|Posted by HealthyLady on June 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM||comments (13)|
Anyone who loves food will appreciate that crunch and golden brown texture of anything fried. I mean we have discovered how to fry anything from a piece of fish, to a snicker bar. You name it, it can be fried, and it taste sooooo good! But ofcourse, there is a gigantic problem with that. Too much fried food will not only make us sick and fat. But often timesit even leads to severe ailments and DEATH! But how on earth do you just stop eating foods with that succulent crunch? Why would the creator strip us of one of the best gifts given to us? How are we suppose to live? These are all questions that I have asked myself time and time again, before I found my new best friend and solution to my fried food struggles. It is my AIR FRYER!! Now, if your anything like me at all, I'm sure your saying, "What The Heck!?!" "What do you mean Air Fryer?" And "what is it", right? Well. thats exactly how I felt before hand.
Rewind. The very first time I heard of any device like this was several years ago on the Dr. OZ show. He did a demo of a machine by TFAL called the Actifry. He described it as a fryer that would make golden brown french fries with just a spoonfull of oil. Well, honeyyyy that thing was wayy to expensive just for some darn fries. Needless to say, I never got it. Now, fast foreward a few years. One day I was surfing the web looking for creative oven fry recipes, because as you know BAKED gets boring sometimes. Anywho, while searching recipes I came acrossa link to a Phillips Brand Air Fryer on Amazon. I saw the root word " fry" and had to investigate. Well after reading the description and reviews, I was intrigued enough to do some research. This thing claimed to give your favorite food that wonderful crunch and texture without the FAT! I was NOT a believer! But now I was motivated to atleast look at other brands, how they work, amd what customers had to say about them. I found multiple Phillips models, Go Wise, Big Boss, Avalon Bay, and several other brands. Most of them with very comparable results. Good tasting Faux Fried Food ( not only fried though). Well, I decided to try it for myself, and after comparing many reviews, I went with an underdog, Avalon Bay. Despite, most of its reviewers were sent free machines for their honest reviews. All of them seemed to have been very impressed, and my thoughts were if they are giving their machines away for free, then they must really believe in their product. Oh, and the other plus was, it was priced lowest at $99
When I recieved the machine, I couldnt wait to test it. Starting with sweet potato fries, and I was AMAZED!. I have since made everything from spring rolls, to chicken strips, to bacon and zucchini. Now, dont be fooled, there wll never be an exact match for deep frying food. But to live guilt free and healthy, it's pretty darn close. You can buy cookbooks made specifically for air fryers, or you can play around with your own recipes, you can even spray or brush a little oil on your food for the extra crisp if you like. Whatever you decide, just make sure it includes buying yourself an Air Fryer. It cooks fast, it's guilt free, and the possibilities are enormous! It has certainly been a huge part of making Healthy My Choice!!!
|Posted by HealthyLady on November 3, 2014 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
Environmental Working Group publishes its annual rating of conventional foods with the most and least pesticide residues to fill the void left by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has largely failed to tell Americans they have a right to know about the risks of pesticide exposure and ways they can reduce pesticides in their diets.
Parents' concerns have been validated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which in 2012 issued an important report that said that children have "unique susceptibilities to [pesticide residues'] potential toxicity." The pediatricians' organization cited research that linked pesticide exposures in early life and "pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems." It advised its members to urge parents to consult "reliable resources that provide information on the relative pesticide content of various fruits and vegetables." One key resource, it said, was EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
With EWG's Shopper's Guide, consumers can have the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with less exposure to pesticides.
European regulators are several steps ahead of their American counterparts. Over the past several years, they have raised new questions about the safety and ecological dangers of a group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. These chemicals are suspected of disrupting human brain development and of killing honeybees and other beneficial insects.
The European Commission has banned diphenylamine, DPA for short, on fruit raised in the 28 European Union member states and has imposed tight restrictions on imported fruit. DPA, a growth regulator and antioxidant, is applied after harvest to most apples conventionally grown in the U.S. and to some U.S.-grown pears, to prevent the fruit skin from discoloring during months of cold storage.
U.S. officials have not followed the Europeans in restricting either neonicotinoids or DPA.
Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2014
EWG's Dirty Dozen™ list of produce includes apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes. Each of these foods contained a number of different pesticide residues and showed high concentrations of pesticides relative to other produce items.
Every sample of imported nectarines and 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
The Clean Fifteen™
EWG's Clean Fifteen™ for 2014 - the produce least likely to hold pesticide residues - are avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides.
Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
Some 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues.
No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
For the third year, we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two foods that contain trace levels of highly hazardous pesticides. Leafy greens - kale and collard greens - and hot peppers do not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ ranking criteria but were frequently contaminated with insecticides that are toxic to the human nervous system. EWG recommends that people who eat a lot of these foods buy organic instead.
Genetically engineered crops
Most processed food typically contains one or more ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops. But GE food is not often found in the produce section of American supermarkets. A small percentage of zucchini, yellow squash and sweet corn on grocery store shelves is GE. Most Hawaiian papaya is GE.
Others GE foods are currently being tested and may be approved by the USDA in the future. Since U.S. law does not require labeling of genetically engineered produce, EWG advises people who want to avoid GE crops to purchase organically-grown foods or items bearing the "Non-GMO Project Verified" label. EWG recommends that consumers check EWG's Shopper's Guide To Avoiding GE Food, which is designed to help them identify foods likely to contain genetically engineered ingredients.
This article can be found in more detail at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews
|Posted by HealthyLady on October 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
It is said that drinking about 7 to 8 glasses of water daily is important for your health. One thing many people do not know is that having the first glass of water as soon as you wake up also comes with its therapeutic benefits. This traditional Ayurvedic treatment has benefits for conditions that range from asthma, pain to even cancer. How to drink water in the morning for best results?
Why do We Need to Drink Water in the Morning?
70% of the human body content is water, and so water plays an important role in the proper functioning of your body.
The human brain cells contain about 85% of water.
75% of muscles is water
Bones also contain about 25% water
82% of blood consists of water.
It is also helpful to consume foods that contain lots of water; for example soups (broth-based), vegetables and fruits.
What Are the Benefit of Drinking Water in the Morning?
It is a long known secret that drinking water as soon as you get up, i.e. before eating anything, is a good way to purify your internal system. One of the most important results of undergoing this treatment is colon cleansing, which enables better absorption of nutrients from various foods. When there is production of haematopoiesis, better known as “new blood”, you will have immense body restorative effects and you can even be cured of existing ailments. Drinking water the first thing in the morning has the following benefits:
1. Make your skin glow. Water is known to purge toxins from your blood, and as a result you get glowing skin.
2. Renew cells. Drinking water first thing in the morning increases the rate at which new muscle and blood cells are produced.
3. Balance the lymph system. When you drink water first thing in the morning on a daily basis, you help balance your body’s lymph system. Lymph glands found in your lymph system fight infections helping you to perform your daily activities. They also balance the fluids in your body.
4. Lose weight. When you consume about 16 ounces of water (chilled), you will boost your body’s metabolism by abut 24% thus help you lose those extra pounds.
5. Purify the colon. When you drink water after you have woken up before eating anything, you are purifying your colon thereby making nutrients absorption easy.
6. Cures illnesses and diseases. Drinking water first thing in the morning has been proven to cure illnesses such as vomiting, throat disease, menstrual and cancer disorders, eye diseases, diarrhea, urine disease, kidney disease, meningitis, TB, Arthritis, headaches among othe
Find the complete article at: http://www.newhealthguide.org/Drinking-Water-In-The-Morning.html