The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

What are the health benefits of pumpkin?

If the only thing you have ever done with pumpkin is carve it and fill it with a candle, you are not alone. Many people tend to think of pumpkins as little more than just a holiday decoration or a pie filling, but you may want to rethink this plump orange plant. Pumpkin is an extremely nutrient dense food, meaning it is chock-full of vitamins and minerals but low on calories. There are many creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your diet, including desserts, soups, salads, preserves and even as a substitute for butter. Next time pumpkin season comes around, don’t carve it, cook it up and eat it! According to the USDA National Nutrient database, one cup of pumpkin, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt contains 49 calories, 1.76 grams of protein, 0.17 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol and 12 grams of carbohydrate (including 2.7 grams of fiber and 5.1 grams of sugar).

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279610.php

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The Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

What are the health benefits of sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes pack a powerful nutritional punch. They have got over 400% of your daily needs for vitamin A in one medium spud, as well as loads of fiber and potassium. They have got more grams of natural sugars than regular potato but more overall nutrients with fewer calories. Despite the terms sweet potato and yam often being used interchangeably, they are actually not even botanically related. Yams are almost exclusively grown in Africa and are more dry and starchy compared to a sweet potato. So how did these two vegetables become so intertwined? There are two different varieties of sweet potatoes, firm and soft. When soft sweet potatoes were being cultivated in the Americas, African slaves began calling them yams because of their resemblance to their familiar native vegetable. The name caught on as a way to distinguish between the two types of sweet potatoes. Today, you are unlikely to find a true yam in the grocery store unless you are shopping in an international market.

Learn more info here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281438.php

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Is Gluten Bad for You?

Should You Dump Gluten? How Going Gluten Free Can Unlock Weight Loss, Energy & Longevity

Besides being fast-food chains, they’re among many large companies that have rolled out gluten-free food options in the last few years. You’re probably used to seeing the “special diet” section in Whole Foods, or even your local chain grocery store, but when corporate giants start paying attention to specific dietary trends, you can bet they are more than just a passing fad. It seems that gluten-free products are everywhere these days, and like many of your health-conscious, smoothie-sipping, label-reading friends, you may be wondering if a gluten-free diet is right for you. And in a culture where pastries, pizza, and pasta dominate the standard diet, you might also want to know why wheat is suddenly getting such a bad rap.

Read more here: http://www.alternativemedicine.com/celiac-disease/should-you-dump-gluten-how-going-gluten-free-can-unlock-weight-loss-energy-longevity

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An Apple a Day Against Obesity?

Could an apple a day protect against obesity?

The research team, led by Giuliana Noratto of the School of Food Science at Washington State, publish their findings in the journal Food Chemistry. Apples have many health benefits, according to previous research. Last year, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that eating an apple a day may be just as beneficial as daily statin use for preventing vascular mortality. A 2011 study also claimed that apples and pears may reduce the risk of stroke by more than 50%. But according to the team involved in this latest research, very few studies have looked at how the bioactive compounds in apples that are not absorbed during digestion – such as polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and dietary fiber – affect the friendly gut bacteria that boost immunity and aid weight maintenance.

Read more info here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283223.php

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Organic Foods Proven to be Safer

Organically grown foods may offer greater health and safety than foods conventionally grown

Scientists have long recognized the dangers of cadmium (Cd) exposure to the human body. This heavy metal is emerging as a major cause of vascular disorders, common cancers, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, and can also cause damage to the body’s reproductive and neurological systems. While tobacco smoke can be a significant source of exposure for smokers, the primary source of cadmium exposure for nonsmokers is through consumption of contaminated plant-based foods. A survey of all previous pertinent research (meta-analysis), appearing recently in the British Journal of Nutrition, concluded that organically grown foods are on average 48 percent lower in Cd than conventionally grown foods. Now, in an invited commentary appearing in the same journal, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute cardiovascular research scientist James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D., and Mark F. McCarty, B.A., place this finding in the context of the growing epidemiology linking Cd exposure to adverse health outcomes, and conclude that consistent consumption of organic foods over a lifetime could be expected to favorably influence health and mortality risk.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/283167.php

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Organic Foods Proven to be Safer

Organically grown foods may offer greater health and safety than foods conventionally grown

Scientists have long recognized the dangers of cadmium (Cd) exposure to the human body. This heavy metal is emerging as a major cause of vascular disorders, common cancers, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, and can also cause damage to the body’s reproductive and neurological systems. While tobacco smoke can be a significant source of exposure for smokers, the primary source of cadmium exposure for nonsmokers is through consumption of contaminated plant-based foods. A survey of all previous pertinent research (meta-analysis), appearing recently in the British Journal of Nutrition, concluded that organically grown foods are on average 48 percent lower in Cd than conventionally grown foods. Now, in an invited commentary appearing in the same journal, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute cardiovascular research scientist James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D., and Mark F. McCarty, B.A., place this finding in the context of the growing epidemiology linking Cd exposure to adverse health outcomes, and conclude that consistent consumption of organic foods over a lifetime could be expected to favorably influence health and mortality risk.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/283167.php

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Acai Berry Smoothie

acai smoothie

You can’t find acai berries are your local grocery story but they are the superfruit of berries with high fiber content, low glycemic index, and a high ORAC value. However we’ve brought in a new freeze dried acai powder from Organic Traditions. As the name says the product is organic and has an ORAC value of 2390 per 5g serving.

In this smoothie I also add frozen blueberries, protein powder, pecans, and kale to make for a healthy and tasty morning starter.

To Make Smoothie:

Combine all ingredients in high speed blender or food processor.

  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Organic Traditions Freeze Dried Acai Berry Powder
  • 8-10 pecans
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • Handful of kale
  • 6 oz. almond milk

Acai Berry Powder 3.50 Ounces by Organic Traditions

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Blueberry Eye Health Smoothie

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and especially rich in anthocyanins. In fact anthocyanins may be helpful for people with cataracts and help to slow cataract progression.

We use almonds as they are high in vitamin E. The spinach is another ingredient that helps you with eye help.  One ounce of almonds has 1/3 of the daily requirements of natural vitamin E.

Finally we add a little bit of carrot to add some beta-carotene to help night vision.

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Add to blender

  • ½  cup blueberries
  • 1 raw carrot chopped up
  • 1 oz. raw almonds
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 serving  Plant Head Protein Vanilla
  • 6 oz. almond milk
  • Few ice cubes to chill

Mix on high speed until all ingredients are smooth.

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Addicted to Junk Food

Is junk food making us lose appetite for balanced diet?

People can learn to like healthy foods, brain scans suggest 

Junk isn’t just bad for your body but it also affects your ability to eat a balanced diet. While it is putting on excessive weight it changing your desires to eat a healthy and balanced diet. A junk food diet over times leads to overeating and obesity by changing self-control.

The researchers believe that a junk food diet damages the circuits for reward in parts of your brain and make it difficult to limit your intake of food. These foods become highly addictive.

However a second article from Medical Foods Today, discusses that we can re-educate our brains behavioral based weight loss to undo the damage caused by junk foods. In a 6 month period of time participant were able to change the way the reward centers in the brain responded to foods.

The participants needed to reverse their addiction to unhealthy food as well and increase their love for healthy foods.

For me I’ve found the making sure I eat only healthy foods and totally avoiding “junk food” is the best way for me to lose weight and stay healthy. I found that after 2 weeks on the raw food diet my taste buds changed and I found the idea of junk food unappealing.

But as you can see from above it is best to avoid junk foods as they do have long term effect in your health and behavior.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281872.php

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281643.php

 

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Banana Apple Smoothie

Do you love a smoothie for breakfast?

My friends are getting old and now they all want to slow aging with a morning smoothie. I thought I’d share my recipe with you.

I highly recommend the Vitamix as I really like a very smooth smoothie. However my friends love their NutriBullets.

banana apple smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple cut in small pieces skin left on
  • 8 walnuts
  • teaspoon of bee pollen
  • ½ inch of ginger root
  • Few ice cubes
  • 4 oz of hemp, almond, soy, or coconut milk. May add more to taste.
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