Friday, September 30, 2011

How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables


Fruits and vegetables are foods that you know that you need to be eating on a regular basis. For many people, they fall well short of the multiple servings of each of these that you are supposed to be eating each day. Find out what you can do that will help you get more of these into your daily diet so that you can be eating healthier.

Add more vegetables to foods that you are already eating. Many people put veggies on their sandwiches or burgers to add taste. Load up on what you put on these so that you are getting more servings in. It's not bad to add extra volume of food like this since it's low calories.

Get into juicing and blending your fruits and vegetables. This is one of the easiest ways of getting food into your body like this that you need. If you do this right, you can make one drink that will give you all the fruits and vegetables that you need for the day. If you drink this, you will get what you need from this one practice alone.

Have salads with each of your meals. Even small ones will help you get more good food into your body. Make up large salads and put it into smaller containers that you can take to work. This will get you into the process of eating this good food first before eating any other types of food.

Get fruits and vegetables that you like for your snacks. Find what works for your and keep these types of foods with you. Dried fruits are very easy to take to work with you and eat during the day. Pack away cut up vegetables to snack on.

Mix more of these foods into your meals. Put fruit slices in your cereal or oatmeal. Add more veggies into your meals like your casseroles or your pizza.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blueberries - Are They A Super Fruit?


Some individuals have always stated that some fruits, nuts or vegetables are super foods. This is a contentious topic, but it has to be the case that some foodstuffs are better for you than others, but whether it is justifiable to hype up a foodstuff for a quick sale is another issue. Blueberries are a case in point. Are blueberries a super fruit or not?

Proponents of blueberries say that they are rich in antioxidants and that they are able to improve vision and relieve eye strain; improve brain and memory functions and resist urinary tract infections (UTI's). Blueberries are said to be rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins, but what are they?

Well, antioxidants are said to counteract the effects of oxidation and free radicals, which are frequently linked to the development of cancer and anthocyanins are a form of flavonoids, which are also an anti-carcinogen.

Blueberries are also in the bottom category of the Glycemic Index. The Glycemic Index uses white bread as the marker against which every foodstuff is calculated. Above 70 is thought to be high; between 56 and 59 is medium and below 55 is low. Blueberries, at 53, is at the high end of low. This is not vital knowledge for lots of people, but it is important for dieters and diabetics.

Blueberries are said to improve eyesight because of the anthocyanins, which strengthen the capillaries, which would help the flow of blood to the eyes, which may help preserve vision. This would relieve eye strain or eye tiredness

If this helps preserve vision, it would also delay hair loss, because hair loss is normally associated with a lack of blood/nutrition to the hair follicles which then just die of starvation, as in male pattern baldness.

Blueberries are a fruit high in flavonoids which are antioxidants as stated above. Some people claim that flavonoids can improve the connections between neurons in the brain, which would almost certainly increase mental capacity.

It might also slow down the deterioration of brain cells and so also the traditionally-perceived decline in mental capacity that is associated with increasing age. If this is the case, then the consumption of blueberries would also help slow down the progression of lack of motor control: that is, it could help the elderly move more naturally, less inelegantly.

However, the same individuals will admit that to create a 5-6% improvement in motor skills would almost certainly take a daily consumption of about 100 grammes per day, which is naturally not an insignificant amount, even if you like them and cultivate them yourself.

It has also been stated that the daily consumption of blueberries reduces the level of LDL in the blood, which is popularly called 'bad cholesterol'.

If you would like to test the effects of eating blueberries on yourself, here are a few suggestions on how you can incorporate them into your diet.

Fresh blueberries: eat when in season and freeze as many as you can get hold of.

Frozen blueberries: cook in pancakes, muffins and put in home-made ice-cream.

Dried blueberries: eat like raisins as a snack or coat in chocolate.

In this way, you will be able to answer the question for yourself: blueberries are they a super fruit?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mangosteen - Queen Of Tropical Fruit


Mangosteen Fruit (Garcinia mangostana)

Garcinia is a Genus of 400 species with seven being indigenous to Australia but plants that produce edible fruits are few. The most well known in commerce is the delicious Mangosteen from Malaya and SE. Asia with peach like flowers and purplish fruits, known as "Queen of Tropical Fruit".

Mangosteen is a small and slow-growing tropical evergreen tree growing to a maximum of about 20m. The tree is a broad leafed evergreen with short columnar or pyramidal form. The large green/yellow flowers are tinged with red - about 20-30 mm in diameter occurring singly or in pairs on older branchlets. Male or hermaphrodite flowers can be found on the same tree.

Purple Mangosteen is a common fruit native to South East Asia and found in Thailand, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines requiring very humid, equatorial climate. The flavour is sweet and melting. It has a reputation for being the most delicious tropical fruit in existence! The tree takes from 12-20 years to reach full fruiting maturity. The seeds are edible and eaten boiled or roasted.

The accumulated knowledge of centuries of ancient Asian medicine has been passed down from generation to generation and also to early European explorers and settlers. It is no wonder that recent modern scientific research seeks to verify the traditional claims of the beneficial properties of the fruit and rind when research already indicates properties in the fruit that can inhibit several types of cancer including breast cancer, liver cancer and leukemia.

Mangosteen also has anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. The whole fruit has been used traditionally, as a medicinal treatment for diarrhoea, skin infection and wounds throughout South East Asia.

One of the most powerful antioxidants in nature, called xanthone, is found in the Mangosteen pericarp and also in the whole fruit. Xanthones are recognized for their medicinal potential, and proven benefit in certain diseases as well as providing a general health benefit, particularly on the cardiovascular system. They are also naturally antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Mangosteen has an inhibitory action against the bacterial organisms such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus. It has also gained a reputation for effective strengthening the immune system.

Its cultivation outside S.E. Asia generally has little success because of the trees' need of heat and water. In spite of that, many people have tried to plant Mangosteen in other places, such as California, Florida, North Queensland with a degree of success. Mature trees of about 10 years of age begin to yield from 500-1500 fruits. Fruit quality is destroyed with refrigeration and this presents problems with marketing and transport.

The Mangosteen fruit consist of 3 major parts.

The Pericarp - is the rind or peel and contains the highest level of xanthones.

The fruit pulp - is considered as one of the tastiest fruits in the world - commercially offered as a juice

The seeds - found within the white pulp

The other known species of the genus also produce fruits that may have potentially similar properties but scientific tests have so far focused upon the popular "Queen of Fruits" or Purple Mangosteen to which the above information relates. Although other species offer fruits that are reported as edible, none deserve as much attention and appreciation as the one that is popularly known as the Mangosteen.

Other species however, may promise further rewards for those who persist in seeking to demonstrate the validity of traditional therapeutic claims such as the recent findings of the Purple Mangosteen in successful treatment of a wide range of difficult conditions such as autism and neurological diseases. Others offer avenues for possible discovery of other interesting properties-

1. gibbsiae Mountain Mangosteen of Australia from Atherton region is a tree with simple leaves and twigs that exude yellow latex. The fruits are to 60 mm with green flesh and are not edible. They contain clearly segmented 8 or 9 cells each containing a single seed has yellow waxy perfumed flowers and purple berries. It is attracting some attention by plant researchers.

2. hanburyii Gutta gamba, Gamboge from Thailand and Sri Lanka provides the official Gamboge, a bright yellow pigment esteemed by artists because it imparted a wonderful orange colour to their paintings. Also used as dye for yellow robes of Buddhist priests. Still mentioned in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia for use in dropsical conditions and to lower blood pressure where there is cerebral congestion but now greater caution is advised.It has a reputation as a drastic and sometimes dangerous cathartic.

3. indica Goa Butter, Kokam butters, produce an edible oil from seeds. The dried fruit rind is used in curries.

4. intermedia Lemon Drop Mangosteen has pleasant melting flesh and wrinkled skin. All species of mangosteen rind is used as a spice.

5. mestonii Native Mangosteen, Meston's Mangosteen from Queensland rainforests growing to 15m. Flowers are pink in terminal clusters. Large reddish purple large, edible fruits to 7 cm. It is related but cannot compare to the exotic mangosteen. It has not been developed in cultivation.

6. sessilis has an ornamental deep pink/red flower is adopted as the national flower of Tonga.

7. subellipticad Fukugi from Japan is held as the floral symbol of Mobuto and Tarama on Okinawa.

8. tinctoria - related to the mangosteen - and is reported to have a delicious fruit.

9. warrenii Native Mangosteen White, beautifully fragrant flowers followed by round purple fruit with sweet orange/brown edible flesh. Slow growing to 13m. It has been recommended for cultivation. Branches and leaves when bruised exude yellow latex. It is a large fruit to 60 mm occurring singly or in clusters and contains either 2-3 seeds. Found from Babinda to Cape York.

Most species in Garcinia are known for their resins or yellowish gums used as purgatives but recent research claims to have found hydroxycitric acid in the rind. Although toxic it suggests an appetite suppressant could be developed as medication in over indulged wealthy countries. There is considerable interest in the successful results of the whole fruit juice in treatment of autism and many other symptoms so evident now in our chemically toxic environment.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Health Benefits of Dried Fruit Baskets


The first popular dried fruit was the raisin, a dried grape. Its history can be traced back six thousand years to Ancient Egypt. At the time, people dried fruit in the sun as a method of food preservation. But beyond simple preservation, it had several advantages over fresh fruit. For starters, it was highly portable and could be taken along as a snack without having to worry about it spoiling in the desert sun. And as a snack, they were preferable to fresh fruits because they provide sugar in a more concentrated form. Dried fruits like raisins also added a boost of flavor to bland foods.

Are they as healthy as fresh fruit? The answer is probably not. You see, when fruit is dried the dehydration often removes more than just water. Many of the water soluble vitamins like vitamin C and the B vitamins are also removed. As we mentioned, dried fruits are also higher in sugars, which means that they have more calories. But this is not necessarily a bad thing, since sugar provides energy. That may be why this is a common ingredient in popular trail mix snack packs.

We also know that dried fruits like raisins and dates are a good source of fiber. The most obvious benefit of fiber is that it promotes regular bowel movements, which will improve overall digestive health. Studies have also shown that high fiber diets can reduce cholesterol levels and may even reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

Where can you find them? Most supermarkets stock small assortments of these items. But if you want an impressive selection of the fruits either for personal use or to send as a gift, we suggest dried fruit baskets. These baskets can be purchased at competitive prices from fruit sellers on the internet.

The average dried fruit basket will only set you back about thirty to forty dollars and it will include an impressive arrangement of delicious dried fruits. Unlike fresh fruit baskets that often only feature three or four different fruits, these offer a larger sampling. The baskets that we reviewed contained half a dozen food items, including raisins, dates, pears, figs, cherries and sliced pineapples.

But before you buy, make certain that you locate a company that uses natural methods to dry their fruits, rather than chemical agents. Sure, it might end up costing you a bit more, but your family and friends will taste the difference.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Dried Fruit


Dried fruit is a very useful ingredient in both savory cooking and desserts. It offers a concentrated burst of sweetness and can often help curb even the most persistent sweet tooth. You can either dry your own or purchase the dried fruit at the supermarket. Raisins, dried apples, dried figs, and dried bananas, and other types of dried fruit can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions.

Substitute Dried Fruit for Fresh

Dried fruit makes a wonderful addition to any recipe. In blueberry or cranberry muffins, for example, you can substitute dried fruit for the fresh version. If the recipe calls for one cup of fresh fruit, use ½ cup dried fruit. Soak the fruit in a little orange juice or water to make it plump.

Dried Fruit Trail Mix

Dried fruit makes a great addition to any trail mix. The simple sugars are a healthy substitute for candy and they offer a quick energy burst when you need it. If your hike is strenuous, you'll need to eat a constant amount of food to keep your energy and stamina up. Just mix the dried fruit of your choice with other ingredients such as pretzels, cereal, nuts, and crackers. Keep the mix within easy reach so you can munch it on the trail.

Savory Cooking with Dried Fruit

You can also include small pieces of dried fruit in savory cooking. Incorporating raisins and chopped dates into a couscous, rice, or lentil pilaf offers a good way to contrast spicy and sweet in the same dish. Other dried fruits, such as mango or pineapple, work well in different sauces and glazes. For advice on cooking with dried fruit, you can either search online or look in cookbooks. Middle Eastern food often incorporates dried fruit in their dishes.

Dried fruit serves as a healthy snack or interesting accompaniment to your meal. Look for creative ways to cook with dried fruit and you will be rewarded with good health.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

What's So Bad About Gummy Fruit Snacks?


One might think that gummy fruit snacks are good for you since they're everywhere and contain many popular cartoon characters. In reality however, they're nothing but a processed sugar that's disguised to look healthy. So if you're feeding your kids these things, you might want to consider a healthier alternative.

These sugary sweets have actually been around since the early 1900's, but didn't become popular until the 1980's.  Their popularity soared because of their ability to be molded into hundreds of different shapes and sizes.

Yet what many of us don't realize is that they are pumped full of corn syrup, gelatin, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors and colors. And because they contain gelatin, they are often sticky in consistency, which can easily lead to tooth decay. That is why many dentists do not recommend giving these to children at all.

And while many may argue that they do contain some juice, it's not nearly enough to even be considered beneficial. And while you may think that the organic ones are better, think again! Even those contain unhealthy ingredients that are disguised and are just as bad for your kids.

Besides being bad for your teeth, they can also cause heart disease, diabetes and obesity in children. So instead of offering a snack that has no nutritional value whatsoever, why not offer a better choice such as fresh fruits. They offer an excellent source of vitamins and fiber.

If your child is picky you could also offer dried fruits. However take care in doing so since these can be just as bad for you if they're loaded with sugar and other artificial ingredients. If he or she won't accept either one, you might want to try introducing them to a fruit juice. Although juice doesn't contain nearly as many nutrients as the real thing, it still has some nutritional value and a much better healthy alternative. Just be sure it is 100% natural and not a cocktail since it contains corn syrup. Eat right and live better for your children's sake and your own.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Benefits of Sprouted Foods


There is an amazing increase in nutrients in sprouted foods when compared to their dried embryo. In the process of sprouting, the vitamins, minerals and protein increase substantially with corresponding decrease in calories and carbohydrate content. These comparisons are based on an equivalent water content in the foods measured. Analysis of dried seeds, grains and legumes shows a very low water content. But this increases upto tenfold when the same food is converted into sprouts. For accurate comparison each must be brought to a common denomination of equal water content to assess the exact change brought in nutritional value.

Sprouted mung beans, for instance, have a 8.3 increase of water content over dried beans.

Hence the nutritional value of sprouted and dried mung beans can be compared by multiplying
the analysed nutrients of sprouted mung beans by the factor of 8.3. Based on this criterion, the
changes found in sprouted mung beans when compared with the figures for the beans in the
dried state are as follows:

Energy content - calories Decrease 15 percent

Total carbohydrate content Decrease 15 percent

Protein availability Increase 30 percent

Calcium content Increase 34 percent

Potassium content Increase 80 percent

Sodium content Increase 690 percent

Iron content Increase 40 percent

Phosphorous content Increase 56 percent

Vitamin A content Increase 285 percent

Thiamine or Vitamin B1 content Increase 208 percent

Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 content Increase 515 percent

Niacin or Vitamin B3 content Increase 256 percent

Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C content An infinite increase

The increase in protein availability is of great significance. It is a valuable indicator of the
enhanced nutritional value of a food when sprouted. The simultaneous reduction in carbohydrate
content indicates that many carbohydrate molecules are broken down during sprouting to allow
an absorption of atmospheric nitrogen and reforming into amino-acids. The resultant protein is
the most easily digestible of all proteins available in foods.

The remarkable increase in sodium content supports the view that sprouted foods offer
nutritional qualities. Sodium is essential to the digestive process within the gastro-intestinal tract
and also to the elimination of carbon dioxide. Together with the remarkable increase in vitamins,
sodium materially contributes to the easy digestibility of sprouts.
Dried seeds, grains and legumes do not contain discernible traces of ascorbic acid, yet when
sprouted, they reveal quite significant quantities which are important in the body's ability to
metabolise proteins. The infinite increase in ascorbic acid derives from their absorption of
atmospheric elements during growth.

Sprouts have several other benefits. They supply food in predigested form, that is, the food
which has already been acted upon by the enzymes and made to digest easily. During
sprouting, much of the starch is broken down into simple sugars such as glucose and sucrose by
the action of the enzyme 'amylase'. Proteins are converted into amino acids and amides. Fats
and oils are converted into more simple fatty acids by the action of the enzyme lipase.
During sprouting, the beans lose their objectionable gas producing quality. Research has shown
that oligosaccharides are responsible for gas formation. For maintenance of health, some
amount of gas production is necessary but it should be within safe limits. As the process of
germination ends and sprouting begins, the percentage of oligosaccharides is reduced by 90.
Sprouts contain a lot of fibre and water and, therefore, are helpful in overcoming constipation.

Sprouts are an extremely inexpensive method of obtaining a concentration of vitamins, minerals
and enzymes. They have in them all the constituent nutrients of fruits and vegetables and are
'live' foods. Eating sprouts is the safest and best way of getting the advantage of both fruits and
vegetables without contamination and harmful insecticides.

It should, however, be ensured that seeds and dried beans are purchased from a store where
they are fresh, unsprayed and packaged as food. Seeds that are packaged for planting purposes
may contain mercury compounds or other toxic chemicals.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Special Fruits Used In The Treatment Of Diabetes


It is well known that a person suffering of diabetes has special needs regarding food and diet.

One of the most valuable fruits used in the diabetic's diet is the apple. Apples contain in their rind and pulp a high level of pectine, which supplies the galacturonic acid needed in the process of cleaning the body of harmful substances. It also decreases the body's need of insulin by 35%.

Besides pectine, apples also contain vitamin B1, which has an important role in preventing brain damages during diabetic acidosis, and reverses a complication that appears in diabetes: the neurosis. This complication can be relieved by administering high doses of vitamin B1.

Another valuable fruit is the grapefruit, a citrus fruit. Besides its appetizing properties and its refreshing qualities, studies have proved its usefulness in decreasing the level of sugar in the blood if taken two weeks, three times a day. Associated to this diet, consume of sweets, chocolate, and fats should be reduced and replaced with consume of more vegetables and fruits.

Other anti-diabetes fruit is The Jambul Fruit (also known as the rose apple) which grows in India, used at first by natives. It has a strong effect on the pancreas, checking the wrong transformation of starch into sugar in case of increase production of glucose.

The fruit is mostly used for its seeds which are dried, powdered and then mixed with water. This drink taken three times a day controls the level of sugar in the blood, allays thirst and prevents excessive urination.

In Ayurveda another treatment is considered to be useful in diabetes: the use of white ash from the inner bark of jambul tree, crumbled in the mortar, strained and then bottled. The treatment consists in giving the patient in the morning, on an empty stomach two grams of the ash and then the same in the afternoon. It is considered that this treatment controls excessive urination that affects most of the diabetics.

An equilibrate diet, based on vegetables, fruit and juices, and with less fats and sweets, associated with an active lifestyle, quitting smoking, self measuring the level of sugar in the blood and losing weight could control the diabetes and allow the patients to live a normal life.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Do You Suffer From Gas, Bloating, Indigestion Or Flatulence After You Eat Fruits? Here is Why


Are you one of those people who say "I love fruits, but it does not love me?"  Or "I love fruits, but I just can't eat it". a lot of people think that they are allergic to fruits because of the gas, bloating, and flatulence they experience after eating fruits.  However, is this really an allergy to fruits or is it something else?

 Most people I meet love fruits, both young and old we all love fruits.  The reason why we instinctively crave fruits is because it is the one who by the human body is perfectly, biologically adopted to.  Most fresh fruits are extremely high in water content with some fruits having up to 90% cleansing, life-giving, and new trade Pack water.  This water is perfect for cleansing and ridding the body of dangerous toxic waste matter.  Roots contains all the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, amino acids, fatty  Acids that the body requires each day

The body uses more energy indigestion than for any other process vital energy is redirected from other processes that the body must perform in order to digest our food.  Fruits on the other hand requires less energy to digest than any other food group.

Fruits are not digested in the stomach, all fruits, with the exception of bananas, dates, and dried fruit, stays in the stomach only for a very short time.  This is very important to remember because if fruits are not intended to stay in the stomach for very long, incorrect consumption means that fruits should never be the immediately before or immediately after anything else.  It is vital that when you eat fruits is eaten on them to stomach.  Let's just say you had a medium-size lunch burgers and fries, and then you eat a fruit salad. 

The fruits are ready to go straight to the summa into the contest aims but it is being prevented by the burger you ate just before.  In the meantime the entire meal that is the burgers, fries and the fruit salad stays in your stock and for many this.  The very action of fermentation produces gas, and lots of it.  This is the main reason why most people think they are allergic to fruits.

So you at the fruit salad immediately after you at your lunch, you get gas, our ability, or indigestion, or flatulence, and you blame it on the fruits.  If the fruits were eaten first in about 30 minutes were allowed to pass before eating your meal the fruits would have left to stumble and moved on to the intestinal tract and no problem would've resulted.

So if you have been constantly blaming fruits for your gastric disturbances, try eating fruits at least 30 minutes before consuming your meal, or wait at least two hours after you have consumed your meal.  The point is to eat fruits once your stomach is empty.  This way you would enjoy all the benefits of fruits and at the same time prevent any discomfort that you may have had in the past.

The intestines are where all the nutrients are absorbed, because fruits reached in testing this within minutes of eating, it's nutrients are immediately absorbed and euthanized by the body.  By eating only fruits in the morning between 7 and 12 PM you will make your entire day more productive and you will have more energy.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Syzygium - Cumini, (Linn) Skeels


Family: Myrtaceae

Names: Hindi - Jamun

English - Black berry

Sanskrit - Jambul

Bengali - Kalijaam bija

Kannada - Koddanirlu kalu

Marathi - Jambhul chabi

Gujarati - Jambunu bija

Tamil - Sambal virat

Telugu - Naredu vittulu

Trade name - Jambul stone

Description: A large evergreen tree, leaves opposite, 8­20cm long, leathery. Fruit 1.5-4 cm long, violet black on ripe. Seed usually one. Fruits are eaten raw with salt, make tongue purple for hours.

Distribution: Grown throughout the plains of India.

Parts used: Fruits, leaves, seeds and bark.

Properties: Astingent, stomachic, diuretic (increases the amount of urine), anti-diabetic and anti-diarrhoeal.

Phytochemicals: Phenols, terpenes, glucoside.

Medicinal Uses

(a) In diabetes

The seeds are useful in diabetes. The fruit juice also has this property but the effect of preparations from seeds is more marked.

Aqueous extract of seeds produced marked fall in blood sugar in a single dose.

Jamun's vinegar is also useful in controlling diabetes. Regular use is recommended with both the meals.

Use of mixture prepared by mixing dried fruit of Karela (10g), Pterocarpus bark (10g) and Jamun seed (10g). After proper grinding take water extract of 2/3g of this powder to keep diabetes at bay.

(b) Other Uses

The bark is astringent and used in sore throats, indigestion, loss of appetite, leucorrhoea (A discharge of white from uterus and the vagina), bronchitis, asthma, ulcers and dysentry; it is also given for purifying blood, and" as gargle for spongy gum. The fresh juice of bark with goat's milk is given in diarrhoea. Ripe fruit can also check diarrhoea.


Juice - 50 to 100 ml

Bark Powder - 0.5 to 1.0 g

Seeds - 1.0 to 3.0 g

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fruits, Juices and Food For Relieving Hemorrhoids - Part II


Eating the right kind of food and following good eating habits will speed up your healing of your hemorrhoids. If you have a diet that is hard to digest and moves slowly through your colon, then, expect to have constipation which will encourage formation of hemorrhoids or prevent the their healing.

Here are some foods that will help give you relief from hemorrhoids

Use the following foods to help reduce hemorrhoid bleeding:

* Alfalfa
* Dark green leafy vegetables
* Blackstrap molasses
* Flax seeds - are high in omega-3 oils, which reduce inflammation and pain. They are also high in fiber.
* Lima and butter beans are high in iron, which help to build more blood. If you have bleeding hemorrhoids, adding lima beans to your diet would be a good choice. *Sweet potatoes provide fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium and many other vitamins and minerals. This is a good body building food.

If after trying different hemorrhoid remedies listed here for up to two week and your hemorrhoids do not have shrunk or go away, you might consider seeing a doctor. You need to find out if your hemorrhoids exist because of a more serious medical condition.

See your doctor right away if you have a lot of anal bleeding, a lot of blood in your stools, heavy pain, or fecal incontinence.

Ginger, Garlic, and Onion

Add these three herbs - ginger, garlic, onions - to your diet. Each one of these helps to break down fibrin. As I mentioned before excess fibrin creates inflammation and blood congestion by trying to repair arteries and veins.

Iron foods

Here are the foods that contain iron to help you build up your blood or to keep iron in reserve, if you ever need it.

* Chicken liver, steamed crab
* Beef liver
* kelp
* Prunes
* Dried apricots
* Blackstrap molasses
* Spinach
* Sunflower seeds
* Pistachios
* Cashews, almonds, sesame seeds
* Baked potatoes
* Cooked Swiss chard
* Lima beans,
* Raisins
* Cooked broccoli
* Tuna


At every meal, use olive oil, flax seed oil, and apple cider vinegar in your salad. In your soups or other food dishes where it's appropriate, use olive and flax seed oil.

At the end of each meal take your capsule of fish oil. Fish oil is probably one of the most important oils to use daily. Read other articles I have written on fish oil..


Eat plenty of salads with raw vegetable. Vegetables and fruits that you heated destroy their natural enzymes and turn calcium into an inorganic form. You body can't process this inorganic form of calcium.

This excess inorganic calcium moves into body areas that are sluggish and precipitates in these areas causing inflammation and disease. One area that can migrate to is the rectum where it activates the formation of hemorrhoids.

So eat plenty of raw vegetable sprinkled with apple cider vinegar, flaxseed oil, and olive oil.

There you have it. Plenty of food remedies that can give you temporary relief, reduce bleeding, reduce swelling, eliminate itching, and cure your hemorrhoids.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Is Freeze Dried Acai Berry Powder Effective For Weight Loss? Does Acai Retain Its Health Benefits?


Acai Berry grows on palm trees found in flood planes, swamps in North America and South America. It is one of the best antioxidants known to man, amongst all naturally known antioxidants. Most studies have been focused on the frozen powdered form of this berry. To keep the nutrition intact, the powder is frozen below 20 degree Celsius without any heat.

This fruit has to be consumed within a day of its being picked and since it is not found in USA, the only available form is the powder form. The ripe fruit is dark purple and is almost same size as a blueberry. Since, it tastes like earthy chocolate and berry, consuming supplements and powder of this fruit is very easy.

It has highest amount of antioxidants amongst other fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants are very useful in prevention and treatment of cancer. Antioxidants found in it are effective in fully neutralizing free radicals found in human body.

Acai is rich in fatty acids like Omega 9 and Omega 16 acids also. These acids help in improving the metabolism of human body. They lower the cholesterol levels in body, thereby improving cardiovascular health.

Numerous users of freeze dry acai reported a moderation in hunger, this moderation enabled them to regulate diet and reduce weight. In fact, it also assisted them in reducing the tea and coffee consumption during the day. Mono saturated fats found in this powder help lower body weight to a significant level.

High concentration of anthocyanin in berries make it extremely valuable for slowing down the aging process in human beings. Acai berry powder is a great natural supplement which can help us reduce weight and remain healthy.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dehydrating Food - The Old Fashioned Way


Instead of spending money on an expensive dehydrator, the old fashioned way of dehydrating food is easy and effective. Granted, electric dehydrators cut down on the time it takes to thoroughly dry food, but the dollar savings should more than make up for that. Besides, after preparing the food and setting it out to dry, there is nothing for you to do. Go about your life, come back in a few days, and pack up the dried food.

Homemade Fruit Leather

When my children were young, fruit leather(fruit roll-up in today's vernacular) was the "sweet" of the day, with apricots being the first choice of fruit. Just wash, cut in half, toss the pit away, add sugar to taste (or not), and throw the fruit into a blender. Add a little lemon juice to keep the leather from going dark as it dries. Cover a cookie sheet with plastic wrap and pour on the pureed fruit.

If it reaches the edges of the cookie sheet, stop pouring or it will be too thick. Get another cookie sheet for the rest. Cover the cookie sheet with cheese cloth to keep the flies out, using wooden spring-type clothes pins (or other type of clasp) to hold it taut so it doesn't touch the fruit puree. Put it out in the sun. If the wind is blowing, the drying time will be shorter.

Drying Vegetables

Tomatoes (I know, they're really a fruit) - Slice very thin and season with anything that sounds good to you - experiment with various spices. Lay out in a single layer on cookie sheets covered with cheese cloth. They almost taste like a candy treat when dried!
Green beans can be strung by using a needle and strong thread. Tie a knot in one end and push the needle through the center of the beans, pushing the beans towards the knot. When you get 2 or 3 feet of beans on the string, hang the beans up by the end in a warm dry area, but out of direct sunlight. Let them hang until the beans are dry. Store in a paper or cloth bag until ready for use.
Peas can be laid in the sun to dry. After they are dry, wait for a windy day. Place them on a sheet and beat the hulls off with a stick. The wind will blow the chaff away and leave just the peas. Store the peas in a paper or cloth bag until use.
Corn - cut the corn off the cob and lay in the sun until dry.

Most fruits and vegetables can be dried without any special instructions if you just use common sense. That means good sanitation practices. Don't dry any produce that is badly bruised or has any rot. Keep the food clean and protect it from insects during the drying process. Window screens can be used to make a box allowing airflow but protecting the fruits and vegetables from flies, etc.

I heard of an interesting method using your car - providing you don't need to drive it anywhere. Place the drying racks across the backs of the seats and just leave the windows slightly cracked. With the car sitting in the sun, the intense heat speeds up the drying process and gives some protection against insects and dirt.

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables can be stored in zip-lock bags for about a year. For longer term storage, put into #10 cans or glass bottles with oxygen absorbers.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Monavie Product Review - 5 Functional Beverages - Healthy Acai Fruit Blend


In this Monavie Products Review, you will learn about the five functional beverages that have a blend of 19 body-beneficial fruits. All five products have a patented brand of acai, AcaVie as the main ingredient. It is the most potent form of acai available anywhere in the world. You will even find the AcaVie logo on all of the premier juice blends. With so many cheaper acai products showing up in the marketplace, the official logo guarantee you that you are getting the most superior acai products on the market anywhere in the world.

AcaVie is an antioxidant packed ingredient that combines Monavie's patented acai and jucara freeze-dried powder and puree with Enlivenox. Enlivenox is a proprietary acai compound boasting 10 times more polyphenols than traditional acai.

The Five Functional Beverages:

Monavie Essential - This is the first product from Monavie. It was originally called Original. It is now the product recommended for children and pregnant women and nursing mothers. It will provide nutrition and antioxidants no matter what your age. At this time it is the least expensive of the five nutritional functional beverages with 19 fruits.

Monavie Active - This is the second functional beverage from Monavie. It is identical to the Monavie Essential, with the exception of added plant-derived glucosamine and fatty acids to help your body make and maintain healthy joints. It is called " WD-40 for your joints."

Monavie Pulse - A heart healthy blend of 19 fruits, resveratrol, and plant sterols, which have been clinically shown to help lower cholesterol.

Monavie Kosher - A body-beneficial blend of 19 fruits, this is a kosher-certified product.

Monavie M(Mun) - A body-beneficial blend of 19 fruits and Wellmune, which has been clinically shown to strengthen your body's immune defenses. Designed to combats cellular oxidation while helping protect your body 365 days a year.

It is recommended that you drink 2 ounces of any of these healthy blends of fruit juices twice a day to get the antioxidant equivalent of 13 fruit servings per day.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Natural Cure for Diabetes


Food Therapy should be followed under the supervision from your doctor. Check your sugar level frequently so that sugar levels do not go beyond the recommended level

Foods to avoid

It is always advisable to avoid some foods if you are diabetic such as refined sugar, sweets, syrups, glucose, jam, molasses, fruit sugar, ice-cream, cakes, pastries, sweet biscuits, chocolates, soft drinks, condensed milk, cream and fried foods. Fats like butter, ghee and hydrogenated vegetable oil should also be avoided. White sugar and white flour should be reduced drastically. Avoid all processed foods, junk food, pastries, cookies, canned and preserved foods. They contain harmful preservatives and lot of salt. Avoid soft drinks since these have a lot of sugar. Try to avoid fried foods from your diet.
Smoking results in the using up of oxygen in the body. It will result in less of oxygen needed by the body to metabolize glucose. So smoking should be avoided.

Foods to be limited

Salt consumption should be reduced to a minimum. You will get enough salt form the vegetables and fruits you eat. Reduce animal foods especially red meats. Reduce poultry and egg. Reduce caffeine and alcohol. Do not drink tea and coffee more than 2 cups a day. Try to replace it with green tea or herbal teas like Parsley tea, Blueberry leaf, Tea made of tender walnut tree leaves, Water in which kidney bean pods have been cooked is good diabetes.

Do not consume alcohol in empty stomach. Alcohol on an empty stomach can cause low blood glucose or hypoglycemia.Foods that should be consumed in moderation are honey and other natural sugars like palm sugar, dates which can be used instead of white sugar. Remember these should be consumed in very little quantity only.Pasta, coconut, other nuts, unsweetened juices, eggs should be limited. You can replace it with whole grain, unpolished rice and Soya products. Try to eat whole grain bread instead of white flour. Fats like olive oil and peanut oil are more advisable that hydrogenated fats. Low fat food like skimmed milk and low fat home made cottage cheese can be taken in moderation. You can also substitute it with yoghurt. Sea food and fish also can be taken in moderation.

Foods to be taken

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
An alkaline diet with natural food is recommended. Wholegrain, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and dairy products form a good diet for the diabetic. Raw vegetables can be taken in high quantities. It has been found that cooked foods raise blood glucose higher than raw, unpeeled foods. Cooking destroys many of the enzymes and some vitamins and minerals.

Eat at least five fruits every day. Fruits like grape fruit, pomegranate juice, Indian blackberry, banana, granny smith apples, fig, cranberries, black berry, kiwi fruits, and citrus fruits are highly recommended. It can be taken as a snack. Cucumber, Lettuce, onion, garlic string beans cucumber radish, tomato, carrot, leaves; spinach turnip, cabbage and Jerusalem artichoke are good for diabetes. Colorful vegetables are good for the functioning of pancreas. Drink Fruit juices without sugar. Brewer's yeast and sprouted alfalfa and mung beans are good for the body. Unripe banana also can be cooked and eaten.

The most important of all is eating high fiber diet which lowers need for insulin. It releases energy into the body slowly. It has also been found that diabetes decreases and may even disappear in people eating a high fiber or whole food diet. High fiber diet has more chromium and chromium is very good for people with diabetes.
Eat lot of potassium rich foods like raw peanuts, tomato, bananas, melons, dried peas, potatoes, apple cider vinegar, skimmed milk powder, wheat but do not take potassium supplements.

Include soluble fiber in your meals like barley, oatmeal, almond meal, dried beans, kidney beans, cooked black beans, peas, cereals, chickpeas, Bengal gram which has low glycemic index, , Black gram, lentils and corn or garbanzo beans to helps considerably in reducing blood sugar levels. Soy products like tofu, tempeh, soymilk, soya powder, soy bean sprouts, nuggets etc are also very good in containing neurological complications in diabetes. You can make bread out of any of the whole grains. Get a lot of soluble fiber into your diet. When you eat lots of bread, cereal and starchy vegetables you will get enough of starches which is very helpful for diabetes. Insoluble fibers, found in bran (oat bran, wheat bran), whole grain breads, whole grains and nuts, act as intestinal scrubbers by cleaning out the lower gastrointestinal tract. Fiber cleans your intestinal tract by moving out the food so that it wouldn't stay there and putrefy. Butter milk and yoghurt diet are very beneficial.

Helpful herbs and vegetables

1. Bitter Gourd (Karela): Bitter gourd Momordica-charantia or bitter melon juice contains plant insulin and should be taken 2 ounce 2 times daily on an empty stomach. It is found to be very effective for diabetes.
It can be cooked as any vegetable and eaten.
The bitter melon powder can be made by drying. Take bitter gourd powder I teaspoon daily in empty stomach.

2. Taking half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day may help prevent the onset of diabetes. Even soaking a cinnamon sticks in your tea, could also benefit non-diabetics who have blood sugar problem but are unaware of it.

3. 30 gram fenugreek seeds can be soaked in a glass of water at night and after 12 hours take it and grind it into a paste with the soaked water and drink it on a empty stomach.
2 teaspoon if powdered seeds can be taken with water or milk.
You can add fenugreek into anything you cook.

4. Eating upto 3 grapefruits a day has also been helpful.

5. 1 tablespoon of amla (Emblica officinalis) after removing the seeds extract the juice and mix with a cup of bitter gourd juice and take daily for 2months in a empty stomach.

6. Gymnema Sylvestre a traditional ayurvedic herb the leaf of which is to be taken up to 4 grams per day.

7. Indian blackberry seeds or Jamun seed powder (scientific name of Jamun is Eugenia jambolana or Syzygium cumini L and) is very good for diabetes. Take 1/4th teaspoon with 1 teasoon honey for 50 days.

8. Eating freshly crushed raw garlic 3-4 grams a day lowers blood sugar. You can wash it down with a glass of water.

9. Neem seeds daily 2 times a pinch. Taking a gram of neem leaf daily helps in diabetes.

10. Bael (Aegle marmelos) : The leave of the bael tree when chewed are very useful in diabetes. Pulp of this fruit could be dried and taken in doses of 5 to 10 gms a day.

11. A pinch of pure turmeric powders mixed in amla juice (Indian goose berry) and eat daily in empty stomach.

12. Use of turmeric and gooseberry in equal quantities in powder form taken with warm water is very useful in this behalf. These activate the pancreatic cells and more insulin is produced.

13. Wild jeerakam cumin seeds black colored 60 gm in 1 liter and boil a reduce it ti 1/4th liter and take half divide it into two equal parts and drink one part in the morning and one in the evening 2 times daily.

14. Grind (Bacopa monnieri )Bhrahmi and add a teaspoon of it to milk and drink.

Vitamins that help

Supplements in natural forms are more conducive to the body.
Magnesium supplementation has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.
Vitamin C: 500 mg is recommended. Vitamin E: This vitamin is very valuable for diabetes. A daily dose of 200 i.u. of Vitamin E is recommended for a fortnight at a time.
Chromium: Whole grains, seeds, mushrooms, corn oil and brewer's yeast are relatively good sources of biologically valuable chromium.
Vitamin A:. Take A dose of 15,000i.u. on alternate days.
Vitamin B: Avoid large dosage of vitamin B because this vitamin interferes with the absorption of insulin by cells.

Things to do

Controlling your Weight is the best way to treat diabetes. Exercise improves the body's response to insulin. An exercise program should be started only with the advice of a doctor to avoid unnecessary complications. Walking, light games, jogging and swimming are also good.

Yoga can help a lot. To relieve stress do meditation once a day for 10 to 40 minutes. Yogic asanas like Siddhasana, Vajrasana, Talasana, Yastikasana,, like Yogamudra, Hastapadasana, Paschimottanasana, Chakrasana, Ustrasana, Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana and Viparitakarani, as halasana, shalabhasana, dhanurasana, Pratipaksabhavana and shavasana will also be beneficial.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Top 10 Low Sugar Fruits - Why Look For Healthy Fruits to Eat?


Fruits are always related to help lose weight naturally. Always people mentioned that reach your ideal weight by eating as much fruits as possible. But, does one know eating the wrong fruits might bring more harm than good? Like, excessive sugar in the body causes diabetes, dull looking skin and even a FATTER YOU!

So, go for fruits with lower sugar level.

1 - Apples

Can be found in red and green. Despite being low in sugar, apples also contain vitamin C and soluble fiber that eliminates toxins and aids cholesterol management.

2 - Apricot

A sweet scented fruits golden orange in color! Rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as iron, potassium and calcium.

3 - Berries

Such as strawberry blackberry and blueberry have low carbohydrates. Also, blackberry and blueberry contained antioxidants that could reduce risk of certain types of cancer.

4 - Guava

Have the shape of a lemon and tasted like combination of strawberry and pear. In addition to low calories, guava is also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and dietary fiber.

5 - Grapefruit

A citrus family fruits that is rich in Vitamin C! Contains antioxidants that could prevent cancerous cell and also building the immune system against cold and infection.

6 - Kiwi

An egg size fruit which is brown at the outside and green in the inside. Supplies great amount of Vitamin C and also a type of enzyme that helps in extracting nutrient of the food.

7 - Peaches

A seasonal fruit which is often the favorite ingredient in fruit salad or pie! Still, it can be found in can throughout the year! Peaches are rich in potassium and Vitamin C.

8 - Pears

Often found in green color and very sweet scented when it is ripe. Pears are like apples, have soluble fiber and also rich in Vitamin C.

9 - Plum

Contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Also, it enhances the body to absorb iron! Plum can be enjoyed fresh, dried and even baked in pastries.

10 - Papaya

Can be eaten raw as vegetable and ripe as fruits. Contains a type of enzymes which could enhance digestion.

Pick the correct fruits today for a healthier you!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Simple Truth About Fruit Causing Stomach Problems


There's a simple truth that you need to know when it comes to fruit causing stomach problems. Research has revealed many people claiming they can't eat fruit. That fruit "doesn't agree with them". In most cases, they are wrong.

What really is behind the mystery of fruit causing stomach problems, is so simple and is more of understanding how the human body works when it comes to digestion.

As you may know, fruits have a lot of benefits that range from providing much needed nutrients to getting rid of harmful pollutants and toxins in one's body. It is one of nature's gifts to man, "nature's candy" as some folks call it, and probably why most people have it for their dessert.

Fruit is a simple food that really doesn't take much effort to digest. Mostly consisting of water and natural sugars, when it is consumed, it passes right through the stomach and into the intestines where it's absorbed. There are a fair amount of exceptions to this rule such as avocados, bananas, and dried fruits, but in most cases, you can expect fruit to "smoothly slide" right through your digestive system.

Now this is perfectly fine for an empty stomach. Expect problems to occur though, when your stomach is full of other foods and is working hard to digest them and you suddenly toss an apple or orange on top of them.

... which brings us to fruit causing stomach problems.

What happens next is that the fruit wants to head as fast as possible to the intestines but is being blocked by all the other foods. It then gets stuck, sitting idly on top of the marinated chicken or roasted turkey you had for dinner and just like that, quickly starts to ferment and putrefy.

Wondering now where all those stomach aches, diarrhea, cramps, gas, bloating and all the other fruit causing stomach problems are coming from?

The bottom line is simple and should be well understood by all. You can have fruit. Just have it on an empty stomach. And by that I mean taking it either alone for breakfast, as a snack or as a first course of a properly combined meal. Also, ensure that you get at least 30 minutes for the fruit to safely pass through the stomach before you consume other foods.

Doing this, along with proper food combining habits, will avoid fruit causing stomach problems, as well as you benefiting from all the nutrients you've been missing out all this time.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Best Healthy Snacks for Traveling


We've all been in situations while we're traveling where we have to wait longer than anticipated and feel like we're starving. During times like those, we scope out our options in the airport or train station only to find that our healthy options are usually very limited (and generally overpriced as well). Then, you begin feeling desperate and the Cinnabon stand starts looking really good, even though you know you won't feel good about that snack later. This article will help you plan ahead, keep your energy levels balanced when you travel, and stay healthy even while on the go.

These convenient snacks can travel with you so you'll always have a healthy snack at your fingertips! When shopping for a healthy travel snack, look for foods that give you energy without a lot of sugar or caffeine. Snacks that are high in protein will keep you feeling full longer.

Healthy travel snacks that meet these criteria include:

Nuts - Just about any type of nuts are a good choice to keep your energy high (in moderation).

Trail mix - Trail mix generally includes a combination of nuts and dried fruits.

Travel-size peanut butter (Jif makes these in single-serve, disposable containers now)

Granola bars (just make sure they don't have too much sugar)

Energy bars - There are a lot of these on the market now, choose energy bars with low sugar and good flavor such as:

Larabars - a "raw" energy bar that tastes amazing, all fruit & nuts, no added sugar, and come in flavors like "cherry pie"

Clif bars - Try the "chocolate chip" flavor. It tastes like a cross between a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie!

Luna bars - "Nutz over chocolate" is one of the best flavors in this brand.

Another consideration is the convenience factor. You want snacks that are easy to carry with you and don't require refrigeration. Fruit is always a good snack, but can be difficult to transport and sometimes spoils easily.

A great alternative to fresh fruit is a "fruit leather." These are made of 100% fruit (no added sugar) and can even be made from organic fruits. Fruit leathers look like a fruit roll-up, but are much healthier for you. They come in many flavors including: mango, apricot, blackberry, strawberry, grape, apple, cherry, and more. You can find them in Trader Joe's, Henry's Marketplace, and some Whole Foods-like stores.

Healthy fruit snacks include:

Fresh fruit - Including apple, banana, grapes, etc. if you can keep them from getting bruised.

Fruit leathers

Dried fruit (such as unsweetened banana chips)

Pack a few of these healthy snacks in your travel bags and make sure that you're never left hungry and desperate in an airport or train station again!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Where to Buy Best Acai Berry Products and Avoid Inferior Ones


Many consumers who are searching for a good acai do not know where to buy acai berry. Acai berry is very popular these days. Since acai perishes extremely rapidly after being hand-picked, it is harder to preserve this little amazing fruit.

This little fruit offers the following benefits:

* Helps you lose weight
* Helps boost energy level
* Improves vision
* Fights cancer naturally
* Enhances restful sleep
* Improves sexual performance
* Enhances heart function

Acai berry comes mainly in two forms: A freeze dried powder and the extract powder. Which of these two is the best form to try? The extract form is the inferior since this method heats up the fruit to extremely high temperatures as well as adding a chemical. The freeze dried powder uses a method that helps keep most of the original nutrients in the fruit. So the freeze dried powder is the best acai fruit you can hope to find. But with so many acai berry products on the market, chances are that you may end up ordering an inferior acai fruit product.

Here are a few tips to avoid acai product scams:

Tip #1: Do not consider an acai product from a vendor that runs an amateurish-looking website.

Tip #2: If the asking price of the acai fruit product seems too high, do not purchase it. Instead, continue looking.

Tip #3: Make certain the product contains freeze dried acai powder.

Tip #4: Do not buy a product that is too cheap; remember: you get what you pay for.

Tip #5: Do not accept the "free acai trial offer". This is a trick that is used to obtain your credit card information.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

5 Ways to Eat Yourself Thin


Popular belief is that the more you eat the bigger you get or the fatter you get. However, you can actually eat yourself thin by eating frequent meals; about 6 meals a day in small portions. It will still depend on the types of food you eat, preferably low calorie and protein. Below are some foods that you can eat and lose weight as you go about your business.

o Snack On Fruits
o Eat Plant Protein
o Eat Meat Too
o Vegetables To Go
o Have Trail Mix On The Trail

Snack On Fruits
Instead of snacking on cookies and candy, have a bowl of fresh fruits on your counter top, apples, oranges, plums or whatever fruits you like. This way you can make a healthy choice whenever you are hungry. If you are on the go take one fruit with you and when you are hungry instead of driving into a KFC or using the vending machine to get a snicker bar, eat your fruit. Make this a habit and the pounds will start coming off.

Eat Plant Protein
Eat plants proteins as often as is agreeable with you. Beans in any form contain a lot of protein. Black beans, kidney beans are a good source of protein and fiber and will fill you up too. This will help you reduce the calories you take in as you will be full.

Eat Meat Too
Stock up on pre cooked strips of chicken, turkey, fish fillets and shrimp. You can easily grab them from the freezer, heat them up and mix with vegetables to create a quick balanced meal in no time.

Vegetables To Go
Most people like to eat salads but a big drawback for them is the thought of picking, cutting, skinning and generally preparing the vegetables to make a meal out of it. Salad is a great source for low calorie diet and there is a way to make it easier for you. When you go to the store, buy already cut or shredded veggies, such as carrots, bell peppers, mush rooms lettuce etc. They come in resalable plastic bags for easy storage, so all you have to do is grab what you want put them all in a bowl and mix with your favorite low calorie dressing and your meal is ready.

Have Trail Mix On The Trail
Trail mix is an excellent alternative to whatever you can get when you are on the go. Together with fruits, they are things you can have on you and when you are hungry, you can easily snack on them. You can buy bags of raisins, dried apricots, almonds and all sorts of nuts and make your own trail mix. There are also a wide variety of commercial mixes out there, but they might not contain the fruits and nut mix you like, so you might be better off making your own.

The whole idea is to eat frequent small meals and indulge in healthy low calorie high fiber snack in between. Drink plenty of water and try as much as possible to keep away from soda and other high calorie drinks.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Spicy Jambalaya



3½-pounds Chicken breasts, grilled & chopped

2-teaspoons Salt

2-teaspoons Cayenne pepper

½-teaspoon Black pepper

2-tablespoons Oil

1-pound Pork sausage, cut into ¼ size pieces

1-teaspoon Liquid smoke

2-cups Onion, chopped

1-cup Celery, chopped

1-cup Green bell pepper, chopped

1-tablespoon Garlic, minced

½-teaspoon Basil, dried

½-teaspoon Thyme, dried

1-cup Tomatoes, diced

3-cups Rice

3½-cups Water

2-cups Chicken broth


Grill the chicken over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until done, no pink in the thickest part. Heat oil in large heavy pot and cook sausage for about 2 minutes; add chicken, onion, celery, bell peppers, garlic and remaining spices. Cook stirring occasionally for about six minutes. Add the tomatoes, rice, water and chicken broth stirring well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let set for 15 minutes covered before serving. This ensures that the rice absorbs the necessary liquid.

Serves 8 to 12

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Three Easy Steps to Make Dried Fruit in Your Dehydrator


Fruity dehydration is easily the oldest method of preserving fruits. Prior to the advancement of modern technology, people used salt to preserve foods or they simply dried them in the sun. Today we have the aid of a food dehydrator to assist us in the drying of foods.

Fruit dehydration is rather a safe method, as it basically removed the moisture content from the fruit, so that mold and bacteria are not able to thrive on it.

Noted below are a few easy steps to making dried fruit in your dehydrator.

Step One:
All fruit should be washed, pitted and sliced prior to drying. Fruits should be sliced uniformly to ensure uniformity in the drying process. Once this is done, then fruit needs to be pre-treated to prevent darkening while being prepared for dehydration. Pre-treatments can be done either by blanching the fruits, or by dipping them in a solution of two tablespoon of ascorbic acid and one quart of water for five minutes. Pre-heat the dehydrator to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step Two:
After preparing and pre-treating your fruit, then it is time to put them in the dehydrator. Place fruit on trays in a single layer. A variety of fruits may be dried simultaneously, though it is highly recommended that strong-smelling fruits be dried separately. Ensure that the pieces of fruit do not overlap or even top at all, as this may cause some parts of the fruit to not dry completely.

Once the fruits have been placed within the dehydrator, the temperature may fall somewhat. Bring the temperature back up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. At the beginning of the process there is little danger of scorching the fruit, however, when the fruit is nearly dry this risk increases.

Step Three:
Inspect the fruit at half hour intervals. Rotation of the trays may be necessary to achieve uniform drying; the fruit may even need to be turned. Your manual should provide you with expected drying time, but expect the entire process to take anywhere between 8-12 hours. As you reach the end of the process, check fruits for dryness. This can be done by simply removing a slice, allowing it to cool and then feeling it with your fingers. Additionally, fruit could be cut in half and the outer edges checked for beads of moisture. If moisture is present, the fruit is not adequately dried.

Fruits which have been dried in a dehydrator need to be put through an additional process, prior to them being stored. They should be loosely packed in jars, and shaken daily for approximately seven days to ensure that the remaining moisture is evenly distributed between the dried pieces.

Adding a dehydrator to your arsenal of appliances in your kitchen can help you incorporate more 'good' nutrients within your diet.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cheesy Appetizers - Baked Brie Appetizer


So, Guests are coming and you want to bake some cheese. This is a good choice because most of your guests will like cheese. Serving baked Brie as an Appetizer is more about learning the simple technique than providing a standard recipe, although I will. If you learn how to simply bake brie, then you can take that skill, add to it a little love and imagination, and you could write a cookbook just on the variations of this modern classic.

Baking Brie involves:

Wrapping the Brie in a dough
Baking at about 350 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes, depending on the type of dough you use.
Cooling for about ten minutes
Serve with slices of toasted bread, slices of french bread or baguette,or crackers.

And you thought this would be tough. Now, on to variations.

The first variation and probably the most often served is BAKED BRIE WITH FRUIT AND NUTS. Here is how to make it.

First roll out your dough. Puff pastry is a good choice, as is a canned crescent roll product. You don't need to be too concerned with the shape of your dough at this point, only that it is large enough to completely cover the round of Brie that you will be baking in it.

Place your round of Brie, skin on, in the center of the pastry dough. You can now top the round with almost any fresh, frozen, canned,or jellied fruit. My mom loved apricot jam with the addition of a few dried apricots. I like raspberries so when available I use them fresh, or I use a raspberry whole berry jam. Be generous.

Now bring up the sides of your dough to cover your cheese and topping. You can fold the edges over and make a neat little package, but I like to gather the corners, pinching them together at the center, and letting the tails stick up. This will brown nicely if brushed with an egg wash and makes a delightful presentation if further garnished with a little of the fruit and some slivered almonds or other nut.

I like to use Filo dough because of the tender flaky crust it makes. Follow the same procedure except you must first prepare the crust. Be sure to keep the sheets of cough you aren't actually working with covered with a moist cloth when working. It will dry out within minutes. Lay out a sheet of Filo dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Brush it with melted butter. Lay another sheet on top and brush it with butter. Repeat this until you have built up several layers of dough. The more layers, the flakier it will be. When you have enough layers to suit you, you are ready to fill the dough with your brie and what-ever options you choose. Here are some more ideas for optional toppings. I have made all of these and they are all delicious.


Sprinkle every other sheet of Filo dough with about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and sugar mix. Cut the round of brie in 1/2, like you would a cake layer. Lay half on the prepared dough. Spoon a couple of teaspoons of apple pie filling over the cheese. Place the other half of the cheese on top and add more pie filling. Pull the dough up and gather around the wheel of cheeses. You want the corners to flair out at the top, sort of like a gift basket wrapper. Usually a gentle twist will hold it together, but you could always tie it loosely with kitchen twine, removing it just before serving. Bake at 350 degrees 15 - 20 minutes or until filo crust is golden brown. Cool ten minutes. sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mix over the top just before serving.

BRANDIED CHERRY BRIE - My mom's all time favorite. (Must be the brandy)

One hour before you are ready to bake your brie, place 1/2 cup of dried cherries in a small pot. Add 1 cup brandy. Heat slowly until the liquid just begins to boil. You do not want a hard boil, just a low simmering boil. Cook for 5 minutes then remove from heat and let cool. Drain, reserving the liquid.

Now prepare your dough. Crescent roll pastry is a good choice for this one as it is a little thicker and will hold more of the juices in. Layer your cheese with the drained cherries. Wrap as normal. Bake at 350 degrees until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. While it is cooking, return the liquid from the cherries to the pot, adding water to make 1/2 cup. Using a whisk, stir in 1/2 teaspoon corn starch. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Turn off the heat. Let cool slightly but it should be served warm. I put it in a small bowl on the platter with the brie and sliced baguette. Include a small spoon and your guests can dribble the warm, cherry gravy,over the brie.

You can use almost any dried fruit with this method, but you may want to change your liquor preferences.


You can also choose to serve your brie with a meat rather than fruit. Try wrapping the wheel with prosciutto.

You can also use slices of pepperoni, honey ham, salami, roast beef. Whichever meat you choose usually will be a nice mix. I use a little horseradish with the roast beef. I just spread the top of the cheese and then put the meat on. Try layering a couple of thin slices of smoked salmon a teaspoon of capers, and a few rings of raw onion for an unusual twist.

Hope you try some of these. They are sure to be the hit of your next gathering.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Best Fruit and Vegetables For Type 2 Diabetes


Fruits are an important staple of one's diet. Whether you have Diabetes 2 or not, fruits provide you with fiber, vitamins and minerals which are essential for a complete balanced diet. If you are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes you can still enjoy the benefits of fruits, except those fruits which contain high levels of carbohydrates and sugars and that can have an effect to increase your blood glucose level. While choosing a fruit, always opt for fresh fruit. If fresh fruits are not available try to find dried or frozen fruits with no additional sugar.

You must include fruits with a low Glycemic Index to control your Diabetes 2. The fruits with low Glycemic Index include Cherries, Prunes, Grapefruit, Dried Apricots, Raisins, Peach (canned juice), Apple, fresh Pear, Strawberries, Plum, Guava, Orange, Grapes, Papaya, Banana, Kiwi, Pineapple, Figs, and Mango.

Although watermelon has a high Glycaemic Index, the glycemic load per food serving (size of 120g) is low; so unless you consume lots in one go, it will not have a big effect on your blood glucose levels. So, a typical serving, because so much of it is water, contains very little carbohydrate and thus has a low glycemic load. However, since watermelon is high in sugar, you should still eat it in moderation.

You can consume these fruits either in raw or cooked form, or in the form of fruit juice, but with no added sugar! While buying fruits, try to buy small pieces. Try to avoid fruit juices. Instead opt for whole fruits since they contain more fiber and are more filling. If you must, when buying canned fruit juices, check the label for the following (which is the best): "unsweetened or extra-light," or "no sugar added." Stay away from fruits that are frozen or canned in heavy syrup.

Vegetables supply vitamins, minerals and fiber. The best vegetable choices can be found to have low amounts of carbohydrates! The vegetables recommended in a Type 2 Diabetes diet include Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Cabbage, Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Radish, Turnip, Mushrooms, Green Peas, Soybean sprouts, Carrots, Onions, Peppers (all varieties), Green Beans, Eggplant, Celery, Cucumber, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Chilies, and vegetable juice.

Consume cooked or uncooked vegetables prepared with little or no fat, and with little or no dressings (or sauces). Opt for fat-free or low-fat dressings on salads, as well as on uncooked vegetables. In your vegetables dish, you can also mix in some chopped garlic or onions. Make use of low-fat broths or water to steam the vegetables. Also, add in some lemon juice or a little vinegar to put on your vegetables. You can even put in some smoked turkey or a few pieces of lean ham with vegetables while cooking (for flavoring), instead of any other kind fats. Another good idea is to sprinkle your vegetables with spices, peppers, and many of the commonly available herbs. If you still want to add some quantity of fat, make use of soft margarines, olive oil, or canola oil in place of butter or fatty meats.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

List of Foods For Diabetics to Eat (Fruits) - What Are the Best 3 Super Foods?


What are the best 3 super foods or fruits for diabetics? The answer is rather simple. There are many fruits that diabetics can eat still there are some fruits with high sugar content that are not strongly recommended. The fruits that are strongly recommended as healthier for diabetics are frozen as well as fresh. The worst fruits in the list are those that either contain added sugar or are canned. Those fruits are generally sweet and delicious to taste that comes in the form as it is presented by nature. So it is strongly recommended that diabetics should stay away from those fruits that contain added sugar to preserve it.

Further the fruits that are in dried form are not healthier for diabetics, the prime reason for this is they have plenty of sugar in compressed form. Generally all fruits cannot be taken as whole or full. For instance a water melon or melon both are fresh fruits and the diabetics have to cut a portion out of it to have a fruit serving. However in case of dried fruits the size has been shrinked so they are easier to swallow or chew as whole. So at one time on can consume many portions of dried fruits; so it is recommended that diabetics must stay away from dried fruits as they have concentrated sugar and plenty of calories.

What Are The Best Super Foods Or Fruits For Diabetics

Diabetics must try to eat fruits that have low sugar content. There isn't any rule of thumb still those fruits are recommended that have glucose content of less than 50 %. The top in the list of foods for diabetics to eat are as follows.

Grape Fruits: Grape fruit is a delicious juicy fruit. It has a natural component that has the ability to lower down the level of blood glucose. It is recommended to consume juice of one grape fruit before or after having a full meal as this helps to secret insulin more effectively. It is said that the effect of juice of one grape fruit is equivalent to half an hour's brisk walk; however this requires more conclusive studies.

Apple: It is rightly termed to be the best fruit for diabetics. It proves the good old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The apple also contributes to lower down the level of blood glucose.

Oranges: Orange is another citrus fruit that is strongly recommended for controlling the level of blood glucose. However it is not good to have the juice of orange as in this case the sugar content in one glass is more compared to one whole fruit. Further the fiber content is also reduced.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

What Is a Super Fruit?


We're all trying to eat better these days, and for the most part it's not very hard to do. But what you'll find more often than not on food labels is the mention of something called a "super fruit." Just what is a super fruit? Does it have some special benefits beyond other fruits? Has it been proven to hold the key to healthiness? Read on and I'll let you know the skinny on super fruits.

The term is as loose as they come, though that doesn't necessarily mean it get added to foods that don't warrant its use. Commonly, "superfruit" is a commercial marketing term created to entice customers and convince them that the various products containing the mythical fruits are somehow better than products that don't have the ingredient.

More simply, super fruits fall into a set of criteria that all seems rather arbitrary such as perceived customer novelty, the proposed health benefits the fruits provide, the ability of the fruits to mask the flavors of other foods, the rapidness with which farmers can grow them, and how many products they can be innovated into.

So it sounds like it's just a big marketing scheme, right? Well, not quite. Fruits like blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranates have been a part of this list for quite some time, and scientists have been able to show that those are some of the healthiest foods in the world. However, other worthy candidates such as apples, oranges, and strawberries seem to get looked over by the food industry for this special labeling, for seemingly no reason.

All that means is that it's good news for you. A super fruit is only what you make it out to be, so even if you can't afford a pomegranate, a cheaply-priced apple is just as good. It all depends on what you choose to make from the fruit as their biggest selling point is how much variety can be squeezed, sometimes quite literally, out of one small food item. Apples can be baked into pies. Grapes can be converted into juice. Blueberries go great in pancakes. Strawberries can be freeze-dried and put into a trail mix. The versatility of these fruits are amazing!

So whether you want to believe the marketing jargon or not, super fruits do exist, just perhaps not exactly by the standards that companies are trying to tell you. The bottom line is that fruits are a cheap source of vitamins and minerals and they go great with anything, especially if you're just planning a small snack. They provide natural energy and long-lasting benefits, so why not grab one today?

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Great Nutritional Facts and Other Good Qualities and Functions of Fruits


Fruits follow the blooming of the healthy plants like trees, shrubs and vines. They carry the seeds from which new generation of fruit-bearing plants will grow in favorable conditions. One of the best ways to enjoy these nature's perfect gifts is - to eat them fresh and alone (without combining them with other foods or even eating them on top of other foods) since they are digested and utilized more rapidly than other foods. The only exemption seems to be citrus fruits, combined with nuts. Citrus' high level of acid assists the digestion of fats in nuts.

The most important positive qualities and roles of fruits are listed below:

fruits have a very valuable natural nutrient content (most of them are abundant in vitamins A and C, some Bs and E in seeds; they are also rich in minerals: calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese and some others) which may help to make our immune system stronger
fruits may have cooling and calming effect on the body and nervous system which helps reducing stress
organic fruits are natural and healthy
most fruits are juicy (high in water content, similar to that of the water content in human body); fresh and natural fruit juices are higher in vitamins and minerals than most other drinks available, they have cleansing effect and aid elimination
fruits are high in natural sugars (that makes them good substitute for highly caloric and nutrient-blank sweets which can become foundation for many health problems, so wide-spread in Western societies)
fruits are low in fat, calories and sodium
fruits are also known to be high in fiber
almost any fruit can be dried and preserved that way for a longer period of time
nature's perfect foods - fruits are in addition vibrant in colors, they taste sweet and sometimes even have crunchy texture

Fruits are at times also classified as:

sweet: dried fruits like apricots, bananas, figs, raisins, prunes etc.
subacid: juicy fresh fruits like apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, plums and others
acid: several berries, citrus fruits, pineapples and pomegranates. Their high level of acid aids the digestion of fats.

Every kind of fruit should be eaten when fully ripe in view of the fact that unripe fruits can be quite aggravating.

Take into account that on many, especially tropical fruits, different chemicals are used to keep the insects away for the duration of shipping or to speed up the ripening. Therefore, cleaning/washing (in particular) the store-bought fruits thoroughly (before eating them) is very important!

According to Dr. Elson M. Haas, "A diet of only fruit and vegetables for a week or two is a good way to realkalinize our body and blood, which aids detoxification and lowers blood fats."

Dried fruits lose most of their water content during the process of drying. At the same time, the sugar content becomes concentrated. Eating too much of dry fruit might cause constipation. Hence, the best way to enjoy dried fruits is to rehydrate them in some clean, fresh water.

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