Saturday 17 October 2015

World Food Day - October 16

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated in October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. WFD is  a day of action against hunger and each year it is celebrated by more than 150 countries worldwide. People around the world come together on October 16th, to declare their commitment to eliminate hunger in our lifetime.  When it comes to hunger means, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.
World Food Day first established in 1979, the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It has been observed in almost millions for people from every country.

Grassroots events and public awareness campaigns are conducted in North America engage diverse audiences in action against hunger.
In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger.  From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger. 
For the official opening ceremony UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon & the Director-General of FAO José Graziano da Silva will be joined by the President of the Republic of Italy and the Italian Ministers for Agriculture and Foreign Affairs.
The official ceremony will celebrate FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organization) 70th Anniversary and address the theme for World Food Day 2015, “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”
A healthy diet is a combination of protein, calcium, vitamin D, E, K, fruits and vegetables is known to have a positive influence on bone health for Child and women.


Wednesday 14 October 2015

Broccoli - The World's Healthiest and Nutrients Food

Broccoli is a very good source of dietary fiber.  It has its roots in Italy and spread throughout the Near East where it was cherished for its edible flower heads and brought back to Italy where it was further cultivated. Broccoli was introduced to the United States, it contains dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin A, B1, B6 and E, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, niacin, selenium, choline, potassium, and copper.

Broccoli - The World's Healthiest and Nutrients Food

Broccoli Nutrients Benefits
  • Broccoli is a good source of vitamins K & C, folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium and dietary fiber. 
  • Special nutrients found in broccoli are Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin are 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients.
  • It helps for detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants
  • Broccoli helps to solve our vitamin D deficiency epidemic, vitamin K and vitamin A helps for metabolism in balance.
  • It has rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol (hypoallergenic diet) has impact of allergy-related substances on our body.
Vitamin K – necessary for the functioning of many proteins helps for blood clotting
Vitamin C – builds collagen (forms body tissue and bone). It is a powerful antioxidant helps cuts and wounds heal which protects your body from damaging free radicals.
Fiber  - contains high fiber. It will promote digestive health. It helps for lower cholesterol.
Potassium - a mineral and electrolyte. It helps our body for the function of nerves and heart contraction.
Folate - It helps to produce and maintain the new cells in our body.

Health Benefits in Broccoli
  • Chronic inflammation 
  • Oxidative stress
  • Inadequate detoxification
These three types of problems have yet to become part of the public health focus

Broccoli and Cardiovascular Support
  • Decreased risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Cholesterol-lowering ability
  • Major contribution in B-complex vitamins
  • Vitamin B6 and folate intake can help from the risk of excessive homocysteine formation
Broccoli and Digestive  Support
  • It contains Fiber support, and ITC (isothiocyanate) support
  • 1 gram of dietary fiber = 10 calories
  • Prevent bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori
Broccoli and Cancer Prevention
  • Combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-detoxification components
  • Broccoli is a unique food for cancer prevention
  • These foods are better than pills when it comes to providing vitamins
  • It decreased risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer
Other Health Benefits Provided by Broccoli

Eye health
  •     Two carotenoids(lutein and zeaxanthin) play an important role in the health of the eye.
Skin support
  •     Sun-damaged skin
  •     Glucoraphanin found in broccoli, it protects your skin
Increasing research interest
  •     Excellent source of vitamin K and also of vitamin A
  •     Vitamin K and vitamin A appear to help keep our vitamin D metabolism in proper balance.

Monday 12 October 2015

Health Benefits of Beetroots: Nature's Nutrient-Rich Superfood

Beetroots are indeed a nutrient-packed vegetable, offering a wide range of vitamins and minerals essential for overall health.

Here are some of the key vitamins and minerals found in beetroots:

  • Vitamin C: Beetroots are a good source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports immune function, skin health, and wound healing.
  • Folate: Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is abundant in beetroots. Folate is essential for DNA synthesis, cell division, and the production of red blood cells.
  • Potassium: Beetroots contain potassium, an important mineral that helps regulate blood pressure, fluid balance, and muscle contractions.
  • Manganese: Beetroots are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that plays a role in bone health, metabolism, and antioxidant defense.
  • Iron: Beetroots contain iron, a mineral necessary for the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.
  • Magnesium: Beetroots provide magnesium, which is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, including energy production, muscle function, and bone health.
  • Phosphorus: Phosphorus is found in beetroots and is important for bone and teeth health, as well as energy metabolism.
  • Vitamin B6: Beetroots contain vitamin B6, which is involved in amino acid metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis, and immune function.
  • Dietary Fiber: Beetroots are a good source of dietary fiber, which promotes digestive health, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and supports heart health.
Suggested storage and use tips for your fresh beetroot include the following tips:
  • Avoid using large beetroot larger than 3 inches in diameter.
  • While handling fresh fruit and vegetables wash your hands before and after.
  • Do not tidy the root.
  • Wash the beetroot under cool running water thoroughly. Don’t use soap.
  • Keep away the beetroot from raw meats and meat juice to prevent it from cross contamination.
  • Before storing, trim the stem to 2 inches above the beet, don’t trim the tail.
  • Store beetroot in a plastic bag in the refrigerator at or below 41 F, it can be preserved for 7 days to 10 days to use.
  • Beets may be icy for up to 10 months.


Wednesday 7 October 2015

Eating Banana Peel: Exploring the Surprising Health Benefits of an Unconventional Practice

Banana peel is not just an eternal comedy prop; it’s an unnoticed nutritional goldmine.

It’s good to eat your whole banana, from the flesh inside to the very last piece of skin.

The thought of chomping down on the tough, yellow skin may be repellent, but it’s worth it: banana flesh contains potassium, magnesium and fibre. Most of the fruits and vegetables skins contain rich minerals and vitamins as they are affected by the light during growth, acting to absorb the light and protect the fruit. A Banana skin protects the flesh inside and rich in colour; which contains carotenoids, in particular the xanthophyll lutein, which is an antioxidant known to protect against oxidative stress in the eyes.’

Most of us would find eating raw banana skin to be a awful experience, as it can be tough and sour.

Here’s some ideas to help you down your banana skins to your health.

Banana Tea

This is reportedly a great sleeping aid; banana peel contains tryptophan (the amino acid that assists sleep) and also the magnesium. Magnesium is helpful for good sleep in the night; it’s an essential mineral for helping the body stay hydrated, the muscles relaxed and your adrenaline levels under control and the potassium can help your blood vessels and muscles relax.

  • Boil a small pot of water.
  • Add an entire banana with the ends chopped.
  • Boil it for 10 minutes
  • Strain through a strainer into a mug.

Baked Banana

Many Asian cultures cook the banana in its skin for tender fruit. Others fry the peel and add to curries.

  • Cut off the banana ends and slice it in half.
  • Turn on the oven up to 200 degrees.
  • Spread on cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and bake for 10-15 min.
  • Serve it with yogurt or ice cream.
Banana Smoothie

A quick and simple way to include the whole banana in your diet.
  • Cut off the ends of the banana and place in a mixie jar.
  • Add half a pint of milk, handful of ice, 2 tablespoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg.
  • Mix together until smooth.