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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

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

Is brown sugar better than white sugar?

is brown sugar better than white sugar

In order to take better care of our health, many of us have switched to healthy alternatives of the food items which we use to have earlier. For example, we started switching to low fat milk or yogurt, sugar free sweets, diet soft drinks, whole meal breads, brown rice, brown sugar etc. But the healthy alternatives we moved, are they all truly beneficial? This may or may not be true.

Let’s talk about brown sugar. It has been advertised that brown sugar is healthier than the normal white sugar. Is it really true? Continue Reading

Importance of proteins

Functions of proteins
Functions of proteins

Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. Proteins are made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids, which are attached to one another in long chains. There are 20 different types of amino acids that can be combined to make a protein. The sequence of amino acids determines each protein’s unique 3-dimensional structure and its specific function. Continue Reading

Importance of Vitamin A

What is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.

There are two different types of vitamin A. The first type, preformed vitamin A, is found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. The second type, provitamin A, is found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based products. The most common type of provitamin A in foods and supplements is beta-carotene.

Functions of Vitamin A

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Food for fighting stomach cancer

What is Stomach Cancer?

When cancer cells begin forming in the inner lining of the stomach, it is termed as stomach cancer or gastric cancer.  Gastric adenocarcinoma (glandular tissue) is the most common type of cancer. Lymphomas (cancer involving the lymphatic system) and sarcomas (cancer of the connective tissue, such as muscle, fat, or blood vessels) are other types of stomach cancers.

 

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Causes

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Benefits of Avocados

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Avocados are really one of the many super foods which offer multiple health benefits. They are rich in vitamins,minerals, fibers, antioxidants and much more. Avocados help in maintaining cholesterol, cellular health, skin health and helps in preventing certain cancers. Continue Reading

Foods rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides.Vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer). Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold; help delay or prevent cataracts; and support healthy immune function.

 

STRAWBERRIES

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