Monthly Archive: January 2018

Healthy Food Swaps over Diabetes-Causing Food

Watch what you eat! That is a must not just for those who have to do something for their health conditions but everybody. However, with all the beautifully plated and good-looking food everywhere, most people are blinded and forget that food ingredients and content affects them as far as critical diseases or health conditions such as diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions that is being experienced by so many today. Having it has become fast and easy as the access to unhealthy food that causes the condition. Many do not know that what they are regularly eating today is leading their future to diabetes. And diabetes means more restrictions on food and eventually a hindrance to a fuller lifestyle. So before that happens, it is better to start knowing what to eat and what to avoid if you do not want to be one of this thing’s victims.

Below is a list of common food that may increase the body’s sugar level and may lead to diabetes:

Candy

 

This does not only refer to the sweet tooth baby food but similar food such as soda, cookies, syrup and many more. These are food that does not only contain high amounts of sugar but also low-quality carbohydrates that may contribute to gaining weight and diabetes complications. Try to adapt a healthier food diet by substituting this stuff with high-quality carbs like fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, and other fresh fruits.

Fruit Juices

 

Although this juice is so much better than soda, this one, even that which is 100 percent fruit juice, contains high amounts of fruit sugar. Try to go for a fiber-packed, zero-labeled, or unsweetened one as a counterpart, and you will be working big time for your health and body.

Raisins

 

Raisins, as well as dried fruits, are still fruits. Therefore, they must be healthy. On the case of dried fruits, their sugar content has been found to become very concentrated when one is dehydrated. It may cause an instant pull to one’s sugar level, and it is rapidly absorbed by the body. Fresh fruits have always been the best.

Pancake

 

This beautiful meal is one of the worst foods for someone who has diabetes. A plate of pancakes topped with syrup is nothing but a full-packed sugar and calories. The pancake is made ith flour that is equivalent to bead. The butter is made of saturated fat that is an artery-clogging sweet. And the syrup is straight sugar to your body. Instead of this, rather go for a protein-rich, low-carb white egg omelette with vegetables.

Table Sugar

 

May it be in coffee, powdered-milk, fruit juice, or dip-in snack, table sugar has been the most useful. Know that this is a sharp wound to your sugar level as the name itself may directly increase the body’s glucose and sugar level. If this is something you can’t live without, then a substitute would be perfect. A good swap for this is called Yacon Syrup. Yacon Syrup is a natural sweetener that is equally sweet but instead of causing high sugar level, it will help treat diabetes, kidney, and digestive disorders. It only has a third of the caloric content of the traditional table sugar.

If only more people could see the food precautions made available by a lot of means, then diabetes would surely be a dying number today. Food is fun and enjoyable yet if it does well only to the taste buds and not to health; it should be abandoned. Especially with available swaps and substitutes that are rather healthy, there is no reason not to go for it.

5 Medicinal Herbs that are Great in the Kitchen

So, do you want to start cooking? Well, it’s about time that you do, especially if you love to eat. But where do you start with your cooking experiment? Since we are pretty sure that you know your pots and pans quite well already, let us get you started on five basic herbs that you should familiarize yourself with before you get yourself on the kitchen floor.

The five herbs that you will get to read about below will not only add a distinct flavor to your dishes, but will also do your health a great deal of good. And yes, you can thank us later.

So, here goes our list of herbs that you should have in your kitchen garden (if you have one), or in your pantry plus their medicinal benefits.

Sage

 

Carving a turkey for Thanksgiving? Make sure to stuff in sage along with other herbs in your turkey to enhance its flavor! If you’re in the mood for tea, you can also brew a pot of sage. Not only is sage great for tea when you mix it with cinnamon and honey, but it is also a great medicinal herb. Alternative medicine practitioners use sage internally for treating bronchitis, fevers, canker sores, headaches, sore throats, sinus congestion, and even bad breath! External uses for sage includes treatment for itch, wounds, and scalp problems.

Pregnant mothers should, however, be wary of sage as it may cause bleeding and result to a miscarriage. Oral intake of sage for a long time is highly inadvisable as well.

Peppermint

 

Who could say no to a fresh brew of peppermint in the morning? The good thing about peppermint tea is that it does your digestive health a world of good and is also great for treating respiratory problems and alleviating fever. But did you know that you could also use peppermint externally to address toothaches, headaches, muscle pain, itching, fatigue, bad breath, and sinus congestion? More reasons for stocking up on peppermint indeed!

Dill

 

If you’re thinking of roasting chicken or having salmon for dinner, then you would need to make use of dill to enhance your meal’s flavor. What’s even great about dill is that it’s a great herb to tempt your appetite into eating and is also great for those who suffer from bad breath. Internal use of this herb can also benefit your respiratory health and improve lactation among pregnant and nursing mothers.

Fennel

 

Fennel is a great addition to your bruschetta sauce (if you want to make one). If you think that bruschetta sauce is too much for your repertoire, you can always mix it in along with beet, kalamata olive, and blood orange, for a healthy salad. Another healthy option for fennel would be roasting it crisp with sunflower seeds for a great afternoon snack. Medical uses for fennel include internal usage of the herb for flatulence, colic, gout, cramps, lactation and indigestion.

Garlic

 

Thinking of making a sauce? Garlic will go great with your recipe, especially if you are cooking something Asian. Most chefs saute garlic, but if you are one brave heart, you can also eat it raw! What has garlic got for you? Many pharmaceutical companies have taken advantage of garlic’s medicinal properties and produced garlic supplements. Garlic supplement benefits include a strong immune system among many others.

6 Things You Never Knew About Pizza

Did you know that there are approximately 11.5 billion pizzas that pizza parlors like Pizza Hut deliver every day? While not everyone may be a fan of pizza, the number of everyday pizza deliveries surely speaks for itself.

But we got more interesting facts about pizza for you other than the number of daily pizza deliveries! Read on for amazing stuff about pizza that you most probably never knew.

Pizza delivery via plane

 

How does your local pizza parlor deliver your favorite pie? Most deliver via motorbikes but did you know that some pizza shops deliver via plane? Yes, we know that it seems outrageous for any pizza company to fly in deliveries for their customers, but it happens in real life—in Alaska! Whoa. We can just imagine how much each delivery would cost.

Americans have a National Pizza Month

 

No, we are not kidding. Here in the United States, October is National Pizza Month and has always been National Pizza Month for 27 years now. That means we got five months to go before we celebrate our favorite food. Hurrah!

Pizza is ancient food

 

And when we say ancient, we mean that this dish has been around for hundreds of years now. Did you know that the first pizza parlor ever dates back as far as 273 years ago! Wow. If you do the math, that would mean that the first pizza shop opened in 1738. That pizza shop, Antica Pizzeria, started selling in Naples, Italy. If you are curious as to whether the shop still exists, we are too.

Americans love pizza very much

 

We are not saying that all Americans love pizza and eat it on a regular basis. We are, however, speaking for the general American public who, as per statistical data, consume up to three billion pizzas yearly. Take note that the statistics do not include the one billion frozen pizzas that Americans purchase every year. Other statistics tell us that only 6% of the Americans do not eat pizza on a regular basis. Now, you understand why the United States have a National Pizza Month.

Pizza Hut once thought of placing their company logo on the moon

 

We have seen all types of advertisements on billboards, television screens, magazines, and newspapers, but we sure have never seen an ad on the moon! But yes, speaking of ads, did you know that Pizza Hut once thought of engraving their company logo on the moon with the aid of lasers? The plan did not push through because, upon assessment, the company realized that they would have to make the logo as huge as the land area of Texas for the people to see it. Can you just imagine how it would have felt like to look up at a Pizza Hut moon every night?

There are gluten free pizzas

 

To everyone on a gluten-free diet, we got great news for you! You can now add pizza to your list of gluten-free meals! Chefs have finally come up with a way to allow you to enjoy scrumptious slices of pizza without having to suffer from an allergy to gluten. Just head to your favorite pizzeria and ask if they have gluten-free pizza on the menu and enjoy!