Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Grape fruit health facts

Grapes fruit have an ability to treat constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, macular degeneration and prevention of cataract. It also reduces the damage caused by free radicals and slackens ageing.

  • Grapes used for cure of asthma and increases the moisture present in lungs.
  • It reduces the chances of heart attacks and prevents cholesterol, which blocks the blood vessels.
  • It relieves chronic constipation by toning up intestine and stomach.
  • It relieve heat and cure indigestion and irritation of the stomach.
  • Grape juice also helps in preventing breast cancer.
  • Red grapes have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps to protect you from infections.
  • It inhibits the growth of cancer causing agents.
  • Grapes enhance brain health and stall the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • It helps to enhance the overall immunity of the body.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Banana health facts

Fruits like Bananas are a very much healthier where one medium-sized banana contains about 1 gram of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates.

  • Bananas are good for heart and nerves that contains a high dose of potassium. It is essential for proper muscle contraction and normal rhythmic pumping of the heart. Take banana daily for your diet.
  • Bananas will act as mood enhancers or mild sedatives. It contains tryptophan that helps the body to produce serotonin. Bananas are one of the easiest ways to get tryptophan, since it doesn’t produce naturally.

  • Bananas are good for your blood that helps the body to make hemoglobin. It helps to convert carbohydrates to glucose and maintains proper blood sugar levels. Vitamin B6 is necessary for antibody production.
  • Bananas are good for kidneys and bones where minimizes the risk of kidney stones. It also minimizes the loss of calcium from the body and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Bananas were also best recommended for weight loss. Bananas are high in potassium that helps to reduce water retention.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

Christmas festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ looks to be not complete without Christmas cakes.
Lets here is how to make Christmas fruit cake recipe:

• 1 1/2 cups whole blanched almonds
• 2 cups light and dark raisins
• 1 cup currants
• 2 1/2 cups chopped dates
• 2 1/2 cups candied citron peel
• 12oz of maraschino cherries
• 1/2 cup fruit juice
• 19oz of crushed pineapple
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup reserved cherry juice
• 1 cup strawberry jam
• 4 cups flour
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/2 teaspoon allspice
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

How to prepare?

Take a large bowl and add the ingredients of almonds, light & dark raisins, currant, dates, candied citron peel. Drain a 12oz bottle of maraschino cherries and add them to the mixture in the bowl. Pour fruit juice and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave it at room temperature for the whole night.

Take saucepan; simmer one 19oz crushed pineapple with 2 cups granulated sugar and stir it for 45 min until it gets thickened.
Mix the cooled pine apple and strawberry jam. Make sure to cool good before you add it to the cake batter.

In second day, add the ingredients of flour, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, salt, and baking soda in a large cup. Add about a cup of the flour mixture to the fruit and nuts.

Cream granulated sugar with 1 pound butter in a large bowl. Beat 12 eggs. Add flour mixture and pineapple mixture and stir them into the butter and egg mix. It becomes pink color and pours over flour-coated fruit and nuts and mix well. Pour into pans and chuck them in the oven and place a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven to keep the cakes moist. Bake in oven for 4 hours, for the larger cakes. Removed the cakes from the oven let them cool completely. Overlay with plastic wrap and add cheese cloth. Plop cake in centre and wrap the cheesecloth tightly around the cake.
Finally the cakes will be good eating on three weeks, for the holidays.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Do you want more energy? Eat fruits for breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you energy to pay more attention in class and tends to score higher on tests.

Eat fresh fruits such as apples, grapefruit, strawberries, cherries, oranges, kiwi, melon, and grapes for breakfast.

Eating fruit for breakfast will get you on the road for healthier body without having to pump a lot of iron at the gym.

Diets on fruits for breakfast make it simple and its raw form is exactly what your body needs for energy. It’s easy to digest sugar from fruit that your body can easily turn into energy. Cut all your favourite fruits. Add yogurt, honey or almonds for taste and make a fresh fruit salad.

Smoothies are one of the easiest breakfasts, no need of sugar since it contain natural sugars that'll sweeten your drink.

Here is a simple recipe for breakfast:
5 fresh strawberries
1/3 fresh cantaloupe
1/2 cup of fresh pineapple
1 fresh kiwi (peeled)
1 cup of orange juice

Blend all ingredients until it gets smooth, recover your health, and reduce your weight. Get your metabolism the right way in the morning and enjoy a bowl of fresh fruit.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Make your kids to eat fruits

How do you get your kids to eat fruits and vegetables?
In today's society, the appearance of overweight, unhealthy children is too familiar. Intake of cakes, burgers, sweets and fizzy drinks by kids is not surprising where it makes the children’s into a terrible lifestyle and digging them early graves. Snacks are a bigger part of kid’s diet. It can even make positive or negative contributions to them. Introduce apples, cherries, apricots and even more exotic fruits like kiwis, pomegranates and guava to kids which keeps them much healthier.

Nutritionists said: Every kid needs a new food to taste each time before they'll even try it. So make sure to give them new varieties of fruits and veggies.

Babies were like to eat fruit and vegetables as one of their first solid foods. But after one year, children become fussier as they become more independent eaters were this fussiness may include fruit and vegetables. Many parents were worried if their child starts to eat less fruit and vegetables. But it’s not possible to force children to eat more fruit and vegetables.

The finest way is to set a good example for child by making fruit and vegetables a daily part of family’s diet. So keep trying.

Here are some ideas to make your kid eat their healthy food:
  • Give them foods like strawberries, mandarin oranges, cherries, tomatoes, sweet peas, and corn.
  • Add also chopped fruits to gelatin salads.
  • Finely slice carrots and mix them into spaghetti sauce.
  • Make fruit breads like banana bread, pear bread, and apple bread which also good for health.
  • Choose 100% fruit juice, but limit juice to no more than 6 ounces for 1-6 year olds.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Best Fruits for weight loss

Won’t it be good to lose weight without requiring a diet of tasteless food or hours and hours of sweating over a tiresome treadmill?? The answer would definitely be YES. You can lose weight by eating an unlimited amount of sweet satisfying food which is nothing but FRUITS.

Fruits are one of best choice to lose weight since it has low calories and fat. Also it helps you to stay full because of its water and fiber content. Apples, watermelon, grapefruit and papaya are some of the fruits which favor weight loss. To get better results, eat fresh fruit rather than fruit juice or dried fruits because dried fruits have more energy density than whole fresh fruits.

Citrus fruits are another food which aids for weight. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C which helps to dissolve and liquefy the fat and eliminate it from the body. Apples are also the best choice not only since it is low in calories, but also has high pectin content which lowers the insulin levels and promote weight loss. So you can very well say, “An apple a day keeps the fat away”.

The uncommon fact about papaya is that the skin of this unripe fruit contributes to weight loss. The skin contains an enzyme called papain which is used as a diet tenderizer and helps in effective digestion.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Amazing Facts About Fruits

Fruits are highly nutritious and are part of a healthy diet. But most of us consume them without knowing much about them. Here are some interesting and amazing facts about fruits which you may be surprised to know about.

Eating apple can make you stay awake which is equivalent to consuming a cup of coffee.

Olive trees can live for more than 1,500 years.

Strawberries are the only fruit having their seeds outside.

When tomato, which contains vitamin C, is eaten with burger or meat, the body makes better use of iron in the protein food.

Blackberry juice can be used to dye cloth navy blue or indigo.

Dwarf apple trees produce larger fruit than semi-dwarf trees.

Banana plants grow an inch or more during night.

Many years ago, explorers used watermelons to carry their water.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What fruits can a diabetic eat?

Diabetics usually avoid eating fruit because of the high sugar content present in most of the fruits. But fortunately, there are fruits that do not affect the blood glucose level which a diabetic can enjoy.

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat which helps to increase the good cholesterol and reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood. This reduces the risk of heart diseases which is more common to diabetics. Also the vitamin E content found in avocados reduces the nerve damage in diabetic patients. But it should be consumed cautiously since the fat content in it may lead to obesity and complicate diabetes. Half of the medium-sized avocados can be served for diabetics.

Grapefruits are good in treating diabetes. The rich amount of antioxidant in it lowers the blood sugar levels. Naringenin which is found in grapefruit never hinders the insulin production, in turn increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. It also promotes weight loss which is a vital part in diabetes treatment. Grapefruit shows better results when consumed during meal times.

Apples are proved beneficial in curing diabetes because of its rich pectin content which improves the glycemic control in diabetic patients. It also decreases the insulin requirements of the body by up to 50%. Apples are abundant in Myricetin, a plant polyphenol which protects the diabetic Red Blood Cells (RBC’s) from the harmful effects of oxidative stress and reduces the risk of diabetes.

So next time when you visit a diabetic friend, gift him these fruits which might help your friend to fight against the complications of diabetes.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Health facts of citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are much powerful of vitamin C. It has numerous health benefits. Oranges are one of the major powerful citrus fruits. It also keeps your heart healthy and protects against cancer. They are low in fat, free of cholesterol and sodium. Lemons helps to reduce the pain caused due to bee stings.

Citrus fruits are the sources of essential oils, used in perfumes and other cosmetic products. It doesn’t have any negative effects on the health. But it should be avoided that if you are suffering from cold and flu as they can make you sicker.

Citrus fruits help in the prevention of birth defects. It leads to positive benefits for a healthy, happy life.

It prevents the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines from nitrite and secondary amines in the stomach and also regenerates the intracellular fat soluble antioxidant vitamin E. Eating citrus fruits and drinking an 8 oz glass of orange juice daily may helps to prevent kidney stones.