Last updated: May 8, 2018

Concentrated food versus foods

In this blog, we will be talking about NutriKane as a concentrated food, what that means, and how it differs from herbal supplements that tend to be extracts.

Directed nutrition (or food as medicine) takes a very different approach to the same basic premise as vitamins and supplements. That premise is that when the body is deficient in the nutrients it needs, it can’t function well and that can either a) result in metabolic problems such as blood glucose management; and b) mean the body cannot deal with diseases as well as it should. It has been well established that dietary management of metabolic conditions is effective, and that supplementation of vitamins in some cases effectively prevents disease (folate for pregnancy, calcium for bones etc.). However, by and large taking supplements has failed to be effective in the long run. We now have a pretty good idea why that is.

Supplements are either chemically synthesised versions of something found in nature, a natural product that is treated with solvents and chemicals to concentrate a small fraction of what is in it, or both. What this means is that a very concentrated version of a small group of molecules is taken. Historically, this comes from the pharmaceutical industry that is used to make pure defined products, however, in the nutrition space we know that it just doesn’t work and can even be dangerous. When we talk about concentrated food, what we mean is that we take a food that is known to be rich in nutrients that have a scientific backing for health and then that the food is condensed as much as possible in its entirety. In the case of NutriKane all the micronutrients and antioxidants are still there, but the sugar is removed. The amount of these foods needed to get a benefit is then calculated and an appropriate eating schedule made. Rather than just saying “eat better food”, we have developed these highly concentrated foods to be beneficial for your overall gut health. They have also been shown to trigger a fat burning effect, due to the richness of trace elements, and other nutrients.

Before we continue, we need to discuss what makes you full. A common mistake people make is that they believe that calories make you feel full. This however has been shown to not be the case; rather it is the protein, bacterial interaction with fibres, and micronutrients that trigger the “full” feeling after we eat . It’s all to do with hormones. When your body becomes hungry, signals are sent to the brain letting you know that it’s time to eat. As you begin to eat, the food is digested and the absorption of micronutrients, digested protein, and “secondary metabolytes” (the things fibre digesting bacteria release when they eat dietary fibre) then trigger the hormones in our bodies that say we have eaten enough. The body takes time to send the signals to the brain, telling it that it is full and the fewer micronutrients the longer it takes. This is where the (inaccurate) term “empty calories” comes from. What this actually means is that you will keep consuming food no matter how many calories it has until you reach your nutrient quota. Due to this, overeating normally occurs when eating highly processed foods.

As NutriKane D is a concentrated food, overeating normally doesn’t occur. NutriKane D is best taken before a meal in the morning and at night. As a concentrated food, it contains a large dose of the micronutrients that you need, such us the same amount of chromium as 1 ½ cups of broccoli and an equivalent antioxidant load as a glass of cranberry juice, all in sachet form. As a concentrated food, it can even work with processed foods, because the total micronutrients is much higher, meaning you eat less to be satisfied. NutriKane D doesn’t physically fill your stomach like some fibre supplements do, rather it tells your body that it is full, by supplying it with an appropriate amount of micronutrients.

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