The many benefits of chili peppers

Variety Chili Peppers

Variety of  Chili Peppers

Chili peppers nutrition facts and health benefits

The chili pepper plant belongs to the nightshade family (Solanaceae), as are tomatoes.

Chili Peppers are a rich source of Vitamin-C

Chilies contain health benefiting an alkaloid compound in them,capsaicin, which gives them strong spicy pungent character. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.                                                                    (http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/chili-peppers.html)

Heat strength of peppers in SHU's

Heat strength of peppers in SHU’s

Health benefits of chili peppers

Health benefits of chili peppers

Eat healthy

Eat healthy

Jalapeño Peppers

Jalapeño Peppers

Serrano peppers

Serrano peppers

Habanero peppers

Habanero peppers

Types of chili peppers

     Types of chili peppers

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that aroma of dinnertime

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When I was growing up I used to love being in the house during the late afternoon to witness the aroma of dinner cooking in the oven. For me that was the best part of the day.

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The more I smelled those pork chops cooking in the oven the hungrier I got!

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High fructose corn syrup – good and bad

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

What do we know about high fructose corn syrup, and is it good or bad for our health? 

looking at a corn field

looking at a corn field

 

                High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a calorie-providing sweetener used to sweeten foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn. A relatively new food ingredient, it was first produced in Japan in the late 1960s, then entered the American food supply system in the early 1970s. HFCS is a desirable food ingredient for food manufacturers because it is equally as sweet as table sugar, blends well with other foods, helps foods to maintain a longer shelf life, and is less expensive (due to government subsidies on corn) than other sweeteners. It can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream and even bread. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=486)

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

 

 

There are two types of high fructose corn syrup found in foods today:

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Bottom line, the Mayo Clinic notes that “controversy exists … about whether or not the body handles high-fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar.” But Mayo and Green America are on the same page when it comes to sugar and HFCS: Avoid overconsumption of both. (http://blog.greenamerica.org/2013/04/23/table-sugar-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup-which-is-worse/)

 

High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup

list of ingredients HFCS

list of ingredients HFCS

 

We must KNOW our bodies

We must KNOW our bodies

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It is very important, not only  to eat the right kind of foods, but to drink PLENTY of liquids.

ImageWe need to know what foods are good for us and what foods can harm our bodies.

ImageThe EXPERTS in nutrition say that we should drink 2.5-3 LITERS of FLUIDS per day in order to maintain a healthy body.