Pineapple Benefits For Weight Loss

Source: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/pineapple-benefits-for-weight-loss/

I’m not here to tell you that pineapple will magically melt fat, because it won’t. But what it will do is fuel your body with the necessary nutrients that can help you achieve your weight loss goal. Furthermore, pineapple has a unique inflammation-fighting enzyme.  And, inflammation and weight gain are closely connected.

How does pineapple burn fat?

Pineapple is juicy, sweet and delicious. It’s often misrepresented as a fruit that can burn fat, most likely because of its main enzyme, bromelain. Bromelain can help reduce inflammation in the body — but more on that later. However, even if pineapple can’t physically burn fat, it does have nutrients that can certainly help you reduce fat. So, don’t give up on pineapple just yet.

High vitamin C content turns fat to fuel

 

Many benefits of pineapple are due to its high concentration of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means your body doesn’t store it. Therefore, you need to get enough from vitamin C-rich foods like pineapples. Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining the health of the body’s connective tissue as well as acting as an antioxidant. The RDA for vitamin C is 90 milligrams a day for men and 75 milligrams a day for women. The daily value (DV) is 60 milligrams. DVs are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults. Pineapple has a whopping 79 milligrams of vitamin C per cup. That 131 percent of the daily value.

Too little vitamin C in the blood stream leads to increased body fat and waist measurements. A 2006study from Arizona State University reported that the amount of vitamin C in the blood stream is directly related to fat oxidation (the body’s ability to use fat as fuel) during both exercise and at rest.

At the beginning of the study, participants with the lowest concentrations of vitamin C in their blood had the highest body fat mass. They could not oxidize fat as well as those participants who were less obese. But, as the study progressed, those same participants who consumed a steady amount of vitamin C increased blood vitamin C concentrations by 30 percent. The participants who only consumed 67 percent of the recommended daily allowance from food saw a decline in vitamin C blood concentration. So, their ability to oxidize fat decreased.

Since pineapple is such an excellent source of vitamin C, just one cup a day could aid your body’s ability to turn your fat into fuel.

Is pineapple good to eat on a diet?

Low in calories, nutrient-rich and a good source of fiber makes this tropical treat a great addition to any diet. Pineapple consists of 86 percent water and 13 percent carbs, and no fat or protein. At only 83 calories per cup, pineapple is ideal as a low-calorie snack or dessert.

It’s also an excellent source of manganese, a mineral needed to metabolize carbohydrates and fat, which is important for energy production. Low manganese levels are linked with osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, PMS and epilepsy, according to the University of Maryland. But manganese deficiency is rare in the United States. One cup of pineapple supplies you with about 2 milligrams of manganese. Adult males need about 2.3 milligrams daily and adult females need 1.8 milligrams.

Pineapple won’t affect blood sugar

The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement for carbohydrate-containing foods and how they affect blood glucose levels. Low GI diets are linked with decreased risk of certain conditions like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and stroke. Carbohydrates with a low GI value of 55 or less are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized. In turn, they cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore, insulin levels.

The glycemic index value of pineapples ranges from 45 to 66. That places them at a low to medium range, according to the University of Sydney, which means that pineapples should not have any major effects on blood sugar levels.

It is a good source of insoluble fiber

One cup of pineapple contains two grams of fiber. Almost all — 99 percent of it — is insoluble. Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber that most people think of as “roughage.” It’s the hardy fiber found in whole grains, nuts, veggies and fruits that don’t dissolve in water. In fact, insoluble fiber isn’t broken down by the gut and absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead, it adds bulk to waste in the digestive system. That helps keep you regular and prevents constipation. Your total dietary fiber intake should be around 25 to 30 grams a day from food — not supplements.

Fiber is so important for dieting because it requires more chewing and takes longer to digest. This helps your body recognize that it is full and prevents you from continuing to eat. Diets rich in fiber are linked to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Insoluble fibers have also been linked to reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a German study. And another study by the American Dietetic Association found the insoluble fiber leads to lower body weight.

Can pineapple juice help you lose weight?

Pineapple juice is packed with vitamins and minerals, but it can’t magically help you lose weight. That said, it offers a significant amount of vitamin C, which aids in weight loss. It may also help reduce your risk of constipation and improve overall digestion. But the real benefit to pineapple juice is bromelain.

The bromelain connection

Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples that digest protein. Bromelain can be used to treat several conditions. But it is particularly effective in reducing inflammation. Although inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system, too much wreaks havoc on your body. Incidentally, eating the fiber-rich core of a juicy, ripe pineapple is the best way to consume natural sources of bromelain. The riper the fruit is, the softer the core will be.

A great way to get your bromelain fix is by juicing the core of the pineapple or simply throwing it into a smoothie. Drinking fresh pineapple juice has been shown to be a powerful remedy against inflammatory diseases. A Duke University Medical study found that supplementing your diet with fresh pineapple juice actually decreases inflammation.

And inflammation is the link between obesity and metabolic syndrome, suggests a study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.

Get your energy from pineapple

Pineapple is a good source of thiamin, which is a B vitamin that’s essential to energy production. And, anyone who’s ever been on a diet understands the importance energy plays. Let’s face it, when your energy is low, that’s when you’re most likely to grab a box of high-sugar, high-fat cookies.

Pineapple not only fills you up with few calories, but it will also provide you with a healthy source of fuel — that combats inflammation! Pineapple may not a miracle fat-burning fruit that some claim, but there are definite reasons why you should include it in your diet.

— Katherine Marko

Weight loss: Switch to brown rice. It’s as good as doing a 30-minute brisk walk

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/health-and-fitness/weight-loss-switch-to-brown-rice-it-s-as-good-as-doing-a-30-minute-brisk-walk/story-Y5ZxjWbtouLlcghZqcjWhN.html

Researchers have found swapping white rice with its brown alternative speeds up weight loss and is the equivalent of a 30-minute brisk walk.

Making the small daily change to include more fibre can help to cut 100 calories each day, a study found. This difference is about the same amount that would be burnt off by a brisk half-an-hour walk, experts discovered.

Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts took two groups of people and fed them diets similar in total energy, total fat and the number of fruit, vegetable and protein servings.

 

The only difference was in the source of grain. One group ate wholegrains such as brown rice and whole wheat, while the other consumed white rice and refined white flour.

They found that the diet with more wholegrains led to people developing a faster metabolism, burning more calories. They also absorbed fewer calories in their digestive systems.

This was caused by a higher resting metabolic rate and also lower absorption of calories in the digestive system, researchers said.

Dr Phil Karl, who led the study, said: ‘Many previous studies have suggested benefits of whole grains and dietary fibre on chronic disease risk.

‘This study helps to quantify how whole grains and fibre work to benefit weight management, and lend credibility to previous reported associations between increased whole grains and fibre consumption, lower body weight and better health.’

Dr Susan Roberts co-author said: ‘We provided all food to ensure that the composition of the diets differed only in grain source.

‘The extra calories lost by those who ate whole grains was equivalent of a brisk 30 minutes walk or enjoying an extra small cookie every day in terms of its impact.’

In the UK, the recommended amount of fibre to take in is 30 grams a day for an adult, although most people eat much less — an average of around 12 grams.

Tested Practical Tips on Losing Weight on a Gluten Free Diet

Source: Tested Practical Tips on Losing Weight on a Gluten Free Diet

How can one achieve weight loss after going gluten free. In this story people from a Gluten Free Facebook group share gluten free weight loss success stories.

One member in this group this morning asked for tips to lose weight after going gluten free. Here are some success stories or tips from people who have lost weight while on a GF diet.

Limit Snacking

“I limit snacking to only fruit and yogurt. No eating after 8pm and I do a combo of yoga (2xs a week), cardio (4-5x’s a week) and lifting weights (4-5 x’s/week),” writes a group member named Sara. She continues that she has lost about 35 lbs and maintained over the last year. “For me, it’s been about losing, then maintenance for a while, then losing some more. I eat a lot of chicken and salad. The only time I have gluten free bread is one piece of toast in the morning with one egg,” she adds.

Here is one GF weight loss success story from a group member named Devan.

“I lost about 35 pounds in the first couple months because I didn’t buy much of the food that was unnaturally gluten free. I did a lot of clean eating and just watched what I was having. I did have some of the breads and such that are gluten free, but I tried to stay away from the rest of the stuff and do just veggies and chicken, fish or meat. I only use the GF stuff when I absolutely needed to because my doctor told me about all the added things in it for taste and such.

Cut Out Some Carbs

One member named Mal wrote that he went GF, cut out processed carbs and just ate brown rice and potatoes for carbs. He also exercised every day. He writes he lost “heaps of weight.” Mal also adds that he ate plenty of fish, chicken, rice and vegetables. To this another member, named Heather agrees, replying that she agrees in regard to protein and good vegetables. “Since i went gluten free almost a month now not only do I feel so much better, but I have lost 20 lbs and still losing.”

Dawn writes. “I follow a modified low carb diet. I do not eat any grains at all and try to eat very few processed foods. I went from 198 to 140.” Some other members also left short comments recommending to cut out carbs and basing their recommendations on their GF weight loss success.

Avoid Convenience Food

Allyn writes. “It is hard to avoid the convenience foods. Too easy to munch on things mindlessly that aren’t good for you. That is my downfall.” She also adds that “the pre-packaged ‘substitutes’ have lots of calories. There is typically extra sugar and sodium. If you are fairly new to GF your gut is still healing you may find that you gain before you lose. I have lost 30lbs since being GF for just about a year.”

“Use the opportunity not to eat as much bread as you used to. I am doing this and the pounds are just melting off,” writes a group member Michelle.

Stay Away From Processed Gluten Free Foods

Go with veggies and proteins. Stay away from the processed stuff, suggest many group member who follow the gluten free meal plan. Go naturally gluten free foods. Don’t buy the processed, they write.

“Stay away from a lot of processed food,” writes Elaine. “I buy gluten free bread and eat it a few times a week. Just eat fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat etc. It really is so easy, except donuts. Good luck,” she adds.

“Don’t replace the gluten with carb loaded substitutes. Focus on healthy protein, fats and fiber,” writes Lindsay.

Health Benefits Of Okra

Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-okra.html

The health benefits of okra include its ability to lower total cholesterol levels, improve digestive health, improve vision, boost skin health, protect infant health, prevent certain cancers, strengthen bones, improve cardiovascular health, aid the immune system, lower blood pressure, and protect heart health.

Okra is a flowering plant that is known in many parts of the world as ladies’ fingers or bhindi, and is most highly prized because of its seed pods. The scientific name of this interesting plant is Abelmoschus esculentus and it is unsure where the actual beginning of this vegetable was. Contrasting research says that it could have been South Asian, West African, and Ethiopian in origin, but the jury is still out. America is the main country that calls this vegetable okra, and it has many names around the world.

Okra is frequently used in dishes from the Caribbean to China, and its popularity is increasing all the time, particularly since this vegetable pod can be used as a pickled vegetable, an ingredient in soups, side dishes, and also utilized for its oil, which can be extracted and used as a vegetable oil.

There are plenty of alternative uses for okra, due to its wide range of health benefits, but most of the health benefits are due to the minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds found in this vegetable.

Nutritional Value Of Okra

Okra might not be the most conventional vegetable in the garden, but its rich content of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Furthermore, okra contains high levels of mucilaginous fibre.

Health Benefits Of Okra

Digestive Health: Perhaps the best part of adding okra to your diet is the significant increase it can have on your total fiber intake. Mucilaginous fiber like you find in okra can help move food through your digestive tract by adding bulk. This means that bowel movements are more regular and there is a reduction in gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, cramping, constipation, and excess gas. Oddly, it also helps prevent diarrhoea, because it adds bulk to watery stools. Finally, fiber can help to clear out excess cholesterol in the body.

Vision Booster: Okra contains a very high content of vitamin A, as well as antioxidant components like beta carotenes, xanthein, and lutein. Antioxidants are powerful compounds that destroy or neutralize free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism. Free radicals are responsible for the degradation of the cells in the body, including those responsible for vision. With high levels of okra in your diet, you will have more protection for your sight, including macular degeneration and cataracts.

Skin Health: Vitamin A antioxidants are also able to protect skin health, by promoting quicker healing, reducing the appearance of scars and acne, and eliminating wrinkles. This is because the antioxidants are able to neutralise the free radicals which may have damaged those skin cells.

Immune System: The various antioxidant components of okra make it very beneficial to fight off free radicals, but the high vitamin C content also means that the general immune system is boosted. Vitamin C can stimulate the immune system to create more white blood cells, which can combat the other foreign pathogens and materials in the body that can compromise the immune system.

Blood Pressure and Heart Health: Okra is a good source of both vitamins and minerals, including potassium, which is an essential aspect of human health. Potassium is necessary to maintain proper fluid balance in the body because it balances sodium. Furthermore, potassium helps to relax the blood vessels and arteries, which therefore reduces blood pressure and lessens the strain on the cardiovascular system. This means that clotting and atherosclerosis will be greatly reduced.

 

Sweet Potato Gains More Importance

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201610120150.html

Sweet potato production has gained greater importance following recent agricultural research, discoveries regarding the different ways the crop can be used to mitigate food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty.

Uganda is the biggest producer of sweet potato in Africa. And sweet potato is the third most important food crop in East Africa and it is also much valued as a major food crop in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

However due to research efforts by the International Potato Center (CIP) and other organisations, the crop has gained more importance in the recent years as a source of material for silage making to feed pigs and other livestock during times of fodder scarcity.

For a long time, sweet potato vines, peelings and inedible tubers were given to pigs by farmers. But, since they were highly perishable and seasonal, the excess was wasted leaving the farmers with the burden of feeding the animals during the dry season. This caused most farmers to reduce their herds.

In light of this, pig farmers and youth groups in Masaka and Kamuli Districts have been trained in making sweet potato vines silage.

Last month, two sweet potato silage making business centres were launched in Masaka and one in Kamuli for the purpose of training more people.

Farmers have also been trained in better farming practices and introduced to higher yielding varieties of the crop.

International award winner Robert Mwanga, also CIP’s sweet potato breeder for East and Central Africa, attended last month’s event in Masaka. He emphasised to the farmers the importance of growing bio-fortified Vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes.

Eating these sweet potatoes enhances nutrition among children and pregnant women.

It is expected that sweet potato growing will reduce pig farmers’ feed costs and spur animal growth rates, which will result in bigger profits.

Silage making will reduce litter in towns and rural households as people collecting potato peelings and inedible roots for silage making.

Employment opportunities will be generated as more youths not directly engaged in pig keeping will turn into silage making and selling.

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Fruits are the most important food

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*Eating Fruit on Empty Stomach*
This will open your eyes ! Read to the end and then send it on to all on your e-list. I just did !
Dr Stephen Mak treats terminal ill cancer patients by an “un-orthodox” way and many patients recovered.
Before he used solar energy to clear the illnesses of his patients, he believes on natural healing in the body against illnesses. See his article below.
It is one of the strategies to heal cancer. As of late, my success rate in curing cancer is about 80%.
Cancer patients shouldn’t die. The cure for cancer is already found – *its in the way we eat fruits.*
It is whether you believe it or not.
I am sorry for the hundreds of cancer patients who die under the conventional treatments.
*EATING FRUIT*
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths.
It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and *when* to eat the fruits.
What is the correct way of eating fruits?
*IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!*
*FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH*
If you eat fruits on empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities. 
_FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD._
Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.
The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so due to the bread taken before the fruit.
In the meantime the whole meal of bread & fruit rots and ferments and turns to acid. 
The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.
So please eat your fruits on an *empty stomach* *or before your meals !*
You have heard people complaining : 
Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc.. etc..
Actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on _an empty stomach._
The fruit mixes with the putrefying of other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat !
Greying hair, balding, nervous outburst and dark circles under the eyes all these will *NOT* *happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.*
There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. 
If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the *SECRET of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.*
When you need to drink fruit juice – *drink only fresh fruit juice,* NOT from the cans, packs or bottles.
Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. 
Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. 
You only get its taste.

Cooking destroys all the vitamins.
But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.
If you should drink the fresh fruit juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. 
You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse or detoxify your body. 
Just eat fruits and drink fresh fruit juice throughout the 3 days.
And you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look !
*KIWI fruit:*

Tiny but mighty. 

This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
*APPLE:*

An apple a day keeps the doctor away? 

Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby _helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke._ 
*STRAWBERRY:*

Protective Fruit. 

Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging and free radicals. 
*ORANGE :*

Sweetest medicine. 

Taking 2-4 oranges a day may _help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer._
*WATERMELON:*

Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which _helps boost our immune system._
They are also *a key source of lycopene the cancer fighting oxidant.*

Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium. 
*GUAVA & PAPAYA:*

Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.
Guava is also rich in fiber, which _helps prevent constipation._
Papaya is rich in carotene; this is _good for your eyes._