The Power of Capsulized Foods

For most people, the concept of capsulized food(TM) usually conjures up images of space travelers ingesting meals condensed into a compact pill. However, in modern-day reality, things are quite different. Capsulized foods are one of the most innovative nutritional advancements in recent memory, and will soon become a significant – and highly valued – concept within the healthy eating community.

To understand what capsulized foods are and how they are positively changing the way the world eats, it is helpful to see the problem that capsulized foods are designed to solve. In a word, that problem is: lack.

Despite the growing awareness of eating healthy, most attempts to provide people with healthy meal and nutritional products suffer from some kind of ‘lack’.

There is a lack of convenience. Many foods are not packaged for convenience. Those that are convenient are oftentimes heavily processed and filled with artificial ingredients. And, preparing meals often requires a luxury of time many consumers do not have.

There is a lack of portability. This is a direct extension of convenience. Though a full-course meal may provide the right amount of low glycemic carbohydrates, unsaturated fats, and complete proteins, it is often tethered to the kitchen table.

There is a lack of sources. Our world is abundant with natural and processed foods. Yet, finding the right combination of those foods to meet our dietary needs is challenging for many. The array of choices adds to the confusion, and sometimes the food selections we want are not available to us. Whether one is on a low carbohydrate, low fat, or isometric diet, finding the right foods and incorporating them into our daily lifestyle requires effort.

There is a lack of nutrient-density. This refers to the amount of nutrition within a given food. For example, a soft pretzel weighing 60 grams has a low density of nutrition, whereas an egg also weighing 60 grams has a high density of nutrition. Ounce for ounce, many processed foods possess less nutritional value (or, density) than whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. However, many processed foods have great merit since they do provide dense nutrition in a small amount of food. The challenge is in identifying the foods that are rich in nutrients versus the foods that are not.

It is within this situation of lack that capsulized foods provide real eating solutions. Sometimes called “compact liquid foods”, capsulized foods are extremely portable, require no preparation time at all, and travel easily due to their small, durable, and lightweight containers. At the same time, capsulized foods are liquefied, which allows them to be quickly consumed. This is of primary importance to eaters who simply do not have time to prepare and then sit through a traditional meal. Capsulized foods are also extremely rich in nutrients, and in fact provide the highest nutritional value per fluid ounce of any food product on the market. As such, capsulized foods effectively solve the lack of convenience, portability, and nutrition-density in a single, cost-effective eating solution.

Yet there is another key aspect of capsulized foods that must be present; in fact, it is arguably the most important aspect of all: taste[i].

Research has proven that nutritional supplements of any kind will simply not have a lasting impact if taste is not a primary design consideration. True, while people are willing to tolerate foul-tasting cough medicine, they only do so because the frequency is a few times per year. Eating, however, is an activity – and for many, an enjoyable activity – that people engage in on a daily basis; several times a day, in fact. Asking people to tolerate unpalatable nutritional foods is simply not a reasonable expectation, and for years, any attempt to create capsulized food has been unable to overcome this hurdle. That is, until very recently. Manufacturers today understand that in order to develop a capsulized food – a food that can become a staple in consumer diets — taste is paramount.

Capsulized foods often provide a complete macronutrient- and micronutrient-enriched meal in a only a few liquid ounces. This allows consumers to go from hungry to satiated, and from undernourished to nourished in less than five seconds. And at around 100 to 200 calories, capsulized foods are suitable for those on calorie-reduced diets, or those who simply want to maintain their weight.

The defining target market for nutritional supplements is no longer elite athletes, but the millions of everyday people who have been exposed, some since birth, to sugary cereals, fast foods, potato chips, candy bars, and caffeinated soft drinks[ii]. This broad group of consumers is interested in healthy choices, but has proven its absolute power in punishing products that fail to reach the lofty bar set by taste buds. They also demand convenience, and capsulized foods deliver.

Eaters can now, through capsulized foods, enjoy the convenience, portability, nutritional-density, and taste that they have demanded for decades. This bodes well for not only the current generation, but future generations as well, who will have access to capsulized foods as viable and intelligent eating options.

ABOUT PROTICA

Founded in 2001, Protica, Inc. is a nutritional research firm with offices in Lafayette Hill and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Protica manufactures capsulized foods, including Profect, a compact, hypoallergenic, ready-to-drink protein beverage containing zero carbohydrates and zero fat. Information on Protica is available at http://www.protica.com

You can also learn about Profect at http://www.profect.com

REFERENCES

[i] Source: “Taste Matters”. AFIC.
http://www.afic.org/Taste%20Matters.htm

[ii] Source: “Sports Drinks and Energy Bars: Fuelling the Couch Potato”. Kalorama Information.
http://www.kaloramainformation.com/editor/viewcontent.asp?prid=373

Teeter Inversion Table Reviews

Teeter is one of the biggest manufacturers of inversion tables. Teeter hang-up tables enable users to enjoy the benefits of inversion therapy without necessarily having to risk their lives. Although Teeter also manufactures Teeter hang-ups gravity boots, many people prefer the tables. That’s because they are afraid to hang upside down while wearing only gravity boots which are hooked to a single bar.

Teeter Inversion Table

Teeter hang-ups tables are divided into two main categories: in-home tables and commercial tables. In-home tables are mainly used together with home remedies for back pain. On the other hand, commercial tables are used by health care providers, professional sports teams and gyms for back strengthening exercises. One of the most popular lines of inversion tables from Teeter is the F series: Teeter hang-ups f5000, Teeter hang-ups f7000 and Teeter hang-ups f9000. Unfortunately, this product line has been discontinued which means that it is virtually impossible to find a new F-series table from Teeter. Nevertheless, there is a new product line known as the EP series.

EP-550 Inversion Table

One of the most notable features of this particular machine is its smooth, no stain, no tear surface. The smooth surface reduces friction so as to enable optimum spinal decompression. This machine also comes with adjustable and removable tether straps that enable you to preset your angle of inversion.

Since the Ep-550 inversion table arrives at your door 90 percent pre-assembled, it only takes about 15 minutes to put together. In addition, this Teeter table folds very easily.

EP-950 Inversion Table
This is the most advanced table in the Teeter EP series. In addition to all the features of the EP-550, the EP-950 also comes with specialty foam cups that protect your ankles thereby reducing the degree of discomfort that comes with hanging upside down from your ankles. However, if you are thinking of buying the EP-950 table, you should know that it cannot be used with inversion boots.

The best thing about all Teeter tables is that they can easily be customized using any of the Teeter accessories on sale. One popular accessory is the vibration cushion with a heated neck pillow which is made up of 10 vibrating motors and two heaters.

Another popular Teeter accessory for use with Teeter tables is the adapter kit which includes a pair of gravity boots and a CV bar. It enables you to use your table with boots.

The Benefits Of The Teeter Hang Ups EP-950

There are many Teeter Hang Ups products on the market for those looking for a way to deal with their back and joint pain without the use of medication or surgery. One such product is the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950, an inversion therapy board. This table combines safety and comfort in its design and is adjustable for users of all sizes. As the newest in the brand’s EP series, this model includes the comfort-grip ratchet ankle clamps that make it easier for users to reach their ankles.

Like the other models in this series, the EP-950 features the flex technology bed as well as other features such as the EZ-Angle tether strap, Over-EZ handles and plus size tubing. Both the head pillow and foot platform are adjustable to add extra comfort. Users may also find comfort since the bed conforms to the back. Furthermore, it moves along with the body so it is possible to perform inversion exercises while inverted. One can also easily stretch and has a wide field of mobility.

The inversion table also has other elements that make it durable and convenient to use like the corner feet. The triple-plated chrome and scratch resistant powder coating keeps the unit safe and strong. It also folds easily for those who have smaller spaces and need to keep the unit stored. One can even opt for the Ergo-Embrace Foot Clamps, similar to the brand’s patented Gravity Boots, rather than the standard foot clamps used with previous EP series models.

Consumer reviews rather consistently claim the inversion table is effective on all kinds of conditions from chronic back pain and sciatica to herniated discs and pinched nerves as well as many other back and joint afflictions. Even people who have previously used other means of relief such as surgery have found the device to be useful. Some even claim that their pain completely disappears after regular use. Many also agree that the device is indeed easy to use.

Many users also note a few drawbacks to inversion tables such as the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 however. The inversion process may feel a little odd at first to those not used to the sensation. Others worry about the security of the foot clamps. Those who live alone are not able to use the unit at full inversion. Sometimes users are not able to use their full range of motion because of their conditions.