Olive oil is a major feature of the mediterranean diet. It also has good reputation as a healthy fat due to its three main components: monounsaturated fat, antioxidants and vitamin E. Monounsaturated fat is known to reduce your bad cholesterol, prevents your LDL from becoming oxidized and can raise your pr...Read More
If you needed an excuse to drink coffee; you now have four reasons. Coffee is a good source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3 and antioxidants. It seems that the antioxidants in coffee are responsible for all its health benefits. Recent research shows that moderate coffee consumption may help decrease...Read More
Smoking cessation has many health benefits; however food cravings are one side effect that makes most people think twice about stopping. The following are foods that may help with your food cravings:
- Drinking water helps to decrease the craving
- Chew some gum
- Fruits and vegetables: a study from
The road to a heart healthy lifestyle is covered with exciting choices. One is choosing the smartest food choices, stimulating activities and some rest stops to collect oneself and continue making optimum elections.
For smart food choices, begin gradually by:
- Switching to low-fat milk, yogurt and
Omega-3s are a healthy type of fat that have plenty of health benefits including lowering heart disease by decreasing triglyceride levels. Omega-3 fatty acids seem to lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. There is some evidence that it can alleviate some of the symptoms in patients...Read More
Caffeine intake should be limited to no more than 200 to 300 mg per day. One cup of coffee may have about 100 mg but it depends on how it is brewed. Too much coffee may cause fussiness in babies. Remember that they have inmature livers and too much coffee may harm them. Read More
For healthy dining out:
- Try a veggie burger, they taste pretty good and are a good source of protein.
- For dessert order fruits
- Ask the server how food is prepared and opt for steamed, broiled, roasted, grilled and baked foods.
- Limit foods that are fried and ask for low fat free alternatives
Whole grains retain all their wonderful components the bran which contains fiber and B vitamins; the germ which has the antioxidants and vitamin E; and the endosperm which has carbohydrates and protein. In contrast with refined grains which contain only the endosperm. No wonder whole grains are c...Read More
If you are sensitive to caffeine, drinking coffee may increase your heart palpitations and blood pressure as well as cause you irritability, headaches and sleeplessness. At the same time, recent research is telling us that coffee may have health benefits such as: helping decrease the risk of diabetes...Read More
A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert that not only has the expertise but training and credentials. For example, dietitians have a bachelor degree on nutrition and dietetics, they have to complete an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility and pass a national...Read More
The best strategy for healthy shopping is having a plan in a form of a shopping list. Make sure to include:
- Whole grains: whole wheat breads and tortillas and brown rice
- Low fat dairy products
- Fruits: fresh, canned, packed in its own juice and frozen
- Vegetables: fresh, low-sodium canned and frozen
For some people quitting smoking may take many attempts, while others may quit cold turkey. If you had a slip, it could be helpful to figure out what trigger it. If you notice that drinking coffee in the morning may make you light up a cigarette; switch to tea, fat-free milk and vegetable/fruit juice....Read More
Breastfeeding is indeed a normal stage in a woman’s life. A woman's diet needs to be balanced, healthy and adequate just as any other period of her life.
Group of foods that should be included in a mother’s diet:
- Grains: preferably whole, in various forms (wholewheat, rice, corn, barley, quinoa).
You want to get fiber, minerals and vitamins from crackers and watch out for portion size, sodium, and fat.
Aim for 2 grams of fiber or more, 3 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat. Look for low sodium crackers and snacks.
Remember portion control when eating those crackers or snacks. Read More
Garbanzo beans also known as chickpeas are actually legumes just like beans or lentils. Garbanzo beans are a favorite of registered dietitians due to its high nutrient content. A cup of garbanzos has as much potassium as a medium size banana. It is also a great source of folate, protein and fiber....Read More