Friday, February 28, 2014

DON'T SKIP THE CARROTS

Carrots are an important vegetable that should be a part of your diet. Carrots are high in the antioxidant beta-carotene which helps support the immune system. If you don't currently have carrots as a part of your diet, you should start including them. Diabetics be aware that cooking carrots raises their sugar content so eat them raw more often than cooked.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

REFRIGERATOR TIPS

For food safety, set your refrigerator to 40 degrees and your freezer to zero.  Also, it is important that you not put large containers of warm leftovers in the fridge. They may warm other foods around them and they will not cool down quick enough to kill bacteria.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

VITAMIN B FOR YOUR BRAIN

Researchers at the University of Oxford in England found that vitamins B6, B12, and folate may actually shrink the rate of brain shrinkage that occurs with aging. This knowledge could possibly help ward off Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia according to the researchers.  And who among us wouldn't like to ward off those problems? Eating more salmon was suggested as it is a good source of both B vitamins and also omega-3 fatty acids which help maintain healthy nerves and brain function. Folate is found in such vegetables as asparagus, spinach, and broccoli.

It only makes sense to eat as much as one can to protect the brain. Life without good brain function is not pretty.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BURN 50 CALORIES IN 45 MINUTES

Did you know you burn 50 calories just by standing up for 45 minutes? The next time you find yourself standing in line don't fret. Just remember you are burning calories!  I know, what a basically worthless piece of information. Just thought I would throw it in here on a dreary boring day!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Substitute Olive Oil for Butter

Did you know that 1 tablespoon of butter has more than 3 times the saturated fat of 1 tablespoon of olive oil? This is an easy substitution to make to cut back on the saturated fat in your diet!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NEED MORE POTASSIUM?

If you are on certain prescription drugs you may have a problem with your potassium level.  Here is a bit of information for you if you fall into that situation. Enjoy some pistachios.  Bananas are known as being rich in potassium but two ounces of pistachios provide more potassium than does a banana.


Monday, February 17, 2014

SOUP DOES MORE THAN WARM YOU UP

I love soup any day of the year. In fact I could probably live quite happily on soup alone. But one of my favorite times to enjoy a steaming bowl of soup is on a cold, dreary day.  There's nothing like a bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out. But soup is more than just a tasty way to warm up. Soup can actually ease cold symptoms such as congestion and a runny nose. Studies have proven that a hot bowl of soup can reduce inflammation and clear away mucous to ease the symptoms of upper respiratory infections. There's a reason soup is sometimes called "Grandma's penicillin"!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

DRINK FILTERED WATER

It is always essential that we keep our bodies hydrated. In the winter when we are spending so much of our time indoors with the heat going it is important to drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated, too.  Are you one of those people who only drinks bottled water?  Did you realize that filtered tap water is often cleaner than some of the bottled waters?  Why not invest in a good water filter in your kitchen or a refrigerator that dispenses filtered tap water through the door?


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Smile When Eating With Your Children

I think all parents realize their children pick up clues from them. But have they ever stopped to think about this when sitting down to a meal with their children?  It is a fact that children zero in on their parents facial expressions and emotions. French researchers showed 120 children pictures of people eating. When the children saw a person grinning or appearing happy eating a certain food, they wanted that food more. Even foods the children weren't fond of seemed more appealing when the person eating them seemed happy. The bottom line is that your children are more likely to eat the foods you seem to enjoy. If you are trying to get your children to eat a food you know they aren't fond of, be careful how you react to that food!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Chocolate to Cut Your Heart Attack Risk?

With Valentine's Day this week, many of us are thinking of chocolate. And there is good news for chocoholics.  Studies have shown that eating chocolate can cut your risk of heart problems by one-third. However, read on! The chocolate you eat should be high in cacao content - at least 70%. And you should limit your chocolate indulgences to no more than two ounces a day, especially if weight is a problems for you. Remember that excess body weight is a big contributor to heart disease.



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Have an Egg

Published research is always a little behind the current date so this information is from 2012.  If you are still worried about eating eggs, you shouldn't be. Some years back eggs were labeled as bad for you foods but is old information.  This research from 2012 shows that eggs are lower in cholesterol than ever, down 14% in these studies compared to previous studies. One large egg had 185 mg cholesterol allowing an egg a day to fit nicely into ones daily cholesterol consumption.  And eggs are one of the few foods that are naturally high in vitamin D. The 2012 published studies showed an increase of 64% in the amount of vitamin D in a large egg since the previous study done in 2002. Vitamin D is very important to the body playing an important role in calcium absorption as well as many other things. As one who continually battles against a low vitamin D level I can tell you that lack of vitamin D contributes to pain as well as other problems. One large egg has 6 grams of protein which did not change from 2002 to 2012. And for those of you who count carbs, the carbs in one large egg is 0!   So go ahead and eat that egg.


Friday, February 7, 2014

VITAMIN C: FOOD VS SUPPLEMENTS

A couple of years ago a roundup of over 30 research studies concluded that taking vitamin C supplements didn't decrease the number of colds we were hit with.  However, a study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that getting vitamin C from the foods in your diet helped a lot. In the study, women whose diets included more than 200 mg of vitamin C a day had a 49% lower chance of coming down with a cold or the flu than did the women whose diets included less than 100 mg a day. You might want to include the following in your diet during cold and flu season rather than spending your money on vitamin C supplements (unless recommended by your doctor for other reasons).

  • 1/2 cup of strawberries = 49 mg
  • 1/2 cup raw red pepper = 142 mg 1/2 cup cooked = 116 mg
  • 1 cup cooked broccoli = 101 mg
  • 1/2 cup guava = 188 mg
  • 1 medium kiwi = 70 mg
  • 1 medium orange = 70 mg
  • These are just a few suggestions to help you increase the vitamin C in your diet.