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Cornflakes, White Bread Could Boost Heart Risk

 

A Bowl of Cornflakes

A Bowl of Cornflakes

 

White Bread

White Bread

Are you having white bread or cornflakes for breakfast?

If you are, you may want to change your food that you have in the morning.

Researchers found that eating a diet rich in carbohydrates, such as cornflakes and white bread, boost blood sugar levels. Hence it hampers the functioning of your blood vessels and raise your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

So, what’s best for breakfast?

Eating wholemeal bread, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables for breakfast is a good start. They are low-glycemic index foods, meaning they won’t raise your bloood sugar level that much.

Source: Cornflakes, White Bread Could Boost Heart Risk, HealthScout.com

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Lose Weight Drinking Soup

Veg food soup

Veg food soup

Who know that drinking soup could help you to lose weight?

Researchers in Great Britain say that eating soup–rather than a solid meal plus a drink–may help dieters lose weight.

How?

It has something to do with the way our stomach handles water.

When water and solids are blended together into a soup the whole mixture stays in the stomach, and people feel fuller for longer.

When you feel full, the body has slowed the production of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and people tend to eat less overall which can lead to weight loss.

Source: How soup can help you lose weight, BBC News, UK

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10 Foods That Help You Sleep Well

Think light but high-carbohydrate snacks. Carbs boost levels of the brain’s sleep chemical serotonin without overloading your digestive system.

10 Top Sleep Boosters

  1. Half of a whole-wheat English muffin or raisin bagel drizzled with honey
  2. Two cups of air-popped popcorn
  3. A small slice of angel food cake topped with berries
  4. A frozen whole-wheat waffle, toasted, with maple syrup
  5. Half a cup of pretzels
  6. Fresh strawberries dunked in a little fat-free chocolate syrup
  7. Half a cup of pasta topped with marinara sauce
  8. A 4-ounce baked potato topped with salsa
  9. A handful of oyster crackers and a piece of fruit
  10. Canned mandarin oranges sprinkled with crystallized ginger

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U.S. Chain Restaurants to Disclose Calories on Menu

Large U.S. chain restaurants agreed on Wednesday to support legislation that would require them to disclose calories on their menus.

The menu labeling law could be included in health reform legislation expected to be discussed in Congress during the next few weeks.

A nationwide system would create a level playing field for all restaurants and better protect them from frivolous lawsuits, the restaurant association said.

Attempts to pass labeling laws since 2003 have stalled several times because of opposition by the Republican leadership and business groups.

Source: U.S. chain menus could soon start counting calories

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Choose Red Wine Over Cocktail

Red Wine

Red Wine

Many researches suggest that moderate alcohol intake can produce a slight rise in HDL cholesterol (a so-called good cholesterol), which is good for you.

Just what type of alcoholic drink do you have in mind?

Try sipping red wine.

Red wine has one tenth of carbohydrates when compare to cocktail like margarita.

You’ll also get antioxidants such as flavonoids that are believed to lower LDL and boost HDL.

While sipping red wine is jolly good fo healthy, please bear in mind that you should do it in moderation. Drinking too much alcohol is bad and pose health risk to you.

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Drink More Water Instead of Soda

Drink more Water

Drink more Water

Are you drink too much soda?

Soda contains too much sugar and will spike your blood sugar level in your body. Therefore you’re most likely to be obese and suffer diabetes.

You can still enjoy your favorite drinks at a sporting event or night out, although you should stick with the smallest size when shopping to save
money and calories. 

Choose to drink water more often. Water is the best choice to quench your thirst. Water is also best source to boost your metabolism and help you to lose weight efficiently.

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Eating Healthy On A Budget

If you have problems serving healthy foods because of the prices (and lousy economy), you’ll find these tips to be just what you need to eat healthy on a budget.

1.  Eliminate junk food
Doing your shopping on your own is the easiest way to shop, as children and sometimes spouses are usually the ones requesting junk food.  Shopping
alone will prevent this, and ensure that you only buy the foods you need.

2.  Water or milk instead of soft drinks
You can still enjoy your favorite drinks at a sporting event or night out, although you should stick with the smallest size when shopping to save
money and calories.  Children and even adults need milk or milk products on a daily basis.  Milk will also help you get strong and provides calcium for healthy bones and healthy teeth.

3.  Buy fruits in quantity
Whne they are in season, buy fruits in quantity and freeze any extras.  You can buy several pounds this way, and freeze extras to have them when the
fruit goes out of season.  Wash the fruit well, remove any spoiled pieces, dry thoroughly, then freeze in plastic zipper bags.

4.  Meats and beans
Meats and beans are the best sources for protein. Lean meat is more expensive than meats with a lot of fat.  Canned beans are a great deal as well,
as they give you protein at a great price.

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