Day: December 4, 2016

Healthy Diet Foods

You need not stuff yourself with vitamin supplements for nutrition and starve yourself just because you are looking to lose some weight. Rather you need to find some healthy diet recipes that will enable you to enjoy the entire process of going on a diet and shedding some excess weight.

The key to losing weight is healthy eating. In order to prepare healthy diet recipes it is important for you to know which foods to eat and which to avoid. Furthermore certain foods have different kinds of nutritious value when used in combination. Hence it is important to be aware of these combinations in order to prepare pleasurable diet meals. In general you will find that foods are divided into three groups; the vegetable group, the fruit group and the meat and beans group.

Vegetable Group

The vegetable group is further divided into five subgroups. The first group comprises of dark green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, turnip, and romaine lettuce. The second group is orange vegetables which comprises of carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Dried beans and peas like black beans, kidney beans, white beans, tofu, and soy beans from the third group. The fourth group comprises of starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn and green peas. Then you have the group classified as others which includes various vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and cauliflower.

Fruit Group

Although people going on a diet are encouraged to have lots of fruits it is important to note that not all foods have the same kinds of nutrients and not all of them will help you to lose weight and keep healthy. The key is to mix up your intake of fruits with a variety of oranges, apples, berries, melons, papaya and plums. Fresh fruits are encouraged over canned fruits. Drink lots of fruit juice but make sure you have only freshly squeezed juice with no added sugar if you really want to reap health benefits.

Meat & Beans Group

This is perhaps the most interesting group for individuals looking to go on a diet. It includes all meats such as beef, veal, lamb and other game meats. Organ meats such as the tongue, hearts, liver and gizzards are also encouraged. Poultry items like chicken, duck, turkey and ghouls are also encouraged. Fish and its varieties can also be used to create healthy diet recipes.

The section of beans that you can use for making healthy diet recipes include dry beans and peas as well as soya products like tofu. Also included in this category are pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, peanut butter, and regular peanuts.

The above-mentioned information will enable you to select the right kind of fruits, vegetables and meats and beans in order to prepare the perfect healthy diet recipes. You’ll have plenty of variety among which all the food will be healthy, and the dishes tasty and delicious.

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The Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Oolong tea has a long and rich history that includes being one of the plants that were grown and prized by ancient Chinese emperors and today is prized for its many known health benefits around the world. The history of the plant that is botanically known as Camellia sinensis has been used throughout history for good health, healing and averting illness. These tea leaves generally originate from the Fuijan Province of China or the mountains of Taiwan and can also be referred to as Wu-Long tea.  There is some evidence that the tea leaves from this region have a history of at least four hundred years; arriving toward the end of the Ming Dynasty.

This tea now known for ensuring many different health benefits can be found as straight oolong tea or with other enhancements such as jasmine, orange blossoms and others.

The process of manufacturing the tea is done with utmost care and in a fashion that has transcended the ages; from the time it is picked until the time it is packaged it undergoes a careful hand process. After the leaves are picked they are laid out to dry for a short amount of time where the oxidation process begins. Then the leaves are placed in baskets and shaken in order to bruise them. This exposes the juice of the leaves to the air whereby the oxidation process continues after which the leaves are laid out to dry for a second time. This process will oxidize the leaves from 20-80%, depending on the type of final product desired. The leaves will then be fired to halt the oxidation. Then they are sometimes rolled while still freshly roasted and fired several more times. As a way of finishing the process the leaves are completely cooled and then fired a final time to give the oolong tea the special flavor while reserving the healthful properties of the leaves.

Tea of all types have been under the microscope of late, and oolong tea has been studied and found to have numerous antioxidants, vitamins and minerals along with polyphenols, which all fit into a healthful regiment. Polyphenols that are found in oolong tea have the ability to remove free radicals, which are known for prematurely aging the skin along with causing the dark spots associated with aging. Free radicals have also been associated with hindering the immune system and they are also associated with cancer cells as well as muscle tissue deterioration or damage.

Oolong tea is also known for enhancing the function of enzymes, which in turn are known to dissolve triglycerides. These are the fatty deposits in the body and therefore it can aid in a weight loss regiment. There have been clinical trials done and it was found that this type of tea can raise the metabolic rate, which speeds up fat oxidation and the catechin polyphenols raise the rate that calories are burned in the body. This in turn means that oolong tea has the compounds in it …

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