Archive | May, 2012

Interesting item in my email

29 May

 This is an interesting video about nutrition and health matters. It’s all good and it’s also a bit funny – check it out, you may learn something new.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

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The down-hype about Pomegranate

28 May

http://www.alternet.org/story/155608/the_pom_pomegranate_scam_the_truth_behind_the_company_and_its_billionaire_owners_

Amazing how entrepreneurs find new and ingenious ways to dupe consumers who readily lap up their brand of persuasion.

Recently, big businesses have been  focusing on tropical fruits  and branding them as super this and super that. These fruits local people have been eating for years, just because it is found in their environment and within their reach and sure it has contributed to their healthy lifestyle. However when these foods are  slapped with the  “super-foods” label the price become super-expensive too.  They market these products like the pomegranate with extraordinary promises of good health and long life. Who does not want good health and long life? We all do  and so we buy and gulp down these fruits.  As you will see in the article, Pomegranate has made billions of dollars in a short few years because of their slick  ad campaign. 

The truth  is there are super-fruits, if you may, in every environment. I have heart scientists say and I believe it, that the best fruits/or foods for a person are the ones found or grown in the environment in which they live.

Entrepreneurs scour the earth and bring us exotic foods which may taste good but does very little for us becuse they are from a different environment and meet the needs of the people in that country. Nature is not stupid. It is sensible and all knowing.

While you may indulge in a few exotic fruits once in a while, I would urge you to eat the fruits and vegetable that are grown nearest you, you are part of the whole environment not separate from it, eat these foods fresh and you will live long and be a lot healthier. Eat locally for health and longevity.

Interesting tid bit

12 May

Is this Chrono diet a fad or is there something to it? I saw this piece last evening on 20/20. Although the diet sounds a lot like the Atkins diet, the difference is that you can eat anything .. at the right  time. According to this new diet our bodies releases certain enzymes at different times of the day so if we align our food choices accordingly we can end up losing weight while apparently eating more. Check this out

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/05/09/reporters-notebook-losing-weight-the-five-star-way/

Green foods to add to your diet

1 May

 

 

10 healthiest green foods to add to your diet now

These super nutritious vegetables and powerhouse ingredients are packed with health

benefits and flavour

Photo credit: Getty Images
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In celebration of Earth Day this past weekend, I’m going to challenge you to experiment with some new green foods. If you’re not already eating at least a few of these items on a regular basis, this is your chance to “green” your diet and try some of the best foods nature has to offer.

Here are my 10 favourite ways to eat more greens.

1. Cruciferous greens (kale, collards, Swiss chard)
These “super” veggies are at the top of list because they have no other job than to improve you health. They are loaded with fibre, calcium, magnesium and chlorophyll. The simplest way to enjoy these leafy veggies is to steam them, sauté them or add them raw into juices, smoothies and soups. Try a new leafy vegetable each week and then rotate them on a regular basis.

2. Fresh green herbs (dill, parsley, basil)
Fresh herbs in the spring and summer will lift up your meals and give them a boost, not only in flavour but nutritionally as well. I always try to put parsley into my green juices, salads or chopped on whole grains. Fresh herbs like dill are a wonderful accent to dips and soups. And use basil to make pesto – nothing beats the taste of it homemade!

3. Living greens (mung beans, broccoli and sunflower sprouts)
Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses loaded with enzymes, protein and fibre. They’re a living food, so will add a unique burst of freshness to your meal. Toss them in to salads, sandwiches or even alongside cooked grains, stir-fries and soups.

4. Spicy greens (arugula and mustards)
The spicy greens have a peppery and nutty flavour. They contain a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A. They’re also a rich source of calcium. They will certainly add a zesty kick to your meal and help with digestion. Try adding them into your next salad or side dish.

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