The Food of Ramadan

Ramadan month could be an opportunity to lose weight – provided you eat healthily when you break the fast. You should have a balanced diet, with the right proportion of carbs, fat and protein. If not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain.

Food intake should be simple and not differ too much from your normal diet. It should contain foods from all the major food groups:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread, cereals and potatoes
  • meat, fish or alternatives
  • milk and dairy foods
  • foods containing fat and sugar

Try to limit sugary food and drinks, instead increase the amount of vegetables and fruits eaten daily. Good to avoid coffee, tea and cola. Caffeine promotes water loss through urination.

Read more:  Fasting and Your Health

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Nuts for Health

Good things come in small packages. True indeed when it comes to Nuts. These bite-size nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

  1. Best nuts for diet – Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios. All nuts are about equal in terms of calories per ounce, and in moderation, are all healthy additions to any diet. “Their mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber will help you feel full and suppress your appetite.
  2. Best nuts for heart – Walnuts.  Walnuts (14 halves contain 185 calories, 18 grams fat, 4 grams protein) have high amounts of heart-healthy alpha linoleic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. Research has suggested that ALA may help heart arrhythmias. Walnuts are effective at reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after eating a fatty meal.
  3. Best nuts for brain – Peanuts. Technically peanuts are legumes but generally referred to as nuts.  Peanuts are high in folate—a mineral essential for brain development that may protect against cognitive decline.
  4. Best nuts for disease prevention – Almonds. Relatively low in calories, almonds have more calcium than any other nut, making them a great food for overall health.
  5. Best nuts for men – Brazil Nuts, Pecans. Creamy Brazil nuts are packed with selenium, a mineral that may protect against prostate cancer and other diseases. Just one nut contains more than a day’s worth.

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Roots and Tubers

Roots and tubers have been important foods for thousands of years. They are hearty and nourishing food. Known as nature’s buried treasures, roots and tubers are geophytes, a botanical term for plants with their growing point beneath the soil.

Roots are parts of a plant that usually grow downward, anchoring the plant into the ground, where they absorb moisture and nutrients. Examples of root vegetables:

  1. Beets—also called red beets, root beets, and table beets— Sugar beets are processed for sugar, and not eaten whole, while Swiss chard is grown for its greens, not its roots.
  2. Carrot in wild ancestor, which was a small, pale, acrid root. Early varieties of carrots were white, purple, red, yellow, and green, not orange.
  3. Horseradish – is one of the five bitter herbs along with coriander, horehound, lettuce, and nettle
  4. Sweet potatoes –  are edible roots, not tubers like potatoes, was considered a fundamental staple food, the “vegetable indispensable,” as one colonial doctor put it.
  5. and More

Roots and Tubers are so diverse and their nutritional make-up is highly varied. They are known to reduce cancer risk, supply daily natural folate, increase stamina, an excellent source of beta carotene and more..

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Let’s Go Nuts!!!

Generally,  nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein. Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. However, they do contain some saturated fat. Nuts also contain a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E.

Other benefits of eating nuts:

  • reduce risk factors for metabolic syndromes, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • reduce the risk of other chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and certain cancers

Nuts you can enjoy:

  1. Almonds – may improve cholesterol levels
  2. Pistachios – may help improve other risk factors for heart disease, including blood pressure, weight and oxidative status.
  3. Walnuts – reduces total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol

Read more: Authority Nutrition

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