TAG: Fiber

Eat It, Skin And All

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Eating fruit and vegetables is universally acknowledged as an important part of a healthy diet. However there are a few ways in which you can maximise the goodness you get from them. The skin of most fruits and vegetables contains a lot of vital nutrients, including the fiber. A typical red apple contains at least 2 grams of fiber and 6 grams of calcium if eaten whole. If, however you peeled your apple first, your intake would be 1.8 grams of fiber and the calcium level is cut in half. This may seem like a minor variance but remember that a… read more

Best Eat Your Oats

Eat Your Oats

  Oats are among the health-promoting superfoods. Study findings reported by the Whole Grains Council and the George Mateljan Foundation suggest that oats reduce the risk of many different illnesses, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight. Weight control: A study of 204 overweight adults found that eating whole-grain oat-based cereal twice a day helped subjects to reduce their waistlines. A control group eating the same number of calories did not achieve the same waist-circumference reduction. Other research has found that whole grains create a greater feeling of satiety than white bread (which reduces the likelihood of food… read more

Enrich Fabric with Natural Dye

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For thousands of years, humans have used dyes to enhance interactions with our environment; and indeed, much of our perception of other sensations, including taste and smell, are greatly influenced by appearance. Specifically, by an object’s pigmentation. Such is the reason viewing temperate land blush after rainfall could be considered an act of visual gluttony. It may entice you, then, to know you can saturate items of your own using the natural resources around you. The following are plant parts well suited for use as dyestuff: Flowers – Most flowers can be used fresh or dried. To dry the flowers… read more

Power-Generating Fabric

Power Generating Fabric

While traditionally used to protect humans from harsh climate conditions, clothes embedded with smart fibers can additionally alleviate stresses placed on the environment by humans. Fibers can be considered ‘smart’ if their reaction to the conditions they are subject to are powerful enough to harvest energy. Primary examples of smart fibers include photovoltaic and piezoelectric fibers. Photovoltaic fibers draw on solar energy, making them suitable in applications that receive plenty of exposure to sunlight. Piezoelectric fibers are stimulated by mechanical strain and vibration, the reaction to which is strong enough to generate energy. As piezoelectric materials portray the piezoelectric effect,… read more

Black Rice Benefits

Black Rice

Sometimes found tucked into packets of white rice, if not overlooked altogether, black rice is a sticky variety of rice that offers a vast selection of vitamins and nutrients not prevalent in other varieties. Like other foods of darker shades, it is generally better for you than its lighter colored counterparts like white rice, which pales in comparison. This is not mere coincidence; it owes its dark shade to the anthocyanin antioxidants it contains. Its color also garners it the names of ‘purple rice’ and ‘forbidden rice’. Don’t let the latter deter you. The only reason ever to neglect this grain,… read more

Kale: A Certain Superfood

Kale: A Superfood

Kale is a dark leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassica family, a group that includes Brussels sprouts, collards, and cabbage. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, and its rich antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a potent health-promoter. Research indicates that eating kale regularly may help to protect against certain cancers and to lower cholesterol (a risk factor for heart disease), as well as supporting the body’s natural detoxification system. According to the George Mateljan Foundation (2012), Kale is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C; a very good source of fiber, calcium*, and potassium; and… read more

Potato Powerhouse

Potato Powerhouse

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel source, but potatoes are much more than just an energy booster. Potassium supports optimal muscle performance and potatoes are actually higher in potassium than bananas, the fruit often lauded as a top potassium source. Potatoes also contain iron and B and C vitamins, and their skins are a great source of fiber (you can increase your fiber intake by eating a larger number of smaller potatoes rather than one or two big ones because you’ll consume more fiber-rich skin this way). Potatoes have gotten a bad rap as a fattening food, but the reason… read more

The Third Fiber – The Healthy Starch

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Despite its name, Resistant Starch performs in a similar nature to both soluble and insoluble fiber. Some even classify it as third type of fiber. Although it is indeed a starch, resistant starch (RS) cannot be fully broken down and absorbed. This creates unique health benefits, including improved digestion, lower rates of insulin release, lower levels of blood cholesterol and fat, and improved weight management. There are four known types of resistant starch. The first type, “physically inaccessible”, is unable to be broken down and digested. It is found in beans, seeds, and whole or partially milled grains. Physical inaccessibility is… read more

The Humble Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a powerful source of antioxidants which we all know are great for eliminating free radicals. Vitamin C and manganese, which are both powerful antioxidants, are packed into the humble cauliflower.  Cauliflower also contains carotenoids and phytonutrients.  Introducing it into your diet can reduce your risk for diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory as it contains high amounts of vitamin K which help decrease inflammation. A great source of fiber which is essential for digestion. It also is packed with necessary B vitamins. Cauliflower contains purines, which when broken down by the body, produce… read more

Anti-inflammatory foods

Blueberries are a great anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory eating has many health benefits that could see us live healthier, longer lives. If we incorporate lots of plant foods and moderate portions of animal foods into our diet, we would see a much healthier population. Below are ten foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties which have anti-aging benefits also. 1. Blueberry A rich source of anti-oxidants, blueberries are high in phytochemicals which can help prevent some diseases and reduce inflammation. 2. Green Tea Green tea has many polyphenols that have potent antioxidant properties which are said to be greater than vitamin C. The flavonoids in green tea… read more