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FITNESS AND FUEL – Eggs Are Not the Enemy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by ecofrenfood

FITNESS AND FUEL – Eggs Are Not the Enemy

by Whitney M. Cole, Fitness & Nutrition Phenom
Given how many people in the last week have raised their eyebrows and remarked, “aren’t they bad for you?” in response to my “eat eggs” recommendation, I thought I’d set the record straight.

Yes, they are high in fat and cholesterol, both which reside in the yolk.
No, eating the white only is not “better.”

While the yolk is fattening by comparison with the white (5g vs. 0g for a large egg), it also contains 3 of the 6 grams of protein in the egg, along with calcium, copper, zinc, Vitamin E, Omega 3s, riboflavin, Vitamin D, etc. The white alone really only provides protein, and surprise, most of the egg’s sodium. By tossing the yolk entirely, you miss out on the above nutrients which actually work in conjunction with the protein in the white for muscle growth, cell repair and memory function, to mention a few.

While convenient, the packaged whites are actually the worst option. Not only do you lose the important nutrients naturally occurring in the yolk, but also, like any packaged product that has an extended shelf life, you get to consume an additional 115grams of sodium, vegetable gums, phosphates and other preservatives. Some brands do contain traces of the vitamins and nutrients originally in the egg, but they are typically added in, like cereal, bread and other enriched foods.
Regarding cholesterol, instead of getting hung up on the dietary cholesterol listed on food labels, we should be more concerned with monitoring the level of cholesterol in our bloodstream. This measure is more affected by the mix of fats in our diets rather than the cholesterol we intake from food. We chat fats in another entry.

So who wins the egg debate? Here’s my crack at it:
In the interest of limiting daily fat and calories, and keeping an eye on cholesterol, I recommend eating a 2:1 ratio of whites:full egg. Crack 4 eggs in a bowl and remove 2 yolks before scrambling. If you already have your doctor hounding you about high cholesterol or heart disease, you should reduce the ratio to 3:1, removing 3 of the 4 yolks in the former example, and enjoy this omelet no more than 3 times a week.

Got a diet or nutrition question for Whitney? Send it to whitney@whitneymcole.com to see it answered in the next Fit Fueled and Fabulous blog at Diet.com

The right way how to remove the Mangosteen’s skin…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by ecofrenfood

The right way how to remove the Mangosteen’s skin…


Spice of Greek – Sumac

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 23, 2010 by ecofrenfood


A dark red-burgundy color, sumac has a tart, sour lemon taste.

Sumac is a shrub which grows wild in the Mediterranean region, and this sumac is not toxic or poisonous. This non-poisonous variety also grows in other areas around the world and can be a colorful addition to home landscaping.
Ground sumac is a dark red-burgundy color. As a dried berry, ground sumac has a nutty texture when used dry. It has a tart, sour lemon taste.

Using Sumac:
The use of sumac came to Greece from the Middle East where it is more widely used. In Greek cooking, sumac is used as a rub for grilled meats, and as a flavoring most notably on meats, in stews, and in pita wraps. It is also used in rice and vegetable dishes. Try adding a dash to the top of hummus for a new taste treat.

Source: http://greekfood.about.com/od/greekspices/p/sumac.htm

Yellow Tea

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by ecofrenfood

Yellow tea was traditionally made in Anhui province and is now almost a lost tradition. One often reads that it was a rare, high quality tea reserved for the emperor. This is actually a myth; yellow tea was a workers’ tea enjoyed by many.

Anhui Province is known for it’s green teas, some which are grown around the famous Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) as well as Keemun Black (Red) tea from Quimen. Yellow tea is also made here although much of what is marketed as such is actually green tea.

Crafting Yellow Tea

First the leaves are pan fired. Two woks are used after the leaves are brought in from the field to stop the oxidation. Each wok is heated to a different temperature by the amounts of wood added to the fire underneath. One wok is used for “sha qing”, killing the green (which stops the oxidization process). The other wok is used to keep the leaves warm, without overcooking, is preparation for the rolling process.

After the initial pan firing, the leaves are then carefully hand rolled into a rough, twisted shape. The next process is the final charcoal roast.
Charcoal Fired Roasting Process – an old tradition

Bamboo baskets are used to slowly dry the tea leaves over several days. This allows for more oxidation than a green tea. Yellow tea, when you can find it today, usually is just a green tea made up of very young, spring picked leaves. Charcoal is placed on a stand inside the bottom basket, and heats the top basket holding the leaves. The leaves are tended very carefully and turned every ten minutes or so, so the drying process is evenly distributed. In the evening the leaves are covered, and the next morning the process is repeated until all the moisture in the leaves are gone.
Source: http://www.inpursuitoftea.com/Anhui_Yellow_Tea_p/yc100.htm

Chinese herb tea Wang Lao Ji

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by ecofrenfood

Chinese herb tea Wang Lao Ji

Wang Lao ji tea was established in the Qing Dynasty, has been more than 170 years of history, enjoy the reputation of “ancestor of Chinese herb tea”;

The Emperor Daoguang of the Qing Dynasty ,a bad Disease was found in Guangzhou, the outbreak of the epidemic, In order to save the sick, Wang Lao Ji Chinese herb tea’s founder Wang Zebang did not hesitate to put his life in trying drugs, occasionally, development of a Chinese herb tea .This Chinese herb tea can not only lift the villagers of illness, but also help the villagers out of smallpox, SARS disaster. From then on, Wang Zebang became a famous man. The emperor Wen Zong of Qing Dynasty called him up to the palace, and Appointed him as a good doctor in the king’s hospital.

In Daoguang 17 years (1837 AD), Wang Zebang’s Chinese herb tea shop was opened in Guangzhou city, since then, the Chinese herb tea named “Wang Lao Ji
During the 170-year history of the Wanglao ji ,there was a series of historical legends :

■ Empress Dowager Cixi love Wanglao ji Chinese herb tea, often drinking to keep her beauty and a good sprit to control the kingdom ;
■In the time of Hong Xiuquan’s Participating in the imperial examination in Guangzhou, he drink Wanglao ji and save his lives; In the war of defending Tianjing ,Taiping army soldiers were rewarded with Wang Laoji tea;
■ Lin Zexu destroyed opium in Humen city, Wang Lao ji tea was the most commonly used as a civil drink to eliminate heat and lift toxin with a good reputation;
■ famous Qing Dynasty scholar Liang Qichao who written in the “New World Travels”, he said: “In the United States, a can of Wang Lao Ji Chinese herb tea can sell 5 to 10 dollars”;
■ modern newspaperman Yuan Yin Xiao, Li Chunxiao couples have been in the United States more than 100 days, who saw in many hotels, at the end of every senior banquet, the waiter often give a cup of Chinese herb tea Wang Lao Ji……

Sugarcane Juice Health Benefits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by ecofrenfood

Sugarcane Juice Health Benefits
By Mallory Ferland, eHow Contributor
updated: September 15, 2009

It may sound completely ridiculous at first, but sugarcane juice is actually good for you. Though it is comprised purely of sugar, it is comprised of the right sugar; that is unrefined sugar. The juice is most widely consumed in Brazil, India and South East Asia, though today some 200 countries cultivate the crop. Sugarcane juice has a profound presence in the cultures and gastronomic histories of these regions; a primary indication that there must be something more than a sweet taste to this beverage that has kept it in the diet of variant cultures for so long.

What is Sugarcane Juice
Sugarcane is a field crop, and to many unaware of its identity, its appearance is remarkably that of tall field grass. It is a grass, though upon closer examination of the sugarcane stalk, it appears more in common with that of bamboo: thick and tough. The difference, however, from bamboo is that it contains—you guessed it—sugar. Though not the white powdery substance as we know it, but rather raw sugar. Juice can can be extracted from the stalk by sucking or chewing on an exposed end, though for quantity extraction, the cane must be pressed through a machine; an industrial juicer if you will.

Refined Versus Raw Sugar
Sugarcane juice is sugar in its basic form: raw. Raw sugar is naturally good for the body, as it contains nutrients and minerals. These are visible by natural brown tint and notably larger size of the crystal. Refined sugar has been stripped of the nutrients and minerals, therefore a process similar to the “bleaching” process of wheat flour. Refined sugar is pure carbohydrate and contains no other nutritional value, and during the refinement picks up unnatural chemicals such as phosphoric acid, sulfur dioxide and formic acid.

Health Benefits

As raw sugar contains no simple sugars, sugarcane juice has a relatively low glycemic index (the effect a carbohydrate has on blood glucose levels), which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight. Roughly one teaspoon of raw sugar contains only eleven calories. The natural minerals and vitamins found in sugarcane are exceedingly valuable. Phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sugarcane is an alkalizing substance, and therefore is beneficial at fighting cancer. Studies have shown that it has proven an effective at fighting prostate and breast cancer cells. Furthermore, it is exceptionally beneficial for rehydration as it not only cools the body but also energizes with a high quantity of useful carbohydrates and protein. The nutrients found in sugarcane are beneficial to inner organ functioning, including the kidneys, heart, brain and sex organs.

Sugarcane and Diabetes
As it contains no simple sugars, sugarcane can be enjoyed by diabetics without worry. In diabetic and weight loss experimentation, the replacing of raw sugarcane juice for refined sugar and other sweeteners has shown positive results not only in stable glucose levels, but also in weight loss.

Suggestions
If possible, sugarcane juice is best enjoyed by sucking it from a raw stalk, or purchasing it freshly pressed from a vendor. If geographical location inhibits either, then there are a few commercial raw sugarcane juice products available, such as Raw Cane Superjuice. For an alternative flavor, sugarcane juice can be spiced up with lemon, ginger or coconut water.

Read more: Sugarcane Juice Health Benefits | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5417328_sugarcane-juice-health-benefits.html#ixzz0xIgjXi5B

READ THE LABEL

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by ecofrenfood

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!