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Fun, informative nutrition and health trivia.

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1) Did you know that - the most important meal is breakfast?
Having a good healthy breakfast is important in balancing blood glucose levels.

Try to refrain from drinking coffee or tea, as caffeine forces the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline, which raises blood sugar levels and then triggers the release of insulin. That is why we feel ‘high’ soon after we take caffeine, but subsequently may feel ‘low’ later (which in turn creates the craving for more tea or coffee).

Some people must have their coffee or else they feel cranky or lethargic. In this case, just have one cup. Savour it. But switch to herbal teas, green tea, juice or just plain water for the rest of the day. Because caffeine in coffee is a nutrient destroyer.

Decaffeinated coffee is also not really recommended either. The chemicals used in the process of removing the caffeine remain in the coffee powder. When consumed, these chemicals will enter our bloodstream and will require detoxification by our liver.

In the US studies have shown a link between children who participate in the nationwide School Breakfast Program with improved academic performance and better psychological behaviour. >more>

Here are some great breakfast recipes to kick start your day.

2) Did you know that - the largest human organ is the skin?

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It defends our bodies against disease and infection, regulates body temperature and also aids in vitamin production.

To maintain good dermal health the important nutrients are: vitamins A, C, E and the minerals zinc, iron, iodine, selenium.

Consume lots of foods that contain the antioxidant nutrients. Antioxidants combat free radicals. Free radicals have been blamed for a host of problems (wrinkles, ageing, cancer, poor health, low immunity .. etc). More info on Antioxidants coming soon.

3) Did you know that – coffee, alcohol and sugar are notorious nutrient destroyers?

Drinking caffeinated drinks all day can deplete important nutrients such as magnesium, vitamins A, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5.

More info >> nutrient destroyers.

4) Did you know that - the total combined human hair of one head can take the weight of 2 elephants.

For a healthy individual with no hair diseases, hair fiber is very strong with tensile strength around 1.6 x10 -9 N / m2. That is about as strong as copper wire of the same diameter. One strand of hair can support up to 100 gms in weight. So a whole head of hair (which has about 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair) could support up to 12 tonnes (roughly the equivalent of 2 African elephants !!).

It also has elastic properties. It can stretch up to 20% of its original length before breaking when it is dry and when it is wet it may stretch up to 50% before breaking.

To maintain good hair health, take sufficient biotin (a B vitamin, a.k.a. vitamin H) and folic acid (another B vitamin, a.k.a.Vitamin Bc).

5) Did you know that – Vitamin C is necessary for the absorption of iron?
>> More info on Vitamin C (a potent antioxidant)

6) Did you know that – meat tenderizers are synthesized from the papaya fruit.

Another common fruit - the Kiwi fruit, also has meat tenderizing propeties.

7) Did you know that – Vitamin D can be produced in our bodies from the action of sunlight on the skin?
Vitamin D, is also known as "The Sunshine Vitamin". Because our bodies can produce vitamin D from sunlight’s ultra-violet rays on our skin. It is a very important vitamin for healthy, strong teeth & bones. However, it is the most toxic (in high doses).
>>More info on Vitamin D

8) Did you know that – Vitamin A is a powerful anti-oxidant and has many health benefits, but taking too much vitamin A (in the preformed state, also known as Retinol) can lead to vitamin A poisoning?

So when shopping for vitamin A supplements, always look for beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A). Beta-carotene is non-toxic. Our bodies will turn beta-carotene into Retinol only when it is needed. So there is little chance of Retinol poisoning.

Did you also know that our liver can store up to a year's supply of our Vitamin A needs?

>> More info on Vitamin A

9) USDA considers 85 grams of meat = 1 serving

10) 600 million Big Macs were consumed by Americans at McDonalds in 2004.

11) 20 billion hot dogs were consumed by Americans in 2004.

12) 127 chickens are eaten every second in the U.S.

13) A South Korean eats an average of 30 kg of kimchi per year.

14) An American eats an average of 63.5 kg of potatoes per year.

15) 80% of heart disease and 90% of diabetes are tied to unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits.

16) Diets with fruits, vegetables and some nuts can lower blood pressure and reduce the “bad” cholesterol as effectively as modern medicine.

17) Adding fiber to the diet and avoiding highly refined foods can delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.


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