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Amazing benefits of Corn

Amazing benefits of Corn

Food And Nutrition
Gabriel Ifinnwa It is that time of the year again and officially - the corn season in Nigeria! At this period which is the rainy season, the corn (maize) is its pilgrim. Popularly called the mouth organ, whether roasted or boiled, accompanied with pear (ube in Igbo) or coconut, whichever one prefers - this is a hearty meal for most Nigerians - Nutritional Value of Corn. Maize is one of the most popular cereals in the world and forms the staple food in many countries, including the United States and many African countries. It is one of the most widely consumed food grains. Being a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, yellow (or coloured) corn may promote eye health. It is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. It could be taken in-between meal
Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin

Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin

Food And Nutrition
The appearance of our skin and what becomes of it as we age is generally subject to various factors. Notable among these are the foods and drinks we take as well as our overall lifestyle. In the cause of these, certain behaviours expose us to skin hazards – such as undue exposure to sunlight, tobacco smoking or chewing, foods and beverages that may cause dehydration like the ones containing caffeine, and alcohol. Others that are likely to have negative impacts on the skin over time include diets packed with processed and sugary foods Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin. With age your skin becomes thinner, less elastic and even develops fine lines and wrinkles, but when you form the habit of eating ‘right’ you can actually enhance your looks right from the inside. And so, you need to go for ba
Saccharin – A Better Alternative to White Sugar

Saccharin – A Better Alternative to White Sugar

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life
I have always wondered why saccharine is prescribed against sugar when treating diabetes. When in the actual sense, saccharin is sweeter than sugar; well, Saccharin: Better Alternative to White Sugar! Saccharin is an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener with effectively no food energy which is about 200–700 times as sweet as sucrose or table sugar, but has a bitter or metallic aftertaste, especially at high concentrations. Saccharin is used in the production of various foods and pharmaceutical products including: candies, cookies, medicines Jams, chewing gum, drinks, tinned fruits and toothpaste. Saccharin is not as popular as it once was, thanks to the newer non-nutritive sweeteners that are in the market, many health agencies believe saccharin to be safe for use in the general populat
Eating pawpaw seeds Prevent diseases

Eating pawpaw seeds Prevent diseases

Food And Nutrition
While most people throw them away, pawpaw seeds are not only edible, small amounts of them in your diet can be surprisingly good for you, Eating pawpaw seeds Prevent diseases. Pawpaw or Carica papaya is a tropical fruit normally found around the world. It has a sweet, pleasant taste and beautiful colour. When in season, pawpaw is eaten regularly in Nigeria, plucked from the back garden or bought from the open markets. The ripe fruit is sliced and eaten as it is - often in-between meals or after meals. The papaya fruit contains a large amount of plant fibre and provides a good amount of vitamins A, C, B, calcium, iron and phosphorous. However, it is not only the delicious part of pawpaw that serves amazing purposes. Recent studies have shown that the seed is consumed due to its medicinal
Children Health:Improper Diet and Poor Health of Kids.

Children Health:Improper Diet and Poor Health of Kids.

Children's Health, Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
Proper Dieting for Children Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone, but children in particular need to receive all of the necessary nutrients for growth and development. All parents want to see their children grow up to be healthy and happy, but often a combination of fussy eating habits and exposure to junk food advertisements can make it seem like an impossible task. Improper diet in childhood impacts your child’s heart health just as it leads to stunted growth. According to a new study, children who eat high-calorie, low-nutrient food, and avoid eating healthy are at risk of having poor heart health. Seven key health factors and behaviours are used to determine whether a child’s cardiovascular health is ideal such as, not using tobacco products, maintaining
Stick with Nature: Plastic Packed Foods May be harmful

Stick with Nature: Plastic Packed Foods May be harmful

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Health Issues
Food and Nutrition: packed food has been a trend in this fast paced culture, Somehow civilisation seems to be posing a serious threat to healthy leaving. Yes, modernisation has made us cut down trees, made us ignore the integrated science we were taught in schools - that green life is the best life. Our mothers made tasty moi-moi wrapped in leaves but modernisation has made the now generation turn to nylon (less clumsy and easy to dispose) and plastic containers (such as used by eateries to serve salad - easy to clean). Besides, leaves are not easy to come by these days, and they are not easy to preserve either. But researches carried out in recent years have shown that heated or steamed nylon and plastic containers can be carcinogenic. According to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture
Healthy living: You need to be responsible:

Healthy living: You need to be responsible:

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health Issues
Living Healthy: Health is the general condition of body and mind; it is a healthy state of wellbeing that is free from disease. But have no doubts about it, healthy living is a long-term commitment; it is not a chance thing, and that means you have a major role to play in how your health turns out. Mrs. Pauline Bamidele Aribisala - a board certified nurse, is the Principal of the Lagos State School of Nursing; she strongly believes that “health is not a gift.” Yet healthy living is actually within the reach of everyone if only they know what to do, and it has always been so from time immemorial. Preventive measures for accessing and maintaining good health Aribisala says, will normally involve each of us being self responsible. Thus we ought to get the requisite knowledge for this t
Peanut (Groundnut) Butter + Banana Smoothie

Peanut (Groundnut) Butter + Banana Smoothie

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Latest Health News
 Healthy Smoothies Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend frozen bananas, peanut butter, soy milk, Greek yoghourt, honey, and a few ice cubes. If this is a morning snack, keep it in a tight-sealing container and throw it in a gym or work bag. For an afternoon boost, prep it the night before and freeze. Remove in the morning, and it will be thawed and ready to enjoy after lunch. Tip: Add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.  This is also a great way to use up those bananas that have gone a little dark. Just peel them and throw them into a food storage container and place them in the freezer. They'll be ready next time you want this good-for-you frozen treat. The ripe bananas have plenty of natural sweetness, and the p
Healthy Lifestyle: Exclusive Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle: Exclusive Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Health Issues, Latest Health News, NEWS
 healthy Lifestyle, a big priority: A healthy lifestyle can help you thrive throughout your life. Making healthy choices isn't always easy, however. It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. However, your efforts will pay off in many ways, and for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle is a big priority. Guide to living a Healthy Lifestyle: Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy. Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that's low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar
NAFDAC and the War on Counterfeit Drugs

NAFDAC and the War on Counterfeit Drugs

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The Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs: Nafdac The immediate past director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii had prior to his exit from office been widely quoted as advocating for the enactment of new legislation to enable the agency cope with the present realities on the dynamics of war on counterfeit medicines among other challenges confronting it. The former NAFDAC helmsman had hinged his call for a revision of the laws on the noticeable defects in the existing ones to enhance efforts of the agency to rid the country of unscrupulous elements. We support Orhii’s advocacy because it borders on strengthening the operations of an important agency of government whose activities have direct consequence on the lives of the greatest majori
Watch what You Eat – Cardiologist to Nigerians

Watch what You Eat – Cardiologist to Nigerians

Amazing Health Discoveries, Food And Nutrition, Health Issues, NEWS
Cardiologist caution Nigerians About what they consume:  Cardiologist caution Nigerians About what they consume, Dr. Sabu George is a Nigerian heart expert based in the United States of America; recently he alerted Nigerians on the inherent dangers in the over-indulgence in some popular foods and drinks as consumed by Nigerians. George cautioned that these foods regularly consumed in the country are capable of leading to cardiovascular-related diseases. Eating Healthy Meals: He noted that staples like bread, pounded yam, noodles, cassava as well as soft drinks can endanger your blood pressure and the health of your heart if care is not taken. During a three-day free health screening programme – ‘Medical Mission’, put together by the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCD
why healthy breakfast is so important: Claire St John M.P.H., R.D.N.

why healthy breakfast is so important: Claire St John M.P.H., R.D.N.

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                          NEW INSIGHTS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY BREAKFAST: Eating breakfast isn't just for kids. Although you've probably stopped growing, your body is constantly renewing itself, replenishing your skin, hair and nails, replacing old tissues with new, breaking down and rebuilding bone and generally keeping your body in the best shape possible. Breakfast is a critical meal because it influences practically every dimension of our being during the course of the day, including how we perform physically and mentally. Breakfast immediately raises the body’s energy level and restores the blood glucose level to normal after an overnight fast.  READ MORE Breakfast-skipping is linked with being overweight: Although a direct effect of skipping breakfast on weight has ye
Scientist Discover 930 Genes Linked to Compulsive Alcohol Intake

Scientist Discover 930 Genes Linked to Compulsive Alcohol Intake

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study claims that alcoholism may ..nbe genetic. Scientists have discovered 930 genes that drive the brain to compul-sively crave drinks. They reached this conclusion after decades of breeding alcohol-dependent rats, who drank profusely. Comparing the genomes Of these rats to sober rats, the team at Purdue University found stark differences. According to lead author, Dr. William Muir, suggests their bodies were biologically pro-grammed to crave alcohol. "This research highlights that alcoholism in rats has a strong genetic component and is influenced by many hundreds of genes, each with small effects," Muir said. "There is no single gene responsible for alcoholism. "However, critical regulatory pathways involving several of the genes discovered were found, suggesting t...
The Black Velvet Tamarind and its Many Nutrional Benefits

The Black Velvet Tamarind and its Many Nutrional Benefits

Food And Nutrition
Dialiumindum, the tamarind-plum, is a tall, tropical, fruit-bearing tree. It belongs to the Leguminosae family, and has small, typically grape-sized edible fruits with brown hard inedible shells; this is the tree from which the velvet tamarind fruit is gotten. The flavour of the fruit is similar to tamarind, where it derives its English name. Usually, the black velvet tamarind has a Sweet-Sour taste, and when compared to tamarind itself, it tends to be sweeter, dryer, powder like and possesses inedible shells that are quite thick in texture. Known in Western Nigeria (Yoruba land as Awin), Eastern Nigeria (Igbo land) as Icheku or Nkwa, and Northern Nigeria (Hausa land) as Tsamiyar or Tsamiyarkurm; the velvet tamarind is definitely one fruit that is packed with natural goodness and nutritio...
‘Rich’ Diet, Balanced Diet

‘Rich’ Diet, Balanced Diet

Food And Nutrition
Perhaps the time has come when we will need to re-define the term ‘nutritious diet’. The word nutritious has come to mean so many things to so many people, and almost everybody seems to define the term only according to their own whims. What about an ‘exceptionally nutritious meal’? In popular expression we would refer to exceptionally nutritious foods as very rich or sumptuous foods. But, what exactly does this mean? Most times we know that people will refer to nutritious meal as rich meal; rich meal most of the times will also be implied to mean protein rich foods. But what we should be looking out for, even from the knowledge of basic nutritional science is – balanced diet. And even at that, most Nigerians are wont to just look out for what we term rich foods instead of going for plain