Food and Health

Hold the MSG: Why All-Natural Asian Noodles are Better

Monosodium Glutamate, or sodium glutamate, is the chemical compound more commonly known as MSG. A typical food additive, it appears as a white powder in its purest form. MSGs most common use is as a flavor enhancer intended to create a more "savory" taste.

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How Often Should I Eat Potassium Rich Foods?

There are many vitamins and minerals which the human body needs in order to remain healthy, but many people do not do all they can to make sure they reach their recommended daily dosage of vitamins and minerals. Potassium is one of the three most abundant minerals in the human body and it is essential for the proper functioning of many bodily organs. This essential nutrient helps to carry oxygen to the brain and also plays an important role in neurotransmission and nerve function. Potassium is also instrumental in regulating blood pressure and fluid levels so it is important that you receive the proper amount of potassium in your daily diet. Most studies recommend that you receive 2,000mg to 3,000mg of potassium from your everyday diet and you can reach this dosage by eating potassium rich foods and by taking potassium supplements. You should be careful, however, if you choose to take potassium supplements because the body does not absorb them as well as natural potassium and you could experience stomach problems as a result.

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Is Coffee the Remedy to High Blood Pressure?

As you age, your blood vessels often become stiff to increase the risk of high blood pressure. Luckily, a new study done through the University Of Athens by Greek researchers showed the surprising link between drinking coffee and preventing high blood pressure.

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Potassium Rich Foods and Healthy Eating

"Healthy" is a term that many people use lightly. Some people think that if they do not eat fast food everyday and if they try to eat a few vegetables every once in a while that they can consider this "healthy eating". Many people do not want to eat the required fruits and vegetables simply because of how much you would actually have to eat to be healthy. But what most don't realize is that potassium and calcium as well as many other minerals and vitamins are in these foods. Without proper amounts of potassium, your body will undergo unhealthy changes. Severe headaches, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, weakness, and fatigue are all symptoms that can result from potassium deficiency. Therefore it is best to keep up on your potassium rich foods on a regular basis. Foods rich in potassium can be tasty as well as easy to eat if you choose some of your favorites, of which there are bound to be a few. Potassium rich foods are generally found in fruits and vegetables, but veal is worth almost 300mg for one serving. Here are a few others to think about eating daily.

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Heavy Metals Found In Protein Shakes: Should You Stop Drinking Them?

A recent investigation on protein drinks has been causing waves of concern or even alarm to ripple through the fitness and bodybuilding world. Supplement companies are up in arms and people are wondering whether they should stop drinking protein shakes after the magazine said they tested 15 protein drinks for heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) and 3 of them came up above the proposed safe limits...

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Tips to Beat Diabetes: Drink More Coffee?

Diabetes is a serious problem for Americans, but it also happens to be preventable. Research has shown that a quarter of Americans are at risk for prediabetes, which is a condition with elevated blood sugar that could cause diabetes within 10 years.

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The Benefits of Potassium Rich Foods

It is common knowledge that minerals like calcium are an important part of your body's daily diet. Calcium helps your bones to stay strong and it is important for growing children to get enough calcium in their diets. Many people do not know, however, that potassium is also very important. Potassium is one of the three most abundant minerals in the human body and it plays an important role in maintaining proper heart and brain function in addition to regulating blood pressure and fluid levels in the body. Individuals whose bodies do not receive enough potassium may and could experience heart problems, muscle spasms, headaches, and may even develop serious conditions like diabetes or Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome. There is also a risk, however, associated with having too much potassium in the body, a condition known as hyperkalemia. Individuals suffering from kidney problems often retain potassium, a situation which can have very serious, even fatal consequences.

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Should You Juice, Or Should You Blend? The Case For Whole Fruits And Vegetables

To Juice Or Not To Juice...

I've been down the juicing road. Load up the juicer squeeze out what seems like a tiny bit of juice for the amount of fruit I had used. Then one day I was looking at all the pulp that is left behind and it hit me! That pulp is full of vitamins and fiber, and I'm just throwing it away! Well that stopped my juicing days and started my blending days. Fruits are almost entirely sugar (fructose) but a whole fruit also contains plenty of fiber and vitamins that are lost when you just use it for the juice.

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A Cup of Coffee Per Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Coffee is now gaining a reputation for doing more good for your health, than bad. Studies show that old myths that coffee drinking can lead to cancer, diseases, hyperactive behavior, and a higher risk of miscarriage during pregnancy have been debunked, making coffee enjoyable to drink without feeling guilty.

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The Importance of Potassium Rich Foods

When people think about vitamins and minerals they often think about calcium and vitamin C. These vitamins and minerals are common in many foods and these are the vitamins and minerals people are used to doctors recommending. There are, however, other vitamins and minerals which are just as important to the healthy function of your body. For example, many people do not realize how important potassium is and, therefore, they do not get enough of it in their daily diets. Potassium plays a large role in maintaining the healthy function of the human body. It helps to regulate pH levels in body fluids, blood pressure, muscle contractions, as well as heart and kidney functions. If you do not get the proper amount of potassium in your diet either through consuming foods rich in potassium or by taking potassium supplements, you may experience muscle spasms and headaches, fatigue or anxiety, you may even develop diabetes or a serious heart condition. For many, reaching the adequate dosage of potassium each day is not something to worry about because there are a variety of potassium rich foods which many people consume daily anyway.

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