CategoryNutrition

Metabolism-Boosting Foods to Include in Diet After a “Cleanse”

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Cutting calories—that’s the first thing most weight-loss hopefuls put on top of their list when trying to reach their ideal goal. While it’s completely understandable—for years dietitians and nutritionists have said cutting 500 calories a day would result in losing at least one pound by the week’s end—a new study (1) suggests that this pioneering guideline is completely false...

The Benefits of Lotus Seeds

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Lotus seeds are produced by the lotus flower and can be consumed raw or cooked. They have long been valued in Chinese medicine for a range of medicinal properties and as is so often the case, many of their purported benefits have since been backed up by research. Nutritional Value and Anti-Aging Lotus seeds contain protein, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. This combination of proteins and...

What Is Aspartame?

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Aspartame is a type of artificial sweetener made from aspartic acid, found commonly in a number of low-calorie foods. Initially branded as NutraSweet, the patent has since expired enabling it to find its way into many more products. If you’ve heard of aspartame though, then there’s a good chance that it wasn’t in a positive light. This substance has come under fire due to a number of...

The Spicy Benefits of Capsaicin

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Capsaicin is the ingredient found in chili peppers that gives them their spiciness. Likely, you will have heard by now that it can also provide a number of health benefits, especially relating to weight loss. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll likely find that the benefits go beyond merely increasing the metabolism and can perform a range of wonders for the body. Let’s take a closer look…...

Stevia VS Splenda

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In general, people tend to be somewhat down on sweetener, seeing it as an alternative to sugar that really isn’t that much better. Sweeteners can often trigger the same insulin response and hunger pangs as sugar for instance and don’t do much to combat a sweet tooth. And this is not to mention the (inaccurate) health scares surrounding the likes of Aspartame… But it seems there are some sugar...

How to Create a Meal Plan for the Month

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If you’re looking to improve your diet, save money and save yourself time on shopping and cooking, then creating a meal plan might just be exactly what you need. A meal plan is essentially an outline of what you’re going to eat over the coming week, month or any other duration of time. What this allows you to do, is to carefully plan in advance all of your meals, such that you can...

Top Tips for Going Low-Carb Successfully

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Numerous studies have confirmed that low carb diets are more effective than low fat diets and even more effective than simply reducing calories (1, 2, 3, 4). There are many explanations for this; the fact that energy from fat takes longer to be absorbed (thus reducing the amount of fluctuations in insulin), the fact that fat helps us to feel fuller, the fact that fat aids the absorption of other...

Bacon: Good, Bad or Neutral for Your Health?

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For those paying attention, the official word regarding almost every aspect of health seems to change on an almost daily basis. One minute ‘X’ type of food is good for us and to be encouraged, the next minute we’re being told to eat as less of it as possible. Some things you might think would be safe from this kind of mind-changing though and you might expect certain...

Is Egg Yolk Bad for You? Why Reports Claim it Could Be as ‘Bad as Smoking’

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Trying to maintain a healthy diet according to the latest evidence can be an incredibly stressful process for any would-be-dieter. Depending on who you ask, you can find yourself getting entirely contradictory advice on what to eat, what to avoid and generally how to design a healthy diet. And it’s no wonder that the information we receive is so conflicted either: every few years it seems...

Does Tuna Cause Mercury Poisoning?

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Tuna is an incredibly healthy source of protein and micronutrients and is especially useful for anyone looking to improve their body composition to build more lean muscle. Not only is tuna a fantastic lean source of protein, but it’s also high in omega 3 fatty acid which is great for your cellular energy and your brain as well as serving as an antioxidant. Best of all, it’s also...

Dr. Janice Rachael Mae

Dr. Janice Rachael Mae