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True/False (Part 5)

Dairy products

Do we only have to consume 1 dairy product per day? FALSE… We all know that dairy products are the main source of calcium in our diet. Also, various authorized international health organizations recommend that we eat 3 dairy products per day (milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, Labneh, etc.). You should also make sure to eat products other than cheese ...

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So what is the exact advantage of fibers?

So what is the exact advantage of fibers?

These dietary fibers, which are the main daily conversation wherever we go, originate from foods of plant origin such as fruits (plums, kiwis, pears, strawberries, oranges, etc.), vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, green beans, artichokes, etc.), legumes (chickpeas, beans, lentils, broad beans, etc.), whole grains (oat bran, oat flakes, etc.) and whole-wheat bread. However, what is their use since our digestive tract ...

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Beet is sweet… though low in calories.

Beet is sweet... though low in calories.

Possibly originating from North Africa and belonging to the Chenopodiaceae family, beet is a vegetable that is perfect for beautifying and enhancing the colors of our winter salads. Despite its sweet flavor, beet is low in calories (about 40 kcal / 100 g). Beet is one of the vegetable groups that contain a high dose of antioxidants. Indeed, various studies ...

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With ginger… say Goodbye to nausea and vomiting!

With ginger... say Goodbye to nausea and vomiting!

During such heaving winter times, there’s nothing more comforting than a soothing and warming ginger infusion. Historically, this spicy and tasty plant comes to us from India and is still used since thousands of years in natural medicine. Furthermore, it is important to note that our consumption should not exceed 2 g of dry ginger or 10 g of fresh ...

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The chestnut… That good food for athletes!

The chestnut... That good food for athletes!

Grilled, boiled, steamed… During periods of cold weather, we all tend to enjoy consuming chestnuts, that delicious food which we happily share with our friends around a fire, for example. The French name of this husky fruit (“châtaigne”) appeared in the French language during the twelfth century and is derived from the Latin word “castanea”. Moreover, the chestnut has many ...

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What is the DASH diet? And who can benefit from it?

What is the DASH diet? And who can benefit from it?

A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me about the DASH diet. She wanted to know its characteristics and the people who may benefit from it. For this reason, I thought I would better share my answer with you all. In fact, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is specifically designed to help lower blood pressure. ...

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Vegetarians or Vegans?

Vegetarians or Vegans?

We often hear about people who consider themselves as “vegetarians” or “vegans”. We are aware that these people adopt certain very specific food plans but do we know exactly what it’s all about? Well, let’s see below some related interesting details. Indeed, there are several kinds of “vegetarianism”. In general, this term refers to a food plan that excludes all ...

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Folic acid… Who is the most concerned?

Folic acid... Who is the most concerned?

Folic acid or folate are other names given to vitamin B9, which is part of the vitamins belonging to the B group. Essentially, it is a water-soluble vitamin which promotes the well functioning of a number of mechanisms in our body, out of which we mention the following: 1 – Folic acid plays a key role in the growth and ...

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What we should know about triglycerides…

What we should know about triglycerides...

Let us discuss today the question of triglycerides which everyone is talking about. In fact, triglycerides, just like cholesterol, belong to the category of lipids and are stored in the adipose tissue of the body. We should also note that they are essential to our body since they represent a reserve of energy which it needs. Essentially, triglycerides are the ...

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