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Healthy Snacking for Adults (2) April 27, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Better Taste, Drop of Lemon Juice, Fatty Foods, Feeling of Fullness, Good Health, Good Ingredient, Main Meal Caloric Intake, Much Calories, Sealed Container, Several Choices, Snack Foods.
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•Fruits and vegetables. They can fill you up without giving you so much calories. But yes, it could really be boring to munch a piece of fruit just anywhere. Here is what you can do: prepare a mixture of sliced fruits (apples and banana), add a drop of lemon juice, and put it in a sealed container. At home or in the office, make strips of cucumber and turnips, then sprinkled with a pinch of salt.

• Nuts can also be a good “in-between meal nourishment.” Nuts consist of monounsaturated fats which can give that feeling of fullness. Aside from its fiber content, it also contains magnesium, manganese, protein, zinc, and phosphorus.

•Low fat and calorie foods. When choosing healthier snacks, do not only look at the fat content but also the sugar and the carbohydrates. A food may be low in fat, but high in sugar and vice versa.

• Low sodium foods. Be conscious of the sodium content of snack foods. When given several choices, don’t just go for one with better taste. Good health is not achieved by foods that have one good ingredient. You should eat foods that do not have negative ingredients like sodium (could be from salt or other baking ingredients). For example, delete crackers from your snack lists, no matter if they are advertised as healthy. This is especially true with those that have more than 100 mg of sodium per serving size.

Although snacks can really help cut down main meal caloric intake, it can also be a source of excess calories if you do not monitor total caloric intake. As we are all being encouraged, read the labels for calories, good nutrient contents, and negative ingredients. Snack healthily.

Healthier salt to spice our dish (1) February 20, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Food Preservative, High Blood Pressure, Maintain Blood Volume, Major Culprits, Own Diet, Regulation of Water Balance, Salty Taste, Transmission of Nerve Impulse.
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Good morning everybody.  We Filipinos were much particular in taste when it comes to cooking foods.  We made sure that our food will tastes good that’s why we always use salt.  There is some kind of salt that does not good for the heart.  Iodize salt is good.

Salt,  is not only a flavor enhancer and a food preservative, it is also an essential nutrient needed by our body.  The sodium present in salt is important in maintaining blood volume and blood pressure, in the regulation of water balance, transmission of nerve impulses and other vital functions.  The 5 grams of salt is always never followed.

Salt is one of the major culprits in developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, stomach cancer, osteoporosis and kidney disease, among others.

Health authorities have been clamoring for further reductions of salt in processed foods as well as better labeling of salt on food products so more people could make changes to their own diet and reduce their salt intake.

There can always be an alternative for salt.

A Finnish professor Heikki Karppanen was able to develop a mineral salt product containing a reduced amount of sodium. Instead he added potassium and magnesium to provide the salty taste.  Karppanen became involved in the study of salt and its harmful effects after he learned about the high incidence of heart attacks that lead to deaths among families in his hometown. 

Reference:  Charles E. Buban …  Read the best, Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

Vitamin B12 neutralizes MSG – 2 December 28, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Alternative medicine, Conventional medicine, Plant extract, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc.
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Conventional medicine can co-exist with alternative medicine. This kind of partnership can guarantee a patient’s recovery.

Cut the sugar. More studies have shown that sugar, while it sweetens the taste, can be a bitter pill to swallow. Sugar can only weaken if taken in excessive amounts.

Plant extracts can do you good. A 2004 study on melons and pomegranates showed reversed coronary heart disease by 30%.

Magnesium can prevent heart attack risks. Just 400-800mg daily is enough for your heart’s health.

Health aids. Vitamin B12 neutralizes flavor enhancers like MSG. Vitamin E (200mg, gamma tocopherol) prevents breast and prostate cancer. Zinc, 30-50mg daily, boosts the immune system. 500mg of niacin can lower bad cholesterol. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and is a preventive for Alzheimer’s, cancer and artherosclerosis. Melatonin keeps you young and boosts the immune system, reduces cancer risks and promotes better sleep (as tested in animals). One to 20mg nightly makes you sleep like a baby.

If you cut back on the calories, you will prolong your life because it dramatically lowers insulin and glucose blood levels.

A poised, centered stance is fueled by a peaceful nature. Don’t go into extremes whenever possible. Focus on slow breathing in times of stress.

AFFIRM NOW: “I claim goodness in my life beginning today.”

Love and light!

Ref: dailyinquirer

Vital Facts about Minerals – 4 December 6, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Carbohydrates, Energy, Transmit Nerve.
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Magnesium

Important for energy release from foods, especially carbohydrates.  Helps to transmit nerve impulses to muscles.

 

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How Much?

Where?                                             % U.S. RDA

Almonds, ¼ c                                                     26 %

Peanut, butter, ¼ c                                             26 %

Spinach, cooked, ½ c                                         20 %

Pinto beans, cooked, ½ c                                   13 %

Shrimp, broiled, 3 oz                                            7 %