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Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Tuesday, September 27, 2011 0 comments

In some parts of the world, the word "to eat" literally means "to eat rice." All varieties of rice are available throughout the year, supplying as much as half of the daily calories for half of the world's population.
The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron. 
The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just color! A whole grain of rice has several layers. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients. At this point, however, the rice is still unpolished, and it takes polishing to produce the white rice we are used to seeing. Polishing removes the aleurone layer of the grain--a layer filled with health-supportive, essential fats. Because these fats, once exposed to air by the refining process, are highly susceptible to oxidation, this layer is removed to extend the shelf life of the product. The resulting white rice is simply a refined starch that is largely bereft of its original nutrients.

Our food ranking system qualified brown rice as an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of the minerals selenium and magnesium. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. By law in the United States, fully milled and polished white rice must be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3, and iron. But the form of these nutrients when added back into the processed rice is not the same as in the original unprocessed version, and at least 11 lost nutrients are not replaced in any form even with rice "enrichment."

Brown Rice is Rich in Fiber and Selenium
For people worried about colon cancer risk, brown rice packs a double punch by being a concentrated source of the fiber needed to minimize the amount of time cancer-causing substances spend in contact with colon cells, and being a very good source of selenium, a trace mineral that has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In addition to supplying 14.0% of the daily value for fiber, a cup of cooked brown rice provides 27.3% of the DV for selenium, an important benefit since many Americans do not get enough selenium in their diets, yet this trace mineral is of fundamental importance to human health. Selenium is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, and immune function. Accumulated evidence from prospective studies, intervention trials and studies on animal models of cancer has suggested a strong inverse correlation between selenium intake and cancer incidence. Several mechanisms have been suggested to explain the cancer-preventive activities of selenium. Selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, and to induce their apoptosis, the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells.
In addition, selenium is incorporated at the active site of many proteins, including glutathione peroxidase, which is particularly important for cancer protection. One of the body's most powerful antioxidant enzymes, glutathione peroxidase is used in the liver to detoxify a wide range of potentially harmful molecules. When levels of glutathione peroxidase are too low, these toxic molecules are not disarmed and wreak havoc on any cells with which they come in contact, damaging their cellular DNA and promoting the development of cancer cells.
Not only does selenium play a critical role in cancer prevention as a cofactor of glutathione peroxidase, selenium also works with vitamin E in numerous other vital antioxidant systems throughout the body. These powerful antioxidant actions make selenium helpful in the prevention not only of cancer, but also of heart disease, and for decreasing the symptoms of asthma and the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.

Lower Cholesterol with Whole Brown Rice
Here's yet another reason to rely on whole foods, such as brown rice, for your healthy way of eating. The oil in whole brown rice lowers cholesterol.
When Marlene Most and colleagues from Louisiana State University evaluated the effects of rice bran and rice bran oil on cholesterol levels in volunteers with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, they found that rice bran oil lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was divided into two parts. First, 26 subjects ate a diet including 13-22g of dietary fiber each day for three weeks, after which 13 switched to a diet that added defatted rice bran to double their fiber intake for five weeks. In the second part of the study, a randomized crossover trial, 14 subjects ate a diet with rice bran oil for 10 weeks.
While the diet including only defatted rice bran did not lower cholesterol, the one containing rice bran oil lowered LDL cholesterol by 7%. Since all the diets contained similar fatty acids, the researchers concluded that the reduction in cholesterol seen in those receiving rice bran oil must have been due to other constituents such as the unsaponifiable compounds found in rice bran oil. The scientists suggest that the unsaponifiables present in rice bran oil could become important functional foods for cardiovascular health. But why extract justone beneficial compound from brown rice when you can reap allthe cardioprotective benefits supplied by the matrix of nutrients naturally present in this delicious whole food? In addition to unsaponifiables, this whole grain also supplies hefty doses of heart-healthy fiber, magnesium, and B vitamins.

Reduce Your Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
First we were told, "Don't eat fat, and you'll stay trim." After following this advice only to see obesity expand to never before seen proportions, we're told by the food gurus, "Eating fat is fine. Shun carbohydrates to stay slim."
In our opinion, neither piece of dietary advice is complete, accurate or likely to help us stay slim or healthy. Just as different kinds of fats have different effects in our bodies (e.g., saturated and trans fats are linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease while omega-3 fats decrease cardiovascular disease risk), some carbohydrates, such as whole grains, are healthful while others, such as refined grains and the foods made from them, are not.
The latest research is clearly supporting this vital distinction. Refined grains and the foods made from them (e.g., white breads, cookies, pastries, pasta and rice) are now being linked not only to weight gain but to increased risk of insulin resistance (the precursor of type 2 diabetes) and the metabolic syndrome (a strong predictor of both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease), while eating more wholegrain foods is being shown to protect against all these ills. Common features of the metabolic syndrome include visceral obesity (the "apple shaped" body), low levels of protective HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure.
In one of the most recent studies, which appeared in Diabetes Care, researchers who analyzed data on over 2,800 participants in the Framingham Offspring Study, found that the prevalence of both insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome was significantly lower among those eating the most cereal fiber from whole grains compared to those eating the least.
Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome was 38% lower among those with the highest intake of fiber from whole grains. Conversely, study subjects whose diets had the highest glycemic index and glycemic load, both of which are typically low in whole foods and high in processed refined foods, were 141% more likely to have the metabolic syndrome compared to those whose diets had the lowest glycemic index and glycemic load. In other words, compared to those whose diets were primarily composed of whole high fiber foods: whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits.
The researchers concluded, "Given that both a high cereal fiber content and lower glycemic index are attributes of wholegrain foods, recommendation to increase wholegrain intake may reduce the risk of developing the metabolic syndrome." Our perspective at the World's Healthiest Foods is that a way of eating that relies on the healthiest foods from all the food groups—the whole foods that contain the healthiest fats, carbohydrates and proteins—is the most effective, intelligent, and most enjoyable way to not only lower your risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, but to stay slim, vital and attractive throughout a long and healthy life.

Brown Rice and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Brown rice and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion.
The FDA permits foods that contain at least 51% whole grains by weight (and are also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol) to display a health claim stating consumption is linked to lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Now, research suggests regular consumption of whole grains also reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. (van Dam RM, Hu FB, Diabetes Care).
In this 8-year trial, involving 41,186 particpants of the Black Women's Health Study, research data confirmed inverse associations between magnesium, calcium and major food sources in relation to type 2 diabetes that had already been reported in predominantly white populations.
Risk of type 2 diabetes was 31% lower in black women who frequently ate whole grains compared to those eating the least of these magnesium-rich foods. When the women's dietary intake of magnesium intake was considered by itself, a beneficial, but lesser—19%— reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes was found, indicating that whole grains offer special benefits in promoting healthy blood sugar control. Daily consumption of low-fat dairy foods was also helpful, lowering risk of type 2 diabetes by 13%. Rice pudding—quickly made by simply adding low-fat milk, cinnamon, raisins, a little honey and 1/4 teaspoon of finely grated orange peel to a cup of cooked rice, then cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes—is a delicious way to enjoy both rice and diary.

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Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Sunday, September 25, 2011 0 comments

The jab would use fat cells from the tummy to pep up hair growth on the scalp.The required amount of fat would not be enough to make a noticeable difference to waistlines.But researchers say there may be a market for combining the taking of cells with a full liposuction.This could then be marketed as a two-in-one rejuvenation treatment for men and women to slim down and grow hair back.In a series of experiments, researchers from Yale University in the United States looked at what triggers the hair growth.They found fat cells to be key, with immature fat cells producing chemical signals that ‘wake up' dormant follicles, leading to the production of hair.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Friday, September 23, 2011 0 comments

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute
3.. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.
The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily..
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.
It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.
This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ..not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.
Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks:
· Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting,
· Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
· You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.
· Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
· 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
· Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive...
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to everyone they know, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.
Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Tuesday, September 20, 2011 0 comments

Foods that are healthy for the liver fall into two main categories. First are those that promote the detoxification process of the liver. And second, are those that are high in antioxidants and therefore protect the liver while it's carrying out its detoxification processes.

Eating healthy foods for the liver can improve and support liver function on a daily basis. Having a healthy liver results in greater energy and general well-being.
A poorly functioning liver can result in tiredness, headaches, bad breath, allergies and intolerances, problem skin and weight gain.
If you are thinking of giving your liver a good detox see our article Cleanse your Liver for Better Health
Foods that are healthy for the liver fall into two main categories.
First are those that promote the detoxification process of the liver. And second, are those that are high in antioxidants and therefore protect the liver while it's carrying out its detoxification processes. Below are a list of the top eight foods that are considered to be good for your liver.
Garlic and onions.
Garlic contains allicin which is a sulphur-based compound needed by the liver for effective detoxification. Garlic helps the liver rid the body of mercury, certain food additives and the hormone oestrogen.
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage).
These vegetables are very powerful detoxifiers of the liver. They contain chemicals that neutralise certain toxins such as nitrosamines found in cigarette smoke and aflotoxin found in peanuts. They also contain glucosinolates that help the liver to produce enzymes it needs for its detoxification processes.
Freshly squeezed lemon in hot water.
Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of boiled water first thing in the morning helps to cleanse the liver and promote detoxification. It also stimulates bile production, cleanses the stomach and bowel and stimulates a bowel motion.
Beetroot (Beets).
It's a blood-purifying tonic that is also capable of absorbing heavy metals. More information on beets
High-antioxidant fruits.
In a study done by the US Department of Agriculture at Tuffs University, it was found that the following list of fruits had the highest levels of antioxidants (in descending order): Prunes, raisons, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, apples and pears. Antioxidants help to protect the liver from the high levels of free radicals that are naturally produced during the process of detoxification.
Apples contain pectin that bind to heavy metals in the body (in particular in the colon) and help their excretion. This reduces the load on the liver and its detoxification capacities.
Increases bile production. One of the jobs of bile is to remove toxins through the bowel, as well as 'unfriendly' micro-organisms. It has been suggested that 30 minutes after eating globe artichoke, bile flow is increased by over 100%.
Bitter leafy salad greens (dandelion, chicory, endive, rocket).
The bitterness of these foods helps to stimulate bile flow within the liver.

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Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Sunday, September 18, 2011 0 comments

Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre have found that curcumin, the main component in the spice turmeric, suppresses a cell-signalling pathway in human saliva that drives the growth of head and neck cancer. 

The inhibition of the cell signalling pathway was also correlated with reduced expression of a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines, or signalling molecules, in the saliva that promote cancer growth, said Dr. Marilene Wang, senior author of the study and a Jonsson Cancer Centre researcher.

"This study shows that curcumin can work in the mouths of patients with head and neck malignancies and reduce activities that promote cancer growth," Wang said.

"And it not only affected the cancer by inhibiting a critical cell signalling pathway, it also affected the saliva itself by reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines within the saliva," she added. 


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Thursday, September 15, 2011 0 comments

Tobacco consumption is causing nearly half of head and neck cancers in the country, a study by a cancer research centre said here Sunday.

'Nearly 50 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by the use of tobacco. This is contrary to the popular belief that consumption of tobacco only causes oral and lung cancer,' said the study by Delhi's Dharamshila Hospital and Research Centre.

A total of 915 cases registered and operated under surgical oncology (head and neck) from 2000 to 2010 were considered.

'Around 96 percent head and neck cancers are caused by consuming smokeless tobacco,' the study said.

According to a study by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) in 2009, India accounts for nearly 274.9 million tobacco users -- around 35 percent of the total population.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Wednesday, September 14, 2011 0 comments

Lemon grass is a herb cherished for its aromaand citrus-cum-ginger taste. It is also known as citronella and its botanical name is cymbopogon ciatrus. It is widely used in Asian cuisines, especially Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Besides culinary purposes, lemongrass possesses a lot of medical and health benefits. Some of them are as follows: 

Lemongrass contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. It is useful in treating infections of the stomach, colon, urinary tract and wounds.

It helps to cure diseases like typhoid, skin infections, food poisoning and body odour.

Because it contains analgesic properties, lemongrass oil helps in relieving pain from headaches, joint pains and muscle pains.

Lemongrass possesses anti-pyretic properties that is beneficial in bringing down fever. Therefore, lemongrass is administered to people having fever. 


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2 comments

Custard Apple is a sweet fruit, which is widely grown across the world. The fruit is compound in nature, measuring 3¼ to 6½ inches (8-16 cm) in diameter. The shape of the fruit may be symmetrically heart-shaped, lopsided, or irregular. It may be nearly round or oblate, with a deep or shallow depression at the base. The skin or covering of custard apple is thin but tough, which is usually yellow or brownish when ripe. Beneath the thin covering, a thick, cream-white layer of custard like, granular, flesh is present, which surrounds seeds. The flavor of the fruit is sweet and agreeable. Besides, custard apple has many health and nutritional benefits. Given below is the nutrition value of the fruit.
Nutritional Value of Custard Apple
Given below is nutritional value per 100 gm of custard apple 
  • Thiamine (B1) - 0.05 to 0.08 mg
  • Vitamin A -1 mg       
  • Riboflavin (B2) - 0.08 to 0.1 mg
  • Natural Sugar - 14 to 18 gm           
  • Niacin (B3) - 0.5 to 0.8 mg
  • Carbohydrate - 23.71 gm    
  • Iron - 0.7mg
  • Total Acidity - 0.4 mg           
  • Energy - 76 to 96 cal (310 to 420 kJ)
  • Protein - 1 to 4.3 gm            
  • Zinc - 0.2 to 2.7mg
  • Magnesium - 32 to 88 mg  
  • Copper - 2.4mg
  • Potassium - 250 to 578 mg            
  • Sodium - 4 to 14 mg
  • Calcium - 17 to 22 mg         
  • Vitamin C - 22 to 43 mg
  • Fibre - 1 to 3.2 g       
  • Total Soluble Solids (Brix) - 22.3% 
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Custard Apple 
  • Custard apple is a storehouse of Vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant and helps in neutralizing free radicals.
  • Vitamin A present in the fruit is good for hair, eyes and healthy skin.
  • Custard apple contains magnesium, which plays vital role in relaxing muscles and protecting heart against diseases.
  • Potassium and Vitamin B6 are also present in custard apple.
  • Copper is yet another useful ingredient of custard apple.
  • It is a rich source of dietary fiber, which helps in digestion.
  • As it contains low fat levels, it is good for maintaining optimum health.
  • The paste of the flesh of the fruit can be used for local application on ulcers, abscesses and boils.
  • The fruit, in its unripe form, can be dried, crushed and used for treating diarrhea and dysentery.
  • Custard apple serves as an expectorant, stimulant, coolant and haematinic and is even useful in treating anemia.
  • The seeds of the fruit have insecticidal and abortifacient properties.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Sunday, September 11, 2011 0 comments

The jackfruit tree is believed to be indigenous to the southwestern rain forests of India. It is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil for its fruit, seeds and wood. The tree grows best under tropical humid and rainy regions but rarely survives cold and frosty conditions, grows to as high as 30 meters, higher than the mango tree.

During the season, each tree bears as many as 250 large fruits, supposed to be the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. The fruit varies widely in size, weigh from 3 to 30 kg and has oblong or round shape measuring 10 cm to 60 cm in length, 25 to 75 cm in diameter. The unripe fruits are green in color; When ripen, might turn to light brown color and gives pungent smell.

As in durian fruit, its outer surface is covered with blunt thorn like projections, which become soft in ripened fruit. The interior consists of orange-yellow colored edible bulbs. Each bulb consists of sweet flavored sheaths that enclose a smooth, oval, light-brown color seed.Jack fruit seed is 2 to 4 cm long and 1 to 3 cm thick and is white and crisp within. There may be as many as 100 to 500 edible bulbs embedded in a single fruit interspersed between thin bands of fibers. Almost all the parts of the tree gives white sticky latex like juice when injured.
Health benefits of jackfruit
  • The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible flesh (bulbs) with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.
  • Jack-fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
  • Fresh fruit has small amounts of vitamin-A and flavonoid pigments such as carotene-ß, xanthin, lutein and cryproxanthin-ß. Together, these compounds play vital roles in antioxidant and vision functions. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A and carotenes has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Jack fruit is also good source of antioxidant vitamin-C; provides about 13.7 mg or 23% of RDA. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • It is one of the rare fruits that is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin and folic acid.
  • Fresh fruit is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
    Jack fruit seeds are indeed very rich in protein and nutritious. In general, the seeds are gathered from ripe fruit, sun dried and stored for use in rainy season in many parts of South Indian states. Different variety of recipes prepared in Southern India where they are eaten either by roasting as a snack or added to curries in place of lentils.
    Here are some serving tips:
    • Jack-fruit bulbs are unique in flavor and taste; should be eaten as they are to experience richness.
    • Jackfruit slices, grated coconut, honey and banana slices mixed and enjoyed in one of the wonderfully delicious preparation commonly served in southern India.
    • The fruit is also used in jam, jelly and dessert preparations.
    • Fruit slices are a great addition to fruit salad.
    • Jackfruit seeds are good source of protein and minerals; used like vegetables and pulses in curry preparation in several Asian countries.
    • Unripe jack fruit is used like vegetable in the preparation known as "kathal sabzee" in some north Indian states.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Saturday, September 10, 2011 0 comments

Everyday, without our knowledge, a faint little feeling in the stomach prompts us to involuntarily look at the clock. Then the revelation hits us - it is evening and we have not had the time to eat our lunch. 

In today's times, where a sedentary lifestyle is the rule, it's observed that the health of people is deteriorating day by day. They have started taking themselves and their body for granted. They don't even remember when they last had a proper meal. Eating healthy just requires a little planning. Here are some shortcuts to achieve a healthy body:

Breakfast is a 'must' 
Start your morning with some breakfast, be it a piece of fruit or a whole wheat bread. Put oatmeal into a thermos of hot water, and you could even let it sit overnight. In the morning, you shall have hot cooked oatmeal ready to eat. Similarly, a hard boiled egg can be eaten. This will prevent your body from going into starvation mode. Eating breakfast everyday will also help increase your metabolic rate.

Five meals a day 
Have at least five meals a day in which three can be the main meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner, while other two meals can consist of foods which are handy and nutritious at the same time. Eating frequently prevents hunger pangs, provides consistent energy, and maintains metabolism efficiency. Grab healthy foods such as fruits that are high in fibre like apple, watermelon, muskmelon, orange, sweet lime, papaya and peaches.

Plan your dinner 
Some people's work demands frequenting restaurants for dinner. Always watch out for hidden fats. Creamy soups, white breads, flaky pastries and mayonnaise-based salad dressings add unnecessary fats to the food. Try consuming broths instead of creamy soups. Instead of mayonnaise dressing, use variety of condiments and flavouring agents such as lemon, vinegar, herbs, onion and garlic to improve the palatability of your salad. Remember, a gram of fat contains more than twice as many calories as a gram of protein or carbohydrate. Ask for grilled, baked, boiled or broiled food rather than fried foods.

Good quality food 
Always remember that the quality of food you eat determines your efficiency at work. Avoid refined foods like white rice and those used to make white bread and sugary breakfast cereals as most of their vitamins and minerals are stripped away. They turn into blood sugar (glucose) so fast just like sugar; they can cause a spike in our insulin level. Alternate refined flour with wholegrain flour. Substitute white sugar with honey and jaggery. Remember, all this will help us to remain healthy . 


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Washington: A modest amount of walnuts in diet knocked off much of the breast cancer risk among mice.

Elaine Hardman from Marshall University's School of Medicine, compared the outcome of a typical diet and a diet containing walnuts in the lifediv of mice.

The group whose diet included walnut developed breast cancer at less than half the rate of the group with typical diet, Hardman said.

Besides, the number of tumours and their sizes were significantly smaller, the journal Nutrition and Cancer reports.

?These reductions are particularly important when you consider that the mice were genetically programmed to develop cancer at a high rate,? a Marshall University statement reported Hardman as saying.

?We were able to reduce the risk for cancer even in the presence of a pre-existing genetic mutation,? Hardman added.

Genome News Network had reported in 2004: 'Scientists have developed a new technique for growing human breast tissues in living mice. The restructured mice may serve as the best experimental model yet for studying human breast cancer.'

Using genetic analysis, the Marshall study found that walnut-containing diet changed the activity of multiple genes relevant to breast cancer in both mice and humans.

Other testing showed that increases in omega 3 fatty acids did not fully account for the anti-cancer effect and found that tumour growth decreased when dietary vitamin E increased. Hardman said the findings highlight the vital role diet plays in health.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Tuesday, September 6, 2011 0 comments

Since ancient times, humans have believed in the spiritual significance and the health benefits of barley. The benefits of taking barley supplements, according to the health food industry, cover a wide range of conditions.

One company states that their product which contains green tea and barley grass may be beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis, asthma, skin problems, obesity, anemia, constipation, impotence, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems.

Here we look at the scientific research related to the plausible health benefits of barley grass.Diets rich in barley, oats and other whole grains are recommended in the official 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The health benefits of barley, oats and other whole grains are believed to include a decreased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.The FDA has approved a health claim for foods containing oats because studies have shown that consuming these kinds of foods effectively lower blood cholesterol levels. Some scientists believe that the benefits of taking barley supplements or eating foods containing barley grains are at least equivalent to, if not greater than, the benefits of oats.

The Diet & Human Performance Laboratory, a division of the US Department of Agriculture, is currently evaluating the health benefits of barley. Some of their research has been completed. Some is still on-going. It is believed that the benefits of taking barley, oats and other whole grains are related to their beta-glucan content.Beta-glucans are found in the bran of oats and barley, and to a lesser extent in rye and wheat. They can also be found in certain varieties of mushrooms. For humans they are a source of soluble fiber, of known importance to the digestive system, but with other possible health benefits.

Currently the FDA approved health claim for oats states that the oat product consumed must provide at least 3 grams of beta-glucans per day in order to achieve the desired results of lower cholesterol levels. Scientists at the USDA lab believe that the health benefits of barley containing foods are equal to or greater than that of oats and should carry the same approved health claim.
The findings of the USDA lab have shown that study groups of men and post-menopausal women consuming 6 grams of beta-glucans per day experienced a significant reduction in total cholesterol.

In pre-menopausal women the most benefit was experienced using a diet containing 3 grams of beta-glucans per day. The benefits of taking barley supplements were not evaluated in the study. Participants were allowed to choose from prepared dishes containing barley flour or flakes.Because previous studies have shown that an increased consumption of soluble and insoluble fiber has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels,the USDA lab is studying the effect of beta-glucan, which is soluble fiber, from barley on blood glucose and insulin levels. They are currently conducting a long-term study, but the initial results indicate that stabilizing blood sugar levels is one of the health benefits of barley.

The American Dietetic Association suggests that a diet containing at least 20-35 grams per day of total dietary fiber, with at least 3 grams per day of soluble fiber (beta-glucans) results in a reduced risk for heart disease and diabetes. Some studies have shown that increasing fiber in the diet may help people control their weight. Meals rich in fiber are processed more slowly and may promote a sense of fullness or satiety.

So far, the FDA has not approved any form of beta-glucans for treating cancer. The American Cancer Society does suggest that increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the diet may prevent some types of cancer. But, at this time, there is not enough evidence to list cancer prevention among the health benefits of barley.For over 20 years doctors in Japan have used beta-glucans derived from mushrooms alongside chemotherapy for cancer patients. There is an on-going trial in the United States which combines beta-glucans with other cancer drugs.

So, of the purported health benefits of barley, we can find evidence supporting a possible role in weight loss and control, for the treatment of constipation, to help stabilize blood sugar levels and improve blood cholesterol levels. High cholesterol, along with type II diabetes, is a major risk factor for heart disease.If the evidence is correct, individuals suffering from high cholesterol, type II diabetes or obesity may experience the benefits of taking barley supplements. As a preventative, the health benefits of barley may extend to those with a family history of heart disease, cancer or type II diabetes.

The benefits of taking whole food supplements containing whole grains may be greater than the benefits of taking a barley supplement alone. Whole food supplements contain whole grains, fruits and vegetables that have been dehydrated, concentrated and encapsulated. 


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Monday, September 5, 2011 0 comments

The tangy spice can add zing to your food. Read on to find out more... 

Mango is native to India and Southeast Asia, and is now widely cultivated for its fruit. In several cultures its fruits and leaves are ritually used in floral decorations, public celebrations and religious ceremonies. The legend says that Lord Buddha found peace in a mango grove.

Aam is a hindi word for mango and amchoor is nothing but powder or extract of the fruit. It is also referred to as 'mango' powder and is a spice made from green, unripe mangos, which are sliced, sun-dried and ground into a fine powder.

Amchoor has a pleasant sweet-sour aroma of driedfruit, astringent, but also sweet fruity flavour. The spice adds sour taste like tamarind. Infact it has qualities as lemon or lime juice and if you do not have amchur, substitute three tablespoons of lemon or lime juice for one teaspoon of amchur. Interestingly amchoor powder is made only in India.

With technological advances, Chef Sanjay Bahl says people have stopped making amchoor powder at their homes these days, "Getting raw mangoes, drying and slicing them is a tedious job and so everyone just buys them off the shelf," he says. He goes on to advice that one needs to be very careful while using this spice because if you go wrong it will leave a very sweet taste, "Not eveyone can handle a spice like this."

Storage isn't much of a problem for this spice except for that it should not be kept near strong smelling spices like cinnamon or bay leaf, which would affect the flavour says Executive chef Narendra Singh, Hilton.

A 'staple seasoning ingredient' as he terms this spice as, he feels a great way to use it would be as a part of a spice rub for grilled meats, "The sharp, acidic tang would definitely complement the smoky flavour of juicy, grilled meat," he says.

Summers are here and there are certain food ingredients that you cannot give a miss, amchoor being one of them says Executive Chef Zubin D'souza, Citrus Hotels. "It has a cooling effect and is great for digestion. Infact it is added to some of the summer drinks for the same reason." The chef's stronghold being Goan dishes usually adds amchoor in a lot of dishes he prepares, "There is a guava sorbet that I am fond of and prefer putting amchoor in it to enhance the flavour and get that tangy flavour," he says.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Sunday, September 4, 2011 0 comments

Recommended foods
With MNT, quality is much more important than quantity. Make your calories count with these nutritious foods:
  • Healthy carbohydrates. During digestion, sugars (simple carbohydrates) and starches (complex carbohydrates) break down into blood glucose. Focus on the healthiest carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and low-fat dairy products.
  • Fiber-rich foods. Dietary fiber includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Fiber can decrease the risk of heart disease and help control blood sugar levels. Foods high in fiber include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), whole-wheat flour and wheat bran.
  • Heart-healthy fish. Eat heart-healthy fish at least twice a week. Fish can be a good alternative to high-fat meats. Cod, tuna and halibut, for example, have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than do meat and poultry. Fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health by lowering blood fats called triglycerides. However, avoid fried fish and fish with high levels of mercury, such as tilefish, swordfish and king mackerel.
  • 'Good' fats. Foods containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — such as avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive and peanut oils — can help lower your cholesterol levels. Eat them sparingly, however, as all fats are high in calories.
Foods to avoid
Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and stroke by accelerating the development of clogged and hardened arteries. Foods containing the following can work against your goal of a heart-healthy diet.
  • Saturated fats. High-fat dairy products and animal proteins such as beef, hot dogs, sausage and bacon contain saturated fats. Get no more than 7 percent of your daily calories from saturated fat.
  • Trans fats. These types of fats are found in processed snacks, baked goods, shortening and stick margarines and should be avoided completely.
  • Cholesterol. Sources of cholesterol include high-fat dairy products and high-fat animal proteins, egg yolks, shellfish, liver and other organ meats. Aim for no more than 200 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day.
  • Sodium. Aim for less than 2,000 mg of sodium a day.
Putting it all together: Creating a plan
There are a few different approaches to creating a diabetes diet that keeps your blood glucose level within a normal range. With a dietitian's help, you may find one or a combination of methods that works for you.
  • Counting carbohydrates. Because carbohydrates break down into glucose, they have the greatest impact on your blood glucose level. It's important to make sure your timing and amount of carbohydrates are the same each day, especially if you take diabetes medications or insulin. Otherwise, your blood glucose level may fluctuate more.
    A dietitian can teach you how to measure food portions and become an educated reader of food labels, paying special attention to serving size and carbohydrate content. If you're taking insulin, he or she can teach you how to count the amount of carbohydrates in each meal or snack and adjust your insulin dose accordingly.
  • The exchange system. A dietitian may recommend using the exchange system, which groups foods into categories such as carbohydrates, meats and meat substitutes, and fats.
    One serving in a group is called an "exchange." An exchange has about the same amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat and calories — and the same effect on your blood glucose — as a serving of every other food in that same group. So, for example, you could exchange — or trade — one small apple for 1/3 cup of cooked pasta, for one carbohydrate serving.
  • Glycemic index. Some people who have diabetes use the glycemic index to select foods, especially carbohydrates. Foods with a high glycemic index are associated with greater increases in blood sugar than are foods with a low glycemic index. But low-index foods aren't necessarily healthier, as foods that are high in fat tend to have lower glycemic index values than do some healthier options.
A sample menu
Your daily meal plan should take into account your size as well as your physical activity level. The following menu is tailored for someone who needs 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day.
  • Breakfast. Whole-wheat pancakes or waffles, one piece of fruit, 1 cup of low-fat milk.
  • Lunch. Chicken kabob, 1/2 cup of steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup of juice.
  • Dinner. Pasta primavera prepared with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of low-fat milk.
  • Snacks. Six homemade crispy corn tortilla chips, 1/2 cup fresh vegetables with a seasoned garlic sauce.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Friday, September 2, 2011 0 comments

New Delhi: Smoke emitted from one mosquito repellant coil is equivalent to those of 100 cigarettes, thus causing harm to a large number of people in India, an expert said Wednesday.

'Not many people know about it, but the damage done to your lungs by one mosquito coil is equivalent to the damage done by 100 cigarettes. This was according to a recent study conducted in Malyasia,' said Chest Research Foundation director Sandeep Salvi.

He was speaking at the conference 'Air Pollution and Our Health', organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) along with the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Indian Medical Association.

Salvi said there is a lack of awareness about the impact of air pollution on human health.

Pointing out the 'lack of research culture' among Indian doctors, Salvi said that indoor air pollution too is a health risk factor.

Participants at the event, which included doctors and health researchers, also spoke about vehicular air pollution in the capital.

According to estimates, about 55 percent of Delhi's population lives within 500 metres from main roads - and is, therefore, prone to a variety of physical disorders.

'The vehicular pollution is a major concern for the environment. The rising incidents of genetic disorder has a lot to do with air pollution. India loses one million children under five because of respiratory problems every year,' said Sanjeev Bagai, the chief executive officer of Batra Hospitals.

He said industries also contribute to the air pollution and these need to be shifted out of the capital.

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