Myths and Facts About Fats

Fact: What counts as high fat and low fat on food labels?

  • High: more than 17.5g of fat per 100g. May be colour-coded red.
  • Low: 3g of fat or less per 100g. May be colour-coded green.

Myth: All fats are equal and equally bad for health.

Fact: Saturated fats and Trans fats are bad because they raise your cholesterol and increase risk for heart disease. But monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) are good as they help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Myth: Lowering the amount of fat intake is what matters the most.

Fact: The mix of fats that one eats, rather than the total amount in the diet is what matters most when it comes to your cholesterol and health. The key is to eat more good fats and less bad fats.

Myth: Fat-free means healthy.

Fact: A “fat-free” label doesn’t mean you can eat all you want without consequences to the waistline. Many fat-free foods are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and calories.

Myth: Contribution of fat deposited on the body is the same.

Fact: Where one carry the fat matters. The health risks are greater if one tend to carry weight around abdomen, as opposed to the hips and thighs. A lot of belly fat is stored deep below the skin surrounding the abdominal organs and liver, and is closely linked to insulin resistance and diabetes.

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Honey and ginger for detoxification!!!

Detoxification!!!                                                                            

Detoxification is the biochemical process that transforms non-water-soluble toxins and metabolites into water-soluble compounds that can be excreted in urine, sweat, bile or stool. Our body undergoes lots of wear and tear both inside and outside. Hence, body has to be detoxified in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well-being.                                                                       

                   

Honey and ginger for detoxification!!!

Consumption of honey eliminates toxins in the body and hence is considered as an excellent source for detoxification.

List of detox foods would be incomplete without ginger. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food that also helps to ease nausea, improve digestion, and promote detoxification by speeding the movement of food through the intestines.

 

Tips: Consuming 1tsp of honey with 2tsps of lemon juice and 1tsp of ginger juice in a glass of Luke warm water every morning not only cleanses our body but also helps in weight loss.

Health Benefits of Dates

The health benefits of dates are innumerable. It is a dry fruit that is sweet in taste and is rich in minerals and vitamins. These natural products contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.

Intestinal Disorders and Relieving Constipation                         

The nicotine content present in it helps in curing intestinal disorders by maintaining check on the growth of the pathological organisms and helping in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines. Contains insoluble and soluble fibre-help to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency and reduces risks of colitis, colon cancer and haemorrhoids.

Healthy Tips!!!

Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have advantage over constipation.

 Flavonoids               

                                                                      

They compose antioxidant flavonoids such as ß-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals. Thus, eating dates protects from colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung and pancreatic cancers.

 Healthy Tip: Put dates syrup in milkshake instead of sugar or honey which will reduce calories and give additional benefits

Mineral Content               

                                              

They are rich in minerals like iron,calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

  • Dates are an excellent source of iron being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells
  • Calcium an essential constituent of bone and teeth and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulse conduction.
  •  Manganese-used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.

Healthy Tip: Dried dates are a rich source of niacin, copper, iron and magnesium.

Tannins                        

                                                                 

 Dates contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess

  • anti-infective
  • anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.

Healthy Tip: Add to roti flour to punch up the nutritional value

Vitamins                                                                           

  • contains very good amounts of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin which act as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats
  • Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism
  • Rich in vitamin A -helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers, have antioxidant properties, essential for vision, maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin.

 

Healthy Tip:  Drinking a juice made of dates soaked overnight in water will strengthen the heart and purify the blood.

Til or Sesame seeds Benefits

Helps reduce anxiety

Rich in niacin, an essential vitamin, and sesame seeds are known to reduce anxiety. With almost 28% of the total necessary daily intake of niacin present in 100 grams of the seeds, it helps in improving the GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) activity inside the brain, thereby reducing anxiety and neurosis.

Keeps your heart muscles healthy

Sesame seeds are extremely rich in essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

Helps keep pregnant mothers and growing foetuses healthy

Packed with folic acid, sesame seeds are great for pregnant mothers. Since folic acid is essential in the proper DNA synthesis in growing foetuses and improves the all round health of a pregnant mother, sesame seeds and their derivatives like sesame oil lends greatly to the health of an expectant mother.

Beats osteoporosis

Due to the zinc and calcium present in sesame seeds, they are great in preventing osteoporosis. The combination of essential minerals and vitamins help in the proper assimilation of calcium by the body, and zinc helps in preventing excessive leeching of calcium into the body.

Helps recovery after a stroke

Sesame seeds are great in restoring the blood flow to parts of the brain that have lost circulation due to a stroke. This study is based on the fact that the high amounts of magnesium and zinc present in the seed help in strengthening one’s blood circulation and neural impulses.

Protects you from cancer

Effective against a number of cancers like lung cancer, colon cancer, leukaemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. Sesamin stops and slows down the regeneration of cancer cells and stops the production of chemicals that are linked to their survival.

Lowers bad cholesterol

Sesame seeds are rich in oleic acid, a potent mono-unsaturated fatty acid which lowers the ‘bad cholesterol’ or LDL cholesterol in the blood and increases the level of ‘good cholesterol’ or HDL in the body.

 

Grapes

  • Due to their well-known therapeutic value, grapes can be used as a cure for asthma.
  • Grapes are a wonderful source of micro-nutrients like copper, iron, and manganese, all of which are important in the formation and strengthening of the bones.
  • Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which prevents blood clots.  Therefore, grapes are an effective way to reduce the chances of heart attacks.
  • Ripe grape juice is an important home remedy for curing migraines.
  • Grapes are very effective in overcoming and eliminating constipation.
  • Grapes can substantially reduce the acidity of uric acid and they also help to eliminate acid from the system, thereby reducing the stress and pressure on the kidneys.
  • Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which has the capacity to lower a person’s cholesterol levels
  • Red grapes have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can protect you from infections.

PROBIOTICS

Probiotics                                                                                                                      

Probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.”Probiotics is live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics, but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be used. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures, such as in yogurtsoy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.                                                                         

Lactobacillus  –

helps in treating and preventing yeast infectionsurinary tract infectionirritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, treating lactose intolerance, skin disorders (fever blisterseczemaacne, and canker sores), and prevention of respiratory infections, reduce abdominal pain, increases immune response and reduces overgrowth of pathogens in digestive tract.

Source:  Foods that are fermented, like yogurt, curd, buttermilk

Bifidobacteria

Source:  Foods that are fermented, like yogurt, curd, buttermilk

helps in curing dental cavities, improve blood lipids, glucose tolerance improvement in the symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, bowel dysfunction, aids in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K in the intestine, improves immunity and digestion, cancer prevention and alcoholic liver restoration disease caused due to excessive intake of alcohol.

Saccharomyces boulardii      

     Source: Present in lychee and mangosteen fruit, baker’s yeast, fermented products like bread

It is effective in preventing and treating diarrhoea, act as antibiotic, to treat acne and maintain and restore natural flora in the large and small intestines and treatment of IBS(Irritable bowel syndrome), urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginal yeast infections, high cholesterol levels and fever blister.

Streptococcus Thermophillus                                          

Source: Yoghurt and other fermented dairy products, cheese

Benefits: Produces large quantities of the enzyme lactase, making it effective in the prevention of lactose intolerance, act as anti-carcinogenic, reduces risk of antibiotic associated bacteria, helps in making reduced fat cheese and reduce abdominal pain. It helps in providing gastrointestinal benefits and antioxidant properties.

                                                   

Detoxification!!!-Garlic and onion for detoxification!!!

Detoxification is the biochemical process that transforms non-water-soluble toxins and metabolites into water-soluble compounds that can be excreted in urine, sweat, bile or stool. Our body undergoes lots of wear and tear both inside and outside. Hence, body has to be detoxified in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well-being. 

             

 

                                                          

 

Garlic and onion for detoxification!!!

Garlic and onions are rich in sulphur-containing compounds which are involved in sulfation, the main detox pathway for environmental chemicals and certain drugs and food additives.  These also help with the elimination of harmful heavy metals from the body.

Garlic cleanses the respiratory system and purifies the blood. Garlic act on bile ducts, and activates gastric juices as well as cleansing the gastric system. It helps the body to naturally detox nicotine, and other toxins that can even help to reduce stress.

 

Tips: Eat 3-4 fresh garlic cloves every day. Crushed or grated garlic can be used for all gravies & curries; chopped raw onions can also be used in fresh salads, curds and raitas.

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