Saturday October 21, 2017

10 Myths about Healthy Food You Believe with Eyes Shut!

Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert broke famous food myths and told the truth of the ‘healthy’ food we buy.

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A protein diet. Wikimedia Commons

November 16, 2016: The ‘healthy’ food suggested by some of the health bloggers are the ones which any nutritionist would stay away from and definitely avoid putting these in their stomach.

Here is the list of some food which you should avoid if you wish to stay healthy:

  1. Agave Syrup

Picture of a jar of Agave syrup. Wikimedia Commons
Picture of a jar of Agave syrup. Wikimedia

It is a sweetener manufactured from several species of Agave. It is sweeter than honey and is less thick. The process involved in the manufacturing damages all the healthy properties of the plant.

The Syrup has very high fructose content, up to 90 %. It is considered one of the ingredients responsible for the obesity epidemic in the United States.

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2. Low fat Yogurt

A flavored yogurt. Wikimedia Commons
A flavored yogurt. Wikimedia

Low-fat yogurt is made from fermentation of skim milk.

Yogurt has a surprising amount of sugar. The low-fat and non-fat yogurt have high sugar contents, comparable to desserts. It is better to add flavor to the traditional Greek yogurt instead of eating the low-fat yogurt.

  1. Non-Organic Milk

A glass of milk. Wikimedia Commons
A glass of milk. Wikimedia

Organic milk contains high level of omega-3 fatty acids and higher amount of Vitamin E, iron and few carotenoids than the non-organic milk. But it is known that full fat milk is considered healthy because lactose sugar is released slowly in a high fat content

  1. Protein Bars

Picture of protein bars. Wikimedia Commons
Picture of protein bars. Wikimedia

It doesn’t matter if the wrapper reads “healthy, low-carb, low-sugar treat”, protein bars contain high amount of sucralose, an artificial sweetener which is made through a multi step chemical process.

Sucralose raises the blood sugar levels and when that level comes down; we feel hungry and eventually gain weight.

5. Instant Noodles

An Instant Noodles cup. Wikimedia Commons
An Instant Noodles cup. Wikimedia

Instant noodles are considered unhealthy. Consumption of these pre-cooked noodles increases the risk of cardiometabolic syndrome.

This, in turn, makes the person prone to heart diseases and diabetes. Bisphenol A, used in the packaging of noodles, interrupts the hormones signal messages of the body, especially estrogen.

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6. Cereals

A bowl of cereal. Wikimedia Coommons
A bowl of cereal. Wikimedia

The only healthy cereals are the oats based. The cereals which promise weight loss have added chemicals, lack protein, coupled with milk and uses refined carbohydrates.

Cereal is basically dessert in a bowl.

7. Tomato Ketchup

Tomota ketchup. Wikimedia Commons
Tomota ketchup. Wikimedia

The main ingredients of ketchup that are harmful are the salt and sugar. Each tablespoon of ketchup contains 190 mg of sodium and 4 grams of sugar. Ketchup also contains tomato concentrate, natural flavoring and high fructose corn syrup.

8. Fruit Juice

Fruit juice. Wikimedia Commons
Fruit juice. Wikimedia

Yes. Who would have expected this on the list? Many fruit juices are nothing more than fruit flavored sugar water. Though juice contains anti-oxidants and Vitamin C but these are accompanied with a large amount of liquid sugar.

The harms of drinking juice far outweigh the nutritional value.

9. Granola Bars

Picture of a granola bar. Wikimedia Commons
Picture of a granola bar. Wikimedia

These so called healthy snack bars have high content of sugar content. The dried fruit at the top of the bar releases fructose sugar in the body.

It doesn’t matter if its maple syrup or pure sucrose; you need to avoid these eat something with no extra sugar.

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  1. Breakfast Biscuits

Belvita breakfast biscuits. Wikimedia Commons
Belvita breakfast biscuits. Wikimedia

Breakfast biscuits are too good to be true. They have added sweeteners. A recent study pointed out that Belvita chocolate biscuits have 7 grams of sugar per biscuit.This count is higher than the other breakfast substitutes.

The article is based on an interview of Rhiannon Lambert, London Nutritionist,  with Female Food & Drink, who broke famous food myths and told the truth of the ‘healthy’ food we buy.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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6 Lettuce Advantages Which are Important for Your Health

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Lettuce. Pixabay.
  • “Lettuce” is also called Lactuca Savita & a perfect food for weight loss.
  • Some of the health benefits of Lettuce are: It improves metabolism & provide supply of antioxidants.
  • Lettuce reduces the risk of diabetes, lowers cholesterol levels, controls cancer & anxiety.
  • Benefits of lettuce also includes weigh loss, it keeps your heart healthy & provide protein.

In this article “Benefits of Lettuce” , we will talk about it’s health benefits, Nutritional Facts & Types of Lettuce.

Lettuce, widely regarded as the “ideal food” to lose weight, is a large green leaved plant, often eaten in uncooked salads. It is a highly recommended healthy option in the searches provided by our search engine. And in today’s world, where everyone is health conscious, we are left with no choice but to consume healthy food. But, Lettuce is one healthy snack, which has way more benefits than just keeping you healthy. We will talk about some important health benefits of lettuce.

For many years, Lettuce was considered more than a vegetable, as it was thought to possess some medicinal properties. Some of the medicinal properties have also been proven true.

Below are some health benefits of lettuce that should be looked upon:

Lettuce
Salad containing lettuce. Pixabay.

 

1. Anti-Inflammatory properties:

Lettuce possesses anti-inflammatory properties which help to control inflammation. Scientific experiments have proven that Lettuce extracts have significant power to control the pain and redness.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

2. Lower Cholesterol Levels:

Once we reach our 40s, we look up to healthy food options- consulting dietitians, counting calories, overtly depending on allopathic pills. But over dependence on synthetic ways to improve our health is dangerous too. Scientific tests have proven that eating lettuce prevents cardiovascular diseases. Also, it has zero fat which keeps your heart healthy.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

3. Lettuce leaves/juice can treat your Insomnia

The extract of the lettuce or its leaves when eaten induces sleep and does not even have side-effects. The extract produces a sedative effect.

Also Read: Five Benefits of Honey and Lemon Drink that Can’t be Ignored.

4. Control Anxiety 

Unani has widely accepted lettuce as a solution to Neuro-related problems. It possesses anxiolytic properties, drugs which reduce anxiety. Lettuce was popularly exploited during the ancient times.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

5. Fights Cancer

The extract of this plant tends to control a certain kind of cancer. Research experiment on human cancer cells, especially, the leukemia cells proved that the disease’s effect was controlled to a major extent, after being treated with the plant’s extracts.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

6. Weight LOSS!

Lettuce has only 12 calories for one cup. Putting it in your salad with some salt and pepper seasonings added can be the perfect diet chart for your weight loss.

Types Of Lettuce:

  • Romaine Lettuce – This is your classic Greek salad. Sweet and crunchy.                          romaine lettuce is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron and vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, calcium and pantothenic acid.
  • Iceberg lettuce:  Until the 1930’s was known as Crisphead lettuce.                      White on the inside. Crisp texture and mild taste. It contains curved, overlapping leaves which form crispy, firm round heads. Inside, creamy white leaves are tightly packed.
  • Butterhead Lettuce : Boston and Bibb. Large green leaves that are soft and sweet.Butterhead is a slightly smaller version of the variety and is the first of this cultivar to be grown in the U.S
  • Red and Green Leaf: Delicate taste and leaves.

Nutritional Facts of Lettuce:

Lettuce contains many a thing like:

  • moisture
  • energy
  • protein
  • fat
  • carbohydrates
  • dietary
  • fiber and sugars.

Lettuce has below Minerals & Vitamins:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.


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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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