Sugar has no nutritional value other than adding calories to your diet. But, surprisingly obesity is not the 'only' reason why you need to eliminate sugar from your diet. Empty sugar calories can also increase your risk of having renal disease, diabetes, and even colon cancer. To top it off, opting for a sugar detox may help you live a much healthier, disease-free life!
A pineapple detox is not all it is cut out to be. As part of a balanced food plan, these tropical fruits are a good digestive aid and can help burn fat. But on the flip side, they are high in sugar, may cause acidity, can stoke your appetite, and also lack vital nutrients like protein, iron, and zinc. Thus, a pineapple-only diet may actually do you more harm than good!
A small banana (less than 6 inches) has 72 calories; a medium (7–8 inches) banana has 105 calories; and an extra-large (more than 9 inches) banana has 135 calories. Banana products like breads, chips, or muffins are, however, richer in calories and have low nutritional value. You can make them at home with healthy substitutes for sugar and flour. If you are diabetic or have kidney disease, go easy on ripe bananas and banana products.
A low-carb, high-fat diet takes your body to a state of ketosis, when it burns fat for energy. Result is you lose weight fast, but mostly by dehydration. As this diet robs you of several vital nutrients, you suffer from constipation, headache, bone erosion, leg cramps, and even disrupted menses. Kidney stones may also be formed due to a rising acidity of the blood.
Vitamin B12 is found naturally only in foods of animal origin – shellfish like oysters and clams; fish like mackerel, herring, and tuna; red meat; beef, pork, and chicken liver; and goose, duck, and chicken eggs. Vegetarians can have silken tofu, Swiss cheese, milk, and yogurt, while vegans can have fortified bran flakes. Have at least 6 mcg B12 a day.
Green poop is a common stool color change that could either be because you had leafy greens for dinner or are on vitamin or iron supplements. Though it is highly unlikely to be a cause for concern, but if the texture is loose, slimy, and smells of rotten egg it could indicate a gastrointestinal infection. Be sure to see a doctor if the condition accompanies fever or vomiting.
Low-carb fruits, with carb content not exceeding 20g/100g, are a good option when you're on a diet, be it for losing weight or to manage diabetes. Best picks in the low-carb fruit list that are rich in fiber too include berries, plums, orange, apple, cherries, kiwi, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, clementine, grapefruit, pineapple, nectarines, and avocado.
Puberty is a life-changing time for a teenage girl. Unsurprisingly, research indicates that nutrition significantly impacts the most important aspects of puberty. Periods, bone growth, weight – you name it. If you're the parent or guardian to a teenage girl and you're struggling to understand these changes, focus on food. It will make all the difference. By placing nutrition on a pedestal, you will help your girl prepare for a healthy future.
You may have been told that fidgeting shows deception or inattention, but know that fidgeting for 2.5 hours could help you lose 200 cal/day. Every time you get up to shake your legs, you add years to your life by lowering the risk for diabetes and heart diseases. A fidgety leg also makes blood flow smoothly and prevents blood clots. And odd though it sounds, it can even promote alertness in kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
For many, milk is a standard part of the daily diet. But if you're trying to lose weight and get fit, the concept of low-fat milk may pose a tricky question. After all, saying no to fatty foods is usually on the list of dos and don'ts. Is it truly the best choice, though? Before you make the switch, take a moment to dig deeper into this seemingly "healthy" beverage.
While a raw egg has 72 cals, a hard-boiled egg has 78, a fried egg has 91, scrambled egg has 91, and an omelet has 94 calories. Instead of frying an egg in a lot of oil, eat it boiled or make it into an omelet stuffed with veggies to pack in more nutrients. Even if you're dieting, 1 egg a day has more benefits than harm, except when you have diabetes or high cholesterol. In that case, cut down on the yolk intake.
Biotin, or vitamin H, is a B-complex vitamin that your body can't store and must get from food or supplements. While beef liver (30 mcg biotin per 3 oz) and whole cooked eggs (13–25 mcg per serving) are a rich source of biotin for nonvegetarians, vegans and vegetarians can get their biotin from whole-wheat bread (1 slice has 6 mcg biotin), walnuts, avocado, and cauliflower. Milk, yogurt, and cheese too have trace amounts of biotin.
The number of calories you need every day depends on your size, gender, level of physical activity, and stage of life. While women from 19 to 25 years need 2000–2400 cals, men from 21 to 40 need 2400–3000 cals. Pregnant women need 1800–2400 calories daily, as per trimesters. The caloric intake comes down with age, but unless so recommended by a doctor, it should never drop below 1000 cals, even when on a weight loss diet.
Getting vitamin B12 through food is a major challenge for vegans as the skin of white button mushroom is the only natural source of absorbable B12. Seaweed, nori, and miso are best avoided as they contain inactive versions of B12 that hinder active B12 absorption. The other options are fortified cereals, rice, plant-based milk, and supplements, which should be taken in small doses for maximum absorption.
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