Category: Food Written by BlackDoctor.org
What is coconut water?
Coconut water is a liquid that forms naturally inside the shell of a coconut. It's a common drink in many tropical countries and is becoming more popular in the U.S. Some companies market it as a natural sports drink.
Why do people drink coconut water?
In many countries, coconut water is thought to have health benefits. Coconut water is 94% water and fairly low in calories. It seems to be a good source of B vitamins and potassium. Coconut water contains electrolytes, various plant hormones, enzymes, and amino acids. Some substances in coconut water could theoretically have antioxidant benefits in the body.
Scientific studies of coconut water have been limited. One study suggested that drinking coconut water might be associated with a lower rate of heart attacks. Another small study found that coconut water significantly lowered systolic blood pressure in 71% of people with hypertension.
Coconut water has been used as a way to rehydrate after exercise or illness. Coconut water has even been used as an emergency substitute for IV solutions. Also, it may be a good storage solution for a tooth that has been knocked out until someone can see a dentist.
However, for now, there is no scientific evidence that coconut water offers clear heath benefits.
How much coconut water should you take?
Coconut water has not been well-studied as a treatment. There are no officially recommended doses.
Can you get coconut water naturally from foods?
Coconut water is a food. If you crack open a raw coconut, coconut water is the liquid in the center.
Don't confuse coconut water with other liquids derived from coconuts. Coconut milk is made by grating the meat of the coconut and collecting the liquid. Coconut milk is high in saturated fat and is an ingredient in many recipes. Coconut oil is made from coconut milk or dried coconut meat. It's used for cooking, skin care, and engine lubrication, among other things.
What are the risks of taking coconut water?
Side effects. Coconut water has not been well-studied. But there's no evidence that it poses side effects. Like fruit or vegetable juices, coconut water seems quite safe. However, coconut milk contains a fair amount of sodium, so it may not be a good choice for people who need to reduce their salt intake.
Risks. Check with a doctor before you begin using coconut water as a treatment if you have any health conditions.
Interactions. If you take regular medications or supplements, talk to your doctor before you start using coconut water as a treatment.
6 health benefits of Coconut Water
1. Prevents dehydration.
Refuels and rehydrates – coconut water maintains the body's fluid levels and its potassium content helps maintain water pressure within cells and blood.
2. Fuel for brain and muscles.
Due to its electrolyte content, coconut water improves nervous system functioning and nerve transmission.
Prevents cramps and spasms in the muscles.
3. Heart and kidney healthy.
Reduces the risk of hypertension and strokes and helps prevent or resolve kidney stones.
Contains compounds (cytokinins) that protect cells from aging and cancer.
5. Digestive Aid.
Improves digestion and metabolism via bioactive enzymes. Aids absorption of food and efficacy of drugs due to its electrolytic effect. Soothes intestinal pain/spasm.
6. Supports immune function.
Its Lauric acid content is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system in fighting infection whilst helping to eradicate intestinal worms and candida.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:50
Category: Food Written by BlackDoctor.org
Staying away from sweet treats is a tough thing to do. Luckily, science may have a solution to this: Just smelling an orange could help your diet along.
Researchers at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior presented two different experiments, one where women were asked to smell either oranges or chocolate before eating. In another study, women were shown images of food or non-food objects, before being provided a snack.
The difference? In the first experiment, women who were given the smell of fresh oranges ate 60 percent less chocolate, compared to how much they ate after smelling chocolate.
"It might be that the smell of fresh oranges reminded dieters to limit intake of a tempting and diet-forbidden snack," researcher Nicola Buckland told NPR.
In the second experiment, dieters who were shown images of healthy food tended to eat less than dieters who were shown photos of non-food items.
Researchers imagine that the reminder of eating healthy is enough to make dieters eat just a bit less than they normally would, which means simply seeing or smelling healthy foods could be enough to cue healthy eating.
"When tempted by food, dieters should take a few moments to focus on the sensory properties of healthy food, such as the sight and smell of fruit or salad vegetables," Buckland said in a press release.
Also, start keeping healthier snacks around your house and work desk, to serve as reminders for "dieters to limit their food intake." Too bad our desks are laden with popcorn and chips.
This Smell's Not Just For Diets!
Brazilian scientists had participants spend five minutes inhaling one of three substances: Sweet orange essential oil, tea tree oil, or plain old water. Participants then underwent a stressful test while having their vital signs measured. Those who sniffed orange oil were less anxious throughout the test, and the beneficial effects even lingered once the exam was over.
Curious About What Citrus Scents Can Do For You?
Try giving these aromas a sniff:
Grapefruit: Anecdotal evidence suggests that grapefruit aromas can curb depression and enhance memory. Or try taking a whiff before meals to control your appetite. Research from Japan's Osaka University shows that the scent of grapefruit actually boosts metabolism and reduces food cravings.
Lemon: Prepping for a major meeting? Enhance your performance and your attitude by rubbing lemon balm inside your wrist. The mild lemon scent sends you to a positive place. In fact, a study at the UK's Northumbria University found that exposure to lemon balm can improve cognitive performance and mood.
Mandarin: At the Mayo Clinic, massage therapists and acupuncturists augment therapies with the gentle scent of mandarin essential oil. Patients have reported reduced stress, better digestion and less nausea.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:18
Category: Food Written by Ms. Tudi/ Hello Beautiful
White Chocolate Banana Pudding
• 1 (6-ounce) package white chocolate instant pudding mix
• 2 1/2 cups cold milk
• 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping
• 2 pounds bananas, sliced
• Cheesecake flavored Candy Oil Drops
• Vanilla wafer cookies, for garnish
Mix the pudding mix, milk, and sweetened condensed milk and blend well. Mix in candy oil drops into the whipped topping. Add bananas to the pudding mixture Layer the pudding and the wafers, then top with whipped topping. Garnish with a cookie crumbs. Refrigerate overnight. Serve in individual serving cups
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:29
Category: Food Written by Ms. Tudi/ Hello Beautiful
Apple Broccoli Slaw
3 cups broccoli slaw mix
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely shredded, with skin
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoon key lime juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Place broccoli slaw and apple in a bowl. Whisk together lime juice, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Pour over broccoli slaw and apple. Mix well, with your hands.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:34
Category: Food Written by Michigan Chronicle
MGM Grand Detroit’s Breeze Dining Court, which serves more than one million meals a year, will now feature Italian fare at its Red Sauce fast dining outlet. Previously serving Mexican cuisine, Red Sauce’s menu will highlight Italian-inspired soups, salads, wood-fired oven pizzas, sandwiches, specialties and desserts.
“Our guests were the impetus for us to transition Red Sauce into an Italian outlet. People just love their Italian food and this is a way to get it to them fresh and fast,” said MGM Grand Detroit’s Executive Chef Michael Urbin. “Our intent when creating the menu was to include authentic and beloved dishes that can be found in any Italian grandmother’s kitchen.”
To begin, Red Sauce offers Italian Toscano or Minestrone Soup and three salads: Classic Caesar, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato, and Antipasto Salads. Next, Red Sauce chefs will have freshly made sliced and full homemade pizzas for dine-in and to-go purchase. Made in the outlet’s wood-fire oven, pies will be available in the cheese, meat lovers, supreme and veggie varieties.
The pizza chefs also will be making “Breeze Bread” which is served with pizza or ranch dipping sauce. For a taste of Italy, guests are not lacking in options. The menu features two kinds of sandwiches: the baked meatball grinder with house-made meatballs, blended cheese and tomato sauce, and the ItalianSausage Sub made with fresh Italian sausage, peppers, onions and tomato sauce.
Italian specialties, which come with fresh parmesan focaccia bread, include baked meat lasagna, chicken lasagna, and breaded chicken parmesan with pasta. Finally, the penne rigate pasta is served with a choice of meat, marinara or creamy alfredo sauce. For a sweet ending, guests can choose from two Italian favorites: tiramisu and cannoli. Menu items range from $4 to $25.
For an additional cost, guests can order add-on items, such as a salad, pasta or meatball, or “Make it a Dinner” by adding any additional item or soup and a fountain drink. Red Sauce is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:15
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