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The Benefits of Dietary Fibre, and the Diabetic     

The Benefits of Dietary Fibre, and the Diabetic     

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
By Morgan Nwanguma More than ever before the need for us to understand the importance of dietary fibre in our food has become very critical. Food health scientists say this is because of the high prevalence of diabetes among our population coupled with the fact that so many have grown with the misconceptions or myth built about carbohydrate foods regarding the life of the diabetic. Even for decades it was erroneously advocated by the American Diabetes Association that high carbohydrate foods should be eliminated from the diet of the diabetes patient. But from scientific research studies, food nutritionists everywhere have discovered that the problem has never been with the issue of the consumption of carbohydrates or even sweet foods per se. Rather, the problem has to do with the issue o...
Benefits of Eating Carrots

Benefits of Eating Carrots

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
It comes in diverse kinds of shapes, colours and sizes. In this part of the world, we are dazzled with the slender, tall, orange colour kind of carrot. it has a crisp texture when fresh. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot. Carrots are widely used in many cuisines, especially in the preparation of salads, and carrot salads are a tradition in many regional cuisines. Benefits of Carrots Improves vision Western culture’s understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin
The Many Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

The Many Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
A lot has been said about tea in general, and we have come to know the many health benefits as well as some of the misgivings relating to the fact that tea, especially (black) tea has some caffeine in it even as it has been established to be a health promoter. But according to nutritional health experts there is a type of tea that is not so popular like the black tea variety which is popular amongst many even in Nigeria, yet highly enjoyed all over the world. This variety is enjoyed for some very unique healthful reasons; and that is green tea. Green tea, which is native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally and its charm is spreading, and Nigerians have to embrace it too. One of the basic and most important aspects of tea in gener...
Cleopatra's Beauty Secret – Jute Leaf (Ewedu)

Cleopatra's Beauty Secret – Jute Leaf (Ewedu)

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Radiance/Beauty
The Amazing Beauty Secrets of Jute Leaf (Ewedu) Recently, jute leaf (ewedu) has been raved about for a lot of things – as a stellar component in healthy eating, as Cleopatra’s beauty secret, as a potent anti-wrinkle and as a super food which is being incorporated into health products. In Japan, dried jute leaves are even made into pills which women take as beauty supplements. In African and Middle Eastern countries where healthy eating is the norm, jute leaves are the main ingredients in mucilaginous and very slimy potherb called molokhiya. Jute leaves, also known as Saluyot leaves in the western part of Nigeria, are used in the preparation of ewedu soup. Once ground, it’s got a slimy consistency just like okra. It’s a good source of fibre, low in calories but high in vitamins. In herba
Consuming Unhygienic Street Food Can Also Be A Major Cause Of Food Poisoning

Consuming Unhygienic Street Food Can Also Be A Major Cause Of Food Poisoning

Food And Nutrition
Unsafe Food Kills 2 Million People Worldwide Every Year, Says WHO. UNDERSTANDING FOOD POISONING. What began as just another day for 30-year-old Sunny Kothari, Friday soon tuned into a nightmare for him when he was admitted to a hospital for food poisoning. He had eaten at restaurants for three consecutive days and thinks he could have picked up the infection from one of the meals. “I finished my usual morning chores and was getting ready for work, when I developed severe stomach upset,” said Kothari. The Grant Road resident was eventually hospitalised with ‘bloody diarrhoea’. Apart from a runny stomach, Kothari also developed abdominal pain, started passing blood in his stools and ran high fever. According to doctors, this was a classic case of food poisoning. “Test reports showed he had r
The Silent Disease That Affects Millions Of Women

The Silent Disease That Affects Millions Of Women

Food And Nutrition, Women's health
Endometriosis Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women around the globe, many of whom remain undiagnosed with this painful condition. Some of these women who have struggled with endometriosis include celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Tia Mowry, Hilary Clinton {The 67th United States Secretary of State} , Kirsten Storms, Dolly Parton, etc.  Major steps have been taken in recent years to bring awareness to women suffering from Endometriosis. Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometriosis is most commonly found on other organs of the pelvis. The exact cause of endometriosis has not been identified. Endometriosis is more common in women who are experiencing
Before you put that gum in your mouth, Read this…

Before you put that gum in your mouth, Read this…

Amazing Health Discoveries, Dental Health, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life
6 Gross Side Effects of Chewing Gum Before you reach for another stick of gum, consider these rather disturbing side effects that gum chewing can cause. Chewing Gum May Increase Your Junk-Food Intake Many people chew on a stick of gum to reduce food cravings and, theoretically, help them avoid eating unhealthy foods. However, while research shows that chewing gum reduces your motivation to eat, your hunger and how much you end up eating, gum chewers’ meals end up being less nutritious than those eaten by non-gum-chewers. For instance, people who chewed gum were less likely to eat fruit and instead were more motivated to eat junk food like potato chips and candy. This is likely because the minty flavor in the gum makes fruits and vegetables taste bitter. It May Trigger TMJ (Temporoma
Is chocolate really harmful to the teeth?

Is chocolate really harmful to the teeth?

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Men's Health, Women's health
Is Chocolate Good or Bad For Your Teeth? There’s some good amount of controversy out there whether chocolate is bad for your teeth or not. Or, in fact, whether it is actually good. Study indicates that dark chocolate has a good amount of antioxidants that inhibit the proliferation of a certain bacteria that causes tooth decay. This bacterium produces acids that affect the enamel in our teeth. The antioxidants in chocolate counter the effects of this acid production. On the other hand, there is the question and concern about chocolate’s sugar levels. But there is one more ingredient in chocolate that also needs to be mentioned, which is cocoa butter. Before we discuss sugar, let’s see what our sources say about cocoa butter. What we’ve been able to research is that cocoa butter has a c
Dealing with asthma, Doctors speak!!!

Dealing with asthma, Doctors speak!!!

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health Issues
Asthma: How Lifestyle, Environment Trigger Attacks Certain foods, allergens, dust and other irritants are the biggest triggers of asthma attacks according to health experts. These triggers lead to breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness and night time or early morning coughing which are the main signs of asthma, a disease that affects the lungs. In asthma, the airways, which are tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs, are inflamed. The inflammation makes the airways to narrow, causing less air to flow into the lungs, triggering asthma symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and others. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. The disease affects about 300 million people worldwide, causing an estimated 250,000 deaths annually. In th...
How herbs can be used to relieve stress effects

How herbs can be used to relieve stress effects

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Men's Health, Mental Health, Women's health
How Herbs Can Be Used to Stem the Effects of Stress           by Morgan Nwanguma Some group of herbs have been known to handle stress by elevating the body’s ability to cope with the day to day bombardments thereby making it possible for it to adapt to these pressures so that untold destruction is not wreaked on the body’s immune system. This group of herbs are known as adaptogens; they are nature’s miracle anti-stress and fatigue fighters. These herbs practically take care of your stress levels by fortifying your body and equipping it to deal with the impact of stressors. Experts say that stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; stress also comes along with it a breakdown of your immune system and so you really need to fortify your immunity. According to Don Colber
HOW OBESITY AFFECTS CHILDREN

HOW OBESITY AFFECTS CHILDREN

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Health Issues
Children and Obesity There are a lot of worries that go along with having kids, something you learn quickly the first time you see your child careening down a steep hill on a skateboard with no helmet. As your life (and theirs) passes before your eyes, you may not have the wherewithal to be grateful your child is active (if reckless). However, more and more, obesity is becoming the most unsafe thing we can do to our children. So, we’re fat, our kids are fat and we’ve got a big problem on our hands because obese kids usually become obese adults. These numbers may sound scary, but there is something you can do if you have a child who is overweight or obese. First, you need to educate yourself a little on the dangers of obesity for your child. Some of those dangers include: Low self-este
THE WONDERS OF BITTER LEAF

THE WONDERS OF BITTER LEAF

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty
The ‘Wonder’ Bitter Leaf Bitter leaf (Vernoniaamygdalina) is a very homely plant which flourishes wherever it grows. It is also known as Onugbu, among the Igbo, Shiwaka in Hausa, & Ewuro among the Yoruba, all in Nigeria. Although this plant has been around for hundreds of years, only a few people know of its medicinal and healing properties. Bitter leaf (Vernoniaamygdalina) as the name implies, is actually a bitter plant whose leaves, extracts, stems and barks are used for culinary, medicinal and curative purposes. Vitamins in Bitter leaf includes; Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vit.B1 and Vit.B2. Some of the health benefits of Bitter leaf (Vernoniaamygdalina) It speeds up metabolism and therefore is great for weight loss. Bitter leaf juice relieves fever and fever
WHY ALL THE FISHINESS?

WHY ALL THE FISHINESS?

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life
Food and Nutrition   Why Should I Eat Fish?   Fish is among the healthiest foods you can eat. It's filled with good fats and protein, and has been shown to fight heart disease, boost brain health, and more.   Advantages of eating fishy foods Regular consumption of fish can reduce the risk of various diseases and disorders. Selected research findings indicate the following: Asthma - children who eat fish may be less likely to develop asthma. Brain and eyes - fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids can contribute to the health of brain tissue and the retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye). Cancer - the omega 3 fatty acids in fish may reduce the risk of many types of cancers by 30 to 50 per cent, especially of the oral cavity, oesophagus, colon, breast, ovar