Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Can salt be healthy?

Salt is the most important ingredient used in cooking that enhances the flavour of other ingredients.  Food without salt is dull and tasteless. The dictionary meaning of Salt is – a white crystalline substance that gives seawater its characteristic taste and is used for seasoning or preserving food.
Yes salt is preserving the food. It enhances the taste of the food we eat. Every recipe includes salt. Every kitchen too has a salt box also known as Namakdani which contains the Namak, Mirch and Haldi (salt, pepper, turmeric).
Salt, also known as, Sodium chloride is an ionic compound with the chemical formula - NaCl, which represents a 1:1 ratio of sodium as well as chloride ions. Now the question here comes that whether salt can be healthy? The answer to this is YES!!
Hundred percent Natural Himalayan Salt is the ultimate blessing of Himalayas containing more than 84 minerals and elements that are found in the body. Crystallized over 260 million years ago due to high pressure and temperature by being locked under the Himalayas, it is free of modern day pollutants and toxins. This makes it the World`s Purest Salt. It is free of the anti caking agent and is the 100 percent Natural unprocessed and cleanest salt available to mankind.
The benefits are as it contains 84 plus minerals & Bio Compounds found in Human Body; It has low sodium which helps to increase blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. It gets absorbed in blood stream easily as compared to the regular sea salt; Most spa`s use it as bath salt to get your body relaxed. It relaxes the muscles and the mind which makes the body feel at ease. Mixed with hot water this salt helps you too transfer the toxins from healthy cells into the blood stream, ultimately pushing it out of the body; The negative ions emitted out of salt lamps or by mixing this salt in hot water clears up sinus issues; In some cases the usage of salt lamps in improving respiratory issues in the body including asthma; consuming this salt (Pink Himalayan Mineral salt)  mixed in hot water can help improve digestion and balance the pH of the body, making it more alkaline; with improved blood circulation this salt contributes toward clearing of the arteries.  
The interesting fact about the rock salt is that People from Bolivia to Poland have been doing it for centuries that using as the wall of the house or the office. The animals also lick the salt to get enriched with the minerals. 
The Himalayan salt in pink color can be procured from the Sareen Impex Pvt. Ltd., Sonepat, Haryana and Amritsar offices. It was the center of attraction at the Indus Food Expo at Greater Noida. It is also certified ISO 22000: 2005, HACCP (Food Safety)

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Top 10 Superfoods of 2019, According to Dietitians!

A new survey asked more than 1,300 nutritionists what's trending—here's what they said.ZEE KRSTIC 
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Many nutritionists will tell you that "superfood" is a loaded term—and, sometimes, the health halo associated with so-called superfoods isn't totally earned or deserved. But when asked to list the best superfoods right now, many nutritionists chose staples that aren't exactly "new", but rather a healthy part of any diet—fresh produce.                                                                                     A new annual survey published by Today's Dietitian and Pollock Communications asked 1,342 registered dietitians which foods they believe are the healthiest for 2019—or, the superfoods they believe consumers will go bananas over. In the past, Cooking Light has asked our lead nutritionist, Carolyn Williams, PHD, RD, to investigate ingredients like turmeric, matcha, and alkaline water that many on the internet had lauded as "superfoods," but it seems that nutritionists are now considering more routine items to have a better reputation overall.
Moringa Is a Trendy Superfood. Here's How to Actually Cook With It
This nutritious plant has actually been around for a while—and is used regularly in several South Asian cuisines. If you're looking to get the most benefit, skip the supplements, and cook with it.
"We are still seeing the consumer push for cleaner labels and the industry continues their work to deliver it," Jenna Bell, RDN, told Today's Dietitian. "It's beyond food is medicine; now, food is the core of wellness."
But Bell also points out that plant-based lifestyles have moved past a burgeoning trend into the mainstream; many items on the following list have grown, and interest in dairy has dramatically shifted.
The one noticeable change in this year's survey? Kale has fallen off the top ten list, while another non-dairy item makes its way onto it.
These are the top 10 superfoods to keep an eye on in 2019, according to nutritionists:
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1) Fermented Foods

Yogurt is a prime example of this category, as gut health continues to be one of the most innovative aspects of nutrition today. Consumers are interested in finding foods—like these four gut-healthy ingredients—that can help them reduce inflammation and detox naturally. If you're interested in resetting your microbiome with fermented foods, check out Cooking Light's 3-day detox plan.

2) Avocados

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While kale isn't on nutritionists' radar anymore, this creamy fruit still is—and for good reason. Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, B vitamins, and folic acid, according to Jamie Vespa, MS, RD. Avocados are also chock full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber, with roughly 50 calories per 1-ounce serving.
And you can put them on much more than toast—here are 35 tasty ways to cook with avocado.

3) Seeds

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From chia seeds to flaxseed and even hemp seeds, these small-but-mighty snacks are nutritional powerhouses. They’re loaded with dietary fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These are five seeds you should be adding to your diet immediately.
The healthiest foods you should be eating now:

4) Ancient Grains

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Quinoa isn't the only wholesome grain you should be enjoying in 2019. Farro, a popular substitute for enriched pasta products, and teff, which is similar to millet, can be used to top salads, bulk up grain bowls, or in baking.

5) Exotic Fruit; Acai and Golden Berries

From acai to goji berries, these deliciously sweet options are solid sources of fiber, plus they’re rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fatty acids. We love them in these healthy and delicious smoothie bowls.

6) Blueberries

Williams says this superfood contains high levels of phytochemicals—including flavonoids, anthocyanins, and resveratrol—that help the body combat inflammation naturally. Other research has shown blueberries to cut risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as memory loss. Not bad for a little berry!
7) Beets
Beets have been shown to help offset the risk of many chronic diseases due to their high levels of vitamin B, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
8) Nuts
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Whether you choose almonds, pine nuts, pecans, or pistachios, nuts are one of the healthiest on-the-go snack options. We've previously published reviews of research tied to the nutritional benefits of consuming nuts (mostly due to their healthy levels of unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.)

9) Coconut Products

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We were a little surprised to see this item make the list. In fact, recent research has led to an all-time low demand for coconut oil, which was once one of the most high-profile superfoods. Last year, the World Health Organization released new guidelines asking people to keep their saturated fat intake to less than 10g of day—so, keep that in mind when cooking with coconut oil or other coconut byproducts.
But our nutrition director, Brierley Horton, MS, RD, is a fan of coconut beauty products! And we're all big fans of Chobani's newest addition to the dairy aisle: coconut-based vegan yogurt products.

10) Non-Dairy Milks

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We've watched as oat milk has slowly but surely surged to popularity in America (so much so, there was a hefty shortage last year!) But that doesn't mean people aren't sold on almond milk anymore, as it may be healthier than any other plant-based milk on the market. In fact, we've seen many non-dairy milks hit shelves this year, including pecan milk and macadamia milk. If you're looking for the perfect milk for your dietary needs, consider our nutritionist's guide.
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Artichokes have a strong reputation for their medicinal properties and highly useful nutritive profile. This is why these have been used for getting several health benefits for centuries now.
By way of introduction, artichokes are not vegetables as they are commonly understood as. Instead, artichokes are essentially a variety of thistle. Most of all, artichokes are known for their role in improving your digestion, liver health as well as heart health. Plus, these have also been applauded for helping lower blood sugar levels.
Artichoke supplements are also increasingly become popular. In that, high concentrations of compounds found in the plant are included as part of the artichoke extract.
Here is an in-depth look at the nutrients present in artichoke and the health benefits that it delivers:

1. Excellent nutritive profile

Artichokes boast a rich content of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. These are, specifically, rich in vitamins C, K, and folate. A significant amount of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron are also present.
A medium artichoke consists of 7 grams of fiber, which constitutes a whopping 23-28% of the recommended daily intake. Plus, the thistles come with 4 grams of protein with only 60 calories per artichoke that is medium in size.
On top of all of this, artichokes are applauded for their high antioxidants content. It is for this reason that the thistle commonly makes it to the list of high antioxidant foods to eat.

2. May help manage blood pressure

Artichokes may potentially play a significant role in improving your blood pressure levels. The underlying mechanism of how artichokes work to bring down blood pressure is not fully understood as yet. However, studies show that the thistle can be valuable for people with high blood pressure problems.
It is possible that the potassium content of artichokes is helpful in regulating blood pressure. In one study, it was learned that the participants with high blood pressure were able to lower their blood pressure by consuming artichoke extract daily for 12 weeks.

3. May improve digestion

Artichokes boast a high fiber content as well, which is good news for your digestive system. Fiber assists in promoting friendly-gut bacteria, alleviating diarrhea and constipation, and reducing the odds of developing certain bowel cancers as well.
Additionally, artichokes consist of insulin, which is a type of fiber that works as a prebiotic. It also contains cynarin that can yield some positive effects on your digestive health by improving fat digestion, accelerating gut movement, and stimulating bile production.
Research shows that such a profile of artichokes makes it useful for digestive health. For example, in a small study of 12 adults, it was learned that consuming an artichoke extract that contained insulin aided in improving symptoms of indigestion. These symptoms included heartburn, nausea, and bloating.
Moreover, another study of 247 participants showed that having artichoke leaf extract for six weeks daily slashed the symptoms of indigestion. Moreover, it helps reduce uncomfortable feelings of fullness and flatulence.

4. May help with improving liver health

The liver is responsible for several health concerns and maintaining its health is crucial. Luckily, artichokes can possibly help in this domain as well. Artichoke leaf extract can protect from liver damage and encourage the growth of new liver tissue.
Plus, the thistles can also amp up the production of bile, which is useful for eliminating toxins from the liver. In an animal study conducted on rats, it was learned that artichoke extract can help reduce liver damage, improve its function, and boost antioxidant levels as well.
These results were in contrast with the control group of rats that were not given artichoke extract. Beside this animal study, human studies have also proven the positive effects of artichokes on liver health.
For instance, studies have learned that obese adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, consuming artichoke extract daily for two months can help improve liver function by lessening fat deposition and liver inflammation.

5. Can help prevent cancer

As mentioned, artichokes boast a high antioxidant content. A USDA study also learned that out of 1,000 plant foods, artichokes ranked the 7th for their antioxidant content. Antioxidants are the primary line of defense the immune system.
These help to protect against free radicals, which can culminate in multiple chronic health conditions and diseases if left unattended. One of the nutrients present in high numbers in this thistle are polyphenols.
These polyphenols exhibit chemopreventive qualities. This means that they can slow, stop, and also completely reverse the effects of cancer. Additionally, vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant, which is also present in significant amount in artichokes.
It is also proven to discourage conditions such as fibrosis while helping reduce the risk of breast cancer. Finally, research also shows that the extract from artichoke leaves can help prevent cell death and cell proliferation when injected in cancerous masses. This can help reduce the effects of leukemia, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.

6. Better bowel movements and easing irritable bowel syndrome

Owing to the rich supply of fiber in artichokes, it is useful for improving bowel movements as well. Fiber adds bulk to the foods that you eat. This is helpful for reducing your bowel movements regularly. Plus, it also helps decrease the symptoms of intestinal cancers, bloating, excess flatulence, cramps, general discomfort of the stomach and constipation.
The dietary fiber present in artichokes is helpful with problems such as diarrhea too. This is because fiber can absorb excess liquid. Moreover, the thistle is helpful irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as well.
In one study, it was concluded that 1-2 capsules of artichoke leaf extract consumed daily for two months can help lessen the symptoms of the IBS by 26%. Plus, it helps improve the quality of life by 20%.
Research also notes that consuming artichoke leaf extract daily for six weeks for IBS is as effective as, if not better than, other laxatives and antidiarrheals used as IBS treatment. Researchers understand that some compounds in the thistle have antispasmodic properties.
This means that they can help curtail muscle spasms that are common in IBS, reducing inflammation, and balancing gut bacteria.

7. May bring down sugar levels

Artichokes are also known for their role in lowering the levels of sugar in your blood. It is possible that the work of artichoke extract in slowing the activity of alpha-glucosidase may be helpful with low blood sugar.
Alpha-glucosidase is an enzyme, which works to break down starch into glucose. Once its activity slows, sugar levels don’t go high. However, there is still a lot more research needed to understand how artichoke works to lower blood sugar markers.

8. May help with cholesterol levels

Lastly, artichoke extract can help with lower cholesterol levels as well. A large review showed that daily artichoke leaf extract for 5-13 weeks reached a finale of reduced LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol.
An animal study also showed that the intake of artichoke extract regularly helped lessen LDL or bad cholesterol by 30%. It also reduced triglycerides by 22%. Plus, regular consumption can improve good HDL cholesterol levels too.
This effect of artichoke could possibly be due to two main reasons. Firstly, the thistle consists of luteolin, which is an antioxidant that helps prevent the formation of cholesterol. Secondly, the artichoke leaf extract also promotes the body to process cholesterol levels more efficiently, which can lower the overall levels.
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