TAG: Weight loss

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

Acai Berries and Weight Loss

Acai Berries and Weight Loss

Do Acai berries really help with weight loss, or are the claims nothing but hype? These purple-blue Brazilian berries can be purchased in juice, powder, or capsule form (they cannot be shipped whole because they perish too quickly), and they’re often sold as weight loss supplements. According to Hayashi (n.d.), Acai berries do not suppress appetite, speed the metabolism, or flatten the stomach. However, like many other berries, they are rich in antioxidants, so they may provide a number of health benefits ranging from cancer protection to overall slowing of the aging process. However, research has shown that juices made… read more

Lesser Known Benefits of Coffee

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Many of us consume coffee in one form or another on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Of its multiple virtues, coffee is often desired for its aroma, flavor, and energy-boosting properties. Beyond that, we’ve known that coffee reduces the risks of cancer and type 2 diabetes. It also makes you smarter, temporarily at least, by blocking the neurotransmitters that make you sleepy and thus, functioning at a lower cognitive level. Indeed, some may believe the benefits of coffee to be bottomless. But until we decipher them all, here are a few of coffee’s lesser known affects on the human… read more

Why Barley Is Better

Barley (Hordeum vugare L.) at Gatersleben

Whole grains provide many health benefits, but not everyone likes whole wheat in breads and baked goods. For those who find whole wheat unappealing, there are plenty of other whole grain options, including barley. Barley has an interesting history. In ancient Egypt, it was used in religious ceremonies and in ancient Rome, gladiators were known as Barley Men because they believed that eating barley enhanced their strength and stamina. Barley also formed the basis of the English measuring system whereby an inch was equivalent to three grains of barley placed lengthwise, end to end, and all other measures were built… read more

Garlic and Weight Loss

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Garlic is a health-promoting superfood that helps to protect against cancer and heart disease. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which means that consuming it regularly may reduce the risk of suffering colds and flus. In addition, new research suggests that garlic may provide weight loss benefits. Korean researchers spent eight weeks fattening up a group of mice, after which they continued to provide a fattening diet but supplemented it with garlic for seven additional weeks. Both fat and overall body weight were reduced among the garlic-eating mice, along with the negative health impacts of the fattening diet (Sass,… read more