Posts Tagged ‘diet’

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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That quote that your mum used to (or still does!) repeatedly drum into your ears is actually truer than you think, unlike eating your crusts to make your hair go curly. Apples are packed with many fantastic vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to the body. By consuming a minimum of one apple a day it helps you meet the nutrient requirements for maintaining optimum health.

Did you know that apple can make you have whiter teeth? Biting or chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, which decreases the chance of tooth decay and levels of bacteria. Much better than that caffeine and a healthier source of energy!

The fibre intake from apples is also linked to lower cholesterol levels, giving you a healthier heart! The high soluble fibre found in apples reduces the build up of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries, which can cause a reduction in blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease.

The consumption of apples could also reduce the risks of developing some cancers. It has been found that the apple peel contains compounds that act as anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, lung, colon and breast, and with its high fibre content can reduce chances colorectal cancer. Apples also reduce problems involving the respiratory system associated with asthma and smoking.

Although apples help your insides they can also improve your outsides too! It sounds funny in this context but apples are strongly linked to weight loss and clearer skin. Having a fibre rich diet is recommended when trying to lose weight as foods with high fibre fill you up easily. Apples are high in fibre, not to mention that apples are also negative calorie foods! So you burn more calories eating them than they actually contain! Apples are also a great anti-aging mask, by providing the skin with antioxidants. They balance the oil production in the skin and provide great hydrating, cleansing effects by acting as an exfoliant.

On top of all this apples also contain quercetin, an antioxidant which has been shown to sharpen memory and learning. It helps with the prevention of age related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Show me one good reason why you shouldn’t have an apple a day, and I’ll show you a liar!

The hidden benefits of carrots!

ImageWe all know carrots as one of the most popular and well loved vegetables but they also provide the body with extra hidden benefits! Carrots have been found to prevent cancer and heart disease, improve vision, nourish the skin, improve dental health and also help with anti-aging.

Carrots help with lowering the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. They are partly made up of a compound named falcarinol, which is a natural pesticide which prevents the roots from fungal diseases. It is also believed that a regular intake of carrots lowers cholesterol, which is associated with lowering the risks of heart disease.

Vitamin A is needed for the retina of the eye in order to function. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a substance which is converted into vitamin A. In addition, beta-carotene is also helpful with preventing the development of cataracts as well as providing anti-oxidants which help to slow down the aging of cells and effects associated with aging. The vitamin A and other nutrients from carrots also nourish the skin and can be effective for treating acne and skin blemishes, due to its strong cleansing properties.

Believe it or not, carrots also help to keep your teeth clean! They act as natural abrasives. This helps to eliminate plague and dirt, as well as triggering saliva which helps to keep your teeth from staining. Carrots also contain minerals which help to kill germs and contribute to prevention of tooth damage.

The hidden benefits of carrots can be extremely  beneficial to the body. They are also easy to add to your diet and don’t require a large amount of preparation. Time to start chomping those carrots!

Is the vegetarian diet for you?

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We all know the vegetarian diet is a good way to get back to the basics by consuming larger amounts of natural, high nutrient foods. If you are considering vegetarianism I suggest that you take both risks and benefits into account. Whilst a vegetarian diet can increase leanness, lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as decreasing the risk of some cancers there are also risks involved. The diet requirements of vegetarianism can lead to deficiencies and other log term problems.

Vegetarianism can lead to nutrition deficiencies such as vitamin B-12, zinc, calcium, iron and some essential amino acids. Iron is a especially important dietary mineral that helps provide energy for daily life by transporting oxygen to the blood, without sufficient levels of iron it can lead to fatigue and low levels of immunity. This is why vegetarians often require supplements to keep their bodies in balance.

Although there are many other risks that are included with vegetarianism there are also health benefits. Vegetarian diets contain less fats and cholesterol and have higher levels of fiber. This is due to the fact that a vegetarian diet does not include any meat products. Vegetarians are also known to have a lower risk of obesity, as the higher levels of intake of dietary fiber decreases the absorption of food.

If you are considering a vegetarian diet it is important that you take both risks and benefits into consideration. As I didn’t cover a wide range of risks and benefits I suggest that you make sure you do your background research and prepare your meals carefully.