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Health Benefits of Grapefruit: Weight Loss and Much More

By |January 30th, 2016|

Grapefruit helps with weight loss!  It does more than help you lose weight, grapefruit is full of many health benefits too.

Grapefruit and Weight Loss

Here are two studies verifying grapefruits help with weight loss12-week

  • week study had people who were overweight consume half a fresh grapefruit before a meal for 12 weeks, the results showed they lost almost 5 pounds after 4 weeks, and almost 11 ½ pounds after 12 weeks.
  • Another study with 91 obese patients was conducted to find out how grapefruit affected body weight, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. They found that those who ate half of a fresh grapefruit before meals (meals had no restriction) lost 3.5 pounds in 12 weeks, improved insulin resistance and had a reduction in two-hour post-glucose insulin level.

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Grapefruits Burn More Calories Than They Contain

This fruit is similar to celery, as it is made up of about 60 percent water, with a bit of healthy fiber thrown in. The fiber helps with digestion and makes you feel full.

“So far I’ve always kept my diet secret but now I might as well tell everyone what it is. Lots of grapefruit throughout the day and plenty of virile young men at night.”  – Angie Dickinson

Health Benefits of Grapefruits

We know grapefruit is helpful for weight loss. Grapefruits are also full of pectin, nutrients, are low in calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. On top of all those wonderful elements, they have many health benefits.

  1. Red Grapefruit Lowers Cholesterol & Fights Heart Disease. One red grapefruit a day can help keep heart disease away, according to a study by Israeli researchers in 2006. A major risk factor for heart disease is high blood cholesterol. In the study, the patients consuming one grapefruit per day significantly reduced cholesterol compared to a control group of patients that did not. The researchers say it may be because grapefruit has a high level of antioxidants.
  1. Helps Reduce Lung Cancer Risk

White grapefruit contains a high amount of the flavonoid, naringin, which inhibits the activation of a cancer-causing enzyme. Pink grapefruit has some too, along with the antioxidant lycopene.

  1. Inhibits Colon Cancer:

Limonin, grapefruit pulp powder and the flavonoid naringin, were examined in a study in relation to colon cancer cells. The scientists concluded that eating grapefruit may help to suppress the development of colon cancer.

  1. Helps Repair Prostate Cancer

A study has shown that the citrus flavonoid naringenin stimulates DNA repair in prostate cancer cells.

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  1. Flushes Heavy Metal

Grapefruit is full of pectin which binds to heavy metals, flushing them out in the digestive process. A study was performed with hospitalized children between the ages of 5 and 12 years who had high blood serum levels of lead. They were given three dosages of citrus pectin per day for 28 days. The scientists found that there was a dramatic decrease in blood serum levels of lead as a result.

  1. Full of vitamin C, to help keep colds at bay

Half a grapefruit has 38.4 mg of vitamin C which is 64 percent of daily requirement.
1 cup of fresh raw pink grapefruit juice has 93.9 mg which is 156 percent of the daily requirement.
This compares with oranges, which have about 95 mg of vitamin C per 1 cup of oranges.

  1. An Excellent Liver Detoxifier

Grapefruit contains glutathione, which helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
According to research at Massachusetts General Hospital
it may even help combat hepatitis C infection.

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5 Reasons To Love Brussels Sprouts and 7 Tips To Make Them Taste Better

By |December 12th, 2015|

If you’ve already decided you don’t like Brussels sprouts, it’s probably because at some point in your life someone served you some where their tasty, nutty, sweet flavor was boiled away. When you learn how to cook them properly, you may find them totally yummy!

Brussels sprouts look like mini cabbages and are in fact in the same family.

5 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

1. Keeps Bones Strong and Healthy

Brussels sprouts are full of vitamin K, which is responsible for good bone health.  One cup of Brussels sprouts has over 270 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement. Studies have found vitamin K to be helpful in increasing bone density  and reducing fractures in osteoporosis patients.

2. Helps Fight Cancer

The research for how Brussels sprouts helps fight cancer is vast. Here are a few highlights.

  • Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, which have been shown to lower overall cancer risk according to research at Oregon State University.
  • It was found that people who ate greater amounts of Brussels sprouts had a lower risk of cancer, as stated at the National Cancer Institute fact page.
  • Cruciferous vegetables have been found to help inhibit and regulate cancer-causing genes. Cruciferous vegetables are “key to eliminating cancer” according to research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Also, Brussels sprouts are a glucosinolate-containing cruciferous vegetable, which a 1995 study found reduces colon cancer.

 3. Lowers Cholesterol

When Brussels sprouts are steamed, the fiber components bind with intestinal bile acids, helping them to pass out of the body. This creates a need in the body to replenish lost bile acids, using the existing supply of cholesterol, thus reducing it. Uncooked Brussels sprouts do have some ability to lower cholesterol, but it’s low compared to the process of steaming, according to the Western Regional Research Center.

4. Provides A Good Source of Protein When Combined with a Whole Grain

Brussels sprouts contain a good quantity of protein. There’s 4 grams of protein in one cup of Brussels sprouts. You will get the most protein when you eat them with a whole grain as they need the balance of other amino acids.

5. Promotes Weight loss

One cup of Brussels sprouts has only 56 calories. They are low in fat and have 4 grams of fiber. This fiber has many benefits for your digestive system and gives you that ‘full’ feeling. They are nutrient dense so your body is also satisfied long term.

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Brussels Sprouts Trivia

  • They are spelled Brussels sprouts, NOT Brussel sprouts and NOT brussel sprouts.
  •  A team of scientists with local schoolchildren lit a Christmas tree in London, England from the energy of 1,000 Brussels sprouts!
  • Brussels sprouts are used in Chinese medicine to improve digestion.
  • Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in Britain and America!

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Brussels Sprout Nutrition

One serving of Brussels sprouts will meet your needs for vitamin C and vitamin K for the day. Brussels sprouts are one of the top 20 most nutritious foods as scored by the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.

One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provides:

56 calories
274 percent vitamin K
162 percent vitamin C
24 percent vitamin A
24 percent folate
18 percent manganese
14 percent potassium
14 percent vitamin B6
12 percent thiamine vitamin B1
10 percent iron
4 grams protein
4 grams fiber
270 mg of omega-3 fatty acids

Brussels sprouts also contribute to your daily need for calcium, providing 37 milligrams in one cup.

History of Brussels Sprouts

  • The name Brussels sprouts comes from Brussels, Belgium where they were first grown in quantity in the sixteenth century.
  • Brussels sprouts are said to have been developed from wild cabbages in the […]

Surprising Benefits of Sweet Potatoes & Tips For Cooking Them Right

By |December 10th, 2015|

You can mash them or bake them, or give them a quick fry and sweet potatoes are always delicious!

This starchy superstar is a delicious treat and has become a sentimental staple at Thanksgiving dinners. The good news is that sweet potatoes are actually very nutritious as well as being exceptionally delicious. Read on to discover their health benefits, their history and trivia, and tips for cooking them just right.

Don’t let the ‘sweet’ in sweet potatoes scare you.
They actually have a lower glycemic index then white potatoes. That means they are less likely to produce insulin resistance and its accompanying health problems, including weight gain. Sweet potatoes are a smart carb, very rich in carotenoids, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, iron and fiber. They provide a wealth of health benefits and are a great addition to your meals.

Did you know that sweet potatoes were cultivated and consumed before the white (Irish) potato?

13 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

1.  Maintains Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Yes, sweet potatoes are sweet, but they have a low glycemic index meaning the sugar is released slowly into the bloodstream. Most consumed starchy foods raise blood sugar rapidly; with sweet potato you will not get a blood sugar spike, but you will get a steady amount of energy. Research at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the Beauregard sweet potato to be a low-glycemic index food.

2. Treatment for Diabetes

A study of 61 people with type 2 diabetes saw that those who took the extract, Caiapo, from the sweet potato daily for 3 months had their blood sugar drop with no significant adverse effects.

Caiapo has been used without medical prescription for years in Japan as a food additive for prevention and treatment for diabetes.

“We’re hoping that diet, particularly the consumption of sweet potatoes, will become a more widely used tool in the treatment of diabetes. It has the potential to be more cost-effective than drugs.” – Dr. Jon Allen, CALS professor of food science.baked sweet potato-443x295

3.  Immune System is Strengthened

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, Beta Carotene and vitamin E that support a healthy immune system and are powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

4. Helps Keep the Heart Healthy

They are a great source of B6 vitamins, which break down homocysteine, a substance that contributes to the hardening of blood vessels and arteries. – Harvard University School of Public Health.

Also, being a good source of potassium, they help the heart by lowering blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. Potassium is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate your heartbeat.

5. Reduce the Chances of Stomach Ulcers

Functional Foods in Health and Disease did a study in 2012 on how effective sweet potatoes were in healing an ulcer. The sweet potato had a potent ulcer healing effect!

6. Good for Weight Loss

Sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which slows down digestion so you eat less. This also helps with regular bowel movements.

7. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Sweet Potato

A study found the extract of the purple sweet potato to be anti-inflammatory.

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Sweet Potatoes are High in Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A)

1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin = 769 percent daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals believed to contribute to some chronic diseases.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Beta-Carotene also […]

Sweet Colourful Bell Peppers are Full of Health Benefits

By |October 22nd, 2015|

Colourful bell peppers add a sweet, light crunchiness to a meal.  Their bright red, yellow, orange or green adds vibrant beauty to any meal, whether it’s a salad or a stir fry.

Health Benefits of Sweet Bell Peppers […]

Kabocha Squash – Superstar of Squashes

By |September 18th, 2015|

Kabocha Squash can turn your kitchen into a fall food festival. With its bright orange color and rich, sweet delicious flavor, it can add a delightful dynamism to any meal. Learn below about its health benefits and how to find and cook it properly.

All squash is good for your health, but Kabocha Squash is my favorite because it tastes so good! Read about Squash the Powerfood.

5 Kabocha Squash Health Benefits

Excellent High Source of Beta-carotene

Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body. Many of the Kabocha health benefits come from the benefits of vitamin A and the powerful antioxidant properties of beta-carotene.

1. Good for Healthy Eyes

Vitamin A is essential for good vision. Often poor sight at night and dry eyes are signs of a vitamin A deficiency according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

One cup of Kabocha Squash has 93 percent of the amount of Vitamin A required for the day.

 2. Helps Decrease Heart Disease

In a study of 1899 men aged 40 to 59 years, it was found that those with higher amounts of Vitamin A had a decreased risk of incident CHD. Kabocha squash is very high in vitamin A.

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3. Good for Weight Loss – Low in carbohydrates

One cup of Kobocha Squash has only 40 calories compared to Butternut Squash, which has 60 calories.

 4. May Help Fight Cancer

The American Institute for Cancer Research reports that squash may help fight cancer and heart disease while protecting your vision, immune system and skin.

 5. Good for Healthy Skin

It is high in vitamin A. Research sited by the University of Maryland Medical Center  has found vitamin A to be important for skin health and skin problems due to aging.

Kabocha Squash Trivia

It is known as Japanese squash. It is similar to Butternut Squash, but much sweeter. Its growing season lasts well through the winter.

Portuguese sailors took the Kabocha Squash with them from Cambodia to Japan in 1541. Their name for it was Cambodia abóbora and the Japanese shortened it to Kabocha.

Winter squash, or Pumpkin on its tree

Squash History

  • All the hard-shelled squashes are uniquely from the western hemisphere as far back as 3,000 BC. They were honored by the natives as being one of the ‘Three Sisters’ (Beans, Corn and Squash).  These were sustenance foods for many of the ancient people.
  • Europeans did not get to eat squash until after Columbus. In northern Europe they did not grow well as the climate was too cool and the summer season too short. France and Spain embraced the squash and created many unique varieties.

How to Buy and Store Kabocha Squash

  • Look for a squat pumpkin shape with hard knobby looking skin.
  • It weighs an average of three pounds and has spotted or blotchy dark green skin.
  • Make sure the squash is not soft or pitted. The stem should be intact and look fresh also.
  • Buy Kabocha at your farmers market grown locally and organically if possible, to be sure it has not traveled thousands of miles to get to you.
  • Store up 1 – 3 months in a cool dry location that has good air circulation.

Tips for Eating or Cooking:

  • Cooked Kabocha Squash texture is similar to that of a potato. It is delicious baked, steamed, stuffed or pureed.
  • Works well as a substitution in recipes that call for pumpkin or sweet potatoes.
  • Eat the peel! It is soft, delicious and makes preparing it […]

Tomatoes are Tasty and Full of Health Benefits

By |July 15th, 2015|

The red of tomatoes is what makes them full of health benefits, even when you are enjoying them as a refreshing juice or tomato sauce. Tomatoes are fat burning, help prevent cancer and are a very heart healthy food.

Tomato Health Benefits

What scientists have found is that their high quantity of lycopene, the phytochemical that creates tomatoes’ ruby red complexion that makes them very health benefiting. The lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits free radicals, which are a destructive substance in the body. It binds to free radicals, keeping them from creating cell damage that can result in diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

The strongest health benefit is their ability to reduce the risk of heart disease. You can also find lycopene in other red foods like watermelon, apricots, red grapefruit, guava and papaya.

1. Helps Reduce Risk of Heart Disease tomato benefits
• The highest average intake of lycopene was linked to almost a 30 percent reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.
• “We’ve shown quite clearly that lycopene improves the function of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients. It reinforces the need for a healthy diet in people at risk from heart disease and stroke,” says Dr. Joseph Cheriyan from the University of Cambridge.
• Lycopene concentrations in the blood have been found to be protective in the early stages of narrowing of the arteries. When your arteries are narrowed, blood flow to the heart slows down. The research found that people with high levels of lycopene in their blood have lower rates of heart disease.
• A diet rich in tomatoes was found to increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels by 15.2 percent.
• A diet high in tomato products reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by 13 percent in one Finnish study.
In one study observing people with an average age of 54 years from 10 European countries, lycopene may be at the root of the cardio-protective power of a diet rich in vegetables.
• Tomatoes are high in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure.

2. Lowers Risk of Cancer
Tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, help lower some types of cancer and slow down the rate of other types of cancer.
• Tomatoes reduce breast cancer due to high amounts of carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene and total carotenoids), according to research from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
• Tomatoes may help prevent prostate cancer. This study found that men who ate more than 10 portions of tomatoes or tomato products per week have an 18 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer compared to men who ate less than ten.
• Consuming tomatoes and tomato-based products have been shown to lower the risk of a variety of cancers. The cancers that lowered the most were lung, stomach and prostate cancer. Research also indicated that tomatoes may help prevent cancers of the breast, cervix, oral cavity, colorectum, esophagus and pancreas. “It is critical to recognize that the current evidence regarding dietary intake and lycopene blood concentrations reflects consumption of tomatoes and tomato products rather than purified lycopene supplements,” notes the Oxford Journals.

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking

3. Increase Fat Burning
• Tomatoes help produce the amino acid carnitine, which helps speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by more than 30 percent.
Tomato juice has been found to reduce weight, body fat and size of the waist.

4. Supports Healthy Skin and Hair
• Tomato components help fight acne and prevent damage to skin […]

Time to enjoy Tasty Mushrooms with Amazing Health Benefits

By |February 25th, 2015|

Mushrooms are more than a delicious addition to your meal, they are full of health benefits too.  There are over 140 thousand types of mushroom-forming fungi.  Whether it is a small button mushroom or a large brown one it is a powerfood to be added to make meal extra tasty. 

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There are close to 100 types of mushrooms being studied for their health benefits and a small number found to be very beneficial for boosting your immune system. Learn the 8 health benefits of the mushroom.  […]

12 Health Benefits of Olive Oil With Infographic

By |February 21st, 2015|

Olive oil has an abundance of health benefits. It’s one of the top oils you need in your kitchen.

Why We Love Creamy Peanut Butter

By |December 7th, 2014|

Peanut butter is diversely delicious. It is great with bananas or jam in a sandwich and goes very well with many fruits and vegetables. It is also surprisingly filled with health benefits. It is high in protein and healthy oil which can help with diabetes, weight loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. No food is perfect, though; there are some cautions with peanuts. Hopefully, you are not one of the 1% that is highly allergic to peanuts.

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.  Interesting to note that 65 million pounds of peanut butter will be eaten by Americans during the month of November.

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.”  – James A. Garfield

8 Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

1.  Good for Your Heart
Studies found peanuts lowered the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

2. Helps Reduce Hunger Making it Good For Weight Loss
Eating peanuts and peanut butter helps control hunger without leading to weight gain.

3. Lowers Colon Cancer
Eating peanuts and peanut butter may reduce colon cancer in women.

4. Helps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Impairment
A study found that those getting the most niacin from foods were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts are one of the foods highest in niacin.

5.  Prevent Gallstones
Individuals eating five or more servings of nuts per week had a 25 percent to 30 percent lower risk of getting gallstones compared to those who rarely or never ate nuts in two studies. Although peanuts are technically classified as a legume, they were considered nuts for these experiments, so peanuts are actually the most commonly consumed ‘nut’ in the world.

6. Full of Healthy Fat
All of the fat in peanut butter is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in mono-saturated fat had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat.

7. Lowers Type 2 Diabetes
Eating peanuts can reduce the risk of diabetes according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

8. High in Valuable Nutrition
Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.

Caution: Peanuts and Aflatoxin
Peanuts are susceptible to molds and fungus — some of which are highly toxic. A fungus called Aspergillus flavus produces a carcinogen that is twenty times more toxic than DDT, called aflatoxin. (To read all about these molds and the best way to minimize the risk, click here.)

History of Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Lovers Day started on November 4, 1990. It marks the anniversary of the first patent for peanut butter, applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg on November 4, 1895.

Peanut Butter Trivia

  • In the early 1900’s, peanut butter was found in tea rooms as a fancy food for rich people.
  • The USA has had two Presidents elected who were peanut farmers: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • In one acre of land, there is enough peanuts to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Before graduating high school, the average child will have consumed 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Women and children like creamy peanut butter and men prefer crunchy.

Best Peanut Butter to Buy:
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The Amazing Healing Power of Blueberries

By |October 12th, 2014|

Blueberries help protect you from cancer, keep your heart and brain healthy and even help you lose weight. I love their taste and consider them a powerfood.

“Have blueberries whenever you are low – destiny will change and you will be high.”
~ Adam Voichester

6 Top Health Benefits of Blueberries

1. More antioxidants per serving than all other fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.
Antioxidants are compounds in foods that neutralize chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules), produced by oxidation in the human body. Antioxidants found in foods protect your cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced when your body digests your food for energy and by environmental toxins. They can damage cells; have been linked to conditions such as heart and liver disease, cancer and weakened immune system.

2. Great for the Brain – They Improve Memory.
Blueberry juice improves memory in older adults. This is good news for us baby boomers!

“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries, call the blueberry the brain berry,” says Dr. James Joseph, at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

3. Anti-Cancer Benefits.
Studies with blueberries have found that breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and cancers of the small intestine were reduced. These studies were on human cells or laboratory animals so we are still waiting for more research, but so far research points to astounding healing powers. Good news is there is an increasing percentage of blueberry research focusing on anti-cancer benefits.

4. Good for the Heart.
Much research has shown how good blueberries are for the heart. “Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had fewer heart attacks. Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits.”

5. Reduces Risk of Diabetes. One of the antioxidants found in blueberries, anthocyanins which give them their blue color has been found to lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. People who ate two or more servings of blueberries weekly reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 23 percent in one study. Blueberries are low on the Glycemic Index, so people with diabetes can easily consume them.

6. Help with Weight Loss. Want to activate those fat burning genes? Blueberries can do that with the catechins found in them. Eating foods full of catechins will double total weight loss, according to research at Tufts University. Blueberries may even help reduce belly fat.

Full of Nutrition!
Blueberries contain vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

“Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases,
so blueberries have a host of benefits,”
  ~ Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, S.C.

Blueberry Trivia

  • Blueberries were called “star berries” by Native Americans because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape. Also, they believed that the ‘Great Spirit’ created the berries to feed their hungry children during famine.
  • The Shakers made the blue paint for the woodwork on their houses from sage blossoms, indigo, blueberry skins & milk.
  • The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of blueberries. If all the blueberries grown in North America in one year were spread out in a single layer, they would cover a four-lane highway from New York to Chicago.

Cucumbers, The Cool Summer Food

By |August 28th, 2014|

A tasty, juicy cucumber is a very cool addition to salads. This perfect summer veggie keeps your body hydrated, strong and happy.

Cucumbers Have Been Found To Be Useful in So Many Ways. OR So they say!

Have you ever heard of those wives’ tale cucumber cleaning tips? I tried a few of them to find out if they really were true. Here’s what I found:

  • Using a cucumber to take the tarnish off stainless steel did not work any better than dish soap and a cloth.
  • Polishing my shoes with cucumber was not fun! I had to clean up the seeds after. Using a damp cloth is much better.
  • Using cucumber to erase ink writing did not work at all!

The bad news is, cucumber is not a natural cleaner. The good news is, it’s loaded with health benefits.

10 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

1. Hydrate Your Body
Like watermelons, cucumbers are 95 percent water.

2. Help Flush Toxins from the body
The high water content in cucumbers gets your urinary system moving. This is why they are in many detox recipes.

3. Good for Treating High Blood Pressure
Cucumbers with lots of potassium, magnesium and fiber help regulate blood pressure

“To see cucumbers in a dream denotes that you will speedily fall in love.
Or, if you are in love, then you will marry the object of your affection.” ­
Richard Folkard in ‘Plant Lore’ (1884)

4. May Help Fight Cancer
Although research is just beginning, there’s a compound found in cucumbers called cucurbitacin which has been found to fight cancer.

 

5. Help With Weight Loss
A half-cup of sliced cucumber only has 8 calories and has high water content; it is a good food to add to the diet.

6. May Help Diabetes
Cucumbers contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas in order to produce insulin. This hormone has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Compounds in cucumber seeds helped to control blood sugar levels in diabetic rats. Study 2011

7. Highly Alkaline-Forming Food
Eating more alkaline-forming foods and less acid-forming foods like sugar, alcohol, bread and meat, is an important part of keeping a balanced diet.

8. May Help Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Cucumbers contain sterols. According to research, sterols reduce LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent.

9. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Cucumbers contain three lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol) that research has shown to boost cardiovascular health.

10. Help Keep Bowel Movements Regular.
Cucumbers have good fiber and, again, because of high water content, are great for moving bodies of toxins from the digestive system. They can help constipation.

Cool Cumber Trivia Facts

  • The inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. Now you know why they are called cool. Add this to your cooling tips for hot summer days. 
  • They are in the family of pumpkins, zucchini, watermelon and other squashes.
  • A cucumber was slang for a dollar in the United States in the 1930s.
  • There are over 100 varieties of cucumbers!
  • Cucumbers were believed to have originated in India and spread through Greece and Italy.

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How to Choose and Store Cucumbers:

  • Look for firm dark green cucumbers with no soft spots. If the cucumber bulges in the middle that means it’s filled with large watery seeds and very tasteless flesh.
  • Best to keep them refrigerated in the crisper.  They do not last long so note that they will not usually last for more than a week. If you get unwaxed cucumbers […]

10 Health Benefits & Infographic for Avocados

By |July 27th, 2014|

Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually help you lose weight!

Avocados are bursting with of other health benefits too, and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe.  Read the details and check out the infographic below on this Powerfood.

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Or you eat guacamole.” John Rohn

10 Avocados Benefits

1. Nutrient dense fruit

Yes, they are actually a large berry with one seed. One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C. 

Avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. It also contain vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin. That is definitely nutrient dense!

2. A Source of Healthy Fat

They help increase good cholesterol. Avocados are full of fat, but adding avocados to the diet can increase HDL and decrease triglycerides.

3. Help Cure Cancer

Avocados will help your body make more glutathione than many other foods.  Glutathione has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.

Researchers found extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of precancerous cells that lead to oral cancer.  Avocado extract was found to inhibit prostate cancer.

4. Excellent as a First Baby Food

Dr. William Sears puts it as #1 on the top ten list of fruits for babies because avocado nutrition is well-suited for a baby’s growing development.

5. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Avocado slows digestion which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.

6. Avocados can Protect Unborn Babies

One avocado provides one third of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.

7. Improve Eyesight

The high amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados can protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and improve your vision. One ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein.

8. Have Low Pesticide Levels

“Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.” Says Environmental Working Group The thick skin of the avocado protects it from absorbing pesticides.

9. Help with Weight Loss

It was found that those who ate half of a fresh avocado with their lunch had a 40 percent less desire to eat for 3 hours after lunch, and a 28 percent less desire to eat 5 hours after as compared with those who ate lunch with no avocado.

10.  Good for Sexual Health and Fertility

They are rich in Vitamin B6 and folic acid which regulate sexual hormone functions.  Also, Vitamin B6 and potassium boost testosterone production in males.  Being rich in heart healthy fats, the heart will keep beating strong; making sure that blood is flowing to the right places.

Perhaps those Spanish priests were on to something when they banned their parishioners from eating avocados. Avocados were a fertility fruit for the Aztecs and used as an aphrodisiac by the Mayans. Old folklore mentions the Aztecs […]