Thursday, September 1, 2011

Some Gluten Free Diet tips for those who suffer "CELIAC" Disease QUESTIONS to ask when dining out.

•Are there croutons on the salad? Can you please leave them off?
•Do you make the salad dressing from scratch? What's in it?

•Do you make the soup and sauces from scratch, or does it come from a can? Can I see the label?

•Has the food been marinated in any sauce?

•Do you make the sauce yourself, or is it canned?

•Has the food been dusted with flour before being sauted or fried?

•Is the oil used for the French fries also used to make the other breaded products?

•Are artificial bacon bits or other meat substitutes used on potato skins and salads?

•Are your mashed potatoes from a mix, or from real potatoes?

•Do you use imitation crabmeat or seafood?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

African Spirulina

Growing spirulina in African villages

A teaspoon full of dried African Spirulina greatly improves any meals nutritional value
Spirulina is a microscopic blue green algae which traditionally has been used for food in areas like Lake Chad. It is now produced in big commercial systems in USA , Mexico and other countries and sold as nutrition supplement in health stores. This is because it contains many vitamins, minerals and other important micronutrients in exceptionally high concentrations besides 70 % protein. A teaspoon full of the dried powder on a typical African meal highly improves the nutritious value.
Vitamin A deficiency is common in Africa. Spirulina contains very much provitamin A (betacerotene) and 1-2 grams of algae a day is sufficient.It contains very high levels of B12 vitamin (4 times more than liver) which is normally difficult to obtain on a diet with little meat. This vitamin is especially important for HIV positive, who are normally lacking B12.

The fresh product is most nutritious in vitamins but a dried product can also be produced by pressing the biomass in a piece of cloth and then drying in the sun.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Benefits of Hummus

Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, are rich in fiber and protein. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid (chickpeas tend to be higher in folic acid than other beans), zinc, and magnesium.
Beans in general have been linked to various health benefits, such as lower blood cholesterol. They may also help prevent cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, early lab tests show that three compounds in beans (saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid) may help defend cells from the type of genetic damage that can lead to cancer.
Hummus also traditionally features tahini (sesame seed butter), which contributes some additional protein (3 grams per tablespoon) and fiber (0.7 gram per tablespoon) along with monounsaturated fat (3 grams per tablespoon). Chickpeas and tahini both contribute fair amounts of calcium and iron, as well.

Eat More Hummus!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Did you know???

That Kale and Collard Greens have the highest content of nutrients than many of the green vegetables available in the American super markets today yes higher than asparagus, bok choy, broccoli and others.Yes eat more Kale and Collard Greens.

Monday, January 31, 2011

What's the word??? Tahini

is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. However, due to its high nutritive content, this product is available in many health stores. It is also referred to as sesame butter. It is a light colored paste made from the kernel of crushed sesame seeds. The outer case of the seeds is removed before the seeds are ground into a thick paste.

Sesame butter contains good amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The paste is a good source of vitamin B1, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese. Promotes cardiovascular, vascular and brain health. Also know for its antioxidant properties.

Tahini is nothing less than a nutritional pearl. Not only is it a superb source for healthy fat, rich in Omega 3, but it is also rich in Calcium, Iron, Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamine and – very much like hummus – some crucial Amino Acids