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Nutrition and health
Health and Nutrition
The pace of day-to-day life often leads us to forget to look after our eating habits. Lack of physical activity combined with poor nutrition creates physiological problems and a multitude of illnesses. Isabel is conscious of these problems, and we want to offer the best products to help you look after your own health as well as the health of your loved ones.
Now, thanks to our exclusive Naturfresh process, we produce your recipes through a vapour sterilisation process that preserves all the flavour and properties of the ingredients naturally, with no need for preservatives.
Benefits of Naturfresh.
- 100% Natural.
- Preserves the full flavour of the ingredients.
- Fresh and natural ingredients.
- NO preservatives or colourings.
1. Why are minerals good for you?
We can't live without minerals, and we need to include them in our daily diet. We need them for the formation of teeth, bones and hormones, and they are also involved in metabolising other nutrients, and in the transmission of nerve signals.
Isabel knows that its products are high in nutritious value, and wants to make you aware of the benefits they provide for your digestive health and in which products you can find them.
2. Why is calcium good for you and in what quantities can we find it in seafood products?
Calcium is vital for the formation of teeth and bones, and is a basic requirement for muscle function.
- 100 grams of sardines in oil will provide 39% of recommended daily calcium intake.
- 100 grams of anchovies would provide 34%.
- 100 grams of cockles: 18 %.
3. Why is phosphorous good for you and in what quantities can we find it in seafood products?
Phosphorous is part of our bone and tooth structure, and along with calcium it allows energy to be stored and released, as it is a component of the high-energy molecule ATP. Phosphorous also helps to sustain muscular and nervous activity and forms part of phospholipids, essential components in cellular membranes and nerve fibres.
- 100 grams of tuna in oil, anchovies or mussels in brine will provide 34 % of your recommended daily phosphorous intake.
4. Why is iodine good for you and in what quantities can we find it in seafood products?
Iodine is a micronutrient that is essential for the body and should be provided regularly through our diets. Its purpose is to participate in the synthesis of thyroid hormones. These carry out important functions in our bodies, particularly in cerebral development and growth, as well as the regulation of the metabolism.
The European Thyroid Association, European Commission and UNICEF have established the following recommended intakes:
- Premature babies
- Children under 6 years
- Children between 7 and 10 years
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Iodine is distributed irregularly throughout the water and throughout food products. The seas are best at storing iodine, which means that seafood is the primary source of iodine. The body does not produce this mineral, nor can it store it, so regular intake of foods that contain it is essential to maintain iodine levels.
- Tuna and sardines provide 22% of an extremely important mineral: iodine.
Why is B6 good for you and in what quantities can we find it in seafood products?
The body uses proteins for the construction of tissues and as a material for repairing the tissues that gradually deteriorate over the course of a person's life. Requirements
It is important to be aware that even minor disruptions to the nutritional balance of proteins in the body can have very serious and often irreversible consequences.
Under the nutritive conditions of Western countries, the global protein requirement is considered to be 1g per kilo per day. Periods of growth, pregnancy and breastfeeding require additional quantities.
Proteins will be obtained from both the animal and plant kingdoms, with fishing being a valuable source.
1. What is Omega 3?
Omega 3 is a group of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential for the body's development. They are different from saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids both in their chemical behaviour and in their effect on health, and they are becoming more and more important for our health.
Within the fatty acids in the Omega 3 group there are two types of fatty acids with two different types of involvement in our health.
The other acid that belongs to the group of Omega 3 fatty acids is named docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and is directly linked with the health and development of children, controlling the formation and development of the nervous and visual systems in newborns and breastfed babies.
2. Where is Omega 3 found and what is the recommended intake?
Omega 3 fatty acids are found primarily in oily fish such as tuna, sardines, mackerel and albacore (longfin tuna).
The benefits of Omega 3 are significant enough that they prompted the idea of using it to enrich different types of foods, thus creating so-called "functional foods". However, several studies have shown that the most important benefits of Omega 3 are obtained by eating fish, not foods to which it has been added.
The recommended quantities indicate consumption of at least one portion of fish two days a week, and its importance for children and pregnant women is also highlighted.
3. Positive health effects of Omega 3
Omega 3 fatty acids belong to the family of fats, which have negative connotations; however, fats are nutritive elements that are essential to our diet and vital for our health. Omega 3 fatty acids provide any number health benefits for the human body, among them the following:
- They reduce blood pressure.
- They increase arterial vasodilation.
- They reduce thrombosis.
- Omega 3 fatty acids carry out important functions during pregnancy, breastfeeding and infancy, as they are essential components in the formation and composition of neuronal structures.
- They prevent arrhythmia and resulting sudden death.
- Anti-carcinogenic effects
4. Omega 3 and the heart
Various organisations have stated that cardiovascular disease is the greatest health risk affecting our population, and recent studies have demonstrated the importance of including Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet as a method of combating and preventing cardiovascular disease.
Health and heart health institutes recommend that we prevent cardiovascular disease by decreasing our intake of foods that contain saturated fats such as industrial pastries, processed lunch meats etc. and increasing our intake of Omega 3 fatty acids by eating more fish.
High in Oleic Acid
Sunflower Oil High in Oleic Acid is a variety of sunflower oil that has a very similar composition to that of olive oil. It is obtained from selected sunflowers that are rich in OLEIC ACID.
It has been scientifically proven that a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid, in addition to aiding the regulation of cholesterol levels, can also help prevent other cardiovascular risk factors, as it increases the presence of so-called "good" cholesterol (c-HDL).