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Pathway to Healthier, Longer Living: Check Your Caloric Load

Pathway to Healthier, Longer Living: Check Your Caloric Load

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Recent studies show that the amount of calories you consume may be a serious marker as per your future health and life. It may pay you to cut down on the numbers, experts say. In the near future those who did not strictly adhere to this will find themselves looking like fish out of water. A guy may be ‘toasting’ a lady who is almost two decades older than him and still thinking he is the older, and vice versa.  Julie Mattison is an expert on ageing, working with the National institute on Ageing (NIA) in the United States. In the future she foresees a time where chronological age would be markedly separated from biological age. Both will run at different timers, and old age or elderly will then mean a different thing from what you know of it. This might seem improbable but modern science
Why Eating Groundnut Is Good For You

Why Eating Groundnut Is Good For You

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
The botanical name is Arachishypogaea, groundnut belongs to the pea family. Although small in size, the plant is a variable annual herb, which grows up to 50 cm in height. Some say it is the cheapest nut available, groundnut is available in major cities and towns in Nigeria; they are either sold in the markets or hawked on the streets. We eat groundnut in many forms, boiled, fried, baked and many more. Groundnuts come in easy to crack shells and can only be consumed when the outer layer is removed. Groundnuts are a healthy snack; in fact, they are an important source of nutrition in underdeveloped countries. Some of the vast range of benefits includes: Helps to prevent Gallstones Consumption of peanuts can help prevent gallstones. According to studies, eating an ounce of peanuts
10 Amazing Reasons You Should Eat Mangoes

10 Amazing Reasons You Should Eat Mangoes

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
When you savour delicious and succulent mangoes every-time, do you think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite? Do you know that mangoes are highly nutritious? Mangiferaindica, commonly known as mango, is a species of flowering plant; it is grown in over 90 countries around the world. Mangoes are cultivated mostly for their edible fruit. It is a seasonal, tropical fruit which blooms during the rainy periods in Nigeria. Mangoes are highly nutritious and rich in minerals, fibre and vitamins; mangoes are used in a wide variety of juices, sauces, salads and desserts around the world. Mangoes are generally sweet, although the tastes and texture of the flesh varies - some having a soft, pulpy texture, while the flesh of others is firmer. There are many different kinds of mang...
How Drinking a Glass of Milk Daily Helps You to Stay Healthy

How Drinking a Glass of Milk Daily Helps You to Stay Healthy

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
June 1 each year is observed as World Milk Day. World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. Many parents never serve anything other than milk. Most people once grown-up decrease their intake of milk thinking they no longer need it but one is never too old to reap the benefits of milk. Some people shy away from it because they fear that it will add too much fat to their diet. Others leave it out because they believe that they no longer need it. Studies have revealed that a glass of milk is equivalent to a complete meal - encompassing all the necessary nutrients. According to the National Dairy Council, milk is filled with
Healthy Lunch Ideas When You Can’t Brush Your Teeth

Healthy Lunch Ideas When You Can’t Brush Your Teeth

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
It's not a bad idea to brush your teeth after lunch, but most people don't think about it, or aren't prepared with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Most dental professionals recommend two daily brushings, so you don't have to be too concerned that you aren't cleaning your teeth after lunch. However, some foods that are good for your teeth are great options to add to your lunch box. Healthy lunch ideas provide your body with the nutrients it needs, but also keep your teeth looking and feeling their best. Dairy Foods Foods in the dairy group contain calcium, one of the most vital nutrients for keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Add a slice of cheese to your sandwich, drink a glass of milk, or top a cup of yoghourt with fruit and dry cereal to increase your intake without much effort. C...
Dangerous Chemicals Detected in Macaroni and Cheese Powder

Dangerous Chemicals Detected in Macaroni and Cheese Powder

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study found high concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals known as phthalates in the macaroni and cheese powder. New Delhi: Are you one of those who love macaroni and cheese? If so, you might want to give a second thought. A new study found high concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals known as phthalates in the macaroni and cheese powder. The analysis done by the the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging - the group behind KleanUpKraft.org and a consortium of environmental health advocacy groups - revealed phthalate levels were more than four times higher in macaroni and cheese powder. It found evidence of the chemical in 29 of the 30 products tested. The analysis also showed that natural cheeses had the l
Fish Eaters Report Less Arthritis Pain

Fish Eaters Report Less Arthritis Pain

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
• Regular intake of vegetable protein protects against early menopause Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says. Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but less is known about the value of eating fish containing omega-3, the researchers said. “We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar kind of effect as the omega 3 fatty acid supplements,” said the study author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi, an associate physician of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, United States. The findings were reported June 21 in Arthritis Care & Research. Generally, the amou
10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Carrots

10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Carrots

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Whether you love to crunch on them, dice them into your salad or coleslaw, or make them into juice, carrots are a healthy source of Beta carotene, among other vital health uses. Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines. Scientifically classified as “Daucuscarota”, carrots are an edible root vegetable. Obviously in this part of the world (Nigeria), it is the time of year; one is likely to see carts full of bright orange carrots. The carrots are young, fresh and are kept hydrated throughout the day with sprays of water. It is typically orange in colour, but purple, white, yellow, and red carrots are out there - just not as common.The many medicin
Living Healthy Is a Choice You Make

Living Healthy Is a Choice You Make

Food And Nutrition, Men's Health, NEWS
There is no point overemphasising the importance of healthy behaviour or lifestyle. Even if you're not frequently seeing your physician, you should try your possible best to lead a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep - especially at night. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meat is very good for you, experts say. As you eat remember these foods – cauliflower, green leafy vegetables (ugu, ewedu, etc), pears, beans, lentils, walnuts, almonds and salmon, or other great tasting oily fish. These are great nourishing foods you should make part of your meals. Healthy snacks for you should include some walnuts, carrots and almond, etc. When the hunger pangs come suddenly, grab your fresh fruits mostly, instead of the us
Unripe Fruits Hazardous, Says Biochemist

Unripe Fruits Hazardous, Says Biochemist

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Dr Ochuko Erukainure, a nutritional biochemist, appealed to health bodies to enlighten the public on health hazard of consuming unripe fruits widely sold in Lagos markets. Erukainure told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the trend could lead to high concentration of anti-nutrients such as tannins, phytate and oxalic acids in consumers. He said that research had shown that anti-nutrients could prevent the human body from absorbing nutrients, especially micro-nutrients, leading to their poor utilisation by the human body. A check in many markets in Lagos showed large volumes of unripe farm produce like fruits and plantain displayed by traders for sale. These fruits, in spite of days of preservation to ripen, often decayed instead of ripening, thereby denying the con...
Walnuts, Olive Oil Could Prevent Food Poisoning

Walnuts, Olive Oil Could Prevent Food Poisoning

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Walnuts, olive oil and salmon could prevent potentially life-threatening food poisoning by ‘switching off’ genes for the listeria bacteria, according to new research. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in the aforementioned foods, reduce the bacteria’s ability to cause infection by ‘switching off’ its genes, the study found.Not killing the bacteria may be beneficial, as they only develop resistance when their growth is threatened, the researchers said. Study author Professor Birgitte Kallipolitis, from the University of Southern Denmark, said: “It’s interesting that naturally occurring, completely harmless and actually healthy fatty acids can be used to suppress dangerous bacteria such as listeria. “The long-term perspective is that it may prove possible to develop new treatment methods –
8 Healing Benefits Of Basil (Scent Leaf)

8 Healing Benefits Of Basil (Scent Leaf)

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
No doubt, Nigeria is blessed with health-giving medicinal and aromatic plants. Botanically known as Ocimumgratissimum, basil or scent leaf as Nigerians love to call it, is a tropical plant/ specie. Popularly known as efirin by the Yorubas, nchanwu in Ibo and daidoya in the northern part of Nigeria, the leaf which is highly nutritional is quite common in Nigeria. The common Basil has a distinctive smell and taste depending on the way of cultivation. But do you know that, apart from being filled with a lot of nutrients, ‘scent leaves’ have quite a number of medicinal benefits? Benefits Fever /malaria cure Basil contains an effective antipyretic substance to reduce fever and cure malaria. To get this benefit, you can brew basil as tea if you are a tea drinker. Drink it while still warm.
Sweet Potato Helps Blood Sugar- Expert

Sweet Potato Helps Blood Sugar- Expert

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, NEWS
An Abuja based nutritionist, Mrs Simisola Adebola, says the consumption of sweet potato helps improve blood sugar regulation especially in patients with type 2 diabetes. Adebola disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. According to her, the natural sugar in sweet potato is slowly released into the blood stream thereby helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy without spiking up the blood sugar. She added that the soluble fibre in sweet potatoes such as pectin may increase satiety, decrease food intakes and also reduce blood sugar spikes by slowing down the digestion of sugars and starches. Adebola also said that sweet potatoes are packed with several mineral and vitamins such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Fibre, potassium, mag...
6 Reasons why Walnuts are Good for You

6 Reasons why Walnuts are Good for You

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Walnuts are popularly eaten as snacks among many Nigerians. The delicious and crunchy walnut is known to be king in the dry fruit family. Botanically known as Plukenetiaconophora or Tetracarpidiumconophorum, the walnut is of the family of Euphorbiaceae. It is commonly known as asala or awusa in Yoruba; Ukpa in Igbo, Okwe in Delta, Arinsa in Benue and iringoro in hausa, the remarkable health benefits of the nut is unimaginable. Generally, people await the arrival of walnuts in the market this season. The pleasure of cracking a black shell either with your teeth, biting down or hitting lightly on a hard surface to reveal a creamy nut inside is refreshing, talk-less the cool crunch as you eat and the slight bitterness it leaves on your palate at the same time. Usually hawked on the streets ...
13 Incredible Health Benefits of Oranges

13 Incredible Health Benefits of Oranges

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Who does not love a delicious and juicy orange as a snack? One or two a day provides quick energy. One of the most prized and popular fruits, oranges are the largest citrus crop in the world. About 25 billion oranges are grown each year in America. In Nigeria, about 3.4 Million metric tonnes of citrus fruits (oranges inclusive) are produced annually. Some cannot start their day without a glass of orange juice. Certainly, they are not alone. Oranges in their many forms provide many health benefits. Below, we list the13 Health Benefits of Oranges: Oranges contain phytochemicals that protect against cancer. Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. 2. Orange juice can ...