3 #veggies you should not #eat without #boiling

Regardless of what you are told often, raw isn’t always good. It is true that cooking some vegetables can destroy its nutrients but some vegetables need boiling to unleash their true nutritional value. Here they are:

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Root vegetables: Root vegetables, such as potatoes and turnips contain a lot of fiber, as well as vitamins. Choosing root vegetables with dark skins are more likely to have better health benefits. Boil them with the skins, and peel them before eating if necessary, this is a great way to help keep all of those benefits while cooking.

Asparagus: Asparagus, when steamed, will retain all of its miracle properties. This vegetable is great for protecting your heart, and your nervous system. Be careful in the steaming process, as most of the benefits can disappear with too much heat.

Broccoli: Broccoli is a commonly consumed vegetable. Recent studies have shown that this vegetable has more benefits after it has been steamed rather than in its raw form. It has properties that are great for the cells, and even considered as cancer fighting. It is a great source for vitamin C.

As told by Seema Singh, Clinical Nutritionist & HOD – Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

7 not-so-healthy #health #foods!

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No cholesterol, multigrain, no trans fat, organic, no added sugar, all natural, … these are few of the phrases that seem to shout “healthy food” from counters of many healthy food corners. But unhealthy choices often lurk among even the most healthy-seeming foods.

Salad, bran muffins, fat-free foods―they’re good for you, right? Not really. We have so many food options that confuse us about what’s healthy and what isn’t. Dietician Mansi Chatrath from Natural Health Care Clinic tells us about 7 foods you may like to cross off your “healthy foods” list.

Muesli

Many of us would pick a pack of muesli off the shelf to provide our families with a supposedly healthy breakfast. This is no surprise, as muesli is marketed to the health-conscious crowd. You may be dismayed, however, to learn that the type of muesli that you can find in most stores is actually quite bad for you as it could be packed with high contents of sugars, disguised as sugar coatings or chocolate frostings. Please be very careful and check the ingredients of your pack for its sugar content, artificial colouring, salt, fibre and fat content.

It would be a much better idea to switch to wheat/ oat flakes or make your own muesli. All you need would be oats, sunflower seeds, a small amount of dried fruits. With a serving of fat free milk, this homemade muesli will give you the fuel you need to start your day, without skyrocketing you blood sugar.

Energy Bars / Granola Bars

Like many health foods, the hype around granola is mostly marketing. The truth is far less glamorous. This sounds weird given that the term “granola” is often used to describe a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle.

Most granola-based products or energy bars would be better described as “sugar-based” products as majority of them are very high on sugars and low on fibre. Additionally, they are rich in trans fat as well, making these energy bars even worse. Hence, we can have them once in a while as a sweet snack but it should not be made into a habit

If you have to eat granola, then choose the version that is highest in fiber and lowest in sugar. The best option, if you just have to have granola, is to sprinkle a small amount of it over a bowl of unsweetened fruit.

Prepared Salads

When you order a salad at a restaurant, you probably think that you are treating yourself to a healthy alternative and showing remarkable restraint. Lamentably, while some salads are truly good for you, most of them can be just as bad as the burger you yearned to order in the first place. What is worse, since they don’t fill you up, you’re likely to order that burger anyway.

The problem is that most popular salads may often be drowned in extra fats and calories due to the huge amounts of mayonnaise or fatty flakes of Parmesan cheese that may be added for taste. In many cases, loads of unhealthy dressings take away the health benefit of the greens.

Of course, an even better option is to make your own salad at home (using green vegetables, lean meat, delicious herbs, and a modest dressing with low fat and sugar content).

Light Yogurts

Dieters often gravitate toward the low-fat yogurt shelf in the dairy section because the promise of reduced fat content implies that these yogurts will be helpful for weight watchers and healthy eaters.

This isn’t true because the lack of fat tends to create yogurt that tastes bland. In an attempt to compensate, yogurt manufacturers often choose to heap a lot of extra sugar into their products, creating a much more palatable yogurt at the cost of selling an unhealthy snack.

The problem with light yogurt begins with the artificial sweeteners added to them, but that is not where it ends. Other problems include the addition of modified corn starches, preservatives, and artificial colors. This may leave you with the impression that plain yogurt is the best alternative, which would be partly right. Plain yogurt is preferable too light or flavored yogurt. One can add some honey or fruit to make it tasty.

Sports Drinks

One of the claims made about energy drinks or sports drinks is that they are “better than soda.” That is true, but it isn’t setting the bar very high. In truth, these drinks are high in sugar and contain a number of dyes and preservatives that have come under fire recently for their adverse health effects.

A big brand of energy drink recently said that it will remove brominated vegetable oil, a flavor and color enhancer, from its drinks after the ingredient was banned in Japan and Europe. Keep in mind, that sports drinks still contain citric acid, which can stain teeth and erode dentin. The sweeteners in these drinks have also been linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Opt for water, lemon water, coffee, tea, and any other drink that is simple in terms of ingredients.

Packet soups

Now, soups come across as a very healthy alternative. The truth is that they are not so bad in comparison to some of the above , but it’s their high salt content, preservatives and low fibre content that gets them into this list. It’s best to avoid the market ones and make your own clear soups without any thickener added to them.

Fruit Juice

Controversial perhaps, but it is a part of this list for a good reason – so many people believe fruit juice is so healthy that they substitute it with whole fruits. Now it is true that fruit juice contains a lot of vitamins but it is at a great cost; most fruit juices are pumped with extra sugars. The pulp in fruit provides essential fibre which can be considered a good counterbalance to all the natural sugar contained in the fruit. So my advice to you: ditch fruit drinks and eat whole raw fruit instead.

Always remember, you are what you eat.

Reasons why you should #eat #pears

A new in vitro (test tube) study has investigated the potential probiotic benefits of a pear-enriched diet!

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Researchers at North Dakota State University studied the compounds found in two pear varieties, Bartlett and Starkrimson, in order to better understand the impact of those compounds on chronic diseases.

The results suggest fermentation of these pear cultivars further enhances their ability to control stomach related diseases involving H. pylori, the most common chronic bacterial infection in humans, without affecting beneficial bacteria with probiotic potential.

Researcher Kalidas Shetty said that bacteria is often perceived as something that causes diseases; however, the body is full of bacteria that are mostly good and added that it’s exciting to explore the potential that pears can have to balance beneficial bacterial activity in the digestive process, as gut health helps support overall health of the body.

The study found that Bartlett and Starkrimson pear varieties have compounds such as phenolics and antioxidants as well as activity that slow down enzymes related to starch and glucose metabolism, which relates to managing early stages of hyperglycemia and diabetes-induced hypertension.

Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. One medium pear provides about 24 percent of daily fiber needs and, they are sodium-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free, and contain 190 mg of potassium.

An overall balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including pears, provides micronutrients, vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and more.

The study appears in Food Research International.

#Facebook working on #Truecaller rival

After trying its hand at ephemeral messaging and news reading apps, Facebook is all set to launch a phone dialler and caller ID app, called ‘Phone’ for Android users.

According to a new report by Android Police, several users have spotted a button to try and install an app named ‘Phone’ inside the Facebook Android app. The button says that the app shows information about who’s calling and automatically blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers.

The button was meant for Facebook employees using a test build as it’s labeled ‘FB-ONLY’ but it looks like the server-side element made its way to a wider set of users in error. The button returns a “no page found” error as the app install file is most likely located on Facebook’s internal servers.

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The app would rival the likes of Truecaller which offers a caller ID, reverse-lookup feature and also has a phone dialler app. Facebook already has a database of its users’ phone numbers so it won’t be difficult to collate the information.