Coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. This pure liquid is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. Here are 8 Benefits of Coconut Waterthat explain why it has become so popular:
The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of immediately packing on the pounds. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
For those with acne or other blemishes on the surface of the skin, topical application of coconut water can go a great distance as it has the ability to clear up and subsequently tone the skin. It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally and eliminates large amounts of oil. This explains why products such as facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that contain traces of coconut extract are more effective.
Next time you overdo it and drink more than your belly can handle, consume coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.
If you constantly encounter difficulty during the digestion process, coconut water may provide a source of relief. Because of its high concentration of fiber, it aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.
The ingredients in coconut water are way more effective at hydrating the human body than those of sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.
In many instances, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of each, it can be used as a balancing mechanism. In some instances, it is recommended that coconut water be consumed at the start of each day to foster the balance of these electrolytes.
Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.
Since it is isotonic to human plasma, coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.
Coconut water can be enjoyed as a stand-alone beverage or combined with another liquid product. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount that should be consumed on a daily basis, but experts from the Mayo Clinic strongly suggest that you consider maintaining an active lifestyle if consuming large amounts of coconut water since each eight ounce serving is accompanied by 45 to 60 calories.
When searching for the perfect fresh coconut to enjoy, be sure to steer clear of those that have a hard brown shell as this is an indication that it is mature. Instead, look for those that are young and green on the exterior as they usually contain a large supply of the actual coconut water substance. To test it out, simply shake the coconut up and down to gauge how much liquid it contains.
Rob and I flew into Ho Chi Minh on August 1st. I was expecting to be disappointed, as we were really late for the reported season, in June, and I’d heard that Vietnam only grows Monthong anyway. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Vietnam has an estimated 20 unique varieties, undiscovered and unnamed treasures that I hope will survive the insidious encroachment of Monthong and Musang King.
The word for “durian” in Vietnamese is Sau Rieng (pronouced Sow-Ree-Eng). Its literal translation is “one’s own sorrows” or “private sadness.” The story goes that a long time ago, a Vietnamese solder went to war in Thailand. There he met a beautiful girl and married her. She loved a fruit called “durian.” Unfortunately, something happened to her and she died. When the soldier returned to Vietnam, he brought with him her beloved fruit.
Combination of Banana and Milk- Good or Bad?
Whether the famous combination of milk and banana is good or bad for health has always been in debate. While many suggest that both make an excellent combination, some recommend against consuming them together. When we asked expert Dietitian and Psychologist from Care For Life, Harish Kumar, this is what he had to say, "We do not recommend this combination as it may prove to be very harmful for the body. Even if you want to consume them, you can first take milk and after 20 minutes, eat a banana. You must also avoid banana milkshake as it hinders the digestion process and disturbs your sleeping pattern.
What Does Ayurveda Say?
As far as Ayurveda is concerned, every food has its own taste (rasa), post digestive effect (vipaka) and a heating or cooling energy (virya). Therefore, an individual's agni or gastric fire determines how well or poorly the food is digested, and right food combinations are of great importance. Ayurveda strictly puts milk and banana in the list of the most incompatible foods.
According to the book The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, A Comprehensive Guide to the Ancient Healing of India by Vasant Lad, combinations of fruits and milk are to be avoided strictly.
According to a report Food Combining by Vasant Lad, eating bananas with milk can diminish agni, produce toxins and may cause sinus congestion, cold, cough and allergies. Although both of these foods have a sweet taste and a cooling energy, their post digestive effect is very different. Bananas are sour while milk is sweet. This further causes confusion to our digestive system and may result in toxins, allergies and other imbalances.
Ayurveda Specialist at Dr. Vaidya's, Dr. Surya Bhagwati says, "It is a bad combination and is known as Viruddh Aahar (incompatible combinations). It generates Ama, a toxic substance that is the root cause of imbalance and diseases in the body. It douses the digestive fire hence disrupting the intestinal flora. It also causes congestion, cold, cough, rashes and allergies. It creates a negative reaction in the body, generates additional water, blocks body channel, contributes to heart diseases, vomiting and loose motion."
So, Should You or Shouldn't You?
According to our experts, banana and milk do not go well together and may cause serious harm to our health. Therefore, it is better to avoid blending banana with milk and rather have them separately. They have their own properties that benefit our health; however, mixing both may kill those properties causing ailments in the body.http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/have-you-been-eating-bananas-with-milk-you-must-read-this-1694129
Delicious, passion fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. 100 g fruit contains about 97 calories.
The fruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit pulp contains 10.4 g or 27% of fiber. A good fiber in the diet helps remove cholesterol from the body. Being a good bulk laxative, it also helps protect the colon mucosa by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances in the colon and wiping off the cancer-causing toxic substances from the colon.
Passion fruit is good in vitamin-C, providing about 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
The fruit carris very good levels of vitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as ß-carotene and cryptoxanthin-ß. Current research studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties, and along with vitamin-A are essential for good eyesight.
Vitamin-A also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids may help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh granadilla is very rich in potassium. 100 g fruit pulp has about 348 mg of potassium. Potassium is a major component of cells and body fluids and helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
Furthermore, granadilla is an excellent source of minerals. Iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit.
Don’t have a juicer? No problem! You can have green juice in minutes with this step-by-step tutorial on how to make a simple green juice in your blender.It’s been 10 days since I’ve posted anything new around here so I am SO thrilled to be back with an epic post for all of you.
My trip to Costa Rica was fabulous and I’ll be recapping everything tomorrow once I’ve mustered the courage to look at the pictures and not want to teleport myself back there. It was truly one of the most spectacular places on earth.
We were totally spoiled by having a private chef cook all of our meals for us and while I love me some rice and beans, my body was dying for some veggie goodness by the end of the trip.
This always happens to me, I go a bit overboard with the treats and decadent eats and find myself needing an IV drip packed-full of vegetable juice. And by IV drip I mean I stop by Fresh Restaurant for one of their amazing green juices.
But juices get seriously expensive, FAST and it also isn’t in my budget to buy myself a juicer. So each time I feel a cold coming on or am needing a detox, I go through the same internal battle of whether or not I should sacrifice my wallet to the juice gods.
Let’s change subjects for a second here (I swear I’m getting to the point!). A few weeks ago, Blendtec offered to send me a Designer 725 Blender with Wildside+ Jar, so I did a little research on the blender and then patiently awaited its arrival.
What excited me most was that the Blendtec has a “juice” option so you can actually make juice in your blender! Now here’s the catch, what actually separates juice from a smoothie is that the fiber (or “pulp”) from the vegetables and fruit has been removed so what you’re getting is the vitamin and mineral packed juice.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with fruit and vegetable pulp. Fiber is great for the body and we all need it in our diet, but sometimes it can get in the way of our body absorbing all of those vitamins and minerals. When you drink juice (versus a smoothie), your body can absorb 100% of the good stuff, without the insoluble fiber getting in the way.
So I set out to recreate my favourite simple green juice using my blender instead of a juicer. The Blendtec made it super easy because the “juice” option knows exactly how long to blend the fruits and veggies for (somewhere around 1 minute). It also has a self clean option which makes cleaning the blender completely hassle-free. Considering the horror stories I’ve heard about trying to clean juicers, this is a godsend!
For the record, it has several other pre-programmed cycles including smoothies, soups, salsa and ice cream! I’ve made smoothies and soups using it and it has been fabulous. I’m looking forward to trying it out on nut butter.
Back to juicing…To get around the whole “juicing without a juicer” deal, you have to take one extra step by straining the juice through some cheesecloth to remove the fiber. If you want to drink this with the pulp, go for it! But if you want real authentic green juice, you’ll need to do the second step. It’s all good though, because I walk you through the entire process.
Besides being totally stoked about my new Blendtec, I am also so excited to kick off a new series on THM! Over the past couple of years, I’ve picked up quite a few food hacks that every healthy foodie should know. Healthy eating doesn’t need to be hard or expensive, so over the course of 2015 I will be bringing you a new “Healthy How-To” series teaching you some of these tips and tricks.
I figured what better way to kick off the series than with this How To Make Green Juice In Your Blender post?
After 10 days on vacation, I’m ready for about 5 of these!
Let’s learn how…
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
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The simplest way to improve your health and ward off countless chronic diseases is by eating more of fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables. In reality, any vegetable is good for health, but there are a few that are definitely more nutritious than the others.
Usually used for flavor, this veggie contains cancer-fighting antioxidants. It is most beneficial when eaten raw. Cooking onions reduces the effectiveness of phytochemicals that fight against diseases, especially prostate and lung cancer. This pungent-smelling veggie is particularly good for people suffering from osteoporosis.
Try adding raw, chopped onions in salads along with tomatoes, cucumber, and avocados. Add a dash of blood sugar-friendly lime juice for taste.
Green peas are a powerhouse of nutrition. They contain iron and folate, which are extremely important for pregnant women. They contain a generous amount of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 that help in reducing homocysteine levels, therefore reducing the risk of heart diseases.
Kale is chock full of vitamin C that reduces the risk of heart diseases by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol or LDL. The organosulfur phytonutrient that is present in kale protects our body from ovarian cancer, and the carotenoids serve the purpose of lowering the risk of cataract.
This cruciferous vegetable is rich in antioxidants that help in reducing the risk of lung, rectal, and stomach cancer. They are also rich in folate, vitamin C, and beta-carotene, which boost the body’s immunity and protect against flu and cold.
This chlorophyll-packed vegetableis an excellent source of every nutrient your body would require for functioning at its optimum. A cup of spinach can help you meet the body’s daily requirement of vitamins C and K, lutein, and potassium.
They are also packed with carotenoids that promote healthy eyes and prevent macular degeneration.
Scientists also believe that a diet with more of spinach helps you protect against various diseases such as colon cancer, arthritis, and even osteoporosis.
The vibrant orange color of the carrot indicates the presence of high levels of carotenoids that reduce the risk of a few types of cancers and eye diseases. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C that protect the cardiovascular system against damage.
Okra, also known as lady’s finger, is a rich source of fiber that helps in reducing blood sugar and improving bone health. The abundant folate and nutritional value present in okra not only helps women to conceive but also helps in preventing miscarriages. It also aids in the brain development of the fetus.
Green beans are an easy source of folic acid and vitamins A, B6, C, and K. One of the benefits of this nutrient-packed vegetable is a reduced risk of heart diseases. It boosts the immunity and protects our body from colon cancer. It also helps in eliminating those harmful free radicals.
Whether you like it mashed, roasted, boiled or baked – the potato is one of the most versatile food staples. They are stuffed with phytonutrients such as carotenoids, caffeic acid, and flavonoids that help with digestion, promote a healthy heart, and maintain blood pressure.
The health benefits of corn include prevention of heart ailments, controlling diabetes, prevention of neural-tube defects during birth, and lowering hypertension. They not only provide the necessary calories for a healthy metabolism but also are a rich source of fiber and vitamins A, B, and E.
Both raw or cooked, this root vegetable is rich in antioxidants that fight against cancer. It also contains high levels of lutein that protect the eyes. Even the beet leaves are full of nutrition, and they can be cooked like any other leafy vegetable.
Cucumber is mostly made up of water, which means eating cucumber during summer helps keep you hydrated. It is rich in vitamins K, B, C, potassium, manganese, and polyphenols that help in reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Eggplants are rich in antioxidants such as nasunin and other heart-healthy nutrients. Nasunin protects the brain cells from damage, and the presence of potassium and fiber reduce the risk of dementia and heart stroke.
Radish is diuretic in nature and helps in treating inflammation and that burning sensation during urination. It is a good detoxifier, and thus facilitates digestion. It can also help in treating piles.
Radish is a rich source of anthocyanins that provide numerous health benefits to the body.
The cauliflower is another member of the cruciferous family of vegetables that provides a number of health benefits. It contains sulforaphane that helps in killing cancer stem cells. It also improves blood pressure levels in the body and maintains the proper functioning of the kidneys.
Celery is an excellent source of beneficial enzymes and antioxidants, as well as vitamins B6, C, and K. It provides dietary fiber that boosts digestion and promotes weight loss. Because of the high percentage of water and electrolyte, celery also helps in preventing dehydration.
Scallions or spring onions are very low in calories. They contain flavonoid antioxidants and fiber that protect against various diseases.
Asparagus is a very good source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, fiber, and folate that help in fighting against cancer. It is packed with antioxidants that help in neutralizing the effects of cell-damaging free radicals.
Though technically considered as fruits, tomatoes are often served as vegetables. They are rich in lycopene, which is well known for its cancer-fighting capabilities. Being rich in vitamins A and K, they also help in maintaining the blood pressure and reducing the number of free radicals in our body.
Parsley contains a flavonol called myricetin that helps in preventing skin cancer. It is also effective in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and maintaining bone health.
Sweet potato has dozens of anti-cancer nutrients including manganese and vitamins A and C. It is also rich in fiber and iron, and thus, provides energy and regulates the digestive system.
Bell peppers, whether red, yellow or orange, are packed with a number of heart-healthy nutrients such as folic acid and lycopene.
Everyday consumption of bell peppers may help lower the risk of developing lung, colon, pancreatic, and bladder cancer.
Squash has a number of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as beta-carotene and vitamin C. It helps in treating a number of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and osteoarthritis.
These green vegetables are great for pregnant ladies since they are packed with vitamins B, C, and K, and folic acid that prevent neural tube defects.
Alfalfa sprouts are a powerhouse of beta-carotene that protects the body against lung cancer and maintains the health of hair, nails, gums, teeth, and bones. It is also a good source of vitamin E that protects our body from strokes and heart attacks.
Our Mother Nature has gifted us with so many powerful sources of nutrients – so why not start eating them regularly instead of just relying on supplements? Hope you liked this article. Share your views in the comments box below.
Being geographically located in the tropical zone, Vietnam is truly a heaven when it comes to fruits. One who first comes to the country will be amazed at the countless number of colorful fruits sold at a very reasonable price in every street and market all year round.
Southern Vietnam is the largest fruit granary of the whole country, since the region’s weather is warm with long hours of sunshine, high average temperature and humidity year round. There are even tours arranged exclusively for tourists who love visiting orchards where they can witness how the fruits are grown and try fresh fruits right at the garden. As summer comes, the annual Fruits Festival is held in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting millions of visitors, local and foreigners alike.
Tropical fruits are often found very nutritious, providing rich source of carbohydrate, vitamins (especially A and C), minerals and fibres. Its flavor is often teh extreme of either sweet or sour, and many comes with a particular fragrance that is unmistakeable. Due to the typical weather conditions, the fruit’s colors are vibrantly eye-catching, with red, yellow and orange among the most popular ones. The abundance of fruits in the region also means that people use fruits in many different ways: eating raw, making juices, mixing salad, preserving jams and many other delicious desserts. In northern Vietnam and central highland areas, where the temperature is cooler with four separate seasons, farmers also grow temperate fruits such as apple, strawberry, cherry, grape, peach, or pear, making the collection of fruits in Vietnam an extremely rich one.
Following are some of the fruits you will be encountering as you make your way to Vietnam; some are probably found in the China town nearby to your residence.
Mango - Xoài
Mango is a nutrition-packed fruits and the Vietnamese one may be very different from what you have experienced in your local grocery stores. Read more about Vietnamese mango and recipes from mangoes.
Mangostreen - Măng cụt
Read more about Vietnamese mangosteens
Rambutans - Chôm Chôm
Read more about Vietnamese rambutans
Durians - Sầu riêng
Read more about Vietnamese durians
Pineapples - Dứa
Read more about Vietnamese pineapples
Dragon fruit - Thanh long
Read more about Vietnamese dragon fruits
Star apple - Vú sữa
Read more about Vietnamese star apples
Papaya - Đu đủ
Read more about Vietnamese papayas
Sapodilla - Hồng Xiêm
Read more about Vietnamese Sapodilla
Jackfruit - Mít
Read more about Vietnamese jackfruits
Coconut - Dừa
Read more about Vietnamese coconuts
Sài Gòn Fruit Fair on busy Nguyễn Tất Thanh Street in District 4 has emerged as a new destination for HCM City’s young people and budget-conscious consumers.
The fair, which opened on August 19, has more than 30 stalls selling fruits from the Mekong Delta such as mangosteen, durian, rambutan, watermelon, longan, grapefruit, and avocado, as well as imported fruits like New Zealand apples, Australian oranges and US cherries.
The fair also introduces international tourists to the richness of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits and promotes the unique cultural traits of the southern region through traditional favourites like the bamboo, folk music and áo bà ba (a shirt worn by southerners).
The establishment also offers fun activities including music shows at 7 pm every Saturday and Sunday, lucky draws and dance shows.
Visitors can enjoy tasty dishes made from fresh fruits, admire the art of making unique fruit juices and eat at street food stalls selling fried fish balls, fried sausages, French fries and corn fried with small shrimps at prices ranging from VNĐ10,000 to VNĐ25,000. — VNS
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