Thursday, June 21, 2012

Food and Health Carnival June 21




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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Chocolate the Good and the Bad

Many people list chocolate among their favorite foods, right along side other popular dishes like pizza, sandwiches, and French fries. Whether you prefer the creamy taste of milk chocolate or the slightly bitter bite of dark chocolate, questions often arise regarding chocolate's health benefits. Is chocolate bad for you? Are there health benefits to chocolate beyond the sweet taste? Isn’t chocolate high in fat? There are all common questions asked about chocolate so lets break them down and show you the good and the bad to that yummy treat.



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Antioxidants


Chocolate contains lots of antioxidants. In fact, one ounce of chocolate contains the same amount of antioxidants as a cup of brewed tea. Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules. When the process of oxidation occurs, free radicals are produced. These free radicals start a chain reaction that can damage or destroy the cell, leading to disease.


What about the fat in chocolate?


Its true, chocolate contains saturated fat. Saturated fat is often linked to high cholesterol and other health problems. The good news here is that because chocolate is a plant product, it is cholesterol free. The bad news is that chocolate is often found in products like candy bars that do contain cholesterol raising fats. Chocolate is also very caloric, containing a large number of calories in a small package.



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Mood


Chocolate is considered a mood enhancer. When you eat chocolate, the levels of serotonin in the brain increase, leading to an elevated mood. The bad news here is that the effect is somewhat negated by the caffeine also found in chocolate.


Skin


The old myth that chocolate leads to acne is finally debunked. Instead, chocolate actually helps to smooth the skin by protecting it from UV rays, increasing blood flow, and giving skin a healthier appearance.


But eater beware, not all chocolate is created equal. Despite the numerous benefits of chocolate, too much of a good thing is bad. Eating large, processed candy bars will negate any of the healthy benefits of chocolate and elevate the bad properties of chocolate, namely its high calorie count. You should also avoid white chocolate. Despite its name, white chocolate contains no chocolate at all and thus none of the benefits that chocolate has. So steer clear of candy bars, white chocolate, and powdered hot chocolate mix which looses lots of nutritional value during processing and stick to dark chocolate and healthy recipes that utilize raw cocoa powder so you can harness the benefits of chocolate while avoiding the unhealthy features.


This article was written by ezCater.com the leader in reviews, menus, and ordering for Boston caterers and thousands of other cities around the US.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Food and Health Carnival June 14




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Friday, June 8, 2012

Stay safe while boating with these Adult size life jackets. Adult life jackets will keep you from going under in case you have a boating accident and in all states they are required by law while on the water. Go shopping for the best adult life jackets below from Amazon and eBay and find a great deal and the lowest prices on adult life jackets.

See a full line of Adult Life Jackets here.

Along with the best adult life jackets, I have also included the best boating accessories below.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Food and Health Carnival June 7




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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Great Kitchen Items

Looking for great items for the kitchen well look no further. I have put together a list of some great items for the kitchen below.


 



Best Portable Dishwasher

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Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Makers

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Flirty Aprons

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Listed here are the best aprons you can purchase online, Flirty Aprons. I got to review The Women's Apron Scalloped Chic Teal. It is so cute. Blue is my favorite color. It is really very well made and comfortable. It is made from 100% cotton and so...


 


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Friday, June 1, 2012

Help for Sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a convenient blanket term for a variety of symptoms ranging from mild stomach ache to digestive mayhem. The good news is that it is relatively easy to cure. The first thing to do is to establish the symptoms:


Do you:


Have bouts of constipation and/or diarrhea?



  • Experience discomfort after eating most meals?

  • Suffer from belching or flatulence?

  • Feel that food sits heavy in your stomach after eating?

  • Feel that food is not going down well and liable to come back up again?

  • Have trouble sleeping due to stomach pains?

  • Feel as if you have gone up a clothes size or two in the morning?

  • Feel as if someone is twisting your insides?


If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, then your digestion is likely to be poor. If you are prone to eating late at night or become uncomfortable after eating foods that are rich and high in fat, a change in your eating habits is necessary if you want to alleviate the problem. Alternatively, taking milk thistle before or after a rich meal and centaury before a late meal can help minimise the discomfort.


Keep the bowels moving


If you suffer from pain in the lower abdomen it may be due to the fact that your bowels don’t move every day and that bloated feeling is probably due to putrefying wastes sitting around inside you and producing excess gas. The re-absorption of toxins back into the bloodstream from the putrefying waste can be the cause of skin problems, lethargy and irritability. If you get alternating constipation and diarrhea, treat the constipation because ongoing constipation can be the cause of diarrhea.


Whatever you do, don’t let constipation continue unchecked. Try using a natural laxative combining the stimulation action of senna and frangula with linseed. But be careful to take only in small doses as it can be extremely effective. Ground psyllium husks can be of benefit too but must be taken with plenty of water.


To keep bowels moving:



  • Eat plenty of fiber and most importantly a variety of fiber. Include fruit and vegetables, oat bran and seeds

  • Aim to drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water every day to ensure that the contents of the bowel don’t dry out, reducing irritation and constipation

  • Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. It can help stimulate the muscles of the gut. It doesn’t have to involve trips to the gym. Walking, for example, is an excellent way of getting your daily exercise. It can be done anywhere and is free.


Watch the way you eat


If you suffer from bloating or flatulence, it may be that you are prone to gulping your food. If this is the case, try to slow down when you are eating and aim to chew each mouthful twenty times if possible. It is really important to chew your food properly as this alerts your stomach to the fact that food is on its way, giving it time to produce enzymes and stomach acid. Without these, your food will not be broken down properly. 


Don’t eat on the move. Relax when eating and savour every mouthful. Your body cannot digest food if you are running around at the same time. Whenever possible, see mealtimes as an opportunity to catch up with family and friends. Try not to drink too much liquid along with your food as this will only serve to dilute the digestive juices and flush the food through the digestive system too quickly.


If you suffer from stomach acid, the herb centaury may help to rebalance the production of stomach acid and leave you with the right amount to deal with your food.


Look out for trigger foods


Certain foods are known trigger foods for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and consumption of these should be reduced. These include dairy, wheat, fried fatty foods, spicy foods and citrus fruit. 


It can be helpful to keep a food diary and take note of how your body reacts to different foods. Eliminate those which do not agree with you and your digestive system will soon reap the benefits. Tea and coffee should also be avoided. 


Follow these tips and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.