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Quick Tips For America’s Favorite Fruit

By Tammy Williams

Most apples are great for cooking, whether you’re making applesauce, crisps, crumbles, or cake. In general, the apple’s sweetness pairs nicely with classic dishes and can be used as a substitute sweetener.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your apples.

Go for firm
When buying apples, choose ones without bruises or soft, mushy spots. They should be firm for their specific variety (a McIntosh will not be as firm as a Granny Smith).

Wrapped in the dark
To keep apples for an extended period of time, wrap each apple in newspaper (don’t use paper with colored ink), and then store in a dark, cool place like the cellar or the garage. To keep apples in the fridge, place them in a perforated plastic bag and then in the crisper. Do not store bruised or cut apples since that will accelerate the spoilage of the other stored apples.

A touch of lemon
If you’re slicing apples and don’t want the exposed pieces of flesh to turn brown, sprinkle lemon juice over them.

Sweet and tart
When baking a pie, use a mix of sweet and tart apples to obtain a balanced flavor.

Eating Strawberries May Reduce Cholesterol Levels

 

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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like compound that belongs to a class of molecules called steroids. It’s found in many foods, in your bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. If you had a handful of cholesterol, it might feel like a soft, melted candle.

Cholesterol performs three main functions:

It helps make the outer coating of cells.
It makes up the bile acids that work to digest food in the intestine.
It allows the body to make Vitamin D and hormones, like estrogen in women and testosterone in men.

In other words, cholesterol is a type of fat that people normally carry in their blood but it can act as an ally or a deadly enemy.

The liver is the organ responsible for producing the cholesterol we need . However, when you consume foods like eggs, organ meats, red meat, seafood and dairy you build extra amount of unwanted cholesterol in the body. Too much cholesterol can cause cardiovascular disease and stroke. When cholesterol builds up in the arteries it causes them to be narrow and hard. This is known as atherosclerosis.

Licensed dietitians and nutritionist advise us to limit our consumption of foods that will increase cholesterol levels. On the other hand, it is necessary to consume high amounts of foods that will not only help control cholesterol but also reduce it.

One food that has been found to lower cholesterol are strawberries. Strawberries have nutritional compounds that are helpful to lowering  cholesterol .Not only is this fruit fresh and delicious but it gives you the vitamins and minerals that will help improve your health and prevent cardiovascular problems . The researchers at Universidad Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM Italy) along with their colleagues from the Universities of Salamanca,  conducted an analysis that reveals how the consumption of 500 grams of strawberries help reduce cholesterol.

They have found that regular consumption of strawberries helped to achieve a decline in the total amount of cholesterol (8.78 percent), bad cholesterol (13.72 percent) and triglycerides – a kind of fat found in blood (20.8 percent) – without affecting the level of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein or HDL).

Apart from lowering cholesterol, the strawberry diet helped to improve general plasma lipid profile, antioxidants and antihemolytic activities and platelet function, according to a statement from the researchers.

However, researchers could not find out the exact compound in the strawberries that helped this occurrence. Based on previous evidence, they said that anthocyanin, the flavonoid pigments which provide color to strawberry may be playing a major role.

The Quick Guide to Herbal Remedies – eBook

by Dr. Akilah El

by Dr. Akilah El

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7 Heart Health Threatening Lifestyle Habits

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By: Stephanie Ingram 

Precise Lifestyle choices play a major role in living a hale and hearty life. Heart related ailments are on rise these days and are becoming the biggest cause of death around the globe. Heart is not just a pumping machine, it’s the most crucial part of a human’s body that is significantly responsible for overall health. A healthy heart levels a healthy life. You lifestyle choices will make your heart healthier . Apart from knowing what you can and should do for your healthy heart, it’s also vitally important to know what you shouldn’t do to lower the risks of heart ailments and strokes. Below are some of the:

Avoiding Regular Exercising

Sedentary lifestyle and paying no attention to regular exercise is the main heart health threatening tasks that weaken your heart. Avoiding exercising leaves you dull and unfit that directly affects your heart functions. Studies show that people who are not physically at least 5 to 7 hours in a week have a 40% higher risk of serious diseases and early death.

Skipping Breakfasts:

Skipping breakfast habit is surprisingly linked with poor heart conditions. Keeping your body in a state of fasting by omitting the first meal of the day may upset the metabolism. A disturbed metabolism is one of the life threatening conditions for your overall health. It may disturb the insulin resistance in the body which may lead blood pressure problems and heart ailments.

Avoiding Depression Management

Stress and tension can take a toll on your heart fitness. Feeling sadness or depressed is OK when things don’t go in your favor. The harm is to be depressed for prolonged periods. Avoiding the signs of depression can affect your heart health. Management of depression and talking about your problems with someone understanding is necessary to live life fully. Pessimistic attitude leads the heart diseases.

Smoking Consistently

Smoking is one of the habits that simply do NO good for you. The effects of consistent smoking are life threatening. Heart ailments, certain types of Cancers and respiratory tract infections are fast growing risks of smoking. It’s hard for people to say NO to cigarettes. Constant exposure to second hand smoke also harms your heart.

Avoiding Eating Veggies & Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are the main parts of a balanced diet. The hectic lifestyle and easy availability of cooked, frozen and fast foods make it hard to get plant food in adequate amount. It has been proved by researches that people taking lesser amount of veggies and fruits are at higher risk of a stroke than those who take a perfect balanced diet with all essential nutrients.

Avoiding Oral Health

Avoid Flossing is one of the heart threatening habits that not only affects your teeth’s shine but your heart. Studies prove that dental health and avoiding regular flossing exclusively harm your cardiovascular health.  Gum diseases and heart diseases are strongly correlated. Coronary artery passages are narrowed by the bacteria that enter through mouth’s blood vessels. It decreases the blood flow and hurts heart.

Disturbed Sleeping Patterns

Not having adequate sleep every day may affect your heart functions. Both are the signs of disturbed sleep patterns whether you’re getting lesser sleep than 5 hours or getting more than 9 hours. Poor sleeping habits directly lift up the blood pressure and levels of stress hormones.

About Author:

Stephanie Ingram is a blogger, writer at fitnessrepublic.com, enthusiast to spend her efforts and time in learning, applying and writing fitness articles, food and nutrition articles, health care and green living. She has been passionate about learning and sharing the ways to improve fitness and maintain optimal health in order to live an active life.

5 Ways to Consume Coconut for Good Health

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Like coconut? Then you’re gonna LOVE these 5 ways to  enjoy this fabulous fruit!

1) Oil: This new kitchen essential gets a workout for dinner and dessert. It’s great for sautéing, and the subtle aroma of virgin oil makes it perfect with tropical cuisines like Thai or Jamaican. It’s best with light ingredients, such as seafood or veggies. On the sweet side, it’s wonderful for baking. Just like butter, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and liquid when warm, so try it in place of some of the butter in cake recipes-it’ll lighten them up and lend a little nuttiness.

2) Water: Surely you got the memo that coconut water is hydrating. But it’s good for more than just replacing lost potassium after a workout. Coconut water can lend a hint of flavor.

3) Dried Flakes: Think of them as your new nut. Toast, then add to granola, or sprinkle atop yogurt or a pot of grains for a tasty finish. Always buy unsweetened; the sweetened stuff is a sugar bomb.

4) Sugar: Sugar made from the coconut palm is less refined than white, so it retains a good amount of potassium and iron. And it’s a blessing for any baker more interested in alternative sugars than math: It’s an equal substitute for white sugar. Find it in natural food stores and some supermarkets.

5) Milk: We’ve long been using coconut milk in curries, but recently we’ve found it indispensable at breakfast as a creamy addition to herbal teas, oatmeal, or smoothies in place of dairy.

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