Siete nueces al día prolongan la juventud

¿Sabían que solamente siete nueces al día puede prolongar la juventud? Según unos expertos de los Estados Unidos, “los frutos secos son los alimentos ‘envasados’ más perfectos de la naturaleza y están llenos de antioxidantes que retrasan el envejecimiento celular.” ¿Qué mejor manera de decirlo? ¡Esto sí es dieta milagrosa! “También previenen contra diversas enfermedades como la diabetes tipo dos y los cálculos.”
De acuerdo con los investigadores, las nueces son las “reinas” de los frutos secos porque contienen muchos beneficios que contribuyen a él salud. Aparentemente, las nueces tienen la mayor concentración de antioxidantes y de la mejor calidad, también.
“Según la investigación, el consumo de pequeñas porciones de frutos secos o de mantequilla de maní se relacionó con un descenso de enfermedades cardiovasculares, ciertos tipos de cáncer, diabetes tipo 2, cálculos y otros problemas de salud.”

 

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Siempre hay que hacer tiempo para hacer ejercicios!!!

LUISA FABIOLA GONZALEZ

EL NUEVO SOL

La mayoría de las familias saben que sus niños necesitan hacer ejercicio. En una encuesta que realizó recientemente NPR con la Robert Wood Johnson Foundation y la Escuela de Harvard de Salud Pública, todos los padres dijeron que es importante que sus hijos hagan ejercicio. Sin embargo, alrededor de un tercio de ellos dijo que puede ser difícil.

Las autoridades federales de salud recomiendan por lo menos una hora de ejercicio diario para niños y adolescentes.

 

Doctores recomiendan:

1. Caminar por lo menos 15 a 30 minutos al día.

2. Comer muchas comidas con calcio, hiero y vitaminas.

3. Tomar agua

Las sodas dietéticas tampoco son saludables

LUISA FABIOLA GONZALEZ

EL NUEVO SOL

Según investigadores franceses, beber una sola lata de 12 onzas (500 ml) por semana de una bebida endulzada artificialmente, puede aumentar el riesgo de padecer diabetes tipo 2 en un 33 %. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las personas consume mucho más que eso, por lo que se deduce que el riesgo real para la diabetes podría ser mucho mayor.

Otro articulo publicado por WEBMD las gaseosas dietéticas aumentan el riesgo de accidente cerebrovascular. Refrescos de dieta y regular ambos se han relacionado con la obesidad, daño renal, y ciertos tipos de cáncer.

¿Entonces qué se debe beber sin poner en riesgo la salud?

Según los científicos, la respuesta son los jugos naturales de frutas: las personas que bebieron 100 % de jugos de fruta naturales, no presentaron ningún riesgo adicional en el estudio. Y por supuesto, el agua, la bebida más saludable recomendada en forma universal.

SMOOTHIES DELICIOSOS!!!

LUISA FABIOLA GONZALEZ

EL NUEVO SOL

 

Muchos de nosotros en la mañana no tenemos ganas de desayunar, pero el no desayunar es un habito muy malo.

Según estudios en MRC Clinical Science Centre en el Imperial College de Londres encontró que existe una mayor activación cerebral. Y que al no desayunar tenemos ganas de comer comidas que engordan y son altas en calorías. Cuando una persona ha saltado el desayuno, es mas fácil que la persona engorde de esta manera. Asi que no es bueno saltar el desayuno.

Ideas para las personas que no quieren un gran desayuno:

Pueden tomar un smoothie de frutas, es super sencillo: sólo fruta, jugo y agua! Para hacer este batido sin lactosa, basta con sustituir la media taza de leche con agua.

Seventeen Magazine, Mango Smoothie

Seventeen Magazine, Mango Smoothie

Ingredientes:

1 durazno en rodajas

1 mango, pelado y cortado en cubitos

1/2 taza de leche

1/2 taza de jugo de naranja

instrucciones:

Coloque el melocotón, leche, mango, y DO en la licuadora. Cubra y licue hasta que quede suave.

El café, lo bueno y lo malo

Por JOANNA RENTERÍA
EL NUEVO SOL

Starbucks EspressoEsta mañana, mientras esperaba mi cafecito (el cual acostumbro tomar a diario) en la cafetería de la Universidad Estatal de Northridge, “Freudian sip”, me puse a pensar en algunas cosas.

Primeramente, me sorprendió ver la cantidad de estudiantes que iniciaban su día con una taza de café. ¡Si yo pensé que era una de las pocas personas adictas a la cafeína! Mas de veinte personas esperaban su turno para ordenar, y alrededor de diez personas esperaban ansiosamente por su café. Mientras llegaba mi turno, escuche algunas de las ordenes de los demás, “un americano chico por favor”, “caramel macchiato”, “vanila latte”.

Entonces, comencé mis investigaciones. ¿Que es el efecto de la cafeína? ¿Cuantas tasas de café son recomendadas? ¿Y claro, cuales son las bebidas preparadas más saludables y cuales son las que nos causan el más daño?

Esto es lo que encontré:

El café tiene efectos tanto negativos como positivos para el cuerpo y para la salud. Los efectos que pueden ser considerados positivos están relacionados con “Parkinson’s disease” o “La enfermedad de Parkinson”, “Gallstones” o “Cálculos biliares”, con la interpretación mental, el humor, el físico, dolor de cabeza, y con la salud del corazón, entre otros.

Efectos negativos incluyen, osteoporosis, diabetes, pérdida de sueño, fertilidad y aborto espontáneo.

Aun así, nutriologos o médicos tienen sus propias opiniones sobre el consumo del café. Unos aseguran que una taza de café al día es bueno para el metabolismo y para la perdida de peso, mientras otros opinan todo lo contrario.

Café de "Dairy Queen"

Finalmente, me encontré con un articulo publicado en Yahoo! Health que presenta las seis bebidas cafeinadas menos saludables.

1.     “Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream” (venti)
520 calories
23 g fat (14 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
350 mg sodium
68 g sugars.

2.     “Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Gingerbread Latte” (large)
450 calories
12 g fat (7 g saturated)
290 mg sodium
68 g sugars

3.     “McDonalds Caramel Latte with Whole Milk” (large)
330 calories
9 g fat (5 g saturated)
210 mg sodium
51 g sugars

4.     “Cosi Double Oh! Arctic Mocha” (12 oz)
434 calories
22 g fat (13 g saturated)
241 mg sodium
46 g sugars

5.     “Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream” (venti)
640 calories
28 g fat (19 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
330 mg sodium
60 g sugars

6.     Cold Stone Creamery Lotta Caramel Latte, Gotta Have It Size
1,790 calories
99 g fat (62 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
175 g sugars

El CDC, o el Centro para el control y la prevención de enfermedades, recomienda que uno elija las opciones mas saludables al tomarse su café, con poca azúcar y menos calorías. Las recomendaciones son las siguientes:

  • En vez de tomarse el café con leche entera, el CDC recomienda que uno elija leche desnatada o leche baja en grasa.
  • Ordenar el tamaño mas pequeño.
  • Evitar los sabores extras, tal como el jarabe de vainilla o avellana, que están llenos de azúcar y además le agregan bastantes calorías a tu bebida.
  • Olvídate de la crema batida. Esto tambien contiene calorías y gordura.
  • Regresa a lo básico. Ordena un café con leche desnatada, agrégale poca azúcar o simplemente, tómate un café oscuro.

Obviamente todas las preguntas que tenia sobre el consumo de café no fueron contestadas al cien por ciento. Pero de algo si estoy segura, todo es mejor con moderación. Aunque aun sigo adicta a la cafeína, estaré segura de evitar pasarme de dos tazas al día y evitare las bebidas llenas de azúcar y  extra calorías tales como el “Frappuccino” o el “Mocha de chocolate”.

¡Un café chico y oscuro para mi por favor!

From fad diets to self-acceptance

It seems like every day there’s a new miracle diet being promoted. I used to jump on every bandwagon. If you told me I would lose weight, I would be totally willing to eat nothing but grapefruits, or cut out all carbohydrates and exist on egg whites alone (the vegetarian version of the Atkin’s diet). And the funny thing is, I have never really been overweight! But I am the product of a fat-phobic society. And to further enhance the struggle that is created by our society’s negative attitude towards being overweight, advertisers also send us the opposing message, encouraging overindulgence and marketing junk food.

As I got older, I found that fad diets are generally unnatural and unhealthy, and I couldn’t keep up the extreme habits up for very long. So, I devoted a lot of my spare time to learning about health and fitness, and what a healthy body needs to actively do, consume, and avoid in order to stay healthy.

One of the areas which I have struggled with for years is battling my own natural inclination to skip breakfast, have a light lunch, and eat most of my food at night. Despite all of the expert opinions out there that recommend a big breakfast and a small dinner, I could never get the hang of it. I’d feel sleepy after a big breakfast, and hungry if I didn’t have a big dinner.

So of course, ever searching for knowledge to fix any dilemma, I diagnosed myself with NES (night-eating syndrome). I decided I must have a problem because my natural inclinations were not “normal” according to health experts. I would beat myself up and try to correct my behavior, to no avail.

Recently, I read about a new trend, the “Warrior Diet”. This diet, marketed by former Isreali Defense Force member Ori Hofmekler, suggests that according to the human circadian cycle, eating little by day and ending with a large meal is actually the natural way for a human to stay fit and healthy. This “fad diet” describes my natural tendencies completely! Immediately I came to a realization about self acceptance. What’s right for others will not always be right for me, and vice-versa. I don’t think “fad” diets are begun as scams, but instead are one person’s idea that just doesn’t work for everyone. I think we all would be well advised to trust ourselves, stop criticizing ourselves for not fitting a particular mold, and design our diets as well as our lives in a manner that is true for us as individuals.

Soda Machines Fight Obesity AND Government Over-regulation

News media outlets and comedians alike had a field day following the proposal and passage of a mandate in New York which put a cap on the serving size of sodas and sugary drinks that could be sold in restaurants and movie theaters. While many argue that this government regulation is overly parental, if not unconstitutional, we cannot argue that the rise of obesity and the threat to health and quality of life is a real and pressing issues in U.S. Society.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also includes a mandate about required nutritional content labeling for all foods in chain restaurants and franchises with more than 20 outlets, and politicians nationwide are pushing for a so called “sin” tax on empty calorie products like sodas.

In response to all the commotion, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper have announced that they will producing new vending machines which make calorie content available on the button for each drink. The machine  will also have more diet and low cal beverages, as well as offer smaller serving sizes. These new machines will appear first in Chicago and San Antonio before being rolled out nationwide. Some people are mocking the, again, parental nature of the machines; rumor has it that a “bad” selection will trigger the machine to question the consumer and suggest a healthier option! However, I think that the problem of obesity is real, and it’s better that the producers of junk food make such changes than the government overstep its bounds and try to control how people eat.

As much as I promote healthy eating in my own lie and encourage others to consider what they are putting in their bodies, I am wholeheartedly against the government telling someone they cannot order a certain serving size. It just goes against the “pursuit of happiness” that lies at the heart of our constitution. Part of what makes the United States so outstanding is our right to personal choice; we can mess up our lives and make all the bad choices we want in pursuit of our pleasures, as long as it does not infringe on any one else’s rights.

By taking an active roll in the fight against obesity and informing consumers, these soda giants are avoiding government over-regulation, and actually empowering consumers with knowledge about the choices that they have the right to make.

So, drink up!

Rest Easy, America: Bacon Shortage ‘Highly Unlikely’

You may have heard during the week about the “unavoidable” bacon shortage that is poised to reign over the world. Oh, the hamanity!

Why is this news? Well, mostly because this is how a majority of people in America react to bacon:

Yes, the Midwest drought led to a very disappointing corn harvest, which led to raised prices on pig feed, making it much more difficult for farmers to earn a profit. It has also led to farmers killing more pigs and taking whatever money they could get. Reuters reported on Thursday that more pigs were slaughtered in August than in any month in U.S. history.

But an actual bacon shortage? That can be stopped by basic economics, University of Missouri agricultural economist Ronald Plain told the Huffington Post.

“If we run out (of bacon) today, we’ll have more tomorrow,” Plain said. “And we’re not going to run out, because if we start to get low inventory, the price steps up. Bellies are selling for $1.13 a pound today — and if we run out, they’ll get more expensive. Packers will be happy to charge you $5 a pound if you want to pay it, and they’ll make sure we don’t run out.”

So don’t worry. You’ll be able to have your strips of bacon; you’ll just have to take more out of your wallet to buy them. Will this lead you to think twice before picking some up at the grocery store in the future? Maybe higher bacon prices are a good thing, especially considering a recent study found that processed red meat was associated with a 10 percent increased risk of prostate cancer with every 10 grams of increased intake. Another recent huge study showed that just one serving of processed meat per day increased your risk of premature death by 20 percent.

You got a problem with that? Eat mor chikin.

Peanut Butter Safety

 

With the black licorice recall closely followed by the recent peanut butter recall, one has to think twice about how safe our food supply is- an how much faith the consumer has in our food manufacturers. In the United States, we have a strongly enforced set of standards and regulations set in place and enforced by the federal Food and Drug Administration. But still, every year people get sick and die often before tainted food is discovered and recalled.

 

Recently, black licorice was found to have dangerous amounts of lead in it. Does any one else wonder how much lead is dangerous, or better yet, why licorice is allowed to have any lead in it at all? And the salmonella outbreak found in peanut, cashew and almond butters produced by Sunland Inc. and sold primarily at what are supposed to be health, natural grocery outlets like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods? The scariest part of all is the market for peanut butter includes a high percentage of young children.

 

Although for the most part, grocers and manufacturers act swiftly and responsibly at the first sign of unsafe food (Trader Joe’s voluntarily recalled all similar products upon learning of the outbreak), we can never know for sure whats in our food supply. And I doubt most of us have the time or resources to grow our own gardens and raise our own livestock, so we can really do little else than hope we aren’t one of the unlucky one to “help discover” tainted foods.

 

There are a few things we can do to safeguard ourselves from avoidable food poisoning; make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly, take care when selecting meats, fish and eggs for maximum freshness and always wash your produce! Also, take care in your own homes and kitchens to avoid cross-contamination of fresh foods, keeping your meats, dairy, and produce sealed and separated.

Study: We Eat About 3,400 Milligrams Of Sodium Per Day

Must … resist! But … so … yummy!

Earlier today, I ate about 20 tortilla chips with some cheese dip. I didn’t look at the nutritional facts, but I’m sure a lot of salt was included. But that seems to normal for us these days. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics states that children and adults alike are consuming, on average, about 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day. The recommended limit is no more than 2,300 milligrams per day.

The study puts a lot of focus on children’s sodium intake and how if they are overweight and consume as much sodium as adults, their risk for high blood pressure “goes up dramatically.”

Via CNN.com:

“The study authors found that when young people increased their daily salt levels by 1,000 milligrams, the risk for high blood pressure increased 74% for overweight or obese youngsters, but only 6% for kids in the normal weight range.”

Scientists have found that overweight children are more sensitive to salt’s effects on the body than children in the normal weight range.

Of course, this means parents need to be more diligent with what their kids eat. Cut down on the packaged, processed foods. Cut down on the meal portions. Exercise more often. Eat your fruits and vegetables.

We’ve heard it all before. We know gorging on breads and salted meats isn’t good for you, no matter your age or weight. Yes, it can have even more dramatic effects on children who are already overweight, but these are studies that everyone should heed.

But will we? This is cynical, but it never seems like the advice gets through to us — Americans — until the damage becomes more evident. We may understand that what the study states is correct. We know most of us must do a better job of managing what and how much we eat. We know it.

But, damn, that cheeseburger is cheap, and it sure tastes good!

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