Posted in Food & Drinks on 06/11/2014 01:03 am by admin
Lemon Plums – Enjoy this rare fruit from Chile which looks like lemon but tastes extremely sweet and very juicy. They have a good level of nutrients and health benefits just like other citrus fruits!
Bored of eating usual fruits and want something new to taste? Say goodbye to bananas, cherries, etc. and try Lemon Plums. The lemon plum is a relatively new variety of plum; however their popularity is growing at a high rate. Lemon plums are also earned the nickname ‘Chameleon plums’ because of their changing color as the fruit matures. Eat plums regularly in your diet as they are a good way to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Lemon Plums are named for their similarity to lemon in terms of color and shape (except one end is rounded and other end is nippled); but they are sweet and juicy with some sour and floral undertones. The juicy fruit and yummy taste make it a good inclusion to recipes and snacks. Check out health benefits and nutritional value of Lemon Plums.
History and availability:
Initially, the Lemon plum was bred in Israel and called “Lamoon,” which is Arabic for lemon. Then, varieties were taken to Chile, where they are now cultivated and some of the harvest is exported to America during winter months. This beautiful new variety is available in limited quantities in January to March (peaking in February), as they are the last to be harvested in the Chilean fruit season. You will see lemon plums hardly ever in a local grocery store or market, mainly because they have been recently started spreading to international markets. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Food & Drinks on 11/29/2013 10:42 pm by admin
Daily drink fresh cucumber juice or eat raw cucumber to get its advantages of being diuretic, cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory, etc.
Besides well known de-puffing property of cucumber used in various beauty treatments, cucumber also provides many magical health benefits to us that can help us to live healthy life. Cucumber is the fourth most cultivated veggie cum fruit of world from the ancient time. It is originated from the Indian sub-continent and one of the important ingredients of everyday salad. Besides, using it in raw form, you can juice cucumber and mix little lemon and fresh mint. Drink tasty and healthy cucumber juice to get its various benefits. A super food cucumber comes from the melon family. Let’s find out the various heath benefits of cucumber and its nutrient contents.
Nutritional Information of cucumber per 100grams:
- Principle components: Energy: 15 Kcal, Carbohydrates: 3.63 g, Protein: 0.65 g, Total Fat: 0.11 g, Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g
- Vitamins: Pantothenic acid: 0.259 mg, Pyridoxine: 0.040 mg, Thiamin: 0.027 mg, Folates: 7 µg, Niacin: 0.098 mg, Vitamin A: 105 IU, Vitamin C: 2.8 mg, Vitamin E: 0.03 mg, Vitamin K: 16.4 µg, Riboflavin: 0.033 mg
- Electrolytes: Sodium: 2 mg, Potassium: 147 mg
- Minerals: Calcium: 16 mg , Iron: 0.28 mg, Magnesium: 13 mg, Manganese: 0.079 mg, Phosphorus: 24 mg, Zinc: 0.20 mg,
- Phyto-nutrients: Carotene-ß: 45 µg, Crypto-xanthin-ß: 26 µg, Lutein-zeaxanthin: 23 µg
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Posted in Food & Drinks on 10/22/2012 02:24 am by admin
Have you eaten artichoke? Artichoke, known as globe artichoke, is the flower bud of a member of the thistle family. You can get uncommon nutrients such as antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, and minerals like magnesium and potassium in a delicious way by eating artichokes. Artichoke is found to be very beneficial for health in researches in the Health & Nutrition section. Leaves of artichoke are edible and it is the base part of the flower, named the heart that you can also purchase canned or frozen. Artichoke is a vegetable deriving in the Mediterranean area of the world. Artichokes are good source of nutrients that helps in preventing cancer; anemia, arthritis, bladder infections, fluid retention (edema), high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney problems and liver problems as well as reducing the symptoms of heartburn and alcohol “hangover”. Refer this article to get health benefits and nutritional info of Artichoke.
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Two others plants such as Jerusalem artichoke and Chinese artichoke are known as artichoke. Jerusalem artichoke is the member of the sunflower family and it is the underground tubers of the plant that can be eaten. Jerusalem artichoke is quite coated with small hard lumps and uneven in shape, with a pale brown or purple-red skin. The Chinese artichoke is the mint family’s perennial herb, developed for its edible tuberous underground stems. Its taste is sweet, and nutty like the Jerusalem artichoke. It is hard to get the Chinese artichoke in shops in comparison to the globe or Jerusalem artichokes. All of the artichokes in U.S are grown in California and supplied to the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Food & Drinks on 08/24/2012 02:17 am by admin
Chayote is green, pear-shaped fruit that belongs to gourd family. Even though Chayote is a fruit, people use it as a vegetable. There are so many names of this fruit such as vegetable pear, christophene, cho-cho, mirliton, chouchoute, pipinola, pear squash and choko. Chayote is a Spanish word that comes from “chayohtli”. You can find different varieties of the fruit which range from smooth to extremely ridge and from cream to apple green in color. The white flesh of the fruit is quite crunchy and has mild sweet flavor. There is one soft seed in the middle of Chayote which is usually thrown away. The nutty flavored seed can be consumed along with the fruit. It is consumed all over the world but it is more popular in the United States. It is very nutritious and has many health benefits.
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Chayote is used in South and Central American cuisine as a popular ingredient. It can be eaten in both ways: raw and cooked (boiled, baked, steamed, fried, or sautéed). Also, its stem, leaves, root and seed can be eaten. Chayote is cooked just like the Summer Squash and you can even use it in many recipes in place of squash. It can be added in soups, salad, stews, pies, salsa and pickled in escabeche sauce. In any form (raw or cooked), chayote has good amount of amino acids and vitamin C. You can also consume the root’s tuberous part similar to yam. Diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties are contained by leaves and fruit. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Health on 12/17/2011 06:47 am by admin
Cranberries Savory Secrets — Why to Eat Cranberries Year-Round??? Cranberries are glossy and dark red berries with Full of Antioxidants! The newest celebrity on the superfood block, cranberries are well-known for their nutritional properties, including rich source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as minerals; manganese and potassium. Whether they are enjoyed fresh, frozen, dried or in the form of fresh juice, cranberries surely offer a nutritional punch. This cousin of blueberry bears a very acidic or tart taste. Since many years, the health benefits of cranberries have been studied by scientists. Cranberries have long been appreciated for their medicinal properties which have been known just as lengthy as its culinary use. More famously, they are the food of choice when an individual suffers from widespread yeast or urinary tract infections.
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In former times, sailors utilized them to prevent scurvy as they are the source of vitamin C. During the 18th century, cranberries were used in Native America, to prevent wounds from bleeding. Nowadays, medical professionals suggest cranberries for their abundant, powerful health benefits. One of the noteworthy reasons why cranberries have gained so much attention is they seem to be a potential alternative to consumption of antibiotics. Because of their anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, they are believed to prevent urinary tract infections, kidney infections, strokes, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, heart disease, stomach cancer and other chronic illnesses. Just take a look at the big benefits of these small berries. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Health on 10/21/2011 10:46 pm by admin
Dried big grapes are also known as raisins. The difference between grapes and raisins is that raisins come with seeds and have more nutrition than small grapes. In ayurveda, it is considered as a best medicine in throat disease. The regular use of Raisins is beneficial to the Asthma patients because a kind of dry raisins has unique ability to clear out the cough from the trachea. Raisins are dried grapes obtained by drying fresh grapes (black or green) in sun or driers. Dried grapes provide 249 calories per 100 g compared to fresh grapes. Raisins are natural source of energy, minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins. They are filled with dietary fiber, poly phenolic anti-oxidants, and other phyto-nutrients. The health benefits of raisins contain relief from acidosis, constipation, anemia, sexual weakness and fever. It also helps in eye care, dental care, weight gain, and bone health. Here are provided some great health benefits and nutritional facts of Raisin.
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Posted in Food & Drinks on 08/19/2011 09:48 pm by admin
Are you sure that the food you eat is healthy and of your choice? Sometimes, it happens that you went at grocery store for purchasing some products and get confused to select between two similar products; which one to buy? For healthier choice or to pick up the right product, you may investigate the food labeling. Just because a labeling of product claims to have healthier ingredients, it is not necessary that the product is a healthier choice.
Nowadays, food manufacturers are very clever; they compelled us to think that processed food has same health benefits as unprocessed food, or that a product is “All Natural” though it contained high fructose corn syrup. As a health conscious consumer, you should be aware about the misleading foods label. Misleading food labels attract the consumers with eye catching pictures, keywords and bold statements. All these attracting features claims to fulfill the dietary requirement of people but they are not true all the time. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Food & Drinks on 06/28/2011 10:13 pm by admin
As summer arrives, everyone reminds the delicious and sweet Lychee fruit. Lychee is a sub tropical fruit which is indigenous to low elevations of the provinces of Fukien and Kwangtung in Southern China. The word ‘Lychee’ is a Chinese word which indicates “a reward for a life that is joyful”. Lychee fruit is also recognized as litchi, leechi, lichu and laichi. For people, who usually don’t enjoy fruits, Lychee fruit makes a great choice. Lychee fruit belongs to soapberry family, Sapindaceae and mostly found in the temperate regions of the world. This drupe fruit is outwardly covered by a pink-red uneven textured rind, easily detachable. This exotic fruit is scientifically named as Litchi chinensis and has a sweet taste that somewhat resembles to the grapes.
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Posted in Food & Drinks on 05/13/2011 06:53 am by admin
Milk is an essential part of our diet as it contains several nutrients which are required for good health. Milk is the main source of nutrition for infants till they are able to digest other kinds of food. Milk is rich in calcium which makes bones and teeth healthy as well as decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Protein is also contained in high amount which builds and repair muscle tissues in the body. Many types of milk are accessible in the market but the most prevalent types are skimmed milk and whole milk. Skimmed milk is healthier substitute for whole milk. Read on the article to know the nutrition difference of skimmed milk and whole milk.
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Posted in Food & Drinks on 05/02/2011 05:19 am by admin
Healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables of all colors such as orange, green, blue, red, purple, yellow and white. Every color gives different nutrients to diet. Brighter color fruits and vegetables have more fighting power compared to lighter. Several vitamins and minerals are included in nutrients rich diet. Nutrients rich diet provides vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and minerals which help immune systems to fight against illness and disease. Nutrients rich diet also decreases the risk of chronic diseases as well as the effect of aging. Nuts and seeds, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, low-fat & fat-free dairy products, legumes, and lean meats & fish add huge amounts of nutrients in diet. Here are provided some foods that adds nutrients in diet.