Sugar is a natural, sweet substance derived from plant extracts of sugarcane and beets. A vital part of a balanced diet and important source of energy, sugar is a chief flavouring agent in savory dishes and desserts. However, if consumed in excess it could lead to serious health issues, such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Here are eight ways to help you cut down on your sugar consumption. Beware Sugar Substitutes Corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, malt syrup and fruit juice concentrates are all unhealthy sugar substitutes. Cut Down On The Sauce Although great with pakodas, sauces are high in sugar as many of them contain fructose corn syrup. Switch to homemade sauces instead. Cut Down On Quantity While baking or cooking use only half, or three- fourth of the prescribed portion of sugar. Don’t Go Fake Artificial sugar sweeteners or ‘sugar-free’ food items may contain hidden sugars which promote weight gain. Read Food Labels Opt for food and drink items with ‘no-added sugar’. Shun Energy Bars Though a good source of protein and fiber, most contain granola which is high in fats, sugar and also calories. Steer Clear of Packaged Foods Packaged foods … Continue reading 8 effective ways to reduce sugar consumption →
Everyday, we are flooded with the information about cholesterol being the prime accused on the incidence of heart attack. But, why too much of it is a cause for concern and how one should keep it under check, are questions that constantly bother us. Get to know your cholesterol We all know that there are 2 types of cholesterol – good and bad. LDL is the bad, while HDL is considered to be the good cholesterol. Certain factors like sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, smoking, alcohol, diabetes, high blood pressure, under-active thyroid gland, wrong genetics, age, early menopause and over consumption of foods like red meat, sausages, cheese, pastry, cakes, most biscuits and cream cause rise in cholesterol levels. When a person follows a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits, his body is capable of handling excess cholesterol. The liver compensates for the excess cholesterol by reducing its own production and thus keeps blood levels in check. But when a person leads an unhealthy lifestyle and has no control over his diet, his body fails to handle dietary cholesterol with expertise and allows excess cholesterol to travel into the bloodstream. High cholesterol in the blood along with other factors initiates the process … Continue reading How to increase good cholesterol →
When the amount of fat or sugar intake does not get used or converted into energy, it leads to an increase in weight or obesity. The area around your abdomen or belly area is the first body part to get affected. If you are wondering about the different reasons for obesity, here are the five major ones. The Great Genes It’s all right there in your genes. If you are from a background where obesity runs in the family, then there are high chances of your getting affected with it. Our genes have a strong effect on our health and obesity is one of the things that can be inherited through our genes. Poor Diet When a person is unable to get his diet under control or mismanages his diet, it leads to obesity. If you are someone who doesn’t eat at proper intervals or eats frequently then you are sure to get affected with this lifestyle disorder. Sleep Deprived If you are someone who loves watching late night movies or spends the night on the internet, then your health is at threat. People who sleep less or deprive themselves of sleep tend to put on weight faster and are … Continue reading 5 main causes leading to obesity →
Tomato is an excellent and readily available health choice. Have it as a fruit/salad, or chop it and make it a part of your vegetable recipe, or just grind it into a paste and prepare soup or gravy. This sweet and tangy little vegetable, not only has an attractive red appearance, but also is loaded with essential nutrients that our body requires. There are many advantages of eating tomato, and the best part is that it is readily available and suits everyone’s budget too. It helps us lose weight the natural way while giving us many other health benefits. Promotes healthy skin Eating tomato every day will give you a healthy and glowing skin. The vegetable comprises of beta-carotene that offers protection to the skin from the harmful UV radiations. Further, ripe tomato has the antioxidant lycopene, which makes the skin tough enough to bear the hazardous sun rays, thus, preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Lycopene is an essential ingredient of most of the artificial facials available in the market. If you don’t like eating tomato, then you can enjoy its health benefits by using its pulp as a natural face cleanser. It’s very good for healthy weight … Continue reading 8 health benefits of tomatoes →
If we thought that elevated levels of cholesterol were the only major risk factor in a heart disease, latest scientific research has yet another surprise in store for us. New research suggests that every person who has suffered a heart attack does not necessarily have high cholesterol. In recent years, homocysteine has started gaining prominence as a cause of heart disease. What is Homocysteine Homocysteine is an amino acid, which is harmless if it is properly metabolized by the body. However, if it isn’t, then this amino acid would build up in excessive quantities in the blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Men with the highest levels of homocysteine have three times more risk of precipitating a heart attack. This is despite all other factors such as lipid profile, blood pressure, and smoking being under control. Scientific researchers generally believe that homocysteine increases the possibility of clot formation and promotes plaque formation, damaging the arteries. Causes of homocysteine There is a generic factor that determines how efficiently our body metabolizes amino acid. However, the principle problem appears to be associated with our diet. Homocysteine levels in our blood tend to build up … Continue reading Homocysteine – A threat to the heart →
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