Posts Tagged ‘fruits’

Excellent health foods: Apples and berries

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for health. This is something that has been spoken about, written about and rarely followed. But for those who actually follow them, small tweaks will go a long way in ensuring that you get the best out of what you eat. Have you noticed that the banana skin is quite thick? I am sure you have, and I am sure you have not tried eating it. The skin of the banana is meant to protect it. I am also sure that you have never tried eating the skin of the jack fruit.

But on the same line, a few fruits have soft skins and are meant to be eaten with the skin on, the apple being the prime example. The apple is also a fruit that has to be cut and eaten fresh. It is not without reason that nature has given us a sign of apple turning dark when exposed to air. Yeah, scientifically we call it oxidation of the iron and all other fancy words, but the bottom line is apple is best eaten with the skin and without cutting it or consuming it as soon as it is cut. It is not dangerous to eat an apple that has been cut and left outside, but remember we are talking of getting the best out of fruits.The other wonderful set of fruits are the berries. Blueberry, strawberry and the ‘difficult to get in india’ berries like goji berry, acai berry and raspberry are excellent health foods.

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Healthy eating and sleep habits help improve kids’ performance in school

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Researchers have suggested that eating healthy food and getting proper sleep can help children succeed in school.

Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences explained that when kids go to school without eating breakfast, their cognitive function can be affected.

Casazza suggested that kids should start the day with fruits, proteins and whole grains and they should avoid sugary cereals because they cause a sugar high.

If the kids do need to eat something prior to dinner, parents should offer healthy choices like yogurt, fruits and veggies or some “kid stuff” like baked chips.

Casazza also advised children to drink water instead of soda as it lacks nutritional value.

Kristin Avis, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine said that children need a good night’s sleep for their overall school performance.

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Foods that help avoid bloating

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Excessive bloating can be uncomfortable and unsightly to look at as well. Frankly, this is one condition we can all do without. So read on about foods that actually help to control bloating.

Bloating, flatulence, burping or belching are common digestive problems that we all face on occasion. You may have especially noticed periods of burping after indulging in a carbonated beverage, or tucking into a big bag of chips, or even upon consuming dals like sabut urad, rajma or chana.

Causes of bloating

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The truth behind foods considered unhealthy

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Like people, foods too have reputations! Some foods are considered super healthy and bestowed all sorts of complimentary  titles. There are others, however, that develop such notoriety that they find it hard to shake off their bad reputations for generations. We think it’s time for some reputation management!

People everywhere have had an awakening about the need to be healthy, to exercise, to have a healthy and nutritious diet; and there is a huge amount of information available in the form of books, or on the internet about what is healthy and what is unhealthy!

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How to boost your child’s immunity

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Here is how you can improve your child’s immunity to keep sick days to a minimum.

Be an A student!

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is changing and every other person you meet is nursing a cold or a fever. As your child sits in a class of many, he may be vulnerable to contagious diseases, as his immunity is not fully developed yet. These pointers will ensure that your child returns home happy and healthy!

Regarding illnesses:

1. The old adage –‘Starve a cold, feed a fever’ has no medical basis. If your child is ill,giving him home-cooked light and nutritious food is most important for his speedy recovery.

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7 golden rules to live longer revealed

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

A few simple changes to diet and lifestyle can protect you against a string of killer diseases and add years to your life, a landmark study has shown.

Following seven golden rules not only cut the risk of dying from cancer by 20 per cent, it also slashed risks of lung disease by half and heart attacks by 44 per cent, the study of nearly 380,000 people by scientists at Imperial College London found.

The researchers noted that those who stick closely to the rules, which also govern exercise and alcohol consumption, will cut their risk of dying from any of the major circulatory or respiratory diseases, including stroke and angina, by at least 34 per cent.

The rules were drawn up six years ago by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, the Daily Express reported.

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Healthy snacks for five different occasions

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Is there a greater joy than eating between meals? And now, contrary to the old rules about snacking being the greatest evil in a dieter’s diary, healthy snacking has become an important tool in the weight loss process.

The importance of snacking

As any nutritionist or person who’s lost weight the right way will tell you, the first rule of weight-loss is to never allow yourself to go hungry. Which is why it’s not only important to eat healthy and wholesome meals, it’s also crucial to make sure you don’t allow big gaps between meals.

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List of foods rich in antioxidants

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Foods that contain antioxidants have an amazing ability to fight against cardiovascular diseases, cancer, aging and a lot more! Here’s a list of foods rich in antioxidants that will keep you young and away from various diseases!

Medical experts opine that the amount of antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to the number of years you will live. So what exactly are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are actually substances which help the free radicals (an atom or group of atoms) in your body to neutralize by stabilizing their chemical structure. They are also said to slow down aging and prevent heart diseases.

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Top 10 high fibre foods

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

If a bowl salad full of veggies is the only thing that pops in your mind when someone talks about high fibre food, feed your brain with numerous other options.

Fibre constitutes a very important part of our diet. But why does something which doesn’t even get absorbed into our bloodstream still hold a respectable place as a food essential in our regular and balanced diet? At the very basic level fibre is roughage that helps in binding and moving food ahead in the digestive tract and its presence in our diet ensures regularity of bowel.

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Foods that can keep your eyes healthy

Monday, March 18th, 2013

It is possible to aid eye health through nutrition and supplements, experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Research by the National Eye Institute (NEI) has shown that high levels of antioxidants and zinc, in the form of a nutritional supplement tablet, reduced the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

“AMD is the leading cause of blindness in older adults,” said Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Ophthalmology.

“These dietary supplements are not a cure for AMD, but they do reduce one’s risk of progressing to the most serious form of the disease,” she stated.

UAB School of Optometry Professor Leo Semes, O.D., talked about the importance of diet to eye health.

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