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We love fruits in our home. But here are some cool facts about fruits and veggies that you should know:

a) Some fruits and veggies don’t go well with medication. (for example: Never mix grapefruits with cholesterol medications)

b) In many fruits and veggies, such as carrots, apples, and cucumbers, a high percentage of the nutrition is actually stored in the skin. This means that when you peel it off, you’re actually peeling away nutritious benefits. Make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them and you’ll get used to eating them with the peel in no time.

c) All fruits and all vegetables are low in calories, this is why you hear nutrition professionals and doctors tell you to eat them for snacks. But be careful. Eat fruits with the fiber. Don’t make it into a fuit juice, which just extracts the sugar and eliminates the good fiber from the diet. A single fruit is about 125 grams on average; where ¼ of it is only water.

d) Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than there is in an average steak, and with no saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So if you are trying to grow and strengthen your muscles, broccoli is the food for you.

e) The skin of the fruit can be better than the fruit itself. Orange peels have over four times the amount of fiber then the actual fruit, and contain more antioxidants than the "flesh" inside. Grate up the skin, add cheese and make into an orange zest. You can use is to season all sorts of foods, add to baked goods or mix with your yogurt or cereals. Also, Oranges contain antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that damage and age our skin.

f) Peppers are good. While most people use them as a spice and not as a whole food, peppers (spicy ones in particular) can work wonders to promote the clotting of blood over wounds.

g) There are no negative calorie foods. While there are foods that have very few calories, you still only burn about 10% to 20% of their calorie intake. There is a metric called TEF (Thermal Effect of Food) that measures how many calories are used to digest food. Let’s take, for example, a stalk of celery that’s about 10 calories. While eating and digesting it you will burn about 2 calories, which means you still had an intake of 8 calories.

h) Eating an apple is a more reliable method of staying awake than consuming a cup of coffee. The natural sugar in an apple is more potent than the caffeine in coffee. If you’re finding yourself a little low on energy during the afternoon then consider eating an apple in the morning. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral content, an apple can give you a steady supply of nutrition to help you stay energized all day.

i) Bananas is actually a herb. It has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Because bananas are easy to digest and are very nutritious they are the first fruit offered to babies.

j) Lemons can kill bacteria-as they have high content of acid which makes them suitable for cleaning. Lime oil is useful to cool fevers. It can also stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression

k) An apple is a very refreshing tonic for oily skin. It makes an excellent remedy for fine wrinkles, cracked skin, itching and inflammation

l) Eating fresh figs during pregnancy helps from prolonged labor and weakness after childbirth. A half-cup of figs has as much calcium as a half-cup of milk.

m) They have tons of fiber. It can help keep your bowel movements regular, help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and help you feel fuller for longer.





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Food and PH level

“pH” stands for power of hydrogen. It is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. A pH level lower than 7 is considered acidic and pH levels greater than 7 are basic (or alkaline). The ideal pH in humans is slightly alkaline (7.30 to 7.45).

Eat Balanced food




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Here’s a nutrient breakdown on the most popular choices per 8-ounce serving:

You were looking for a “MAGIC SILVER BULLET” weren’t you?

Look at the chart above. All have their + and -.

When choosing a "milk", a lot of it comes down to a taste preference — which varies from person to person.

If you don’t have any allergies, then any of them can be included in a healthy diet.

Look out for protein, added sugar and saturated fat.

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The trend among obese kids is to drink diet colas.

The new study, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, set out to determine whether there was any connection between diet soda consumption and Belly Fat. The researchers followed 750 European-American and Mexican-American people over the age of 65 for almost 10 years.

It turned out that people who drank the most diet soda (at least one drink per day) had a much steeper rise in waist circumference over the years than those who didn’t drink the stuff at all. After adjusting for other variables like smoking status, age, activity level, the results were still striking: Waist circumference increased 0.8 inches for “non-users” (that is, non-diet-soda-drinkers), 1.83 in for occasional users, and 3.16 inches for daily users.


Artificial sweeteners may shift the assortment of friendly bacteria in the gut. A study last fall found altered ratios of gut bacteria (along with glucose intolerance) in both mice and men after drinking artificially sweetened drinks for a week. Gut bacteria are well known to affect how we digest and metabolize food, and if their ideal ratios are altered in any way, this may pave the way for overweight and obesity.

Last month a highly publicized study suggested the caramel color in some sodas, 4-methylimidazole, was found in amounts sufficient to increase our cancer risk, prompting the authors to call for federal regulation.


Diet product doesn’t mean being consequence-free!

Source: Forbes & Others

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KID FRIENDLY FOOD? – Has the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lost it?

Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of processed American cheese, can now use the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ new “Kids Eat Right” label.

This label was designed to point health-conscious families in the right nutritional direction when shopping for kid- friendly foods.

KRAFT. Really? Kraft has previously been targeted for its use additives in many products including sugar, salt, artificial dyes and preservatives.

See their latest label below.

So what are these ingredients doing in my kid’s food? Sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, annatto and paprika extract (color).

Ever use a Singles? They repel water and they stretch and bend like Play Doh. Is that what Cheese is supposed to do?

Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) – a white to light-cream-colored dry powder. It is a very cheap milk byproduct produced from skim milk.

Calcium Phosphate (E341) – an acidity regulator, calcium phosphate is also a raising agent. It is also used in cheese products to fortify them with additional calcium.

Sodium Citrate (E331) – a food additive, usually for flavor or as a preservative.

Whey Protein Concentrate – a collection of globular proteins that can be isolated from whey, a by-product of cheese manufactured from cow’s milk.

Sodium Phosphate (E339) – a food additive used as an emulsifier. Sodium phosphate is used in processed cheese products such as this. It also increases its shelf life and maintains texture and appearance.

Sorbic Acid as a Preservative (E200) – antimicrobial agents often used as preservatives in food and drinks to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and fungi.

Cheese Culture – Cheese cultures are bacteria needed for the production of all types of cheese products. The bacteria type will determine the cheese’s gastronomic properties (smell, taste, texture).

Annatto (Color) (E160b) – a natural red food coloring from the pulp of crushed seeds of tropical achiote trees.

So, is this a healthy product? Or for that matter, is this even cheese?

Source: http://blog.fooducate.com/2012/04/25/is-this-cheese-kraft-singles-cheese-miniseries-part-3-3/, http://www.eatright.org/

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14 Foods that Can Replace Pills

1. Bananas – Stress and anxiety

Next time you feel stressed, grab a banana! With an average of 105 calories and 14 grams of sugar, a banana will boost your blood-sugar levels and help combat hunger. Additionally, a banana contains 30% of your daily requirement of Vitamin B6, which helps your brain in the production of serotonin – a chemical that helps reduce stress.

2. Yogurt – Constipation and gas

One and a half cups of yogurt are packed full of probiotics that assist in digestion and improves the stomach’s ability to digest dairy and legumes – a major cause of gastric gasses.

3. Raisins – High blood pressure

A large handful of resins (approx. 60) contains over 200mg of potassium, as well as 1 gram of fiber. These are strongly recommended as part of a diet to help reduce blood pressure. Recent studies show that the polyphenols in grapes, raisins and wine, help maintain the circulatory system and reduce blood pressure.

4. Apricots – Kidney stones

4 dried apricots contain 2 grams of fiber, 235mg of potassium and just 3mg of sodium. This combination is highly effective at preventing minerals from getting trapped in your kidneys, which is the cause of the most common kidney stones.

5. Tuna – Foul mood

A can of tuna contains about 800mg of Omega-3, a fatty acid that is considered vital in the treatment of depression. Omega 3 is even an approved treatment for depression by the American Psychiatric Association.

6. Ginger tea – Nausea

A time-old proven treatment for nausea, ginger has also been scientifically proven to be helpful in dealing with nausea caused by motion sickness as well as morning sickness. It is as effective as anti-nausea medicine, but without the side effects (such as ‘cottonmouth’ and lethargy)

7. Basil – Indigestion

Studies suggest that the eugenol in basil is highly effective as a gastric painkiller, nausea reduction, cramping and diarrhea by eliminating bacteria Salmonella and Listeria. Basil is also effective at preventing halitosis.

8. Pears – High cholesterol

The average pear contains 5 grams of the dietary fiber Pectin, which helps clear the body of ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL).

9. Cabbage – Stomach ulcers

In a research published by the John Hopkins Medical School, it was found that the sulforaphane in cabbage helps battle the helicobacter pylori bacteria (a main cause for ulcers). It is believed that sulforaphane may also help prevent gastric tumors.

10. Figs – Hemorrhoids

Dried figs are rich in dietary fiber, which in turn, produce softer feces and aiding in reducing hemorrhoids.

11. Potatoes – Headaches

A medium-sized potato contains 37 carbohydrates, which help reduce headaches by increasing serotonin production in the brain.

12. Garlic – Yeast infection

Garlic contains many essential oils that help prevent the development of yeast infections.

13. Chamomile tea – Heartburn

A great treatment for gastric inflammation, cramping, heartburn and gas, is mixing 2 teaspoons of chamomile tea in a cup of boiling water and brewing it for about 20 minutes and then drinking it.

14. Orange juice – Lethargy

The fructose in orange juice is a natural and fast-working stimulant, and research has proven the ability of Vitamin C to reduce damage caused by free radicals and provide the body with energy. Vitamin C is also a key factor in maintaining iron levels in our blood, which keeps it oxygenated.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service joined forces to create the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration and issue the report. The study used data from nearly 1,000 outbreaks that occurred from 1998 to 2012. Among its key findings, it broke down which types of food are most likely to harbor common types of bacteria:

E. coli: More than 80 percent of cases were a result of eating beef and row crops such as leafy green vegetables.

Salmonella: Though this type of bacteria can end up in a large variety of foods, 77 percent of cases were related to eggs, chicken, beef, bean sprouts, pork and seeded fruits and vegetables such as melons and tomatoes.

Campylobacter: Dairy is the primary culprit for infections caused by this type of bacteria, with 66 percent coming from raw milk and cheeses such as unpasteurized queso fresco. Chicken accounted for 8 percent of campylobacter infections.

Listeria: Though there was less data on this type of bacteria, the report finds fruits such as cantaloupe accounted for about half of all listeria infections; dairy was to blame in about 31 percent of cases.

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Coca-Cola (or Coke) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:
1. Remove stains from chinaware.

Soak stained chinaware in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.
2. Remove marker stains from a carpet

Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy clean-up.

3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans

Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.
4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle

Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.

5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job

Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.
6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces

Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.

7. Keep your car battery working for longer

If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.
8. Effective slug pesticide

If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.

9. Remove grout from tiles with ease

Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.
10. Clean your toilet

Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.

11. Make old coins shine again

Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.
12. Coke + aluminium foil = clean chrome

Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminium foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.

13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent

Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.
14. Remove blood stains from clothes

Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary)

15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair

Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.

16. Clean up oil stains from floors

If your car leaves oil stains on the garage floor, get it fixed. Afterwards, pour some Coke on the stains and let it soak for a few hours, then rinse it off with some water

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Your body needs proteins to function. The USDA suggests men aim for 56 grams of protein a day and women go for 46 grams.

Though meat, dairy, and fish generally have higher quantities of protein, many plant-based sources contain decent amounts of it as well — and some even offer complete protein, containing all the amino acids your body needs to function properly.

Quinoa (4 grams protein per half-cup; 115 calories) Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids your system needs, says Kohn. Filling and high in fiber, it also offers iron and magnesium. Add quinoa to vegetarian chili, or serve with fruit, nuts, and a little honey or pure maple syrup as a hot breakfast treat.

Sunflower Seeds (6 grams of protein per quarter-cup; 185 calories) it’s a delicious replacement for peanut butter on crackers and apple slices. Good as a snack.

Soy Milk (8 grams of protein per cup; 110 calories) Soy milk has the highest protein count of all the nondairy milks (such as almond milk and rice milk) — the same amount that’s in an equal-size serving of cow’s milk. Use it to make soups creamier, or as a base for a nice cup of hot cocoa.

Broccoli (3 grams of protein per cup; 20 calories) Broccoli is cleansing and detoxifying, high in antioxidants and fiber. Add to pizza or just steam, butter and have.

Oats (5 grams of protein per half-cup; 150 calories) Make an oatmeal pancakes, or bake up some oatmeal cookies and quick bread.

Hemp Seeds (5 grams of protein per tablespoon; 40 calories) They’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually found in fish and can lower cholesterol levels and risk of depression. Nutty, soft, and slightly sweet, they can be tossed in a blender and sprinkled into just about any dish that needs some protein

Tofu (10 grams of protein per half-cup; 90 calories) The harder the tofu, the more protein it has. It takes on the flavor of any food you cook it with.

Chickpeas (7 grams of protein per half-cup, 145 calories) Chickpeas aren’t just a powerhouse protein source, they’re also high in fiber, low in fat, and solid sources of minerals like iron, zinc, and the B vitamin folate.

Beans (7 grams of protein per half-cup; 105 calories)

Chia Seeds (4 grams of protein per two tablespoons; 140 calories) Tiny and crunchy, they work well when spooned into smoothies, on top of yogurt, or into stir-frys.

Nuts and Seeds (Pumpkin, Squash, and Watermelon Seeds, Peanuts, Almonds)

Protein in 100g 1 Ounce (28g) Protein to Calorie Ratio
33g 9g 1g protein per 15.8 calories

Other nuts and seeds high in protein (grams proten per ounce (28g)): Peanuts (7g), Almonds (6g), Pistachios (6g), Sunflower Seeds (6g), Flaxseed (5g), Mixed Nuts (4g).

1 Dry Roasted Soybeans 776 calories per cup 68 grams of protein per cup Protein: 40% Carb: 33% Fat: 20%
#2 Roasted Peanuts 773 calories per cup 35 grams of protein per cup Protein: 26% Carb: 19% Fat: 49%
#3 Boiled Soybeans 298 calories per cup 28.6 grams of protein per cup Protein: 17% Carb: 10% Fat: 9%
#4 Boiled Lupin Beans 198 calories per cup 25.8 grams of protein per cup Protein: 16% Carb: 10% Fat: 3%
#5 Falafel 57 calories per cup 2.3 grams of protein per patty Protein: 13% Carb: 32% Fat: 18%
#6 Miso 547 calories per cup 32.1 grams of protein per cup Protein: 12% Carb: 27% Fat: 6%
#7 Boiled Winged Beans 253 calories per cup 18.3 grams of protein per cup Protein: 11% Carb: 15% Fat: 6%
#8 Boiled White Beans 249 calories per cup 17.4 grams of protein per cup Protein: 10% Carb: 25% Fat: 0.4%
#9 Boiled Cranberry (Roman) Beans 241 calories per cup 16.5 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 24.5% Fat: 0.5%
#10 Boiled Yellow Beans 255 calories per cup 16.2 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 25% Fat: 1%
#11 Boiled Pink Beans 252 calories per cup 15.3 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 28% Fat: 0.5%
#12 Boiled Lentils 230 calories per cup 17.9 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 20% Fat: 0.4%
#13 Boiled Pinto Beans 245 calories per cup 15.4 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 26% Fat: 0.7%
#14 Boiled Black Beans (Frijoles Negros) 227 calories per cup 15.2 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 24% Fat: 0.5%
#15 Boiled Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans, Bengal Gram) 269 calories per cup 14.5 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 27% Fat: 2.5%
#16 Boiled Kidney Beans 225 calories per cup 15.3 grams of protein per cup Protein: 9% Carb: 23% Fat: 0.5%
#17 Boiled Split Peas 231 calories per cup 16.3 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 21% Fat: 0.4%
#18 Boiled Great Northern Beans 209 calories per cup 14.7 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 21% Fat: 0.5%
#19 Boiled Yardlong Beans 202 calories per cup 14.2 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 21% Fat: 0.5%
#20 Boiled Navy Beans 255 calories per cup 15 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 26% Fat: 0.6%
#21 Firm Tofu 176 calories in a quarter block (122g) 21 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 2% Fat: 4%
#22 Boiled Hyacinth Beans 227 calories per cup 16 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 21% Fat: 0.6%
#23 Boiled Cowpeas (Catjang) 200 calories per cup 13.9 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 20% Fat: 0.7%
#24 Boiled Lima Beans 229 calories per cup 14.6 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 23% Fat: 0.4%
#25 Hummus 415 calories per cup 19.8 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 14% Fat: 10%
#26 Boiled Moth Beans 207 calories per cup 13.8 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 21% Fat: 0.6%
#27 Boiled Broad Beans (Fava) 187 calories per cup 12.9 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 20% Fat: 0.4%
#28 Boiled Mungo Beans 189 calories per cup 13.6 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 18% Fat: 0.6%
#29 Boiled Adzuki Beans 294 calories per cup 17.3 grams of protein per cup Protein: 8% Carb: 25% Fat: 0.1%
#30 Boiled French Beans (Mature Seeds) 228 calories per cup 12.5 grams of protein per cup Protein: 7% Carb: 24% Fat: 0.7%
#31 Boiled Mung Beans 212 calories per cup 14.2 grams of protein per cup Protein: 7% Carb: 19% Fat: 0.4%
#32 Boiled Pigeon Peas (Red Gram) 203 calories per cup 11.4 grams of protein per cup Protein: 7% Carb: 23% Fat: 0.4%

Source: healthaliciousness.com, Yahoo.com

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A new study has revealed that presence of carcinogens in the caramel color added to cold drinks increases the risk of cancer among people with high consumption. The chemical, 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), is produced as a byproduct when caramel color is formed in soft drinks. Findings of the study have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. The chemical is also found in roasted foods, grilled meats or coffee.

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