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Yellow vs. Red

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Well, I’m talking about… Yellow onions vs. Red onions.

Since I was a kid, the only onion I knew was the red onions… as I grew older I’ve seen yellow onions in supermarkets and groceries, but I haven’t tried it.

Just a few months ago, when hubby suggested we used YELLOW ONIONS instead of RED ONIONS… what’s the difference anyway, I thought.  Well, just to give my thoughts a rest, I decided to look for the answer… Are there any difference between the two besides the color?  Difference between nutritional facts, which one is healthier?  What onions can do more healthy stuff in your body?  With these questions, I try to find the answer… Let’s compare.

yellow onions

What is a Yellow Onion?

According to wikipedia, this onion is a variety of dry onion with a strong flavor. Yellow onions have higher contents of sulfur than the white onion, which gives it a stronger, more complex flavor. White inside, its layers of papery skin have a yellow-brown color. They are typically available throughout the year.

red onions

What is a Red Onion?

They are also called purple onions, also from wikipedia, red onions tend to be medium to large in size and have a mild to sweet flavor. They are often consumed raw, grilled or lightly cooked with other foods, or added as color to salads. They are available throughout the year.

I also made a table to compare the nutritional value of the two:

More of onions healthy facts below:

  • Eating onions boosts your appetite and prevents atherosclerosis.
  • Onions extracts provide cures for cough, cold, bronchitis, as well as asthma.
  • Onions can cause a marked reduction in bronchial spasms.
  • Onion consumption reduces chances of colon cancer, stimulated growth of benevolent bifidobacteria and inhibits growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the abdominal tract
  • An interesting nutrition fact about onions is that the sulphides contained in them can lower blood lipid levels and reduce blood pressure.
  • Onions also prevent blood clotting and platelet clumping.

So, I guess whatever color your onions may be, they still gives healthy benefits in your diet!

 

source: nutritional facts from buzzle.com
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More Water Please…

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Most of the time I am a water-drinker person; some other times I tend to forget to drink water… but when I want something to liven up my body, I drink softdrinks, particularly Coca Cola.

I know, I know… I shouldn’t be drinking lots of Coke, but sometimes I need caffeine and I don’t drink coffee… what can I do?  Are there any alternatives for Coca Cola and coffee?  Well, that would be another post.

Anyway, I would like to share some healthy facts regarding drinking lots of water…

water

  • A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. If a human does not absorb enough water dehydration is the result.
  • A person must consume 2 litres of water daily to live healthily. Humans drink an average of 75.000 litres of water throughout their life.
  • Humans cannot drink salt water.
  • Water regulates the temperature of the human body. If you have caught a fever you should drink lots of water.
  • Water removes waste from the human body.
  • Your drinking water may be fluoridated to help prevent dental cavities.
  • Water leaves the stomach five minutes after consumption.
  • Water can cause serious health damage when it is contaminated by bacteria and other microrganisms.
  • Nearly 60% of your body weight is water. About 75% of your muscles are made of water.
  • Our bodies receive water three ways: from food, from drinking and from metabolism.
  • The old “8 glasses a day” is a fine standard… depending on what size glass you use! We need about 2.5 liters per day.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages dehydrates your body.
  • Water may help suppress your appetite.
  • Drinking enough water helps many medical ailments: chronic fatigue, allergies, depression, digestive problems, urinary tract problems, constipation and more.
  • Drinking enough water actually prevents water retention.
  • Water helps you improve your muscle tone.
  • Highly sweetened drinks are not absorbed and used by the body as quickly as plain water. Cold water, between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, is absorbed best.
  • Drink water regularly throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to replenish your body’s water supply.
  • Switching to a diet higher in fiber increases your need for water.
  • Drinking more water does not increase your tendency to bloat. In fact, drinking water will decrease bloating. Salt and sodium-rich foods, imbalanced female hormones, and poor cardiac function are the most common causes for bloating.

sources:  lenntech.com, weightloss.about.com, goodhealthforums.com

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I love to eat, that I can’t deny… just look at my tummy! Smiley The bulges are visible already, unlike a year ago… even after Little Zoie was born, I only have waist line of 27″!

Where’s that slim waist line have gone to?

I have searched the net for the appropriate exercises to lose these belly fats and it’s sad to say that I keep doing Day 1… I need to discipline myself if I want to lose these flabs!  I think I’m not that serious in losing these because I’m confident hubby’s not complaining about this tummy.  But for my sake, I better be serious with this.

Sharing you some abdominal exercises to help you, us of our belly fats:

  1. Abdominal Crunches
    No equipments are needed to work out the belly fat in this case. Begin by lying down flat on the floor. Now bend the knees with feet on the floor. Hold the hands just by the side of the ears. Do not interlock them. Take a deep breath before starting off. Now crunch up lifting the head and chest a bit against the gravity and try to touch the knees with the forehead. On achieving this, move down slowly, exhaling the air. Downward movement must be slower than the crunch up movement. Rolling off the upper torso as said is fine to start with to reduce the belly fat.To have much more effectiveness, push the chest and head towards the ceiling while simultaneously pushing the lower back flat onto the floor. Our anatomy will lead to a crunching pattern conspicuously. Trying to crunch up towards the ceiling causes much more stress on the abdomen part. On reaching the maximum top position, hold still for a moment and then come back down. Do not try to convert this to a sit up exercise as it will stress hip flexors and the lower back too much. Repeat the above mentioned steps 5 to 10 times in a single set. Normally 3 sets are done with proper time intervals between each set. 5 to 15 minutes of work out in a day can have a desirable effect on the belly fat reduction.
  2. Vacuum Pose
    This is nothing but sucking in the belly region by taking out air from the stomach. This can be done casually for a period of two to five minutes whenever you find time during your work or during leisure time. This hardly takes your energy and time but can prove very effective over a period of time. While doing this small bit of exercise, care should be taken that the movements of belly in and out should be rhythmic in order to promote regular refreshment of air. This exercise has two advantages namely the circulation of fresh air which helps in breaking up of molecules and the other one is inducement of pressure in the belly that will dissipate some energy in the inside region. It may seem quite easy but not so for people who have developed bellies to slightly advanced stages.
  3. Alternate Leg Lifts
    This is one of the advanced exercises to develop the lower abdominal muscles and to reduce belly fats. One should lie flat on his back on a flat ground with his hands at his sides such that the palm faces the floor. Both the knees should be bent such that the feet are rested flat on the floor. Now the lower abdominal muscles should be contracted and one of the legs is slowly lifted until the calf comes parallel to the ground and the shin faces the ceiling. The lower abdominals must be kept tightened so that the lower back does not arch when lifting the leg. Now the first leg is brought back to the initial position and the other leg should be lifted. The above procedure should be repeated for desired number of times.
  4. Stomach Twisting Exercise
    The formula of doing this exercise is quite simple but the breathing procedure and slowness of exercise has a bigger impact in the outcome. For doing this exercise, one should stand on a flat surface with legs kept closer near to attention position of cops. Hands should be stretched in front where the eyes should see the nails of the hand. This is the position one has to take before starting up the exercise. Now, with eyes still fixed at nails, the hands should be moved towards left side of the body to maximum possible extent. The position of legs should be stern and should not incline in any direction while the upper part of the body reaches maximum angle of twist. After reaching the last point, hold there for about a second and slowly come back to the original position. The same procedure should be followed while going to the right of the body as well. Twelve times on each side of the body will produce adequate strains to the stomach which can reduce nearly one inch of belly fat in two or three weeks. You need to do three sets of exercise each day i.e., 12 x 3 = 36 times.
  5. Knees In and Out Exercise
    Begin by lying flat on the floor. Take a deep breath. Raise the legs, and bring it towards the chin, bending them at the knees. Raise the upper torso in such a way the chin is nearer to the knees. Hands are either set free or held at the back of head giving a support. This is the initial position. Now stretch the arms and legs together in opposite directions. Inhale while doing so. Execute this at a much slower pace to gain maximum benefits. Now again crunch back to the initial position once the greatest possibility of stretching is achieved. Exhale while doing so. Do not try to concentrate on the upper torso. Keep the head and chin still and stretch the lower part of the belly. Repeat these steps for about 8 to 12 times in a single set. 3 sets are done with proper time gap to gain maximum benefits.

These are just a few of those abdominal exercises, now that I have posted it… I should also do this.  Have fun!

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I am now trying oatmeal as one of my Little Zoie’s breakfast meals.  Being a picky-eater, my kiddo, I have to find more and more variety of foods that can trigger her little tummy… thus, I cooked a simple oatmeal.

Just follow the instruction from the pack, 1 cup of oatmeal boil in 3 cups of water.  Boil it for 3-5 minutes.  You can serve it with honey or with fruits, such as bananas or raisins.  My kiddo prefers the bananas, while I like the raisins.

 

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As I search online, for foods that gives a certain vitamins and minerals… see my personal blog for the article, Oatmeal are rich in Vitamins B and D.  Research shows that oatmeals can help lower cholesterol, it’s not that my kiddo needs to lower her cholesterol… ;-)  We just need other health benefits of Vitamins B and D.

Vitamin B Group, helps in producing antibodies and red blood cells, required to absorb zinc and Vitamin B12, essential to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. This is one important nutrient every body needs.

Vitamin D, this vitamin is needed to absorb minerals to our body. Also, this is required to help the kidneys in functioning well.

Having a kid that is such a picky-eater, will make you turn your net upside down just to find nutritious but interesting food to serve.

 

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