TRANS FATTY ACIDS


                                                                     

Trans fatty acids are also known as unsaturated fatty acids. They occur naturally in low levels in meat and dairy products.

In general, trans fats are the result of food production. It is the processing of liquid vegetable oil to become a solid fat.

They are prevalent in snack foods, fast foods, fried foods, and commercially-prepared baked goods. Trans fatty acids, have essentially no nutritional value and are not necessary for human health. In the commercial food industry, trans fats provide an enhanced taste and a longer shelf-life for products.

Trans fats have long been associated with cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, metabolic dysfunction, insulin resistance, inflammation, obesity, MS…

Recently, according to a new study published, it has been shown that the consumption of dietary trans fatty acids is associated with irritability, aggression as well as decreased learning and memory.

From Here and There...


                                                                       

1-According to Dr. Zhang, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine,  cherry intake during a 2-day period was associated with a 35% lower risk for gout attacks and cherry extract intake was associated with a 45% lower risk.

2-Including foods such as low-fat yogurt, sesame/rice-bran oils, and low-calorie cranberry juice in the diet can help keep blood pressure under control, according to three new studies presented at the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research (2012) . The rice/bran oil also may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increase levels of HDL cholesterol.

3-The daily addition of 75 g of whole-shelled walnuts to a typical Western-style diet appears to have positive effects on the vitality, morphology, and motility of sperm in healthy men, according to the findings of a randomized, parallel, 2-group, dietary intervention trial.

4-Researchers have associated obesity in men, particularly large waist circumference (WC), with sexual and urologic dysfunction, in addition to metabolic effects.

5-Obesity as measured by body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased risk for urinary tract infection (UTI) and pyelonephritis in both sexes, according to a retrospective, cross-sectional study.

6-The sight of unhealthy food during a period of sleep restriction activated reward centers in the brain that were less active when participants had adequate sleep, according to a new study using brain scans to better understand the link between sleep restriction and obesity.

Vegetarianism





 Vegetarianism is such a big and wide definition.

It is the practice of subsisting on a diet composed primarily or wholly of vegetables, grains,fruits,nuts,and seeds with or without eggs and dairy products.

There are a number of types of vegetarianism, which exclude or include various foods.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism)

Ovo vegetarianism includes eggs but not dairy products.

Lacto vegetarianism includes dairy products but not eggs.

Ovo-lacto vegetarianism (or lacto-ovo vegetarianism) includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk, and honey.

Veganism excludes all animal flesh and animal products, including milk, honey, and eggs.

Raw veganism includes only fresh and uncooked fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. Vegetables can only be cooked up to a certain temperature.

Fruitarianism permits only fruit, nuts, seeds, and other plant matter that can be gathered without harming the plant.

Sattvic diet (also known as yogic diet), a plant based diet which may also include dairy (not eggs) and honey, but excludes anything from the onion or leek family, red lentils, durian fruit, mushrooms, blue cheeses, fermented foods or sauces, alcoholic drinks and often also excludes coffee, black or green tea,chocolate, nutmeg or any other type of stimulant such as excess sharp spices.

Buddhist vegetarianism (also known as su vegetarianism) excludes all animal products as well as vegetables in the allium family (which have the characteristic aroma of onion and garlic): onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, chives, or shallots.

Jain vegetarianism includes dairy but excludes eggs and honey, as well as root vegetables.

Macrobiotic diets consist mostly of whole grains and beans.



Concerns:

Vegetarian diets offer lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein, and higher levels of carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such asvitamins C and E and phytochemicals.

vegetarian diets are typically high in carotenoids, but relatively low in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. Vegans can have particularly low intake of vitamin B and calcium if they do not eat enough items such as collard greens, leafy greens, tempeh and tofu (soy). High levels of dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, and magnesium, and low consumption of saturated fat are all considered to be beneficial aspects of a vegetarian diet.

Rf:http://aldas54.typepad.com/blog/ for Vegeterianism food pyramids

KUMQUAT FRUIT





                                                                         




Like citrus fruits, kumquats are low in calories. 100 g of fresh fruit provide only 71 calories. They are a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants .

Kumquats are eaten along with the peel. The peel is rich in many essential oils, anti-oxidants, and fiber. 100 g whole kumquats provide 6.7 g or 17% of daily-recommended levels of fiber composed of tannins, pectin, hemi-cellulose, and other non-starch polysaccharides (NSP).

Fresh kumquats are packed with flavonoid anti-oxidants

Like oranges, kumquats also very rich in vitamin C. 100 g fruit provides 47.9 or 73% of RDA

Kumquats contain good levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors for metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Prepare winter with KUMQUAT...