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There is an increasing amount of research that says consuming a diet high in Omega 3’s is beneficial for your health including decreasing the risk of heart disease, reducing inflammation in the body, preventing some cancers and decreasing the symptoms of some mood disorders.  However, it can be very confusing to figure out the best way to accomplish this and achieve the correct ratio.  Should you be using a fish oil supplement? And how does the conversion work?

To work optimally your body needs a combination of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids in a proper ratio of 1:1.  This can be acheived from a variety of sources including flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts and fish.  Plant-based sources of Omega 3’s only contain ALA (alpha linoleic acid) while marine [...]

 

Smoothies are a great way to pack in a ton of nutrients in a short amount of time.  They’re also very customizable to fit your nutritional needs, whether that is more protein, a vegetarian diet, weight loss or even weight gain.  Here are a few tips for making the perfect smoothie for you

Protein Powders

When looking for a quality protein powder there a couple of points you should focus on.  First, you want one with a minimum of 20gs of protein per serving.  This can be either a vegan (usually pea protein or hemp) or Whey (milk protein).  Some people find a vegan protein easier to digest, while others prefer the taste of whey.  

Some good brands to start with are

  • Vega Powder
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Committing to a healthier “you” doesn’t have to be hard.  It’s easy to start with smaller steps until your healthy changes become habits.  Here are five small steps you can start in January to get the new year off on the right foot and recover from an indulgent December.

 

Commit to bringing your lunch to work three days a week

 

We get it, meal prepping can be tough and after a hard day at work, the last thing you want to do it is think about what you’re going to eat for lunch tomorrow.  In the middle of a tough day, nothing seems better than escaping the office for some decadent treat.  However, there’s a solution that’s far better for your wallet and your waistline and that’s the boring [...]

What is oil pulling and does it work ? The results you can expect

By: Helen Sanders, chief editor at Health Ambition

What is oil pulling? When I first heard of this primal remedy that came from the wise ancients of India, I assumed that this was a very weird way of pulling oil out from the body. Why would I want to do that? Is this going to make me feel better or just sick?

Well, let’s take a closer look at what oil pulling really is. Oil pulling comes from the primitive text of Ayurvedic medicine, which is widely known as traditional Indian medicine. Being a lover of alternative medicine, I had to give it a try.

But, before I gained the will power to attempt oil pulling, I wanted to know the basic questions that anyone would have. Does oil pulling work? What are the oil pulling results?

 

What Is Oil Pulling?

​Oil pulling is extremely easy, entirely inoffensive, and very affordable. The price of a daily spoonful of your preferred oil is much cheaper and less [...]

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil

Article from Eating for Energy by registered dietitian Diana Steele

Flaxseeds are, what I would consider, the best, most nutritious seed you could eat and we happen to grow them in our Canadian prairies. Nutritionally they are a powerhouse. The seed itself contains lignans, phytochemicals known to help prevent breast, ovarian and prostate cancers and soluble fibre which helps reduce cholesterol. The oil in flaxseeds contains the highest percentage of omega 3 fats out of all the nuts and seeds. Omega 3 fats are known to reduce inflammation, platelet aggregation, LDL cholesterol, arthritis and blood pressure. Omega 3 fats are also important for brain, nerve and visual development in the fetus and may improve brain function in the elderly.

1 tablespoon of these little seeds provides you with:

  • 37 calories
  • 3 grams of fat
  • 1.6 grams ALA (omega 3 fat)
  • 1.25 grams protein
  • 2 grams of fibre

The dietary reference intake for omega 3 fats for men is 1.6 grams and for women [...]

Alligga blog picFrom fighting disease to reducing inflammation, flaxseed is indeed a super food. It’s only downfall you ask?

As an oil, it’s unable to withstand high temperatures without the risk of burning and creating carcinogens.

Enter Alligga’s flaxseed oil: North America’s first organic, high-heat safe flaxseed cooking oil. While an innovative product, the Alligga brand flaxseed cooking oil definitely had some marketing challenges. Besides building brand awareness, they needed consumer backing in order to show the oil’s value to retailers. But these couldn’t be any just any consumers. They needed feedback from an informed group, who’d be willing to try, review, and hopefully like it enough to enhance the product’s demand.

To create a stronger presence in the minds of not just consumers but [...]

March is Nutrition Month! The Nutrition Month 2016 public campaign is dedicated to making a small change and making it stick! At Alligga, we are committed to providing natural health products for a complete and balanced lifestyle. We’re very excited about Nutrition Month and will be helping you implement small lifestyle changes throughout March.

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Our first tip is to help you feel fuller and more energized throughout your day! The answer – fibre, protein and water.

The more fibre, protein and water your food contains, the longer it will satisfy you. Fibre and water add volume and bulk up your meal.  Protein slows down the rate at which food leaves your stomach keeping you full for longer.  Including protein at meals also helps regulate, or slow, the [...]

Store It. Don’t Pour It.

By: Evita Basilio

It’s finally the holidays and with all the cooking for family and friends, you’re probably going to have a lot of leftover cooking grease. Do you know how to properly dispose of it?
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Proper disposal is an issue because…
When fats and oils are poured down the drain, the fats and oils solidify and build up in sewer pipes. This eventually causes blockages that can result in sewer backups, property damage, and added costs to cities and municipalities

You should…Store fats and oils in an old disposable plastic container. When full, the container should be thrown out with regular garbage.

Businesses that need to dispose of used cooking oil…From individual restaurants to larger chains, school and hospital cafeterias, food manufacturers, and more, you can use the EcoZero [...]

Naturally, oils contain saturated and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are divided into monounsaturated (one double bond in the fatty acid chain) and polyunsaturated (more than one double bond). Polyunsaturated fats are essential for our body as we cannot naturally produce them. What’s the difference between all these types of fat?

SATURATED FAT:  Saturated fat raises the bad LDL cholesterol in your blood and has been linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease.

MONOUNSATURATED FAT: Oleic fatty acid (Omega-9) monounsaturated fat is produced naturally in our body so is called non-essential. It may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering bad LDL cholesterol in the blood and helping control blood glucose.

POLYUNSATURATED FAT: Omega-3 and Omega-6:

  • ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACID (Omega-3): Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which cannot be naturally produced by the body and must be obtained through our diets. Regular intake of Omega-3 has shown to protect against hypertension, inflammation, [...]

Did you know you can take out the solid fats in your recipe and use our healthy flaxseed cooking oil instead? Eliminate trans and reduce saturated fats in your recipes by substituting solid fat for Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil.  If a recipe calls for this much solid fat – try making it with this much of our flaxseed cooking oil

Solid Fat Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil 1 cup (250 mL) ¾ cup (175 mL) ¾ cup (175 mL) 2/3 cup (150 mL) ½ cup (125 mL) 1/3 cup (75 mL) ¼ cup (50 mL) 3 Tbsp (45 mL) 1 Tbsp (15 mL) 2 tsp (10 mL) 1 tsp (5 mL) ¾ tsp (4 mL)

What is solid fat?

Fats that are solid at room temperature are saturated fats and can come from animals such as beef, pork and chicken fat, butter, cream and milk fat. Vegetable sources are coconut, palm and palm kernel oils, and [...]

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