Red, juicy and delicious tomatoes are drawing a lot of interest among health enthusiasts. Their excellent nutrient profile and disease prevention potential has helped the tomato to finally take its well-deserved position amongst superfoods.
The damage caused by oxidative stress to our arteries and heart can be reduced by regular consumption of tomatoes – as juice, salads, puree or sauces. Tomatoes help in fat metabolism and reduce the blood levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol. Additionally, studies show that the phytonutrients present in tomatoes possess a unique ability to reduce platelet aggregation (a known cause of atherosclerosis or blocking of blood vessels). Being rich in vitamins E and C also works to enhance the tomato’s heart protecting abilities.
Red and Juicy Tomatoes
A proven formula for flawless complexion is drinking a glass of tomato juice daily. The cooling anti-ageing and skin protecting nutrients in tomatoes make them a natural skin care tool. While eating Continue reading “Superfoods – Tomatoes & Turnips!” »
Native grain to South America, quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah) with its high protein content, is rapidly gaining popularity all over the world. Quinoa being light, fluffy, slightly crunchy and flavorsome, cooks and tastes just like any grain. It is an excellent substitute for grains that are difficult to digest. Being a whole grain, it is highly nutritious and wholesome.
Quinoa – Mother Grain
Top six reasons to eat quinoa
1) It is a complete protein: Most plants provide incomplete protein, thus they need to be consumed in combination with other foods to make it a complete and a higher quality protein. Unlike other grains, quinoa provides us with nine essential amino acids. Our body needs these amino acids to build up tissues and perform vital functions. An alternative to milk, meat and eggs, quinoa is a delightful choice for vegetarians and vegans. Dull hair, brittle nails, loose skin, sluggishness are things of the past when you have your very own savior quinoa.
Tasty Quinoa bites with parmesan cheese
2) It is gluten-free: Those who are gluten intolerant could make quinoa their companion as it is an alternative to wheat, barley and oats. It can be a part of your meal if you are on a coeliac diet.
3) Pumps up your iron: quinoa is the richest source of Continue reading “Meet Quinoa – The latest health food on the block” »