Fun Nutrition by Pink Fire
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Health and well being, as well as weight loss can and should be fun. Here you will find easy to follow tips, easy to eat foods and eye opening facts about health foods like chocolate, honey, butter and carbohydrates.
Raw cacao contains fibre which can assist with weight control by blocking some fat absorption from the gut. Fibre also helps produce satiety, which gives us a feeling of fullness and satisfies the appetite, hence we eat less.
Cocoa consists of more than 300 beneficial compounds, like vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, providing our bodies with important nutrients that enhance and give energy!
Eat butter rather than refined polyunsaturated vegetable oils and margarine - mice who eat those get cancer or their cancers grow. Butter contains Vitamin D which helps decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, prevents obesity, skin cancer and diabetes.
Chocolate seems to protect our skin from the signs of ageing caused by the exposure to damaging UV rays in intense sunlight. Scientists from University London, published in the September 2009 issue Journal of Cosmetic, have found that by eating chocolate with a high level of polyphenols our skin is significantly more protected from sun damage. 20g a day for three months was enough to be able to more than double the amount of time of sun exposure before reddening.
Pure cocoa and dark chocolate have a high concentration of catechinins and procyandinins, bioactive compounds that may have beneficial health effects against chronic inflammation, risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases, including improving sensitivity to insulin in subjects who are pre-diabetic and with high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that food and drinks high in cocoa polyphenols improved the blood flow to the brain. Chocolate can help protect against stroke and the onset of dementia. Testing over 4000 women in France over a decade long, it showed that the ones who ate regularly chocolate were at lower risk of having a haemorrhagic stroke, especially the ones who ate even only a few grams of dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate improves bone density and is rich in magnesium (ten times more than other foods containing magnesium) and is therefore a super food!
Add one gram of stevia to a liter of juice and top up with more water to make 3-4 liters. The drinks has only a quarter of calories and tastes just as sweet. Stevia is a natural sweetener - the sweet herb is available in liquid and powder form in most health food stores.
Yes, potatoes or rice have a high GI. But if you let steamed or boiled potatoes or rice cool down then part of their fast carbohydrates (which need a lot of insulin to deal with it and we want to avoid that) change into a slow type of carbohydrates and your body digests them differently - especially if you add some fat to it. This fact shines a new light on fried potato dishes, don't you think?
To lower the GI (Glycemic Index) of a meal, add a small amount of apple cider or lemon juice (appropriate to your taste buds, of course). It will keep you longer full and you won't want to eat so quickly again.
Your visceral fat stores will melt away by eating continually and controlled some quality dark chocolate every day. If you eat high quality organic, minimally processed raw cocoa powder you maximize the fat-burning effect.
Cocoa seems to switch on genes that control what is called ‘thermogenesis’ in liver and ‘white’ fat cells. Cocoa switches on fat-burning mechanisms in liver and fat cells, causing of this stored fat to be burned up as energy. Results of the findings were published in the May 2005 issue of Nutrition.