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Health Benefits of Eating Kiwi Fruit Daily!

16/04/2013 8 comments

kiwi164The kiwi is a small fruit that packs a wallop of nutrition. It contains more vitamin C than an orange. The national fruit of China, where it has been called a macaque peach, vine pear, or hairy bush fruit, among other names, it was introduced to New Zealand at the turn of the last century. The kiwi was called the Chinese gooseberry before its name was changed to kiwifruit upon its move to the USA in the 1960s. Currently, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Japan and the United States are the world’s top producers of kiwis.  Read more…

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Making the Food Pyramid Work for You!

04/03/2013 6 comments

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To make it a little easier to see what you should be including in your diet to make it healthy, nutrition experts have come up with the concept of the food pyramid. The idea is to eat more foods from the shelves which are larger and less from those which are smaller.

Scroll over the food pyramid to see how many servings you should be eating a day from the various groups.

  • Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy foods
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein  Read more…

The Mega Benefits of Omega-3’s

02/03/2013 Leave a comment

By Liza Barnes, Health Educator

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These Healthy Fats Belong in Everyone’s Diet

In a college nutrition class I took back in the 90’s, I overheard a classmate boasting to a small group about how she only ate fat-free food. Most of America was still in the clutches of the fat-free craze, and my classmate’s views weren’t at all uncommon. Dietary fat was being blamed for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and many other impairments of health. But instinctively, I thought that banning fat was a bad idea—I just didn’t have the facts to back up my theory. Now, a decade later, research is proving my hunch—that some types of fat can actually prevent disease and improve health. The key lies in a general understanding of fats, and in knowing which fats to emphasize in your diet.

The Fat Family Tree
The family of fat is very complex, so to make it less confusing, picture it as a family tree. At the top, there are two different families of fat—saturated fat and unsaturated fat. Saturated fat (butter is one example) is packed with hydrogen atoms, making it solid at room temperature. Unsaturated fat (like olive oil) contains fewer hydrogen atoms, so it is   Read more…

10 Best Foods To Make You Happier & Keep You Healthy!

24/02/2013 22 comments

by Gregory Arden

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We’ve all had a rotten mood. For many people, eating food (such as junk food) can make their health worse; which only worsens their mood.

But what if there was food that was healthy, and could also act as a natural anti-depressant? There are foods that meet those qualifications! Here are the 10 best foods, that will make you happy, and keep you healthy:

1. Coconuts

Despite the fact that coconuts are most commonly found in unhealthy desserts, coconuts do contain medium-chain triglycerides. Medium-chain triglycerides are special fats that fuel better moods and promote general brain-health. Note: Coconut milk, on the other hand, is actually pretty unhealthy. Stick with unsweetened coconut shavings.

2. Eggs

Eggs contain moderate-to-large amounts of Zinc, Vitamin B, Iodine, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and protein. Not only can eggs keep you energized, they can also keep you full (stomach-wise) for longer! A 2008 study in the “International Journal of Obesity” found that people who had eggs for breakfast lost considerably more weight, compared to those who ate bagels for breakfast. Read more…

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