Do you know eating mangoes can do this to you?

Introduction:           

 Mangoes have a deep history of appreciation for their sweet and juiciness. The very first documentation about mangoes is in Hindi written back in 4000 B.C. As Budha meditated under a mango tree, it is considered sacred by some people.

            Mangoes are grown in the equatorial region where there is a warm climate like Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Haiti, Guatemala and Ecuador. The United States does not have a commercially growing operation large enough which doesn’t mean they don’t eat 3 - 4 pounds per person every year as an average.

            Mangoes are sweet, exotic, yummy and nutritious. People with arthritis and diabetes are not supposed to eat mangoes daily.

            Here are a few pro and con of eating mango daily. Keep reading and make life better.

 

High Sucrose level:

            Mangoes contain approximately 45 g of sugar which mostly contains fructose and 50.3 g of carbohydrates. 

As fructose can be digested only in the liver, consuming more mangoes can put more strain on the vital organs. This can lead to conditions like diabetes, heart ailments and even cancer.

Mangoes stand in the upper range on a scale of sugar levels. Other fruits which also have high sugar content are green and red apple, sweet cherries, banana, pomegranates, passion fruit, gold kiwis, fuji apples. Fruits like lemon, lime, avocado, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries contain less sugar content.

 

 Delayed Response to Allergy:

            Mangoes contain a compound known as urushiol. Urushiol is an oil known to be found in poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac. People allergic to this compound can develop rashes around the mouth, redness and can be itchy when eaten by any urushiol containing plants.

            You will get these symptoms only after two to three days of consumption of the mangoes and will be difficult to identify the cause. If you develop rash-like contact dermatitis after regular intake of mangoes, then these are the signs of you to stop eating them and consult a doctor.

 

Sickness due to artificially ripened ones:

            Due to the advancement of this world and the necessity of resources, people started advancing natural occurrences, thereby ripening artificially mangoes. This process includes a chemical called calcium carbide which is a known carcinogen. Consuming them causes numbness, tingling and peripheral neuropathy.

            Artificially ripened mangoes are less juicy and don’t taste well compared to the naturally ripened ones. You can identify the artificially ripened ones as they have solid green patches rather than a uniform blend of green and yellow.

            It’s always best to eat organically grown mangoes as they don’t contain pesticide residue.

Salmonella:

Taking mangoes on a daily basis has high chances of getting infected by salmonella. Salmonella is mostly present in mangoes as it gets into the fruit while washing the fruit.

Researchers state that the whole mango is as risky as the cut ones as they must have had less processing.

            Salmonella is the bacteria that covers the skin of mangoes and enters the pulp. No amount of washing can eliminate the bacteria once the bacteria enter the pulp.

 

Fibre loss:

            Though mangoes contain high sugar, it also contains a good amount of fibre which prevents sugar spike. When you drink it as juice all the fibre in it is removed. Despite the juice diets, it is not good for health.

            Lack of fibre can cause constipation, weight gain, nausea and blood sugar level fluctuations. Drinking mango juice daily can lead to diabetes even with a small amount of sugar.

 

Disturbed the digestive system:

            Unripe mangoes can disturb the digestive system. Generally, we don’t eat unripe mangoes, but we only know whether the fruit is ripe or not only after eating them. Eating unripe mangoes can cause stomach pain and upset.

If you have dietary fructose intolerance, whether you eat mangoes ripe or unripe you will experience bloating, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation, abdominal pain and cramps. One experiencing these symptoms and having a regular mango intake must know the symptoms are due to the mangoes.

 

Nutrition:

            If you are not allergic to any of the compounds in mangoes you are good to take them in your daily diet. Mangoes are a healthy fruit. They contain a high amount of Vitamin C which plays a vital role in immune function, maintaining healthy blood vessel walls and building strong connective tissue.

            Mangoes have almost no sodium and a good amount of potassium. So, eating mangoes regularly can maintain body fluid balance and regulate blood pressure.

            Besides, mangoes also contain Vitamin A and a high amount of folate, antioxidants including mangiferin, norathyriol and quercetin. Antioxidants play a vital role in fighting against the free radicals in the body which are the indicators for many disorders like cancer and also expedited ageing.

 

Skin cleansing:

            Taking mangoes daily can cleanse your skin from the inside out. It treats pores and gives you smooth, glowy skin. So, if you want flawless skin you can take mangoes daily but in moderation.

 

Balance the alkaline level:

            Mangoes contain malic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid. These help in maintaining an alkaline reserve in the body.

 

Good eye health:

            As mangoes contain Vitamin A it is known to improve eyesight. Having a healthy mango diet can prevent dry eyes and night blindness.

 

Concentration and memory:

            If you find it difficult to concentrate ad have poor memory then gorge on mangoes. Mangoes not only improve your concentration but also boost memory.

 

Iron:

            Anaemic people can take mangoes as a remedy. Particularly women should take mangoes to increase the iron level and calcium level in the body.

 

Body Scrub:

            Besides eating, mango scrub can also give you shiny glowy tender skin. Make a paste and you can also add honey and milk to it. Massage for 10 minutes and repeat regularly for better results.

 

Conclusion:

            The main takeaway from this is mangoes are best to be eaten in moderation. It is healthy if you opt for the organic variety.

            You can eat them as a whole or mashed but avoid juice or else you'll miss the fibres in them and spikes the blood sugar level. Mangoes are a popular fruit as they are a part of fruit salad.

 

 

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Don’t you want to know what eating almonds each day can do?

Introduction:

            Almonds are a great snack to consume every day. It is full of fibre, protein and vitamins. Taking them on a daily basis can eliminate the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart problems and cancer.

            Although it has a good amount of fat, it is healthy monounsaturated fat which is good for health. Almonds contain more calories so it is advised to take minimum quantity. You might find it incredible knowing what almonds can do to your health. One almond has 6 g of protein, 9g of monounsaturated fat and 3.5g of fibre. It also has a considerable amount of manganese, magnesium and Vitamin E. It also has a significant amount of calcium, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and riboflavin.

 

Cholesterol Levels:

            Almonds play important role in reducing bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to many health complications like stroke, heart attack and peripheral artery disorders.

            Substituting almonds with unhealthy junk snacks like chips and sweets can help in reducing bad cholesterol by up to 10%. Vitamin E in the nuts and flavonoids in the peel of the nuts together can prevent the development of artery related plague.

 

Hair health:

            Almonds give us all the nutrients to improve the condition of the hair. Almonds contain magnesium and zinc which stimulates the growth of hair. Vitamin E contains antioxidant properties which strengthen hair and reduce oxidative damage. Vitamin B in almonds helps in thickening the hair strands and gives a natural shine.

            Almond oil helps in preventing dandruff and softens and nourishes the hair. Almond oil is used for both skin and hair since ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians considered almonds as a luxury product in those days.

 

Heard Disease:

            There are several components in almonds which make them good for the heart. One is the monounsaturated fat helps in reducing cholesterol. Besides, the fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and plant sterols benefit heart health.

            The I-arginine in almonds is found to make the artery walls flexible and prevent the developments of blood clots which blocks blood flow and lead to cardiac arrest. So, make sure you add a couple of almonds to your diet to gain these benefits.

 

Wrinkles:

            All of us wish to stay young and delay ageing. Manganese and Vitamin E in almonds prevents pre ageing. Magnesium helps in stimulating the production of collagen.

            Collagen is the connective tissue responsible for smooth and tight skin texture. Vitamins protect the skin from harmful UV radiation from the sun thus reducing the occurrence of wrinkles and dark spots. Not only that it also restricts inflammation in the skin and redness.

 

Digestion:

            The shells of almonds have a good amount of prebiotics. It supports the growth and production of good bacteria in the guts. The bacteria in th gut is responsible for metabolizing nutrients for food and medication. It also protects from intestinal infections. It helps in the production of Vitamin D which produces blood-clotting proteins.

            Prebiotics supports and feeds the bacteria in the gut. Recent studies also establish that regular intake of prebiotic foods can improve the immune system and reduce the risk of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

 

Weight Loss:

            Though almonds contain rich amount of fat and calories, they are known to reduce weight. Taking almonds between meals can give you the state of satiety and makes you feel full. People taking almonds daily tend to take fewer carbohydrates over the course of time.

            A study shows that people taking almonds diet have reduced weight and BMI (body mass index) by an average of 18% compared to 11% of people who dieted without almonds. Theist waist fat also reduced around 14% in the almond dieted group and 9% in non-almond dieters.


Cognitive Activity:

            Studies show that taking a high amount of Vitamin E can help in limiting the cognitive decline, boost daily alertness keeping you active throughout the day, preserve memory. The magnesium in almonds rejuvenates the nerves in the brain.

            Proteins in almonds help in repairing brain cells thus improving the brain functioning. Maintaining good brain health helps to ward off disorders like Alzheimer’s and taking almonds can be one step closer to that.

 

Eyes:

            We know that carrots are an excellent choice for eye health. Almonds have a high amount of Vitamin E which safeguards the eyes and prevents any abnormal change in the lens. Taking almonds regularly can protect your eyes. Also, make sure you take the required amount or taking more can lead to weight gain so take them in moderation.

 

Anaemia:

            Anaemia is the condition where there are no enough RBCs to carry oxygen to the brain. Almonds contain copper, iron and vitamins which help in stimulating the production of haemoglobin thereby preventing anaemia.

 

Acne and Blackheads:

            Almonds are best known to fight acne, whiteheads and blackheads with the fatty acids in them. The monounsaturated fatty acids in almonds help in controlling the oil production which clogs the skin pores. Almond oil can reduce skin rashes also.

 

Stretch Marks:

            Almond oil helps in preventing skin tear and nourishes the skin. Apply the heated almond oil it to the stretch marks and leave for an hour. Repeat this twice daily to see results.

 

Birth defects:

            Almonds contain folic acid which safeguards the mother from any form of birth defects. Folic acid is responsible for the development of healthy cellular growth. It also helps in the life cycle of the growing foetus. Pregnant women taking almonds can also protect the baby from any birth defects.

 

Conclusion:

            Once can take up to 4 almonds a day not necessarily to limit when you crave for it.

The recommended daily limit is around 23 nuts. This quantity can give around 160 calories and 14 g of fat. Not just whole almond but also almond flour and almond milk comes into consideration.

            Finally, taking at least 4 almonds a day is simple. Whether you want to improve the quality of your skin and hair or want to lose weight or prevent the risk of several ailments you can choose almonds in your diet. You can add them to your fries or in salads or eat just the nuts.

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Food Combinations bad for health

In this modern era, we learn many health facts from many sources including the foods which are healthy or unhealthy when taken together. We might have heard of several food combinations to avoid people with arthritis, diabetes or cancer. Nowadays we get most of the information from the internet which is a lifesaver in many cases. Still, we cannot trust all the information on the internet. If you take the measures given so accurately your lie would be so messed that you don’t care about anything else other than your diet. Here are a few meals which are best not to eat along. This is pure superstition and has no proof.

            There can be up to 2% truth in these facts but is not dangerous enough to avoid them. Keep reading to know more of these facts and myths which the internet says it not good for health.

 

Meals and cold water:

            Myth: Here goes the story. It is told that drinking cold water either before, after or during the meal can make the food solidify in the stomach. Fats congeal in cold temperature outside the body. On the other hand, few people argue that drinking water with food helps in the process of peristalsis and stomach acid balance eventually reducing the acid's ability to digest a meal.

            Truth: Our body's internal temperature is warm. Coldwater cannot stay cold after consumed. It gets warmed up due to the body's temperature. Coldwater can help the body from overheating when exposed to overheat. So, it is not capable of solidifying fat and stay the same during the digestion.

            Drinking water either hot or cold helps with digestion. It helps in breaking down the food. So, it works in favour of the body and not against it.

 

Tomatoes and Cucumber:

            Myth: Both cucumber and tomatoes have different digestion time. When you eat them together you might feel nausea, gas, bloating or even sometimes gasp death. Cucumbers are capable of destroying the Vitamin C in tomatoes with the enzyme in it. The salads you eat can be not much beneficial when you add these two together.

            Truth: It is true that cucumber has enzymes which can destroy Vitamin C in tomatoes but as long as you maintain a healthy diet with rich Vitamin C you will not be affected. You will get enough Vitamin C from many sources. Adding vinegar can nullify the effect. As salads mostly contain vinegar you need not worry about this anymore.

            As told above tomatoes and cucumber have different digestion times. You won’t feel any trouble unless you are sensitive to any of the foods individually.

 

Nuts and Beer:

            Myth: Both beer and salty foods cause dehydration. When you take them together can deplete the water level in the body. You will be thirsty and drink more beer in an effort to hydrate.

            Truth: There is a little truth in this. Bar owners know this fact and serve salty foods with beer which makes you more thirsty. Salt makes it easier to drink beer with its bitterness. Beer enhances the salty food that one will crave for salty food while drinking beer.

Beer is diuretic and helps in pushing out excess sodium from the body. Not all salty foods lead to critical dehydration ut alcohol can. Unless you want a huge hangover to drink many glasses of water as you drank alcohol.

           

Meat and Pasta:

            Myth: Proteins and carbohydrates have different digestion process. Carbohydrates start digesting fro the start with the saliva till stomach. where proteins start digesting only when they reach the stomach. So a big no to meatballs and spaghetti.

            Truth: Though different foods digest in different ways our body can function properly. We are evolved to eat all variety of fats, protein, carbohydrate. Unless you have any digestive problems you are good to eat what you want. 

 

Fruits with or after a meal:

            Myth: Fruits are easily digestible and form ferments in the stomach while waiting for other foods to digest.

            Truth: The sugars in the fruit do digest quickly still it has fibre which slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. It is one of the ways to prevent a sudden rise of blood sugar in the blood. There have been no cases that fruit stayed long enough to ferment. Our stomach is so acidic that fermentation is not possible.

 

Sour fruit and milk:

            Myth: It is been told that pineapple, orange, lemon is dangerous to drink with milk. When any acidic fruit is mixed with milk it curdles the milk and spoils it. When curdling occurs you get ill.

            Truth: It is true that acid in fruits can curdle particularly with warm milk. When acid is added with cold milk the process is slow and you might not notice it. This is how you eat lemon creme pie, pineapple yoghurt smoothies and orange creamsicles.

            Also, curdled milk is not bad for us. If milk is curdled due to spoilage we should not drink it. Milk is often curdled to process cheese and yoghurt. For your information, milk always curdles when it reaches the stomach.

 

French fries and hotdogs:

            Myth: Hot dogs are processed meat which has a high amount of sodium and is known to cause cancer. The refined white sugar in the bun can raise the blood sugar level. Deep frying potatoes produce carcinogen acrylamide and cooking oils are trans fat which blocks the artery. The amount of salt in french fries is also an issue.

            Truth: This is true. Pairing any two unhealthy foods or fast foods can lead to cancer and heart ailments. You might experience stomach upset, diarrhoea, constipation and high blood pressure and depressed mood.

           

Conclusion:

Try avoiding junk foods. We are made to digest all combination of foods. Have a healthy diet and eat fresh foods. Still, everyone is different and reacts to different combinations. So, respect the body and stop when you find trouble while eating any type of combinations.

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Foods which can ward off knee and joint pain

Introduction:

            If you have prolonged knee and joint pain you will experience the pain all day. You might have arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis which all cause inflammation and pain and can hurt your joints. Prolonged stillness can cause more discomfort.

            The joints are designed to move in nature and when we keep it idle then there rises the issue. Moving the joints is good for healing. Do not lift heavy weight or do the same movement of joints repeatedly which can cause injury. However, you won’t feel like moving in the first place when you endure such pain.

            Medication from doctors would help but you can also support and ease the pain with your diet. Try these foods to relieve joint and knee pain naturally. These have been proven to be beneficial in minimizing pain and help in movement.

 

Cherries:

            The more colourful the fruit the more antioxidants it contains so is cherry. The red colour of the cherries is from the antioxidant anthocyanins. Consuming cherry is found to help reduce inflammation. You can eat either the cherry as whole or drink tart cherry juice.

            Cherries also reduce the flare-ups of gout which is a kind of arthritis which forms hard crystals in the joints.

 

Red Pepper:

            Red peppers not only support in reducing the inflammation but also support the cartilage, ligaments and tendons up to some extent to keep them aligned.

            Red peppers have a high amount of Vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen. Collagen holds the bone and muscle together and gives structure to the bones. Other foods rich in Vitamin C are tomato, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges and many more.

 

Fish:

            Healthy fish is great for joint pain. It has calcium and Vitamin D which strengthen the bones. It also contains a high amount of omega-3-fatty acids which helps in reducing inflammation. If you are a vegetarian or don't like fish then you can try low-fat dairy products with calcium and Vitamin D. You can also add fish oil supplement to your vitamin regimen.

 

Whole Grains:

            Whole grains also help in reducing inflammation. On the other hand, refined grains do vice versa. Whole grain contains all three parts of the grain: the endosperm, the germ and the bran. White flour contains only endosperm but the bran and germ are the ones that contain most of the nutrition.

            You can limit the usage of white bread. Whole grains include oatmeal, barley, brown rice and quinoa. Both before and after inflammation whole grains help in reducing inflammation.

 

Turmeric:

            Now I wonder what does turmeric don’t do! It has a yellow-orangish colour with a distinctive flavour. Studies show that a high amount of curcumin in turmeric is proven to fight against ibuprofen to ease the pain. It has been used for centuries by the Asians especially Indians for its anti-inflammatory properties.

            Study at Arizona in 2006, established that consumption of turmeric can prevent the development of osteoporosis and RA (rheumatoid arthritis). If you cant find turmeric in your area you can use curry powder.

 

Ginger:

            Ginger is a common spice in Asia. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine. It has rich amounts of antioxidants with a sweet and spicy taste. These properties are because of the substance called gingerol which aids in reducing muscular pain and inflammation.

            Gingerol helps in reducing cholesterol, treat indigestion, reduce the risk of cancer, prevent the development of Alzheimer’s and improve cognitive functions. You can add ginger either dried, grated or in grounded form.

 

Walnut:

            Nuts have rich amounts of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which helps in joint pain. Walnuts have these nutrients more than any other commonly used nuts. Walnuts are also said to protect against type 2 diabetes and cancer.

            Walnuts are high in calories so don’t take more of it. Few studies show that walnuts can reduce weight because they make you full for a longer time. Losing weight helps in reducing the stress on the joints.

 

Kale:

            Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable which is great for joints. It has Vitamin C which assists n collagen regulation and also has a good amount of calcium. Isn’t it amazing that it has 45 different types of antioxidant flavonoids? Taking kale on a daily basis can reduce joint pain and inflammation immensely.

            On the other hand, regular intake of raw kale can have negative impacts on the thyroid. So, it is advised to take cooked and raw kale alternatively.

 

Avocado:

            Avocados have a good amount of omega -3 fatty acids but not as high compared to other foods in the list. Avocadoes have an unsaturated fat known as oleic acid which is known to diminish particular biomarkers of inflammation.

            Avocadoes also can reduce the effect of other foods which can cause inflammation. So it is good to add avocadoes in your diet.

 

Flaxseed:

            Flax seeds are an easy way to get omega-3 fatty acids quickly. About 2 tbs of grounded flaxseeds contain around 140% of the daily value of omega-3 fatty acids.

            It is proved that a regular intake of flaxseeds can reduce the development of inflammatory compounds. This is one of the ways vegetarians and vegans to gain their omega-3s.

 

Cruciferous vegetables:

            Cruciferous vegetables are known to cause disturbing gas during digestion. Still, it has high antioxidants, vitamins and fibre to reduce inflammation.

            A particular antioxidant sulforaphane is known to block the enzymes responsible for joint pain and swelling. Take a minimum of half a cup of these vegetables daily. Some of the cruciferous vegetables are cauliflower, broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts.

 

Conclusion:

            Take some of these foods in your daily diet to ward off knee pain permanently. This will relieve you from the discomfort and don’t stop when the pain stops.

            Add these foods in your daily diet to keep yourself healthy for a long time not only for the joints but also to the whole body. So which vegetable or spice you are going to add in your diet?

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Foods which can ease your ache naturall

Introduction:

            Most of the pain is caused due to swelling and inflammatory response. Chronic inflammation leads to several diseases like asthma, cancer, arthritis, heart ailments and dementia.By control swelling, you will be able to control the pain. Thereby resulting in the least chances of developing the disease too.

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Find out which food befits you when you have arthritis

 Introduction:

Exhausted and worried about the pain in your joints? There are about 100 different types of arthritis and nearly 50 million adults and 3 lakh children are affected by arthritis in America alone according to the data. Doctors prescribe sedatives and also sometimes there is a surgery done.  

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Strange things you don’t know about pecan buts

 Introduction:

            Though nuts are the healthiest snacks there are high chances of overeating. When you do so you get unwanted outcomes. Now, lets particularly look at pecans. Do you know that pecans are not considered a nut at all? But it is a drupe fruit with a singular stone or hole which is enclosed by a husk. But for our clearance, we are going to call them nuts today.

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