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Healthy and Eco Friendly Cutting Boards

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Which cutting board are you using, healthy or unhealthy?

Click here to read about healthy and the eco-friendly cutting boards.

Eat healthy and stay fresh.

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Looking for what to cook fresh

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Its not always easy to buy everything fresh and cook a meal out of it. Most of us are busy in our daily lives and others just can’t be bothered or are just out of ideas to cook fresh food. Cooking fresh is not an easy task, as everyone is not trained nor experienced to use every fresh ingredient for cooking. For example, in order to cook a fresh pasta sauce one has to know how many tomatoes to use for 500 grams of pasta, whether tomatoes have to be seeded or not, whether one should use tomatoes with or without a skin and how to easily remove the skin from the tomatoes without cooking the inside. In short, every little detail matters. So how  can we overcome this obstacle? The answer is pretty simple. All you have to do is, go on the internet to research about a recipe or use a reputed recipe book that uses fresh ingredients. Difficult tasks? The good news is that you may not have to do either. “Thinking WHY?”

Because we at EAT ALL FRESH, will provide some excellent recommendations, where you can easily follow the recipes to cook fresh and delicious food.

1. RAW MOUNTAIN KITCHENWe have known them for over two months now. Their recipes are simple and easy to make. The best thing about them is, that they are very creative. Ninety percent of the times you will end up finding a recipe that is unheard or not tried before. Trust me you will love everything they have to offer, and yes all ingredients are fresh.

2. LOCAL KITCHEN:This is yet another excellent blog which focuses on cooking with local ingredients. Most of these ingredients are easily available in the local markets. They have recipes going back to 2009, so if you are out of cooking ideas and want to try something new, local kitchen blog is a must visit. You will find everything here – appetizers, soups, mains, desserts and even birthday cakes. The only drawback about this blog is that the pictures are irresistible. You will go looking for a healthy recipe, but the cakes/desserts will pull your attention, and “we” want you to eat healthy. So if  you love cooking and want to try a new recipe, this blog is the good place to visit.

3. SIMPLY MADE BY ANGIE:  This particular blog was made to provide tips, information and recipes to eliminate toxic from our lives and for us to enjoy healthy living. The writer of this blog aims to provide information to make us aware of things that can be damaging for us and how by doing one single thing everyday, one can remove toxic things from our lives and become fresher everyday. The only drawback about this blog is that you may not find a lot of recipes. However if you want to improve the quality of your life and make your life more chemical free, this blog is a must visit.

Remember : We are in control of our diet. Only we will let ourselves down and it is only us who may have to learn to take a final stand.

Eat all fresh and stay healthy 🙂

– NAKUL BAJAJ


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Are you eating enough fibre

Goodness of fibre

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We often hear people saying, that fibre is good for the body and helps in weight loss. However they fail to mention, that why it is good for the body and how it helps to achieve weight loss. Fibre is one of the most important nutrients studied by doctors, nutritionists and dieticians. Also fibre has a great reputation in the world of ‘dieting and weight loss’. In recent years due to rising blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, fibre has become a focal point of interest for many research institutes and scientists.

So what is fibre?

Fibre or dietary fibre which is also referred as roughage(ruffage in American English) is simply the indigestible part of plant foods. Yes, fibre is never digested i.e. fibre is never broken down by the human body. Hence fibre has no calories.  As partially mentioned in one of my previous reads – ‘What carbohydrates you are eating, fibre is a type complex carbohydrate. However it is not digestible.

This characteristic of fibre raises an important question-If fibre doesn’t get absorbed by the body and doesn’t provide energy, why do we need it in our diet?

Just like carbohydrates fibre can be divided into two categories – Soluble fibre and Insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre is a fibre that dissolves in water. Do not get confused, I said dissolved not digested. This fibre forms a gel like material after dissolving in water. Water carries this fibre through our body where it absorbs excess glucose from the food in small intestine, hence helping in removing excess glucose to stabilise blood sugar. Another great property of soluble fibre is that it absorbs bad cholesterol from the blood. The gel like material flowing through our blood sticks to cholesterol and leaves the body through waste removal.

Insoluble fibre is the type of fibre that does not dissolve in water. It rather acts like a sponge where it absorbs waste and become bulkier. Due to its characteristic of being non-digestive it leaves the body intact through intestines with all the absorbed waste. Its main purpose is to improve the movement of food through the digestive system and promote healthy removal of stool from the body.

Some great benefits of fibre rich diet

Soluble fibre helps in removing excess glucose from the blood. It stabilizes blood sugar thus keeping the energy level normal. As a result there is no pressure on pancreas to release excess insulin. As pointed out in the post – “What carbohydrates you are eating’’, excess insulin production in the body can make the body less sensitive towards insulin and increasing the chance of diabetes in the long run. Soluble fibre is recommended to prevent diabetes in people. Food rich in soluble fibre is also prescribed by doctors for diabetic patients.

A diet rich in fibre helps to maintain healthy bowel movement in the body. Insoluble fibre acts as a vacuum to absorb waste associated in the intestines. It accumulates the waste and form a bulkier state before leaving the body. This helps in preventing certain diseases related to constipation. If waste does not leave the body, it starts decomposing in the body due to reaction with bacteria. In some cases constipation can cause serious infection. Insoluble fibre helps in removing this waste.

As mentioned earlier soluble fibre helps in absorbing bad cholesterol from the blood. Bad cholesterol sticks to the artery walls and can damage the heart tissue or can even result in stroke. Research has suggested a diet rich in soluble fibre is very good for removing bad cholesterol from the blood.

Soluble bacteria due to its property of dissolving in water can help to aid the condition of diarrhoea. It solidifies the stool by absorbing water thus helping in smooth removal of toxic waste.

One of the greatest advantages of fibre is that it helps in losing weight. Soluble fibre absorbs water in the stomach thus making you feel full. Another reason is, that soluble fibre absorbs excess glucose from the blood thus lowering the state of insulin production. Due to this, energy is conserved in the body which makes you feel full for a longer time. It’s quite unlikely for a person to overeat when feeling full.

An indirect benefit of fibre is that its presence is usually accompanied with other complex carbohydrates that help in conserving and slowing down the release of energy. Hence a diet rich in complex carbohydrates is a diet rich in fibre.

Foods rich in fibre

Whole foods such as brown rice, brown bread, oats, bran, whole pasta, cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, carrots etc. are rich in insoluble fibre. Hence these foods can help in aiding constipation and help in healthy bowel movement.

Lentils, beans, carrots, apples, cucumbers, celery, strawberries, nuts, carrots, zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower etc. are rich in soluble fibre. Hence these foods are good for maintaining healthy blood sugar and removing bad cholesterol.

Some of the foods mentioned above are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. It’s good to maintain a balance between the two. Hence foods rich in both should be considered on daily basis.

Daily healthy intake

According to study conducted by Institute of Medicine in 2012, men and women below fifty should consume at least 38 grams and 25 grams respectively. Above fifty men and women should consume at least 30 grams and 21 grams respectively. Most of the labels mention fibre content per serving on the pack. The good thing about fibre is unlike other nutrients it doesn’t get destroyed while cooking. It’s a good idea to include leafy greens in your cook and some salad on the side daily to maintain a good fibre balance in your diet.

One fun and interesting fact about fibre to think about: The human digestive tract is twenty-eight feet long. Fibre helps move waste along this large muscle.

Keep fresh and stay healthy 🙂

NAKUL BAJAJ