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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 ...
10 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food

10 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Creating an environment where your kids can make healthy nutritional choices is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health of your child. By fostering a supportive environment, you and your family can develop a positive relationship with healthy food. You can lead them by your example. Here are 10 tips for getting children to eat healthy food and form wise nutritional habits: ·        Avoid placing restrictions on food Restricting food increases the risk your child may develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia later in life. It can also have a negative effect on growth and development. Instead of banning foods, talk about all the healthy, nutritional options there are; encouraging your family to choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and
Eat Hot Peppers for a Longer life?

Eat Hot Peppers for a Longer life?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chilli peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke -- in a large prospective study. Going back for centuries, peppers and spices have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but only one other study conducted in China and published in 2015 has previously examined chilli pepper consumption and its association with mortality. This new study corroborates the earlier study's findings. Using National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) III data collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for up to 23 years...
Fibroids – Natural Remedies, and the Healing Powers of Ginger

Fibroids – Natural Remedies, and the Healing Powers of Ginger

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Fibroids are a form of (abnormal) growth in the womb; they are benign tumours containing fibrous tissue and especially located in the uterus of the woman. And so fibroids are non-cancerous growths or tumours that sometimes also form outside the uterus, and usually during menstruation. Sometimes they can be painful and causing heavy bleeding during the woman’s monthly period, but not usually life threatening according to experts. Many at times women with fibroids who want to get rid of the problem resort to surgery, but scientific research has shown over time that invariably after spending so much money and going through the painful experience, fibroids usually make a comeback after a while. But modern research has also come with a big relief for this category of women in that nutrition an
Eating Fishes with High Mercury Content Dangerous

Eating Fishes with High Mercury Content Dangerous

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, on Friday warned the public against consumption of fishes with high mercury content, saying it can cause neurological damage to the body. Adeolu, who works with the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to him, consuming fish with high mercury content puts the individual at risk of having mercury toxicity, which causes some form of neurological damage. The doctor said that Shark, Angler Fish, Tuna and the Whale were fishes with very high mercury content. “Fishes low in mercury content are Tilapia, Sardine, Catfish, Croaker Fish, Salmon and Shrimps, saying that they were relatively safe for consumption,’’ he said. The expert described mercury as
New Urine Test Reveals the Quality of your Diet

New Urine Test Reveals the Quality of your Diet

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Most people would eat just what they are used to or whatever just pleases them. But unknown to many, it is not what satisfies your tongue that matters but the quality or health of your diet. According to a study done recently, a new urine test is able to specifically state the situation with your diet. The test is able to identify and measure the levels of some biological markers that result when foods such as meat, fruit and vegetables are broken down by your system after you have eaten them. These markers can more independently show whether a person eats a healthy diet, for example, one that is loaded with fruits and vegetables, according to lead study author - Isabel Garcia-Perez, a research associate in the Imperial College London Department of Medicine. The research states that the ...
How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Ageing

How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Ageing

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
To the age-old question “Is coffee bad for you? Researchers are in more agreement than ever that the answer is a resounding “no.” A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that older people with low levels of inflammation which drives many, if not most, major diseases had something surprising in common: they were all caffeine drinkers. “The more caffeine people consumed, the more protected they were against a chronic state of inflammation,” says study author David Furman, consulting associate professor at the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University. “There was no boundary, apparently.” In the study, Furman and his colleagues analysed blood samples from 100 young and old people. The older people tended to have more activity in several
Red Meat, so Appetising Yet so Much Bad News

Red Meat, so Appetising Yet so Much Bad News

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Be truthful to yourself, when last did you pass by a barbecue stand, or perceived the aroma of frying bacon without hesitating a while? It is most of the time just irresistible. Just like the aroma, so is the delicate allure of red meat. Let’s face it (red) meat is so delicious to the taste. But the bad news or so it seems, continues to filter all through about the negative impacts of indulging in red meat delicacies. Just how real is this red meat palaver anyway?  And so, another (recent) research finding published in the journal Gut, associates the consumption of red meat to a heightened risk of developing diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of a diverticulum in the digestive tract (especially the colon); it is characterised by painful abdominal cramping and fever and con