A couple alternatives to fresh vegetables are canned and frozen veggies, but which one is the better choice?
Canned veggies are convenient and make it possible to enjoy off season veggies. The canning process does not change the fiber content allowing canned veggies to have the same content as fresh and frozen veggies. Not a lot of vitamins are lost in canning process which makes it a good alternative to fresh veggies. Frozen veggies are packed with vitamins and nutrients due to the flash freezing process. Vegetables are picked at their prime, then blanched and finally flash frozen. When the veggies are frozen fast, not much is lost in terms of the nutrients. Although fresh veggies are always the best source of vitamins and nutrients, frozen veggies win the battle for the next best alternative.
Coming from the sap of the coconut palm, coconut sugar is booming in the health food world right now. Among the many benefits of coconut sugar, the main benefit is that this sugar contains inulin which helps reduce the glycemic index. A lower glycemic index means a healthier lifestyle. Compared to white table sugar, coconut sugar is packed with more minerals and vitamins and contains vitamin C, phosphorous, calcium, iron, zinc, copper and potassium.
When you think you have used all of that broccoli, think again. Not only will you get more broccoli for your buck, but the leaves and the stems are great in flavor while providing nutrition. These greens contain Vitamin K, A, and C, and have almost a full day's worth of calcium in them. So next time you're thinking of cooking greens, put a kibosh to the collards, cabbage, and kale, and try the latest trend in health food–broccoli leaves.
A recent study by McMaster University in Canada found that women over 65 who worked out at least 2 hours a week had the skin molecular composition of those who were 25 years younger. The research credited myokine which are growth factors created by muscles pumped into the bloodstream.
In this study, scientists separated about half of the 29 participants selected for this research, men and women ranging between the ages of 25 to 84, and placed them in moderate to vigorous activities for at least three hours a week. The other half was made to work out at least an hour or mostly remained inactive. After obtaining a skin sample from the subjects’ buttock area, an area rarely exposed to the sun, it was noted that the samples from the active ‘Over 40’ subjects had skin that visibly resembled that of a person in their 20s or 30s. Further study later had the mostly inactive subjects over the age of 65 exercising each week over a three-month period. At the end of the trial, samples showed a considerable difference in their skin, noting that their outer and inner layers resembled that of a 20 to 40 year-old’s.
While this was a small study and further research needs to be done, it does further the knowledge that exercise has notable benefits, even after a short period of time.