TIP OF THE WEEK

Millions of Americans suffer from digestive problems. Sometimes the pain and discomfort you feel can be alleviated by simply changing a few mealtime habits. Here are three tips to alleviate stomach problems.

— Eating habits. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Avoid lying down for an hour after you eat, which could interfere with your digestion.

— Increase your stomach acid. A lack of stomach acid might be preventing you from fully digesting your food. Try diluting a tablespoon of lemon water or apple cider vinegar in water each day.

— Add these foods to your diet. Papaya, pineapple, ginger, mango and honey all contain enzymes that can help you digest and keep you comfortable, according to Livestrong.com.

SUPERFOODS

Seaweed has health benefits

Kale, salmon, blueberries, whole grains and a few others are often categorized under the heading of “superfoods.” One superfood you’re probably not eating enough is seaweed.

Seaweed has been a staple in many East Asian diets for centuries. People have long suspected the famously long lifespan enjoyed by the Japanese was due in part to their diet, a big part of which contains seaweed.

The scientific evidence would suggest there is truth to this.

In a review of over 100 scientific studies, the American Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concluded that seaweed can promote heart health and lower blood pressure.

So if you’re looking for healthier meal options, put seaweed on your list.

FOOD BIZ

Tips for entrepreneurial success from women

Leticia Skai Young, owner of LoLo’s Seafood Shack in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, offers the following tips for women who aspire to own their own business:

1. Don’t let your gender hold you back.

2. Identify your niche.

3. Every day is an opportunity to learn.

4. Find a mentor.

5. Get practical experience.

6. Ask for help.

7. Be your own advocate.

8. Find your own work/life balance.

9. Don’t forget to have fun.

10. Share your success.

Young is partnering with the Stacy’s Rise Project, an initiative from Stacy’s Snacks that helps women shatter the glass ceiling in the highest ranks of the culinary industry.

To learn more about Stacy’s Rise Project and opportunities to advance your entrepreneurial dreams, visit stacyssnacks.com/riseproject.

— Brandpoint

FOOD TECH

Laser detects unsavory ground beef

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a laser that can help identify if ground beef is 100 percent ground beef. At times, meat producers can mix in internal organs to stretch the supply farther, but the new laser uses spectral signatures to analyze each sample. In tests, researchers were able to determine whether ground beef samples included other animal parts with 99 percent accuracy and were 80 percent accurate at identifying which parts were used and what concentration.

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