Beans And Why Your Immune System Needs Them

Beans Are Almost A Must For Your Immune System

Beans And Why Your Immune System Needs Them

The gastrointestinal tract and your immune system are inextricably linked.

70% of the cells that make up the body’s immune system are found in the wall of the gut, so what we eat and drink strongly affect the body’s immune response!

What Is The Digestive Tract?

The digestive tract is the system of organs that takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and then expels the remaining waste.

In addition to the digestion of food, one of its other primary functions is to defend the body against harmful bacteria and infections.

One of the immune system’s primary defenses is the good bacteria, known as intestinal microflora, which prevent the overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria in the intestines and also form a barrier on the intestinal wall so that harmful bacteria and germs cannot enter into the blood and lymph systems.

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Avocado Salad With Lime Red Onions Tabasco And More

Avocado Salad With Lime Red Onions Tabasco And Coriander

Avocado Salad With Lime Red Onions Tabasco And Coriander

I had an avocado that really had to be eaten, so I made it into a salad and ate it instead of vegetables with my lunch. 🙂

And avocados are super healthy and not fattening either.

Avocado Salad

Ingredients

1 peeled and chopped avocado

1/2 a lime, juiced

1/2 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 small red onion, finely diced

Some roughly chopped coriander leaves

2-3 drops of Tabasco sauce

The Method

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Shrimps & Prawns Are Unhealthy – Should I Stop Eating Them?

Are Shrimps And Prawns Unhealthy?

should I eat shrimps and prawns

First let’s be clear that we are mostly going to be talking about farmed shrimps and prawns and not wild ones.

Farmed shrimps and prawns have been proven to be even more toxic than farmed Tilapia and catfish which rank as the 2nd and 3rd most polluted foods from the sea.

90 Percent Of Shrimp Are farmed!

And 90 percent of the shrimp Americans eat has been imported.

And less than two percent of it gets inspected by US regulatory agencies.

What Is The Difference Between Shrimps And Prawns?

Nothing to do with size.

Shrimps are seawater and prawns are freshwater and we are really talking about farmed shrimps here.

But in reality shrimps and prawns, farmed or wild should best be avoided.

How Much Shrimp Do Americans Eat?

An amazing 25% of the seafood consumption in the United States is shrimp and the average American consumes four pounds of shrimp every year!

So What’s Unhealthy About Shrimps And Prawns?

When you look at the nutrition facts of farmed shrimps they don’t seem all that bad. 

They contain a good amount of protein and are high in certain vitamins and minerals like niacin and selenium.

But look at the cholesterol.

Just four to five shrimp contain more than 150 milligrams of cholesterol, which is 50% of your daily-recommended allowance.

This maybe isn’t a big deal if the shrimp is wild because it contains the other nutrients that should keep cholesterol from rising.

Antibiotics And Diseases

In China where the majority of shrimp come from, there are millions of shrimp packed together in ponds and diseases run rampant.

Ready-to-eat shrimp actually contains up to 162 separate varieties of antibiotic-resistant bacteria!

And in addition to antibiotics, shrimp farmers use large quantities of chemicals like pesticides and herbicides in their ponds which are cancer causing substances.

The most common chemicals found in fish and shrimp farms include:

Organophosphates – contain carbaryl and have been linked to memory loss, headaches and are toxic to the nervous system. A study published in the Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine found this chemical to be linked to toxicity in pregnant women.

Malachite Green – is an anti-fungal used on shrimp eggs that has been linked to cancerous tumors in studies on mice.

Packaging And Shipping

A report published in the November 2012 issue of Bloomberg magazine revealed some truly disturbing facts about the conditions in which shrimp are packaged and shipped.

At one particular facility in Vietnam, the magazines reporters found processing-plant floors littered with garbage, flies buzzing around, and shrimp that wasn’t being stored at proper temperatures.

The shrimp itself was packed in ice made from local tap water, which public health authorities warned should be boiled before using due to microbial contamination, potentially exposing the shrimp (and eaters) to more bacterial contamination. 

Wild Caught Shrimps And Prawns

If you love shrimps and prawns then enjoy the wild caught ones as a treat. They are a lot more expensive in cash terms but are much more healthy.

Jews And Shrimps And Prawns

Both are scavengers and are therefore not kosher.

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Fresh Or Frozen Vegetables – The Pros And The Cons

Which Is Better? Fresh Or Frozen Vegetables And Fruit?

Fresh or Frozen Vegetables ? The Pros And The Cons

 

It needs be said right off that nothing beats produce that you grew in your own back yard.

You pick it, and either cook it or eat it raw and it lost a minimum of its vitamins and minerals.

No preservatives or any other kind of additives.

Having stated the above lets look at the pros and cons of fresh or frozen vegetables.

The Advantages Of Frozen Vegetables

Because freezing preserves food, no unwanted additives are needed in bags of frozen vegetables or fruits.

So it should be fairly easy to find frozen vegetables or fruit in or at the market with the only ingredient listed, being the vegetables or fruits that are in the packet.

The first step to freezing vegetables necessitates blanching them in hot water or steam to kill bacteria and arrest the action of food-degrading enzymes.

And that process does cause some water-soluble nutrients like vitamin C and the B vitamins to break down or leach out.

But the subsequent flash-freeze does lock the vegetables or fruit into a relatively high nutrient-rich state.

The Problems With Much Fresh Produce

If you can buy produce that was grown by local farmers, then eating fresh might well be a good way to go.

Why the "might well be"?

Because many local farmers are now economically forced into using artificial fertilizers and pesticides, and if they do, then consider carefully before buying from them.

That said, you don’t know how the ones in the frozen packets were grown either 🙁

Produce For Shipping Is Generally Picked Unripe

Fruits and vegetables destined to be shipped to the fresh-produce aisles around the country are typically picked before they are ripe.

And picking them before they are ripe gives them less time to develop a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals.

Many fruits and vegetables do continue to ripen on the counter-top but the will never have the same nutritive value as if they had been allowed to fully ripen on the vine.

In addition, during the long haul from a farm to a market or store, fresh fruits and vegetables are generally exposed to lots of heat and light, which degrade many of the nutrients, especially the delicate vitamins such C and the B vitamin thiamine.

Recent Research On Fresh or Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Scientists from Leatherhead Food Research and University of Chester in the UK, carried out forty tests to measure nutrient levels in produce that had been sitting in a fridge for three days, compared to frozen equivalents.

They found more beneficial nutrients overall in the frozen samples, in everything from broccoli to blueberries.

In fact, in two out of three cases, the frozen fruits and vegetables packed higher levels of antioxidants, including polyphenols, anthocyanins, lutein, and beta-carotene.

So Which Should You Buy?

When fruit and vegetables are locally in-season, then probably buy them fresh and ripe, if you know their source.

Otherwise buy and serve the frozen ones!

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Green Peas Are Very Healthy! Are You Eating Enough Of Them?

Green Peas Are A Super Healthy Legume

Legume = peas, beans or lentils

Green Peas Are Very Healthy! Are You Eating Enough Of Them?

Green peas are one of the most nutritious of the legumes and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex.

And they also have lots of minerals too such as zinc, iron, calcium, and manganese.

Brain And Cardiovascular Health

Green peas are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and these essential fatty acids make green peas an ideal food for brain and cardiovascular health.

Cholesterol

The phytosterols in green peas are vital for helping to lower cholesterol levels in the body.

Weight Loss

Green peas are also a fantastic weight loss food since they have the ability to ward off hunger and keep you feeling satiated for long periods of time.

Stomach Cancer

Green peas contain a compound called coumestrol which has been shown to help lower the risk of stomach cancer.

Arthritis And Heart Related Diseases

They also contain anti-inflammatory properties making them a particularly good food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, COPD, heart disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, and bursitis.

Diabetes

Green peas have also been found to help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes due to their relatively low glycemic index and blood sugar regulating properties.

Fresh Or Frozen?

Fresh green peas are wonderful and most people would probably say that their taste beats frozen ones hands-down.

But the problem is that it’s very difficult to find fresh ones.

A new book, Vegetables: A Biography (University of Chicago Press), by the French writer Evelyne Bloch-Dano, devotes a chapter to the pea. Bloch-Dano notes that as of 2001 just 9% of the peas eaten in France were fresh, in contrast to the 19th century, when the Paris food market at Les Halles had a separate section devoted just to peas.

So unless you have a garden, frozen peas are probably the way to go.

Why?

The sugar in green peas sugars turn into starch as soon as they are picked and after just 24 hours, the fresh ones become grainy and dull-tasting.

Frozen peas, on the other hand, are picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness, which halts the process of their sugars turning to starch.

Studies suggest that frozen veggies have just as many nutrients, and sometimes more than their fresh counterparts.

Price?

Fresh green peas should be cheaper when they’re in season but the price of frozen ones should be about the same all year long.

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