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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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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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7 Foods for Healthier Skin

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As beauty products get more high-tech, the top complexion cures still come from the most natural quarters: the aisles of your super­market. “Increasingly, studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. Here are 10 cream-of-the-crop ways to nourish your skin from the inside and out.

Get Glowing with Chocolate 
Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. “And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,” adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. “When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and the author of Feed Your Face.

Protect with Pomegranates 
They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick. When applied to skin, the fruits’ antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize,

Soften Skin with Walnuts 
“Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity,” Dr. Bank says. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture, and slough tough calluses.

Fight Crow’s-Feet with Peppers 
“Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes,” Dr. Wu says. Also, studies found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun, Dr. Bank says. Aim for about two cups of peppers daily.

Brighten Up with Sunflower Seeds 
Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels, when topically applied. 

Zap Zits with Kidney Beans
 

They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels, Dr. Wu explains. “That may be because of zinc’s healing properties.” Have a four-ounce serving of kidney beans to help you stay in the clear. In addition, studies show topical zinc to be as effective against acne as antibiotics are. Body lotions with zinc.

Look Younger with Oatmeal 
Steel-cut oatmeal is less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. “Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable,” Dr. Wu says. “This is important because studies found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body’s level of androgens, hormones that can contribute to wrinkles.” Oats are also exceptionally skin healing.

 

 

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