Health benefits of ewedu (jute leaf)

Nov 23, 2017 0

Ewedu (known as Jute leaf, Jews mellow in English) is a leafy edible vegetable of the jute plant which belongs to the Corchorus genus. Jute plant grows in hot and humid climate of the tropics and Sub-tropics. It has its origin in South-east Asia particularly Bangladesh, Burma and South China. ...

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Health benefits of Soya beans

Nov 22, 2017 0

Soya bean known as soy bean in North America has its origin in East Asia particularly China but has now spread to the rest of the world. Soya bean is the most widely grown legume in the world. Soya beans grow in pods like other beans, the colour of the seed could be green, yellow, white or black. ...

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Health benefits of Tangerine

Nov 15, 2017 0

Tangerines are citrus fruits, a variety of oranges found all over the world. Its origin is traced to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia from where it spread to other parts of the world. Tangerine has two parts-an outer peel which is reddish-orange in colour and  the pulp which is divided into several half-moon shaped segments. They are smaller in size and the peel can very easily be removed.Tangerines are now in season and we must take advantage of this. The taste of tangerines is less sour; sweeter than that of orange. ...

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Carrots can preserve your eye sight.

Oct 25, 2017 0

A study report just published by a Harvard University research team has again confirmed the health benefit of carrot on human eye sight. They prevent eye damage. The team studied over 100, 000 adults aged over 50 years for a period of 25 years; this is due to carotenoids which carrots contain. The study found that those who consumed high amount of alpha and beta-carotene which carrots contain reduced the risk of Advanced Macula Degeneration by about 25-35 percent, Even if the condition is already present, it reduced the progression. Carotenoids are also present in eggs, leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes. The known carotenoids are lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Carotenoids fight free radicals in the eye macula and so prevent damage. ...

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Health benefits of walnuts

Oct 25, 2017 0

Walnuts belong to the tree nut family, along with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, and pistachios. They are three main varieties: English or Persian Walnut, Black walnuts and White walnut. All of them are grown the world over; black walnuts are more common in Nigeria. The biggest producers of walnuts worldwide are in descending order:- China, U.S.A., Iran, Turkey, ...

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Eating peanuts may help prevent obesity- Study.

Oct 19, 2017 0

Eating peanuts as a snack could help to reduce the risk of obesity in children, according to researchers at the University of Houston. According to a summary of the findings, students who received the ‘snack more regularly experienced a decrease in their overall BMI, compared to those who did not receive the regular peanut snack. Peanuts were chosen because nuts are nutrient dense snacks that promote a feeling of being full. ...

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FACTS ON PHYTOCHEMICALS (PHYTONUTRIENTS)

Oct 18, 2017 0

Food is any substance humans, animals or plants eat/take in for energy, growth and life maintenance. Examples of food include yam, garri, semolina, banana, apples, meat and fish. On the other hand, nutrients are components of food; that means food contains nutrients. There are seven nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats, water, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals) but a particular food may not contain all the nutrients hence we are advised to take a mixture of foods so as to get all the nutrients. ...

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FOOD SOURCES OF VITAMINS

Oct 4, 2017 0

A vitamin is an organic compound present in small quantities in the body but essential for body processes.  Vitamins are necessary for the growth and development of man, and in adulthood, for the maintenance of the body. Lack of vitamins manifests itself in bone deformities, poor vision, skin changes, reduced resistance to diseases, and accelerated aging among others. In terms of solubility in water, there are two groups of vitamins:- Fat-soluble vitamins and Water-soluble vitamins. The fat soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K.; they do not dissolve in water and are more available in fatty foods. The water soluble vitamins dissolve in water and include B and C.; there are about 8 vitamins under Vitamin B. In terms of being vitamins, there are six main groups of vitamins (A, B, C, D, E and K) with each group having many vitamins Some are manufactured by us while we obtain others from the food we eat. Some vitamins are stored in some parts of the body such as the... ...

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