Category Nutrition

Beetroot Nutritional Benefits

March 6, 2013 Nutrition

beetrootBeetroot may not be the tastiest vegetable but its properties make it worthy of our attention. The most common kind of beets are red beets which contain betalain pigments: betanin and betacyanins with anti-oxidant properties.

Regular consumption of beetroot has many nutritional benefits, as it is rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Beet can protect the blood vessels against coronary heart diseases and peripheral vascular disease and lower the level of bad cholesterol, especially through its fibre, carotenoids and flavonoids content. Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association published an article which read that drinking 500 ml of beet juice can reduce the level of hypertension only an hour later.

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Sugar – The Good and the Bad

February 16, 2013 Nutrition

sugarAlthough sweets are said to cheer us up when we are sad, the effects of refined sugar on our health can be disastrous. Studies carried out in Korea on men and women showed that a high glucose level in blood (greater than 140 mg/dL) increases the risk of cancer. In men the strongest association between a high glucose level and cancer was for pancreatic cancer and significant links were also found for cancer of the liver colon/rectum or esophagus. In women the most predominant cancers associated with sugar were of the liver and cervix.

 Nevertheless, the effects of sugar on our body are numerous and most of them really scary. Nancy Appleton, PhD and G.N. Jacobs identified 143 ways in which sugar can affect our health “Suicide by Sugar”. Here are just a few:

- It reduces the body’s abil...

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Healthy Eating Recommendations

January 31, 2013 Nutrition

healthy eatingNobody’s perfect, but we can always improve our lives and be healthier by making a few changes. Small steps are the key to success. If we can follow these rules, we can always go further and make other changes for more beneficial results. Here are a few healthy eating recommendations:

- Eat less meat (and, if possible, from a reliable source) if you can’t eliminate meat from your diet and more vegetables.

- Drink smoothies made of green leaves daily or as often as possible. Made in a blender, smoothies contain the whole fruit/vegetable, so you have all the fiber in your drink.

- Eat slowly and chew your food 35-40 times before swallowing.

- Try to relax and focus on positive things when eating.

- Limit the sugar in your diet, if you cannot take it out completely.

- Eat less and give your ...

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