Well-being

For us to feel good we must be careful. But sometimes we have so many questions that it is difficult, isn’t it? Here you will find special tips and that support to make your life tastier.

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Myths and truths about sucralose

  • 1 Sucralose is derived from Sugarcane.
    Truth. Sugar is extracted from sugarcane, which goes by the chemical name of sucrose. This sugar molecule then passes through a thorough process to reach a stable structure called sucralose - the only sweetener with the delicious taste of sugar but with no calories and no consumption restrictions.
  • 2 Sucralose is an artificial sweetener.
    Truth. Sucralose is not found in nature, it is made from the chemically modified sugar molecule. This process was discovered in 1976 in a scientific research in London; it has been studied for over 20 years and tested by the most rigorous organs of national and international food safety control.
  • 3 Sucralose has chlorine in its molecular structure.
    Truth. Chlorine, in fact, is an element of the periodic table quite common in much of what we eat. It appears in chloride form in lettuce, in tomatoes, in mushrooms, melons, and in salt - or sodium chloride as it is known to science. Chloride, besides being safe and natural, when combined with sucralose molecule causes it to pass through our body without generating any calories. Blessed chloride!
  • 4 Diabetics cannot consume sucralose.
    Myth. Diabetics can consume sucralose normally. It turns out that sucralose comes in and out of our bodies the same way, without decomposing and without generating any calories. So it does not increase glucose levels in the blood either and is a great choice for everyone who wants to keep healthy without giving up flavor.
  • 5 Pregnant and nursing women cannot consume sucralose.
    Myth. Because it is quickly eliminated in urine without accumulating in our body, studies show that sucralose does not penetrate the placenta either and does not even become part of breast milk. However, it is worth remembering that when the subject is pre- and post-natal diet, even for safer foods it is important to have the monitoring of a nutritionist.
  • 6 There is a maximum amount of consumption to sucralose.
    Truth. According to the Joint Expert Committee for Food Additives (JECFA), administered by UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization, safe consumption of sucralose per day should not exceed 15 mg/kg body weight. This means that a person weighing 60 kg can consume the equivalent to 110 little sachets of powder Linea, on a single day, although the committee itself advises not to reach the maximum dose.
  • 7 Sucralose does not sweeten as much as sugar.
    Myth. In fact, sucralose sweetens about 600 times more than our familiar table sugar and also has the advantage of not generating calories or causing tooth decay. Just add a few drops of Linea to make everything tastier.
  • 8 The taste of sucralose is changed in the heat.
    Myth. Studies have shown great stability in the sucralose molecule. In other words, the sucralose atoms form a combination so strong that they remain close together even under extreme conditions of temperature and pH. This enables it to be used without losing its flavor, both in the industrial manufacture of products as well as in that recipe coming out from the home oven.

Myths and truths about stevia

  • 1 Stevia is a natural sweetener extracted from a plant.
    Truth. Discovered in Paraguay in 1905, stevia is a sweetener extracted from the Stevia Rebaudiana plant leaves, with no calories and no consumption restrictions.
  • 2 Diabetics cannot consume stevia.
    Myth. Diabetics can also consume stevia without any worries; it does not change anything in blood sugar, blood glucose, and is a naturally sweet option to help keep healthy.
  • 3 Pregnant and nursing women cannot consume stevia.
    Myth. Stevia does not offer any risk to pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding because studies show that stevia does not penetrate the placenta either and does not even become part of breast milk; in 14 hours it is completely eliminated from the body. But don't forget: your nutritionist should be your primary counselor in your pre- and post-natal diet.
  • 4 4. There is a maximum amount of consumption to stevia..
    Truth. According to the Joint Expert Committee for Food Additives (JECFA), administered by UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization, safe consumption of stevia should not exceed 4 mg/kg body weight. In short, a person weighing 70 kilos can consume up to 108 droplets of Linea Stevia 100% or 10 sachets in one day.
  • 5 The taste of stevia is bitter.
    It depends. Linea Stevia 100% is made with carefully chosen raw materials that leave a distinctive taste in our product, but without losing the naturalness of stevia, which is extracted from a plant and thus has a distinctive flavor. Most of the time, the plant bitterness ends up showing up in hot drinks; in cold drinks, however, it has a naturally sweet taste.
  • 6 Stevia does not sweeten as much as sugar.
    Myth. In fact, stevia sweetens about 300 times more than sugar, and for having this high power of sweetness, it is extracted to manufacture the sweetener. Plus, it also has the advantage of not generating calories and not causing tooth decay. How about adding a few droplets of Linea Stevia 100% to make everything naturally sweet?
  • 7 The taste of stevia is changed in the heat.
    Myth. Stevia can be used in your recipes without any problem; its naturally sweet taste will make things even tastier and healthier.

Why reduce sugar?

No one can deny that the sweetness of sugar brings a sense of wonderful well-being. But while we delight in it, it increases blood glucose level and, in excess, stimulates the storage of fat in cells and can cause tooth decay, obesity, heart disease, among others.

Concerned about the growth of its consumption, mainly in processed foods in which sugar has been built, health agencies guide that the intake of this component should not exceed 10% of total daily caloric intake, which for an adult is around 40g /day.

What is the difference between diet, light and zero?

It is designed for diets that restrict some nutrient, such as sugar in the case of diabetics or gluten for those with celiac disease. When we remove 100% of at least one of the ingredients, we say that the food is diet, even if its calories increase.

The darling of diets for weight loss, light does not always have a significant reduction in calories. We call light all the food that reduces 25% of one or more components such as sugar, fat, cholesterol or sodium.

The latest word on the packaging. The zero food, as the name implies, also indicates the total exclusion of one of the components. Examples: Zero Sodium, Zero Fat or Zero Sugar (in this case suitable for diabetics and for those who want to say goodbye to the extra kilos).

Learn about sweeteners and their differences

Sweeteners are products formed by one or more sweetening components. These, in turn, are natural or artificial substances that can sweeten more than sugar providing fewer or no calories. Learn about the main differences between dietary sweetening components available on the market:

Why reduce sodium?

Assured spice in cuisine from the north to the south of Brazil, the common salt is rich in sodium and its excessive intake is one of the causes of hypertension. Today, there are over 30 million hypertensive Brazilians and every year about 300,000 are victims of cardiovascular disease.
To reduce sodium in the Brazilian diet, Linea was the first to develop a light salt: our Litesalt.

Designed to make everything tastier and healthier, with 66% less sodium, Litesalt is formed by a mixture of sodium chloride and potassium chloride. It is therefore suitable for those suffering from fluid retention, hypertension, and also for prevention of both. But before replacing the common salt by light salt it is recommended to consult a doctor because potassium chloride should be avoided by people with a history of kidney problems.

What is its cardiovascular risk?

Do you know that protruding belly? In addition to harming esthetics, it can also indicate a tendency to health problems. The smaller the waist, the lower the probability of cardiovascular diseases. And this risk increases up to 2% at every centimeter that surpasses the ideal measure of the abdomen.

To find out if you run a cardiovascular risk, place a tape measure around your abdomen, just above the hip bone, leaving the tape parallel to the ground and tight without compressing the skin. Okay, now just check the measures in the table below.

Say goodbye to miracle diets

Who has never heard of diet of the moon, soup and even ice? The internet is full of diets which promise to lose 20 kg in a week and bring love in three days. There is no magic formula. So first of all, don't blame yourself for betting on a miracle diet, unfortunately it happens. And if it has happened, you probably know that it doesn't work, at least not in the long run. The best way to lose weight healthy and avoid weight cycling (yo-yo effect) is by sticking to a diet rich in nutrients and adequate for your body.

In order to do this, you must admit: it will mean hard work. But surely this is an easier job than following any moon diet. That's because when you allow yourself to make a long-term diet, restrictions need not be sudden and extreme. Maybe you won't gain a six pack abs just before this summer, but it is the most efficient way to have a beautiful and healthy body for the next seasons. Organizing intermediate meals like a cereal bar, for example, is a great tip to reduce hunger in the main meals and it even helps reduce stress during the day. If you think you need a major change in your diet, look for a reliable professional and look after your body with care.

Get to know and take better advantage of nutrients

Carbohydrates

Are our main source of energy and can be found in both fiber and refined foods. Those present in conventional sugar, rice and noodles are absorbed quickly, causing glucose peaks and fat storage. Favor foods with lower carbohydrate content.

Proteins

Are responsible for a number of functions, such as nails and hair growth, skin replacement and muscle building. The secret to consume proteins goes from choice to preparation. The following are protein sources: meat (favor lean cuts) milk, eggs, soybeans and others.

Fats

Are necessary, but in small quantities. Avoid saturated and trans fats, choose the good fats, found in fish, olive oil and nuts. But remember: it is important to dose even the good fats, a tablespoon of olive oil in the salad dressing already has about 75 calories.

Vitamins and Minerals

Are essential for the functioning of the body as a whole. So when we observe excessive fatigue, muscle pain, repeated flu and even that huge craving to eat sweets, you can be sure that some of these nutrients are missing. In this case, the tip is to vary the diet more, leaving the plate quite colorful and the menu of the day rich in fruits and vegetables.

Fibers

Fibers act like a broom in our body. They absorb excessive sugar and fat, sweeping out what we don't need. So besides reducing this excessive absorption they help the functioning of the intestine. In order to consume these good janitors, eat plenty of vegetables, green vegetables and fruits with skins and favor whole foods.

Water

Water is essential to the process of absorption of nutrients and without it the consumption of all above nutrients may be impaired. In order to replace the water that we naturally lose during the day it is recommended to drink 1.5 to 3 liters of water. Those who often forget to drink water can leave a bottle always in sight. A work desk, for example, is a great place.

How many calories do you need per day?

You may not have noticed yet, but below the nutrition label of any product comes the following asterisk: "Daily reference values based on a diet of 2,000 kcal. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. "To know exactly your daily calorie needs, only with an evaluation of a health professional. But to help you understand how this need varies, here is a short list of influencing factors.

Age

When we are children we need a lot of energy to develop. Since this need tends to decrease as does the ability of the body to burn calories, it is advised to eat less as you age.

Sex

The scales of restaurants per kilo are proof: men usually eat more than women. It turns out that they have more muscle mass so they end up spending more energy and need more calories to replace it. A 30 year old woman weighing 70 kg who does not do physical activities, for example, spends about 1,525 calories per day, while a man in the same circumstances spends 2,029.

Physical activity

During workout, our body needs more energy. Often this energy is taken from the stock of fat, resulting in weight loss. Therefore, an active person spends more energy than a person who does not do physical activities, needing more calories.