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Yogurt and Sugar


This is a subject that I think most people are aware of but “sweet” wins. 

The stomach health loves pure unadulterated yogurt. Collect all of those natural bugs that our body needs to digest and absorb our food and keep our digestive  mechanism running efficiently.

Look I am a label reader, have been for years. I always read the ‘ ingredients ‘  on the outside of the packaging (no ingredient label I don’t buy). I don’t look at the calorie or food break down as there will always be a ‘sugar’ content number as there is natural sugars in most foods. Always read the content of the ‘Ingredients’. With almost 95% of the yogurt especially the flavored ones or ones with a fruit mix (which you can be sure will have sugar added) they will have sugar, corn syrup, fructose or some other sweetener in it. Try to stay clear of this. The sugars actually are harmful to the natural bacteria’s that are in yogurt so you won’t be getting the full benefit of eating yogurt.

The reason they put sweetness in the yogurt is it makes it more palatable especially to children and they sell more of the product as  “Healthy”. In most cases you may as well have desert.

What I do with natural unsweetened yogurt is I might add passionfruit from our vines or at this time of the year fresh Mango’s, strawberries. Basically I add any fruit that is in season “Fresh” .

If you are used to eating flavored yogurt, try weaning yourself on to the natural unsweetened ones. Its like breaking the habit of having sugar in your tea or coffee. Once you break the habit you find your tea or coffee undrinkable containing your teaspoon or more of sugar.

If you have a weight problem well then that is a good reason to look on the shelves for the natural product. I actually make my own yogurt as I have a yogurt maker. This way it is much more economical and I believe tastier.

If you are buying yogurt this is what you look for

“If you don’t do different nothing will change”

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Foods to Eat Before, After and For!

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Guide to Flavoring with Spices

This is a very handy guide as sometimes we inclined to forget to put spices in our cooking as we are not sure what to use with some foods


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Lauric Acid In Coconut Oil

Seems like this Coconut stuff is a miracle maker. It can’t do any harm so probably a good thing to put in your kids and your own smoothie. I am not sure I would take it by the spoonful I don’t think would be my favorite thing to do.


Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil

Certain components of coconut oil are exceptionally important. Lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid found mainly in coconut oil, is one of these prized substances. Pure coconut oil contains about 50 percent lauric acid, and is the most abundant natural source of lauric acid available.
When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound that exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms such as fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.

Monolaurin is an effective treatment for Candida albicans and fungal infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot. Monolaurin also specifically targets bacterial infections as well as lipid-coated viruses such as herpes, the measles, influenza, hepatitis C and HIV. Researchers in the Philippines have even begun studies to prove the effectiveness of lauric acid against HIV/AIDS because of its strong antiviral properties. And lauric acid is non-toxic, which gives it a distinct advantage over the pharmaceutical drugs that are typically used to fight viruses, bacterial infections and fungal infections.

Without a plentiful source of lauric acid, the body cannot produce monolaurin, and all of these important benefits are lost. Many people who regularly consume coconut oil experience less illness than others. Breast milk is the only other natural source that contains as high a concentration of lauric acid, which could explain the notably fewer infections of all types in breast-fed babies.

Unfortunately, the lauric acid content of foods and infant formulas has been rapidly decreasing over the years. Manufacturers and consumers alike have turned from using coconut oil and have replaced it with cheap vegetable oils, obliterating lauric acid intake in the process.

There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) for lauric acid, but as a guideline, Dr. Mary G. Enig suggests adults and growing children can benefit from an intake of 10 to 20 grams of lauric acid per day. (2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil.) It’s interesting to note that nursing babies consume up to 1 gram of lauric acid per kilogram of body weight per day.

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Foods That contain Calcium

As we all aware it is much better for our bodies, if we eat our vitamins and not pop them as pills. There are exceptions of course. A digestive system that is not what it should be, may not absorb all the minerals from food and we become deficient in certain vitamins, that is when popping a pill may help.

Keep eating those fresh veggies.

Plant Foods that Contain Calcium

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Food Pyramid – Reduce Inflammation

This graph displays a great way to keep to a reasonably healthy lifestyle. The less inflammation we have in our body: The less disease that will develop. The better we will feel. Our energy levels great. This is an easy chart to follow without too much effort.
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“Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.”-Andrew Weil

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOOD PYRAMID Source- http-::www.gourmandia.net

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8 Foods you Did Not Know Contained Meat

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Foods To Fight: Dehydration


Not only is it about 95 percent water – but it also helps reduce fluid retention


Foods that boost your temperature activate your body’s cooling action to reduce dehydration


When you perspire your levels of potassium lower, but bananas help replenish them.


With 90 percent water and packed with antioxidants, it improves hydration and health


Summer squash not only contains a high water content it is also packed with nutrients.

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Top 10 Cheap Health Foods,



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How to Lower Cholesterol Through Diet Like a Pro

I recieved this article from Deborah Land, who, like myself has a great interest in healthy eating and I also like to keep to a budget and healthy food is generally affordable. Deborah also writes for an excellent Website called cholesterolloweringdiets.net This site has some great recipes and information. Well worth the visit. This is a good read.


a. Cholesterol Truths – Good and Bad

Most people view cholesterol as a bad thing, but the truth is there are
actually two types of it. There is good cholesterol (HDL) and there is bad
cholesterol (LDL). You’ll know you have too much LDL if you end up with
plaques in your arteries. This results in a blood flow block in your
arteries as the opening gets smaller. Your high blood cholesterol is not
the result of taking in dietary cholesterol. The presence of saturated fat
and Tran’s fat is the reason for the high cholesterol. Exercising often
and taking in fibrous and unsaturated foods will keep your cholesterol

b. The Meaning of Numbers in Cholesterol

All adults are encouraged to check their cholesterol levels once every
five years at a minimum. The results will show the levels for your
Triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.
Engaging in exercise and changing your diet are necessary if your levels
are not within the normal range.
Total Cholesterol – less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)
LDL Cholesterol – less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)
HDL Cholesterol – greater than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)
Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

c. Vitamin E and Heart Protection

You can find Vitamin E in many nuts, leafy vegetables and vegetable oils.
While it cannot prevent a stroke, Vitamin E can still reduce your risk for
heart disease.

d. Five Fabulous Foods to Decrease Cholesterol Levels

1. Oatmeal and Oat Bran: These contain a high amount of soluble fiber,
which can lower LDL.
2. Fish: Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL
and raises HDL.
3. Nuts: Not only are nuts high in fiber, but they contain the healthy
fats you need to keep LDL in check.
4. Plant Sterols: This is found in foods like margarine, salad dressing,
orange juice, and functional cookies. 2 grams per day will lower your LDL
by 10-15%.
5. Soy: This popular meat replacement can lower LDL by up to 3%.

e. Benefits Aplenty with Plant Sterols

Foods like granola bars, fat free milk, Benecol Spread and VitaTops Muffin
Tops are great sources of plant sterols that you can turn to. Helping your
heart starts with eating plenty of these foods rich in plant sterols and
nixing your high saturated fat diet. However, these will not make for a saturated fat diet at all. It is still important for you to eat healthy foods and exercise a lot to keep your cholesterol in control.

About the Author – Deborah Land writes for low cholesterol diet
, her personal hobby blog focused on tips to eat healthy to
prevent high cholesterol.


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