Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The top five cancer-causing foods

1. Hot Dogs
Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can't live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed Meats & Bacon

Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

Doughnuts are cancer-causing double trouble. First, they are made with white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated oils, then fried at high temperatures. Doughnuts, says Adams , may be the worst food you can possibly eat to raise your risk of cancer.

4.French fries
Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process.

5. Chips, crackers, and cookies

All are usually made with white flour and sugar. Even the ones whose labels claim to be free of trans-fats generally contain small amounts of trans-fats.

Source : Yahoo Group Circulation

Brain Damaging Habits

1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Over Eating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar Consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest.. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells..

7. Head Covered While Sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your Brain during Illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thought
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Colour your diet

A colourful diet rich in vibrant fruits and vegetables not only aids weight loss but also helps reduce cancer risks. A rich and colourful diet is a great way to ensure overall good health.

Red - Red colour fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients like lycopene and ellagic acid. These nutrients help lessen the harmful effects of free radicals, lower blood pressure and the risk of prostrate cancer.
Easily found in - Red apples, red cherries, red plums, strawberries, watermelon, beet root, eggplants, radishes, red cabbage, red chilies, red peppers, tomatoes.

Orange - Orange colour fruits and vegetables are high in beta-carotene, an excellent antioxidant. These foods contain also vitamin C which keeps your immune system strong and gums healthy.
Easily found in - Carrot, pumpkin, apricot, mango, peach, ginger, turmeric, sweet corn and raisins.

Purple - Purple colour fruits and vegetables are abundant in vitamin C, fibre and flavonoids and support eye health, improve immune system activity, support healthy digestion and limit cancer cells activities.
Easily found in - Purple plums, purple grapes, beans, beetroot tops, brinjal, purple cabbage, purple onions, blueberries.

Green - Green vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll, fibre, calcium, vitamin C, calcium, and beta-carotene. The nutrients found in green colour vegetables reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and enhance digestion.
Easily found in - Sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, cabbage, lime, green bell pepper, basil, mint, peas and green beans.

Yellow - Loaded with beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C, yellow colour fruits and vegetables enhance collagen formation and healthy joints and fight harmful free radicals.
Easily found in - Yellow apples, grapefruit, limes, pineapples, brown and yellow lentils, almonds, pumpkin and yellow peppers.

White - White colour fruits and vegetables contain nutrients such as beta-glucans and lignans that boost your immune system activity. These nutrients balance hormone level and reduce the risks of cancers related to colon and breast.
Easily found - White peaches, bananas, cauliflower, garlic, potatoes, shallots and turnips.

Source - India Syndicate thru www.in.msn.com

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Go for Coconut water

· Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk - Less fat and NO cholesterol!
· Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice - Much lower calories
· Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother's milk
· Coconut water is naturally sterile -- Water permeates though the filtering husk!
· Coconut water is a universal donor-- Its identical to human blood plasma
· Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage - The same level we have in our blood.
· Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue... and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!', according to Mortin Satin, Chief of the United Nation's Food Agriculture Organization.
· Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks..
· Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200mg!
· Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars.
· Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg; compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

Data is based on a 100ml drink

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Golden Glow

Keep aside all your beauty creams and lotions. If you really want to get the most favoured look, eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables, for a new study has revealed that it improves complexion. Scientists found that consuming at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can bring a “golden glow” in one’s face.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Almonds : Good for health

Nuts are very good for you, with heart-healthy fats (mostly unsaturated), plant sterols and fibre that can help reduce bad cholesterol levels.

Walnuts are some of the best plant-based sources of helpful omega 3 fatty acids. These fats are also found in fish, such as salmon.

Nuts can be a better snack for you than cheese or fatty meats and better than crackers, pretzels and chips.

Researchers found that people who eat nuts regularly have lower risks of heart disease.

Source : TOI

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Eat right food to delay the ageing process

Science has increased our lifespan than before. Scientific researches proving that right food can break the ageing process. Many of the visible effects of ageing such as wrinkles and also those that we can’t see, such as deterioration of the heart and eyes are caused by free radicals – highly reactive molecules that damage cell walls and the genetic material within cells.

Growing old gracefully is an art that anyone can master with a little help from the right foods.


It protects the digestive system against premature ageing, thus aiding the general absorption of nutrients. The root helps regulate blood sugar both by stimulating cells in the pancreas and by lowering cholesterol levels. Because Ginger is anti-inflammatory, it protects against arthritis.


Bananas are high in potassium, which keeps high blood pressure in check and reduce the risk of heart disease. In conjunction with sodium they help maintain the fluid and electrolyte balance in body cells, thus maintaining healthy nerve and muscle function. They also contain tryptophan which the body converts to serotonin to aid peaceful sleep.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Ajinomoto, another source of Free Radicals

WHO declared that Ajinomoto or monosodium glutamate (MSG) is unsafe for consumption in 2004, but since there is no ban, is still rampantly used and consumed in the city and there is no official stricture against use of the harmful substance.

It is used to enhance taste of Chinese food. It stimulates secretion of pentagastrin acid in the stomach that leads to ulcers.

If not detected in time, ulcers can turn cancerous. MSG also forms Free Radicals that can damage the stomach cells.

Chinese dish, which is very popular and available in every corner of the city, make sure, it is not killing you silently. As per a study conducted by the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute, an increasing number of people here falling prey to stomach cancer induced by the harmful substance Ajinomoto used in Chinese foods.