Celery: health benefits

Self-tutoring about nutrition: the tutor gives celery a closer look.

As a vegetable, celery is convenient to serve. It needn’t be peeled, just washed and chopped into sticks. It’s not my kids’ favourite, but dietary variety is important.

I wondered if celery is nutritious; apparently, it is, with numerous vitamins and minerals, and significant antioxidants. Moreover, it offers anti-inflammatory benefits, and even helps against cholesterol.

Serving celery with meals seems even easier to justify than I’d thought:)




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Food: banana: a good source of fibre?

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor mentions the fibre content of a banana.

A typical banana has around 100 calories, with 2.6g of fibre.

Suggested fibre intake might be 14g per 1000 calories, or 1.4g per 100 calories. The banana offers nearly twice that amount of fibre: I’d call it a good source fibre.





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Lifestyle, nutrition: SunButter: a school-safe substitute for peanut butter?

Lifestyle can mean constant self-tutoring. The tutor introduces SunButter as a possible solution to the “No Peanuts” rule in so many schools.

I’ve talked to parents who point out that peanut butter and jam sandwiches are their kids’ favourite. Others say that, at the very least, their kids will reliably eat them. As a parent with two kids in school, I understand the challenge of filling the lunchboxes with appealing foods.

With peanuts forbidden at so many schools, the PB&J, for many, is out. Yet, the SunButter and Jam, or SB&J, might be a viable alternative.

SunButter is made from sunflower seeds. On the jar it claims to be “school safe,” being free of peanuts, tree nuts, and numerous other allergens.

Yesterday I did a taste test of SunButter vs Planter’s Peanut Butter. I’d describe the SunButter as being more oily, with a lighter, sweeter taste.

I tried giving SunButter to my younger child at home, pretending to serve a PB&J. He didn’t seem to notice until afterwards, when I told him I’d used SunButter instead of peanut butter. Kids can be surprisingly conservative about food. I believe he would eat a SunButter and jam sandwich if I put one in his lunch box, although I haven’t tried yet.

In my experience, SunButter is more dear than peanut butter.

SunButter is made by SunButter LLC, based from Fargo, North Dakota:)

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Lifestyle, nutrition, health: Fibre battle: apple vs orange

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor researches which fruit – apple or orange – has more fibre.

Just before bed I tend to eat fruits and/or vegetables if I haven’t had enough during the day. One reason to eat fruits/vegetables is for fibre.

I’ve been wondering which fruit has more fibre – apple, or orange?

Apparently, they are dead equal, both averaging 2.4g fibre per 100g.

Oranges can be much easier to eat, though, especially when you’re not hungry but need to consume your daily allotment of produce.




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Nutrition: what does vitamin K do?

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor shares a few facts about vitamin K.

I didn’t hear much about vitamin K as a kid. It can be found in multivitamins and I notice it in literature.

Vitamin K is fat-soluble. It promotes proper blood clotting and also helps movement of calcium.

Vitamin K deficiency is uncommon among people who eat a healthful diet.





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Lifestyle, health: MSG (monosodium glutamate): is it best avoided?

Engaging in more lifestyle self-tutoring, the tutor shares his findings about a topic he’s long considered: consumption of MSG.

MSG, I was told as a kid by a cook, can intensify the taste of food. Another kid, sitting at the table as well, said he’d been advised to avoid it.

For decades I’ve followed my old friend’s counsel (although I haven’t seen him for decades): I’ve tried to avoid consuming MSG. Often, one food will have it but a similar food won’t, so I pick the one without.

Today I checked the mayo clinic as well as healthline. To me, they both render the same opinion: MSG has been suspected to cause problems, but there’s no hard evidence it does. Some people may be sensitive to it.

Joe Leech at healthline points out that MSG is often used in processed foods, the likes of which are best consumed sparingly. Someone who eats a good diet, therefore, doesn’t likely consume much MSG, so probably needn’t worry unless they find, in their own case, that they’re sensitive.

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Diet and weight loss: Is the banana to be avoided if you want to lose weight?

Dieting, I’m constantly self-tutoring. The tutor shares, to him, a surprising find about the calories in a banana.

banana beside three Easter eggs:  same calorie value!

Easter can be a challenging time for someone on a diet. Putting out eggs last night, I gave in to temptation and ate a few, then checked the wrapper for an idea about the consequences. The kind of Easter egg in the photo above is about 6.5g, 33.33 calories each. Therefore, three of those eggs together are worth 100 calories – about the same as the banana.



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Nutrition: what does folate (folic acid) do?

The tutor explores the function of folic acid in the body.

Folate is a B-vitamin; the synthetic form used to supplement foods is folic acid, which the body converts to folate.

Folate is needed for cell division and producing certain amino acids. A deficiency may result, for instance, in megaloblastic anemia: impaired cell division produces too few, but larger, red blood cells.

Folate is important during pregnancy.





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Biology: insulin response and insulin resistance

The tutor defines insulin response and insulin resistance and explains their connection.

Recall: herein, ACV means apple cider vinegar.

In yesterday’s post I mentioned my discovery that apple cider vinegar potentially increases the effectiveness of insulin.

As carbohydrates are digested, glucose (a type of sugar) enters the blood from the digestive system. The body’s response to the rising blood sugar is to release insulin. It’s known as the insulin response. Insulin enables glucose to enter cells so they can use it for energy or fat storage.

Sometimes, body cells may become less sensitive to insulin, which is known as insulin resistance. Then, the insulin is less effective at conducting glucose from the blood into the cells; more insulin is needed to do the same as before.

Therefore, if insulin resistance increases, so must the insulin response. The fact that ACV seems to increase insulin’s effectiveness leads to the consequence that it apparently lowers the body’s insulin response.

I’ll be discussing related ideas in coming posts:)





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Lifestyle: diet and weight loss: apple cider vinegar

The tutor seeks the truth about a celebrated health food, apple cider vinegar.

Herein, ACV means apple cider vinegar.

Fifteen years ago, I overheard my boxing coach recommend ACV to a fighter who was struggling to make weight. Since then, I’ve noticed the promotion of ACV from diverse sources. Casually I’ve wondered: Is it really as beneficial as suggested? Today, I decided to begin research towards finding out.

ACV, it seems, could very well offer at least two health benefits. Most importantly, it apparently increases the effectiveness of insulin, depressing blood sugar after a carbohydrate-rich meal.

Secondly, ACV may hinder digestion of carbohydrates, so less calories are absorbed from a meal. In nature, passing up calories would not be advantageous; however, in a culture that’s generally overweight, it seems to be.

The two benefits mentioned above, to be done justice, need to be followed up with further posts. I’m intrigued with what I’ve discovered so far.





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