HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLES

Jun 27, 2018 0

Pineapple is a native of Paraguay from where it spread to the rest of South America, Central America and North America. It was then taken to Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1493. From Europe, sailors then took it to the rest of the world owing to its ability to prevent scurvy. However people soon realized it could not grow in temperate climate. Pineapple is a tropical fruit, seen in our markets almost year round, cylindrical in shape with a rough surface, colour ranges from green to yellow and has a beautiful crown. The plant does not grow tall but has long leaves. Though found in almost all tropical countries, the following countries produce pineapples in commercial quantities: USA (Hawaii), Brazil, China, Philippines, Thailand and Mexico. Pineapple has plenty of water, being made up of about 80% water, thus it can be used to relieve thirst. The human body is made up of about 50-70% water, thus while you can live for about 8 weeks without food, you can only live... ...

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Health Benefits of Irish (white) potatoes

Apr 11, 2018 0

Irish potato is a starch tuberous plant whose origin is traced to Southern Peru in South America. From there it was taken several centuries by explorers like Christopher Columbus and his gang to Europe. From Europe it was taken to North America and Asia by immigrants/travellers. Today Irish potato is eaten all the world, the five biggest producers of Irish potato are China, India, Russia, Ukraine and United States of America;  in terms of consumption as source of energy, potato comes behind only rice, wheat and maize. It has about 17percent of carbohydrate comprising starch and fibres; more importantly it has only 77Kcals of energy in every 100gram weight, it is therefore difficult to obtain excess energy even if you consumed 1000grams of sweet potatoes in one day. ...

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 Consumption of choline during pregnancy may boost babies’ metabolism

Mar 27, 2018 0

Researchers has found that consuming more foods with choline during pregnancy may boost metabolism and brain development of babies. Although the role of choline in neurodevelopment has been studied before in rodents, the new research was conducted on pigs, which has more relevance to humans. Austin Mudd, a doctoral student in the Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois said,”In pigs from choline-deficient moms, their brains were about 10 percent smaller overall.” And 11 of the 19 regions were significantly smaller in choline-deficient brains, he said. The result was the same in grey and white matter concentration of the piglets. ...

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High energy breakfast can help shed extra weight in diabetics, says study

Mar 19, 2018 0

Washington DC: In patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes, a meal schedule that includes a high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss, improves diabetes and decreases the need for insulin, according to a recent study. “This study shows that, in obese insulin-treated type 2 diabetes patients, a diet with three meals per day, consisting of a big breakfast, average lunch and small dinner, had many rapid and positive effects compared to the traditional diet with six small meals evenly distributed throughout the day: better weight loss, less hunger and better diabetes control while using less insulin,” said lead author Daniela Jakubowicz of the Tel Aviv University. “The hour of the day–when you eat and how frequently you eat–is more important than what you eat and how many calories you eat,” she noted. “Our body metabolism changes throughout the day. ...

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 Tanzania: Zanzibar Destroys 48kg of Meat from South Africa

Mar 15, 2018 0

The Zanzibar Food and Drug Agency (ZFDA) has destroyed 48 kilos of meat that was imported from South Africa illegally. The meat, which was the property of Qamar Company of Vingunguti in Dar es Salaam, was seized at Abeid Karume International Airport in the Isles last week. Speaking over the meat seizure, the head of Food Control Department at ZFDA, Ms Aisha Suleiman, said the meat was destroyed following a ban imposed by ZFDA with the obligation of ensuring that residents get safe food and drugs ...

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Slow down ageing with right food, ample sleep

Mar 14, 2018 0

Want to age slowly and live a longer life? Eat right, get adequate sleep and stay positive. “There are a couple of things, one is food for sure. What you eat is what you show on the outside. The second is what and how you think… if you are more positive, if you are happier then your skin and your cells are happy and you don’t age as fast as you would if you were unhappy or stressed,” Neha Ranglani told IANS on behalf of Sony BBC Earth’s show “How to Stay Young”. “The third is sleep, which is super important. ...

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Healthy diet may not prevent effects of high salt intake

Mar 7, 2018 0

A diet rich in fruits, whole grains and green leafy vegetables, might not balance out the risks caused by foods with higher salt content, researchers have warned. Previous studies considered a diet with adequate proportion of nutrients essential for the proper functioning of the body as well as effective in counteracting the effect of high salt on blood pressure. However, while these foods do tend to lower blood pressure, the new research suggests they do not counteract the adverse influence of salt intake. ...

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Britain needs to go on a diet, says top health official

Mar 6, 2018 0

The portion sizes of some of Britain’s most popular foods are to be cut, with health officials telling the public it is time “to get on a diet”. Public Health England is targeting pizzas, ready meals, processed meat and takeaways, in a new obesity drive. The government agency has also urged the food industry to start using healthier ingredients and encourage the public to opt for lower calorie foods. It is all part of a drive to cut calorie consumption by 20% by 2024. The target will apply to 13 different food groups, responsible for a fifth of the calorie intake of children. It comes on top of: ...

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