Tuesday January 16, 2018

Busting Myths around Coconut Oil One by One

Here is a rundown of three myths attached to Coconut oil

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Sep 03, 2017: If consumed in moderation and accompanied by a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, coconut oil is great for the body, skin and hair, say experts.

Mahesh Jayaraman, medical researcher, therapist, health advisor and co-founder of health platform Sepalika.com, and Ishika Sachdev, holistic nutritionist, bust myths around the oil.

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Myth: Coconut oil causes heart disease

Fact: Coconut oil is as far as possible from being harmful to your heart health. The reason this myth was perpetuated was because of its large percentage of saturated fat. Advanced research has proved that naturally occurring fats aren’t what damage your heart. Instead processed foods and those containing large quantities of refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup are what are making heart troubles widespread.

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Myth: It tastes coconuty

Fact: Coconut oil comes in two variants: Refined and virgin/cold pressed – and not all varieties have a coconuty flavour. Refined coconut oil has literally no taste or odour, these are often refined, bleached, and deodorised so that they can be consumed easily.

However, hydrogenated coconut oil should be avoided at all costs as the process can create synthetic trans-fats. Go for coconut oil that has been refined using a natural and chemical-free process. And if a slight coconut flavour in your food doesn’t make it unpalatable for you then opt for the virgin variety.

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Myth: Coconut oil has high cholesterol

Fact: Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides which are a super fuel that are used up by our bodies very efficiently. In fact, they contribute towards a better cholesterol profile. This means that either your overall cholesterol levels go down or your good cholesterol levels go up on substantial consumption of coconut oil. And ultimately it’s the ratio of your total cholesterol to your good cholesterol that determines how healthy you really are. (IANS)


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Did you know Daydreaming helps to Boost your Brain? Add these Food in your Diet Today

The following are the foods to be included in your healthy diet to maintain and boost your brain.

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Daydreaming tends to boost your brain. Pixabay
  • According to a recent study published in the journal Neuropsychologia, researchers have revealed that people who went through more frequent daydreaming scored higher level of intellectual and creative skills.
  • They showed efficient and productive brain systems as measured in the MRI machine as a part of the study.
  • Daydreaming could be an indication of higher efficiency and capability of the brain to think, and this would be useful to boost your brain and do wonders when performing tasks. 

The following are the foods to be included in your healthy diet to maintain and boost your brain. These will help you increase the capability of your extra efficient brain even while you daydream. 

1. Vitamin C and B

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Eating egg sandwich in your breakfast will boost your brain. Pixabay.

Vitamin C help to treat mental agility while Vitamin B help to protect against age-related brain illness. Load up your diet with these healthy food to boost your brain: blackcurrants, citrus fruits, fish, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, peanuts, sesame seeds and eggs.

2. Nuts and Seeds

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Eat fruit and nut salad to boost your brain. Pixabay.

A pocketful of nuts and seeds will help in increasing your brainpower productively and boost your brain with required nutrients. Seeds are rich in zinc that help in sharpening the memory. Pumpkin seeds and Walnuts are an enriched source of omega-3 beneficial for your brain system.

3. Berries

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Berries help to boost your brain by fighting age-related memory decline. Pixabay.

Blueberries help in combatting against the short term memory loss. Berries like strawberries should be consumed with your regular diet to help you fight age-related memory decline. Strawberries also help in treating diabetes.

4. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes help in generating new brain cells. Pixabay.

Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene that stimulate act against brain cells degeneration and help in the reproduction of new brain cells that will boost your brain.

5. Wholegrains

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Wholegraings are energy resourcers to boost your brain. Pixabay.

Regarded as the energy resourcer, wholegrains help to maintain your focus and concentration in a better way. It boost the brain by releasing sugar in the body assisting in effective functioning of the brain.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana