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Guava can surprise you

By on June 3, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Guava is such a fruit that deserves to be liked. Healthy facts regarding guava include:

A cup of fresh guava contains:

Calories 112

Protein 4.21gm

Fiber.8.9gm

Minerals in guava:

Following is a list of minerals that are found in guava while some are present in very low amount:

Calcium – 30 mg

Potassium – 688 mg

Magnesium – 36 mg

Iron – 0.43 mg

Sodium – 3 mg

Phosphorus – 66 mg

Zinc – 0.38 mg

Selenium 1 mcg

Manganese – 0.247 mg

Copper – 0.38 mg

Vitamins in guava:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found in guava while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.111 mg

Vitamin A – 1030 IU

Niacin – 1.789 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.066 mg

Vitamin C – 376.7 mg

Folate – 81 mcg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.744 mg

Vitamin K – 4.3 mcg

Vitamin B6 – 0.181 mg

Vitamin E – 1.2 mg

Health benefits of Guava:

Health benefits include that guava:

Contain potent anti-oxidant that has the ability to fight off the dangerous tumor causing cells.

Great for diabetic people who are looking for foods that can keep their sugar levels in a normal limit.

Gives you good and improved vision

Due to presence of folate, guava promotes sexual health as well and prevents the fetus from lethal abnormalities.

Helps keep a normal BP.

Good for thyroid function due to the presence of copper which has a prominent role in thyroid hormone synthesis.

Guava is a nutrition filled fruit.

Guava gives you healthy muscles and efficient nerves. It improves brain functions.

It is good for your skin.

So remember not to miss guava in your diet. Eat it when you can. Health benefits of guava are remarkable and one should spread the word about it.

Facts about Goat Milk

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Do you know goat milk has more benefits to offer than cow milk? Well, I have many reasons to prove this. Let us see why goat milk is said to be healthier than cow milk.

Goat milk VS cow milk:

Goat milk is not associated with lactose intolerance and if it is, this is very rarely seen.

Goat milk is said to be homogenized naturally.

As compared to cow’s milk, goat milk is not as allergic.

Goat milk takes less time to digest and is easily digestible.

Going into a little detail:

Allergies are commonly seen due to consumption of cow’s milk but this is less seen in goat milk. This is because, allergy precursor that is Alpha s1 Casein is found abundantly in cow’s milk as compared to goat milk.

When you keep a glass of both types of milk in the fridge, you won’t see any layer in goat milk when you take it out in the morning, unlike cow’s milk where two distinct layers are visible.  The layer became possible due to the presence of agglutinins which result I separate layers. For this reason, dairy industries undergo homogenization to destroy agglutinins.

Goat milk is easily digestible because of the small chains of fatty acids.

Goat milk contains less lactose hence less risk of lactose intolerance.

Goat’s milk contain more amount of essential fatty acid than cow’s milk.

Goat’s milk also contain a lot of important nutrient and minerals such as potassium etc.

These were some of the reasons why you should include goat milk in your diet.

 

Eggplants shouldn’t be neglected

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Eggplants are usually not enjoyed by many people specially children. But these are quite nutritious and one should add them to their diet at least a couple of times in a week.

Do you know a cup of boiled eggplant contain the following amount of calories, fibers and proteins?

Calories 35

Protein 0.82gm

Fiber 2.5gm

It is interesting that eggplant plant also contain minor amount of nicotine which can help those who wish to quit smoking.

Minerals in Eggplant:

Eggplant contains the following minerals and some are found in quite less amount.

Potassium – 122 mg

Phosphorus – 15 mg

Magnesium – 11 mg

Calcium – 6 mg

Iron – 0.25 mg

Sodium – 1 mg

Zinc – 0.12 mg

Copper – 0.058 mg

Manganese – 0.112 mg

Selenium – 0.1 mcg

Vitamins in Eggplant:

Eggplant contains the following vitamins and some are found in quite less amount.

Niacin – 0.594 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.074 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.075 mg

Vitamin C – 1.3 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.02 mg

Vitamin E – 0.41 mg

Vitamin A – 37 IU

Vitamin B6 – 0.085 mg

Folate – 14 mcg

Vitamin K – 2.9 mcg

Health Benefits of Eggplant:

  • Eggplant acts as a vasodilator of blood vessels and increases the blood circulation with in. This makes it good for heart. It also helps control cholesterol levels.
  • Eggplant is healthy for your brain. It keeps the brain in an efficient functional state.
  • Due to the high fiber content, eggplant is considered affected for people who are willing to eat less because fiber rich diet stays inside the digestive system for a longer time. Fiber is keeps GIT healthy and aids in weight loss.
  • It controls iron levels and don’t let it increase due to the presence of nasunin.
  • Eggplant makes your skin and hair healthier.

It is important to note that patients of gout should see a doctor before they eat eggplant.

Heart healthy Cashews

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Many people including myself love to eat cashews because of the enormous amount of health benefits, great taste and nutritive value. The following information will definitely help you realize how healthy cashews are along with being tasty.

An ounce of cashews have in stored in them,

Calories 157

Protein 5.17gm

Fiber: 0.94gm

Other nutritive contents in cashews:

When you go into detail about the minerals and vitamins that cashews contain, you will see that:

Minerals found include:

Phosphorus – 168 mg

Magnesium – 83 mg

Potassium – 187 mg

Copper – 0.622 mg

Iron – 1.89 mg

Calcium – 10 mg

Selenium – 5.6 mcg

Manganese – 0.469 mg

Zinc – 1.64 mg

Sodium – 3 mg

And other which are present in very tiny amounts.

Vitamins found in cashew nuts include:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.12 mg

Vitamin C – 0.1 mg

Vitamin B5 – 0.245 mg

Niacin – 0.301 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.016 mg

Folate – 7 mcg

Vitamin B6 – 0.118 mg

Vitamin K – 9.7 mcg

Vitamin E – 0.26 mg

And other which are present in very tiny amounts.

Health benefits of cashews nuts:

  • Cashews possess low level of fat and the fat it has is present in the form of oleic acid. Oleic acid is monounsaturated fat which is healthy for your heart and other part of the body.
  • They are rich in magnesium which maintains blood pressure and thus keep the heart in its normal tone.
  • Like many other natural substances, cashew nuts also contain flavinoids which act against tumor cells and don’t let them multiply rapidly as they do.
  • Cashews are good for people looking for healthy skin and healthy hair.
  • Calcium in cashews keeps bones strong.
  • Good for nerves and nervous system.

Cucumber; Refresh your skin

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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You must’ve heard the simile, as cool as a cucumber. So how cool is cucumber? Well, that’s a tricky question. So let’s not go there. Let us see what cucumber has in stored for you and what the health benefits it has to offer are.

½ cup of cucumber cut into slices contains

Calories 8

Protein: .34gm

Fiber: .3gm

If you wish to know about the minerals and vitamin content in cucumber, here you go:

Minerals found in Cool Cucumber:

Refreshing cucumber possess the following minerals, others are in minute quantity.

Potassium – 76 mg

Calcium – 8 mg

Magnesium – 7 mg

Sodium – 1 mg

Selenium – 0.2 mcg

Iron – 0.15 mg

Phosphorus – 12 mg

Zinc – 0.1 mg

Copper – 0.021 mg

Manganese – 0.041 mg

Also contains small amounts of other minerals.

Vitamins found in Cool Cucumber:

Refreshing cucumber possess the following vitamins, others are in minute quantity.

Niacin – 0.051 mgVitamin C – 1.5 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.014 mg

Vitamin B5 – 0.135 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.017 mg

Folate – 4 mcg

Vitamin B6 – 0.021 mg

Vitamin A – 55 IU

Vitamin E – 0.02 mg

Vitamin K – 8.5 mcg

Health benefits of Cucumber:

Cucumber is good for your skin as it re-hydrates dry skin.

It replenishes the minerals, vitamins and water content and makes the skin young and beautiful.

It is good for hair growth.

It improves bad breath.

It has anti-cancer properties.

It helps in losing weight

It is good for your joints as well.

There are millions of other reasons to eat cucumbers. Make sure you add it in your diet as part of salad or in some drink etc. This is specially a great remedy for all those who dream of good skin, cucumber can definitely help you guys.

Carrots improve night vision

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Rabbits love carrots; and so do most people I know. Crunchy carrots make are great for improving your vision and this is why all those who wear glasses due to weak vision should make a habit of consuming carrots. Do you know that ½ cup of cooked carrots give you? Thy give you:

Calories: 27

Protein: 0.59gm

Fiber: 2.3gm

Other than that, carrots also give you vitamins and minerals that are vital for bodily functions.

Minerals which carrots offer:

Carrots contain the following minerals and some are found in quite less amount.

Potassium – 183 mg

Phosphorus – 23 mg

Magnesium – 8 mg

Selenium – 0.2 mcg

Calcium – 23 mgIron – 0.27 mg

Zinc – 0.3 mg

Copper – 0.052 mg

Manganese – 0.062 mg

Sodium – 5 mg

Vitamins which carrots offer:

Carrots contain the following vitamins and some are found in quite less amount.

Vitamin A – 13286 IU

Vitamin C – 2.8 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.051 mg

Vitamin E – 0.8 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.119 mgVitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.034 mg

Niacin – 0.503 mg

Folate – 11 mcg

Vitamin B5 – 0.181 mg

Vitamin K – 10.7 mcg

Health benefits of carrots:

Some healthy facts about carrots are as follows:

  • Carrots are abundantly rich in vitamins and minerals as mentioned above as well as also in anti-oxidants and fiber content.
  • Carrots are best source of vitamin-A and carotenes. Flavinoids are also found in carrots which are good for lungs and skin etc.
  • Vitamin A present in carrots promotes epithelial growth, reproductive function, vision at night and has many other physiological functions as well.
  • Other than that, carrots are rich in vitamin C and also in other anticancer chemicals.

 

Walnuts are deliciously nutritious

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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I don’t mind calling Walnuts magical. With great taste they give to our taste buds, they also offer you the best of nutrition. An ounce of walnuts contains the following:

Calories 185

Protein 4.32 milligrams

Fiber 1.9 milligrams

The Important minerals Walnuts contain:

Walnuts contain the following important minerals which are mention below. Some may be in very small quantity.

Phosphorus – 98 mg

Manganese – 0.968 mg

Zinc – 0.88 mg

Calcium – 28 mg

Potassium – 125 mg

Magnesium – 45 mg

Selenium – 1.4 mcg

Iron – 0.82 mg

Sodium – 1 mg

Copper – 0.45 mg

Also contains trace amounts of other minerals.

The Important vitamins Walnuts contain:

Walnuts contain the following important vitamins which are mention below. Some may be in very small quantity.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.043 mg

Vitamin A – 6 IU

Vitamin C – 0.4 mg

Niacin – 0.319 mg

Vitamin B5 – 0.162 mg

Folate – 28 mcg

Vitamin K – 0.8 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.097 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.152 mg

Vitamin E – 0.2 mg

The health benefits of walnuts:

  • Walnuts are rich in good fats. Omega 3 fatty acids are good fatty acids that have a very positive impact on the brain, help reduce depression and also fight off inflammatory conditions.
  • Walnuts are great for heart health and one should include walnuts in diet because walnuts contain good amount of anti-oxidants to fight off cardiovascular diseases.
  • Walnuts may help lower the chances of breast tumors.
  • They may lower the chances of diabetes.
  • They help fight off stress which is not healthy for the body.

Black Eyed Peas

By on June 1, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Highly proteinaceous, black eyed peas are consumed comparatively less as compared to other peas. But let me tell you that these small, black spot containing species have a lot of health benefits to offer. Cooked 100gm of Black Eye Peas give you:

Calories: 116

Protein: 7.73 gm

Fiber: 6.5gm

Vitamins present in Black Eyed Peas:

Black Eyed Peas contain a good amount of the following vitamins while some are there in low amount.

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.202 mg

Niacin – 0.495 mg

Vitamin A – 15 IU

Pantothenic Acid – 0.411 mg

Vitamin K – 1.7 mcg

Vitamin B6 – 0.1 mg

Folate – 208 mcg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.055 mg

Vitamin E – 0.28 mg

Minerals in Black Eyed Peas:

Black Eyed Peas contain a good amount of the following minerals while some are there in low amount.

Calcium – 24 mg

Iron – 2.51 mg

Potassium – 278 mg

Selenium – 2.5 mcg

Phosphorus – 156 mg

Magnesium – 53 mg

Manganese – 0.475 mg

Copper – 0.268 mg

Sodium – 4 mg

Zinc – 1.29 mg

Black Eyed Peas facts:

  • Black Eyed Peas contain small amount of fat but better amount of protein.
  • Black Eyed Peas contain consider amount of soluble dietary fibers which hinders bile juice which ultimately helps in reducing bad cholesterol in blood and promotes good cholesterol instead.
  • Fiber content also helps in fighting off constipation and cleans GIT.
  • These are rich in proteins which are the building blocks of our body.
  • Black Eyed Peas contain flavinoids and other phytochemicals which acts as anti-oxidants as well.
  • They contain good amount of potassium which is a significant mineral for maintain the blood pressure.
  • They contain iron which promotes formation of red blood cells hence help overcoming anemia.

Fruits and Veggies rich in Vitamin B3 and B5

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Vitamin B3 has a significant role in the digestive system functioning, dermal activities and in nerves. It is a prominent role in the production of ATPs from carbs.

Requirements of B3:

Adult males require 16 mg

Adult women 14 mg and for lactating women, the requirement is 17-18 mg.

Children need 9 – 16 mg of B3 per day.

Fruits rich in Vitamin B3:

Dates

Breadfruit

Avocado

Nectarine

Boysenberries

Guava

Passion Fruit

Cherimoya

Lychee

Peach

Mango

Loganberries

Veggies rich in Vitamin B3:

Corn

Okra

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Sweet Potato

Artichoke

Spirulina

Spaghetti Squash

Squash – winter

Butternut Squash

Mushrooms Peas

Parsnip

Grain and nut source:

Sunflower Seeds

Wheat – Hard Red

Spelt

Peanuts

Barley

Buckwheat

Wheat – Hard White

Rye

Wheat – Durum

Proteins rich in vitamin B3:

Beef

Herring

Cod

Chicken Breast

Chicken (dark meat)

Anchovies

Catfish

Perch

Ground Chicken

Pollock

Turkey Breast

Ground Turkey

Turkey Bacon

Pork

Roast Duck

Salmon

Veal

Sardines

Tuna

Hamburger

Lamb

Bacon

Pork Sausage

Beef Sausage

Turkey Leg

Hot Dog (Turkey)

Legume source of Vitamin B3:

Soy Beans

Winged Beans

Edamame

Adzuki Beans

Pigeon Beans

Fava Beans

Split Peas

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Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 also known as Pantothenic acid is significant in the metabolic activities of  food and also has a role in hormone synthesis.

Requirement:

Adults requires 5 mg

Pregnant or lactating women require 6 – 7 mg.

Children require 2 – 4 mg of Vitamin B5 every day.

Fruits rich in Vitamin B5:

Grapefruit

Avocado

Pomegranate

Cherimoya

Dates

Black Currants

Guava

Starfruit

Raspberries

Gooseberries

Watermelon

Breadfruit

Veggie source of Vitamin B5:

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Squash – winter

Potatoes

Corn

Spaghetti Squash

Brussels Sprouts

Butternut Squash

Sweet Potato

Pumpkin

Okra

Spirulina

Parsnip Squash – summer

French Beans

Nut and grains rich in Vitamin B5:

Oats

Wheat – Hard Red

Rye

Chestnuts

Wheat – Durum

Sunflower Seeds

Buckwheat

Wheat – Hard White

Protein source of Vitamin B5:

Cow’s Milk

Perch

Herring

Chicken (dark meat)

Pork

Turkey Leg

Beef

Salmon

Lamb

Catfish

Ground Turkey

Chicken Breast

Veal

Soy Milk

Ground Chicken

Eggs

Caviar

Beef Sausage

Hamburger

Goat Milk

Tuna

Sardines

Turkey Breast

Yogurt

Lowfat Yogurt

Roast Duck

By adding these fruits, veggies and grains, you can get enough Vitamin B3 and B5 that our body needs.

Foods to eat when stressed out

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Stressed up? Eat some chocolate. No, this is no joke. Some foods help you calm down and live life without stress. When you know about these foods that can give you a soothing sense, this will help you stay relaxed and cool so that you stay away from stress. We all know that stress and worrying is not good for our physical and mental health and therefore it is best to stand back from all those things that have the potential to deteriorate our health status.

If you eat the following food when stressed out, you will feel way better.

  • Chocolate contain mood boosting chemicals which include flavonoids, enkephalins and serotonin. Chocolate make you feel happy and give you a pleasure feeling. You experience delight, gratification and comfort when you eat chocolate.
  • Try to add foods that are rich in zinc. This is because zinc has a lot of influence on your mind and mood. Nuts can help you.
  • Eat Asparagus because it is rich in folate. Folate can help you stay calm.
  • Glutathione, found abundantly in avocados, reduces oxidative damage by minimizing fat absorption from the intestine. This is another way of getting the body out of internal stress.  Avocados also in stored in them vitamin E, lutein, beta-carotene as well as folate.
  • Cashews are great combination of fats and proteins and those who are worried about losing weight can include cashews in diet.
  • Anthocyanin, found in blueberries, are anti-oxidants that have a great role in reducing stress. Berries are also rich in Vitamin C which is another ingredient to fight off stress.

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Oranges and orange peel

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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God has bestowed upon us the best of things. Speaking of oranges, you will be excited to know that oranges not only give you amazing nutritional benefits but the orange peel can also prove to be very useful. In this article you will get to know the vitamin and minerals that are present in an orange but also the surprising health benefits of orange peel.

First let us see what a normal sized orange contain.

Calories: 62

Protein:1.23 grams

Fiber: 3.1 gm

Vitamins in orange:

Vitamin C – 69.7 mg

Vitamin A – 295 IU

Pantothenic Acid – 0.328 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.114 mg

Niacin – 0.369 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.052 mg

Vitamin E – 0.24 mg

Folate – 39 mcg

Vitamin B6 – 0.079 mg

Minerals:

Magnesium – 13 mg

Potassium – 237 mg

Calcium – 52 mg

Iron – 0.13 mg

Phosphorus – 18 mg

Zinc – 0.09 mg

Selenium 0.7 mcg

Copper – 0.059 mg

Manganese – 0.033 mg

Orange peel can surprise you!

Read the following information to know the health benefits of orange peel.

  • Promotes digestive system health due to its fiber content and also promote probiotic growth.
  • Orange peel is rich in an anti-oxidant called Hesperidin. This anti-oxidant will help control blood pressure and cholesterol by lowering them and will reduce your risk of other heart diseases.
  • It is also used as a remedy to get rid of bad breath.
  • Good for people who aim to lose weight because of the fiber content it posses. Fibers keep your stomach full for a longer time.

Lemon; a blessing for all of us

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Nothing is better than a glass full of icy chilled lemonade in summers. But do you know that lemon is far more beneficial than just making you feel cool in a hot sunny day? The following information will prove the health benefits of lemon and you may start using lemon more frequently than you actually do.

A peel-less lemon possess:

Calories 24

Protein 0.92 gm

Fiber 2.4 gm

Lemon has many minerals:

Calcium – 22 mg

Potassium – 116 mg

Sodium – 2 mg

Magnesium – 7 mg

Iron – 0.5 mg

Copper – 0.031 mg

Phosphorus – 13 mg

Manganese – 0.025 mg

Zinc – 0.05 mg

Selenium 0.3 mcg

Lemon is overloaded with vitamins and has Vitamin C in abundance.

Vitamin C – 44.5 mg

Vitamin A – 18 IU

Folate – 9 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.034 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.067 mg

Vitamin E – 0.13 mg

Niacin – 0.084 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.017 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.16 mg

Lemon and your health:

  • Lemon is good for your heart. Because it is rich in vitamin C, which has abundant anti-oxidant property, it helps you to stay away from many cardiovascular diseases.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory property, when used, it is thought to improve diseases like arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
  • It is thought to have antibiotic effect as well.
  • It proves to have anti-cancer properties.
  • It is a blood purifying substance which cleans the blood from harmful material and is therefore good for digestive system as well.
  • It can minimize the risk of cataract of eyes. A condition in which the intraocular pressure rises.
  • Vitamin C in lemon strengthens immune system.

 

 

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