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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Dry Fruits

  • Almonds: Almonds are undoubtedly the healthiest options of all the time that help you fight against a number of health issues, including constipation, respiratory problems, heart diseases, hair or skin problems, etc. So, the very next time when your mother or grandmother give you a handful of almonds to munch, don’t cheat, just eat them. They are known for their health benefits and having them regularly in an appropriate quantity keeps the diseases away.
  • Cashew: Another popular and common dry fruit that you need to incorporate into your diet is cashew. They have property to fight against health, hair and skin problems. Additionally, they keep your bones strong and fulfill the need of calcium in your body. It’s an energy food that eliminates your need of having junk by keeping you full for a longer period.
  • Walnut: These brain-look nuts have the ability to improve your memory and keep you fit. It contains omega-3 that provides great relief to asthma patients. Apart from that, it also has the ability to deal with the Alzheimer’s disease. It is also good for the people who fail to fall asleep. It supplies protein, fiber and essential nutrients to your body that keeps you healthy and alive.
  • Raisins: These dry fruits are love and everyone. These are sweet in taste and offer so many benefits to everyone. They have the property to cure constipation, dental as well as the eye problems. Having them in appropriate quantity can do wonders for your health that you’ll never regret.

Coconut Oil Is a Super Food

Coconut oil is quite unique because unlike other types of cooking oil (palm oil, sunflower oil), its benefits extend to more than cooking. Let us see what these benefits are.

It is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs)

This been receiving a bad press because it is rich in saturated fats but that is not entirely true. The major saturated fats in coconut are caprylic acid, palmitic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid. These saturated fatty acids actually belong to a category called medium chain triglycerides or MCTs. These not only metabolize faster than long chain triglycerides, they are also healthier.

It has a high smoking point

It has a high smoking point (177 degrees). Most seed, nut and vegetable oils have a low smoking point. Smoking point is the heating point beyond which the oil will begin to burn. Foods that are cooked in oils with a low smoking oil usually have a burnt flavour. Another advantage of a high smoking point is that beyond that point, the fatty acids in the oil oxidize and produce free radicals which are dangerous to health.

It has antimicrobial properties

It has two important ingredients that give it antimicrobial properties- caprylic acid and lauric acid. Once ingested, the lauric acid gets converted into monolaurin which is effective against many viruses, bacteria and protozoa. It also keeps a check on the yeast (candida) population in your intestine, restoring balance to the digestive tract. If the yeast population increases, it can lead to persistent bloating, burping, flatulence, diarrhea and constipation.

It is an excellent hair oil

Suffering from split ends, itchy scalp, dandruff or lackluster hair? Try applying it to your hair and scalp. It is rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. A study published in 2005 in the Journal of Cosmetic Science also said that it penetrates hair follicles better than mineral oil, the major constituent in hair conditioners. Most people aren’t aware that dandruff is caused by bacteria and fungi. The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil kills these microorganisms, keeping dandruff under control.

It aids digestion

The medium chain triglycerides in it, especially lauric acid transform into antimicrobial agents in the digestive system. They kill bad bacteria like helicobacter pylori while leaving the beneficial bacteria intact. So it reestablishes balance in the digestive system and promotes colon health. It is also effective against digestive problems like colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis. Many people even recommend coconut oil for colon cleanses.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients

– 1 Pound thin spaghetti(or whatever long pasta you like!)
– 1 lb medium shrimp(or shrimps as my mother might say), cleaned and deveined
– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1 cup dry white wine
– 3-4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
– 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
– salt & black pepper, to taste

Put on large pot of water on the stove and turn up the heat! While you are waiting for the pasta water to boil you can start to prepare your skillet with the oil you’ll cook the shrimp in. When the water comes to a rolling boil, toss in the pasta and about a tsp of salt and let it cook.

In the meantime, heat the oil in the skillet. Throw in the chopped up garlic and let it simmer for about a minute. Then add the shrimp, seasoning it with a dash of salt and pepper. It should only take about a minute or two for the shrimp to cook, so when they turn pink and look about ready, remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon.

Add the butter and wine to the skillet and turn the heat to a medium-high setting. (Don’t forget to keep an eye on your pasta in the meantime! An occasional stir never hurts)

Reduce the wine and butter mixture until it has reduced to about half the original amount. Return the shrimp to the pan and let reheat. In the meantime, drain the pasta – but reserve about a cup of the water in the pot! If your skillet is bit enough, toss the pasta in with the shrimp, add the parsley and toss over high heat. If not, transfer to a large bowl and mix there. If the pasta is a little dry, add a little of the boiled water and an extra spoon of olive oil.

Taking Fish Oil

1. Heart Health

Most deaths in the world happen because of heart disease. According to studies, people who eat fish are less likely to suffer from a heart disease. With regular consumption, it can increase your HDL levels while reducing the bad cholesterol. It also controls your blood pressure.

2. Mental Disorders

According to science, 60% of your brain is made up of fat. Interestingly, most of the fat comprises omega-3 fatty acids. So, having enough emega-3s is good for your brain function. As a matter of fact, studies show that people who have any type of mental disorder may benefit from fish oil. If you go for the supplements, you will experience a reduction in the symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

3. Weight and Waist

If you have a BMI value of greater than 30, you are obese. According to statistics, around 30% of the world population of adults is overweight. On the other hand, around 13% of adults are obese. The obesity ratio is higher in developed countries, such as the USA.