Acai Berry – Worth it?

In the past decade or so, there have been numerous claims of foods that are super for one reason or another.  The majority of these foods are supposed to help with weight loss or other aspects of healthy living, but do they really?  While it is easy to buy into the hype of these superfoods, it is best to know exactly what one is getting when they decide to trust the advertising that is making all of these extreme claims. Let me start with Acai Berry.

acai berry - superfood - fact or myth?

Acai berries were one of the first superfoods advertised.  These berries are alleged to promote weight loss, and can now be found in a wide variety of weight loss supplements, pills, teas and other dietary regimes.  The Mayo Clinic states that these berries do have some properties that could potentially make acai berries a healthy alternative.  Some of these benefits include a higher antioxidant count than other berries, fats that can promote heart health, and a high amount of fiber.   If Mayo Clinic admits to these healthy aspects of the berry, are they in fact a superfood?  Not as much as advertisers would like you to believe.   The fact is, there have been very few studies actually done on the health benefits of acai berries.  While they do have some very important health properties, it has not been proven that they are any better than the “average” fruit, and may have one major drawback.  Acai berries may affect MRI scans if they are eaten in high quantities.   While these berries are safe, it is important to ensure that you are not eating more than the recommended daily resource amount.  Also, be careful of products that contain acai berries that might also have other ingredients, like caffeine.  So, what is the verdict on acai berries?  They are healthy fruit, but the few studies that have been done fail to prove health benefits worthy of naming this as a superfood.

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Utensils in your kitchen

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Utensils

 

How important is the utensil in which you eat. Earlier people used to eat in silver utensils and it has its own benefits. Different metals are used to make utensils and each have its own benefits. Have you ever tried eating in an earthen pot. It is enjoyable.

When you’re a student, you’re not really into cooking or if you are you usually have to share the kitchen with generally messy kids. There’s not much point having fine crockery and the best iron skillet at this stage. When you move in with a partner it’s all about amalgamating, trying to fit two sets of things into one space, you’re probably starting to get an idea of the sort of cooking you like, and finally having the time to spend on it. But, it’s usually when you finally have your first home that you really start thinking of creating a kitchen space for years to come, and building up the equipment to really enjoy it.

At this point  you’re probably a bit stretched for spare money. It’s wise to not get too hung up on getting  all the newest gadgets straight away. I always think the best thing is to ensure you understand the sort of cooking you like to do first, then make sure you have the basic equipment for this. Once you’ve done this, you can slowly start building up your kitchen range – but don’t rush. By buying the best you can afford as you can, instead of the most trendy, you’ll have pots and pans that will last for years to come. Remember, trends come and go, but beautiful simple designs will always come back in style.

 

Best diet apps for the health conscious

There are thousands of diet and nutrition related apps in the App Store and the Android Market. However, there are a few apps that are a notch above the rest when it comes to usefulness and practicality. Here are some of the best diet apps for those who want to keep track of what they are eating and how much they are burning.

1. MyFitnessPal

Any diet app list would be incomplete without MyFitnessPal. The app calculates your age, gender, height, weight and your weight-loss goal, and determines how many calories you can consume in a day. You can keep track of exactly how much you are eating and how much you are working out. This app makes it rather easy for one to find a weight loss goal and stick to it.

2. Nutrino

Nutrino is yet another amazing app that does what MyFitnessPal does. However, Nutrino also provides diet suggestions and tells you what you might want to eat if you want to meet your long-term weight loss goal. The app can even prepare a shopping list for you so you can change your diet plan right side up.

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3. Low Fat Recipes

This is one amazing app for people who want to stick to their diet, but cannot think of what to cook with the ingredients in the fridge. This app has a large collection of diets and low-fat recipes, and you will be able to browse through their catalogue on the basis of what you currently have at home!