Why are antioxidants so important and are they easy to eat?

Well, let me answer the second question. Antioxidants are found in 95% of all fruits and vegetables. So, if you like at least one fruit or vegetable, I suggest eating a lot of it as antioxidants can help fight against heart disease, aging, and other health issues.

Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are unpaired electrons. In your body, free radicals attack health cells in an attempt to grab their electrons, which they usually lose. In attempt to recover their lost electrons, they steal them from healthy cells, making healthy cells become free radicals themselves. So, they multiply, which later on, can cause cancer, heart disease, aging, arthritus, and a whole other suite of problems. This process causes oxidation in your body and blood stream. Antioxidants basically donate their electrons to damaged cells without losing their own. So, it is a win win situation for all cells involved.

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is the best way to get antioxidants. All kinds of berries are rich in antioxidants including strawberries, blueberries (5 times as much as strawberries), rasperries (twice as much as blueberries). It is the Acai berry from Brazil that reigns in antioxidants and it has about 10 times as much as all the berries combined. This high level of antioxidants makes Acai one of the world’s superfoods. The Acai berry comes from the rainforest in Brazil and can be found in Mona Vie, the juice, rich in antioxidants from over 19 fruits.

Other frutis and veggies that contain a high level of antioxidants are pears, bananas, cherries, grapes, apples, citrus fruits, and more.

Since antioxidants are so important, they are always in the health news and will be in my blogs often.

Quick Health Question: How do we acquire a vitamin C deficiency?

Answer 

  • smoking
  • physical or emotional stress
  • drinking alcohol
  • allergies
  • fever or viral illness
  • antibiotics, cortisone, aspirin or other pain medicines
  • exposure to toxic chemicals (e.g., DDT, petroleum products, carbon monoxide), environmental pollution or heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury, cadmium)
  • If you suffer from recurrent infections
  • If you’re a woman who takes the birth-control pill
  • If you’re older than age 60

All these things can cause a vitamin C deficiency. So, if you are guilty of doing any of these things, make sure you stock up on berries, citrus fruits, and vegetables such as red peppers and tomatoes

What the heck is an empty calorie?

I was a coca cola junkie. I drank maybe, 2 or 3 cans of it every single day and ignored the warning signs. I also loved Sprite.

I would drink tons of this stuff every single day and never bothered to look at the nutrional information and then after I found out that diabetes runs in my family, I decided to check the sugar content of everything I consumed. Soda, in general, is a freaking wakeup call! An average can of non-diet soda has something in the range of 20 to 30 grams of sugar and lots of calories.

Now, the latest buzzword is “empty calories”. I really had no idea what an empty calorie is. After all, it must have had something in it. So, why would it be empty?

I found out that the empty calories simply are calories that can make you fat but provide very little nutrition. Soda is top fo the list! Even potato chips, the most popular junk food out there, has some potassium in it from its potato content, but soda, forget about it.

Now, you may love your soda and not care, but consider all the sugar you are getting and in some strange way, it makes it anything BUT an empty calorie. That means diabetics should drink water or even the beverage which I switched to, seltzer, which I call smart soda, because it is a smarter choice than soda.

Drink water, juice (watch the sugar content), and seltzer.

Avoid deep-fried foods. Instead of deep-frying, use other methods of cooking. For instance, have a baked potato with skin instead of fries, or a piece of baked skinless chicken breast instead of fried chicken.

Avoid sweetened drinks and canned drinks.

Try whole grains instead of refined grains. Whole grains are packed with beneficial fiber and antioxidants. For instance, have a slice of whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. Have a bowl of whole-grain breakfast cereals or unsweetened oatmeal instead of corn flakes.

Snack on fruits! Instead of prowling for a box of crackers in the mid afternoon, snack on fruits. Better yet, dip them in low-fat yogurt to get additional calcium and protein.

Eat Healthy and Enjoy!

Quick health question: What does Garlic help fight?

Answer:  Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes!