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Benefits of Quinoa

Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’ is a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. It has twice the protein content of rice or barley and is a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fiber.

Quinoa was known to the Incas as “the mother of all grains” and was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as “The International Year of the Quinoa. Continue Reading

Benefits of Chili Pepper

Spicy Food Could Prolong Life

 

A new study suggests that eating hot red chili peppers is linked to a 13% drop in overall mortality, specifically due to heart disease or stroke. The researchers examined national health and nutritional data from more than 16,000 Americans over a 23 year period and found that the consumption of hot red chili peppers delayed death among those who ate the spicy fruit.

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Are antioxidants good for you?

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What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants thus the name Antioxidants. The human body naturally produces free radicals and the antioxidants to counteract their damaging effects. We all know that oxygen is one of the most essential components for the human body. But oxygen is also a highly reactive atom that is capable of becoming part of potentially damaging molecules commonly called free radicals. Continue Reading

Benefits of Vitamin B12

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Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication. Vitamin B12 exists in several forms and contains the mineral cobalt so compounds with vitamin B12 activity are collectively called “cobalamins”. Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin are the forms of vitamin B12 that are active in human metabolism.

Vitamin B12 helps in improving your mood, energy level, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and other body functions. Vitamin B12 is also an essential vitamin for addressing adrenal fatigue, multiple metabolic functions — including enzyme production, DNA synthesis and hormonal balance — and maintaining healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems. Continue Reading

Health benefits of folic acid

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Folate or folic acid is commonly known as vitamin B9 and is one of many essential vitamins. It plays an important role in many bodily functions, including cell repair and maintenance, DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, and the formation of leukocytes and erythrocytes. It prevents obesity and various cancers, including colon cancer, as well as preventing heart disease. Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. Continue Reading

High Fiber Foods

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Fiber is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, and can also improve digestive health. The average intake of fiber is at least 30g a day. For children it is recommended the average amount of dietary fiber per day should be:

  • Women: 25 grams
  • Men: 35-40 grams
  • 2-5-year-olds: about 15g
  • 5-11-year-olds: about 20g
  • 11-16-year-olds: about 25g
  • 16-18-year-olds: about 30g

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Benefits of Kale

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Kale is one of the important member of the super food family. Kale comes from the cabbage family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and collards. It is an excellent source of nutrients and is indeed one of the healthiest food. Eating kale can result in healthy skin, hair and bones, as well as healthy digestion and a reduced risk of heart disease. Kale improves blood glucose control in diabetics and also lowers the risk of cancer too.

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Which is more healthy? Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

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When it comes to the topic of healthy eating, I regularly hear people talking about substituting a food item with a healthier one. One of those food is Greek Yogurt. After hearing so much I decided to do some research on my own.

As I check in Wikipedia, the definition of greek yogurt is:  “Strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or labneh (Arabic: لبنة‎‎ labnah, pronounced LEB-neigh), is yogurt that has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a thicker consistency than unstrained yogurt, while preserving yogurt’s distinctive, sour taste. Like many types of yogurt, strained yogurt is often made from milk that has been enriched by boiling off some of its water content, or by adding extra butterfat and powdered milk. In Europe and North America, it is often made with low-fat or fat-free yogurt.”

Honestly, I didn’t understand a single word from the above definition as it didn’t answer my first question i.e. what is the major difference between green yogurt and the regular yogurt I eat daily? Continue Reading

Common food allergies

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What is an allergy?

Allergies are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling. Food intolerances and food poisoning are separate conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind. Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults. Continue Reading

Benefits of drinking water

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The human body is composed of roughly 60% water.

  • Muscles are 75% water
  • Blood is 82% water
  • Lungs are 90% water
  • Brain is 76% water
  • Bones are 25% water

Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily to protect against dehydration, the development of kidney stones, and other medical problems. The body loses water primarily by excreting it in urine from the kidneys. Depending on the body’s needs, the kidneys may excrete less than a pint or up to several gallons of urine a day. About 1½ pints (a little less than a liter) of water are lost daily when water evaporates from the skin and is breathed out by the lungs. Continue Reading

Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which plays a role as an antioxidant in the body. It also helps to prevent free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is an important vitamin that is required for the proper function of many organs in the body and is extremely useful in naturally slowing aging. It is found in many foods including certain oils, nuts, poultry, eggs, fruits, and wheat germ oil. It is also available as a supplement. Vitamin E benefits include treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels; such as chest pains, high blood pressure, and blocked or hardened arteries. Continue Reading

Why the body needs calcium?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. More than 98% of human skeleton consist of calcium. Calcium plays an important role in bone and teeth health. It also affects your muscles, hormones, nerve function, and ability to form blood clots.

The recommended daily intake of calcium is 1,000 to 1,300 milligrams per day for people ages 9 and up. In case of pregnant women, the calcium intake needs to be increased from 800mg a day to 1100mg a day. That’s an extra 300mg calcium a day (equivalent to 1 serve of a calcium-rich food). Pregnant women need to eat around 4 serves of calcium-rich foods every day to meet their needs. Continue Reading

Is brown rice better than white rice?

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We all have heard that brown rice is better than white rice. But what makes brown rice more special than white rice? Let’s find out!

White rice is created by removing the bran and germ portions of brown rice. As a result of the refining process there is a significant loss of fiber, vitamins, magnesium and other minerals, lignans, phytoestrogens, and phytic acid, many of which may be protective factors for diabetes risk. Brown rice has more fiber contents than white rice. Continue Reading