Category: Nutrition

Healthy foods are naturally healthy. This means they weren’t cooked up by scientists. They were put on the earth naturally. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean and protein packed fish, turkey, eggs, and nuts, and whole wheat bread are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. By eating more of these, your overall health will improve, and you don’t need to worry about overeating on these, because they are already good for you. Learn more here about nutrition!

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Conquer Your Cravings, 3 Tricks to Try Now!

Are you trying to lose those last 10 pounds? If so, you’re not alone. At any given time, millions of folks are trying to make slight changes to the numbers on the scale. The reality is that if you’re almost at your goal weight, losing more weight can be trickier than you thought. In fact, the...

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Vitamins and vitamin deficiency

What are Vitamins? The term ‘vitamin’ is a combination of the words “vital” and “amine”, meaning the “amine of life”, as the Polish biochemist C. Funk named a substance he had isolated in 1912 (thiamin). Since that substance contained an amine group (–NH2) and could be used to cure beri-beri, he assumed that similar food deficiencies...

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Negative calories and weight loss

The human body uses energy to produce energy. This means that, during the metabolic processes of converting foods to energy, energy is consumed. Every day, digesting and absorbing food uses about 10% of total calorie intake. For someone eating 2000 calories daily, 200 calories are used to digest and absorb the 2000 calories. Considering how many...

Cholesterol is a fatty organic molecule, produced by the liver. This waxy, fat-like substance has several important functions into the human body: • It is a structural component of the cell membranes (outer layer); it determines which molecules can pass into the cell and which cannot (cell membrane permeability). • It is essential for the production of some hormones, such as cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone, and sex hormones (androgens and estrogens). • It insulates nerve fibers. • It aids in the production of bile and of vitamin D. • It helps the body to metabolize fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. Cholesterol is carried in the blood by molecules called lipoproteins. A lipoprotein is any complex or compound containing both lipid (fat) and protein. There are three main types of lipoprotein: • LDL (low density lipoprotein)- bad cholesterol. LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to cells. If the LDL levels are too high, the excess of LDL is build up and the risk of arterial disease increases. Most human blood contains approximately 70% LDL. • HDL (high density lipoprotein)- good cholesterol. HDL takes the cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver. In the liver it is either broken down or expelled from the body as waste. Experts say HDL prevents arterial disease. • Triglycerides - Most fat exists in the body, as well as in food as triglycerides. In the human body, calories which are not used immediately by our tissues are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells. While in the blood, triglycerides, in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids (blood fat).. The amount of cholesterol in human blood can vary from 3.6 mmol/liter to 7.8 mmol/liter. The values over 6 mmol/liter are high. The desirable cholesterol level is under 5 mmol/liter. High cholesterol levels can cause: • Atherosclerosis – narrowing of the arteries. • Higher coronary heart disease risk – an abnormality of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. • Heart attack – occurs when the supply of blood and oxygen to an area of heart muscle is blocked, usually by a clot in a coronary artery • Angina – chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle does not get enough blood. • Other diseases of the heart and blood vessels. • Stroke and mini-stroke – occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or vein, interrupting the flow to an area of the brain. Can also occur when a blood vessel breaks. Brain cells begin to die. High cholesterol can be caused by: • The foods we eat. Eating too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol can cause high cholesterol. Saturated fat and cholesterol are in foods that come from animals, such as meats, whole milk, egg yolks, butter, and cheese. Trans fat is found in fried foods and packaged foods, such as cookies, crackers, and chips. • Being overweight may increase triglycerides and decrease HDL (good cholesterol). • Lack of physical activity can lower HDL. • Age and gender influence the cholesterol levels – the older, the higher the levels of cholesterol. • Certain diseases like hypothyroidism, chronic kidney disease, and other kidney problems may raise the risk of high cholesterol. • Usually the high cholesterol levels are inherited from the family. • Cigarette smoking can lower your HDL cholesterol. • Some medicine, such as thiazide diuretics, beta-blockers, estrogen, and corticosteroids, can raise triglyceride levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

What is Cholesterol? Facts about Cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fatty organic molecule, produced by the liver. This waxy, fat-like substance has several important functions into the human body: It is a structural component of the cell membranes (outer layer); it determines which molecules can pass into the cell and which cannot (cell membrane permeability). It is essential for the production of some...

carbohydrates

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates. Do you have a sweet tooth for carbs? A positive answer places you among the other 7 billion people of planet Earth who love carbohydrates, even if some of them do not know what carbohydrates are. Sweet is the taste that most of us prefer, and not just because is pleasant having it on our...

minerals

What is the function of minerals in the human body?

Mineral nutrients (dietary minerals) are the chemical elements present in all body tissues and fluids, their presence being necessary for the maintenance of certain physicochemical processes which are essential to life. The mineral elements are separate entities from the other essential nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins and they represent approximately 4% of the body’s...

Do you like to eat meat? Did you know that you are exposing yourself to a higher risk of developing type2 diabetes? How can you reduce this risk?

A diet based mainly on animal proteins with a high dietary acid load increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. The results of a 14-year study, which analysed a total of 66,485 women from France, showed that high dietary acid load is directly associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.  Foods with a high...

Try a detox diet for a day! Use green smoothies!

When you are interested into detoxifying your body, you can try some green smoothies. The advantage is that these green smoothies can do a lot more than detoxifying your body: they boost metabolism and improve general health. Ingredients for a green smoothie Kale Kale is an excellent source of fibre, carotenes (lutein, zeastantin and betacarotene), vitamin...

Apple Cider Vinegar Diet- Make Your Own Apple Vinegar. Losing Weight and other Health Benefits of Apple Vinegar

The apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must through the process of fermentation. Like any vinegar, the apple cider vinegar mainly consists of acetic acid (CH3COOH) (4%-8%) and water. Organic apple cider vinegar contains mother of vinegar (Mycoderma aceti), which is a substance composed of a form of cellulose...

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Lunch or sandwich? Or lunch = sandwich??

True Facts:  Britons buy about three billion ready-made sandwiches a year. A sandwich is the lunch option for 75% of the world’s population. Traditionally, for the most of the European countries, the lunch is the main meal served between 11.30 PM and 3.00 PM, 1:00 PM being the most-common lunch time. This meal may consist of...

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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Sometimes you manage to grab a pretzel or a muffin and a cup of coffee early in the morning, on your way to work. Sometimes you eat a true breakfast with eggs and bacon. And some other times, you do not eat anything at all. How should the breakfast be like? Eating balanced amounts of food...

carbohydrates facts

Good carbs: One Myth about Potatoes, Bread, Pasta and Rice

Potatoes, bread, pasta and rice… They are all carbohydrates and they all were blamed for causing weight gain, especially when the low carbs diets became very popular. Contrary to the general opinion, like any other nutrient eaten in excess, carbohydrates can cause extra pounds, but no more than any other food. And they do not cause...

Do you know which your HEALTHY body weight is?

Do you know which your HEALTHY body weight is? One of the most common ways to determine your healthy body weight is to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). To calculate your BMI, you will need to know your height (in inches) and weight (in pounds). What you should do is to multiply your weight by...

health effects of sodium

Go unsalted – The risks of eating too much salt

Too much salt leads to the deaths of 2.3 million people across the world in just one year. We all know that too much salt can cause raised blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Which are exactly the main health risks of eating too much salt? hypertension; abnormal heart development;  osteoporosis;...

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How to boost your metabolism. Benefits of carrot

The carrot (Daucus carota) – carōta in Late Latin or karōton  in Greek,  is weight  friendly  root vegetable, originated from Afghanistan. For each 100 delicious grams, the carrot has to offer almost 89 gram of water, 7.6 gram of carbohydrate, 0.98 gram of protein, 0.24 gram of fat, 30 milligram of calcium, 0.6 milligram of iron,...

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On my plate: six basic nutrients

Today’s Special! Grilled Salmon and Brown Rice with a side of red peppers and snow peas A complete and healthy meal. The salmon acts as an excellent source of proteins and is packed with brain-boosting omega 3 fatty acids. There are 306 calories in a 6 oz or 170g serving. The brown rice (100 grams) provides...

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Lactose intolerance

Lactose is a disaccharide sugar derived from galactose and glucose. This sugar is found mostly in cow milk and dairy products. The inability to digest lactose is called lactose intolerance and it is caused by a shortage in the body of lactase, an enzyme produced by the small intestine, which helps to metabolize lactose. The symptoms...

Fats

Human body stores energy as fat and glycogen. While glycogen can be stored in limited amounts, fat depots can vary dramatically from person to person. Usually, the minimum of fats the human body necessitates to function normally is 3% of the body mass for men and 12-17% for women. If the percent of body fat goes...

OTHER MICRO NUTRIENTS- MINERALS

Mineral nutrients (dietary minerals) are the chemical elements present in all body tissues and fluids, their presence being necessary for the maintenance of certain physicochemical processes which are essential to life. The mineral elements are separate entities from the other essential nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins and they represent approximately 4% of the body’s...