Sunday, December 6, 2009

Do you Know???

Why whole food is better than processed food?

Whole food is food in its original form, such as milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Processed food is food that has been altered, such as bread, cheese, peanut butter, tempeh, jelly, fries, soft drinks and potato chips. As whole food is converted to processed food, we trade nutrition and safety for convenience and variety.

Losing weight is easier than you think? By burning up more calories than you consume, you can reach your objective over a comfortable period of time. So, follow these simple steps:

1. Aim for a healthy weight. People who need to lose weight should do so gradually, at a rate of one-half to two pounds per week. 2. Be physically active. 3. Eat healthy. 4. Your personal nutrition coach can help you achieve your goals.

That almonds lower LDL and total cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.

A small fistful of almonds (6-8 of them) five times a week, will provide your body with the following nutrients: Monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber,
vitamin E, magnesium.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce blood pressure?

According to a study done in Tokyo, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were found to lower blood pressure. People whose diet had liberal servings of fatty fish (e.g. trout, salmon, and mackerel) walnuts, flaxseed, all rich in omega-3 fatty acids were found to have slightly lower blood pressure than people who ate diets with less of this nutrient. Other parameters which help one to lower blood pressure are eating less salt, losing excess weight, avoiding heavy drinking, eating more fruit and vegetables, whole grains (these provide the body with valuable fibre, minerals, vegetable proteins and other nutrients) and getting more omega-3 fatty acids. Source: Reuters

That Figs (anjeer) are a Bone Density Promoter

Figs are a good fruit source of Calcium (79mg in 240g of a fruit), a mineral that has many other functions including promoting bone density.

In fact, figs are also very rich in Potassium and it's believed that the Potassium in figs counteracts the loss of increased urinary Calcium that is caused in people with high salt diets, thus helping to further prevent bones from thinning out at a faster rate in these individuals.

Fats help you reap more benefits from salads.

Studies have shown that 10 times more phyto-chemicals and antioxidants
are absorbed from vegetables when they are consumed with healthy fats
like Olive oil, tuna or nuts. But these fats must be used in limited amounts .

Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active? Not only can you do it almost anywhere and at any time but it is also inexpensive-all you need are a pair of comfortable shoes with sturdy heel support.

Walking can: Give you more energy and make you feel good. Reduce stress and help you relax. Tone and strengthen your muscles. Increase the number of calories your body uses. Lower your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Best of all it gives you an opportunity to socialize actively with friends and family.

The Following Tps Could Alleviate Hot Flashes?

Flax seed and garden cress seeds reduce the frequency of Hot flashes by 60%. For optimum benefits they are best eaten ground.

Why Glycemic Index has gained a lot of attention in the last few years?

Glycemic Index or GI as it's popularly known is an index that ranks carbohydrate foods.  This ranking is done based on the food's effect on blood sugar compared with a standard reference food's effect on blood sugar.  A food that surges the blood sugar quickly is called a high GI food, and that which increases the blood sugar slowly and steadily is referred to as a low GI food. 

It is healthier to eat whole grain as opposed to refined flour products?

Refining of flour causes the loss of the majority of its nutrients. Most people think mainly of fiber when they think of whole grain products. But most of the mineral content, including magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese, is lost.

Diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman's risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect.

Excellent vegetable sources: black eyed peas, cooked spinach, great northern beans, asparagus

Diets rich in dietary fiber have been shown to have a number of beneficial effects including decreased risk of coronary artery disease.

Excellent vegetable sources: navy beans, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, white beans, soybeans, split peas, chick peas, black eyed peas, lentils, artichokes

Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keep teeth and gums healthy.

Excellent fruit and vegetable sources: red and green peppers, kiwi, strawberries, sweet potatoes, kale, cantaloupe, broccoli, pineapple, Brussels sprouts, oranges, mangoes, tomato juice, cauliflower

The difference between being overweight and being obese?

An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. It is important to remember that although BMI correlates with the amount of body fat, BMI does not directly measure body fat. See the following table for an example. Height Weight Range BMI Considered 5' 9" 124 lbs or less Below 18.5 Underweight 125 lbs to 168 lbs 18.5 to 24.9 Healthy weight 169 lbs to 202 lbs 25.0 to 29.9 Overweight 203 lbs or more 30 or higher Obese
Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections?

Excellent fruit and vegetable sources: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, collard greens, winter squash, cantaloupe, red peppers, Chinese cabbage

Drinking apple juice may ward off asthma symptoms in children?

A study conducted in London has found that drinking apple juice concentrate daily may help ward off asthma symptoms in children. The antioxidants present in the fruit protect the body from stress due to pollution and ease inflammation, thus reducing asthma symptoms. Antioxidant content of apples is particularly high and the study has proved that juice was more protective than eating apples or any other fruit other than bananas. Children who drank apple juice from concentrate at least once a day were at 47 percent lower risk of wheezing than children who drank apple juice less than once a month. Source: European Respiratory Journal

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