There was an interesting theory going around at one point that Chinese food was not high in calories and was quite healthy. I think this came about because everyone saw that Chinese people were pretty skinny and believed that this was because of the food. The fact is, the Chinese food we eat in our restaurants has very little in common with the food in china. Our local Chinese food calories are clearly much higher than proper authentic Chinese, and in addition to the preparation and the ingredients, another factor that plays into the equation is how the food is eaten. [Read more...]
I recently stumbled across an article in a magazine trumpeting all the good things about blueberries. It turns out that blueberries are very rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanin, as well as other anti-inflammatory elements. Their powerful natural antioxidant qualities make blueberries the top of the list, containing more of these nutrients and substances than most other fruits and vegetables. These natural substances, generally found in fruits and vegetables, are believed to increase our defense against disease and promote healthy aging. [Read more...]
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy a number of illnesses for hundreds of years, yet in our modern lives, it makes up a very small part of our dietary intake. Generally Ginger is a naturally growing plant that is usually found in tropical areas, more popularly known as a cooking spice, with the actual root of the plant usually used for the medicinal purposes. Some studies have even indicated that ginger can be used as a treatment for ovarian and colon cancers. [Read more...]
The Calories in a Banana are not very high, ranging from 72 calories for a small banana to 121 calories for a large banana. Most of the calories in a banana come from carbohydrates. Naturally forming simple sugars and starch make up its carbohydrate content. Please note that the composition of the carbohydrate calories in a banana change on the age and ripening of the fruit. As it ripens, the sugar levels rise and the starch levels fall. This happens both on and off the tree. The lower starch levels mean that as the fruit gains more color and ripens, it gets easier for your body to digest.
The most popular use of bananas are for protein shakes.
Protein levels in a banana are very low, making up about one percent of its total calorie content. The calories from fat are even less, accounting for less than one half percent.
The high points (other than the low calories) are that they are very low in any saturated fat. They have absolutely no cholesterol and are high in Potassium and dietary fiber. In terms of Vitamins, it is very high in Vitamins B6 and C. The one low point is that (as most fruits are) they are high in Sugar.
All in all, I would say have a banana at least once a day, as not only will it give you a boost, but it also contains a lot of Nutrients for a very low calorie cost.
As part of the series on the calories in fast food, today we are looking at Subway calories. Subway is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world today, with over 31,000 restaurants in 91 countries, as of September 2009. As you will already know, they sell primarily submarine sandwiches (also the source of their name) and focus on the growing interest in health food. [Read more...]
In my view, there are five main items any kitchen cannot do without. One of those must-have items, is the classic 8inch Chef’s knife. Unfortunately, getting your hands on a good chef’s knife, can be a very expensive business with good chef’s knives costing between $100-$200. Recently I came across a post in the Cool Tools Weblog recently spoke about a $27 dollar chef’s knife worth taking a look at, and I though it was a good deal that had to be talked about: [Read more...]
The human body is essentially a very complicated organic machine, it needs a vast variety of nutrients and vitamins in order to function (just as any machine would need some of fuel) and maintain peak performance. Among the many different vitamins and nutrients that we need, nothing is more important to the body than water. Water is the holy grail of the human body and the benefits of drinking water are numerous, and even then, knowing just a fraction of its importance, a great many people fail to adequately hydrate the body and will only drink water when they are really thirsty. The issue is that by the time your body signals that it is thirsty (or thirsty enough to prompt you to drink water), you are already extremely dehydrated. [Read more...]
One of the biggest issues when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle for many is the lack of knowledge on the very basics of nutrition. Nutrition in itself forms the very basis of what we should be eating and drinking and why. We all know that eating too much of anything is bad, but do we really know what constitutes too much, why we shouldn’t have too much of it, and what happens if we do. I do believe that a lot of the bad food decisions we make, are because we were never properly educated in the basics of nutrition and health at a very young age. Over the last few days, i ran a series of five articles, covering the very basics of nutrition. It covers some of the fundamental concepts and hopefully, will provide you with a better understanding of what goes into your body. [Read more...]
Will a supplement give you more energy?
Vitamins and minerals are essential compounds needed in small amounts by the body. Contrary to popular belief, taking vitamin/mineral supplements will NOT give you energy. Only calories (from carbohydrate, protein, and fat) give you energy. Vitamins and minerals have no calories, so they can’t give you energy. Vitamins and minerals do, however, play vital roles in the metabolic processes that convert carbohydrate, protein, and fat to energy. So, if you have a deficiency of a certain vitamin or mineral, taking a supplement may help make you feel better. [Read more...]
When it comes to controlling my food intake, or trying to maintain a calorie restricted diet, one of the biggest issues is what to do when it comes to fast food (or junk food as we usually call it). I tend to encounter the need to eat fast food when i need to get something to eat in the kind of hurry where only fast food would do.
In that situation, there is no real choice, I need food and if i am in a hurry, then i need it fast so the only viable thing to do is to eat fast food. But this is where a little bit of knowledge will go a long way. If you do enough research, you can make some informed choices and reduce the calorie intake. True, this is a damage limitation exercise, but it is better than making an uninformed bad choice. Here are the posts covering the fast food calories of the most popular restaurants. [Read more...]