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How Nutritious is Black Rice

Oryza sativa or commonly known as rice, has different varieties – most popular ones are white rice, brown rice and red rice. The rare type is the black rice.

Black rice is an ancient grain in Asian countries. It is known as the forbidden rice, because way back  in China thousands of years ago, only the emperor or wealthy families could eat black rice. Read more

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Natural Teeth Whiteners

Having chipped, crooked and discolored teeth are sometimes embarrassing, and reason enough for you to conceal your smile in photos or in social gatherings. You get conscious because your teeth are one of the first things people will notice.

In making first impression, your beautiful smile with sparkling white teeth can send an impressive aura, thus it boosts your confidence. In fact, most of you use white strips at home or visit your dentist to gain whitening treatments.

But instead of turning to chemically-loaded oral and dental products in the market, below are some teeth whitening remedies which work and are completely safe and mostly natural! Not only they will whiten your teeth but will improve your oral hygiene in general. Read more

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Vervain, the Healing Herb

Vervain is a verstile herb. It belongs to Verbenacea plant family with a botanical name of Verbena officinalis.

Others call it with names like Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Wild Verbena or Wild Hyssop. Other varieties of vervain are Verbena Hastata (blue vervain) and Verbena Urticifolia (white vervain).

Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, but grows wildly on bare and dry grounds often along roadsides. It is a slim plant with hairy leaves alternatively arranged in a square-like stem and with a beautiful lilac-colored flowers. Read more

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Matcha Green Tea Face Mask DIY – Exfoliate Face Naturally

Today we are going to be making a Matcha Face Mask. This, again, is super easy, You probably already have the ingredients at home.

Matcha, on the other hand, can be hard to find. You can get it from a health food store. Otherwise, buy it online and that’s quite easy. Read more

Air-popped Popcorn, A Healthy Snack?

Everybody just love eating popcorn when going to the movies, or when you fire up your DVD player to watch a late night flick with family or with your sweetheart at home.

But probably many of you don’t know that this is a considerably healthier snack you’re not eating frequently enough. Popcorn is more than a movie buddy — it’s a health snack.

Yes its true! Tasty and guilt-free popcorn is a healthy whole grain food that is low in calories and high in fiber. Not the one drenched with butter, coloring, additives and different flavors; but the plain and air-popped popcorn. Read more

3D Food Printing – The Revolutionary Food Tech Trend

Preparing food is a fundamental daily human activity. Shaped by geography and culture, the preparation of meals vary. The way we cook and serve differ from one culture to another. Read more

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Karela – Bitter is Better

Karela (Momordica charantia) is a unique fruit-vegetable food. It derives from a flower and usually bears seeds, and in culinary classification, any part of a plant can be a vegetable – roots, stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.

But whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is certain. Karela is a healthy food. Read more

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5 Quick and Easy DIY Beauty Treatments

Now, your kitchen is not just a place to prepare your favorite dishes, but also your source of DIY beauty ingredients.

Cacao VS Cocoa, What’s the difference? Which is Better?

Cacao and Cocoa may sound the same and may mean the same thing to you, Chocolates!

But there are several differences between these cacao and cocoa other than their spelling. Each of them has its own unique taste, as well the health benefits and cost. Yes, even though they both came from the same source — the Theobroma cacao tree. Read more

Tahini Paste for Health and Weight Loss

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds, as you might already know, are packed with vitamins and minerals especially the type with outer hull intact.

Removing the hull also removes most of its nutrients.

Tahini is considered to be one of the oldest condiments in the world and plays an important role in cooking sweet and savory cuisines particularly in the past. Using Tahini now is definitely a very good thing since this paste offers amazing health benefits like other super foods such as walnuts, flax seed, and others.

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Plant-based Milk Alternative

When it comes to buying milk, you usually pick the one with most nutrients, the tastiest, with minimal processing and which can be used in most of your cooking.

Nowadays, plant-based milk substitute is gradually taking over and there is no sign of slowing down. There are dozens of brands and options to choose from. It is just a matter of meeting your preferences. Read more

Spelt – The Healthy Ancient Grain

Have you heard of the grain, spelt?

Spelt (Triticum spelta) is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the history. It belongs to a family of wheat and usually known as dinkel wheat in Germany, farro wheat in Italy, or hulled wheat because it is covered by a tough outer husk or hull which protects the grain against disease-carrying insects and toxic pesticides; preserving the freshness and nutritive value of the grain. Read more

Flavored Water – A New Kind of Hydration

Are they really healthy?

In your visit in the supermarket or convenience store, you may notice that there are varieties of bottled and flavored water on the aisle. If you are one to study nutritional facts, it would take time analyzing the best healthy beverage for you.

Flavored water is specially made for people who dislike the taste of pure spring water or to bored to drink plain water. It offers an alternative to hydrate your body.

The word “flavored water” might be interesting or may appear healthy, but you should take note of the ingredients as they vary from bottle to bottle and some might be harmful which can affect your health.

It has gained popularity in the market because they were advertised as having zero to low calorie content and some were fortified with vitamins and minerals. Read more

Hi-Technology in Food Service Industry – What’s New?

Technology changes lives. It’s given and the changes are at a brisk pace. Do you know that the first iPhone was released just barely a decade ago?

Leading tech companies introduce more and more innovations every now and then and this happens across all industries – gaming, social media, news, weather, sports, robotics, and in food.

Services thru ‘Apps’ are the thing nowadays. We now have apps for everything everything — car service, fitness and nutrition guide, sports tracking, and a lot more. This includes food services.

Food manufacturers, restaurants, among others maximize their business with the implementation of apps. The most common of which, is that customers are using apps to make reservations, order food and later signing credit card bills with their fingers on touchscreens.

Here are other examples of high technology being used in food industry: Read more

World’s Most Luxurious Desserts

No one can deny that cloud nine feeling after eating a sweet decadent dessert!

For most of us, desserts are eaten after a hearty meal. There are cheap desserts for a quick sugar fix but do you know that there are ridiculously expensive desserts? So ridiculous that you would ask why these things even exist.

Below are the 5 most luxurious desserts which have gained popularity globally. Read more

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is here.

You are probably wondering what to give or what to do on her special day. Your mom or wife deserves something special — something that she will appreciate. Several things come to mind – DIY, creative gifts, or tickets to a show.

So many choices, you feel stressed and unsettled.

To lessen your burden, here’s a bunch of interesting ideas: Read more

11 Breakfast Meals Around the World

Ideally, you should eat breakfast to start your day right – gives you energy, satisfies your appetite and keeps you sharp.

Experts agree, skipping morning meals is not a good idea. You might experience hypoglycemia. It can catch you by surprise, before you know it, you already have the awful symptoms of low blood sugar.

Skipping breakfast would almost surely set you up for overeating — particularly during lunch. Overeating is never a good thing. It makes you crave the bad stuff and makes you eat the more than you can effectively metabolize, thus making you fat.

Food is a huge part of culture and you are certainly curious of what other countries have for their breakfast meals.

Let’s take closer look at various kinds of breakfast culture around the world. Read more

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Before and After Meal Habits

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have our routines after eating a sumptuous meal, a ritual of some sorts. Some of these habits are gradually formed by nurture or taught by our elders.

When asked why we do such things, we all have our reasons — whether they are based on scientific fact or simply from myths or total ignorance, which was handed down from one generation to the next.

However one thing is for sure. We need to optimize our digestion and make most of the nutrients we consume and what you do after a meal has a significant effect on the process of digestion and metabolism of food. Read more

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

When you were a kid, your mom would always remind you,

“Eat vegetables! They’re good for you.” or “Eat this, not that.”

Those words would start countless of drama in your home. This usually ends up with you in tears as you forced yourself to eat the greens on your plate.

But you had your tricks. You had made your mom believed you finished your plate of veggies but little did she know that those green beans were in the dog’s bowl and the celery and asparagus were thrown out of the window.

As parents, it’s so challenging to make your children understand the idea of eating healthy foods such as vegetables. Sometimes you just want to give up and throw in the towel, and let the children eat their own way.

What is with these veggies that kids find so disgusting? Is it the texture? The color? Or the general taste?

Here are some tips to get your children to eat vegetables. Read more

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10 Health Foods to Get your Sexy On

You have been into different diet plans to achieve and support your fitness goal — which is to feel good and look even better.

To go along with your dieting, you also hit the gym to look hot and attractive. Moreover, wear cute clothes and try out new beauty tricks to come out pretty and elegant. The quest to look and feel sexier is within our nature.

There are plant-based foods that will help prepare your body and brain to feel and look sexier. Foods untainted with chemicals and that will surely improve your sex appeal and vigor. Hey, these foods can turn the heat up in your intimate relationships.

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Red Cabbage vs Green Cabbage – Which is Better?

Cabbage is a universal vegetable packed with important nutrients and disease-fighting elements. It grows easily and is edible both raw and cooked. Read more

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Flowers You Can Eat and Their Benefits

Flowers are admired for their stunning colors, their sweet scent and varying facade. They bring superb impact in different special occasions when artistically arranged. It also symbolizes love, peace, and calmness. Some are easily cultivated, but some has special needs that favor their growth. Read more

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Fruit-Infused Water makes Hydration Interesting Again

Water is probably the most basic of needs for survival. Most adults know the importance of hydration and would drink water even without the feeling of thirst. Adults drink to hydrate and not just to quench their need. Read more

Natural Body Hair Removal Treatment

Hair is everywhere and perhaps in some parts we do not want hair to grow. Evolutionarily-speaking, hair’s main function is to protect parts of our body and serve as means to keep us warm on sensitive areas.

Body hair is essential in human physical development. Men may develop hair in some areas more than women but women may also fall victim to unwanted facial hair or growth in areas that give little awkwardness or embarrassment especially if it is out of control. Read more

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Plant-based Meat and Protein is the New Food Revolution

Proteins are the building blocks of human life. They are many types that vary in function.

In general, major sources of protein are from animal meat. A huge majority of human population loves to consume meat. This is due to the fact that by nature, we crave for protein.

Lately, there is plenty of focus on vegetarianism and plant-based diets. It has been established that plants are great sources of protein as well.

The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2016 as the official “International Year of the Pulses”. Pulses — beans, lentils and peas — are cheap, low-fat source of protein. Typically, they have twice as much protein found in whole grains. They are with high fiber content, vitamins, and minerals. Read more

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Soup Detox. Cleansing the Body Through Souping.

Detoxing (detox) and cleansing started decades ago and now, they have become so popular and highly recommended.

The process usually utilizes fresh, natural products to eliminate harmful toxins and it is very appealing to many. Moreover, detox and cleansing diets are often nutritious and packed with essential antioxidants.

Cleansing diets nowadays come in different shapes and forms. There is a specific diet made to improve a particular organ or body system. There are also cleansing diets made specifically for weight loss and general health improvement.

Perhaps the most popular way to detox is through juicing. Simple and ease of preparation are its major pros. Another popular method is through souping or ‘soup detox’ and this cleansing method is trending at the moment.

A lot of people divert to soup as a replacement for juicing because of the following reasons: Read more

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Super Seeds – Best Things Come in Small Packages

They say “Sometimes best things come in small packages”, this is so true with plant seeds. They are tiny in size but super-packed with essential nutrients needed by the body. They are ideal to add to your daily meal to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet.

Today, seeds are becoming more popular in stores or markets, finding them in different preparations and packaging because of the ‘super seed hype’. They are excellent add-ons to various kinds of beverage — or added as an ingredient in bars, snacks, and baked goodies to intensify nutrient content. Most of them are even processed to extract oil and applied topically for a healthier skin.

According to a data collected from the previous year, most expert dietitians and nutritionists stated that seeds will top the super food trend this 2017.

Curious what are these so-called ‘super seeds’? Here’s what you should know. Read more

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Health and Fitness Trends to Look for in 2017

Over the years, health and fitness gurus crack their heads with new methods, and ways of making an impact within the fitness circle.

Some of the ‘new’ stuff are merely ‘remakes’ or ‘repackaged’ goods. They are not necessarily bad. In fact, they are beneficial for the most part — particularly for beginners. Many trends would fail and lose steam but many would last and even become ‘regular’ of health, wellness, and fitness if they are found to be effective by the masses.

So as you say good bye to the old, unhealthy you last year and start embracing the upcoming year like a breath of fresh air, let’s look at the health and fitness trends expected this year 2017. Read more

Collagen, essential for health and appearance of your skin

Collagen is an amino acid and the most abundant protein throughout the body. It is naturally produced by the body and plays an important role in your skin, bones, hair, muscles, liver and heart by providing elasticity, strength and serve as the “glue” that hold us together. However body’s production of collagen degenerates as you age and results in formation of wrinkles, degenerative joint pains and other collagen related complaints. Read more

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Best Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Advice

Not surprisingly, losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. In 2014, almost 2 billion adults worldwide are overweight and about a third of that number is obese. That is a whopping 600+ million obese people!

Obesity kills. Being overweight is a major risk factor for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Obesity is preventable and in theory, easy to remedy. However, in practice, it is extremely difficult because it requires lifestyle change.

Are you one of the weight loss resolutioners? Here are some useful tips for your weight loss mission this New Year. Read more