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Millet : A Marvellous Replacement For Rice Or Potatoes

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Consumed by the Chinese in ancient China as an alternative to rice, millet is an unrefined grain that is rich in nutrients and brings many health benefits.

It is rich in thiamine, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. It is one of the grains with the most complete protein content, and hence is useful for vegetarians who get their proteins from non-animal sources. Millet also contains more fiber than rice.

As a gluten-free food, it aids in digestion and is used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen the digestive system.

This small grain also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Eating millet several times a week can protect you against heart diseases, diabetes and cancer.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Marvelous Miso

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you have poor digestive health, miso is a fermented food taste made from soybeans, rice and mold that could be beneficial to you.

One of the foods made from soybean that is widely considered healthy (not all soybean foods are considered healthy by some natural health practitioners), miso is not only tasty but also helps support the friendly bacteria in your gut.

The beneficial enzymes, lactobacillus and other microorganisms found in the taste makes it easier for miso and all other foods eaten with it to be digested. In addition, it seems that the live culture in the miso can actually help to fend off and destroy other harmful microorganisms in your digestive tract.

Miso is also rich in nutrients, such as minerals like zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron and copper. It is also a potential source of protein and vitamin B12 (especially for vegetarians).

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Chickpea Charms

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

You might have seen the chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) that are used to make the Middle Eastern dip known as hummus. But do you know that these little beans are actually very nutritious?

Chickpeas are rich in protein, fiber, folic acid and manganese.

They can help you in dealing with unhealthy cholesterol, as well as in improving your blood sugar levels.

More uniquely, a compound known as molybdenum which is found in chickpeas can help detoxify your body of sulfites, which are commonly used in preserving meats (eg. bacon, luncheon meats) and wine. So if you are feasting on lots of preserved meats this festive season, accompany them with lots of chickpeas to help rid your body of the unhealthy sulfites.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

A Shining Star In Fruitland

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Shaped like a star when cut crosswise, the starfruit not only makes for beautiful presentation when served, it is also a wonderful source of many nutrients.

This uniquely shaped fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B (eg. folates, riboflavin, and pyridoxine) and C, as well as potassium. It is also one of the few fruits that contain calcium. It also contains amino acids, phosphorus, zinc and iron.

Rich in dietary fiber, the fruit can help improve your cholesterol profile by preventing the absorption of LDL cholesterol in the gut. The fibers can also help protect the mucous membrane of your colon from toxic substances as it binds to carcinogenic substances in the colon.

This tropical fruit is traditionally used as a diuretic.

Note that starfruits are not suitable for those with kidney stones or gout, as they contain oxalic acid.

Also, starfruits contain some powerful enzyme inhibitors that can diminish the effectiveness of drugs. As such, you might need to check with your doctor on your intake of starfruits if you are on prescription drugs like statins or benzodiazepines.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/star-fruit.html


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

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