Know How to remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

Eating healthy food is the key to a healthy body. But most fruits, vegetables and other food items today are laden with pesticide residues. These residues can cause several diseases in our body. So, it is necessary to remove them from our food as much as possible. Let us take a look at the steps that we can follow at home to get rid of the pesticide residues in our fruits, vegetables and other food items.

 Washing

  • Washing is the first step towards the removal of traces of pesticide in our food items. Wash with 2 percent salt water to remove the residues from the surface of food items.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with cold water for two to three times.
  • Wash the green leafy vegetables thoroughly to minimize the residues on them.

Blanching

Steaming or treating most vegetables in hot water for a short while is effective in the removal of pesticide remains.

Peeling

Peeling of fruits and vegetables can remove both systemic and contact pesticides to a large extent. Concentration, dehydration and extraction from the raw product are also effective against the problem.

Cooking

Cooking different types of food in the proper manner helps in removing pesticide remains from them.

  • Pressure cooking, baking and frying of animal products removes the pesticide residues from animal fat tissues.
  • Boiling of milk results in destruction of such residues present in the liquid.
  • Proper heating of vegetable oils before cooking helps to remove the residues from the oil.

Top 5 Foods for your Kidney Health

A balanced diet is one of the most essential requirements for a healthy body. Eating the right food often helps in controlling certain ailments. If you are suffering from kidney disease, you will be glad to know about certain foods that are good for your kidney health. These super foods are helpful for your overall health as well. Let us have a look at 5 such kidney-friendly foods.

Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers are one of the most helpful foods for promoting kidney health. They contain low amount of potassium but are rich in vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. These peppers are known to contain the antioxidant lycopene that is effective against certain kinds of cancer.

Apples

We all know that apples are one of the best foods for a healthy body. This fruit has high fiber content and possess anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective against constipation and heart diseases. It also acts to decrease the risk of cancer in your body.

Egg whites

Egg-white is very effective for your kidney health. This food is rich in protein and amino acids. Egg-whites also contain low amount phosphorous as compared to other sources of protein.

Fish

Fish is another super food that is good for your kidney. It is a rich source of protein and anti-inflammatory fats called Omega-3s. Fish also prevents heart disease and cancer.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower contains a lot of vitamin C, folate and fiber. It carries compounds that facilitate the liver to act against toxic substances.

Healthy Food for a Healthy Heart

imagesWorried about a heart attack that might happen to you? There are many ways you can reduce your chances of getting a heart attack. Eating right is one among those. There are a lot of food items which might naturally strengthen your power to keep a heart issue at bay. Here is a list of a few natural foods you can include in your grocery list if you are worried much about your heart.

1. Apples.

The soluble and insoluble fibre in Apples help you lower the bad cholesterol levels and prevent the pre-heart attack condition called atherosclerosis. It is not just for fun that the proverb goes an apple a day.

2.  Oranges

The folate and the Vitamin B9 in oranges will help in reducing the homocysteine levels of your body. Higher homocysteine levels are known to provoke a heart attack.

3. Green peas

Another warrior in the battle against homocysteine. The homocysteine molecules will damage the blood vessels and create havoc to your heart.

4. Grapes

Grapes are rich in antioxidants like flavans, anthocyanins, quercetin, kaempferol and resveratrol which are effective in lowering the cholesterol level.

5. Nuts

Nuts are your safest source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, Magnesium and Potassium. Add a handful of a variety to nuts to your daily diet. Make sure you do not overdo it though.

6. Green Beans

Green beans rich in antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin C is extremely helpful in preventing the arteries from stocking oxidized cholesterol.

7. Papaya

Who knew that the humble papaya will be such a strong player in lowering the bad cholesterol levels using its powerful antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Stay Healthy with Organic Green Tea

Image Green tea is quickly becoming one of the most popular drinks throughout the world. The Chinese used green tea to treat a range of diseases from headaches to depression for more than four thousand years. Recent researches are proving that this habit of drinking green tea among the Chinese has been influential in decreasing the risk of esophageal cancer among them by almost sixty percent. Apart from reducing the chances of cancer, green tea also helps in reducing the cholesterol levels, infections of various kinds, improves immunity and is helpful in coping with cardiovascular disease and rheumatic arthritis.

Organic green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols compared to conventional green teal. Catechin polyphenols are very powerful antioxidants capable of destroying the cancer cells without harming the healthy cells. While there are many other varieties of tea, what makes green tea so special? The difference lies in the way green tea is processed. It is steamed rather than being fermented like in the case of black or oolong teas, preventing the healthy components from being oxidized.

Apart from fighting so many deadly diseases, organic green tea also reduces ageing and increases longevity. The anti oxidants in green tea prevent the skin from getting exposed to the harmful effects of free radicals, there by resisting wrinkles and ageing.

Organic green tea is found to be effective while dieting. Drinking organic green tea regularly will help burn calories more effectively. Another desirable and unbelievable effect organic green tea has is that if prevents tooth decay. Green tea also helps in reducing stress and anxiety. The benefits of organic green tea will actually go on. Now that we know these many benefits of organic green tea, why shouldn’t we be drinking it regularly?

Healthy Eating Tips

Health is wealth. A balanced diet and healthy eating habits are essential to maintain a good health. Read on to know about a few healthy eating tips:

Maintain calorie count

Weight is gained or lost due to calories. When the body consumes more calories but spends less, the extra calories pile up inside the body to boost fat deposits. If less than necessary calories are consumed, the body experiences tiredness and fatigue. The key is to consume the correct amount of calories. An average man needs around 2500 calories and an average woman requires about 2000 calories per day.

Eat healthy food items

Include lots of starchy food items like potatoes, rice, cereals and bread in your diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Include fish in your diet as it is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins.

Cut down on sugar, salt and saturated fat

Food items rich in sugar, salt or saturated fat are harmful for the body. Avoid pastries, biscuits, cakes, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks which contain high amount of sugar. Control the intake of salt as it increases blood pressure. Consumption of salt must be restricted to less than 6g a day for anyone above 11 years. Saturated fats must be avoided as it increases the cholesterol count and the risk of heart diseases. Butter, cakes, cream, biscuits, cheese are a few items rich in saturated fats.

Follow healthy habits

Healthy habits are essential for a healthy body. Do not skip breakfast. Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. Daily intake of at least 1.2 litres of water is necessary for an adult body.

Gluten in Food

Gluten-FreeThe talk about gluten and gluten free food is frequenting in our everyday food vocabulary. Just what is this gluten? Why are people obsessing about it? Is it really that bad for health?

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein composite found in processed food. Gluten is that factor which gives elasticity to certain kinds of food. It is the factor which makes pizza stretchy, bread soft and our sauces thick. There are a huge number of people who might be sensitive to gluten and has really bad digestive issues due to over consumption of gluten. Celiac disease is one of the major problems caused by food with gluten which is characterized by severe diarrhea or constipation, bloating, fatigue and anemia.

Common Food Sources of Gluten

Gluten is most commonly found in grains like barley, bran, wheat or semolina. Naturally, all pastas containing wheat or semolina will be rich in gluten. Other important and common sources of gluten are baked or processed foods like cakes, bread, muffins, pastries and pizza crust. It is also found in oven or deep friend meats, hot dogs and other kinds of processed meat.

The list of villains goes on and on. There is gluten in beer, salad dressings, gravies and sauces, potato chips, French fries and so on and so forth.

You must be wondering whether there is anything in the world which is gluten free. Yes, there is. They are called fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy non processed meat and poultry, milk and milk products. Even though your parents had no clue about something called gluten, they warned you right about eating all that junk and falling sick, didn’t they? Well, you don’t need fancy sounding words, but mere common sense to stay healthy. Now that we know the fancy word called ‘gluten’, you can fashionably say no to junk and be an old fashioned, yet sophisticated modern foodie! Now say it aloud, I don’t do gluten!

Colour Wheel of Fruits and Vegetables

images1222Everyone knows that eating fruits and vegetables is nutritious. But do you know why we have different colours for different fruits and vegetables? Not only because it will look nice that way. It is nature’s way to make sure that we get all the nutrients evenly. If you want a full round of nutrition, pick out a rainbow and eat it too. Fruits and vegetables might have the elixir in them to protect you from heart disease, strokes, blood pressure, cataract and even some kinds of cancer. Here is the colour wheel take on nutritious fruits and veggies.

Red

Red vegetables and fruits contain nutrients like lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin and much more. These nutrients are integral in reducing the risk of prostrate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce the growth of different kinds of tumors, balance cholesterol levels and helps fight arthritis.

Major fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, strawberries, papaya, watermelon, apple, oranges, cherries, red capsicum and pomegranates.

Orange

Orange or yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in beta carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium and vitamin C. These are helpful in fighting ageing, cholesterol and blood pressure. It promotes collagen formation and aids healthy joints.

Major fruits and vegetables: squash, carrots, lemon, mango, orange, pineapple, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.

Green

Green vegetables and fruits contain chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, calcium, folate, vitamin C and beta carotene. These nutrients help reduce the risk of cancer and balance the cholesterol level. It also aids digestion and enhances the immune system.

Major fruits and vegetables: leafy greens, cabbage, cucumber, green apple, bottle gourd, ladies finger, bitter gourd, snake gourd and green capsicum.

Blue and Purple

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, fiber, flavanoids, ellagic acid and guercetin. These nutrients, apart from other benefits, act as anti-carcinogens in the digestive tract and limit the activity of cancer cells.

Major fruits and vegetables: plums, eggplant, grapes

White

Rich in beta glucans, EGCG, SDG and lignans, the white fruits and vegetables boost the immune system. These help reduce the risk of colon, breast and prostrate cancers by balancing the hormone levels.

Major fruits and vegetables: bananas, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions, potatoes and turnips.

Top 7 Reasons to Eat Mangoes

MangoMango is one fruit which can very well be called a super fruit. Most people find its taste and fragrance dear to their hearts, and it is loaded with nutrients. It is the healthiest treat you can offer yourself this tropical summer. This exotic fruit has the power to blow your mind, whether you have it as the real fruit itself, make milk shakes or juices out of it or even go for the more sophisticated mango cheesecakes or mango shrikand.

Apart from the obvious tasteful reasons, there are seven other reasons why this exotic fruit should reach your plate.

  1. The fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  2. It is found in new researches that the fruit is helpful in protecting against colon, breast, leukemia and prostrate cancers.
  3. Mangoes are the best source of Vitamin A which is essential for good vision and proper functioning of the mucus membranes and skin.
  4. It is also a good source of potassium which helps control the heart rate and blood pressure.
  5. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These vitamins protect you from infections, enable sufficient hormone production within the brain and reduce the risk of getting a stroke.
  6. It also contains moderate amounts of copper which is helpful in the production of red blood cells.
  7. Last but not the least; the mango peel is rich in phytonutrients which are essential for the human body.

Top 10 Reasons to Say No to Processed Food

If you get yourself addicted to junk food or processed food, it might be really hard to say bye to them. But by doing so, you are improving your health in more big ways than one. Incase you are doubtful about what real harm processed food can do to you, read along.images11

  1. On every packet of processed food these days you will see a lot of claims for being low fat, low carb, added vitamins, zero trans fat and so on and so forth. But the real deal is that how much ever low fat literature they write on their covers, they are the number one culprit in creating an obese generation in India.
  2. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer are some fatal diseases you might have if you fall in this processed food rut.
  3. Processed food might appear easier and cheaper now, but it will cost a lot to treat for the health hazards they induce in your life.
  4. Do you know that most processed food will never rot even if you stock it for months and years altogether? Are you sure you want to stomach something that doesn’t degenerate or digest well?
  5. Processed foods have either too much salt, sugar or oil or perhaps all of it. There is a limit to the sugar or salt human body can consume safely and processed food manufacturers don’t seem to take care of that.
  6. Do you know that by consuming white bread, you are consuming nothing but empty calories with minimal nutrition as opposed to the healthy wholegrain bread.
  7. They are also one reason why your body weight is skyrocketing.
  8. Check out the unpronounceable chemical ingredients present in all the processed food you plan to eat and decide whether you really want to eat that junk.
  9. The calories listed on packets do not really help you in maintaining the amount of calories you eat or burn. What really matters is whether you are earning good calories from whole foods which have nothing bad to offer you.
  10. It also makes you happy when you eat a banana and know that you are eating a banana. When you are eating some sort of flavored crispy fries that come in flashy packets, you are not sure about what exactly you are eating.

Live Long and Prosper

You wish longevity for someone, but the wish for longevity is fast becoming an irony in the current world where there are a million new diseases out there every day to hunt you down to death. You will sit and wonder why you are infested with these many threats towards longevity. A recent study on fruit flies show that those flies that were fed on organic produce lived longer. Does it ring a bell?

The earlier generation had lesser health issues and had a longer life, the key to it being the healthy diet they were having. They food they ate was organic without being labeled ‘organic’. There was no ready availability of processed food and they ate mostly whole grains, fresh produce cultivated perhaps by their own hands in their own backyards and poultry raised in their own households. To top it all, exercise or staying active was not a forced activity, but a normal way of life. Walking around was the norm. Alcohol was to celebrate happy occasions and was never part of the daily routine.

It only makes sense to see that they had a reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other such diseases which will affect the longevity. There is no conclusive evidence yet, but it does not hurt if you adopt a healthy lifestyle and eat organic instead of the obviously harmful processed junk.

The fruits and vegetables grown with the help of chemical interventions may retain the residues of pesticides, which will eventually make its way to our body systems. Even if these residual exposures to pesticides are just a minimum, it is sufficient to cause multiple health hazards including serious neurological disorders. On the other hand, the organic produce is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are missing in these pesticide enhanced produce. Higher iron and calcium levels in organic produce will aid in having stronger bones and muscles, keeping the consumers healthy and active even in old age.

If you feel that buying organic burns a hole in your pocket, imagine the exorbitant bills you have to pay at hospitals while treating multiple lifestyle diseases caused just by eating pesticide laden food, and you will be able to see that the savings didn’t add to much. Make your choices in life wisely. Live long and prosper indeed.