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New Study Supports Vegetarian Diet

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A British study has found that vegetarians are one-third less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart related diseases. Keeping to a vegetarian diet keeps you healthy and fit, something scientists, researchers and medical practitioners have been discussing and debating for decades.

Researchers at the University of Oxford tracked almost 45,000 people living in England and Scotland who initially gave a regular report on their diet, lifestyle and genera health in 1990s. One-third said they kept to a strict vegetarian diet. Over the next 11-12 years, 1086 of the participants were hospitalized for heart diseases, and 169 died. Continue reading

Does restricting sugary drinks sales lower obesity?

Does restricting sugary drinks sales lower obesity?

This is interesting…

New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, otherwise known as Nanny Bloomberg, intends to impose a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sugary drinks. Calling for a sales restriction of sugary drinks to minors is common globally, however, the mayor’s plan applies to kids, adults and even businesses. That certainly raised a few eyebrows especially those who manufacture, sell, and consume them in large scale.

The Mayor has an ambitious plan to ban sugary drinks exceeding 500ml in restaurants, movie theatres and street carts. If the Bloomberg administration is successful, this ban will be effective by March 2013. The proposed ban would virtually change Continue reading

How to Tenderise Beef Naturally

This is easy. Use fresh produces like pineapple, grated green papaya or mashed kiwi fruits.

The natural fruit enzymes will help to break down the meat fibre and thus making the meat more tender.

Alternatively, you can buy tender cuts such as fillet and tenderloin. Remember to always cut against the grain.

How to Cut Onion without Crying

This is easy.

One way is to cut the onions such that the side that you are cutting faces away from you. However it doesn’t always work.

To prevent tearing, you can cut the onions in halves first and than soak them in iced water for 5 minutes. Only dice them after that.

Another method is to store them in fridge. Onions release a volatile vapour when they are cut, and that’s what caused the tears. Keeping the  onions cold retards the release of the vapourиконииконописikoniсвети георги

How to store Fresh Herbs in Refrgerator

This is easy.
Wrap fresh herbs such as coriander, parsley and spring onion in newspaper and stores them in the chiller.

They will look slightly limp when you take them out of the fridge. They will spring back to life when soak them in some iced water.

To ensure that they last longer, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes before storing in the fridge. You should trim and dry the herbs thoroughly with kitchen paper towel and place the herbs in zip lock bags or plastic containers. They should last for 3-4 days.

Is your NQ misdirecting your IQ & EQ?

Fulfilling your aspirations preordains a ruthless self-
scrutiny
of the ‘health’ foods infesting your life today:

That video picks apart some of the zeitgeist propositions, but don’t
watch it yet unless you are acquainted with the microvita concept 1st:

1. Microvita – The basic units of your body-mind!

2. How your microvita control you.

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One Great Reason to be a Vegetarian

Give me five minutes and I’ll provide you 1 good reason to become vegetarian.

While fish serves as the key dietary way to obtain the long-chain omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, that have been shown to be crucial in supporting brain health, low intake of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in vegetarians does not adversely affect mood, based on a new research (Nutr J. 2010;9:26. DOI:10.1186/1475-2891-9-26).

A research team from Arizona State University conducted a cross-sectional study that compares the mood of vegetarians who never eat fish with the mood of healthy omnivorous adults.

An overall total of 138 healthy Seventh Day Adventist adults residing in Arizona and California (64 vegetarians and 79 non-vegetarians) were enrolled in the study and completed a health history questionnaire, food frequency questionnaire and 2 psychometric tests, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale and also the Profile of Mood States..

Vegetarians had significantly lower mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and the omega-6 arachidonic acid; they had higher intakes of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and the omega-6 linoleic acid.

“Seed oils are the richest sources of ?-linolenic acid, notably those of rapeseed (canola), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed (Linseed oil), clary sage seeds, perilla, chia, and hemp.”

However, the vegetarians also reported considerably less negative emotion than omnivores in both psychometric tests. Mean total psychometric scores were positively associated with the mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid , and inversely related to alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid intake.

The research team noted there is also the chance that vegetarians may make better dietary choices and could generally be healthier and happier.

If you’d like to give it a try, here is an example of vegetarian recipe according to Italian cuisine

Italian Spaghetti with Zucchini

Ingredients:

* 17 oz. Spaghetti

* 24 oz. Of thin sliced zucchini

* 1 / 2 cup walnuts oil

* Some basil leaves

* 2 tablespoons of yeast flakes

* Salt and pepper

In a skillet or frying pan heat the oil and when hot, add garlic and zucchini. Raise the heat and stir often to finish their cooking. They should be golden and crispy outside and tender inside. Cook the pasta, drain and sauté in pan with zucchini, basil and yeast. Serve immediately.

Zucchini contain fewer calories and possess no fat. But they are a good source of potassium, vitamin e, vitamin c, folate, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Many of these nutrients are extremely sensitive to heat and to enjoy their full benefits you need to find a quick way to cook or even eat raw in salads.

From the therapeutic standpoint, zucchini have laxative, refreshing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and detoxifying action.

About the writer – Louise Infante writes for the vegetarian weekly menu blog, her personal hobby blog dedicated to vegetarian food preparation tips to help people live better.

Yeast Free Cooking to Stay Healthy & Look Young

According to Lori, many of us are eating yeast-rich food which is damaging to our health. She said

Yeast makes a number of chemical compounds which the body picks up and absorbs. To most folks, they may not feel much effect. However, other people may have more of a sensitivity which shows up through vaginal yeast infections, diarrhea/constipation and headaches. And then there are the rest of us, whose bodies have a difficult time handling these compounds and toxins. We feel sick, but we can’t figure out why.

Penicillin is one of the earliest discovered and widely used antibiotic agents, derived from the Penicillium mold. Antibiotics are natural substances that are released by bacteria and fungi into their environment, as a means of inhibiting other organisms – it is chemical warfare on a microscopic scale.

Many of the chemicals that yeast (mold, fungi) produce are also made to kill bacteria. If you continue to eat a diet rich in yeast, or foods that yeast have produced, you are taking in a low level of antibacterial chemicals, or antibiotics, all the time.

Antibiotics kill bacteria. The problem is that they don’t know the difference between good bacteria and bad.

Each of us has a certain amount of good bacteria and yeast in our intestines. When we consume antibiotics, whether in the form of prescription drugs, or chemicals and toxins produced from our yeast rich diets, we are killing the good bacteria in the gut.

When this happens, a space has been provided for the yeast to grow. This creates an imbalance between the good bacteria, or flora, and the yeast. If we continue to eat our yeasty, highly refined, sugary diet, we provide just the food that the yeast needs to grow at rapid speed.

Check out Lori’s full article explain why it is better to focus on yeast free cooking and eating.

Healing Food for Your Skin from Your Fridge

Common food items found in your pantry or refrigerator can have healing and rejuvenating properties for your skin. For example:
1) Honey is a natural moisturizer and defoliant and is found in many homemade skin care. Honey has been used throughout ancient times for beautiful skin, especially by the Greeks.Dairy products, especially milk and yogurt have enzymes that naturally exfoliate dead skin cells. Milk has been used for centuries for beauty skin. In fact, Cleopatra’s favorite secret beauty tip was to soak in a milk bath to keep her skin soft.

2) Vinegar has anti-itch/burn properties

3) Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and skin softener

4) Egg whites make an excellent mask and pore reducer

5) Lemon juice cleans pores and reduces excess skin oil and is good for acne prone skin

For more wonders on common food items like honey, garlic and vinegar, read Ray Collins’  The Honey Garlic and Vinegar Miracle.

Myth & Fact about Chocolate (7) – weight gain

Myth: Chocolate causes weight gain.

Fact: Any food can be part of a healthy diet if consumed in moderation. An average chocolate bar contains 220 calories, which is low enough to be a part of a weight control diet if other high-calorie foods are eliminated. Enjoying the occasional piece of chocolate may reduce the risk of severe bingeing, which can occur when you feel deprived of your favorite foods.

Chocolate’s bad reputation is slowly changing and research now shows that chocolate can be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle, when consumed in moderation. If you keep your portion sizes small and select dark chocolate whenever possible, the occasional treat can be a guilt-free part of your diet.

Source: Calorie Count

Additional Reading

World’s #1 Chocolate Cake Recipe for only $5

First Chocolate Recipe School On Video

Myth & Fact about Chocolate (5) – cholesterol

Myth: Chocolate is loaded with saturated fat and is bad for your cholesterol.

Fact: Stearic acid, the main saturated fat found in milk chocolate, is unique. Research has shown that it doesn’t raise cholesterol levels the same way that other types of saturated fats do. In fact, eating a 1.4 ounce chocolate bar instead of a carbohydrate-rich snack has been shown to increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Source: Calorie Count

Additional Reading

World’s #1 Chocolate Cake Recipe for only $5

First Chocolate Recipe School On Video

Myth & Fact about Chocolate (4) – headache

Myth: Chocolate causes headaches.

Fact: While sited as a common cause of migraines, a study by the University of Pittsburgh has shown no link between chocolate and headaches. The results of that double-blind study of 63 participants known to suffer chronic headaches were published in the neurology journal Cephalalgia. Chronic headaches were once thought to be caused by amines in foods (including histamine and beta-phenylethylamine) such as cheddar cheese, peanuts, cured meats, chocolate and alcohol, but this study eliminated chocolate as a possible headache cause.

Source: Calorie Count

Additional Reading

World’s #1 Chocolate Cake Recipe for only $5

First Chocolate Recipe School On Video

Myth & Fact about Chocolate (3) – acne

Myth: Chocolate causes acne.

Fact: Regardless of what your parents or grandparents may still say, studies in the past twenty years have eliminated chocolate as a cause of acne. In fact, many dermatologists doubt that diet plays any significant role in the development of acne. Acne is now believed to be caused by a combination of high bacterial levels and oil on the skin.

Source: Calorie Count

Additional Reading

World’s #1 Chocolate Cake Recipe for only $5

First Chocolate Recipe School On Video