Sunday, March 28, 2010

Soy is a complete protein

Soya is an excellent source of high quality protein as it contains all the essential amino acids. It is low in saturated fat; cholesterol free and whole soybeans are an excellent source of dietary fibre.

It also provides a significant amount of magnesium, zinc, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamin B6 and is a good source of the natural antioxidants lecithin and vitamin E.

Soya is a good food for vegetarians as it compensates for the proteins and some of the nutrients that come with meat consumption. It is advisable to combine soya with a wide variety of other nutrient rich foods to ensure a balanced diet.

Friday, August 14, 2009

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): 4 reasons not to panic

1. Swine Flu is not a killer disease. It is curable but timely detection and treatment are necessary.

2. Swine Flu causes fever, sore throat, cough, running nose and in some cases, vomiting. The disease can be cured by taking medicines prescribed by the treating hospital.

3. The illness lasts up to a week in most cases. During this period avoid mixing with others and take plenty of fluids and rest.

4. Enough medicines and masks are available in the hospitals, therefore, panic in any case is not good for your health.

Take Precautions:

1. Wash your hands often.
2. Home is where you stay when you are sick.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
4. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a handkerchief.
5. Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing.

Chocolate cuts risk of another heart attack

Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported. And the more chocolate, the greater the benefit.

There is big money behind recent studies that have shown that chocolate is good for your health – and plenty of chocolate manufacturers that have jumped on the “chocolate as medicine” bandwagon. There has been some great news for heart patients – many don’t have to give up all of the foods they love to have a healthy lifestyle, some chocolate is actually good for heart health.

Plain dark chocolate has been found to be rich in flavanoids, which in turn help to reduce blood pressure, strokes and heart disease. It has even been claimed to lower one's levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol. However chocolates being also rich in fats and sugars may offset the benefits offered by flavanoids according to some researchers. Flavonoids are also found in many fruits and vegetables as well as tea and red wines.

Consumption of chocolate two or more times in a week actually showed a positive association in reducing death rates in heart attack survivors compared to those who never eat them.

The study found chocolate consumption was associated with lower cardiac mortality in patients free of diabetes surviving their first heart attack. Previous studies have found that chocolate offers heart protection to older men and women, and lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. People who eat dark chocolate regularly, in small servings, have significantly lower levels of C reactive protein, according to the study. This holds true even after accounting for any other potential confounding factors (such as differences in other dietary practices).

A piece of dark chocolate a day -- a very small piece -- keeps the doctor away.

Dark chocolate can be a flavorful and healthful treat to our heart disease prevention program. We should note that the benefit is provided by the flavanoid content of the cocoa. Not all dark chocolate has high cocoa content. In fact, the flavanoid content can be destroyed by processing. We must rely on manufacturers to state the flavanoid content as part of their future marketing strategies. Though far from perfect, use a minimum of "70% cocoa" labeling as a temporary guide in the absence of flavanoid content labeling.

How much dark chocolate should you consume?

Unfortunately, only a small amount is recommended. Most studies seem to suggest that you should limit the amount of dark chocolate to just 3.5 ounces or less a day.

The problem with consuming large amounts of dark chocolate is the extra calories you would be getting from the chocolate. If you are adding dark chocolate to your diet for your health, you need to balance the additional calories by eating less of some other snack food. Avoid chocolates with fillings such as caramel and nougat. These fillings are delicious, but they pile on the calories.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Keep Swine Flu Away with Basic Precautions

Swine flu in India is spreading like wildfire, taking the toll to six. Officials say there are currently more than 800 cases of the H1N1 flu strain in India. Governments from all around the world are finding ways to combat this deadly disease. So what can you do to protect yourself? Stay calm and practice these 10 effective prevention tips.

1. Wash your hands frequently

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

3. Keep hydrated

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

5. Keep informed

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

6. Avoid alcohol

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

7. Be physically active

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

8. Keep away from sick people

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

9. Know when to get help

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

10. Avoid crowded areas

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Benefits of Kellogg's Corn Flakes

Kellogg's Corn Flakes is probably one of the iconic brands and products
of the latter half of the 20th century.

Yet, while Kellogg is still a powerful brand and maintains its status as
the provider of quality breakfast cereals, Corn Flakes is stagnating in
the past, unable to adapt to the ever-changing cereal landscape.

There is certainly nothing innately wrong with Corn Flakes, yet as new
ingredients and formulations of other cereals have developed and entered
this burgeoning market, it seems to have steadfastly refused to join the

Rather like salad cream, a stalwart of the traditional dining table,
Corn Flakes is mired in the past, with no new taste or health-related
ingredients. The product seems to have been unable to regenerate and
appeal to additional markets, preferring to maintain its status quo
among a shrinking older audience.

That said, its heritage is exemplary and there is something quietly
quirky about its refusal to contemporise and respond to changing food
habits and preferences.


- Corn Flakes could simply continue to offer a quality, traditional
cereal. Sales might fall but Kellogg would be able to take up the slack
via its wide product range.

- Alternatively, it could focus on its originality and heritage as a
provider of a simple, yet unadulterated breakfast cereal.

- It could also change its formulation to adapt to the health-related
market, but it would have to be careful not to alienate its core
audience by doing so.

Benefits of Eggs

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy.

They contain a range of nutrients including high quality protein, vitamins and minerals and as they are not high in saturated fat, they make them a healthy fast food for all the family.

They’re low in calories with only around 80 kcals per medium egg – so they are great if you’re on a diet, especially combined with vegetables and salads as part of healthy balanced meals.

Eggs contain many vitamins. In particular, they are source of various B vitamins and are especially rich in vitamin B2 riboflavin, and vitamin B12. Eggs are also a rich source of vitamin D and they also contain vitamin A.

Eggs contain many essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus, iodine and selenium and iron and zinc are present in smaller amounts.

Eggs are also rich in choline, an essential component of all cells.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The importance of Healthy Living - Fitness and Nutrition!

Today, everyone is so busy that one skip food due to less time. Well, we live in a world where not many of us have time to keep healthy or stay fit. Is it really that important to eat healthily? The answer to that question is yes! And it is much easier than you would first think!

Before I proceed, I would like to add that the first step to living a healthy life is to think positive. The next is the need to motivate your self to take part in any fitness-style activity. It is all very good and well saying, “I will take up fitness as part of my every-day routine,” but you need to actually motivate yourself to do it.

Yes, exercising is only way in which you can obtain a healthy living. Eating correctly and providing your body with right levels of nutrition is also good. In today’s society, so many people just simply do not have the time or money to buy and prepare fresh, healthy food everyday. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important in older people and is positively related to a reduced risk and a delay in the deterioration in their health. It slows down the aging process and helps the older generation stay strong and healthy. Living a healthier lifestyle also slows down the disease development and contributes to a longer life.

Being nutritious is not as hard as you may think. Changing a few simple things will do you the world of good. What you can do is - Cut down on sugar in your tea; change from butter to margarine, I have started though, even something as small as having low-fat versions of drinks and condiments will make a difference.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is food.

In standard diets favourite foods are banned. The defeat of diet is due to the deficiency that leads to intense desire and cheating. To stay healthy and have a balanced diet it is sensible to take in a sensible amount of the favourite food. Food should be eaten tastily and enjoyably. Blindly following a diet pattern designed without studying an individual’s health status could be even more harmful. So better be sensible in selection and take good advice from an expert.

Now the question is why is good nutrition important? I have got the answer. Good nutrition is important for everyone as healthful diets, it not only help children grow, develop, and do well in school but also enable people of all ages to work productively and feel their best. What people eat can also help reduce the risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis, which are leading causes of death and disability among all over the world.

Eating right can reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol, which increase the risk of disease. Well, good nutrition provides energy, raw materials, etc. The foods you eat provide the energy your body needs to function just like you need to put fuel in your car or recharge your cell phone battery; your body needs to be fed energy-providing foods every day.

Here are some Health Fitness Tips:

1. Don’t Smoke - It is true that smoking has been associated with an increase in metabolism it is a drug!! However it is a dangerous, addictive drug and surely the tiny effect it has on your metabolism is outweighed by the huge risk of dying from lung cancer.

2. Drink More Water - You can live three weeks without food, However you can only live for three days without fluid, just think 3 days and its all over, one could suggest that water is fairly important! The fluid in your body is responsible for helping to keep every system of your body in good working order, including all of your metabolic processes. The fluid in your body will also ensure that you can move well and be active.

3. Eat a Variety of Foods - For protection from the majority of illnesses such as heart disease and cancer you need a variety of foods that deliver that mix of nutrients and minerals. Aim to eat different colour fruits and vegetables. Try to eat a different food each month.

4. Relax for 20 Minutes a Day - Relaxing for at least 20 minutes a day will go a long way to reduce blood pressure and your reactions to stress. Sit or lie somewhere comfortable, breathe slowly in and out of the nostrils breathing deeply into your abdomen. Say HAM as you inhale and SA as you exhale. These suggestions are charged with positive energy and will help you control your emotions. Try once a day for fantastic results.

5. Floss Every Day - Flossing your teeth every day is the best way to prevent gum disease and protect your heart. Gum disease, which is left untreated, can lead to inflammatory reactions in the body that can trigger heart disease and stroke.

6. Drink More Tea - Try drinking more tea instead of coffee to help protect your body from damaging effects of free radicals. Tea is a rich source of antioxidants that play a big role in protecting against some cancers and cardiovascular disease.

7. Get Active - Aerobic activity not only burns calories but also increases your metabolism and can keep it elevated for several hours after a workout. You don’t need to spend hours each day on the treadmill or bike to reap the benefits. Exercising aerobically for as little as 20 minutes, three to five days a week will make a big difference. Extra movement throughout the day is also essential, take the stairs instead of the lift, lose the remote and move at every opportunity you can.

8. Get More Sleep - Lack of sleep changes your hormone levels and capacity to metabolize carbohydrates so less sleep = slower metabolism. Studies have revealed that deep sleep causes cell repair and cell growth, which will speed up the metabolism and burn calories. So aim to get at least eight hours sleep a night.

9. Eat More Protein - Protein stimulates the major brain chemical dopamine which keeps us alert, try chicken or tuna salads for lunch. Go for complex carbohydrates rather than white flour and sugar, as they will provide a sustained energy source as opposed to a quick hit. Another reason to leave simple carbohydrate out of the diet is that they have a negative effect on your skin and how it ages. The more sugar that is in the body the more you force a chemical reaction causing sugars to attach to proteins and this is very detrimental to your skin.

So, all I can say is Eat healthy to stay healthy. It is well said – A healthy mind in a healthy body.