Corn : Is it beneficial?

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I have always loved eating corn but was never sure whether it contained any benefits. So today I decided to find out a little bit more about it.

Here is the nutritional contents of an average cup of corn (149grams) :

~Fibre 14.3% RDA
~Vitamin C. 13.6% RDA
~B3. 12.5% RDA
~Manganese. 12.5% RDA
~B3. 11.8% RDA
~Calories. 7% RDA

Corn is a whole grain food that is high in fibre, low in fat and provides our body with essential nutrients, beneficial methinks!?

Corn provides our body with two important carotenoids: lutein and leaxanthin which both support our eyes, reducing the chance of eye disease and slow cataracts. Lutein also reduces the chance of stroke or heart attack as it prevents hardening of arteries.

Corn also contains folate which supports out cardiovascular system and vitamin B1 that helps our body convert carbs into energy and aids the functioning of our heart, muscles and nervous systems.

As you can see corn is high in fibre; both soluble and insoluble. Dietary fibre is the soluble fibre which reduces chance of heart disease and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels, whereas the insoluble fibre helps prevent constipation. This can also be good for dieting as the fibre makes you feel more satisfied, meaning you eat less, aiding weight loss.

An average sized corn ear only contains about 80 Calories and over 10% of our RDA of fibre!!

So is corn beneficial?

I definitely think so!!

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The Good Snack!

Recently I came across this range of new snacks called the Good Snack , the healthy option! They make a range of snack sized bags that contain a range of different peanuts, chocolate raisins, dried fruit and seed mixes. They don’t contain anything artificial!!

Remember! Snacking is good, you just need to snack good. Meaning… Snacking is not a bad thing in fact it can be better than eating three big meals without snacking and it helps metabolism too, however you need to choose the right food to snack on.

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• Veggie sticks: Celery is a great snack!
• Sliced tomato and feta cheese.
• Piece of fruit
• Yogurt
• Granola bar
• Air popped popcorn
• Egg whites and wholegrain toast.

Supplements or no supplements??

Supplements, these are consumed in order to provide one with nutrients that they may not get from their normal diet or may be lacking in.
Is it really necessary for them though? I mean is it not easier for an individual to simply change their diet in order to fulfil their nutrient needs? Should one not aim to have a ‘balanced diet’ rather than consume supplements in order to replace actual food benefits. An individual that has a ‘balanced diet’, which is one that satisfies all nutrient requirements, does not need to take supplements. So this leaves me thinking…what is the real need for supplements other than replacing food? One could argue that they do not like/eat certain foods containing essential nutrients to the diet, however other than certain cases such as pregnancy, this can be worked around as nutrients are found in a wide range and variety of different foods.
Are these supplements taking away from the natural way of obtaining our nutrients or is it simply helpful, handier, healthier and the way to go? Im sitting on the fence on this one myself.
Certain supplements are proven to have positive effects on one’s health, some negative and others no effect at all.
For example, the taking of Vitamin E supplements by men, was proven to actually increase the males chance of developing prostate cancer. Other supplements such as chrondrotin that many people take in order to relieve joint pain has also been proven to have no benefit on a person at all.
In the USA , dietary supplements are categorized as a food, however this is not the case for the rest as the world as supplements, tablets, drugs and other words are used to categorize these nutrient supplements.
The taking of dietary supplements requires knowledge and therefore you should consult your doctor before you begin taking them as they can cause problems such as over consumption especially of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals leading to more health problems such as build up in the body and also can cause problems if mixed with other medication or drugs.

So supplements…. Are they for you? Do you really need to take them? Are they benefiting you and your health? Have you consulted with your doctor/medical professional? Is taking supplements taking from you having a ‘balanced diet’ ? All these questions float around in my head . And I’m not left feeling satisfied I know enough about the advantages and disadvantages of taking dietary supplements. Im not saying I have never took dietary supplements before, however Im definitely guilty of taking such supplements merely because I was advised to. I definitely didn’t notice a difference from taking them and never checked with my doctor to see if they were having effect either.
So while I may not provide much information on the advantages and disadvantages remember just to have a little think at the questions that float around in my head and see if your mind is changed next time your in the drugstore!

If you need a little help on the taking of supplements or before you embark on taking them have a look at this link for some helpful information http://www.nutrition.gov/dietary-supplements/questions-ask-taking-vitamin-and-mineral-supplements .

Till next time ..:)

Why you should include a Sandwich in the Lunchbox

Back to School!! Which means back to early mornings, the early morning traffic, getting uniforms ready, making lunches, and the rest of the commotion. But ensuring your children have a nutritious lunch can be stressful and hard at times, however did you know how nutritious a normal sandwich containing cheese, ham and lettuce really is?

Yes, a nutritional lunch is key for growth and development of your children and a Cheese, Ham and Lettuce Sambo will pack a nutritious one!

A Healthy Lunchbox:

  • 2 Slices White Bread
  • 2 tsp low fat butter
  • 1 Slice of Cheese
  • 3 Slices of Ham
  • 25g Lettuce

-> Add 200ml of Milk and 2 Mandarins for a fully nutritious lunch.

The sandwich alone provides your child with protein (81%), fibre (14%), calcium (53%), iron (22%), folic acid (38%) among more nutrients. Percentages represent the nutrient intake of RDA of a six-year-old child.

The overall lunchbox provides your child with energy (437kcals), calcium (100%), vitamin C (100%), vitamin B1 (86%), vitamin B2 (87%), vitamin B12 (100%), vitamin A (41%), omega 3 (33%) and omega 6 (30%) of their Recommended Daily Intake of nutrients.

With the combination of all these nutrients, you will be sure to be fuelling the healthy growth, development and lifestyle of your child.

Fruit of the Day 4: Apples!! (“)

Apples are probably the most common fruit (or at least the oldest?), however today I decided they were well worth a mention. Apples are packed full of nutrition that provide many health benefits! They are also delicious to taste and come in loads of different varieties’ :)🍎🍏🍎

Apples contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. These minerals aid healthy bones and can prevent the development of osteoporosis which can develop especially in older women.

Polyphenols are also found in apples and have great health benefits such as anti-aging. These polyphenols also have a role in fat management and can help the maintainance of weight or aid weight loss. Polyphenols in apples reduce LDL cholesterol and lower plasma total, therefore help our cardiovascular systems and reduce chance of developing lung cancer and asthma.

An average apple contains approx. 17% dietary fibre. Fibre contains properties that aid digestion and weight loss and also reduce cholesterol and the slow release of energy helps in blood sugar regulation.

Not only are apples good for our bones, cardiovascular system and digestion system but eating an apple could also mean whiter teeth :D, prevent development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, help prevent development of cancers, diabetes and gallstones, control irritable bowel syndrome, aid towards a healthier heart, boost your immune system and detoxify your liver!

With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you like apples ???

Fruit of the Day 3: Totally BANANAS

Fruit of the Day 3: Totally BANANAS

Bananas have many health benefits as you can see from the image above.

Bananas are high in fibre (12.2%), potassium (12%), vitamin B (21.5%), vitamin C (17.1%) and manganese (16%).

Potassium maintains normal blood pressure and helps healthy bone growth and heart function. It also plays a huge intestinal role as one banana contains approx. 467 mg of potassium, it replenishes electrolytes when one suffers from conditions such as diarrhea.

The high vitamin C and B content provide eyesight protection and help prolong your vision.

Bananas also contain beneficial bacteria that produce vitamins and digestive enzymes which help our bodies ability to absorb nutrients including calcium, therefore improving bone health.

The antioxidants in bananas have many functions also and other benefits from the nutritional content in bananas are improved kidney health and decrease in chance of certain cancers.