Eat Grapefruit for Healthy Gums

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00000While it is known that citric acids can weakentooth enamel and can cause tooth erosion, a new study shows a different take on vitamin C and oral health. Performed by Friedrich Schiller University in Germany, the study reported that eating grapefruit every day may help reduce bleeding gums and help promote the healing of gum disease. Researchers had 58 volunteers …

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Eating Meat Comes with a Higher Risk for Developing Cancer

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10100A reuters article appearing on MSNBC.com cites a new study that, for the first time, shows a definite link between meat consumption and certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer. The study involved five hundred thousand individuals between the ages of fifty-one and seventy. After an eight-year period, 53,396 individual diagnoses …

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CAN DRINKING TEA LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND DECREASE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE ?

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00000According to the results of a german study, there may be something to this. The study found that drinking black tea had a significant effect on artery dilation. The ability of arteries to dilate, or expand, is important to the maintenance of normal blood pressure levels. How can the consumption of black tea protect against high blood pressure? The researchers …

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CAN USING OLIVE OIL REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER ?

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00000Cancer rates are reportedly higher in areas of northern Europe as compared to southern Europe. And it is in southern Europe where olive oil is an important dietary component. Is there a connection between lower rates of cancer and the use of olive oil? A Danish team of researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital conducted a study to investigate the …

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HOW YOU COOK FISH MAY AFFECT YOUR RISK OF STROKE

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00000Fish seems to be synonymous with healthy eating. However, how you cook fish may determine how much benefit you get from its consumption, and this may be particularly true for older individuals. A study conducted by Dr. Daariush Mozaffarian found that elderly individuals who consumed more tuna and other types of fish experienced a lower risk of stroke incidence. However, …

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CHOCOLATE AS A SUPPLEMENT: THE BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

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00000The more scientists learn about chocolate, the more amazing chocolate seems. What are the benefits of chocolate aside from the feeling of satisfaction that only chocolate can bring? Here’s a short list of the benefits of chocolate. 1. Chocolate, according to recent research, may provide a mental boost by elevating blood flow to the brain. The effect of this is …

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Guide to slow cookers

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10001This kitchen appliance is useful year-round. Here are food writer Sarah Swain’s tips on how to choose the best slow cooker for your needs. Key features When buying a slow cooker two features need your consideration: A removable inner cooking pot. This is essential and allows for easy cleaning and the ability to take the pot to the table for …

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Ask the experts: Healthy mixers

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00000Q. “I enjoy the odd nip of white rum, and I was wondering what’s the best (‘healthiest’) mix to have with it? All the mixers I find have too much sugar in them.” Lucinda A. HFG nutritionist Claire Turnbull responds: The best mixers to go with rum which don’t have sugar would be most of the drinks labelled ‘diet’, for example, diet …

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How to choose fruit juice

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00000Juice can be a nice occasional drink for a change. Nutritionist Brigid Chunn investigates the options. What’s available? Fruit or vegetable juice A product calling itself fruit or vegetable juice must be 100 per cent juice. But it may be a mix from different juices or it can be reconstituted. Some of the water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C may …

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Guide to nut butters

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00000There’s plenty of variety available when it comes to spreadable nut butters. HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr takes a look at what’s on the supermarket shelves. Once there was peanut butter and that was our lot. Now we can choose from a much wider range of nut butters. But beware: some pretenders are more sugar than nuts. What’s available? Peanut …

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How to choose fresh pasta

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00000Pasta is easy to prepare, versatile and delicious. Nutritionist Brigid Chunn investigates the variety of fresh pasta options available. Traditional pasta is made using semolina flour — ground durum wheat — a hard, high-protein wheat that keeps its shape when dried. Water, salt and sometimes eggs are added. Dried pasta comes in an enormous range of shapes and sizes. Fresh …

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Guide to nuts

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00000 HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr looks at the nutritional value of eating nuts — a sure way to include healthy fat in our diet. Varieties Common tree nuts include Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios, pine nuts, cashews and pecans. Peanuts are actually ground nuts or legumes but as they have a similar nutrient profile to tree nuts …

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This vs that: Liquid breakfasts

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00000We compare the vanilla flavours of three 250ml drinks marketed as breakfast on the run. UP&GO REDUCED SUGAR UP&GO FAST START Energy 815kJ 688kJ 1018kJ Protein 8.3g 8.5g 13g Saturated fat 0.5g 0.5g 3.3g Sugars 19.3g 11.8g 20.5g Fibre 4.3g 4.3g 3.8g The Sanitarium UP&GO products are made from skim milk powder, so they’re low in saturated fat. Anchor FAST …

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This vs that: Croissant, bagel and multigrain bread

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00000Most of us know that standard white bread has little to recommend it nutrition-wise, but what about croissants and bagels? We compare a croissant (90g), a plain bagel (90g), and 2 slices of multigrain bread (74g). CROISSANT PLAIN BAGEL MULTIGRAIN BREAD Energy 1340kJ 1010kJ 800kJ Fat 17.3g 1.2g 1.6g Saturated Fat 10.1g 0.2g 0.2g Protein 6.1g 8.4g 7.3g Fibre 2.6g 2.2g 4.8g …

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This vs that: Olive oil vs. coconut oil

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00000Two popular oils compared: here’s what’s in a tablespoon of each. OLIVE OIL COCONUT OIL Energy 507kJ 506kJ Total fat 93% 92% Saturated fats 2.3g 11.6g Monosaturated fats 9g 0.9g So far, so similar. These are both oils so they’re mostly fat and very high in energy. Specific products will vary slightly from this average. Despite coconut oil manufacturers claiming …

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