Saturday, August 11, 2012

Avocado- wonder food or fat trap?

Avocado- just the sound of it conjures up  buttery soft and smooth green goodness. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, the avocado was traditionally grown in Central America and is now grown throughout the world.
Avocadoes are high in monunsaturated fat which raises the HDL (good) cholesterol level and has other nutrients that lower bad cholesterol.
Full of natural goodness, it's a wonderfood but like all good things, too much of avocado in a day can derail your diet since it is high in fat. Half an avocado is a good serving since it's below 200 calories and can be a tasty and satisfying addition to either your salad or sandwich.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)- Good or bad?

Anything with fructose and corn in it doesn't sound like a bad thing, does it? In fact, it sounds downright healthy. However, you could be aeons from guessing the perils of consuming HFCS.
First of all, there's nothing natural about the way it's produced. It's made by processing corn starch with chemicals like caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and enzymes. 
Second, it has almost next to none nutritional value. Yet, it's used commonly in breakfast cereals, bread, sweets. 
Alright, so it's sweet like sugar(in fact, sweeter)- what's the big  deal?
Here's what's wrong with this picture. 
HFCS (which has a higher blend of fructose to glucose) is linked with obesity, heart disease, tooth decay primarily because of the way it's metabolized compared to sugar and is absorbed faster into the blood stream which then leads to an increased production in insulin. In the long run, this leads to an increased risk of developing diabetes. HFCS intake messes with the delicate balance of your hormones and can induce you to eat more.
So do pay attention to the ingredients of your groceries. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Junk food

Scarfing down a  burger
Licking the salt off french fries
Guzzling down large sugary drinks

How often is this part of your diet? When you talk about fast food, people think about the fat and sugar that we consume. Fast food chains are  nothing but assembly lines where the buns, meat and pitiful little vegetables are sourced at a low-costs from various locations and then assembled together into something resembling food. But do you stop and think about whether it's natural to consume food that has large expiry dates, has dubious nutrition with white processed flour being the nutritive cornerstone? It's proven scientific  research that developing countries after having fast food outlets introduced in their countries,show a greater precedence for the "western" diseases like heart ailments and diabetes.

Before you reach out for a burger,think about what you're putting into your body! More still, if you're subjecting your children to this, please stop! 

Green Peas- A surprising source of protein!!


Who would have thought that the humble green pea would be a power food? One cup of green peas has about 3grams of protein, is laden with all the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that you can imagine. It's also rich in B-1, B- 2 and B- 6 vitamins.

The food pyramid recommends 2 to 3 servings of protein per day and adding this inexpensive wonder-food is a good low-fat option to meet those requirements. Green peas are so versatile- you can have them as a soup, sprinkle them on a salad, stir them into a vegetable stew or serve along with rice as a pilav. You can combine peas with other nutritional powerhouses like red cabbage, french beans or carrots as a simple vegetable saute.

Frozen green peas are just as good as the fresh ones- just be sure to rinse them well before using since sodium is used as part of the freezing process. That way,you don't end up consuming unnecessary sodium.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Metamorphosis

I decided to re-enter the world of blogging and share insights that I get from my lifelong journey on fitness!