The nutritional wonders of Amaranth

Amaranth is a weed that is consumed as food.

It is eaten in numerous countries and is praised for its numerous nutritional qualities.

The nutrients in Amaranth are carbohydrates, starch, and protein, sugars, fat and dietary fiber.

It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E.

It is also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium       and zinc.

It is advised that you cook amaranth leaves before consumption to remove the phytochemicals that reduce the nutritional content of the vegetables.

Amaranth grains are gluten free, easy to cook and rich in protein and so this super food is both nutritionally rich and delicious.

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Is Breast milk really better than infant formula?

You just had a baby, after the initial euphoria has worn out you are back home and reality sets in.

You listened attentively in your prenatal classes where they taught you the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to your infant’s health and you are determined to be the best mother you can possibly be.

But after two months of sleepless nights and hourly feedings you are over it.

So the question is breast milk really better than infant formula?

There has been some research that shows that breast milk actually has no benefits over infant formula.

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Let’s talk about Poop.

We all do it, young and the old, celebrities and CEO’s we all poop.

And I am sure you have looked down the toilet bowl after doing number two and wondered why your poop looked funny.

Lets take a look at different types of poop and what they say about your health.

What is poop?

Poop, stool, feces, excrement and doodoo as it is fondly called are the waste products of digested food. Once your body takes the nutrients it needs from the food you have eaten, you poop out the waste.

This is really important for your health because it is the body’s natural way of expelling waste.

How frequently should you poop?

Poop frequency is personal, some people go once a day while other go once a week. As long as you don’t have any signs of constipation such as abdominal pain then you should be fine.

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Is Honey healthier than Sugar?

I have heard for years that I should reduce my sugar intake, this is really hard because I loooovvvvveeee sugar.

From candies to ice cream I love them all.

Just tell me that you have chocolates for me and you would see a huge grin on my face.

So knowing my weakness for sugar I tried to find an alternative, one that offered the same sweetness but with less health risks.

I researched saccharine, stevia, coconut sugar and honey.

Honey seemed to be my best option for the following reasons

  1. It is natural.
  2. Full of antioxidants
  3. Full of vitamins and minerals.

So filled with thoughts of the healthy sweetness of honey I overindulged.

But there is a downside to sweet “natural” foods and that is they are usually high in calories.

1 teaspoon of honey contains about 21 calories compared to 16 calories in a single teaspoon of sugar.

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Why is it so hard to lose weight ?

You all know how the story goes.

I had a great Christmas, I was with friends and family and we had so much fun.

I conveniently forgot about my diet and over indulged.

Cakes, pies, candy and drinks I had them all.

Then came January and I suddenly realized that I had gained 5 extra pounds.

For the past 2 years, I have been trying to get rid of the extra 10 pounds that I am carrying around on my hips.

So here I was, weight loss New Year resolution on my mind and I had 15 pounds of excess weight to lose.

As I tied on my shoelaces and warmed up for my exercises, I strategized on my weight loss plan.

I gave my self 3 months to lose the weight and motivated with thoughts of a healthier me I took my first step.

Now it’s the second month and I still have 12 pounds to go.

Why is weight loss so HARD.

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Health risks of Obesity

An Obese person is someone who has an excessive amount of body fat.

What is considered as an excessive amount of body fat?

An excessive amount of body fat is defined using the body max index (BMI).

The body mass index (BMI) is a value calculated from the weight and height of an individual.

An obese person is anybody that has a BMI greater than 30.

For example a 5ft 4 inches woman is considered obese when her weight exceeds 175 pounds.

Obesity has been linked to various diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, and cancers.

So what causes obesity?

We have become more reliant on fast foods.

Due to its convenience and affordable nature, fast foods have replaced most people home cooked meals.

Burgers, fries and pizzas, these meals are delicious and readily available.

It may start off as your morning bagel and before you know it you it, fast foods have replaced all your meals.

Fast foods, soda consumption and a sedentary lifestyle have all been linked to obesity.

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Diet versus Exercise

There is a saying that goes “you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet”.

It’s a New Year and with it comes New Year resolutions.

The number one New Year resolution and a personal favorite of mine is Weight loss.

But what works best diets or exercises?

I have tried both options and this is my conclusion.

While I lose weight much faster with diets, I look and feel healthier with exercises.

So which is actually better?

Research has shown that for weight loss the 80 – 20 rule works best.

This means 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.

So even if you slave away at the gym and you don’t change your dietary habits, you tend to see little or no movements on the scale.

Doing either exercises or diets alone are not ideal either.

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More foods that are great for your skin

I have previously written about some foods that can are great for your skin in this post.

Lets take a look as some more of the common foods that can be used to naturally beautify you.

Berries: Berries are delicious fruits that are full of nourishing goodness. But they are also great beauty products. From strawberries to acai berries berries are really nature’s beautifier.

Strawberry: Strawberries can be used as a tooth whitener, rub mashed strawberries over your teeth with a toothbrush, leave in for 5 minutes then rinse. This would remove plaque and stains.

Acai berries: These berries are full of vitamin C, which brightens skin. After a late night out with the girls apply mashed up acai berries on your skin, leave in for 10 minutes and rinse off. It would brighten up tired eyes and dull skin. Acai berries are also said to have anti-aging properties so consume them raw or in shakes to reverse the effects of time.

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Foods that are great for your skin.

I have written about the benefits of various foods for quite sometime now and I couldn’t help but notice how some foods can also be used as beauty products.

From Oats to milk numerous healthy foods are also used as beauty products.

So which foods in my kitchen can also be used as beauty products?

There are numerous foods that can be used as beauty products and some of them are commonly eaten as breakfast foods. These foods include the following:

Honey: Honey is a food made by bees using the nectar from flowers. It is a common alternative to processed sugar and a staple in my kitchen. You can make various beauty products from honey including facemasks and hair conditioners. To create a honey face-masks apply honey directly to your face leave in for ten minutes and rinse off with warm water.

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Whole-grain bread versus White bread

I love sandwiches, bagels and burgers.

Although I hate the pounds they tend to add on my hips, I have always been a fan of bread.

In a desperate plea to eat healthier while still eating those foods that I love, I have traded in my white bread for whole grain bread.

But is whole grain bread really healthier than white bread?

Whole-grain bread is a type of brown bread made using flour that is partly or entirely milled from whole or almost-whole wheat grains.

Whole-grain bread contains various essential nutrients including fiber, carbohydrate, fat and protein.

White bread is a type of bread made from processed wheat flour.

The processing of the wheat flour involves removing the bran and the germ layers, this produces light-colored flour.

Removing the bran and the germ layers increases the shelf life of the bread.

Whole-grain bread versus White bread :

Calories: A slice of whole-grain multigrain bread contains 69 calories while a slice of white bread contains 74 calories.

Carbohydrates: A slice of whole-grain multigrain bread contains 11.3 grams of carbohydrates while a slice of white bread contains 13.7 grams of carbohydrates.

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