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  • Sumanta 8:40 AM on January 3, 2015 Permalink |
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    Fruit eating in diabetes 

    Checking blood sugar levels

    Huge number of people are having diabetes type 2 today. One issue common with almost all of them is the ridiculous phobia towards eating fruits. Generally the myth explored around is that fruits are going to shoot up the blood glucose level and hurt the diabetes badly.

    Probably many more people are out there who share the same thought about eating fruits in diabetes. But the truth seems to be opposite, fruits are good and healthy in diabetics. (More …)

  • Sumanta 7:39 PM on March 4, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Fruit, , Scurvy, ,   

    Vitamin C in cancer cure 

    tomatoVitamin C is a water soluble vitamin referred as ascorbic acid in the scientific world. Our body can’t store this vitamin, since it gets excreted via urine. Therefore, a continuous intake of this vitamin is required.

    Why this vitamin is important for our health? It helps our skin capillaries to remain intact and prevent bleeding and also helps in wound healing.

    What happens if we lack this vitamin? A well known disease called scurvy occurs when one lacks it in his or her body. Scurvy is characterized by gum bleeding.

    From what sources can we get this vitamin? Obviously from a bunch of plant sources like grapes, guava, lemon, orange, tomato, garlic etc. Well commercial preparations of this vitamin are also available in stores, but that might not be a wise way to take it since you are possibly going to miss the fiber rich pulp of the plant products, when you are taking the vitamin extract. Read somewhere that in old times sailors used to carry lemons with them when they went for long voyages to avoid vitamin C deficiency.

    Does vitamin C prevent Cancer? (More …)

  • Sumanta 6:53 PM on February 20, 2014 Permalink |
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    Tomatoes for health 

    Who don’t like red appealing tomatoes in their regular diet? Tomatoes are not only good looking fruit, they are healthy too. There probably is an argument if tomato is a vegetable or fruit, let’s not dip into that today.

    If you have some place to do gardening, try planting tomatoes. They will give your garden an amazing beauty like red bulbs scattered all over. Another benefit of growing tomato at home is probably that you can eat healthy tomatoes with out the side effects of excessive usage of fertilisers of pesticides.

    Besides the appealing beauty of tomato, it is highly nutritious too. But how should we eat it- raw, boiled, fried or grilled? It can be eaten in any way but vitamin c generally degrades upon exposure to heat, therefore its probably wise to have them raw for extracting this vitamin (since tomatoes are rich in vitamin c).

    Some people may find eating raw tomatoes bit smelly. They may eat it using some other edible flavouring agent or creams but take care of there calories. A good way to avoid the smell and eat it in healthy manner is probably to eat it as a part of salad. Using chopped onion, coriander, cucumber and slight curd might add an edge to your raw tomato eating experiences.

    Some people also like to drink tomato juices, which is not bad but if the pulp of tomato is discarded while making juices you might be losing the benefits of the fibre in the tomato pulp. As you may know fibre rich diet is good for curbing obesity and also softens the stool. Moreover, sugar added to the tomato juices can make the tomato juices rich in calories and can contribute to weight gain, if taken regularly in high quantity.

    Finally, a component of tomato is niacin. Interestingly, niacin is also used as a drug to decrease blood lipid levels.

    So eat plenty of fresh tomatoes. Make your life and health colourful by adding colourful tomatoes to your diet.

    full plate tomatoes

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