Cashew is widely cultivated in tropical climatic regions. The cashew nut itself is used as a popular ingredient in savoury dishes worldwide. Known as “kwayoyi” in Hausa, “eso” in Yoruba, and mkpuru cashew in Ibo, the cashew nuts are loaded with powerful nutrients. Experts suggest that nuts generally are some of the healthiest snack options, and cashew nut is easily available and found in the local markets all year round. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, some of the highest antioxidant levels of all plant foods are found in nuts. Consumption of cashew and its nut can greatly help in weight management and prevention of gallstones. A study conducted on gallstone showed that nuts rich in vitamins and minerals such as cashew nuts, offer protective factors against this chr
Looking for a natural way to enhance your fertility, then a daily intake of African Walnuts leaves and nuts may be all you need to solve all these problems. Notably, experts in a new study suggest that African walnut leaves like its nuts also can significantly boost libido or erectile function. It helped boost sperm count and quality. Walnut is called Asala or Awusa in Yoruba; Ukpa in Ibo; and Okhue or Okwe in Edo. In fact, walnut leaf extract at the highest concentration showed a more pronounced effect than the standard drug in test animals under laboratory conditions. Researchers had set out to validate walnut leaf as one of the many medicinal plants used in folklore as male fertility enhancers as well as its possible mechanism. The study which involved Dr Seun Akomolafe at the Ekit...
To avoid any possible outbreak of salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning and typhoid fever, no fewer than 200 million eggs are being recalled in the United States (U.S.). Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., is voluntarily recalling the eggs due to possible contamination with the bacteria. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 22 illnesses have been reported so far. The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants. They were sold under the brand names Country Daybreak; Crystal Farms; Coburn Farms; Sunshine Farms; Glenview; Great Value; as well as at Walmart and Food Lion stores The ...
A vegetarian diet involves abstaining from eating meats, poultry and seafood. Many people adopt the vegetarian diet for different reasons. Some people do it out of an ethical feeling towards animals. For others, it’s all about the health benefits such as reducing their risk of heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers. While we typically think that a vegetarian diet totally excludes meat, seafood and poultry, many vegetarians have different compositions in their diets. Lacto-Vegetarian: A lacto-vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, poultry and eggs and all foods containing them. However, this diet includes dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghourt and butter. Ovo-Vegetarian: An ovo-vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but it includes eggs. Lacto-Ovo-Vegeta
Ginger is an age-old world renowned spice, and has been highly valued for its numerous health benefits. Zingiber officinale, as it’s originally known is incorrectly referred to as “ginger root”. The section of the plant that we use to spice up dishes, experts say, is in reality the stem or the rhizome; it is native to the Indo-Malaysian rain forests. In terms of cultivation, ginger thrives in lush, wet, tropical soils. The Asian cultures of mainly China, India and the Middle East have evolved many uses for ginger including incorporating it into sweets, and beverages such as tea and coffee. Ginger is well valued and cherished for its alluring fragrance as well as its essential oil which since ancient times have been extracted and used by perfumers. For over 2,000 years ginger has been used
Healthy eating has been the rave for the last two or three years. More and more people are becoming aware of the impact of unhealthy eating but complain that it is impossible to maintain this style of eating in Nigeria because its simply too expensive. Eating healthy on a budget can certainly seem impossible when organic and natural foods can seem scarce and more expensive. The good news is that eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank. You can actually eat healthy real food on a budget in Nigeria! I’ve been eating real organic food for years, and many of those years I was on a tight budget. When you have a tight budget, meal planning and grocery shopping has its challenges. When you have a tight budget and you’re dedicated to eating healthy, it’s even trickier. Along t
In Nigeria, terms like ‘rare’ and ‘medium rare’ are foreign as we often tend to cook our meat until it’s fully done — but you may want to reconsider that. A new study suggests that people who eat their meat well-done instead of rare might face a slightly increased risk of high blood pressure. The Harvard study found that grilling meat triggers the release of dangerous chemicals that inflame the arteries and increase hypertension risk by 17 percent. According to Gang Liu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, laboratory studies suggest that the chemicals can trigger inflammation within the body, which could contribute to high blood pressure and other health problems. High blood pressure may lead to stroke. “This is the first time that we’re seeing it on a large scale basis,
Dr Bartholomew Brai, a nutritionist at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, has advised against the consumption of exposed onion cut the previous day, to avoid food poisoning. Brai told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that such sliced onion if not properly stored when exposed could be highly poisonous as they could create toxic bacteria. According to him, the vegetable contains sugar which promote bacteria growth. “There are no perceived dangers if the sliced onion is stored properly; a cut or sliced onion is best stored inside a tight container in a refrigerator. “However, considering our environment and the perennial epileptic power supply, it is better to slice it when you want to make use of it. “This is to avoid bacterial contamination which may cause adverse
The pawpaw fruit is usually enjoyed ripe and orange and possess a lot of healthy benefits. Although, the green unripe pawpaw is usually not sweet to taste, it is still packed with an arsenal of essential vitamins and minerals. It is usually cooked before it is eaten and it has the following benefits. Immune System Boost The unripe pawpaw and its seeds contain a high concentration of Vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins boost the immune system and prevents infections, cold, catarrh and cough. Helps Digestion The unripe pawpaw is loaded with enzymes like papain and chymopapain which play an important role in stomach health and digestion. They also covert proteins into essential amino acids, help with cleansing of the colon and prevents constipation—with the help of the papain enzyme. B
Dieticians always advise that a healthy diet can also do your heart a whole lot of good. In a study, it was shown that up to 70 per cent of heart disease cases are preventable with the right food choices. You can definitely reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases by eating certain foods every day. Here are some good choices of fruits you will find heart-healthy. Berries: A study conducted by researchers at Harvard University found that women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had a lower risk of having a heart attack. Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, contain anthocyanin, which helps improve blood flow to the heart and guards against plaque build-up. Potatoes: There is no reason to shun potatoes....
Celebrities from Halle Berry to Kim Kardashian have sung the praises of the ketogenic diet, which is popularly called ‘Keto diet’. Keto diet is known for its ability to effect a quick weight loss, with some people even declaring that they have lost a considerable amount of weight in just 10 days. What exactly is a keto diet? How does it work? What are the benefits and side effects? These are the questions that experts seek to answer. What is a ketogenic diet? A ketogenic diet is an extremely low or no carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat a low or no carbohydrate diet which results in molecules called ketones building up in the bloodstreams. Low carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar levels to drop and the body begins to break down
Sweet and crunchy, carrots are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes. Carrots are basically root vegetables belonging to the Apeaceae or Umbelliferrous family. Whether you refer to carrots as a fruit or vegetable, there is no doubt that carrots are delicious. Besides their delicious flavour, carrots from documented evidences contain high amounts of health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer several health benefits and are particularly beneficial for organs like the eyes, skin, digestive system and teeth. China is Carrot production King of the World. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that world production of carrots for the calendar year 2013 was 37.2 million tonnes, with China contributing about 45%...
The liver is the largest and heaviest internal organ. It is called the powerhouse of the body because of its many functions needed for a healthy life. The liver processes anything you eat or drink for your body to use or eliminate it. The liver also stores vitamins and helps detoxify the body. It plays a crucial role in relieving indigestion, regulating blood sugar levels, and keeping you focused. For an organ that does so much for you, below are 10 healthy foods to give in return. Coffee Coffee increases antioxidant levels in the liver and reduces chances of inflammation. It also lowers the risk of developing liver disease, cancer, and fatty liver. According to a British Liver Trust report, drinking a moderate amount of coffee lowers the risk of cirrhosis, or permanent liver damag
Two medical researchers writing in one of The Lancet journals argue that because of its high sugar content, fruit juice could be just as bad for us as sugar-sweetened beverages like carbonated drinks and sodas. Naveed Sattar, professor of Metabolic Medicine, and Dr. Jason Gill, both of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, call for the UK government to change the current ‘five-a-day’ guideline to exclude a portion of fruit juice from the list of fruits and vegetable servings that count toward it. In their paper, published in the The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, they propose that including fruit juice as one of the five a day is “probably counter-productive,” because it leads people to consider fruit juice as a healthy food
Expert nutritionists say one way you can stay fit and healthy all year round is by maintaining healthy natural and informed dietary behaviour. Also, maintaining a regular relationship with your popular yellow oval citrus with juicy acidic flesh – Lemon (water) should be a habit you must choose not to ignore. According to renowned nutritionist and medical expert with the Osh State Medical University in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Guruprasad Reddy B V, Lemon water is able to stave off cancer if you make a habit of it. According to Guruprasad Reddy, drinking hot lemon water on a regular basis is capable of keeping you free of all forms of cancer, adding that you do not need to add sugar to it. You must have also heard of cold lemon water; but you should understand that for this purpose, hot lemon wa