PUFA, MUFA, DHA, ALA and EPA. Confused? Understand these diet acronyms.
FATS – We love to hate them. But contrary to popular belief, fat is not all that bad for the body. There are good fats and bad fats. Smart eating involves knowing what is good and what is bad.
Fats are of three types – trans fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat. While saturated and trans fat are termed bad for their property of increasing bad cholesterol levels, unsaturated fats like poly unsaturated fats and mono unsaturated fats are good and are known to reduce cholesterol levels.
Types of Fats!
Poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)
PUFA, also known as omega-3 and omega-6, are essential fatty acids that need to be taken through food, as the body is incapable of producing these. These fats remain liquid at room temperature, unlike saturated fats that are solid.
PUFA is present in food items like soya bean, tofu, kidney beans, safflower oil, olive oil, walnuts, kale and flaxseeds. PUFA helps in the proper functioning of the body and keeps critical illnesses at Continue reading “Decoding Fats – Good Fat Vs Bad Fat” »
They are called marine wealth for no mean reason. Shellfish can do a world of good for you.
The delight of cracking open the crab shell to savor its white flesh in a curry, the thrill of sinking your teeth into a perfectly stir-fried pink prawn, the subtle taste of a lobster linguini or the acquired taste of freshly shucked baked oysters…have you whetted your appetite enough? Join me on a shellfish tour.
Lobsters – larger than life!
Lobsters are loaded with proteins, copper and zinc which boost immunity and prevent loss of vision. They also help in the maintenance of red blood cells and nerve cells. Since they are low in carbohydrates, they are a good option when you are on a diet.
Lobsters are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are good for your brain as well. Low in cholesterol, they help maintain heart health and prevent conditions like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Choose fresh, alive frisky lobsters with their tails curled up. Boil, steam or grill to make them nutritious.
Prawns are a power house of protein, which you can feast Continue reading “Sea of Goodness…….” »
whole grain bread
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what should go into it to make it good and nutritious.
Breakfast means quite literally, breaking the fast. When we wake up in the morning, our bodies are starving for nutrition after the night-long deprivation. Depriving your body of its morning dose of nutrition is one of the worst things you could do to your body. A person who does not eat a regular healthy breakfast is likely to spend the morning struggling with sluggishness, diminished ability to concentrate, irritability and, as the day progresses, bouts of hunger that are fended off by quick, calorie-rich foods. Skipping breakfast sets the ball rolling for an unhealthy lifestyle, where the meals keep getting heavier to cope with the body’s starvation in the morning, and the stage is set for weight problems, see-sawing blood sugar levels and heart disease.
Of course, eating just anything for breakfast is not enough. One must eat a healthy breakfast; one that packs in all the nutrients that the body needs to keep going through the day and one that would not make a person feel hungry immediately after the morning meal. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure that your breakfast is power-packed.
Morning dose of carbs
A breakfast that comprises sugary cereals or sweet pancakes and waffles is not going to give Continue reading “A Healthy Start !” »