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[7 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

The adverse effects of a high-fat diet – high blood pressure and nutrition derived inflammation – can be reduced by eating bilberries, a study says.
For the first time, bilberries, also known as wild blueberries were shown to have beneficial effects on both blood pressure and nutrition-derived inflammatory responses.
“Bilberries reduce the development of systemic inflammation and prevent the progression of chronic hypertension, thus supporting their potential role in alleviating the adverse health effects associated with developing obesity,” said the researchers from University of Eastern Finland.
The beneficial health effects of bilberries are …

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[18 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Serving healthy snacks to children is definitely a challenge. However, it is important to provide good nutrition, giving a foundation to lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent lifestyle related diseases.
Fruits and Vegetables: Right from childhood, children must be encouraged to enjoy fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables also contain important nutrients like vitamins A and C and fiber. You might think that serving fresh fruits and vegetables is a real challenge, but good …

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[16 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Termed as one of the best sources of antioxidants among plant-based foods, pistachios are also low-cal. Here are some more benefits of pistas…
The Skinny-Nut: Dubbed the “skinny nut” by nutrition experts, pistachios are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts and yield the most nuts per serving; 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves and 18 cashews. Just a handful of pistachios – about 30 kernels – offers a deliciously satisfying 100-calorie snack.
A “Mindful” Snack: New research recently presented at the American Dietetic Association’s national …

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[3 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Belonging to the Rosaceae family, peaches were initially cultivated in China but are today grown in different parts of the world. Packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, they have a number of health benefits…
Trying to lose weight? A single peach contains about 50 calories. So not only is the fruit low cal but it also keeps you fuller for longer. – The beta carotene present in peaches is good for your eye health. It also ensures that blood circulation in the body is on track. – Not only do peaches …

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Things that can be eaten instead of high calorie sweets to curb the sweet tooth and to keep the weight in check
You are in the middle of an important meeting and suddenly you crave for that succulent piece of doughnut laced with chocolate syrup, or in the midst of a family function all you can think is the counter at the buffet that is graced with an array of various sweet delicacies, or while running on the treadmill you think of nothing but your next cheat day where you have …

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[19 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

Do you cringe every time you are asked to have tomato soup? Well, tomatoes are filled with nutrients and antioxidants that help combat several diseases as well as keep your health in good shape.
Improves vision: Vitamin A, present in tomatoes, helps to improve your eyesight as well as prevent night-blindness and macular degeneration.
Helps fight cancer: According to studies, tomatoes contain large amounts of the antioxidant lycopene, that is effective in lowering the risk of cancer, especially lung, stomach and prostrate cancers.
Maintaining blood health: Research suggests that a single tomato can …

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[30 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

From olive to coconut to flax, it’s no secret that oils are having a major culinary moment. Good thing, too, since most of them are rich in unsaturated fats that’ll help keep your heart in tip-top shape, says Stephanie Hoban, RD, a Houston-based natural foods chef. But what’s the smartest way to fit all of these different lipids into your kitchen repertoire? And which oils hold up to each kind of cooking? Read on to learn the best (and worst) oils for eight everyday cooking methods.
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[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

Nowadays, we are constantly bombarded by myths about food, sex, exercise, nutrition and pretty much everything else. Tim Crowe – Nutrition Academic at Deakin University and freelance writer at Thinking Nutrition helps us bust some of these myths.
According to Tim, some common nutrition and exercise myths are…
Myth 1: Exercise makes you eat more and gain weight
We think that all our hard work at the gym will sabotage our weight loss efforts, as we end up eating more after we exercise. Tim says, ‘every little bit of exercise can help in …

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[13 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

Boosting your metabolism means helping the body to efficiently convert the food into fuel.
A faster metabolism can be achieved through enhancing the protein content of the diet. Why? Because Protein foods require twice as much calories in digesting these foods as compared to carbohydrates.
Adding protein in the form of fish is a good idea as this in turn would increase the fat burning enzymes in the body. A snack such as a handful of pistachios is loaded with protein and monounsaturated fatty acids that help burn fat.
Iced drinks without added …

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[3 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

Trying to lose weight, but cannot? Here are 7 reasons that could be getting in the way
Do you keep piling on the kilos, no matter how many diets you try? The problem may have more to do with your general health than with your food. Here are simple solutions that can help you beat the bulge.
Need more sleep
If you don’t sleep well, then the body’s hormone axis don’t work properly. They affect metabolism and eventually lead to weight gain. Doctors say if you aren’t sleeping, your body won’t be …