Watermelon.

26 06 2009

Nutritional Analysis
Advantages:

  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • High in potassium
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C

Disadvantages:

  • Very high in sugar- Although these are natural sugars, they are better for you than concentrated sugars.

What Does Watermelon Contain?

About eighty-eight percent of watermelon is, as you can probably guess by both its taste and name, water. The other twelve percent of watermelon consists of fiber. Of course, both sugar and vitamins can also be found in watermelon as well. Since it is mainly made up of water and fiber, however, this means that you will not be likely to gain any weight when you decide to eat watermelon. It is a lot healthier than many other things which you could be snacking on. With the Weight Watchers diet program, you are able to eat watermelon as a free fruit, meaning you can eat as much of it as you would like. Watermelon is not only free of fat, but it is also free of cholesterol and low in sodium as well.

What Health Benefits Does Watermelon Offer?

Watermelon has various health benefits to offer you. One of the main health benefits of it is the fact that it does consist of about twelve percent fiber. Fiber in itself can provide many health benefits. It works as a weight loss aid, helps lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels, and may even work to prevent your risk of developing colon cancer in the future. Fiber can do a whole lot for your body. The water that is found in watermelon can also help you keep your body well hydrated during the hot days of summer, which is important. The fact that watermelon can quench your thirst on a hot day in summer is the main reason that many find it to be so satisfying. Watermelon offers various other health benefits as well. Some of these include the fact that it is packed with essential vitamins, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

Is The Sugar Watermelon Contains Bad For You?

One of the main reasons that many people are afraid to eat watermelon is because it does contain sugar and they are afraid that it is bad for you. The most important thing that you should keep in mind is that too much sugar is not good for you. At the same time, anything eaten in moderation is okay. Chances are that you are not going to sit down and eat an entire watermelon is one sitting.

Eating a few slices of watermelon here and there will provide you with the healthy benefits it has to offer and should quench your hunger for the delicious treat. Even though watermelon does have sugar, you should keep in mind that this type of watermelon is the natural type of sugar. It is not artificial sugar, so therefore the sugar found in watermelon is healthier than the sugar found in a candy bar. Overall, you will probably find that the sugar found in watermelon will not hurt you, unless you eat is excessively.

Six healthy reasons to eat watermelon.

  1. Watermelon his rich in lycopenene 40% more than tomatoes!
  2. Get your Vitamin C – 2 cups will give you close to half of daily recommended allowance
  3. Fight infection – 2 cups of watermelon gives you twenty-five percent of daily recommended allowance of beta carotene which helps the body make Vitamin A and without you set yourself up for viral infection (ex. flu) and vision problems.
  4. Heal faster – Especially in the yellow-orange varieties, a rare edible source of citrulline, an amino acid used in wound healing and cell division. FYI: there’s extra citrulline in the white and green part that are usually thrown away or feed to animals
  5. Sooth stress – Also a good for its potassium content which helps control blood pressure.
  6. Quench cravings- Only 96 calories in two cups! The water in the melon makes you full.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Raw Food Diet.

22 06 2009

Advantages:

  • Promotes the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Avoids the rigidity and nutrient deficiencies that are often associated with strict raw food vegan diets by allowing the inclusion of raw cheese, eggs, fish, and meat.
  • Does not require calorie counting or portion control.
  • Does not eliminate entire food groups.
  • Promotes health over weight loss as a motivation to adhere to the diet.

Disadvantages:

  • Very restrictive and will require major restructuring of the diet for most individuals.
  • Dieters may experience quite severe detoxification symptoms if they are not careful to gradually transition into the diet.
  • The safety of consuming raw animal products is questionable. If handling and storage is not impeccable there is a risk of exposure to dangerous bacteria.




Advantages and Disadvantages of a Macrobiotic Diet.

22 06 2009
  • The Advantages:

The macrobiotic diet is high in natural, unprocessed foods, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables. It is low in saturated fats, whilst providing the essential fats. It could be considered a weight loss diet, due to these factors, and the potential lower calorie count. However Macrobiotics is more of a way of life, than just another weight loss fad.

There are a number of claims made about the healing properties of the macrobiotic diet. Conditions such as cancer and heart disease have apparently been aided by this diet. However some claims are unsubstantiated.

  • The Disadvantages:

The macrobiotic diet can be fairly strict. Where a diet is strict there is a potential for nutritional deficiencies – particularly calcium and iron.





Advantages and Disadvantages of Certain Foods.

22 06 2009
Food Pros Cons
Refined Foods
(including sugars and flour)

  • Taste

  • Empty calories
  • Detrimental effect on blood sugar levels
  • Excess fat build up in the body
  • Fatigue
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Lowered sex drive
Meat
(from mammals only)

  • Taste

  • High in animal protine
  • High in heme-iron
  • Immune system
  • High in saturated fats
  • Heartburn
  • Halitosis
Fowl Meat

  • Taste

  • High in animal protine
  • High in heme-iron
  • High in saturated fat
  • Heartburn
  • Halitosis
Fish Meat

  • Taste
  • Low in saturated fat

  • High in animal protine
  • High in heme-iron
  • Depending on variety can be high in mercury and other harmful agents
Dairy Products

  • Taste

  • High in animal protine
  • Can be high in saturated fat
  • Immune system
  • With some exceptions, high in fat
  • Over 75% of the human population is lactose intolerant
Eggs

  • Taste
  • Vitamin B12
  • Low in saturated fat

  • High in animal protine
Fruits and Vegetables

  • High in vitamins
  • High in fiber
  • High in antioxidants
  • Immune system boosters
  • Heart health
  • Zero saturated fat
Nuts

  • High fiber
  • High in antioxidants
  • Good fats
  • Heart health
  • Zero saturated fat

  • Can be high calorie
Grains and Seeds

  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids (i.e. flax)
  • Low fat
  • High fiber
  • Vitamins and minerals

  • Can be high calorie
  • Not part of human optimal diet (consumption coincides with onset of agriculture – can not be consumed in their raw state)
Legumes

  • High in vitamins
  • High in minerals
  • High in fiber
  • Good source of folate
  • High in antioxidants
  • Stabilize appetite

  • Flatulence
  • Not part of human optimal diet (consumption coincides with onset of agriculture – can not be consumed in their raw state)
Mushrooms

  • High in fiber
  • High in vitamins
  • High quality protein
  • Unsaturated fatty acids
Insects

  • High in quality protein
  • High in B12
  • Low fat

  • Lack of appeal in Western Countries (more than half of the world’s population consumes insects)