20170829

What is the most recent stand on eggs and cholesterol?


While organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) allow for regular consumption of eggs in a meal plan, they typically warn that eggs are difficult to include because of their high cholesterol content and potential for increasing risk of heart disease. For persons with health blood cholesterol levels not needing cholesterol-lowering drugs, the AHA recommends a maximum of 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day from food.


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20170822

What are the health benefits of vitamin B5, pantothenic acid?


The most studied role of pantothenic acid in health support is its incorporation into a molecule called Coenzyme A (CoA). This molecule is arguably on the short list of the most important chemicals needed to sustain life. In fact, CoA is so important that one recent research group suggested that the origin of life could be traced back to the evolution of this chemical.
CoA occupies a central place in energy metabolism, acting to allow carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to be burned as fuel sources.


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20170820

What is the difference between green, black, and oolong tea?


Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the most antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea. Green tea is made by briefly steaming the just harvested leaves, rendering them soft and pliable and preventing them from fermenting or changing color. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and "fired" (dried with hot air or pan-fried in a wok) until they are crisp.

What is oolong tea used for?
Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and green tea is unfermented. Oolong tea is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness. It is also used to prevent cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
 
How does oolong taste like?
The tea water is greenish to yellowish. Anxi Tieguanyin from Mainland China and a lot Taiwanese Oolong fall into this category. The roasted ones appear reddish or brownish, and produces an amber to dark red tea water. Taste isn't as "fresh" as the QingXiang kind, but it has its own sweet and fragrant aftertaste.
 
Is oolong tea black or green tea?
Green tea is minimally oxidized and maintain its green color. Black tea is fully oxidized, hence its black color. In between, you've oolong teas, which are partially oxidized. They can be greener or darker depending on their specific degree of oxidation.
 
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20170818

Can lamb provide omega-3 fatty acids to your meals?


When we think about omega-3 fats and their availability from plants versus animals, we usually think about nuts and seeds on the plant side of things and fish on the animal side. But on the animal side of things, we should also think about grass-fed lamb! The omega-3 content of lamb depends upon the young sheep's diet as well as the mother's diet, but when those diets are nutritionally supportive, the result can be a cut of lamb with an impressive amount of omega-3s.


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20170816

What are the best sources of iodine?


People who enjoy eating seafood on a near-daily basis have a good chance of meeting their daily iodine needs because they will often be able to get 50% of more of those needs from the seafood alone. A single serving of dairy foods on the same day might move this percentage up closer to 75%, and other foods would be able to make up the remainder.
For people who completely avoid seafood in their meal plan, iodine needs become a little bit trickier to meet.


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20170815

Bromelain in Pineapple

Bromelain is a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the stem and core fruit of the pineapple. Among dozens of components known to exist in this crude extract, the best studied components are a group of protein-digesting enzymes (called cysteine proteinases). Originally, researchers believed that these enzymes provided the key health benefits found in bromelain, a popular dietary supplement containing these pineapple extracts.


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20170813

What if I Eat Vegetarian Most of the Time, but Enjoy Meat and Poultry on Occasion?

Vegetarian Diet


Would you be classified as a vegetarian in a research study if you enjoyed meat and poultry on occasion? No, you would not. You would be classified as "semi-vegetarian."
But much more importantly, what about the health consequences of enjoying meat and poultry on occasion? Would you still get the same health benefits as a vegetarian? What the research shows in this regard is similar health benefits for semi-vegetarians as compared with lacto-ovo vegetarians (consuming dairy, eggs, and plant foods) and pesco-vegetarians (consuming seafood and plant foods). In comparison to non-vegetarians, these groups have been shown to receive health benefits from their eating approach.


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20170812

Why is there so much controversy about soybeans?

Soybean Products


Given the fact that soybeans are a food that has been enjoyed by millions of people over thousands of year, it's unexpected to find so much controversy surrounding this legume. And yet in the public press and in scientific research, soybeans have been a topic of ongoing controversy. For example, in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a health claim for soy protein as a nutrient that could reduce risk of heart disease. And yet in 2007, numerous scientists in the U.S.officially asked the FDA to revoke its heart-related health claim for soy protein.

We suspect that one basic factor accounts for most of the controversy that has surrounded soy and its role in a healthy diet. This factor is what we would summarize as "east versus west." Soybeans were adopted as important parts of the diet in China (and then later in Japan and Korea) long before they became part of European or North American diets. Culinary traditions involving soy have existed for dozens of generations across Asia, but remain almost non-existent even today in Western countries like the United States. When research is conducted on the health benefits of soybean in Asian diets, the findings seldom match up with research findings on U.S. and European populations.


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20170811

What is the role of vitamin D in bone health?

Food High in Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to softening or malformation of bone. In children, this condition is called rickets. In adults, it is called osteomalacia.The relationship between vitamin D and bone metabolism is more complicated than you might guess. As a hormone, vitamin D acts to increase calcium in the blood stream. The first two ways it accomplishes this are by increasing your ability to absorb calcium from foods and by reducing the amount of calcium you lose in the urine.

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20170810

How can you increase health benefits from garlic?


You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you've chopped it or crushed it. If you give your chopped/crushed garlic time to sit before changing its temperature (through cooking) or its pH (through the addition of acidic food like lemon juice), it will give the alliinase enzymes in garlic an opportunity to work on behalf of your health.


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20170809

What are the betalains found in beets?


Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione.

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20170805

How does the selenium in tuna help lower the risk of mercury-related problems?

Researchers have recently discovered that tuna contains the mineral selenium in an unusual form called selenoneine. This form of selenium plays an important role in the health of the fish by serving as an antioxidant and protecting the fish's red blood cells from free radical damage. Interestingly, it is also able to bind together with mercury compounds in the fish's body (including methyl mercury, or MeHg) and lower their risk of mercury-related problems.

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20170804

More about the phytonutrients found in onions?


The flavonoids in onion tend to be more concentrated in the outer layers of the flesh. To maximize your health benefits, peel off as little of the fleshy, edible portion as possible when removing the onion's outermost paper layer. Even a small amount of "overpeeling" can result in unwanted loss of flavonoids. For example, a red onion can lose about 20% of its quercetin and almost 75% of its anthocyanins if it is "overpeeled."The total polyphenol content of onions is much higher than many people expect


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20170803

How is phosphorus involved in cell structure and function?


Biologists who study the nature of living things typically regard the cell as the smallest functional unit of life. From single cell bacteria up through the tens of trillions of cells that make up our bodies, the structures of a cell are fairly consistent from organism to organism.Perhaps the most defining characteristic of a cell is its outermost membrane, simply called the "cell membrane" (or sometimes the "plasma membrane"). The cell's outer membrane acts as a mediator between its internal space and everything that takes place outside of it.


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20170801

What are some of the nutritional benefits of summer squash such as zucchini?


Although summer squash has long been recognized as an important food source of carotenoids, only recently have research studies documented just how fantastic summer squash can be when it comes to these key antioxidants. When we think about food and antioxidants, what first comes to mind might be fresh fruit and vitamin C, or bright orange carrots and beta-carotene. Yet several recent studies have underscored the unique contribution made by summer squash to our antioxidant requirements. While not as rich in some of the more widely-publicized antioxidants like beta-carotene, summer squash is a very strong source of other key antioxidant nutrients, including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Since the skin of this food is particularly antioxidant-rich, it's worth leaving the skin intact and purchasing organic summer squash to help avoid potential unwanted contaminants.


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