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MEDICAL & COOKING FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW!

   

Coconut Milk, Sugar, oil & Butter
5/25/13 Update

 

A wonderful, good tasting, and healthy alternative to regular milk, butter, or sugar is found in coconut products. The medium chain fats found in conconuts actually helps raise the HDL in your cholesterol. Although brown in color, the sugar or crystals are just as sweet as regular sugar and do not have a coconut taste as they are actually taken from the coconut leaf, instead of the meat. Make sure to buy the 100% organic products. Eating natural plant foods cannot even be compared to the unhealthy processed foods. Coconut oil has also been shown via scientific studies to be good for a face and body cream as it helps keep it smooth and holds the moisture in, and a healthy replacement for vaginal dryness vs. KY Jel.

                                                             


Coconut Oil
3/1/12 Update

 

                                                               


Brazilian Medical Facts
10/28/11 Update

 

Onion, raw food, and salads are very helpful in controlling diabetes since the onion contains natural plant insulin. Baked onion is a tonic to the heart muscle.

St. John's Wort used as a warm tea cures disease and alleviates depression by acting beneficially on mood, causing the person to become cheerful, since it facilitates connections between neurons of the brain serotonin.

Avocado leaf tea soothes pain crisis in gall bladder bile.


Pamela Robinette's Article on Fish and Strokes
1/22/11 Update

 

Eating fish elevated in omega-3 fats have been connected to a reduced risk of stroke. New research suggests it’s not simply how much fish you take in that matters, but exactly how it’s prepared.

Dr. Fadi Nahab of Emory University led a team that studied the role of race and geography in stroke incidence, with a particular focus on the “Stroke Belt’’ within the southeastern U.S., where stroke death rates are higher than the remaining areas of the country.

For the study, more than 21,000 people answered a telephone survey about their fish consumption. African-Americans ate more fish weekly than whites, however they were also 3 1/2 times more prone to eat at least two servings of fried fish each week than whites.

Fried fish consumption was 30 % higher inside Stroke Belt compared to the remaining areas of the country.

Consuming fried fish may reduce health benefits in 2 ways, the study said. First, lean fishes for example cod or haddock are more likely to be fried than omega-3-rich salmon, herring, or mackerel.

Second, frying fish is thought to reduce natural omega-3s and replace them with cooking oils.

Finally, the research declare that consuming more fried fish could possibly be in connection with higher incidence of stroke.

CAUTIONS: The food surveys were a snapshot, so they really didn't take into account dietary changes with time that could be essential in stroke risk. More scientific studies are required to establish whether individuals who eat fried fish are prone to have strokes. Who am I?: Pamela Robinette is writing for the Mediterranean recipes menu website, her personal hobby blog dedicated to tips to help people eat healthy following a Mediterranean style diet.

Please see the "Recipe/Carb Counter" page for Pamela's fish recipe.


Almond and Nut Flours
12/9/09 update

 

Nut flours can be used by diabetics and others that are low carbing. 1 cup of coarse gound almond flour has just over 7 carbs, and the fine ground almond flour only has 12 carbs (after deducting the fiber), per cup. Almond flour can be used in desserts, crackers, breads, and for breading fried meats. Nut flours have a lot of fiber.


Benefits From Certain Foods
3/24/09 update

 

Here are some benefits to low carb foods:

  • Artichokes - helps digestion, lowers cholesterol, protects the heart, stabilizes blood sugar and guards against liver disease.
  • Blueberries - combats cancer, protects heart, stablizes blood sugar, helps memory and prevents constipation.
  • Broccoli - strengthens bones, helps eyesight, fights cancer, helps heart and controls blood pressure.
  • Cabbage - fights cancer, prevents constipation, helps weight lose, protects heart, and helps hemmorroids.
  • Cantaloupe - helps eyesight, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, fights cancer and supports the immune system.
  • Carrots - protects heart, prevents constipation, helps eyesight, fights cancer and promotes weight loss.
  • Cauliflower - strengthens bones, fights breast and prostrate cancer, protects heart disease and gets rid of bruises.
  • Chili Peppers - Helps immune system, clears sinuses, helps digestion, and fights cancer.
  • Fish - Helps immune system and heart, and helps with memory.
  • Flax - Aids digestion, battles diabaetes, protects heart and immune system and improves mental health.
  • Garlic - Fights fungus, controls blood pressure, fights cancer, lowers cholesterol, and kills bacteria.
  • Green Tead - kills bacateria, controls cancer, protects heart, stops strokes and helps with weight loss.
  • Lemons - Combats cancer, protects heart, controls blood pressure, smooths skin and stops scurvy.
  • Limes - Fights cancer, controls blood pressure, protects heart, smooths skin and prevents scurvy.
  • Mushrooms - Controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, kills bacteria, strengthsn bones and fights cancer.
  • Oats - Smoothes skin, prevents constipation, good for diabetes, lowers cholesterol and fights cancaer.
  • Olive Oil - Smoothes skin, protects heart, good for diabetes, good for weight loss and fights cancer.
  • Onions - Reduces heart attacks, fights cancer, kills bacteria, fights fungus, and lowers cholesterol.
  • Nuts - protects heart disease, helps with weight loss, lowers cholesterol and fights prostrate cancer.
  • Strawberries - fights cancaer, protects heart, helps memory and calms nerves.
  • Sweet potatoes - Helps eyesight, combats cancer, helps bones, and lifts mood.
  • Tomatoes - Helps protect prostrate, fights cancer, lowers cholesterol and helps heart.
    Walnuts - Lowers cholesterol, protects against heart dises, fights cancer, boosts memory and lifts mood.
  • Water - Helps with weight loss, fights cancer, helps kidney stones, smoothes skin and keeps you hydrated.
  • Watermellon - controls blood pressure, protects prostrate, lowers cholesterol and reduces strokes.

  • Rainbow Foods
    8/2/07 update

     

    Blue corn tortillas are better for dieters and diabetics because they have less starch, a lower glycemic index and 20 percent more protein. Blue corn tortillas get their color from anthocyanins, which are also found in blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, eggplant, and purple cabbage. "They may have other benefits that may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risk," according to the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.

    Foods that are green, such as avocados, green apples, green grapes, honeydew, kiwifruit, lime, green pears, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, green pepper, zucchini.) have antioxidant potentials and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.

    Foods that are orange and deep yellow, such as apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, yellow apple, carrot, yellow beets, yellow pepper, sweet corn, sweet potato, and winter squash have Carotenoids, bioflavonoids and the antioxidant vitamin C and may promote a healthy heart, vision, immunity and reduced risk of cancers. The deeper the color, the more carotenoids these foods have.

    Red foods such as cherries, red/pink grapefruit, cranberries, pomegranate, red grapes, strawberries, watermelon, beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb, tomatoes have lycopene, a powerful carotenoid, as well as anthocyanins. They may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may reduce cancer risks. When cooked or canned, lycopene is more available to your body.

    White, tan, and brown foods such as banana, brown pear, dates, white peaches, cauliflower, jicama, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnip, white-fleshed potato, white corn and the Allicin in garlic and onion and the selenium in mushrooms may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks. "Brown rice is definitely better then white rice due to it's fiber content which lowers the glycemic load. White basmati is wonderful for digestion, so for those with digestive conditions, basmati is much easier on the gastrointestinal tract. Brown whole grain bread is much better then the simple carbohydrate white bread, which should be avoided.


    Benefits of Tea
    3/10/07 update

     

    Some of the benefits of drinking tea is that it contains several polyphenols (antioxidants that discourage growth of new blood vessels that cancerous tumors need).

    Tea also helps swelling, puffy eyelids, relieves itching of breakouts and blemishes and protects against skin cancer, by allowing the tea to cool off in the refrigerator and then applying it on to the skin’s problem area.

    Tea drinkers who drink at least a half of cup a day are 50% less likely to get hypertension. Polyphenols keep blood vessels from contracting and thus raising blood pressure.

    Ten ounces of tea a day deters the body from absorbing fat and cholesterol, while speeding up calorie burning. It also fights the free-radical damage to brain nerves in diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

    Although green tea has a little more polyphenols then black tea, both are healthy. It is best to steep loose tea for three to five minutes in a tea basket with water that just reaches the boiling point, then to use tea bags. Using loose tea gives you the benefits of the whole leaf vs. the powdered remains found in tea bags. The use of honey, milk, or lemon does not hurt the benefits of the tea itself, but adds to it from their own properties.


    Sesame Seeds
    3/9/07 update

     

    Sesame seeds can be eaten raw, dried, or roasted or cooked with all kinds of foods. They have a mild antioxidant effect possibly becaue of their Vitamin E content. Sesame seeds are also about 20 percent protein and contain some vitamins A and E and most of the B vitamins except B12 and folic acid. Minerals, however, are very abundant in sesame, as in most seeds. Zinc is high, as are calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium for those avoiding cow's milk. Iron is fairly high and sodium is fairly low, unless, of course, they are salted.


    Sunflower Seeds
    3/9/2007 update

     

    Sunflower seeds have been used to enhance energy, and as a medicine as well for such ailments as diuretics, chest pain, ulcers, constipation, worms, to improve eyesite, blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and to reduce allergic reactions.

    These tiny morsels are best and higher in nutrition than roasted and definitely better than salted seeds. They are high in potassium, low in sodium, and contain zinc, iron and calcium, and the Vitamin D in the seeds helps the utilization of calcium, copper, manganese and phosphorous, which are relative high in levels. They are lower in magnesium that in calcium, which is the contrary of other seeds. One cup of sunflower seeds has more than 1,300 mg of potassium. The high amount of oil in sunflower seeds as polyunsaturated fats, essential linoleic acid, and vitamin E is also helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and improving or preventing cardiovascular disease. The vitamin D that gets stored in these sun-filled seeds helps the utilization of calcium. Copper, manganese, and phosphorous levels are also relatively high; they are lower in magnesium than in calcium, which is different from other seeds. Always store all nuts in the refrigerator.


    Bitter Mellon
    3/9/2007 update

     

    The bitter melon or bitter gourd (Momordica charantia is a tropical and subtropical vine and known as an edible fruit) is an anti-diabetic, which has been shown to increase the number of beta cells by the pancreas allowing the body's ability to produce insulin.

    It looks like a warty cucumber with a thin layer of flesh and large seeds, although its appearance can change a little from country to country. The flesh is watery and crunchy, much like a cucumber or bell pepper. Although the skin is tender and edible, the fruit is most often eaten while green. They are the most popular in Southeast Asia and India, and can be purchased at a lot of Chinese stores. They are seldom used along with other vegetables because of their bitterness, but if soaked and salted, they will become milder. It is used in a lot of Chinese stir fries and soups. In can also be fried and stuffed with other spicy ingredients or hamburger, or drank as a tea if boiled.

    In addition to its potential to bolster an under active pancreas, it is also used for sluggish digestion, dyspepsia and constipation, has a mild inflmmation modulator, and is used in some parts of the world for Malaria.

    Bitter melon is popularly seen as a "plant-insulin." It has been shown that bitter melon contains a protein similar to bovine insulin, sometimes referred to as p-insulin or poplypeptide-p. When purified and injected subcutaneously into patients with IDDNM (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus) , it acted very similar to slow-acting animal insulins and was able to sustain patients At least three different groups of constituents in bitter melon have been reported to have hypoglycemic, blood sugar lowering, actions of potential benefit in diabetes mellitus. Bitter melon has been shown to improve glucose tolerance in Type II diabetes patients.

    In Burma physicians prescribe bitter melon to diabetic patients. Doctors in India are so confident of bitter melon's positive effect on diabetes, they dispense bitter melon in some of the most modern hospitals. According to James Duke of U.S. Department of Agriculture, bitter melon has attained favor in China as a monoherbal medicine for diabetes.

    Laboratory tests suggest that compounds in bitter melon might be effective for treating HIV infection by slowing it down. More research is needed in this area, as well as the area of improving immune cell function in people with cancer.


    Vitamin C and Your Health
    11/16/2006 update

     

    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential water-soluble vitamin needed for normal functioning of the body. Unlike most mammals, humans don't have the ability to make their own vitamin C, therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet. Because our bodies will not store this vitamin, it must be eaten every day.

    It should be noted that although the FDA recommends that we get 60 mg of vitamin C per day, this figure is not based on the requirements for optimum health, but only an amount needed to avoid scurvy. According to the Department of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University, the amounts of vitamin C needed daily is 90 milligrams for men and 75 milligrams for women, with some other proponents believing the daily requirement should be 200 mg per day, at its lowest.

    Based on a team of medical researchers at the National Institute of Health, studies show that a minimum intake of 1000 mg, per day, is required to saturate the blood plasma. Keeping this in mind, doses should be taken throughout the day as urinary excretion increases rapidly for doses exceeding 500 mg.

    It is recommended that at least five daily servings of foods containing Vitamin C be eaten. Lemons and limes are a good source and should be included in cooking, baking, and drinking, as well as other citrus fruits like grapefruits, pummelos, kumquats, tangerines, as well as parsley, bell pepper, strawberries, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

    1 small tomato provides 25 mg
    1/2 cup broccoli provides 45 mg
    1/2 cup green bell pepper provides 45 mg
    1 medium guava provides 165 mg.
    1/2 cup red bell pepper provides 95mg
    1/2 of a medium papaya or mango provides 95 mg
    1 medium papaya provides 95 mg
    3/4 cup frozen concentrate orange juice provides 75 mg
    1 medium orange provides 60 mg
    1/2 cup of Kohlrabi and Jicama provide 45 mg
    1/2 cup strawberries provides 45mg
    1/2 white grapefruit provides 40 mg
    1/2 cup tomato juice provides 35 mg
    1/2 cup cantaloupe provides 35 mg
    1 medium tangerine provides 25 mg
    1/2 cup frozen or boiled cabbage greens provides 25 mg
    1 cup raw spinach provides 15 mg

    Vitamin C is destroyed at 180 degrees, keeping in mind that the boiling point is 212 degrees, so most vegetables and fruits should be eaten raw if at all possible.


    Eggs

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    Eggs have gotten a bad reputation. While low carbing, you are allowed to eat eggs; however, if you are still unsure of them, try "Egg Beaters", they are great as scrambled eggs and good for baking.


     

    There has been so much contoversey when it comes to eggs despite the fact they are full of vitamins, minerals, and protein, as well as being low in saturated fat. People seem to think they are bad for cholesterol, despite the fact that research has consistently shown that although eggs do contain dietary cholesterol, this type of cholesterol does not play a role in raising blood cholesterol.


    Nuts

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    Nuts can be used as a snack, added to a salad for some "crunch", and best of all, can be ground course for coating meats (after dipped in egg), or used as a pie crust (made the same way as the unhealthy Graham Cracker Crust), or ground finely for flour for baking. Personally, I prefer almonds or walnuts for my pie crusts!


    Nut Flours

     

    By the time you reached this page, hopefully you have read the others and now know that a low carb program means you don't eat items made from regular flours. That does not mean you cannot have the breads, pizza crusts, meat coatings, and desserts you want. It just means you change your way of cooking and baking. Nut flours can be purchased in the form of almond, hazelnut, pecan, praline, walnut, acorn and chestnut flours or meals. They are made by grinding the cake that remains after the oils are pressed from the nuts, and are great for all of the above items. They all add a "nutty" taste. Remember, products from "Whole" grains are healthy also.

    Nut flours and meals go stale quickly and should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Most of these items must be purchased off the internet. Nut meals makes baked goods moister and gives them a little coarser texture then regular flours. Because these flours do not raise the same as normal flours, you may need to use Vital Wheat Gluten in your recipes.


    Pumpkin

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    Pumpkin can be used for Pumpkin Pie (low carb, of course), or as a side dish served warm with artificial sweetener and cinnamon and/or artificial brown sugar. "Sugar Twin" has a great low carb substitute. The seeds are great to munch on!


    Pumpkin Seeds

     

    These tasty little morsels are made up of fiber, copper, protein, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, amino acids, calcium, potassium, niacin, folate, selenium and linolenic acid.  There are less then four carbs, per ounce, and make a great snack.  Pumpkin Seeds are used by some people for urinary track infections, and are believed to decrease the chance of hardening of the arteries and prostrate cancer.  In parts of the orient, they are also used for depression.  If purchased in bulk store in refrigerator or freezer. Pumpkin seeds are the richest plant source of zinc, an essential to the immune system function and for growth, wound healing, and sense of taste. They have been linked to prostate health and lower risk of bladder stones. Known for their iron, they offer 40% of the daily requirement for men and 27% for women, which is a large handful. They also contain 9 grams of protein, as much as in an ounce of meat. Made up of 73% fat (the good kind), they still are lower in fat then most other seeds or nuts.


    Do you think coffee is just for drinking?

     

    Not so! Caffeine in coffee draws excess fluid from surface tissues to cause the skin to shrink and appear tighter. According to Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist says tannic acid (found in coffee) stimulates circulation and exfoliates dead skin cells to release toxins.

    Meanwhile, a recent study at Rugers University revealed caffeine minimizes long-term effects of sun exposure because of its antioxidants, thus, a 50% reduction in skin cancer risk and an end to wrinkling and sagging of the skin.

    According to the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, simply inhaling the scent of coffee has been proven to energize. The aroma molecules act as a stimulant.

    When shopping for beauty supplies make sure they have coffee in them.


    Skip a Meal and Gain Weight

     

    Yes, you read that correctly. When you skip breakfast, or any meal, your metabolic rate slows down about 5%, just enough to make you gain about one pound every month and a half.

    Talking about the metabolic rate, lack of sleep affects the hormones involved with your metabolic rate and can cause the body to actually store fat. It is recommended that most adults need eight hours of sleep, per night.


    Inflammantion Disease

     

    Inflammation diseases, heart attacks, peridontal disease, dementia, Diabetes, arthritis, allergies, asthma have all grown in the last thirty years. Read "Inflammation" and "Clinical Trials" on the "Deliciously Diabetic" page of this site for more information. You do not have to be a Diabetic in order for these problems to occur so you may want to find out how to prevent some of these serious illnesses. Improper eating over the last three decades has made our own immune system work against us!


    Cinnamon and Clove

     

    According to the San Francisco Experimental Biology report, both cinnamon and clove stimulate insulin like activity and lower triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose levels by 10%-30%, as well as alleviate inflammatory conditions, by eating as little as a 1/4 teaspooon of cinnamon extract twice a day. Powdered cinnamon does not work the same way as it is ineffective because of its lack of solubility by contact with saliva and water. A second study shows that clove gives the similar therpeutic effects.


    Breast Cancer

     

    In postmenopausal women, diets with a high glycemic index raised the risk of breast cancer by 87 percent. In premenopausal women, such diets actually cut the risk by 22 percent.


    Eye Care and Vitamins

     

    We have always heard that carrots will improve eyesight and it is true. It is not the carrot itself that helps, it is the Vitamin "A", which is a nutrient essential for good vision. Other foods with Vitamin "A" are found in milk, cheese, egg yolk and liver.

    Further studies have found that foods rich in Vitamins "C" and "E", Beta Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Zinc can help prevent degeneravtive eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular dengeration (AMD). Fish, such as salmon, can help get more of these vitamins into your diet.


    Flax Seed Oil

     

    1000mg of Flax Seed Oil Pills, per day (take only one despite the bottle says two) will decrease your triglycerides. Ladies, it also stops hot flashes.


    Immune Deficiencies

     

    The Immune System protects us from viruses, fungi, bacteria and other harmful organisms.  There are many things that contribute to a weakened immune system such as stress, poor diet and toxins in the environment and foods.  Symptoms are fatigue, illness and infections.  Your diet should consist of a well balanced program, rich in vitamins and minerals.  Vitamins C and E stimulate your system and protects it against cancer.  Vitamin A helps build stronger immune cells.  Exercise and fresh air are a necessity to have a strong immune system. See paragraph on Flax Seed.  


    Parsley

     

    Parsley acts as a diuretic and soothes  kidney and bladder ailments.  It also strengthens the digestive system and controls stomach and liver problems.  It is known to help women who have irregular mentrual periods.  Cooking parsley destroys its vitamins and minerals.  Italian parsley has more nutrients then other parsley.  Try to keep fresh parsley in your freezer so you have it handy at all times.  Parsley is also known to ease bloating, cramps, nausea and arthritis symptoms.  If eaten often, it will reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.  It is a great source of potassium, folic acid, calcium, manganese and iron. 


    Microwaving wrong causes Cancer

     

    Johns Hopkins Hospital has recently sent the following info out in their newsletters and is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    Dioxin Carcinogens cause breast cancer and well as other types. DO NOT freeze plastic water bottles with water in them as the plastics releases dioxins.

    In a recent speech, it was said that we should not be heating our foods in the microwave using platic containers. This applies to goods that contain fat. The combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the food and then into the cells of the human body. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells. It is recommended using tempered glass, Corning Ware, or a ceramic container for heating food.

    As you know, the fast food restaurants discontinued the use of foam containers in exchange for the paper, cardboard type - the reason being the dioxin.

    Saran Wrap should not be used to cover foods as they are cooked as the high heat actually drips poisonous toxins into the food. Use paper towel instead.


    Whole Grains

     

    Whole grains are considered complex carbohydrates and do not cause a rapid incline or decline in your blood system (insulin). Be careful to read labels on packages and look for the word "whole". Enriched grains or flours are bad carbohydrates. The word "Whole" should be the first ingredient listed on the label. There are a lot of products on the market jumping on this bandwagon, who have added the words "Whole Grains" everywhere on their packaging, but when you look at the actual ingredients, you will see that they have taken the healthy whole grain and enriched or processed it, which simply means, they took out the healthy party leaving you with the same old unhealthy grains.


    Flax Seed

     

    Did you know by adding flax seed to your diet you can control Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation and diarrhea? Inadequate amounts of fiber is the primary cause of constipation and diarrhea. Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the US. About 2 million visits to the doctor, per year, are a result of constipation problems. As food passes through the large intestine it absorbs water and forms waste products (stool). Muscle contractions push the stool to the rectrum. By the time stool reaches the rectum it is solid because most of the water has been absorbed. The hard, dry stool occurs when the colon absorbs too much water, causing the contractions to be sluggish. Two tablespoons of flax, per day, can help.

    The typical American ingests only 5-20 grams of fiber daily. A total of 20-35 grams is recommended. When you eat flax seed it is not digested in the stomach, but passes to the large intestine (colon). There it acts like a sponge and draws water to the stool and increases the number of bacteria in the colon, contributing to a larger, softer and easier-to-pass stool. Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, intolerance to certain foods, reactions to medicine, parasites, and other bowel disorders. Diarrhea is too much fluid in the colon, causing stool to be expelled in a watery condition. Flax seed causes softer stool and bulk, thus eliminating the excess fluid. Flax absorbs 10-14 times its weight in fluid. Flax seed will help cleanse the colon and also help prevent colon cancer. Always drink plenty of water when eating flax seed or any type of fiber.

    Flax seed has a mild "nutty" taste, and can be used with almond or another type nut flour and an artificial sweetener to create a hot breakfast cereal. It can also be dilluted in water, or added to other foods. Flax seed can be purchased at local grocery or nutritional stores, or off the interent. It is not an expensive product.

    Flax seed vs. flax oil. One fourth cup seed equals about 17 oil capules and has 98% more anti cancer lignans and 97% more fiber, and is far less expensive. It is also known for decreasing the risk of colon cancer, indigestion, lowering cholesterol, more energy and better control of blood sugar. Flax seed has both Omega 6 and 9, Vitamin B, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, fiber, protein and zinc. In addition it has almost 50% more Omega 3 oil then fish oil. It is good for your immune system, circulation, cardiovascular system, nervous system and joints.


    Soy Flour

     

    Soy flour is made from roasted soy beans and ground into a powder. There are two different kinds of soy flour, one that has the fat removed and the other that contains the natural oils found in the soy bean. Soy is made up of protein, iron, calcium and Vitamin B. It also aids in the reduction of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Because soy flour does not contain the glutens found in regular flour, you can replace 30% of the flour a recipe calls for with soy. You must, however, stir the flour prior to measuring it so it does not pack down, and reduce the baking time as it tends to brown quicker. If you want to replace eggs in your diet, use 1 tablespoon of soy flour and 1 tablespoon of water in place of each egg.

    Since the 1970s, obesity and Diabetes have soared. Why? Because people were told not to eat fat. Eating a "low fat" diet turned people in the direction of more starches, sugars, and carbohydrates (carbs), thus adding pounds to the body, and dramatically increasing insulin levels causing Diabetes. Any Diabetic can tell you that if they take their blood level after eating a meal made up of high carb foods, their level will be extremely high. The opposite is true of eating a low carb program. Their level will be within the range it needs to be. Although a "low carb" program is the optimal diet for a Diabetic, the same is true for people who do not suffer with this Disease. Carbs add weight - it is a plain and simple truth!


    Sun is Good

     

    Three 15 minute bursts of sun, per week, manufacturers bone-fortifying Vitamin D and can cut the risk of bone fractures by 33%, it also helps not having to struggle with achy joints as proven by Boston's Tufts University. Just be careful not to get too much sun as it can cause skin cancer as well as burn.


    Fatty Foods

     

    Doctors at Manchester Memorial Hospital report that adding fat to a meal can double the absorption of Vitamin E. Vitamin E improves blood sugar control, and protects against cancer, Parkinson's Disease and lowers the risk of clogged arteries by 50%.


    Healthy Teeth

     

    Enjoy a piece of cheese to help prevent erosion that acidic colas can cause. According to the British Dental Journal, the mineral raises the levels of calcium that prevents tooth softening by 112%. It also contains casein peptides which are proteins that lock on to the bacteria preventing them from sticking to the teeth.


    Hair loss in women

     

    If you lose more then 100 strands of hair each day, you are probably not getting enough iron in your system, which can also make you anemic. In a study of 150 women who were losing their hair, 72% were found to have a low iron level.


    Eye Twitches

     

    If you have a problem with one or both eyes twitching, it can be caused by being over tired, too much coffee, or not enough calcium.


    Fizzy Soft Drinks

     

    The fizz can soothe the stomach according to a study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 72% of the participants who drank a carbonated beverage experienced speedier digestion and less bloating compared with the 36% in the non-carbonated group.


    Food Allergies

     

    Up to 25 million American women suffer from food allegies which causes bloat, headachs, fatique, swelling of the hands and face. According to the University of Cincinnati, women affected by food allergies has doubled in the last twenty years.

    Taking 2,000 mg of Vitamin C daily lowered blood levels of histamines, the inflammatory substances that trigger symptoms by 38% in just one week. Boost immunity to allergens with 500 mg of quercetin. This bioflavonoid helps stop the release of histamines according to Dr. Rothenberg.


    Breast Pain

     

    Noncyclic breat pain, not linked to PMS, has been proven to be caused by long-term stress in three ways:

  • Sets off hormonal imbalance
  • Impairs circulation in the breast
  • Increases cellular inflammation

    Just 2 Tbs. ground flaxseed daily can drastically reduce the pain and swelling within three months. Flaxseed contains lignans, anti-estrogenic compounds that smooth out hormonal spikes. (See article on Flaxseed and Hot Flashes).

    Vitamin E will reduce inflammation in the breast and also eases menstrual cramps. In eight weeks, 80% of women will notice a drastic difference. Vitamin E lowers the levels of inflammatory prostaglandins, chemicals that trigger swelling. Take 400 to 600 IU daily.


  • Excess fat around waiste

     

    If you have excess fat around your middle, you are more then likely to have 2-3 times a greater chance of having gallstones which may require surgery.


    Beltching

     

    The average person produces about four pints of gas daily resulting in either beltching or passing gas. To help, eat food slower, do not chew gum, do not eat tomatos, no straws or thin topped bottles, stay away from drinks with a fizz, and make sure dentures fit correctly so no air can get trapped under them.


    Artichokes

     

    One artichoke a day can reduce bloat and irritable bowel syndrome by 41%. Inulin from the artichoke crowds out the "bad" bacteria that creates bloat-causing gas. It also reduces your LDL (bad cholesterol) by up to 33%. They also enhance thyroid function by speeding up the metabolism and boosting energy and moods. The folate-rich food can lower the risk of ovarian cancer up to 74%.


    Artificial Sweeteners

     

    Wih the increase in use of sucralose and aspartme latest research reveals some bad side effects such as the chemicals creating imbalances in brain chemistry that could trigger mood swings, depression and migraines explains Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton. She recommends the following:

  • Xylitol - This sugar alcohol is an infection fighter.
  • Agave - A stomach soother made from the Mexican agave cactus.
  • Stevia - The heart helper, but 1 tsp. equals one cup of natural sugar.


  • Eating Breakfast

     

    Women who eat breakfast have 15% lower LDL (bad cholesterol), steadier blood sugar levels,and ate 100 fewer calories per day.


    Underactive Thyroid

     

    If you temperature is under 97.6 in the mornings, you are fatiqued, have dry skin, hair loss, thin nails, experience weight gain, get dizzy when you stand up or have puffy eye lids or bags under your eyes, you may want to have a Thyroid Test.


    Healthy Snacks

     

    If you are under 34 years of age, eat calcium-rich treats that prevent hormone induced mood swings and cravings. Between ages 35-49 add on the Soy. It is rich in phytoestrogens and will help reduce abdominal fat build up. Women over 50 should snack on walnuts as they contain omega fatty acids that maintain a higher metabolic rate.


    The Happy Hormone

     

    Also known by the name serotonin. If you level of serotonin is too low you will feel fatigue, mood swings and weight gain. Try eating pop corn as it produces tryptophan, an amino acid that helps in the production of serotonin. Because pop corn is a complex carbohydrate, you also won't experience a sugar crash. Other good serotonin foods are turkey, eggs, nuts, beans, fish and hummus. Shellfish has a lot of folate, a B Vitamin that boosts levels of serotonin, the feel-good chemical. Milk contains whey, another amino acid that produces serotonin. According to Dutch researchers, drinking milk prior to going to sleep will let you wake up feeling alert and clear headed.


    Dark Chocolate

     

    Adam Drewnowsky, PhD claims dark chocolate contains a blend of calming ingredients such as phenethylamne and tryptophan.


    Snap Peas

     

    Snap Peas contain Vitamin K which activates the calcium-storing osteocalcin protein that helps build strong bones.


    Rice - Good or Bad

     

    For a dieter, it is bad, but to clean with, it is good. Sharpen blades in your blender, coffee grinder, or chopper by running rice through them. For thin shaped vases, add your soap and some rice and shake the vase. The rice will help clean the inside. Also, add rice to the bottom of a tool box or fishing box to absorb moisture and help prevent rust. If you don't want an empty pie shell to bubble up, put a piece of foil and put some rice on it to help the shell keep its shape.


    Raw Onion

     

    If your stomach won't accept raw onion, try using chopped nuts or celery in tuna, chicken, or egg salad. You'll still get that nice crunch without the sugar found in onions.


    Fatty Acids

     

    Little white bumps on the back of your arm can be a precursor to Alzheimers. Increase your Omega 3 fatty acids by eating fish at least twice a week, such as sardines, herring, wild salmon, or increase your consumption of walnuts or flaxseed, according to Dr. Hyman.


    Vital Wheat Gluten Gluten

     

    Vital Wheat Gluten Gluten possesses elastic properties and functions as a protein. Gluten absorbs twice its weight of water and retains a portion in the final product increasing the yield. The taste of breads, etc. is enhanced, the color improved, has a nutritional value because of the protein and aids in the machinability of dough. Gluten traps the gases in dough allowing a better spring. It also softens the texture and makes slicing easier. Wheat gluten needs to be stored in a cool, dry environment. This is an inexpensive product to have in the house and can be purchased at some local grocery or nutritional stores, or off the internet.


    Ginger for the stomach

     

    Ginger has shogaols, active oils that heat up the digestive tract and reduce muscle spasms. The scent stimulates the olfactory nerve calming the brain thereby preventing stress related stomach cramps, according to the Magaziner Center for Wellness & Anti-Aging Medicine.


    Chives

     

    Chives have a very therapeutic effect.  They stimulate appetite and good digestion.  They ease stomach upset, clear stuffy noses, reduce gas, and are believed to help prevent colds by helping the body expel mucus.  They are a natural expectorant.  Chives are high in folic acid, Vitamin A, B, and C.  Cooking with chives will make them lose their digestive properties and Vitamin C.  It is okay to eat the small purple flowers as they have an even milder flavor then the leaves themselves.  Grow them at home or buy them fresh and freeze for future use.


    Cholesterol and Lecithin

     

    Cholesterol and Lecithin.  Cholesterol is made by the liver. It is necessary in building and maintaining cells. It only becomes a problem when it forms into globs in the blood, too large to pass through arterial walls, to be transported to the cells where it is needed. When it cakes on the artery walls, it causes arteriosclerosis, more commonly known as "hardening of the arteries". The liver also produces lecithin which keeps the cholesterol in small particles. When you eat low carb, you are eating egg yolks, which is one of the best sources to keep the liver making lecithin. The fats, eggs and vegetables oil eaten on this type of a program keep us supplied with the right nutrients, thereby helping in keeping cholesterol broken down before it can cause a problem.


    Metabolic Syndrome

     

    Having metabolic syndrome means having several disorders at the same time related to one's metabolism.

    Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of risk factors in one person. The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommend that the syndrome be identified as the presence of three or more of these components:

    • Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the waist line), waist circumference greater than 40 inches in men, waist circumference greater than 35 inches in women.
    • Elevated triglycerides equal to or greater than 150 mg/dl.
    • Low HDL, "good cholesterol."
    • Elevated blood pressure, equal to or greater than 130/85.
    • Elevated fasting glucose, equal to or greater than 110mg/dl.

    Studies have shown an increased link between metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty deposits cling to the interior walls of the arteries, leading to blockages that can cause a heart attack or stroke.

    People with metabolic syndrome are also more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as certain types of cancer. The main culprits are obesity, physical inactivity and genetic factors.

    All of the components of metabolic syndrome can increase your chances of developing heart disease. It is important to find out if you have this condition and learn about one of its underlying causes -- insulin resistance.

    You need the proper balance of insulin and glucose in the bloodstream or damage to the walls of the arteries will occur.

    Information taken from an article written by Gloria Caldwell.


    Did You Know?

     

    25% of Americans are considered obese and 50% more are considered overweight? After you start to "low carb", you will notice a definite decrease in appetite. Smaller portions will fill you up faster and keep you full. You will start eating to live, instead of living to eat.

    • Caffeine can cause blood sugar to become unstable in some people.
    • Margarine and Salad Dressing are made with trans fats and these fats are unhealthy.
    • Asparme can cause side affects in some people and slow down weight loss.
    • You should not go more then five hours without eating because your insulin level can drop.
    • If your body is craving chocolate, your body may need magnesium. Chocolate is high in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, and antioxidants.
    • Your body retains 2.4 grams of water for every one gram of carbs you eat. Water is essential when doing a low carb diet. You should drink 64 oz + 8 Oz. for every 25 pounds overweight, per day.
    • Citric Acid (which is commonly found in sodas), cheese and/or nitrites (which is commonly found in hotdogs and bacon) can stall weight loss in some individuals.
    • A lack of potassium can cause headaches, menstrual cramps or a feeling of being groggy. Taking potassium pills during the first stage of low carbing can help. Morton's Lite Salt has 340mg potassium and 290 mg sodium per 1/4 tsp. Prior to taking potassium pills, always speak with your doctor first. L-Glutamine (500-1000 mg) taken before meals can help with sugar cravings.
    • Glycerine (found in most low carb bars) can be metabolized like carbs in some people, causing cells to retain water, stalling weigh loss.
    • Vitamin C can help prevent bruising.
    • Vitamin B can help short temperedness.
    • You can use two egg yolks because they equal one tablespoon flour or thickener.  Beat and then add to 1/2 sauce, mix and add to remainder.  Do not boil once added because they will tend to scramble.
    • Snow peas, string beans and bell and chili peppers are okay to eat on a low carb program.
    • Tumeric is called "A poor man's substitute for Saffrin".  Use it to add a nice yellow color to soups.
    • A high carb intake causes heartburn. Dropping your carb intake can get rid of this problem.


    Explaining Vitamins and Minerals

     

    Vitamins

    Since the body does not make vitamins, we must get them from the foods we eat, in order to make the body work properly.

    There are two types of vitamins:

  • Fat soluble vitamins are stored in fat tissues and the liver. They can remain in these areas until your body fat needs them, anywhere from a few days up to six months. Carriers then take them to where they need to be. Vitamins A, D, E, and K, come under this category.

  • Water soluble vitamins don’t get stored but instead travel through the bloodstream. These vitamins need to be replaced often as what is not used, is eliminated through the urine. Vitamin C, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), Niacine, B6 (Pyridoxine, Folic Acid, B122 (Cobalamine), Biotin and Pantothenic Acid.

    Vitamin A

    This vitamin plays in enormous part of your eyesight. Not only does it help you grow and keeps your skin healthy, it helps you see in color, and at night. Vitamin A can be found in:

  • eggs
  • milk
  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • apricots
  • nectarines
  • sweet potatoes
  • spinach

    The B Vitamins

    All of the Vitamin B’s outlined above are paramount for the metabolic system. They make energy and help create red blood cells, which is what carries oxygen through the body. The Vitamin Bs can be found in:

  • dairy products such as milk and yogurt
  • leafy green vegetables
  • beans and peas
  • whole grains like wheat and oats
  • fish and seafood
  • poultry and meats
  • eggs
  • citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is key if you get a cut or wound because it helps in the healing process, and it also helps your body resist infection. Although all people get sick at times, this vitamin makes it a little harder for your body to become infected with an illness. It is also important for keeping body tissues, such as gums and muscles in good shape. Vitamin C can be found in the following foods:

  • tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • citrus fruits, like oranges
  • cantaloupe
  • strawberries

    Vitamin D

    The main vitamin needed for strong teeth and bones. Vitamin D is also needed in helping your body absorb calcium, a very important mineral. The following foods offer this vitamin:

  • milk and other dairy products which have been fortified with vitamin D
  • egg yolks
  • fish

    Vitamin E

    This essential vitamin is needed to maintain a lot of your body's tissues, such as in your eyes, liver, and skin, as well as formation of red blood cells. It aslo protects your lungs from damage caused by polluted air. This vitamin can be found in:

  • egg yolks
  • leafy green vegetables
  • nuts
  • whole grains like wheat and oats
  • wheat germ
  • sardines

    Vitamin K

    Vitamin K is determines how fast your blood will clot. The foods with this vitamin are:

  • dairy products such as milk and yogurt
  • leafy green vegetables
  • liver
  • pork

    Minerals

    Just like vitamins, minerals help your body stay healthy, grow and develop. Minerals perform many different functions in the body, from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are used to make hormones and maintain a normal heartbeat. Red meat, such as beef, is a good source of iron.

    There are two kinds of minerals:

  • Macrominerals means your body needs more of this group, which consists of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and sulfur.

  • Trace minerals are part of the macromineral group, but minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium are needed in only trace (or small) amounts compared to their Macromineral counterparts. Calcium

    Calcium is the most important when it comes to your bones and teeth. The following is a list of foods that contain calcium:

  • dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • leafy green vegetables
  • broccoli
  • canned boned sardines and salmon
  • Any calcium-fortified foods

    Iron

    Your body needs iron to help in the formation of hemoglobin, the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Iron can be found in:

  • red meat
  • tuna and salmon
  • potato with skins
  • dried fruits such as raisins
  • leafy green vegetables
  • broccoli
  • eggs
  • beans
  • whole grains such as wheat or oats

    Potassium

    Potassium not only keeps your nervous system properly working, but also keeps your muscles doing their job. Further, it is the potassium that makes sure the amount of water in the muscles remains at the level they need. The following foods contain potassium:

  • bananas
  • broccoli
  • tomatoes
  • beans, peas, lentils
  • peanuts
     
  • potatoes with skins
  • leafy green vegetables
  • dried fruits
  • citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes

    Zinc

    Zinc helps keep your immune system healthy for fighting off illnesses and infections. It also helps with cell growth and in healing wounds. Zinc can be found in the following foods:

  • meats such as beef, pork, and lamb
  • beans, peas, lentils
  • peanuts

    Magnesium

    Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone while the other half is found within cells, tissues, organs. It aids in the maintenance of muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, strong bones, regulation of blood sugar levels, blood pressure and a strong immune system. Magnesium is found in:

  • Green vegetables
  • Beans and peas
  • Nuts and seeds
  • True whole grains
  • Hard water has more magnesium then soft water

    Iodine

    Most people do get enough, or even too much iodine, but it is essential that our intake is adequate to form hormones produced by the thryroid gland that in turn regulates our metabolic rate. Levels that are too high or too low can cause many physical conditions. Foods containing iodine are found in:

  • Salt
  • Seafood
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals

    Copper

    Copper is classified as an essential mineral. If you do not get enough copper, the iron in your body cannot be mobilized and you can have a deficiency in both copper and iron. The liver and brain contain the largest amounts of copper in your body. Copper imbalances can produce various symptoms, inefficient utilization of iron and protein, diarrhea, high cholesterol, thyroid problems, stunted growth, mental, emotional problems, cardiovascular, joint and bone problems, as well as skin, blood vessel and elasticity problems. Foods that contain copper are:

  • true whole grain products
  • prunes
  • beans, peas, soy beans, mushrooms, potatoes, turnip greens
  • tomato juice
  • meat, pountry and fish
  • nuts and seeds


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