Friday, February 6, 2009

Tasty way to cut calories and fat

Here’s a simple way to cut off major calories from some of your favorite comfort foods-and you wont miss a thing, when you’re making lasagna, chilli and other ground beef dishes, use chopped mushrooms, instead of meat. If you’re like the people in a recent study, you’ll naturally eat about 420 few calories with these mushroom-enriched meals.

Meaty Delight!

The study also said states that the mushroom makeovers tasted as good and kept them feeling full just as long as the beef versions did. And not only did the mushroom-based dishes mean a low calorie meal, but the mushroom eaters also ate fewer calories and less fat throughout the day than the beef eaters did.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Happy Hour for your Heart

Wine boosts blood levels of the fatty acids

You know that eating fish is a great way to get more heart-healthy omega-3s. But what about drinking wine?

It seems so. Wine itself doesn’t have any onega-3s, but research suggests that a bit of wine-not too much, not too little-somehow boosts blood levels of the fatty acids.
Wine and dine

Researchers aren’t sure why wine has this effect, but they suspect that polyphenols-key antioxidant compounds in wine-may play a role. Still, there’s a caveat with this health message: Alcohol may only be right for some people’s health-and then, only in moderation.
And drinking may have no benefits before a certain age.

Awesome omegas

Omega-3s are commonly found not only in fish but also in nuts. Here’s what they can do for you:

You heart loves omega-3s a lot
Omega-3s improve your memory as well
They also may help protect your kidneys

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Curb Hunger pangs with this oil

Olive oil is rich in a special appetite-controlling kind of fat

Here’s a snack that ought to stop you from, well, snacking: whole-grain bread dipped in olive oil. That’s because olive oil is rich in a special appetite-controlling kind of fat that may help with weight control!

Getting the message: Olive oil contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat. Upon reaching the small intestine, oleic acid triggers the production of oleoylethanolamide (OEA), another fatty substance. OEA then finds its way to nerve endings that carry a hunger-curbing message to the brain. And that message is loud and clear. “Hey, Stop eating! You’re full!”
Researchers are hoping that new appetite-suppressing drugs using OEA will be developed to reduce obesity.

More ways to eat less: Taking too many trips to the fridge? Here are some tips:

Work out an appetite. With regular aerobic exercise, you may consume fewer calories.

Adding a little red pepper to your morning egg whites decrease food intake later in the day.
Pepper stunts hunger messages.

Munch on apples or pears or any fiber-rich fruits or vegetables with higher water content.

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