Thursday, June 5, 2014

Health news from the net 5 June 2014.

Health news 5 June, 2014.
Do you enjoy reading about health as much as I do?
Here are links to a few health and nutrition related articles I was reading today. Click on the links for the full article and to read them from the source. Hope you find them interesting.

Lyndal @ Lean Green and Healthy

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Foods You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen
This article was originally published in Time 

A well-stocked kitchen allows you to throw together a fast, flavorful meal after a long day. And, when you wake up and have to dash out the door for work, it pays to have grab-and-go breakfast and snack options on hand. We tapped registered dietitians, personal chefs, and bloggers for their must-have foods to always keep in their kitchens. (And yes, they’re all good for you, too.) Some you probably already have, while others you’ll want to add to your list.

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This article was originally published in the Nutrition Guru and the Chef  

Today I was asked if I had made a mistake in one of my recipes for a smoothie containing cocoa.
“Don’t you mean cacao, surely you don’t mean cocoa as cocoa doesn’t contain any nutrition and is an inferior product” the reader asked. It’s a great question, as cacao has exploded onto the health food scene of late.
I didn’t make a mistake in the recipe, I chose to use the humble cocoa and YES the humble cocoa does contain nutrition.
Cacao is the unprocessed cocoa bean popular as it contains high levels of nutrients such a flavanoids, theobromine, magnesium and a range of antioxidants. It has been handled less and is closer to its natural state. Cacao sells for approximately 6 x higher than cocoa.

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Offer vegetables early and often to fussy toddlers, study says
This article was originally published in BBC news 

 Children can learn to eat new vegetables if they are introduced regularly before the age of two, suggests a University of Leeds study.
Even fussy eaters can be encouraged to eat more greens if they are offered them five to 10 times, it found.
The research team gave artichoke puree to 332 children aged between four and 38 months from the UK, France and Denmark.  One in five cleared their plates while 40% learned to like artichoke.

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You’re not Barbie and I’m not GI Joe, so what is a normal body?
This article was originally published in The Conversation 

We live in a world of improbable bodies; they populate our television screens, magazines and billboards. If you’re like most Australians, you might sometimes get the feeling your body isn’t normal. But don’t fret — it’s all the virtual bodies around us that aren’t.
Pick up a Barbie doll and have a good look at her. Which part do you think is the most anatomically improbable? No, you’ll have to look lower.
Relative to the average young Australian woman, Barbie’s feet (adjusted for height) are 17 standard deviations below the mean. Other parts are almost equally unlikely: her bust-to-waist ratio is 13 standard deviations above the mean.

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