Hydrophilic Foods, Eat More to Lose More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I read an interesting article about the author of a book called The HD Diet (“hydrophilic” foods diet) in a Woman World magazine. You simply pair a glass of water & at least one water-absorbent (hydrophilic) food at each meal/snack. The idea is that these foods cause a “hydrophilic effect,” meaning they contain natural compounds that soak up the liquid in your system, transforming it into a thick gel. And when this gel moves slowly through your body, it takes on water, binding together and swelling to many times its original size. This literally fills you up & lowers your hunger hormones levels. Doesn’t sound so nice, but she also suggests that this hydrophilic gel “gums up” normal digestion, which means the food is broken down more slowly & you therefore feel satisfied for a longer period of time.
She suggests that the main hydrophilic compounds are pectin (found in fruit, especially apples) and mucilage, which she identifies as “microscopic sponges that help certain plants retain moisture.” Below are some of the fat-fighting, hydrophilic foods recommended.
Veggies: Asparagus, artichokes, bean sprouts, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, dark leafy greens, green beans, jicama, okra, onions, snow peas, squash, turnips, sushi wrappers, sweet potato
Fruits: Apples, apricots, all berries, all citrus fruits, figs, mangoes, kiwi, papaya, peach, pear, plum, pomegranate, pumpkin
Other foods: Chia seeds, all beans and peas, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, faro, oat bran, oatmeal, quinoa, shirataki noodles
Okay then . . . my take on this. We should be drinking water anyway. Perhaps concentrating on getting more of these “hydrophilic foods” might help . . . sure can’t hurt because all suggested are healthy foods! Actually, I eat a lot of these foods already, don't you? We just need to pair it with water and have some at every meal . . . doable! And personally, I’m going concentrate on apples . . . an apple a day might just keep the weight away, too.