Monday, May 13, 2013

Lunck Pack

Menu for today:
 
Simple Fried Macaroni with Mincemeat & Sausage
Easy Grilled Zucchini & Capsicum
Apple, Orange & Strawberry
 
 
Food / Health Info:
 
As a part of the summer squash family, zucchini not only offers delightful taste and texture to many dishes, but also carries with it many health benefits. Here are eight reasons why you and should include it in your diet.
 
Diet
One cup of zucchini has 36 calories and 10% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating.
 
Lower Cholesterol
The dietary fiber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids that the liver makes from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because fiber binds so well with bile acid, thus crowding its ability to immediately digest fat, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid.
The liver then draws upon even more cholesterol to produce bile acid, consequently lowering the overall cholesterol level in the body. Furthermore, the high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the body's blood vessels, thus hampering the onset of atherosclerosis.
 
Cancer Prevention
Because dietary fiber promotes healthy and regular bowel movements, the high amounts of fiber in zucchini also help prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. Moreover, the vitamins C and A, as well as folate, found in zucchini act as powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer.
 
Prostate Health
Studies show that the phytonutrients in zucchini aid in reducing the symptoms of benign
prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads
to complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
 
Anti-Inflammatory
Vitamins C and A not only serve the body as powerful antioxidants, but also as effective anti-inflammatory agents. Along with the copper found in zucchini, these vitamins deter the development of many hyper-inflammatory disorders, including asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention
A one cup serving of zucchini contains over 10% of the RDA of magnesium, a mineral proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Zucchini also provides folate, a vitamin needed to break down the dangerous amino acid homocysteine, which - if levels in the body shoot up - can contribute to heart attack and stroke.
 
Lower Blood Pressure
Along with magnesium, the potassium found in zucchini helps lower blood pressure. If unchecked, hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to arteriosclerosis (blood vessel damage), heart attack, stoke, and many other serious medical conditions. Both  the potassium and magnesium in zucchini, however, can help alleviate the stress on the body's circulatory system.
 
High in Manganese
A trace mineral and essential nutrient, manganese provides many health benefits and contributes to a slew of normal physiological functions. One cup of zucchini contains 19% of the RDA of manganese, which helps the body metabolize protein and carbohydrates, participates in the production of sex hormones, and catalyzes the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. The manganese in zucchini also increases the levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), the enzyme responsible for protecting mitochondria against oxidative stress. Finally, manganese is essential for the production of proline, and amino acid that allows collagen to form, thus allowing for healthy skin and proper wound-healing.
 

4 comments:

  1. rajin tul awak msk hari2 lah dik oi, akak kadang2 je rajin... sedapnyer lyn makaroni... akak konon2 skrg bt atkin itu psl bt2 tak nampak je kt pasta2 nih, sedangkan itulah feveret...

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    1. saya mmg rajin kak...hehehehee....saya dah biasa kak...so kalau tak bawak lunch pack sendiri rasa tak best sbb kat opis nanti mesti tak tau nak mkn apa....konon dok control kalorilah ni. kalau masak sendiri senang nak sukat minyak ke apa ke...kalau beli payah nak control...anyway all d best for ur atkins diet ya kak....

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  2. ha.. ha... akak dah Nampak entry kegemaran akakni ha...
    sabojerlerkan aida nak tengokjer tak nak tiru cam aidani ha...

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