Good Foods

ginger

Goodness of Ginger

  • Ginger contains anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties, and is used for the prevention of and treatment against the common cold
  • Ginger acts as an antihistamine and Aids in the treatment of allergies
  • Ginger displays anti inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders 
  • Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps
  • The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal, In order to ease the digestion process
  • Ginger has proven to help lower your cholesterol Levels and prevent the formation of blood clots
  • Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed
  • Ginger has extensive uses in aromatherapy as well. Ginger yields an essential oil that is steam distilled from the unpeeled, dried and ground root. Ginger oil is used in combination with sandalwood, cedar wood and patchouli, which renders a woody-spicy scent to the mixture.

Carrot

Carrots

Eating carrots makes you ‘more’ attractive. Eating strongly coloured vegetables and fruits such as carrots and plums makes people more attractive, according to a new British study. Researchers at St Andrews and Bristol universities studied the relationship between skin color and attractiveness, and found people with a yellow skin hue were perceived as particularly healthy and attractive, the Grocer magazine reported.

They also established for the first time that yellow pigments, or carotenoids, from certain fruit and vegetables played a key role in producing yellowness in skin. As part of the study, 40 volunteers rated 51 Scottish Caucasian faces for healthiness and attractiveness. The results will be published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior in March, the magazine said Ian Stephen, one of the scientists involved in the project, said the link between yellowness and carotenoids opened up new strategies for encouraging young people to eat more fruit and vegetables, especially as it took just two months of increased consumption to produce visible results. He told the Grocer: “Telling people they might have a heart attack in 40 years’ time if they don’t eat more healthily is one thing. What we can do is say, ‘This is what you could look in a couple of months if you increased your fruit and vegetable intake’.”

Almonds

Almonds

  • Eating almonds can prevent diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have found that eating nuts regularly may help treat type 2 diabetes, accounting for 90-95 percent of all cases
  • It could also tackle cardiovascular disease, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reports
  • Diabetics have a shortage of insulin or a decreased ability to use the hormone that allows glucose to enter cells and convert to energy, according to the Daily Mail
  • When diabetes is not controlled, glucose and fats remain in the blood and over time damage vital organs
  • The study, conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, looked at the effects of consuming an almond-enriched diet on 65 adults with pre-diabetes
  • The group on the almond-enriched diet showed greater improvements in insulin sensitivity and significant reductions in LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) compared with the nut-free group
  • Lead researcher Michelle Wien said: “It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development.”