30 March 2009

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

Researcher found that coffee might help heart, especially for women. Long-term, regular coffee consumption does not increase the risk of death and probably has several beneficial effects on health. But, people with any disease or condition should ask their doctor about their risk, because caffeine still has an acute effect on short-term increase of blood pressure.

There are relationships between coffee drinking and the risks of dying from heart disease, cancer, or any cause in almost 42,000 men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and more than 84,000 women who had participated in the Nurses' Health Study. At the study start, all participants were free of heart disease and cancer.

The participants completed questionnaires every two to four years, including information about their coffee drinking, other dietary habits, smoking and health conditions. The research team looked at the frequency of death from any cause, death due to heart disease, and death due to cancer among people with different coffee-drinking habits, comparing them to those who didn't drink the brew. They also controlled for other risk factors, including diet, smoking and body size.

The researchers found that women who drank two or three cups of caffeinated coffee daily had a 25 % lower risk of death from heart disease during the follow-up than non-drinkers. Women also had an 18 % lower death risk from a cause other than cancer or heart disease compared with non-coffee drinkers. While for men, drinking two to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily has no effect either an increased or a decreased risk of death during the follow up.

The lower death rate was mainly due to a lower risk for heart disease deaths, the researchers found, while no link was discovered for coffee drinking and cancer deaths. The relationship did not seem to be directly related to caffeine, according to the researchers, since those who drank decaf also had a lower death rate than those who didn't drink either kind of coffee.

More recently, research has found coffee drinking linked with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers, and preventing the development of cardiovascular disease. It because people may have under- or over-reported their coffee consumption, for instance.

I would tell them to weigh the subjective risk of their coffee consumption. For instance, if they love coffee, but it makes them jittery, and they can't sleep, they need to adjust it. Look at your symptoms, if decaf is no problem, I wouldn't put a limit on that.

29 March 2009

5 Reasons For You To Stop Drink Bottled Water

Bottled water is a healthy alternative to soft drinks. But have you realized that bottled water is not healthy for our environment, because it made from plastic. Just look at the labels or the bottled water ads: deep, pristine pools of spring water; majestic alpine peaks; healthy, active people gulping down icy bottled water between biking in the park and a trip to the yoga studio.

In reality, bottled water is just water. That fact isn’t stopping people from buying a lot of it. Estimates variously place worldwide bottled water sales at between $50 and $100 billion each year, with the market expanding at the startling annual rate of 7 percent.

Bottled water is big business. It’s costly, wasteful, and distracts from the brass ring of public health: the construction and maintenance of safe municipal water systems.

Bottled Water Isn’t a Good Value
Take, for instance, Pepsi’s Aquafina or Coca-Cola’s Dasani bottled water. Both are sold in 20 ounce sizes and can be purchased from vending machines alongside soft drinks  and at the same price. Assuming you can find a $1 machine, that works out to 5 cents an ounce. These two brands are essentially filtered tap water, bottled close to their distribution point. Most municipal water costs less than one cent per gallon.

Now consider another widely-sold liquid : gasoline. It has to be pumped out of the ground in the form of crude oil, shipped to a refinery and shipped again to your local filling station.
In the U.S., the average price per gallon is hovering around $3. There are 128 ounces in a gallon, which puts the current price of gasoline at fraction over 2 cents an ounce.

No Healthier Than Tap Water
In theory, bottled water in the United States falls under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration. In practice, about 70 percent of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight.

On the other hand, water systems in the developed world are well-regulated. In the U.S., for instance, municipal water falls under the purview of the Environmental Protection Agency, and is regularly inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals.

While public safety groups correctly point out that many municipal water systems are aging and there remain hundreds of chemical contaminants for which no standards have been established, there’s very little empirical evidence which suggests bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than its tap equivalent.

Bottled water means garbage
Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. That plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, over 80% of plastic bottles are simply thrown away.
That assumes empty bottles actually make it to a garbage can. Plastic waste is now at such a volume that vast eddies of current-bound plastic trash now spin endlessly in the world’s major oceans. This represents a great risk to marine life, killing birds and fish which mistake our garbage for food.

Bottled Water Means Less Attention To Public Systems
Many people drink bottled water because they don’t like the taste of their local tap water, or because they question its safety.

This is like running around with a slow leak in your tire, topping it off every few days rather than taking it to be patched. Only the very affluent can afford to switch their water consumption to bottled sources. Once distanced from public systems, these consumers have little incentive to support bond issues and other methods of upgrading municipal water treatment.

There’s plenty of need. In California, for example, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimated the requirement of $17.5 billion in improvements to the state’s drinking water infrastructure as recently as 2005. In the same year, the state lost 222 million gallons of drinkable water to leaky pipes.

The Corporation of Water
Water is being called the “Blue Gold” of the 21st century. Thanks to increasing urbanization and population, shifting climates, and industrial pollution, fresh water is becoming humanity’s most precious resource.

Multinational corporations are stepping in to purchase groundwater and distribution rights wherever they can, and the bottled water industry is an important component in their drive to commoditize what many feel is a basic human right: the access to safe and affordable water.

What Can You Do?
There’s a simple alternative to bottled water: buy a stainless steel thermos, and use it. Don’t like the way your local tap water tastes? Inexpensive carbon filters will turn most tap water sparkling fresh at a fraction of bottled water’s cost.

28 March 2009

Top 6 High-Calorie Drinks

Did you know that more than 20% of your daily calories could be coming from what you drink? The calories in drinks not only come from sodas, and fruit drinks, but also with the alcoholic drinks you are consuming and with the flavored waters, you might be drinking as well.

You will find that many bottles of soda are going to state a 20-ounce drink is one and a half or two servings, and the calories that are stated, are not how many is in the entire bottle. Calories in drinks you have every day are vital to keeping yourself on a diet that will help you lose weight.

Pure fruit juices contain a high number of calories per serving but are often overlooked as a contributor to obesity because many contain valuable vitamins and minerals. The number of calories in drinks sweetened by added sugars compared to those in naturally sweetened drinks is almost identical. An 8-ounce serving of cola, on average, contains 93 calories and fruit punch has 104. The same serving of orange juice contains 102 calories, while apple juice has 107. All these drinks contain similar amounts of sugars.

The most high-calorie drinks
The following beverages are being compared to :
  • water (0 calories)
  • coffee and tea (5 calories per 250 mL)
  • 1% milk (110 calories for 250 mL)
  • orange juice (60 calories in 125 mL).
Coffee Drinks
Mochaccino or iced coffee drinks (300 mL or 10 oz) usually have over 250 calories. The syrup flavor alone has 80 calories. Yet include the whipped cream. If you absolutely must have your fancy coffee fix, make sure to get it with skim or 2% milk.

Individual juices
Juices sold in convenience stores typically come in 473 mL (16 fl oz) or 591 mL (21 fl oz) bottles. The calories ring up quickly. A bottle of orange juice is 225 calories and the larger bottle of apple juice is just less than 300 calories. To put this in perspective, that's more calories than a can of soda. When it comes to drinking juice, one glass to start the day is more than enough.

Sports Drinks
One brand has almost 800 mL with 250 calories. On the bright side, there is some sodium and some potassium, which may be helpful if you have worked up a sweat in humid weather. This drink also has about 60 ml (4 tbsp) of sugar.

Sweet Fruit Juices
Grape juice and cranberry "cocktail" are two popular beverages, which carry the same calories and sugar as a soft drink. When purchased in 475 mL bottles, there are 290 calories or more. In the case of grape juice, it's naturally sweet; cranberry cocktail has sugar added to the same level as a soft drink. So although you may think you're getting a better nutritional value, you may just as well go for a can of soda.

A Pina Colada rings in at a hefty 260. Rum and eggnog has 330 calories and the trendy chocolatini comes in with a whopping 440 calories. The alcohol, sweet mixes and fat in the coconut mix, eggnog and cream liqueur, all provide extra calories. Enjoy alcohol in moderation and skip the high sugar and fat mixes.

Frozen Carbonated Beverages
Frozen ice mixed with soft drink concentrates make for high calorie drinks. Furthermore, these drinks contain no vitamins or minerals. The beverages have 50 to 100 calories per 100 mL. Since the smallest cup is 500 mL (16 fl oz), the calorie content starts at 250 to calories per drink.

So, how can I avoid calories in drinks
  • Have diet mixers in drinks.
  • Have light beer and lager.
  • Avoid sugary and rich creamy drinks.
  • If having wine have it with low calorie tonic water or diet lemonade this will dilute the alcohol and reduce the calories available.
  • Have fresh fruit juice as a mixer if available.
Alcohol will increase your appetite and this will also contribute to the calories consumed, to avoid this avoid the kebabs and the chips and cheese etc.

27 March 2009

What Is The Tea Effect On Teeth?

Drink TeaNot all drinks are good for our teeth. Sugar and PH value of some drinks has negative effects for our teeth.

All warm Pickwick teas, also the fruit flavoured teas, are pH-neutral and do not effect the dental enamel. One cup of tea contains approximately 0.25 mg of fluoride. Fluoride is well known about its positive effect on teeth. We need about 1.4-1.5 mg fluoride for a day. Thus tea consumption can contributes to meet our fluoride need.

Well, for you who have abandoned their morning cup of coffee for a healthier cup of herbal tea might want to think again. Many herbal teas seriously damage teeth by eroding protective enamel. Herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice. Some teas were three times as acidic as juice. Saliva dilutes and neutralizes any acid in herbal teas.

However, our best beverages can wreak havoc on our beautiful smiles. Like tobacco, coffee beans, tea leaves and even colas can stain teeth brown. Some people stop taking tea after their dentist asked them if they smoked because of teeth stains. Tea does stain, it contains tannic acid. Coffee, red wine and fruits such as apples and blueberries also contain this chemical and can stain teeth.

Black TeaBlack Tea Effect For Teeth
Dental caries is the prime cause of premature loss of teeth in children. Tea contains high percentage of fluoride along with polyphenolic constituents which act on GTF of S. mutans in plaque synthesis. Combination of fluoride and polyphenolic constituents inhibit caries activity.

Herbal Tea May Damage Teeth
Herbal TeaResearchers analyzed the erosive potential of a variety of herbal teas by measuring their pH levels, which shows whether a substance is acid or alkaline. Acidic substances are known to damage teeth. The ability of the herbal teas to erode enamel was also measured. Enamel is the hard, white, outer layer of the tooth.

The study found that while some of the herbal teas had high pH levels, indicating that they are alkaline and do not damage teeth, many of the teas tested had low pH levels, which means that they are acidic and can damage teeth. Dentists treating patients with enamel damage should advise their patients of the potential risk of some herbal teas.

Smile For The Tea
Drinking tea is good for your teeth, coz drinking tea may ward off tooth decay.
A study suggests chemicals in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions. It raises the prospect of adding tea extracts to toothpaste and mouthwash to protect the teeth.

SmileIt found that caffeinated green tea was the best at fighting viruses, followed by caffeinated black tea. Decaffeinated blends were less effective as anti-viral agents.

Studies show that tea may reduce dental plaque and bacteria in the mouth, thereby helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. Green tea contains a bit more fluoride than black, but a few cups a day of either may help to save you from the dentist’s drill. “It’s important to choose a healthy diet, and that includes beverages.

Apparently drinking tea (free sugar) has a number of beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay. Many of the natural properties of tea, especially fluoride, which has been absorbed from the soil by the tea plant, contribute towards oral hygiene and a reduction in dental erosion. It helps prevent stinky breath and those who are dentists from shoving whirling drills into your mouth while grinning manically.

Polyphenols, chemicals found in tea, can help prevent bad breath. Laboratory experiments revealed that polyphenols can retard the bacterial growth that causes bad breath.

25 March 2009

Top 3 White Tea Health Benefits

White TeaWhite tea is made from the immature tea leaves that will be picked before the buds have fully opened on the plant. The name comes from the silver fuzz which still covers the buds and this in turn then turns the tea white as it dries.

There are many different varieties of white tea available and this all depends on the amount of leaves to buds that are used in each mixture. The White Peony for example has one bud for every 2 leaves in its mixture whilst Silver Needles (the crème de la crème) is made entirely from the down buds and these are normally picked within a 2 day period during early Spring.

1. Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial
White Tea LeavesA study in Pace University indicated that White Tea extract may have prophylactic applications which can help to retard the growth of bacteria which can cause Staphylococcus infections, Steptococcus infections, Pneumonia and Dental Caries. It was also found that White Tea is more effective than Green Tea at inactivating bacterial viruses as well as having an anti-viral effect on human pathogenic viruses.

2. Anti-Fungal
White tea was indicated that white tea has an anti-fungal effect on Penicillium Chrysogenum and Saccharomyces Cerervisiae. It was found that in the presence of White Tea extract these were totally inactivated.

3. Skin Cancer and Cell Damage Protection
White Tea Product
White Tea extract can protect against the Langerhans cell obliteration. It was found that the extract protect skin after exposure to sunlight but and restore the person's immune system. They also found that the DNA damage which occurs to cells after exposure to sunlight was limited. It is believed that the anti-oxidant properties in the White Tea extract are the reason for it being so effective. It is also suggested that the extract may provide a person with anti-aging benefits.

So, those reasons as to what the benefit of white tea can have for a person in order to help them live a much healthier and happier life.

10 Nice Soda Alternatives

Soda, soda soda! Coca Cola, Pepsi, wew, they’re all everywhere. In supermarket, canteen, restaurant, fast food restaurant, even at the drink machine. Even if you wanted to drink something else, you’d be hard-pressed to find it.

Ever read the ingredients label on that can of soda? Surprising, most likely the top ingredients are corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup, two very concentrated forms of sweetener, and a whole list of artificial ingredients. Like sugar-free? What does that label say? Is it natural?

The supermarket has hundreds of delicious, refreshing alternatives to the nutrient-free soda. You can pick one of them, and of course they’re healthier.
  1. Club soda mixed with pomegranate juice. 160 calories per cup; still bubbly.
  2. Tonic water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Only 80 calories; still bubbly.
  3. Light yogurt and fruit smoothie. Creamy and sweet, high in calcium and only 174 calories per cup.
  4. Tomato juice or V8. Packed with flavor; high in vitamins C, A, and potassium and only 50 calories per cup.
  5. Flavored seltzer. Carbonated, but zero calories.
  6. Energy drink (such as Gatorade). Tastes sweet, 60 calories per cup, contains electrolytes.
  7. Apple cider. Has 120 calories per cup, but packs a tangy, substantial flavor.
  8. Milk, whole or skim. High in calcium and protein–and you need both. With 145 calories per cup of whole milk; 85 calories for skim.
  9. Ovaltine made with skim milk. It’s chocolaty, fortified with vitamins and minerals, high in calcium and protein and 170 calories per cup.
  10. Tea or coffee, free sugar. Get less than five calories per cup, plus it’s high in antioxidants.
Nice right? So, from now on, you can start to change you habits. Share and tell your friends and family about this alternative soda drink.

24 March 2009

4 Healthiest Drinks The World

Healthy is expensive, you’re all agree with me right. To keep our body and mind healthy we should exercise and keep our diet balance and always consume healthy food and drink. We must drink lots of liquids. So, which drink you think is good for us?

1. Water
Water is the most natural drink in the world. But, make sure you get the water from pure source, especially for pregnant woman. Pregnant woman can lead to birth defect. Tap water can contain up to 2100 contaminants and if you are consuming these you can be exposed to all means of nastiest such as poisons, lead ingestion & even chlorine.

2. Tea
Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage after water. Almost all people around this world ever drink tea. This delicately flavored drink offers many health benefits. It’s therefore not sensible to stop drinking tea in favour of sweetened, artificially flavoured drinks. Tea has no calories. That’s why tea is a perfect for people who under weight loss program. It’s also had less caffeine than coffee.

Health benefits of tea :
  • Keep our immune systems healthy
  • Fight infections
  • Gave anti-aging properties
  • Fight against cancer
  • The polyphenols in tea can reduce gastric, esophageal and skin cancers.
  • Tea contains fluoride for strong teeth.
  • Green tea help to protect ourbody from autoimmune disorders.
  • Green tea aids digestion, boosts the immune system, promotes weight loss, inhibits
carcinogens, and lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure.

With a sophisticated black kettle as a part of your stylish black and white kitchen, boiling up that brew can be as fun as it is healthy.

3. Grape Juice
Grape juice is a fruit juice made from crushing grapes. The juice is often fermented and made into wine, brandy, or vinegar. Grape juice was among the highest in antioxidants among the juices tested, including pomegranate juice. Red wine and certain types of grape juices have high levels of polyfenol which can stop the production of proteins causing cardiovascular illnesses. Drinking Concord grape juice can be good for the heart (especially for the red wine). Drink 100% grape juice made from Concord grapes can help your heart and breast. Grape juice can also lower the risk of developing the blood clots that lead to heart attacks.

4. Superjuice
Superjuice contains 19 different nutrient-rich fruits, and the whole fruit: juice, pulp and skin, so you get all the goodness and antioxidants. The main ingredient is the acai berry from the Amazon rainforest. The other fruits include bilberry, goji (wolfberry), pomegranate, acerola, camucamu, red and white grapes, all selected so that the superjuice is packed with health-protecting phytonutrients right across the entire colour spectrum.

22 March 2009

Fresh Your Body With Tea

TeaYou can enjoy a cup of coffee anywhere and anytime. Tea also has lots of advantages for your body.

Tea contains antioxidant. The antioxidant can give you protection from pollution and also prevent aging. Caffeine that contains in coffee is higher than tea. It’s about 2 to 3 times than tea. A cup of coffee contains about 135 mg caffeine, while tea that has the same size of cup has 30-40 mg caffeine.

TeaTea Decrease The Hearth Attack and Stroke. Blood clot that came from cholesterol can cause hearth attack and stroke. Tea can help you smoothing the blood stream and clean it also. A research in Netherland found that man who drinks tea 2 times a day has possibility 70% lower to get hearth attack.

Tea Protect Your Bond. Not only milk can strengthened your bone. A study found that people who consume tea more than 10 years have strong bone. It because tea contains phytochemical.

Drink TeaTea Give You a Big Smile. Tea is not the one that break your teeth, but sugar. Sugar has negative effect to your teeth. Tea contains fluoride which can prevent plaque on your teeth. So, from now get used to drink no sugar tea in your daily life to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Tea Raise Up Your Immune System. Drink tea can help your immune system so you’re not easily get infected.

Tea Protect You from Cancer. Tea contains polyphenol and antioxidant which can protect your body against cancer.

Tea BenefitTea Keep Your Body No Lack of Fluid. For all this time, drinks that contain caffeine were categorized as drink that has no contribution at all for body. But, researcher found that caffeine drink can give the same liquid contribution to other drink.

Free Calorie Tea. Tea contains zero calorie, except if you add sweetener or milk into the tea. Consume less than 250 calories a day can reduce your weight for about 1/2 kg a week.

Tea Increase Metabolism especially Green Tea. You can burn about 70-80 calories more just by drink 5 cups of tea every day.

So, if you want drink that freshing your body and healthy, change your habit! Change coffee to tea.

19 March 2009

Which One Do Prefer, Arabica or Robusta?

For the coffee drinker there are two major types of coffee beans :

Arabica Coffee
The Caffea arabicais the Arabica coffee beans which is the quality coffee of the world. Arabica coffee is the only coffee that is to be drunk and enjoyed without being blended with other types of beans.This is one of the varieties that qualify as a gourmet coffee bean.

Arabica coffee beans are native to northeastern Africa but is now grown throughout the world. The Arabica plant can grow to forty feet in the wild but is pruned in cultivation to eight feet to allow for harvesting of the beans. The plant does not bear fruit until the trees are 3 to 5 years of age but can produce coffee cherries for up to thirty years. Being a tropical plant, it prefers temperature ranges from the fifties to mid-seventies Fahrenheit. They thrive in areas with large amounts of rainfall and in altitudes between 3,000 to 6,500 feet. It is particularly prolific in the tropics of Central and South America.

The Arabica coffee beans accounts for about 70% of the world’s coffee production and is the most wildly grown species of coffee plant. Arabica coffee beans are the most expensive variety and are considered the premium and best tasting coffees of the world. The most renown coffees from Costa Rica, Kona and Jamaica Blue Mountain are all highly prized Arabica coffee beans and produce a fine gourmet coffee bean.

Robusta Coffee Beans
Caffea canephora which is known as robusta, are used for espresso coffees because of its harsher taste. The cost to produce robusta is much lower than Arabica beans and many of the major coffee roasters use this to blend it in with the higher quality Arabica coffee beans to increase their profitability.

The growth and cultivation of this plant is similar to the Arabica plant. The robusta also enjoys lots of rainfall but can thrive in hotter temperatures and higher humidity than its Arabica cousins. Grown mainly in west and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and parts of South America, robusta plants grow best in areas closer to the equator. The temperatures can range from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties and the altitude can range from sea level to 3,000 feet. The robusta plant also differs in that they are more resistant to disease and produce a higher yield than Arabica plants. The robusta plant yields as much as two to three pounds of beans per year, which is about twice the amount of an Arabica plant.

The lower quality grade and higher yield has lead to the government of Costa Rica to outlaw the cultivation of any robusta plants. The fear is that robusta beans would reduce the quality and reputation of the Costa Rica grade of fine gourmet coffee.

Robusta beans are less flavorful and have a bitter taste. Robusta beans find their way into popular commercial coffee blends to lower the cost of production and coffee manufacturers classify this as a gourmet coffee bean. This cutting of the coffee allows Arabica beans to go further by mixing in the inferior robusta beans. So when you hear the phrase “coffee blend” be alert that it is not a blend of robusta beans.

17 March 2009

Perkedel Chicken

Ingredients :
Perkedel Chicken250 gram grilled chicken
2 fried garlic clove, crushed it
1 leek, small chopped
50 grams screw pine, chopped
1/2 tsp ngohyang spices
1/2 sp soysauce
2 eggs
1 sp maizena flour

Preparation :
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Make balls then fry it one by one.
  • Serve it with chili sausage.