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Tips That Can Help You Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Since we began a fresh year, what new decision have you and I taken to have a better health? Is it to eat healthy? Or cut down on the amount of sugar we consume? Or to Reduce or cut down on alcohol? Whatever your decision or mine may be, we need to be 100% committed to it.

Talking about Sugar, If you recall, in this post  10 Healthiest foods , we listed some healthy foods you should start eating.  So in as much as we try to  eat healthy, we need to be careful with the amount of sugar we take into our body.

According to Lisa Dreyer a nutritionist she says “We’ve seen an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, simply by consuming just one to two sugar-sweetened beverages each day. The WHO recommends adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their daily energy intake — and says that reducing it to below 5% is even better. Managing sugar also means managing other aspects of your diet, including portion sizes.

But how can we regulate our sugar intake so we don’t go above our limit? Here are a few tips:

TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE SUGAR

  1. Look at the ingredients list, If sugar or any one of the following terms are listed high on the label, you want to avoid that food.
  2.  Gradually cut back [on sugar] and consume more protein and fiber-rich foods, It can actually help curb sugar cravings as well. When we consume protein and fiber, ”it slows the rise in blood sugar if we consume it with a sugar-containing food. It can help satisfy us and help us reduce our sugar intake as well. ” says Drayer.
  3. Here is an advice from my doctor; add vegetables to your daily meal, that way the amount of sugar in your meal would be less pronounced.

So cutting down on sugar is not impossible. But, like other aspects of dieting and nutrition, it requires a conscious effort to manage.

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Are Airlines Serving Healthy Foods To Passengers? Tips To Help You Improvise

There’s so much to dislike about air travel. There are the long lines and the delays, and of course, there is the bad airplane food. A recent survey  from Charles Platkin, nutrition professor at Hunter College and City University of New York found that airlines have a long way to go in making their meals and snacks nutritious and low in calories.

Talking about healthy food, it isn’t just about keeping the calorie count in check.  We should also take into account the amount of protein, fat and sugar content. The survey says even without looking at the nutritional information is that air plane food in general contains high levels of sodium. It could be the price you pay to get any enjoyment out of your air plane food. “Your taste buds change at high altitudes and you need more salt for the foods to have flavor.

So Here Is A Recommendation

Professor Platkin  encourages travellers to consult his survey, as well as their airline’s website, before their trip. Make a plan before you head to the airport, he said. If you are about to fly an airline that doesn’t have any healthy snack or meal options for you, try to eat a substantial meal before you leave and pack nutritious snacks, such as nuts, fruit and energy bars, Platkin recommended.

You can also usually find a list of airport restaurants online and pick up food to carry on at one of them. The important thing, when it comes to eating in the air, is that you never want to improvise.

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Why Ethiopia Is The Biggest Coffee Producing Nation

In Africa, Ethiopia is regarded as the birth place of coffee. Infact, Ethiopia produces some of the most unique and fascinating coffees in the world.

The country is Africa’s biggest producer and ranks fifth globally. Last year it exported 190,000 tonnes of coffee beans, earning around $700 million, and in 2016 Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa will host the 4th World Coffee Conference, a high-level gathering of global experts.

In Ethiopia, consuming coffee has traditionally been a ceremonial affair with a deep, spiritual meaning, conducted at home. The beans are roasted in an open pan so that their rich aroma draws family, neighbours and other guests to gather.

After they are ground with a mortar and pestle, the coffee is brewed in a jug and poured into small cups from a height, with an up-and-down motion. Cups are filled to the brim, representing a wish for “fullness of life” for the guest, and there are three servings, the last of which is called baraka, or blessing.

Ethiopians are coffee drinkers with a history of drinking and enjoying coffee for over 1,000 years, little wonder why the nation is called a home of coffee.

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African Food Delivery App For Nigerians Living Abroad – Ojaexpress .com

A new app for food delivery service that will bring hard-to-find African grocery items like smoked goat, melon seeds and garri right to your door is now available.

Gone are the days of spending hours in traffic just to get to the market and facing the hustle of the crowded market or waiting in long lines for your cultural food. Since I heard about this app in my opinion, I would say it is food stuff shopping made easier.

This new app know as ”OjaExpress” allows users to utilize their time more effectively, and spend time doing things they find more valuable and enjoyable.

It is  available to those who resides outside Nigeria mainly in Chicago area but would son be extended to those in New York .

The co-founder said customers can make special requests and can also use the app to look up the recipe.  While Sobitan said they’re in the process of partnering with local African restaurants.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free app and create a profile. The operation is similar to Peapod, an online grocery delivery service. Boyede Sobitan, 34, of Bronzeville, and co-founder Fola Dada launched OjaExpress  this last month of November

According to the founder, the app takes away the inconvenience and commute outside of the neighbourhood. There is also same-day delivery, and the service is available throughout Chicago.

Culled from dnainfo.com

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5 Delicious Food You Should Enjoy In This Month Of December

Enjoy the flavor of this sumptuous meals as we bring to you our top 5 delicious meals for the year 2015.

COCONUT RICE

Coconut rice

This Coconut rice delicacy should be on your top list of meal to enjoy this month. See Recipe here

IRIBOTOR

Iribotor Meal

This traditional meal of the Uroboh’s known as “Iribotor” is essentially a lighter version of the Igbos’ Nkwobi and Isi-Ewu recipes. I very sure you would loved every taste of it. See Recipe

GARDEN EGG SAUCE

Garden egg sauce

As a nutritious sauce that is healthy to have with rice or yam because it is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, and it’s also rich in antioxidants. Recipe here

UKODO

Plantain,yam pepper soup

Unripe plantain and yam pepper soup is one delicacy you would love to try. I call it the healthiest food in the world because it is rich in Iron and protein. This delicacy, known as ”Ukodo” in Delta state. Recipe here

Irish Potatoes with Catfish

Irish potatoes and fish is another meal that is breaktaking……

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3 Important Tips You Can Apply To Stop Sugar Free Drinks From Damaging Your Teeth, Doctor says

The human teeth is designed to do several things in our body as well add beauty to our smile. But when not given proper care, the countless of Sugar-free drinks produced may be as damaging to your teeth as those that contain the sweet stuff says Medical News Today

“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion,” said Eric Reynolds, a professor at Melbourne Dental School.

According to the medical News Today, Sugar forms a plaque on the tooth surface that bacteria digest and covert to acid. This acid attacks teeth by dissolving outer layers of tooth enamel, it can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth by creating a hole inside the tooth. So to protect tooth decay, The following  3 steps can help to preserve our teeth health:

  •  Look for acidic additives such as cirtric acid and phosphoric acid in the ingredient list of sugar free products
  • After eating or drinking any acidic products, rinse your mouth with water then wait for an hour before brushing
  • Chew sugarless gum after drinking acidic beverages to increase saliva flow to neutralize the acid.
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Reasons Why Sugar Is Toxic To Your Body

When expert warm against the dangers of consuming sugar and the health risk, most people think it means literally taking too many spoonful of sugar. But do you know that sugar comes to us in different forms like through  candies, ice cream and other desserts? The most troubling sugar of all isn’t the added sugar we consume on purpose; it’s the stuff we don’t even know we’re eating.   “Added sugars are sugars that are contributed during the processing or preparation of foods and beverages,”   Please note that the sugar naturally found in milk and dairy products, are naturally occurring fructose, the sugar that appears in fruit, don’t count.

Research have found out that a higher in take of sugar could mess up our body system. Naturally, once we take food that contains sugar, the body feels unsatisfied and seeks greater and greater doses of sugar in order for the flavor to register. That leads us to seek out candies and baked goods at the expense of real food.

This is so because our brain have a feel good hormone known as Oxytocin that make us feel satisfied immediately we consume sugary food. But ingredients that are used in foods to provide added sweetness and calories, from the much high fructose corn syrup to healthier-sounding ones like date syrup, cane sugar, and honey, are all considered added sugars.   So giving up added sugar has been shown to have several dramatic and rapid impacts on our health.

Moreso, cosumption of too much sugar significantly increases the levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterols), plus two proteins associated with elevated cholesterols and another compound, uric acid, that’s associated with diabetes and gout. So found a 2015 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

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10 Healthiest Foods Of All Time And Why You Should Always Eat Them

A registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero, author of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook,  have listed some essential fruits we should eat daily and why each of these foods is a powerhouse.

Its important we bear in mind that eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated. So to make it simple, TIME.com has curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods you should be eating now. But I would mention just 10 of them.

banana

Bananas and Why are bananas good for you: They are actually classified as an herb and they are an excellent source of cardioprotective potassium – that is ; it contains nutrients that protect the heart. Bananas also help to increase dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin – brain chemicals that counter depression.

oranges

Oranges and why they are good for you: Oranges are one of the most potent Vitamin C sources and are essential for disarming free radicals. Thy help protect our cell and sustain a healthy immune system

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Blueberries and why they are good for you: Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin and blueberries helps to protect vision, lower blood sugar levels and keep the mind sharp by improving memory and cognition.

Tangerines

Tangerines and why they are good for you: Thorough research has shown that Tangerines has more antioxidant than an orange,and this powerful little fruits soluble and insoluble fiber that play a role in reducing heart disease risk. Tangerines also help lower risk of  chronic eye disease like cateracts and may be protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Avocado

Avocados and why they are good for you: Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Substituting one avocado for a source of saturated fats like butter or cheese  may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes and why they are good for you:  As little as they  are in shape, Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are rich i Lycopence, a potent weapon against Cancer. Lycopene protect our cells’ DNA with its strong antioxidant power.

Mushroom

Mushrooms and why they are good for you: Mushrooms are antioxidants that fight cancer too. They are a good source of riboflavin, a vitamin that supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms and they are the highest source of vitamin D.

Garlic

Garlic and why they are good for you: Garlic boost immunity and support healthy joints. It is well known for its cardioprotective benefits and its also an effective antiviral.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and why they are good for you:  Although they have a bit more natural sugar than white potatoes, they are packed with nutrients. A large sweet potatoes contains more than a days worth of vitamin A, essential for eyesight and reproductive health. It also has B vitamins, fiber and potassuim and a  antioxidant which may enhance immunity and support metabolism

Sardines

Sardines and why they are good for you: Sardines contains omega-3 fatty acid and calcium content. This fatty acids go to improve blood flow, feeding our brain, stabilizing heart rhythms and keeping inflammation in check.

Credit: Time.com

World Egg Day

2015 World Egg Day Is Here Again!

Every second Friday in October is World egg day and Nigeria is one of the seven countries in Africa that celebrate it. Funtuna eggs, the first to introduce the concept of branded and packaged eggs to the Nigerian food industry, is the ambassador for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in Nigeria.

How to observe World Egg Day

This day is celebrated in the form of omelet cooking competitions, donation of egg recipe booklets, boiled egg donation, radio and TV advertisements and round table discussions as well as trying different egg recipes, click here

Funtuna eggs is a part of the global celebrations that are in place for the 20th anniversary of World Egg Day  October 9, 2015. The concept of ‘World  Egg Day is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of  eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.

Here are the benefits of eggs that would inspire you to celebrate this day.

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Foods You Need Avoid That Can Cause Catarrh

Have you ever noticed how people get catarrh after eating a meal or after being exposed to dust?  Surprisingly, this condition often keep people wondering why they keep having catarrh.

If you have such condition, here are certain foods to stay aware from so as to avoid having  recurrent Catarrh.

Wheat Products

Do you know that when you consume a lot of  pastries like Pasta, biscuits, cakes and many breakfast cereals that comes with milk, these are made from wheat product which can cause an excessive build-up of thick phlegm of the body.

Tip: Try avoid these foods for some period to see if your catarrh relieves you or totally disappears. This will help you pinpoint which foods or groups of foods that cause your recurring catarrh. Instead of just using catarrh drugs every time, this could help find a lasting solution.

Cold Water/Iced Foods

Cold drinks and some iced foods such as iced creams, cold beverage drinks and beers, etc., can cause this irritations. So if you are someone that takes cold water every day or like going out taking very chilled drinks with friends, it could be the source of your catarrh. You may want to try and be observant yourself to confirm this claim.

Milk  Products (Dairy)

Dairy products are known for their mucous-forming ability. They cause the formation of mucous in some people. So all you need to do is to be observant any time you consume this food and try reduce the quantity you consume.