Showing posts with label nutrition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nutrition. Show all posts
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Natural Food Preservatives

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In the modern days, when everything mobile, instant foods become efficient choices since peoples no longer have times to cooks from the very beginning, and also doesn't have times to shop groceries every morning or plant them in the backyard. But instant foods never leaves the synthetic preservatives behind. They're going together most of the times, and leave their effects to our body. The effects are mostly negative, such as cancer. Scientist actually suggests that if a substance can kills bacteria, it's also can kills you.
Preservative extends the shelf life of both raw and cooked food for a longer period compared to their natural shelf life. Most of food industries use synthetic material such as Natrium Benzoat. But some of them are evil and use the cheap formaldehyde that actually is used to preserve dead bodies.
There are actually some substances that can preserve foods without damaging our body. Natural food preservatives are natural substances that can create a hostile environment for microorganism. Therefore, the foods will be fresh for longer times. The following is a list of natural food preservatives:

  1. Salt: Salt dehydrates microbes through the process of known as osmosis. Thus, the microbes cannot lives. Salted meats sometimes can last for many years. The use of salt may not suitable for people who don't like salty foods or not allowed to eat salt for certain reason.
  2. Sugar: Sugar can preserve foods using the osmosis strategy as salt do. It mostly used to preserve fruits.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar is acidic, and can inhibit the growth of bacteria. There are many kinds of homemade vinegar in your local grocery stores. 
  4. Antioxidant: Antioxidant is a kind of substances that can counter the effects of oxidation. Vitamin E and citric acid are the common antioxidant to preserve. Rosemary extract is also included on this list.
Apparently natural preservatives list above can change the taste of the foods. This makes people prefer to use synthetic preservatives. But actually there is a way to preserve foods in a natural way without changing the taste, such as ultra high temperature cooking.
Friday, March 1, 2013

Balanced Diet

Balanced diet means getting the right amount and composition of foods and beverages according to your condition. Different people might need different amount and composition of foods. For a standard, a healthy adult usually need 2000 calorie per day. If you work harder than average person, you need more calorie.
Basically, our need of food can be represented as the following pyramid:

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According to the pyramid, foods are divided into four major groups:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Natural Food Coloring

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Do you know? that even the most safe synthetic food coloring is not safe!! Synthetic food coloring can never be made without carcinogenic substances. One or two drops might not be dangerous, but one or two drops every week for like 15 years can lead to cancer risk. They say, "your are what you eat". And they are right!! You eat carcinogenic things, you become cancer. I mean, your cells become cancer.
Nature actually give everything we need. It even provide us natural color pigments which are safe for foods. Look around!! Nature is colorful!!
Well, let's see how we can make natural food colorings.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

How To Prevent Cancer

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Cancer is modern disease that has becomes so popular nowadays. Cancer is not caused by virus or bacteria, it is caused by the human itself. Bad habits physically or mentally in long period of time can cause cancer. Since cancer is not easy to be healed by medication, preventing cancer from happening is the very best way for those who have risk of cancer. But I assure you, everybody is in a risk of cancer.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Simple Detoxification You Can do By Yourself


Pollution, junk foods, stress, and other unhealthy life-style gives a lot of toxin to your body. Within several years, or sometimes months, it will turn against your body to mess up your health. Look for these signs to make sure you don't have too much toxin :

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Have A Good Heart With Crabs :)

According to crabs is really good for healthy diet, since its low on fat and good for your health. These are some quotation of their explanation:

What are the Health Benefits of Crab?

Crab is an excellent addition to a healthy eating plan. It is low in calories with only around 85-90 per 100g (depending on crab type). It does contain some fat, but it is generally unsaturated fat which is considered heart healthy. Crab is also a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to improve memory, decrease the chances of having a heart attack, decrease risk of cancer, and possibly help to improve depression and anxiety.
Crab is a low risk seafood for mercury. Many fish, particularly at the higher end of the food chain, contain dangerous amounts of mercury and are not recommended as frequently eaten foods. Crab contains many of the benefits of other seafood, but without the risk of mercury poisoning.
Crab is also a good source of vitamins A, C and the B vitamins including B12, and minerals like zinc and copper. It is a source of selenium, which may be a means of preventing cancer. Crab also has some chromium, which is considered a useful mineral if you have insulin resistance, as it may improve blood sugar metabolism.

Cautions About Crab

If you have an allergy to crab meat you should be careful not to eat it or dishes that may contain crab. If you are allergic to crab, you may also be allergic to other types of shellfish, including lobster and prawns. The symptoms of a crab allergy can be as minor as a skin rash or as dangerous as anaphylaxis, which can lead to death if not treated promptly. Crab also contains moderately large amounts of purines, which are necessary for the healthy functioning of the body, but in some individuals can cause gout.
Crab may also easily cause food poisoning if it is not treated and prepared correctly. Crab must be fresh, without a strong odor and should be kept cold or frozen if it is not eaten immediately.

Crab is an excellent addition to most diets, being low in fat and calories, but high in protien and nutrients. Crab can be prepared in many different ways which makes it easy to include in regular meals.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Isoflavone for your health

Isoflavone is a substance that can help balance your hormonal system. Study suggest that eating 2-3 portion of soya products reduce the risk of cancer. Soya beans is rich of isoflavone, as rich as clover and mungbeans. For women who have polycystic ovary sindrome (PCOS), eating isoflavone-rich food can help to lower androgen level, because isoflavone act as phytoestrogens. It means that it can mimic the function of estrogen in our body, therefore they can help to balance estrogen level.
For best results, eat soya beans from the fifth days of your period to help maturing your egg. Continue daily untill 14 days before your next period. Because 14 last days of your period, estrogen level have to be lowered to induce menstruation.