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Foods Perfect for Winter

Here are six best foods to eat during winter. They are not just warming foods but they will help you stay fit through colder months.

  • Chicken Sandwich 

This is the food with complex carbohydrates that keeps you awake and energized. The combination of chicken sandwich and wheat bread helps boost energy. It keeps the blood sugar stable while your body slowly digests the complex carbs. The protein found here will also keep you full.     

  • Chicken Soup

You can easily breathe with this food. Chicken soup is said to be the best home remedy for flu and cold. Sinuses are temporarily cleared by hot liquids. According to the study of the University of Nebraska, chicken soup could lessen nose and throat inflammation. Generally, this soup is low in saturated fats and calories and high in fiber. Therefore, it may keep you away from the man in white scrubs. 

  • Garlic

It just not adds spice to your dishes but also prevents you from getting sick as discovered by the British researchers recently. It keeps you away from flu and cold viruses. The chemical present in garlic named allicin is the one that can increase the production of white blood cells, which combat the elements causing infection.  

  • Oatmeal

To avoid winter blues, oatmeal is the right food for you. It can boost your winter mood to keep you happy and healthy at the same time. Whole grains, such as oatmeal, help you to stay fit even in winter season.   

  • Walnuts

These prevent your skin to look dull. Normally, winter season dries out your skin, removing moisture from it. As a result, the skin becomes tight and itchy. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that fight dry skin issues.    

  • Winter Squash

Squash is a fiber-rich food, which is low in calories. It can be digested slowly to keep you full for longer time. Therefore, it prevents weight gain that is prevalent during winter months. Winter squash is also rich in carotene that reduces multiple health risk, such as cancer and heart disease.

Bad Foods Turned Good

Speculations about foods are common. There are many old wives’ tales that incredibly tell people that some foods are good and these foods are bad, and some foods will make you smart, thin etc. etc. Nevertheless, the truths about different foods are always revealed especially when nutritionists and professionals in lab coats studied and made a further research about them. The following are some of the foods that had bad misconceptions especially on the field of diet and fitness, but the truth following them seems otherwise. 

  • Sorbet (Substitute for Ice Cream)

A frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavoured with fruit (typically juice or puree), wine, and/or liqueur. Unlike ice cream, sorbet doesn't contain fat, but it still has a creamy taste.

  • Nuts

A nut is a hard-shelled fruit of some plants having an indehiscent seed. Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife. Nuts contain the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fats in nuts for the most part are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.

  • Bread

Bread is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water and often, additional ingredients. High-quality bread filled with fiber, minerals and vitamins is actually low on the glycemic index - meaning it won't cause the spike in blood sugar that can lead to weight gain. If you are looking to lose weight, you should be looking for the words "100 percent whole wheat or whole grain" when picking out a loaf.

  • Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is a type of confection traditionally made of chicle, a natural latex product, or synthetic rubber known as polyisobutylene. For reasons of economy and quality, many modern chewing gums use rubber instead of chicle. A professor of nutrition at the University of Rhode Island believes the act of chewing gum suppresses the appetite and stimulates the metabolism. Subjects, who eat less following a gum-chewing session, tend to express less hunger in the study's questionnaires and show a significant increase in metabolic rate.

  • Cheese

Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese consists of proteins and fat from milk, usually the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. A 2009 study at the Curtin University of Technology compared individuals who consumed three servings of cheese per day to those who consumed five per day. The researchers concluded that increased consumption resulted in a reduction of abdominal fat, blood pressure and blood sugar.

  • Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconut harvested from the coconut palm. Throughout the tropical world it has provided the primary source of fat in the diets of millions of people for generation. Because much of the saturated fat of coconut oil is in the form of lauric acid, coconut oil may be a better alternative to partially hydrogenated vegetable oil when solid fats are required. In addition virgin coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain triglycerides, which may not carry the same risks as other saturated fats. Coconut oil does not increase your cholesterol levels and it also has been shown to reduce the symptoms of digestive disorders.

  • Eggs

Eggs laid by females of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, have probably been eaten by mankind for millennia.  Harold McGee argues that the cholesterol in the yolk is not what causes a problem, because fat (in particular, saturated) is much more likely to raise cholesterol levels than the actual consumption of cholesterol. A 2007 study of nearly 10,000 adults demonstrated no correlation between moderate (6 per week) egg consumption and cardiovascular disease or strokes except in the sub-population of diabetic patients that presented an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

  • Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, popular in the Philippines, North America, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Actually, people who eat peanut butter are more likely to lose weight and keeps it off than people following a regimented, low-fat diet, according to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Research from Purdue University indicates that men feel fuller after eating the sticky snack.

  • Red Meat

Red meat in traditional culinary terminology is meat which is red when raw and not white when cooked. Red meat includes the meat of most adult mammals and some fowl (e.g. ducks).A lean cut of steak has about the same amount of saturated fat as chicken. A 1999 study funded by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, an advocacy group for beef producers, involved 191 persons with high cholesterol on diets where at least 80% of the meat intake came from either lean red meat in one group, or lean white meat in another. The results of this study showed nearly identical cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in both groups. This study suggests that lean red meat may play a role in a low-fat diet for persons with high cholesterol.

  • Coffee

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. Caffeine raises blood pressure and the heart rate, which can be bad for people with heart problems. But some studies have shown that caffeine speeds the metabolism and suppresses the appetite.

Food Medics

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." (Hippocrates)

Here are the 15 best food medics (just like your doctor and people in nurses uniforms) that will heal you- from head to toe.

Salmon for the Brain

While much of the research on salmon and omega-3 fatty acids has focused on heart health, there is plenty that links these healthy fats to brain function as well. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon can improve learning and memory, and help to fight against depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia and dementia, making salmon the ultimate brain food.

Turmeric for Alzheimer’s Disease

The only time most of us eat this beautiful orange spice is in mustard or Indian curries. But that should change. Turmeric is considered one of the most potent anti-inflammatory foods on the planet. Curcumin, the main component of turmeric, has been found to inhibit Alzheimer's disease plaque formation in the brain. It also can decrease inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Blueberries for Aging

Ranked #1 among fruits and vegetables in antioxidant power, blueberries are frequently studied by researchers for their documented anti-aging potential. In studies done on rats, the polyphenols in blueberries have been shown to reverse age-related decline in the brain's ability to process information and decline in cognitive and motor deficits. Frozen blueberries are a good source of polyphenols and are available all year.

Coffee for Memory

Impress your boss and drink a cup of coffee before that big meeting. Research shows that your afternoon pick-me-up can improve short-term memory and speed up reaction times. And some studies have seen similar results with decaffeinated coffee as well, so the effect may not just be directly related to the caffeine.

Tea for Bad Breath

When you're suffering from bad breath and there's not a toothbrush in site, drink a cup of tea. It contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that can inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath. Tea may also suppress the foul-smelling compounds the bacteria produce.

Garlic for Colds

Garlic keeps more than vampires (and even people in nurses uniforms) away. Studies show that regular consumption can keep you from contracting that pesky virus going around the office. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which blocks enzymes that play a role in bacterial and viral infections. It can also help you recover faster if you get a cold.

Cinnamon for Diabetes

Some evidence suggests that cinnamon may have an insulin-like effect, helping to control blood sugar levels. More research is needed, but until then, cinnamon is safe and easily added to the diet.

Dried Apricots for Preventing Kidney Stones

Higher potassium intake can lower the risk for painful kidney stones. Potassium citrate is often prescribed for kidney stones, but some patients can't tolerate it due to gastrointestinal side effects. Studies suggest dietary sources of potassium may be considered an alternative. While most fruits and vegetables are a good source of potassium, ounce-for-ounce, dried apricots contain nearly three times as much potassium as other potassium "superstars" like bananas and potatoes.

Yogurt for Gas

Many people have heard of probiotics — those beneficial bacteria found in yogurt. Probiotics are being studied for their potential ability to improve immunity, but their one well-documented benefit is that they improve the gut's ability to digest foods that cause gas. Probiotics turn lactose into lactic acid, so for the 60 percent of adults who are lactose intolerant, you can probably enjoy yogurt without the gas!

Ginger for Nausea

There is a reason ginger ale is the go-to drink for an upset stomach: ginger is proven to relieve nausea. The most evidence is for pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. Studies are mixed on whether ginger is effective for nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy or anesthesia.

Alcohol for Improving Cholesterol

The alcohol/cholesterol connection is well-documented. HDL is the "good" cholesterol and levels greater than 60 mg/dL may actually protect people from heart disease. In addition to exercise and losing weight, one or two alcoholic drinks per day can significantly increase HDL levels.

Full-Fat Dairy for Female Fertility

In an eight-year study of nearly 19,000 women, researchers unexpectedly found that women who ate one or more daily servings of full-fat dairy foods were less likely to suffer ovulation problems than women who ate more low-fat dairy. Researchers speculate that it might have something to do with how hormones attach to fat molecules.

Oysters for Male Fertility

Oysters have been considered an aphrodisiac throughout history, and modern research is proving why. Oysters are the richest food source of zinc, which is necessary for testosterone production. Even short-term zinc deficiencies can reduce semen volume and testosterone levels. Depending on the variety, oysters contain 10 times more zinc than other excellent sources like wheat germ and beef.

Cherries for Joint Pain

Maybe one day your doctor or nurse wearing nurses uniforms will tell you, "Eat some cherry pie and call me in the morning." Some studies suggest that drinking cherry juice or eating tart cherries can help relieve pain from muscle aches, arthritis and gout better than anti-inflammatory drugs. Anthocyanins, the pigments that give cherries their red color, are most likely responsible for their anti-inflammatory, pain-killing effect.

Eggs for Fingernails

If your nails are thin and brittle and break easily, you might need a biotin boost. Some small, uncontrolled studies have shown fingernail thickness increased by 25 percent and nail splitting decreased after biotin supplementation. You can get plenty of biotin from egg yolks. Besides liver, it's the richest food source. So if you're not into patê, start eating more omelets.

Sources: Google Images |  Head-to-Toe Superfoods | Nurses Uniforms | MedHelp.Org

Unsafe Fishes and Sea Foods that You May Find Delicious

The nonprofit Food and Water Watch looked at all the varieties of fish out there, how they were harvested, how certain species are farmed, and levels of toxic contaminants like mercury or PCBs in the fish, as well as how heavily local fishermen relied upon fisheries for their economic survival. These are the 12 fish, they determined, that all of us should avoid, no matter what. You can also ask your doctor in scrub uniforms for more info:

Chilean Sea Bass

Most Chilean sea bass sold in the U.S. comes from fishermen who have captured them illegally, although the U.S. Department of State says that illegal harvesting of the fish has declined in recent years. Nevertheless, fish stocks are in such bad shape that the nonprofit Greenpeace estimates that, unless people stop eating this fish, the entire species could be commercially extinct within five years. Food and Water Watch's guide notes that these fish are high in mercury, as well. 

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

A recent analysis by The New York Times found that Atlantic bluefin tuna has the highest levels of mercury of any type of tuna. To top it off, bluefin tuna are severely overharvested, to the point of reaching near-extinction levels, and are considered "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rather than trying to navigate the ever-changing recommendations for which tuna is best, consider giving it up altogether and switching to a healthy, flavorful alternative, such as Alaska wild-caught salmon. 

Orange Roughy

In addition to having high levels of mercury, orange roughy can take between 20 and 40 years to reach full maturity and reproduces late in life, which makes it difficult for populations to recover from overfishing. Orange roughy has such a reputation for being overharvested that some large restaurant chains, including Red Lobster, refuse to serve it. However, it still pops up in grocer freezers, sometimes mislabeled as "sustainably harvested." There are no fisheries of orange roughy that are considered well-managed or are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, so avoid any that you see.

Shark Fin Dish

Problems associated with our eating too many sharks happen at all stages of the food chain, says  Marianne Cufone, director of the Fish Program at Food & Water Watch. For one, these predatory fish are extremely high in mercury, which poses threats to humans. But ocean ecosystems suffer, too. "With fewer sharks around, the species they eat, like cownose rays and jellyfish, have increased in numbers," Cufone says. "And the rays are eating—and depleting—scallops and other fish." There are fewer of those fish in the oceans for us to eat, placing an economic strain on coastal communities that depend on those fisheries.

Imported King Crab

The biggest problem with imported crab is that most of it comes from Russia, where limits on fish harvests aren't strongly enforced. But this crab also suffers from something of an identity crisis, says Cufone: "Imported king crab is often misnamed Alaskan king crab, because most people think that's name of the crab," she says, adding that she's often seen labels at supermarkets that say "Alaskan King Crab, Imported." Alaskan king crab is a completely separate animal, she says, and it's much more responsibly harvested than the imported stuff. 

Atlantic Salmon (both wild-caught and farmed)

It's actually illegal to capture wild Atlantic salmon because the fish stocks are so low, and they're low, in part, because of farmed salmon. Salmon farming is very polluting: Thousands of fish are crammed into pens, which leads to the growth of diseases and parasites that require antibiotics and pesticides. Often, the fish escape and compete with native fish for food, leading to declines in native populations. Adding to our salmon woes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with approving genetically engineered salmon to be sold, unlabeled, to unsuspecting seafood lovers. That salmon would be farmed off the coast of Panama, and it's unclear how it would be labeled. Currently, all fish labeled "Atlantic salmon" come from fish farms. 

Atlantic Flatfish

This group of fish includes flounder, sole, and halibut that are caught off the Atlantic coast. They found their way onto the list because of heavy contamination and overfishing that dates back to the 1800s. According to Food and Water Watch, populations of these fish are as low as 1 percent of what's necessary to be considered sustainable for long-term fishing.

Imported Shrimp

Imported shrimp actually holds the designation of being the dirtiest of the Dirty Dozen, says Cufone, and it's hard to avoid, as 90 percent of shrimp sold in the U.S. is imported. "Imported farmed shrimp comes with a whole bevy of contaminants: antibiotics, residues from chemicals used to clean pens, filth like mouse hair, rat hair, and pieces of insects," Cufone says. "And I didn't even mention things like E. coli that have been detected in imported shrimp." Part of this has to do with the fact that less than 2 percent of ALL imported seafood (shrimp, crab, catfish, or others) gets inspected before its sold, which is why it's that much more important to buy domestic seafood.

American Eel

Also called yellow or silver eel, this fish, which frequently winds up in sushi dishes, made its way onto the list because it's highly contaminated with PCBs and mercury. The fisheries are also suffering from some pollution and overharvesting.

Atlantic Cod

This one was difficult to add to the "dirty dozen list," says Cufone, because it is so vital to the economic health of New England fishermen. "However, chronic mismanagement by the National Marine Fisheries Service and low stock status made it very difficult to recommend," she says. Atlantic cod stocks collapsed in the mid-1990s and are in such disarray that the species is now listed as one step above endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. 


Caviar from beluga and wild-caught sturgeon are susceptible to overfishing, according to the Food and Water Watch report, but the species are also being threatened by an increase in dam building that pollutes the water in which they live. All forms of caviar come from fish that take a long time to mature, which means that it takes a while for populations to rebound. 

Imported Catfish

Nearly 90 percent of the catfish imported to the U.S. comes from Vietnam, where use of antibiotics that are banned in the U.S. is widespread. Furthermore, the two varieties of Vietnamese catfish sold in the U.S., Swai and Basa, aren't technically considered catfish by the federal government and therefore aren't held to the same inspection rules that other imported catfish are. 

Sources : Google Images | Rodale.Com | Scrub Uniforms

Healthy Foods for Seasonal Allergy

“The best way to manage allergies is first and foremost to work with your doctor in medical scrubs to get you on the best treatments out there. The sad new is there is no cure. A seasonal allergy is a genetic disease of the immune system. But even before you think about medications, it is really critical that you go into allergy season with a healthy diet.” (Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) 

Winter is over and spring is here. The following foods will help you enjoy this season without sneezing (and avoid going to people wearing medical scrubs). Check them out: 


“Fruity vegetables” like tomatoes are high in vitamin C and a good choice for the sneezing season. Studies show tomatoes can build your tolerance against asthma and respiratory issues. Vitamin C is an immune system booster and natural antihistamine, which suppresses swelling.

Red Grapes

The skin of red grapes is high in antioxidants and resveratrol — an anti-inflammatory compound. Eating foods high in antioxidants can reduce inflammation in your entire body. According to Tringale, antioxidants protect cells from the oxidative damage that causes diseases, and they have immune-boosting compounds.WebMD reports that grapes contain flavonoids that can also lower the bad cholesterol levels and relax blood vessels. 


Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood have natural anti-inflammatory effects that boost the immune system — and most allergies happen when your immune system is out of whack, according to Dr. William Sears, author of the upcoming book, The Omega-3 Effect.


An apple a day helps keep your allergies away. In the Crete diet study, researchers found that people whose diets incorporated apples as a staple had greater protection against both allergies and asthma. Apples are rich in quercetin — a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties. Much of the benefits come from the peels, which are also packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which prevent cellular damage.


Nuts are one good choice. They’re a healthy snack and are high in magnesium and vitamin E. Magnesium protects against the wheezing that accompanies asthma, and vitamin E boosts immunity while simultaneously protecting the body from free radicals, which cause tissue damage and inflammation. “Most tree nuts, like walnuts and pecans, do the trick. Nuts also come with a lot of fat,” however, cautions Tringale, so don’t go overboard, especially if you’re battling your weight.

Sources: Healthland.Time.Com | Google Images

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