Keto Diet or Ketogenic Diet

What is Keto Diet or Ketogenic Diet

KetoOur bodies are incredibly adaptive to food we eat, when we overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into the metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. Continue reading “Keto Diet or Ketogenic Diet”

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Never Eat Damaged Apples, it contains Patulin

What is Patulin?Apples

Patulin is a toxic substance produced by molds that may grow on apples. In the past, patulin has been found to occur at high levels in some apple juice products offered for sale. Patulin is a mycotoxin produced by certain species of Penicillium and Aspergillus, often detectable in mouldy fruits and their derivatives. On the basis of a PMTDI of 0.4 micro gram/kg bw, limit values of 50 micro-grams/kg or 50 micro-grams/l of patulin have been set in fruit derivatives. In rotten apples, not only was the amount of patulin extraordinarily high in the rotten area, but the mycotoxin had also spread to the part unaffected by mould. The data presented in this study indicate that the intake of patulin with apple derivatives is usually below the tolerable level of 0.4 microgram/kg bw/day, but since the patulin content in apples can vary considerably, the quality of fruits used in the production of apple derivatives should be strictly controlled in order not to exceed the safe limits.

Adverse Effects of Patulin

Patulin exhibits a number of toxic effects in animals and its presence in food is undesirable. Neurotoxic Patulin can be responsible for acute effects including nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues. It can affect a developing fetus, the immune system, the nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract, and can potentially cause DNA damage.

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Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

What is Matcha Tea

Matcha Powder
Matcha Powder

Matcha is a Japanese green tea in a powder form that is whisked into hot water or milk. Matcha or maccha is a finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder. It is a natural, organic green tea which has been the part of the famous Japanese tea ceremony for over 900 years. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Because matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves, it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea. Comparison of Antioxidants is as follows:-

  • 6.2 Times that of Goji Berries
  • Times that of Dark Chocolate
  • 17 Times that of Wild Blueberries
  • 60.5 Times that of SpinachHealth Benefits of Matcha Tea

    Matcha Tea
    Matcha Tea
  • Studies have often linked tea consumption to reduced risks of cancers of the colon, breast, ovary, prostate, and lung.”
  • Study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests matcha might be linked to weight loss
  • A daily cup of the green stuff “might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity
  • Other clinical tests suggest matcha can speed physical recovery after workouts, promote cell strength and boost immunity.
  • With a small amount of caffeine –24–39 mg per cup, matcha fans say it delivers a feeling of “calm alertness”.
  • Chlorophyll present in matcha tea accentuates its effectiveness in cleansing process of the body. Chlorophyll is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleasing the blood.

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Food Allergies and Allergins

Symptoms of Food Allergies

Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic.Allergic reactions can include:-

Allergy Causing Foods
Allergy Causing Foods

1. Hives
2. Flushed skin or rash
3. Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
4. Face, tongue, or lip swellingVomiting and/or diarrhea
5. Abdominal crampsCoughing or wheezing
6. Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
7. Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
8. Difficulty breathingLoss of consciousness

Major Foods that can cause Allergies
More than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies, the law identifies the eight most common allergenic foods. These foods account for 90 percent of food allergic reactions, and are the food sources from which many other ingredients are derived.The eight foods identified by the law are:-allergy-causing-foods-1
1. Milk
2. Eggs
3. Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
4. Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp)
5. Peanuts
6. Wheat
7. Soybeans
8. Tree Nuts
These eight foods, and any ingredient that contains protein derived from one or more of them, are designated as “major food allergens” by FALCPA.

Types of Salt

Sea Salt
Sea Salt

Salt has been referenced and utilized in nearly all time periods and cultures from before recorded history.  It’s been used as money and for trade in many early cultures. Salts are trendy these days, but you must know that what kinds are healthiest for you and work best in your recipes. current research shows that too much sodium can lead to a host of health problems, American Heart Association recommends getting less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day, that’s roughly equal to two-thirds of a teaspoon of table salt. Reducing the amount of salt in your food (without the use of salty tasting substitutes) is the preferable way that you can improve your health. Different types of salts, commonly used in our food are as follows:- Continue reading “Types of Salt”

Comparison of Sugar and Honey

Honey
Honey Vs Sugar

Refined dietary sugars lack minerals and vitamins and are often called empty calories. They draw upon the body’s nutrients to be metabolized into the system, and when these nutrients are depleted, metabolizing of cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher cholesterol and promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid on the organs and tissues. On the other hand, honey, a natural sweetener, contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals essential for its metabolism and hence is helpful in preventing obesity. Honey is regarded as a natural product while sugar is a man-made, highly processed product. Both of these sweeteners have glucose and fructose in them. In granulated sugar, the glucose and fructose are bonded together, these components in honey are separate. According to nutrition data, a typical batch of honey supplies:- Continue reading “Comparison of Sugar and Honey”

Flu Fighting Foods

Foods
Foods

One of the best ways to ward off any flu is to build up your overall immunity. A diet rich in a variety of produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products along with adequate sleep, moderate exercise, and minimal stress, may contributes to a better functioning of immune system and may promote a faster recovery from a cold or flu. Some key nutrients and tips that will help increase the likelihood that you’ll fly through the winter months in good health. Diet rich in vitamins and minerals is your best bet for the cold weather months, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (for vitamins C and E); whole grains, lean meats, and poultry (for zinc); and low-fat dairy products (for vitamin A).  whole grain like quinoa or rye bread offers fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, which support overall good health and citrus, like grapefruit, oranges, kumquats, tangerines, and clementines as well as canned tomatoes, chilies, or pineapple provide vitamin C Continue reading “Flu Fighting Foods”

Health News – Detox your Body

Vegetables
Vegetables

Body have its own  system of filtering and eliminating toxins from your body. The major organs in this detoxification system are the liver, kidneys and colon. In detox process, you assist the three major organs involved in detoxification by taking in nutrients that nourish them and by eating foods that have “detoxifying” properties. Start detoxing process by eliminating in your alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of these act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Than start eating  foods that help in detoxifying your body.

Fiber

All the detoxification in the world will not work if bad stuff doesn’t come out of our bodies eventually. For that, enough fiber is needed. Most health research points to about 20-30g of fiber per day being a good starting point. Again, this works out to about 5-8 servings of vegetables and fruits. For general health the total fiber amount tends to matter more than the actual type of fiber. However citrus pectindoes have a special benefit for clearing heavy metals which are found in most polluted areas. Continue reading “Health News – Detox your Body”

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