The Worst Processed Foods List

The Worst Processed Foods List

Surely few people these days can claim to be unaware of how bad eating processed foods can be. A diet laden with large amounts of processed food is likely to reduce the chances of good health and increase the amount of body fat.

This article gives you the worst processed foods list so you know what to avoid.

Processed food is typified by the use of artificial ingredients, refined ingredients, and has been created using a chemical process. Here we list the worst processed foods that you may not be aware of…

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Sugary Drinks


Drinks high in sugar are one of the worst sources of sugar in most people’s diets.

When you consume large amounts of sugar it increases your cravings for more sugary foods, and eating large amounts of sugar can ultimately lead to many diseases not just obesity. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure are just a few of the associated illnesses.

 


Processed Meat


Meat, in general, can make up part of your healthy diet, processed meats, on the other hand, will not. Processed meats will often contain additives to make them last longer on the shelves, as you might have guessed these additives aren’t a great addition to your diet.

 


Cookies and Cakes


Cakes and cookies are delicious to eat, but we know full well they’re not a good dietary choice. They contain a little in the way of nutrients and are very calorific. Add to that a lot of refined sugar and trans fats, making these treats something to avoid.

 


White Bread


The nutrients that at one point were contained in the wheat flour has all but been removed in the refining process, leaving you with no nutritional benefits.

Whole grain bread is a better choice.

 


Low-fat Yogurt


Yogurt is a healthy choice, right? Not necessarily, many yogurts that make claim to be healthy are actually packed full of sugar.

Often extra sugar is added to make up for the reduced fat content, and if the yogurt has been pasteurized the good bacteria will have been removed.

 


Ice Cream


Ice cream is low in nutrition and high in sugar, so clearly a bad choice for a healthy diet. Larger portions also don’t help matters, but it’s just so tasty.

A healthy alternative would be to make your own with less sugar or adding sweetener instead.

 


French Fries and Potato Chips


Eating chips or fries has long been associated with increasing weight, and unfortunately, there isn’t a way to make them healthy. A better alternative is raw carrot or nuts.

The roasting or frying of potatoes causes a carcinogen to form and is best avoided, though boiling doesn’t cause this to happen.

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Fruit Juice


You would think that drinking fruit juice is a healthy option, but unfortunately, they contain high levels of sugar and therefore need to be reduced or removed from consumption.

 


Processed Cheese


Processed cheese is often made from un-fermented dairy by-products and may not contain any actual cheese. Other ingredients may include sugar, salt, and food coloring, which make it easy to see why this isn’t a good thing to add to your diet.

 


Agave Nectar


This sweetener may appear to be a healthy option, but in reality, it contains more fructose than you would expect. Fructose has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes.

 


Pizza


Pizza is an obvious unhealthy food which is high in calories and made with ingredients which are frequently processed. If you want a healthy pizza make your own, using better ingredients than your local pizza parlor would.

 


Fast Food


Another obviously bad food, which is popular because it’s very tasty and very cheap. It is, however, a false economy, you will pay later with worse health and a higher chance of chronic disease.

 


Vegetable Oils


The rise in the use of refined vegetable oils has been linked to increases in cancer rates. Better to use olive, avocado or coconut oil.

 


Candy Bars


These sugary treats aside from being packed with sugar, contain refined wheat flour and other low nutritional value ingredients. Unfortunately, a high sugar food such as this doesn’t reduce hunger it just increases your body’s demand for more sugar.

Dark chocolate is a good alternative snack.

 


Margarine


Margarine has been created to mimic butter as closely as possible without actually being butter and as a consequence is packed with lots of bad things. These include refined vegetable oils and trans fats which you’ll want to steer clear of, better just to buy butter.

 


Sweetened Coffee Drinks


Coffee by itself can actually have a beneficial effect on your health, containing antioxidants and can reduce your chances of getting diabetes. As long as you don’t add sugar and cream it’s not an unhealthy choice.

 


Low Carbohydrate Junk Food


There has been a recent increase in the sale of low carbohydrate junk foods, which unfortunately contain little in the way of nutrition, but contain a lot of bad refined ingredients instead. Best to avoid them.

 


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?

They are designed to taste great first and foremost, which means chemicals are used to create a nicer eating experience.

As you can imagine, these chemicals are unlikely to be nutritionally good for you. A cocktail of chemicals which is used to create an unnatural flavor isn’t really likely to also be a healthy choice too.

Not only are processed foods low in nutrients, but they’re unlikely to contain any natural source of fiber either, with many vitamins and minerals being removed during the refining processes also.

Refined carbohydrates tend to be a common feature of processed foods, and high levels of carbohydrates from an unnatural source do clearly not make for a healthy diet.

Processed foods normally also contain high levels of sugar, trans fats, and refined vegetable oils. None of these ingredients are something you should be indulging in for a healthy lifestyle.

Overall it seems clear, that eating large quantities of processed foods will lead to a much less healthy and likely shorter life.

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Simple Foods That Help Fight Colds

Simple Foods That Help Fight Colds

In this article we will be taking a look at a handful of simple foods that help fight colds. Find out what food choices are best to boost your weak immune system and kick that cold into touch!

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Foods That Help Fight off Colds


Your head is pounding, your nose won’t stop running, your bones ache and you can’t stop sneezing – it’s cold virus time yet again!

While cold symptoms vary, all versions of the common cold are respiratory infections caused by more than 200 possible viruses…that’s a lot, isn’t it?

Think about it for a minute – if you have a weak immune system, you are opening the doors for over 200 viruses to walk into your bloodstream!

Thankfully, there are numerous foods and nutrients that can play helpful roles in prevention or treatment of pesky viruses.

So let’s take a closer look at them…

 


Sardines


Sardines

New studies have concluded that the high levels of omega-3 fats in sardines are an excellent way to fix a weak immune system. Apparently these fish fats do a great job of boosting your functioning of immune cells.

Sardines are actually a great choice if you are going for omega-3 fats, as a three-ounce serving of canned sardines provides 1,259 milligrams of omega-3 fats (much more than larger fish like trout).

 


Garlic


Garlic

Yeah okay – it’s a bit of a bind putting up with the smelly breath all day (especially if you are in work!), but allicin, the major active component found in garlic, is wicked for taking on the common cold.

This allicin gives garlic it’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It’s also pretty awesome for healthy gut flora, which rids the body of toxins, bacteria and viruses.

So forget about the smell – get on the garlic (besides, you don’t want to get within breathing distance of someone with a cold anyway!).

 


Oysters


Oysters

Got to be honest with you here – not my first choice of foods when I’m 100% healthy, let alone feeling ill and queasy!

But, Oysters contain more of the nutrient Zinc per serving than any other food…and zinc is pretty handy when it comes to colds.

According to research published in a Canadian medical journal in 2012, zinc appears to shorten the duration of cold symptoms in adults.

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Food Rich in Vitamin C


Food Rich in Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C still top the list when it comes to PREVENTION of cold viruses…although recently, arguments have arisen regarding how useful it is when you’ve already succumbed to the illness.

Simply look at your diet and ask yourself – are you eating enough fruit and veg every day to support the healthy function of your immune system?

You’d be surprised at how many people are not!

Dark green vegetables, peppers, kiwi fruits, citrus fruits – make sure your daily diet is up to scratch.

 


Oats and Barley


Oats and Barley

Oats and barley are well known for keeping us full and satisfied due to the amount of water-soluble fiber called beta-glucans they contain. What most people don’t know is that this fiber can increase the number and function of protective immune cells.

Simply put – beta-glucans do a great job of boosting your immune system!

 


Eggs


Eggs

I don’t know about you, but, the last thing on my mind when I’m feeling under the weather…is cooking something complicated…

So how about eggs?

Seriously – we’re back onto the zinc subject once again!

Yeah, eggs provide you with a decent dose of zinc, which we already know, helps shorten the duration of cold symptoms in adults.

Why not try scrambled eggs – a quick sprinkle of Aromat and bang them in the microwave for 2 minutes (lovely on toast!).

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Good Old Chicken Soup!


Good Old Chicken Soup!

Well I had to include this one really, didn’t I?

I’d go as far as saying that 99.9% of you reading this have heard those immortal words from your mother: “Chicken soup is the best thing for a cold”

Well, I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s the BEST thing for a cold…but mommy was partly right!

Research shows chicken soup calms congestion and mucous. On top of that, the hot broth prevents dehydration and can soothe a sore throat.

Listen to your mother guys – listen to your mother!

 


Cold Green Tea


Cold Green Tea

Can’t really put this one in the food category – but it’s interesting enough to include here anyway…

Green tea is known for being jam-packed full of antioxidants. Now, these antioxidants are pretty awesome at helping out your immune system, even when you’re already sick.

Why drink it cold?

Well, the hot water tends to kill off a portion of the antioxidants.

 


The Best Foods For a Cold


Now it’s over to you – do you know of any foods that help fight colds that we have not covered here today?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

The Best Morning Protein

The Best Morning Protein

How many times have you quickly toasted a couple of slices of white bread in the morning to eat in the car…only to find yourself completely starving two hours later?

This time of hunger is a dangerous period for calories – you’re already in work and the snack machine is the ONLY option!

In this article we will be taking a look at the best morning protein you can consume instead of the worthless carbs – stay full until lunch time and keep well clear of those 10:30am blues…

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A Great Egg-Sample (See What I Did There?)


A Great Egg-Sample

For some unknown reason, a large majority of dieters swoon and faint when I tell them I often enjoy eggs in the morning.

We all know that the ‘yellow’ or ‘yolk’ in the egg isn’t exactly great for a diet…but who sits down and eats four egg yolks for breakfast?

Not many of us!

You see, the truth of the matter is that egg yolks have very little effect on your blood cholesterol and can even HELP with weight loss issues.

There are approximately 6 grams of high-quality protein in each egg you consume – this means they are an excellent choice of food for fending off hunger pangs.

When you manage to stay full until lunchtime – you are keeping your weight loss efforts on-course!


Low-Fat Dairy Choices


Low-Fat Dairy Choices

Not really my cup of tea, but there’s no getting away from the fact that low-fat dairy is a quality source of complete protein (and it’s a great choice for those of us who are eating ‘on the go’ in the morning!).

A good friend of mine, who has seen TREMENDOUS success through her weight loss efforts, swears by Greek yogurt.

She pointed out that it is high in calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and also contains about 17 grams of protein (per approx 5 to 7 ounces).

If you are partial to a little smoothie in the morning, and you can stomach Whey Protein, you should really think about combining the two – Whey contains around 25 grams of complete protein per scoop!


We’ve all Gone Nutty!


We've all Gone Nutty!

My favorite protein choice – at any point in the day (I’m a BIG fan!)

By simply adding a small portion of nuts to your choice of breakfast, you are effectively adding around 4 to 6 grams of protein. Don’t forget – certain nuts offer much higher levels of protein than others (almonds, cashews and pistachios).

If you don’t really fancy nuts in the morning – why not try a bit of organic peanut butter?

I’ve found that a lot of dieters who don’t like nuts, actually warm to the taste of peanut butter.

Remember – ORGANIC peanut butter for dieters (not the cheaper manufactured store version!).

Certain studies have also concluded that the right kind of peanut butter, can in fact moderate blood sugar levels.


Do You Really NEED That Bacon?


Do You Really NEED That Bacon?

Bacon and sausage are lovely in the morning, in my book, there’s nothing better for breakfast!

They are decent sources of protein…but they are also pretty shitty in regards to heart disease and cancer.

So what’s the alternative?

What healthy meats can you eat for breakfast that are packed with protein?

Well you can always make your own sausages…out of meats that are more acceptable from a health point of view!

Seriously, turkey or chicken can make great sausage patties when combined with simple ingredients – onion, fennel seeds, oregano, salt and pepper seasoning…

Think outside the box, and see what comes out the other end!

Not in the mood for sausages?

No problems!

Ever heard of the rich kids eating salmon and eggs for breakfast?

This is for a reason.

Packed full of heart-healthy fats and protein – salmon is an excellent breakfast choice.


Morning Protein Foods


Now over to you…

What are your high-protein choices for breakfast?

I’m sure you’ve got a few tasty ideas that would add value to this article!

Please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

The correct foods can form a barrier for your body against illness, and can also help you recover quicker if you do experience bad health.

Your kid brings a bug home from school, the guy next to you on the train is sneezing, you share a car trip with a coughing mate…

Surely you are going to ‘get it’ this time?

But, you have more power in your hands than you think – your immune system is your BEST line of defense

In this article we are going to be taking a look at a great selection of foods that are good for your immune system.

Eat right, feel right and boost your body’s first line of defence!

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Foods Good For Your Immune System


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Foods Good For Your Immune System

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Foods That Boost Your Immune System


I was more than surprised to find out that your body’s fight against illness starts off in your mouth – did you know that saliva is packed with powerful antimicrobials like lysozyme, alpha-amylase and lactoferrin?

It’s a pretty hard task for ANY germs to get past this initial line of defence – those tough cookies that do manage it…end up having to take on our stomach’s hydrochloric acid.

If they are hard enough to win that battle – they then have to take on our digestive system which holds special proteins and chemical compounds.

Finally the germs will reach our own personal army of good bacteria – our final, powerful, line of defence.

This line of defence is what we need to feed – we need to keep this bacteria in tip-top condition!

A well thought out, and healthy balanced diet, that supports your immune system, is your best defence in avoiding sickness bugs in the first place.


The foods that are covered in the infographic above are great examples of what you need to eat to keep your good bacteria in order and boost immunity.

If you have any questions regarding these foods OR you would like to add a food to this list, please use the comment section below.

Stay healthy! 🙂

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What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

Today we will taking a look at an ancient, prehistoric super-food that naturally sprouted up along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

When early man first encountered this vegetable he only consumed the greens off the plant – the actual ‘beet’ wasn’t consumed until Roman times

So, what are the health benefits of beetroot and why should we include it in our daily diets?

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 the health benefits of beetroot


The Health Benefits of Beetroot


Beetroot contains a large amount of nitrates which supply the body with lots of natural energy – great for those of us that like to take part in cardio or sport.

They are ram-packed with quality fiber which helps look after our digestive systems (taking on bad stomachs, diarrhea, constipation and even colon cancer!).

Beets also help keep our mind’s sharp due to the amount of natural potassium they contain – helping to transmit nerve impulses.

Expectant mums are advised to eat beetroot due to the folic acid content of the veggie – great for the development of embryos and prevention of spina bifida.

The ‘purple veggie beast’ is also topped up with a load of the mineral calcium – vital for developing and maintaining strong bones.

On the vitamin side of things – beets are very high in the vitamin C. This vitamin is great for taking on colds and infections and keeping the immune system in tune. Vitamin A is also present in the foodstuff – high levels of vit A can aid clear eyesight and also keep your skin cells healthy.

Beetroots also contain an antioxidant named Betalain which protects cells from damage and helps with the prevention of cancer.


Raw Beetroot Health Benefits


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Now over to you!

What are your thoughts and opinions on beetroot?

Do you have a favorite beetroot recipe?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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The Health Benefits of Marmite

The Health Benefits of Marmite

So, you either love it or hate it – the awesome (yeah I love it) super-food named Marmite!

I personally think it boils down to what your mother gave you as a kid – Marmite is a strange enough taste, but if it is introduced early enough in your life you will take to it…and never let go!

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the health benefits of Marmite – most of us know it is good for us, but we don’t really know WHY it is good for us…

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Awesome Facts About Marmite…


Awesome Facts About Marmite...

Yeah, you can tell I’m an addict, can’t you?

But we before we dive into the benefits of Marmite, I thought it’d be cool to cover a few little known facts about the dark super-spread…

#1 Who Invented Marmite?

This popular super-food was actually invented by accident by a German dude named Justus Liebig (he was a scientist in the 19th century). He was messing about with brewer’s yeast and eventually came to the conclusion that it could be separated and concentrated into bottles.

He also discovered that it actually tasted pretty boss as well!!!

So, Liebig’s discovery was taken one step further in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

There just so happened to be a mass of brewers in the Staffordshire area at the time, so getting hold of the yeast was a walk in the park!

#2 Marmite Helped Win The War!!!

Not sure whether or not this is a ‘Marmite Urban Legend’ but here we go anyway…

Apparently Marmite was included in soldiers’ rations in World War I, and later in World War II. In 1999 it was also sent over to the troops in Kosovo (the homesick soldiers needed something to remind them of Britain!).

#3 It’s So Awesome – It’s Got It’s Own Sculpture!!!

Seriously, it’s true!

The company that own the Marmite brand are called Unilever (they are a conglomerate) and they were so pleased with the product’s popularity, they decided to get a £15,000 sculpture made.

The sculpture is shaped liked the traditional Marmite jar and bears the nickname of ‘The Monumite’.

It currently stands outside the main library in Burton-on-Trent.

#4 Marmite (Apparently) Acts as a Mosquito Repellent?

Not sure about this one, but it was a listed ‘fact’ in several UK newspapers – apparently, Marmite keeps the mosquito at bay?

Now, this could mean spreading it all over your skin, which would be hideous…or it could mean simply consuming it (which I tend to lean towards!).


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite

  1. It helps you sleep. Apparently the extremely high levels of magnesium in Marmite can help you get a better level of shuteye at night. This high level of magnesium apparently helps the body calm the nerves – leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep.
  2. It can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University claim the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in the yeast extract increases levels of chemicals in the brain which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.
  3. It acts as a vitamin supplement. That’s right – no need to pay those ridiculous prices for over-the-counter vitamins any longer! Apparently, the super-spread is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health. One researcher claimed that a regular serving could provide as much as an expensive supplement!
  4. It’s good for your heart. Being a (young) sufferer of arrhythmia – this was an extremely important fact for me. As I touched on above, Marmite contains high levels of the B Vitamins…including Vitamin B1 (good for preventing cardiovascular disease).
  5. It’s a hangover cure. Yep, you read that correctly – Marmite can act as a pretty awesome hangover cure! When you’ve drunk too much, the alcohol depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins (which leaves you feeling pretty shitty!). Marmite can quickly replace these lost vitamins…and lead to a smoother hangover recovery day!
  6. It’s BOSS for your babies. You will find that a high percentage of pregnant women LOVE to consume Marmite. Now, some of them may not exactly like it, but it’s high folic acid content is great for that unborn nipper! Folic acid is essential for pregnant women and anyone hoping to conceive, as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.

Is Marmite Good For You?


Is Marmite Good For You?

Not a bad little pot of dark spread is it?

Now it’s over to you…

Have we missed out any Marmite health benefits you feel are important?

What’s your favorite way of eating Marmite? (try it with a mature cheddar – lovely!).

Are you a lover or a hater of the super-food?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Eating Chips Everyday – Are French Fries Bad?

Eating Chips Everyday - Are French Fries Bad?

Running a health blog that remains interesting to the public, month after month, is a pretty hard job (believe me!). When I first launched this site I was determined to stay away from the ‘health fluff’ most of my predecessors had relied upon.

Let’s be honest here – how many times have you read a rehashed article on low carbohydrate dieting or the benefits of a Paleo lifestyle?

It sometimes seems as though one person publishes an excellent health article…only for the rest of the crowd to completely plagiarise it…time and time again.

So a lot of my time is spent searching out new and INTERESTING health topics – I try and think outside the box to keep this site as fresh (and popular) as possible.

A recent visit to a reasonably popular forum highlighted a really interesting post on eating chips everyday, and this post led me to an even more interesting article in The Independent newspaper…

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So, Are French Fries Bad For You?

Okay, before we go any further I should point out that ‘chips’ in the UK are what the Americans refer to as ‘french fries’ – we are not talking about the crispy bags of potato chips here – we are talking about the deep fried babies that go with your burger from McDonald’s.

Now that we’ve managed to clear that up…

The article of interest from The Independent carried the shocking news that ‘Eating chips (or ‘french fries’ if you are in the US) more than twice a week can double your risk of dying’.

With a headline like that I just had to dive in deeper….


The Fried Potato Problem

We all know that the good old fried potato can hurt our waistline but the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s latest report goes one step further.

Their studies highlighted the fact that over a period of eight years – people who regularly ate fried potatoes were twice as likely to die.

The tests were carried out on a group of individuals aged between 45 and 79, there were 4,440 of them in all. When the eight year period was up, 236 of the participants had died.

Now I don’t want to cause a panic here – this test was only taken out on the FRIED POTATO choices available – I’m not saying potatoes as a whole are bad for you. Think of french fries, hash browns, crisps (chips in the US), and wedges.

Various Forms of Chips or French Fries

The group of scientists involved in this eight year study claim that the age and sex of the participants had nothing to do with outcome of the fatalities.

They also pointed out that other factors including obesity, avoiding exercise and high salt consumption may also have contributed to the deaths.


Why Are French Fries So Bad For You?

Well the most obvious answer to this question is the bad fats that chips/french fries contain.

There’s no getting away from the fact that frying your foods is super-tasty – way more tasty than every other form of cooking (come on – be honest with yourself here!).

Unfortunately, bad fat or saturated fat is what turns a potato into a time bomb for cancer, heart disease and diabetes… and how many take away joints do you know that fry their chips in healthy olive oil???

None!

Chips (or french fries) are also full of the worst kind of carbohydrates for your body. Now, as I pointed out above in the previous section – potatoes in their natural form are not necessarily bad for you…it’s the way we choose to cook them that turns them into a health nightmare.

Are French Fries really That Bad?

And how many of you reading this like your fries plain and boring?

The cooking process is bad enough…but we then pile on a load of salt for taste purposes – fries without salt are just not fries in my book!

Most of the ‘big boy’ fast food joints, like McDonald’s or Burger King etc, actually add the salt before handing the carton of fries over – you have no choice in the matter!

Diets that are high in salt increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, which can lead to heart and kidney disease and stroke.

A regular portion of fast food fries usually contains about 600 milligrams of sodium – nearly 1/3 of the recommended daily intake.


Eating Chips Everyday

So what are your views on this new study and it’s results – do you really think that eating fries/chips twice a week ‘doubles your chance of death’?

I would be really interested to hear your views on this subject, please leave them in the comment section below.

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The Best Healthy Foods For The Heart

The Best Healthy Foods For The Heart

These days, the typical ‘rat race’ of everyday life seems to frequently stand in the way of being able to cook a healthy meal at home. Simply put – not many of us have the time!

It’s sad but true – fast food and convenience options often win the day, with most of us struggling to find the time to fit in breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We all seem to forget that the food choices we make can drastically affect our heart health, energy and appetite control.

In this article we will be taking a look at a great selection of healthy foods for the heart (my top choices!)…

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Put Down The Haribo – Pick up The Watermelon

Put down that bag of chewy gelatin-filled disasters – if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth AND look after your heart why not try a couple of slices of fresh watermelon?

A top source of antioxidants and fiber, it also contains high levels of lycopene – which has been linked to a lower risk for heart disease and cancer.

Watermelon is also a top provider of vitamins C and A, along with potassium and magnesium.


Simple Tomatoes

Like watermelon, tomatoes are rich in lycopene as well as vitamin C, and are easy enough to throw into any old dish!

I often find that simple pasta is a good way to go – there are so many easy sauces that can be made with fresh tomatoes and oregano. Tinned tomatoes are always a quicker and cheaper option, but stick to fresh if you can!


Do You Like Avocados?

I only ask the question as I am not the biggest fan of this food…but it is a great choice for heart health at the end of the day!

Avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats and are a good source of potassium. Now, potassium is a pretty awesome mineral when it comes to heart health because it is particularly good at controlling your blood pressure.

On top of this they contain high levels of carotenoids which are often linked with a decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.


Eat up ALL of Your Greens Please! 

You always used to hear your mum bang on about them often enough during dinners…and this was for a reason!

Collard greens are pretty awesome!

They have a tiny calorie count and are very high in vitamins K, A and C, as well as folate, manganese, calcium and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients allow your blood to clot normally therefore helping to prevent calcification of your arteries.

They taste pretty good too! 🙂


Walnuts!!!

Such as simple little snack – I’m often amazed at the amount of people who choose to ignore the health benefits of this tasty little blighter!

Easy to munch on right out of the bag or simply sprinkle over any old salad – walnuts improve your heart functions through their high levels of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants.

Don’t worry about the calorie stigma attached to nuts – just two ounces of walnuts a day can improve blood vessel function among people with diabetes AND provide protection for the heart.


This Sounds a Little Fishy – Salmon! 

Salmon is a great food option for those looking to keep their heart in ‘tip top’ condition. I recently read through a study that pointed to the fact that regular consumption of fish can lead to a 30 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease over the long term.

You see, cold water fish (salmon) contains really high levels of omega-3 fats which are known to lower blood pressure and can help prevent irregular heart rhythms.


My Favourite – Peas

Even as a kid, peas to me have always been the easiest vegetable to get through on a plate. They are simple enough to sneak into just about any groovy dish you can think of!

You don’t even have to go for the the more expensive organic options – the frozen versions are actually flash-frozen at the peak of ripeness!

High in fiber and good for the heart – try slipping them into one of your home cooked dishes this week.


Oats – Oatmeal

By now, most of us should be aware that obesity is not exactly great for the health of your heart…right?

Whole grains will help in your fight to keep your heart healthy AND help with the battle of your bulge!

Remember – overweight individuals are more likely to suffer from heart disease and heart-related complications. Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day off in a heart-friendly manner.


Healthy Foods For Your Heart

So you’ve read my suggestions above – which of them is your favourite? Which of them has already been added to your diet? What heart healthy foods do you think I should add to this list?

Please leave your answers in the comment section below.

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Benefits of Eating Grapefruit for Weight Loss

Benefits of Eating Grapefruit for Weight Loss

Let’s take a close look at the benefits of eating grapefruit for weight loss and how a proper diet might assist us in losing up to 30 pounds in two months.

Each time we eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, the glucose level in our blood increases, encouraging the pancreas to excrete insulin.

In a healthy body, insulin’s role is to trigger lipid and muscle cells to ingest the surplus of glucose in our blood and convert it into energy.

We learned in school that when we eat too many processed carbs, our system generates too much insulin, creating the perfect environment for fat cells to be deposited.

Researchers present a theory that when too much insulin is coursing through our veins, it becomes almost impossible to shed extra weight because our cells develop a resistance to insulin.

Inflammation is a result of excess fatty tissue, leading to a pre-diabetic state and eventually, diabetes type 2.

Recent clinical studies have confirmed that when grapefruit is eaten or it’s juice consumed before meals, insulin levels are lowered and the absorption of glucose is facilitated, resulting in weight loss.

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If you want to lose weight, you need to consume less calories.

LED or “low energy density” represents a lower caloric intake in a greater volume of food and grapefruits are a LED food, containing between 39 and 52 calories.


Eating the fiber in grapefruit promotes excellent health

About two thirds of the fiber in grapefruit is easily digestible and satisfies your hunger for longer periods at a time.

Having a consistent eating schedule that includes grapefruit will help you lose weight because it administers glucose without raising your blood sugar level.

An entire grapefruit is equivalent to 12 grams of carbs, with around 9 grams comprised of sugar.

Eating the fiber in grapefruit promotes excellent health


Burn Fat with Vitamin C and improve your consumption of vital minerals

There are approximately 40 grams of Vitamin C in half a grapefruit which is essential in the synthesis of carnitine and burning fat for energy.

Your immune system will be revitalized as well, reducing risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke. This amazing fruit also contains high levels of magnesium, potassium and soluble fiber.

Red and pink grapefruit contain carotenoid phytonutrients and lycopene, an antioxidant which provides protection against damage caused by chemotherapy.

Limonoids, another important phytonutrient, exists in grapefruit and switches genes on that kill cancer cells. (Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2011).


Drink Grapefruit Juice Before Meals

About half an hour before lunch or dinner, eat half a grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice.

A clinical study released in “Nutrition & Metabolism”, February 2011, described how 85 test patients who followed this method with a restricted calorie diet, experienced weight loss results up to 7 percent of their excess weight.


Strength training, exercise and restricted calorie intake as a part of a grapefruit diet

Calorie consumption apps are available on your smart phone to assist you in determining how many calories you consume daily to retain your current weight.

To lose weight, subtract between 800 and 1,000 calories and remain faithful to that goal.

As a safe measure, it isn’t wise for women to eat less than 1200 calories per day or men to ingest fewer than 1800 per day.

· Get out there and move for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Take your kids for a walk, your dog for a run or go swimming.

· Invest in some weights or join your local gym and work on a program where you are strength-training three times a week. Push ups, lunges and squats are excellent. Remember to make weight training a top priority because it will intercept the sequence of losing muscle and weight gain and restore a balanced metabolism.

· Drink an average of 8 glasses of water per day.

· A full 8 hour’s sleep is crucial during your diet.


Consult with your family doctor or nutritionist before starting a diet

Some prescription drugs have contra-indications regarding grapefruit juice; blood pressure medication, cholesterol drugs, anti-anxiety meds and a few antihistamines may be counter-acted.

Always consult with your physician, pharmacist or professional health-care specialist before exploring the benefits of eating grapefruit for weight loss.


Magical Grapefruit and Honey Weight-loss Drink:

Cut one grapefruit in half and scoop out the fruit. Add this pulp with 1 tablespoon of honey to a blender and process until it is smooth.

Drink this 20 minutes after lunch or dinner and watch the weight melt away!

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Greek Yogurt Benefits For Weight Loss

Greek Yogurt Benefits For Weight Loss

My petite 6 year old niece overheard our conversation the other day (okay, eavesdropped…) as we went on about weight loss programs and diets.

My sister (her mom…) mentioned something about Greek yogurt and weight loss and that’s when she jumped out from her hiding, arms akimbo, pouting her lips in a twist, and just went, “Mom, have you been feeding me Greek yogurt? Can I get it for grandpa and Uncle Charlie this Christmas mummy…?”

Poor skinny little thing (but awesomely adorable)… we laughed all afternoon… lost a few calories too!

Interlude: grandpa George and uncle Charlie have some weight issues and they are significantly pot-bellied!

Moving on Swiftly…

With its thick creamy texture and a sweet-sour taste that some describe as tangy, Greek yogurt remains one of the most preferred type of yogurt for many yogurt enthusiasts, specifically those looking to shed off a few pounds without giving up on their favorite foods.

So much has been said about this Mediterranean-style yogurt and its suitability for weight loss diets, but as to whether the claims are true or mere myth…it still remains largely debatable.

Now let’s put this matter to rest by looking at a few facts relating to weight loss “dieting” and Greek yogurt. This yogurt is not what you’d call a “fat busting super-food”, but here are a couple of things about Greek yogurt that will really amaze you…

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Nutritional Fundamentals on Greek Yogurt

A simple serving of about 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt (non-fat) is enough to supply your body with only 100 calories (6g Carbs, & 17g Protein).

Some people may argue that non-fat regular plain yogurt has fewer calories (95 calories)…and thus better than Greek yogurt but the truth is that this 5-calorie difference is negligible and it doesn’t matter that much either when you really think about it…

Despite the giving you less calories, regular plain non-fat yogurt has more Carbs (13g) and less Proteins (10g).

This means more carbs that can be turned into fat, and less proteins to help you metabolize…thus less advantage…

With that being said, you’ll want to note that Protein is an integral part of any successful weight-loss diet.

Nutritional Fundamentals on Greek Yogurt

According to the FSN (Food Science and Nutrition, 2015), their published study asserted that daily protein intake as part of your weight-loss diet was good for muscle mass preservation, the ability to burn calories, and better control of your hunger pangs throughout the day.

In short, Protein is good for your metabolism and this is where Greek yogurt beats regular yogurt hands-down!

At least 30% of your daily meal plan should contain foods rich in proteins.


More On Greek Yogurt and Nutritional Value…

A cohort study conducted in 2005 by the IJO (International Journal of Obesity) revealed that (despite not being Greek yogurt par se…) yogurt was a very important element in weight loss diets.

The study included 2 groups, the control group that was fed on low-calorie foods only, and the evaluation group that received both low-calorie foods plus yogurt.

The authors of this clinical study concluded that in addition to regular exercising, yogurt with high protein content was a viable inclusion in weight-loss diets/programs.

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Do We Get Sufficient Calcium From Greek Yogurt?

For starters, an average adult needs about 1, 000 mg to 1, 200 mg of calcium every day. So how much of this can we get from Greek yogurt?

Well, as a dairy product with notable amounts of calcium, a single serving of Greek yogurt contains 109 mg of this vital mineral. Regular yogurt has about 339 mg of calcium.

Do We Get Sufficient Calcium From Greek Yogurt?

This means you have to supplement your diet with more calcium rich foods such as cheese fortified foods, or regular fresh milk to reach your daily recommended calcium intake target.


Servings and Tips

As clearly elaborated above, Greek yogurt is a fine addition to weight loss meal plans because of its high protein and calcium content, as well as low-calorie count.

A cup or two of Greek yogurt are good for you each day.

You can add fruits of your choice to bump its nutritional value.

The US Department of Agriculture however recommends a limit of 3 cups of any combination of dairy products in a day.

Too much of dairy intake may not present negative effects on most people, but it may cause a few problems for lactose intolerant individuals with possible cases of bloating or indigestion.

Additionally, you can use Greek yogurt as an ingredient in your cooking.

If you need to dress your baked potatoes with a healthy topper, add more protein to your fruit smoothies, or whip up something “gourmet” that requires the use of yogurt, yet totally healthy, then Greek yogurt is an ideal ingredient to ensure that your meals are not only healthy, but tasty as well…

FYI: Too much of something is always not good… and too much Greek yogurt (even non-fat…) will only end up making you fat!

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