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Guest Contribution : Foods for Fit and Fab Health

Have you for long craved a good health? Are you always at the doctor’s because your body is a frequent target of diseases? Well, there is a big possibility you have not been that careful on the choices of foods you make as part of your daily diet. The poor health that has kept you agonizing for a long time could become a long-gone memory if you put the following foods in your shopping list every time you hit the supermarket.

APPLES APPLES

Apples can be quite expensive compared to other fruits but they are among the most important pieces you missed in your daily meal. Apples fight signs of ageing by providing anti-oxidants to your body. The antioxidants found in apples are known as polyphenols and are thought to increase lifespan.

FISH FISH

One of the biggest sources of protein in the world is fish. Salt-water fish, to be specific, are the most consumed and are arguably the healthiest. Overfishing has really had an effect on the availability of fish lately, but you can still afford to obtain one once or twice a week. The best thing about fish is that, unlike cattle, they do not eat foods raised with chemicals and fertilizers.

MUSHROOMS MUSHROOMS

Mushrooms are rich in iron and proteins. They are also important in raising the immune system of your body and defend it from infections. Mushrooms have also been found to be able to fight some diseases such as breast cancer and are also becoming very important in the manufacture of medicines. Be aware of poisonous mushrooms though. Continue reading

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Guest Contribution : Gourmet Recipes for the Grill

Go beyond grilling the ubiquitous hotdogs and hamburgers before the year ends and continue the “tradition” in 2014. Expand your culinary repertoire and venture into the world of gourmet recipes to include grilled chicken, calamari, vegetables, lobster, lamb, shrimp and even pizza! The smoky flavour, the delectable aroma and the succulent taste are qualities of grilled food that have relegated anything flame-cooked as either good or bad.

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Over the past years, grilled food has taken some bad rap, but this is mainly because the meats being grilled don’t have their fat portions trimmed and are therefore short of being considered as healthy food recipes that are high in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. And then there are the PAHs or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the HCAs or heterocyclic amines, compounds that have the potential to cause cancer.

The Downside of Grilling: It can be Avoided

HCAs are formed when poultry, fish, and red meat meet high heat temperatures directly such as those in grilling. When meat fat drips onto hot flaming coals or the grill element during cooking, PAHs are formed and subsequently deposited on the food itself because of the rising smoke that penetrates the food being grilled.

That said, there are some ways to counter the adverse effects of HCAs and PAHs when grilling food. After all, grilled food is a healthier choice because there is no dripping grease or batter coating. Below are some recommendations which may be considered before embarking on a grilling spree.

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