Are you also a part of the National American Health problem known as Obesity and looking for ways to reduce fat? Are all your resolutions almost always about not touching junk food but suicide seems a lot easier option than that? If yes, then you have good news! Recent studies say fast food can end Obesity! Can’t believe? Read on…
Food Facts Guide
Love those Burger king or McDonald snacks and can’t get enough of it? Always hungry and can’t stop yourself form munching some little snack here and there? For all you know, you might just be a victim of fast food addiction, a craving or obsession as addictive as any illegal drug! Don’t believe this? A recent brain imaging study says just that!
Have you heard about a new rage in International food markets called Chia seeds? Everywhere people are talking about Chia seeds, Chia bars, Chia drinks and Chia snacks! They have become very well known and demanding within the last few years
Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family.
The word Chia is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily. From centuries, people in Mexico and Eastern Europe are using them for various medicinal purposes.
This tiny seed is a powerhouse of energy. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
An ounce (28 gram) serving of Chia seeds contains
- 9 grams of fat,
- 5 milligrams of sodium,
- 11 grams of dietary fiber and
- 4 grams of protein.
The seeds also have 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese.
It also has vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E and calcium.
There are more than 7 types of Chia seeds discovered till now but black and white Chia seeds are most common and also the most popular types.
Let us have a look at some of the health benefits of this wonder seed:
- Chia seeds are beneficial for heart patients because it can control high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol from the body.
- The daily consumption is very helpful for diabetic type 2 patients because it produces healthy effects on gallbladder and pancreatic follicles.
- This seeds are very rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, other essential minerals and vitamins. Its omega 3 properties make it a healthy product, so it’s a good source of getting instant energy.
- Its anti-inflammatory characteristics keep you away from various kinds of acute and chronic infections. They are also very useful for kidney and bladder infections
- They are low in calories and its high value nutrition properties boost up your metabolism, so it’s very useful diet to reduce weight. Actually, the feeling of fullness after eating those seeds aids in weight control as well as weight loss.
- Chia seeds contain much more antioxidants properties than blueberries and red grapes so it’s a very good food for cancer patients.
For centuries these seeds were “the running food” of ancient Aztecs and Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon. They ate this food in various forms. I would like to specially mention a drink called iskiate (iss-key-ah-tay), or Chia fresca..
It’s actually made up of water, Chia seeds, lemon or lime juice, and sweetener.
When Chia seeds are kept soaked in water for some time, gelatinous coating forms around the seed. This is very similar to a tomato seed. This makes it easy to swallow so the seeds don’t get stuck in the throat
It’s so much more fun than drinking plain water! It can be prepared in following method:
Yield: 2 cups
- 2 cups water or coconut water
- 1.5 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
- Sweetener, to taste (I like 1/2 tbsp maple syrup)
1. Add Chia and water into a jar or glass and stir very well to combine them. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the seeds to swell up. It’s preferable to use a jar with a lid so we can shake it up really well and break up the clumps of Chia.
2. Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Stir (or shake) well to combine and enjoy the drink!
Note: Chia seeds will sink and collect at the bottom of the glass quickly. Give it a good stir as needed.
Other ways of using them in your food:
- These seeds are easy to carry with you and are readily available online or in health food stores. Now the big question, how do they taste? They taste like flaxseed and they are kind of nutty.
- Chia seeds may be added to other foods as a topping or put into smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt, made into a gelatin substance, or consumed raw. Partly because there is no perceptible shell, addition of Chia seeds to other products may not alter taste.
- Chia seeds do not need to be ground to be absorbed by the body and they can be stored for long periods of time without going rancid. You can also sprout them in much the same way as you sprout alfalfa seeds and use them in salads. They are edible and have the same health benefits as the Chia seeds.
The first every Food Truck Festival which took place in Redlands was a huge hit among the people and many food joints came in for participating in the festival. The Food Truck Festival was organized by the Kiwanis Club in Redlands which was founded in the year 1981. People attended this food festival in huge numbers in spite of the growing heat in Redlands as this festival offered delicious food items and it was organized for a good cause. A good cause and food are two very good reasons that inspire people to attend a food festival at any place.
We live in a world where everyday leads to the increment of more and more industrial complexes with the decrement of empty fields. Say hello to the problem that is by and by grabbing every country in its vice-like grip: food shortage. Food, one of the fundamental necessities of human survival is, as a result of industry and digital technology being the focal point of the world, losing priority. Ironical, in juxtaposition to the fact that we can’t live without food!! Thus, the world may be looking at an all-new calamity, which is the whole world starving to death. However, will that ever be allowed to occur?? As citizens of this planet, we will shake our heads in denial, but we really need to find a solution to this budding disaster.
A simple answer and yet an innovative one is the implementation of ecological methods to combat this growing problem. What is referred to by ecological methods?? Simply put, ecological methods are ways by which the existing ecosystem in a specific are can be put to the best use, to reduce food shortage and insecurity issues in that particular area. Thus, by fighting the problem at the micro level, the fight can be taken to the macro level. Therefore, by solving such food insecurities in miniscule areas that make up the whole, the entire infrastructure will be rehabilitated from this modern plague.
“What are the ecological methods?” would be the obvious question put forward. Citing an example to clarify all doubts, the people of Xai Xai, situated in Mozambique, in a time of acute shortage of food that occurred on a yearly basis for four to five months per year, implemented the EbA technology, or ecosystem based adaptation to reduce the crisis. This involved the substitution of farming and other activities and such other livelihoods for crab farming and investing in mangrove nurseries. This helped to save at least 500 households, who up till then had faced problems of food allocation. This method was this much successful as the area of Xai Xai was suitable to the farming of crabs. In addition to the crabs, mangrove planting helped to increase the breeding grounds of other sea creatures.
This is the whole of ecological adaptation in a nutshell. The initialisation of such steps in more areas all across the world will help to channelize the resources of that area in the most fruitful direction, thus collectively helping to solve the problem.
In a world of gourmet cuisine, where the heterosexual male is fast changing to the gastrosexual male, where all day work fattens your wallet and the lining of your belly, and at the same time, the counters of fast food centers, food is an omnipotent and omnipresent element of our lives that if not regulated properly, can ultimately lead to our sipping of insipid liquids.
In this increasingly junk food dependent society, due to multiple and miscellaneous reasons, it is of the utmost importance that we analyze our food habits and keep them in check as per necessary. One of the utmost needs is restraining from the consumption of junk food. Junk foods are of course, lip smacking and delicious at the same time. After a hard day at work, to sink in your teeth into dollops of cheese may be the very definition of heaven, but beware for Man got thrown out of Paradise. In this way, all that glitters may not be gold.
There are certain fundamental anomalies that are incorporated into the human brain since birth. Thus, being a part of common sense, they are generally neglected. However, to err is human. What is the seemingly harmless act of eating two large meals and two small meals can actually affect our digestive system, for it has to function on a haphazard basis. The proper thing to do therefore is to take small meals at regular intervals, thus mitigating the collective pressure at one period of time and dissipating them among various time frames.
What may seem to be quite harmless liquids and utterly insignificant in consequence and after effects upon the body may not be so. Recent research conducted has propounded that the consumption of tea in excessive amounts may actually harm the bones of the human body, leading to ossification. Thus, what may be quite harmless is always not so.
A humongous mistake in the diet plans of an average human is the non-consumption of fruits and vegetables. Veggies still go in in some form or the other, but fruits that are an absolute necessity get quite unintelligibly left out of the equation.
Lastly, a balanced diet being a necessity was propounded and taught to us during our childhood days in schoolbooks. Today, standing on the verge of digestive disaster, do we get to understand the significance of those two words.
Food is the ultimate fuel of our bodies, whether we like it or not. The proper regulation of this is utterly necessary, that we may facilitate the permanence and longevity of our human machines.
The largest food company in the world, Nestle was one of the names that ended up in the recent horsemeat scandal. JBS from Brazil is the largest producer of beef in the world was also present in the list of companies that are caught up in the scandal. This scandal has risen recently and has made hundreds of super stores to remove all the beef products from their inventories as they are thought of containing horsemeat. The scandal is becoming hotter by the day and when the names of JBS and Nestle popped up regarding the same then the whole world was shocked.
Swiss based Nestle made an official announcement recently that it has decided to remove two of its products in Spain and Italy namely beef tortellini and beef ravioli from shelves as when checked they showed signs of horse DNA in them. Frozen lasagnas from Nestle were removed from Portugal and France and this was done because of the same reason. The DNA of horse was encountered in meat products that were made from the meat which came from H.J.Schype which is actually a German company. This piece of information was shared by Nestle recently with the public.
JBS from Brazil said that it has decided to stop purchasing meat from European vendors until the issue of trust is completely sorted out. JBS made an attempt to stay aloof from this scandal by clearly saying that H.J.Schype was not in anyway associated with JBS. JBS also confirmed that no indications of co-mingling have been encountered in the products that come from JBS or have been produced in their factories. H.J.Schype on the other hand has denied any sort of mistake from their side.
Schype told that all the raw stuff bought by them is from trusted suppliers and they have certainly not bought horsemeat. H.J.Schype expressed regret regarding the scandal and also gave an assurance to perform genetic tests on raw stuff in the future. The German authorities gave their report and it came to light that out of the total 360 tests 24 tests have officially confirmed traces of horsemeat in the products. The authorities also told that they will be able to reveal the real culprit but it will take some more time. This scandal is surely huge and every step is being taken to resolve the issue and regain the trust of people.
Health is wealth and you need to work hard in order to retain this wealth. Proper intake of food and lots of exercise is something that every health expert recommends. The intake of calories per day usually depends on your age, sex and height but in general a person is supposed to intake 1500 to 2000 calories per day. You eat a lot of different foods which have different calories in amount but have you ever thought that what would 200 calories look like in a plate? Surely, not many people have given it a thought but Wise Geek has surely did and that is why it undertook a project to click many different photographs of how 200 calories would look like in many different food items.
It is an interesting project to do and the result too is very interesting to note. When we talk about raw vegetables then you can eat a plateful of celery, broccoli and carrots and they will only add up to 200 calories. The portion of every food item is different for 200 calories exact. It is very essential for a person to keep an eye on the portions of food he is eating as that will help him to intake just the right amount of calories.
If you know the number of calories you are consuming through the portions of food then it would be nothing but useful. Around 1425 grams of celery has 200 calories in it where as if you consume two glasses of cold drink then the calorie count goes up to 200. A whole glass full of milk is equal to 200 calories a bowl of low fat yoghurt gives you the same amount of calories. Every food item extends two hundred calories when consumed in different portions.
You might eat only a little amount of fast food in a day but the total calories consumed might be a lot more than what you could have consumed with a plateful of carrots or celery. It is an interesting and essential project undertaken by the Wise Geek. Only 73 grams of French fries will give you 200 calories whereas you can consume a plateful of apples and then the total will go up to 200. The main thing to understand here is that you need to keep a check on what you eat the entire day as calories play a vital role in maintaining your health.
Food is the fuel that keeps the human body going. Every one needs food to survive whether he is in on Earth or in space! The people who work in NASA are no less than heroes whose works and hard work is not much hyped. These people visit the space to learn about the new possibilities. But what do they eat while they are traveling from Earth to the outer space? Every food item cannot be taken in space and neither can it stay fresh or eatable. Most of the employees in NASA devote their entire time in finding out foods that can be consumed by the astronauts when they are in space.
The affect on food here and in space is quite much and that is why only some selected items can be taken. This change is not only on food items but also in taste of the astronauts and it is due to microgravity. Being healthy is very crucial for the astronauts so that they work with complete concentration and sanity. Therefore a lot of effort is required to prepare the food for the astronauts that they could consume in space.
The times have certainly evolved and those days are definitely long gone when the astronauts only had Tang as a food option. These days there are a lot of different foods both solid and liquid that can be taken in the space ship and eaten in space. The food scientists at NASA have left no stone unturned to find good food alternatives for the astronauts so that they can remain fit while they are away from the planet. There are three qualities that the space food must have and they are; long shelf life, supreme quality and low mass.
The food that is taken on a space trip is not just another picnic basket as every little detail needs to be planned and executed. Even a tiny mistake can lead to a big blunder and the entire food can go to waste. Today due to the hard work of the food scientists the astronauts have real food items to consume in the space ship. Both solid food items and beverages can now be taken to space and consumed with ease. The astronauts in space now have a variety of food items to choose from which helps them to stay healthy and in shape to accomplish the task they are set out to complete.
Without any doubt, 2012 has faced an excess of everything ranging from fast foods to fashion and home interiors. This year, there was unexpected quantity of bacon that finally came out as food trucks. With numbers of food safety adversities to count, 2012 experienced craziest creations of fast foods with finest measure of over-the-top creativity in food. Sheer count of insane fast-food creations is available both at overseas and home. From “Doritos Locos Tacos” of Taco Bell to hamburger stuffed crust pizza of Pizza Hut, it looks as if customers want fast food to be more creative and sometimes, with silly offerings.
Pizza Hut’s Most Royal Pizza
For the first time after hot-dog stuffed pizza, Pizza Hut is topping the base with coating made up of chicken and cheeseburgers. “Crown Crust Carnival Pizza” is not just about perimeter of pizzas, but lest involved in cheeseburger crusts with enough meats included as topping. Dito is prepared completely out of chicken strips added to both crust and topping.
KFC’s Mac and Cheese Bites
Mac and Cheese Bites of KFC has come most preeminent discoveries yet and KFC is also starting a website for this new creation. With 5-bite crunchy treats filled in the centre with delicious macaroni and cheese, you can experience a completely new flavor.
Hot-Dos Stuffed Crust Pizza by Pizza Hut
When stuffed-crust pizza was introduced for the first time, people were crazy to grab a bite of it. When cheese put inside the crust, this pizza is quite revolutionary as far as pizza delivery is concerned. Company has kicked up serious mark with this “Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza”. This creation of pizza hut sounds like truly American. Bad news is that this tempting bite can be availed only in United Kingdom.
McDonald’s Gracoro Burger
Gracoro burger by McDonald’s comes up with demi-glace sauce. However, cheddar cheese is not exactly new but gives a tempting touch to this new creativity. Gracoro burger is most latest to enter the queue of “Craziest Fast Food” you have ever imagined.
Cheesy Bites Pizza
There has been a great discussion on mega stuffed crust pizza. To tag on the same, Pizza Hut launched its “Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza” that went seriously crazy and then, company introduced its new creation with “hamburger crust and chicken strips”. To give something as consolation prize, Pizza Hut has now re-introduced its “Cheesy Bites Pizza” American audience. This pizza is made up of 28 bites filled with cheese covering the perimeter of pizza instead of crust.