste better and provides us with food energy. Sugar is precious fuel for all the cells in our bodies, the preferred source of the body’s fuel for brain power, muscle energy and every natural process that goes on in every functioning cell—when it's present at normal levels. But persistently high sugar levels behave like a slow-acting poison.
 Actually, there are health risks involved in over-eating pretty much anything but sugar can be especially toxic. Some studies on the link between sugars and diabetes are inconclusive, but the extra calories from consuming large amounts of sugar can lead to obesity, which increases the risk of becoming diabetic. Other studies do show correlation between refined sugar consumption and the onset of diabetes. Another study found that sugar-sweetened beverages increase the risk of type 2 diabetes not only through obesity but also by increasing dietary glycemic load, leading to insulin resistance. High sugar levels slowly erode the ability of cells in the pancreas to make insulin.

Still other studies show that consuming a diet with a high glycemic load typical of the "junk food" diet, is strongly associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. A lot of us know that particular diet well: salted snack foods, gum, candy, sweet desserts, fried fast foods, and sugary carbonated beverages. We lead such fast-paced lifestyles that grabbing something on the run is easier than preparing a healthy meal. Then we wonder why we keel over from a heart attack.

For more information on the harmful effects of sugars and sugar substitutes, see our section:  "Sugar-Alternative"
We know that eating too much sugar is not good. That’s something we all have known pretty much all our lives. But why? Why are we concerned about high levels of sugar in our bodies—specifically in our blood?

Glucose is precious fuel for our bodies—it’s something we need to give us energy. But too much of it can be dangerous. High sugar levels slowly erode the ability of cells in the pancreas to make insulin, which is what the body uses to metabolize carbohydrates and fats in the body. Over time, the pancreas is permanently damaged, we end up with diabetes, and have to take insulin to do the job our body no longer has the ability to perform.

Nobody wants to be diabetic. It’s a dangerous condition that can cause a lot more complications than most of us want to deal with, such as kidney disease, strokes, heart problems, blindness, immune system suppression, erectile dysfunction, poor circulation, neuropathy.
Of the different components of nutrition—carbohydrates, fats, and proteins—carbohydrates have the greatest influence on blood sugar levels. Keeping sugar levels closer to normal can prevent many of the complications of diabetes. But it’s pretty hard to totally eliminate all sugar from our diets—it’s in almost everything. But it is always good to try to keep our sugar intake down. There are also dangers in using artificial sweeteners. And they don’t always do the trick, anyway. 

For information on how to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, see our section on "Diabetes"
Diabetes
Fructan Research
In 2004, Matt Leonhardt began research work for his Masters thesis on functional foods at Utah State University. Using fructans and xylitol (a natural, low-calorie sugar) furnished by Life Energy Foods LLC, he tested two groups of human subjects eating xylitol alone and eating fructans with xylitol.

Leonhardt’s thesis concluded that fructans are non-digestible and not directly involved in human metabolism; however, they do provide needed energy for daily activity. He specifies that using fructans in the diet has been associated with several benefits. One benefit is maintaining blood glucose levels. This may be due to fructan being a fiber that is not digested in the upper GI tract, so is not absorbed into the blood stream to have an effect on blood glucose and insulin levels as other carbohydrates do.

For more information on Leonhardt's research and how fructans can be a healthy benefit in your diet, see our section on "Diabetes"
Fiber
Lose Weight Now!
There are two types of fiber--soluble and insoluble. Both soluble and insoluble fibers are undigested. They are therefore not absorbed into the bloodstream. Fiber content is often listed under "Total Carbohydrates" on a Nutrition Facts label. Because it is undigested, it provides 0 calories. Instead of being used for energy, fiber is excreted from our bodies. Soluble fiber forms a gel when mixed with liquid, while insoluble fiber passes through our intestines largely intact.

So, what’s the difference? Go to our section on "Dietary Fiber"  to learn about the different types of fiber and why they are important to your body. 
Obesity is a big problem in the United States today. It is estimated that about a third of Americans are overweight. One of the biggest problems, of course, is that we don’t eat a healthy diet. We’re so busy that too often fast food eaten on the run substitutes for a healthy meal eaten at a moderate pace.

Healthy living, however, is more than just healthy food choices. You have to balance the number of calories you eat with the number of calories you burn in your daily activities. Even healthy foods have calories. It’s more than just eating low-fat meals. Losing weight generally requires a lifestyle change, establishing new habits. Think: to lose weight you need to eat correctly, eat less, and exercise more. How hard can that be? However, such changes are not easy. 

Calories, of course, are important. You need a good balance of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and water to drink. All fats are not bad, all proteins are not necessarily good. But fats do have a higher number of calories per gram (9) than carbs or proteins (4.5). 

To find out which kinds of fats are good and which are not, go to our section on "Weight Control"
Recipes
Lemon Chicken

Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
2 egg whites 
2 teaspoons water 

Sauce
1/3 cup reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth 
1/4 cup Vim® 
3 tablespoons lemon juice 
2 tablespoons rice vinegar 
2 tablespoons light corn syrup 
1 garlic clove, finely chopped 
salt and pepper, to taste 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
2 teaspoons cold water


Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Cut each chicken breast in half. Mix flour, baking soda and cayenne pepper. Combine egg whites and water in a medium bowl and mix well. Add chicken a few pieces at a time and turn to coat on all sides. Remove chicken from egg mixture dip in flour mixture to coat. Place on baking sheet and bake uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

Prepare sauce when chicken is almost done baking. Heat all sauce ingredients (except water and cornstarch) in a small saucepan until it reaches a light boil, stirring occasionally. Combine the cornstarch and cold water and mix well. Gradually add cornstarch mixture to the sauce. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Additional cornstarch/water can be added if a thicker sauce is desired. 
Cut each chicken breast diagonally into about 5 or 6 slices. Pour lemon sauce over chicken and serve.

FOr more recipes and accompanying photos, go to "Healthy No/Low Sugar Recipes"