The popularity of coffee is on the rise in the United States. In just about every major city, each block is littered with locally owned and franchised-based coffee shops. With so many people drinking coffee now, it begs the question “is coffee good for you?”
Developed by Dr. Arthur Agatston, The South Beach Diet touts itself as teaching dieters to eat the right carbs and the right fats. The diet has three phases. In the first dieter’s banish their bad carb cravings and induce rapid weight loss. In the second phase, some types of carbs are reintroduced and weight loss is slower. The final phase is the “Diet for Life” phase. This is the maintenance diet and will be followed for the rest of the dieter’s life. If at any time the dieter begins to gain unwanted pounds, then he simply goes through the induction and pre-maintenance phases again.
What’s been “refined” out of these processed carbohydrates are all the beneficial nutrients that nature originally put into them. The bran, the fiber, and most of the vitamins and minerals have been stripped away, leaving a bland, white, longer-lasting and shelf-stable product. White flour has only 20 percent of the vitamins and minerals and 25 percent of the fiber of the original wheat kernel.
For many—if not most—of us, it’s a constant battle between our cravings for fattening food and wanting to lose weight. Drinking freshly squeezed organic juice is a great way to feed your body condensed nutrients that are easy to digest. Fresh juice gives your body a break from the digestion process and fills you up, making it easier to lose weight. And as a bonus, because fresh juice has not been heated (heat destroys many beneficial micronutrients), your immune system has more energy to heal whatever might be ailing you.
The brain is part of the body. Just like all the cells of all other organs, brain cells are continually being renewed. Tomorrow’s cells are therefore made up of what we eat today.
Microwave ovens do have benefits. They are certainly convenient. They are more energy-efficient than other cooking methods. But are they safe? And do they produce food that contributes to the health of our bodies?
Parents and teachers are worrying more these days that children’s eating habits may not be good enough to keep them healthy. They have good reason to be concerned: adolescents are avoiding certain foods, not eating on a regular basis or eating far too many snacks and/or junk food. These habits will definitely affect both their peer relationships and their success in the classroom.
Here’s a great recipe for healthy and delicious Asparagus Soup.