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Benefits of Rice And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of rice are such that it helps in providing energy, prevents obesity, controls blood pressure, prevents cancer, provides skin care, prevents Alzheimer’s Disease, has Diuretic & Digestive Qualities, improves metabolism, boosts cardiovascular health, relieves the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, prevents chronic constipation, regulates body temperature.

Benefits of Rice And Its Side Effects

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Rice
Nutritional Value of Rice
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Rice
Helps in providing energy
Helps to prevent obesity
Helps in controlling blood pressure
Helps in preventing cancer
Provides skin care
Diuretic & Digestive Qualities
Helps in improving metabolism
Helps to boost cardiovascular health
Helps to relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Helps to prevent chronic constipation
Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Helps to regulate body temperature
Uses of Rice
Side-Effects & Allergies of Rice
Cultivation of Rice

Rice

Rice is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). As a cereal grain, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia. It is the agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production, after sugarcane and maize. Rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans. Rice, a monocot, is normally grown as an annual plant, although in tropical areas it can survive as a perennial crop and can produce a ration crop for up to 30 years. Rice cultivation is well-suited to countries and regions with low labour costs and high rainfall, as it is labour-intensive to cultivate and requires ample water.

Nutritional Value of Rice

100 grams of cooked white rice serves 130 calories and contains 69% water, 2.4 grams of protein, 28.7 grams of carbohydrate, 0.2 grams of total fat out of which saturated fat is 0.05 grams, monounsaturated fat is 0.06 grams, polyunsaturated fat is 0.05 grams, omega-3 is 0.01 grams and omega-6 is 0.04 grams with zero trans-fats, sugar and fibre.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

130 Calories
0.3 g Total Fat
1 mg Sodium
35 mg Potassium
28 g Total Carbohydrate
2.7 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

0.01 Calcium
1 % Iron
5 % Vitamin B-6
3 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Rice

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Rice
Health Benefits of Rice

Helps in providing energy

Rice is abundant in carbohydrates and it provides enough energy to the body and aids in the normal functioning of the brain. Carbohydrates require to be metabolized by the body and be turned into functional, usable energy. The vitamins, minerals, and various organic components increase the functioning and metabolic activity of all organ systems in the body, which further increases energy levels.

Helps to prevent obesity

Consumption of rice is extremely beneficial for health, simply because it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. It forms an integral part of balanced diet. The low levels of fat, cholesterol, and sodium also helps to reduce obesity and the health conditions associated with being overweight. It is one of the most widely used and eaten foods in the world because it can keep people healthy and satiated, even in very small quantities.

Helps in controlling blood pressure

Rice is low in sodium, so it is considered one of the best foods for those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension. Sodium can cause veins and arteries to constrict, increasing the stress and strain on the cardiovascular system as the blood pressure increases. This is also associated with heart conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, so avoiding excess sodium is always a healthy solution.

Helps in preventing cancer

Rice is rich in insoluble fibre that protects against many types of cancer. Many scientists and researchers believe that such insoluble fibres are vital for protecting the body against the development and metastasis of cancerous cells. Fibre is specifically beneficial in defending against colorectal and intestinal cancer. However, besides fibre, it also has natural antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin-A, phenolic and flavonoid compounds, which also act as or stimulate antioxidants to scour the body for free radicals. Free radicals are by-products of cellular metabolism that can do serious damage to organ systems and cause the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones. In such cases rice helps in boosting antioxidant levels within the body.

Provides skin care

Medical experts say that powdered rice can be applied topically to cure some skin ailments. In India, rice water is readily prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin surfaces. The phenolic compounds that are found in it, particularly in rice, have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are also good for soothing irritation and redness. Whether consumed or topically applied, substance derived from rice tends to relieve a number of skin conditions. The antioxidant capacity also helps delay the appearance of wrinkles and other premature signs of aging that can affect the skin.

Diuretic & Digestive Qualities

The husk part of rice is considered to be an effective medicine to treat dysentery, and a three month old rice plant’s husks are said to have diuretic properties. Chinese people believe that rice considerably increases appetite, cures stomach ailments and treats all digestive problems. As a diuretic, rice husk can help to lose excess water weight, eliminate toxins from the body like uric acid, and even lose weight, since approximately 4% of urine is actually made up of body fat. The high fibre content also helps in increasing bowel movement regularity.

Helps in improving metabolism

Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fibre, iron, thiamine and riboflavin. These vitamins provide the foundation for body metabolism, immune system health, and general functioning of the organ systems, since vitamins are commonly consumed in the most essential activities in the body.

Helps to boost cardiovascular health

Rice bran oil extracted from the husk of rice is known to have antioxidant properties that promote cardiovascular strength by reducing cholesterol levels in the body. The husk of the grain is where much of the nutrients reside and this is removed in white rice preparation.

Helps to relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Rice is rich in resistant starch, which reaches the bowels in an undigested form. This type of starch stimulates the growth of useful bacteria that help in normal bowel movements. Also, this insoluble rice is very useful in reducing the effects of conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and diarrhoea.

Helps to prevent chronic constipation

Rice can also prevent chronic constipation. The insoluble fibre from rice acts like a soft sponge that may be pushed through the intestinal tract quickly and easily. Rice, which are whole grains are known to be rich in insoluble fibre. However, it is advisable to drink lots of water for relieving one’s constipated condition, in addition to eating fibrous foods.

Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Rice contains high levels of nutrients that stimulate the growth and activity of neurotransmitters, subsequently helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease to a considerable extent. Various species of rice have been found to stimulate neuroprotective enzymes in the brain, which inhibit the effects of free radicals and other dangerous toxins that can cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Helps to regulate body temperature

While cooking rice, the water in which it is boiled is known as rice water. The presence of rice water is linked to high temperature rice which provides starch in the water. Rice water is able to regulate body temperature. Consumption of rice water is thus a way to heal fever as well as it regulates body temperature. Hence it is an aid to help people having fever.

Uses of Rice

Rice is just not used as a staple for consumption. In addition to this, there are many other surprising uses of rice. Rice is used to dry out water damaged electronics, create a rice hot/cold pack, prevents salt clumps, helps in testing oil temperature before frying things, sharpens blender blades, used for cleaning dirty vase, helps to ripe fruits faster, prevents the formation of rust. It is also used as a beauty product to make one’s skin glow.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Rice

Consumption of rice is likely safe. However, eating white rice in excess amount on a daily basis can boost high risk for developing type 2 diabetes and obesity. Hence a balanced diet should be maintained.

Cultivation of Rice

Rice is an ancient food and it is believed to have been first cultivated in China around 6,000 years ago, but recent archaeological discoveries have found primitive rice seeds and ancient farm tools dating back about 9,000 years.

For the majority of its long history, rice was a staple only in Asia. Not until Arab travellers introduced rice into ancient Greece, and Alexander the Great brought it to India, did rice find its way to other corners of the world. Subsequently, the Moors brought rice to Spain in the 8th century during their conquests, while the Crusaders were responsible for bringing rice to France. Rice was introduced into South America in the 17th century by the Spanish during their colonization of this continent.

The majority of the world's rice is grown in Asia, where it plays an incredibly important role in their food culture. Thailand, Vietnam and China are the three largest exporters of rice.

Popular Questions & Answers

Is it mandatory that I should avoid rice, wheat for weight loss? Im planning for pregnancy in the near future so kindly suggest ways to reach the ideal weight with the balanced diet and supplements.

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user No you don't need to avoid wheat and rice in order to lose weight. You should reduce their portions in your meal. Wheat has important B vitamins, such as thiamin, folate, and vitamin B6, and the minerals magnesium, zinc, and manganese content. You should have whole wheat rotis. Avoid ghee on the rotis. With regards to rice you can opt for handpounded rice in smaller quantities / red rice / Brown rice also. The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process. It also plays a role in providing vitamin B1 to the human body.

I am 15 year old. From my childhood I am eating only rice made food and it just become my habit. Now I am able to see a lot of problems in my front. I am not able to eat roti and when I try to eat roti I face vomiting. My digestive doesn't functions well and I am physically and mentally weak. So suggest me a way to get out of this roti phobia. Please help me.

MB, BS. M.D
General Physician, Hyderabad
Nothing wrong ieating rice diet. you can change to brown rice if u want more benefits from rice. if at all u want wheat preparation try different forms such as puri,wheat ravva (upma).By chance u are naseating with wheat preprations, u may allergic to wheat (gluten .if u sill got tummy upset try eating small quantities ,try with curd,buttermilk etc. Take out from your mind the roti phobia,and be happy whatever the habbit may be.

I want to increase my weight. While workout weather I can take protein drinks like muzelblaze protein drinks. whether there is any side effects.

Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Protein supplements have no role in weight gain. Have more natural carbs rich food like unpolished rice, wheat porridge, milk and milk products, bananas, potatoes.

During pregnancy I gained 8 kgs. I was 54 kgs before pregnancy. I have been breast feeding for 6 months now and still continuing. I have not started any exercises to get back to my previous weight. How quick should I reduce the extra weight to be healthy?

Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
To reduce weight you need to avoid processed ready to eat foods that come in a pack like backed, fried and confectionary, minimise dairy food, rice and wheat based food, sugar, oil & salt. Increase intake of fruits and vegetables, sprouts, nuts and seeds.

Popular Health Tips

Health Tip

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Health Tip

MONDAY MOTIVATION:

WholeGrains are those in which the nutrients remain intact. Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Whole grains are either single foods, such as brown rice and popcorn, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat in bread.

RefinedGrains are milled, a process that strips out both the bran and germ to give them a finer texture and longer shelf life. The refining process also removes many nutrients, including fiber. Refined grains include white flour, white rice, white bread and degermed cornflower. Many breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries are made with refined grains, too.

 

BENEFITS OF HAVING WHOLE GRAINS:

 

  • They are high in fibre, so help in digestion.
  • They help to lower the cholestrol
  • They lower blood pressure
  • They help to control to weight
  • They will provide more satiety
  • Help to regulate blood sugar
  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals

 

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Best Diets For Your Teeth

BDS (Gold Medalist)
Dentist, Gurgaon
Best Diets For Your Teeth

You can’t go a day without seeing a new article about which diet is the best for losing weight, staying healthy, building muscle, or being environmentally responsible. There always seems to be some new trend that everyone is trying out. It can be hard enough to sort out which one is right for you before you even start asking the question I’m always thinking…

“What will it do to your teeth??”

I know. I know. It’s probably not the first question that comes to most people’s minds. I think it is a really important one though. A healthy set of teeth is important for eating and chewing as well as overall health. Many people are starting to realize that your mouth is a window into the health of the rest of your body. A great diet should be healthy for your teeth as well as for the rest of your body. Figuring out that part… Not so easy, but I’ve got you covered!

I’m going to go through all the major diets out there, and rank them according to how tooth friendly they are (This doesn’t take into account if the diet is effective for anything else… just how “safe” it is for your teeth). These rankings are my subjective ratings on the diets based on how I think the average person would use the diet.

One last piece of advice before we get into the rankings….

Almost any diet can be made “teeth healthy” if you understand and follow the basic rules about how to eat for healthy teeth. The problem is that people don’t usually understand how the process works, what foods can actually cause cavities, and how to avoid it.

Diets with a Tooth Score of 0-2 will be very challenging to follow as is and not develop cavities long term.

Diets with a Tooth Score of 3 can be made teeth healthy if you watch what and how you’re eating.

Diets with a Tooth Score of 4-5 will typically be quite teeth healthy without much modification.

ABS DIET

This diet recommends six meals a day, each meal containing at least two of it’s twelve superfoods (Almonds/Other Nuts, Beans, Spinach/Green Veggies, Dairy, Instant Oatmeal, Eggs, Turkey/Lean Meats, Peanut Butter, Olive Oil, Whole Grain Breads and Cereals, Whey Protein Powder, and Berries. Smoothies are a highly recommended way to get many of these meals in.

Pros: It recommends limiting refined carbohydrates and sugar.

Cons: It keeps you eating all throughout the day. Whole grain breads and cereals can still cause cavities. Sipping on smoothies, especially if they are berry heavy, is a good way to get cavities.

Tooth Score: 2/5. The constant eating is the biggest risk factor with this diet.

 

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

This diet is a relatively complicated one to follow! Here are the basic rules… 1) Eat as much fresh food as possible 2) Avoid processed foods and sugars 3) Get 40-50% of your calories from carbs, 30% from fat, and 20-30% from protein 4) Eat whole grains 5) Eat pasta in moderation 6) Avoid high fructose  7) Reduce your intake of saturated fats 8) Eat more vegetable based protein than animal based protein other than fish 9) Eat fruits and vegetables from the entire color spectrum and 10) Drink water

Pros: It recommends you limit most refined carbohydrates, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. These are the biggest contributors to tooth decay.

Cons: It can be complicated to follow and know if you’re doing right.

Tooth Score: 4/5. It cuts out the vast majority of foods that are known to cause cavities.

 

ATKINS DIET

The Atkins diet is one of the most popular low carb diets out there. It has you cut out almost all starchy and sugary carb foods including candy, cookies, chips, potatoes, pasta, bread, and sugary drinks.

Pros: It cuts out almost all carbs and sugars which are the biggest contributors to tooth decay.

Cons: None for your teeth.

Tooth Score: 5/5. By cutting out almost all carbs (except those you get from vegetables) you reduce your risk for cavities drastically.

 

BIGGEST LOSER DIET

The Biggest Loser Diet, popularized by the reality television show, focuses on small portions of food eaten in 5-6 meals throughout the day. It emphasizes weight loss which is achieved by eating fewer calories. The recommended foods for this diet include lean proteins such as turkey or chicken, low fat dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts.

Pros: It cuts out refined carbohydrates.

Cons: You are eating more frequently and still have a good number of sugars and carbs in your diet from grains and fruits.

Tooth Score: 2/5. The combination of eating frequently and carbs isn’t usually a good one for your teeth. Limiting how often you eat grains and fruits will help lessen the impact on your teeth.

 

DASH DIET

The DASH diet was originally created as a diet to help keep blood pressure in check. It has since been rated by several publications as one of the best overall diets to follow. It recommends eating the following servings of food each day (on a 2000 calorie diet): 7-8 servings of whole grains, 4-5 servings of fruit, 4-5 servings of vegetables, 2-3 servings of low fat or non-fat dairy, 2 or less servings of lean meats, fish, or poultry, 4-5 servings per week of nuts, seeds, and legumes, and limited consumption of fats and sweets. It also recommends keeping sodium intake very low

Pros: Great for your overall health

Cons: It has a large proportion of your food coming from grain and grain products as well as fruits. All of these can contribute to cavities if eaten too frequently.

Tooth Score: 3/5. To make this diet more teeth healthy, limit grain products, fruits, and any sugary items to your specific mealtimes and don’t snack on them throughout the day.

 

FAST DIET (5:2)

The fast diet (the most popular of which is the 5:2 variety) is a diet in which you eat normally 5 days out of the week and the other two days you eat a very small number of calories (usually around 500 calories). The goal of this diet is to lose weight. It says you can pretty much eat what you want on your non-fast days. The major goal is calorie reduction.

Pros: One of the easier ones to follow.

Cons: There aren’t any recommendations about cutting out refined carbs and sugar.

Tooth Score: 1/5 if your 5 regular days are like the typical western diet (high in refined carbs, sugars, and sweet drinks). If you eat more healthy foods on your regular days this could be a reasonable diet for your teeth.

 

FERTILITY DIET

The Fertility Diet as the name suggests was created to help people get pregnant. Many cases of infertility are related to the woman not ovulating which this diet can help with. The rules include avoiding trans fats, using unsaturated vegetable oils, eating vegetable proteins instead of animal proteins, eating slow carbs such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, drinking whole milk, eating iron containing plants, and staying hydrated while avoiding sugary drinks.

Pros: It recommends avoiding refined carbohydrates and extra sugars.

Cons: It is recommended that some women gain weight on the diet to get to a more healthy BMI for fertility. It is easy to eat the wrong foods in order to do this (such as ice cream or too many carbs).

Tooth Score: 4/5. Overall a good diet as long as you watch how often you’re consuming carbs and fruits.

 

FLAT BELLY DIET

The Flat Belly Diet claims you can lose up to 15 lbs in a month with their system. For the first four days of the diet you can only eat 1200 calories and avoid all salt, processed foods, carbs, and gassy foods such as broccoli, onions, and beans. After the first four days you shoot for 1600 calories a day, eating a small meal/snack every four hours and sticking to a Mediterranean style diet. You also have to drink 2 liters of water a day that has been mixed with ginger root, cucumber, lemon, and mint leaves.

Pros: After the first four days, it sticks to a Mediterranean style diet, which is pretty tooth safe.

Cons: The water concoction isn’t great for your teeth (regular water would be much better) and eating all throughout the day is associated with a higher rate of developing cavities.

Tooth Score: 2/5. If you drink plain water instead of their “sassy water” and avoid most processed carbs and sugars, it’ll be much safer for your teeth.

 

FLEXITARIAN DIET

The Flexitarian diet aims to have you add five new food groups to your diet without putting specific restrictions on what else you can eat: Plant proteins such as tofu, beans, nuts, eggs, or seeds, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and sugar and spice. It also aims to reduce the calories you eat each day.

Pros: Relatively easy to follow.

Cons: Easy to justify eating too many carbs and sugar.

Tooth score: 2/5. While much healthier than the standard diet, it still allows a lot of cavity creating foods, which if eaten too frequently will definitely cause tooth decay.

 

GLYCEMIC INDEX DIET

The Glycemic Index Diet attempts to get you to only eat foods that have a low glycemic index (eg. that don’t spike your blood sugar quickly such as refined carbohydrates, sugars, crackers, etc).

Pros: Many of the foods that have a high glycemic index are also cavity causing. Cutting them out will help.

Cons: Some of the moderate to low glycemic index foods can still cause cavities (such as fruits, pasta, or ice cream).

Tooth score 3/5. If you watch how often you eat those additional cavity causing foods, you can lessen the impact on your teeth.

 

INTERMITTENT FASTING

Intermittent fasting is a pretty broad term that spans everything from the 5:2 fast diet to one meal a day to a whole variety of other diets. The one thing that binds them all together is the emphasis on extended periods of not eating / minimal eating.

Pros: Extended fast periods are good and safe for your teeth.

Cons: No guidance on what types of foods to eat.

Tooth score: 4/5. One of the biggest factors in developing cavities is the frequency with which you eat sugars and carbohydrates that cavity causing bacteria feed on. Intermittent fasting makes it so that you don’t eat them frequently, even if you do eat them.

 

JENNY CRAIG DIET

Many people love the Jenny Craig Diet because they make it easy. They send you pre-packaged meals and provide you with the meal plans so that you can stay on track. Portion size control is the biggest thing that they do for you.

Pros: By having pre-set meals and snacks you are able to avoid constant snacking throughout the day.

Cons: There are still a lot of refined carbohydrates and sugars in their meals, snacks, and desserts.

Tooth Score: 3/5.

 

MAYO CLINIC DIET

The Mayo Clinic Diet focuses on eating according to their Healthy Food Pyramid which emphasizes eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, and in lesser amounts, “smart” carbohydrates such as whole grains. For the initial portion of the diet, they also recommend cutting out artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and all sugary items but are added back after losing the weight you’d like to lose.

Pros: It recommends cutting out refined carbohydrates and eat “smart ” carbohydrates such as you’ll find in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Cons: Carbohydrates (with a picture of pasta) are still high on their list of foods to eat.

Tooth Score: 3/5

 

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

The Mediterranean Diet basically has four different categories of foods to eat… Eat regularly, Eat in Moderation, Eat Rarely, and Don’t Eat. Eat regularly includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and pasta, nuts, beans, fish, and healthy oils such as olive oil. Eat in moderation includes eggs, dairy, and poultry. Eat rarely includes red meat. Don’t eat includes refined carbohydrates, processed foods, processed meats, and sugars.

Pros: It cuts out refined carbohydrates.

Cons: It still has a heavy emphasis on carbohydrates and fruits which can both cause cavities if eaten frequently.

Tooth Score: 3/5

 

MIND DIET

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (quite a mouthful!). The goal of the diet is to reduce your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that it is effective in doing this if followed well. The foods it recommends eating are a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets, specifically the ones that are good for brain health. These include green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, berries, nuts, whole grains, fish, and poultry.

Pros: It cuts out refined carbohydrates.

Cons: Like the two diets it is based on, a large proportion of calories still come from carbohydrates and fruits. This can cause cavities if eaten too frequently.

Tooth Score: 3/5.

 

NUTRISYSTEM DIET

The Nutrisystem diet is similar to the Jenny Craig Diet in that you select from pre-packaged meals that are shipped to your house. It focuses on portion control and eating many small meals throughout the day. The meals shoot for 50% of your calories from carbohydrates, 25% from protein, and 25% from fat.

Pros: You have some flexibility in what meals you get.

Cons: A lot of meals have sugar or a lot of carbohydrates in them and it also recommends you eat frequently throughout the day.

Tooth Score: 2/5.  Too many carbohydrates too often can lead to cavities.

 

ORNISH DIET

In the Ornish diet foods are broken up into five categories, Group 1 being the most healthy all the way to Group 5 which is the least healthy. Group 1 includes fruits, vegetables, beans, non-fat dairy, and whole grains. Group 2 includes avacados, nuts, seeds, and various oils such as canola or olive. Group 3 includes seafood and reduced fat dairy products. Group 4 includes poultry, whole fat dairy products, cookies, and cakes. Group 5 includes red meat, butter, fried foods, and other highly processed foods. The goal is to eat primarily from groups 1 and 2, occasionally from group 3, and infrequently from groups 4 and 5.

Pros: It cuts out most refined carbohydrates.

Cons: Depending on how you implement the diet you can end up with a lot of carb heavy meals.

Tooth Score 3/5

 

PALEO DIET

The goal of the Paleo diet is to eat like early humans used to eat. This can be quite variable so there are a good number of variations on this diet. Most practitioners of the Paleo diet recommend getting the vast majority of your calories from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meat. Beans, sugars, and most carbohydrates, even whole grain, are a big no-no.

Pro: It cuts out most carbohydrates except for what you get from fruits and vegetables.

Cons: It’s unclear if this diet is actually healthy for the rest of your body (even though it is pretty good for your teeth)

Tooth Score: 5/5

 

SLIM FAST DIET

You eat Slim Fast products as meal replacements. These primarily include shakes, meals bars, and snack bars. You also fix one 500 calorie meal a day. The primary goal of this diet is to lose weight, not to be a long term diet plan.

Pro: It is an easy diet to follow, if not very exciting.

Cons: Most of the products have sugar or carbs in them.

Tooth Score 1/5.

 

SLOW CARB DIET

The Slow Carb Diet was popularized by Tim Ferris in his book, “The Four Hour Body”. Tim Ferris differentiates between “fast carbs” and “slow carbs”. Fast carbs are things like sugar and refined carbohydrates (such as white flour) that break down quickly into sugars. He specifically says to avoid anything white and starchy as well as fruits. Slow carbs are things like whole grains and vegetables that your body breaks down much more slowly. You basically cut out all “fast carbs” from your diet 6 out of the 7 days of the week. The 7th day is a cheat day and you can eat whatever you want. You also shouldn’t drink any calories so no sugary drinks allowed.

Pros: The diet really cuts out the vast majority of foods that cause cavities.

Cons: Most people go crazy on the cheat day, but it shouldn’t be too much of problem if eat the right things on the other days.

Tooth Score: 4/5

 

SMOOTHIE OR JUICING DIET

Several documentaries have extolled the virtues of a smoothie or juicing only diet for some period of time in order to lose weight. The most popular of these is “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. The basic idea is that you only make fruit and vegetable smoothies or juice for whatever period of time you need in order to lose your required amount of weight.

Pros: None that I can think of.

Cons: Drinks with sugar (such as almost every smoothie or juice) are terrible for your teeth, especially if you consume them frequently.

Tooth Score: 0/5. This is a dangerous one for your teeth.

 

SOUTH BEACH DIET

The South Beach Diet is another low carb / right carb diet. It breaks up the diet into three separate phases. Phase 1 is the most restrictive and cuts out all carbohydrates except those with a very low glycemic index such as such as vegetables. This phase is very tooth friendly and intended to help you lose a lot of weight. Phase 2 lets you re-introduce some of those carbs back into your diet. It recommends only whole grains, fruits, whole wheat pasta, and sweet potatoes. This is moderately tooth friendly. Phase 3 is when you are at a stable weight and are just maintaining. It recommends you make good food choices based on your experiences in the first two phases. You can go back to phase 1 and 2 if you need to lose more weight.

Pros: Cuts out refined carbohydrates for the most part.

Cons: Once you’re at a stable weight, it is far less restrictive and you might start choosing foods that are bad for your teeth again.

Tooth Score 3/5. Depending on what phase you’re in, it can be either good or bad for your teeth.

 

STANDARD WESTERN DIET

This isn’t so much a “diet” as it is the typical way many people eat today. It started in the United States and has since spread to most other parts of the world. There is a heavy emphasis on refined carbohydrates, meats, and sugary drinks. Fruits and vegetables are usually an afterthought. It is responsible for the skyrocketing rates of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many other diseases. As expected it is terrible for your teeth too.

Tooth Score: 0/5

 

TLC DIET

The TLC diet aims to lower your bad cholesterol levels and be heart healthy. It does this by reducing saturated fats in your diet. On this diet you’ll want to avoid most saturated fats including butter, whole fat dairy, and fatty meats. It also increases the amount of soluble fiber you consume. The recommended foods include fruits, vegetables, fish, skin off lean meats, bread, pasta, and other whole grains.

Pros: It is rated as a good diet for your heart.

Cons: There are a lot of recommended carbs in this diet. If you’re eating fruits, bread, and pasta too frequently you’ll likely develop cavities.

Tooth Score: 2/5

 

TRADITIONAL ASIAN DIET

This one spans a good variety of different diets prevalent in the area of Asia. Most of them are low fat and include large amounts of rice, vegetables, fruit, and fish. Red meat is very limited.

Pros: It is typically considered a pretty healthy diet.

Cons: Rice, fruit, and noodles can definitely cause cavities, especially if combined with any added sugars.

Tooth Score: 2/5

 

VEGAN DIET

A vegan diet aims to cut out all animals products. That means no butter, eggs, dairy, cheese, meats, or fish. Most people on a vegan diet eat large amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, pasta, and bread.

Pros: A well done vegan diet (heavy on the vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts can be really healthy).

Cons: It is easy to load up on carbs or sweets while on this diet since you have so many other restrictions.

Tooth Score: 2/5. I recently had a patient who had 15 cavities while eating a vegan diet. She was snacking on potato chips all day which led to the cavities. I’ve seen the same thing with fresh fruit heavy diets. You can make it more teeth healthy by eating more whole grains, limiting the frequency with which you have them (don’t snack on them!), and avoiding added sugars.

 

VEGETARIAN DIET

The vegetarian diet cuts out all meat products but other animal products such as dairy and eggs are OK for most people. There are a couple of different variations that allow different items. Most people eat a large amount of vegetables, fruits, cheese, nuts, beans, pasta, and bread.

Pros: A well done vegetarian diet can be really healthy.

Cons: As with the vegan diet it is easy to load up on way too many carbs and sugars.

Tooth Score: 2/5. To make this one more teeth healthy avoid eating carbs and extra sugars except at meal times.

 

VOLUMETRICS DIET

The Volumetrics Diet is different than many of the other diets I’ve featured on here. Instead of focusing on food groups or calories, it recommends simply eating high volume, low calorie foods to keep you full without eating excess calories. Examples of these high volume, low calorie foods include fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meat.

Pros: It recommends cutting out refined carbohydrates.

Cons: You can still develop cavities if you are eating a lot of the fruits and grains too frequently.

Tooth Score: 3/5

 

WEIGHT WATCHERS DIET

Weight Watchers works by using a SmartPoints system. You have a set number of points you can use each day. Foods that are healthy cost very few points while calorie heavy, non-nutritious foods cost a lot of points. No food is banned in this diet. The SmartPoints system aims to get you to eat low calorie and fillings foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean vegetables.

Pros: Most of their “good” foods are pretty healthy for your teeth.

Cons: You can eat small amounts of the “bad” foods on this diet and if you are doing it frequently throughout the day they can still cause cavities.

Tooth Score: 2/5

 

ZONE DIET

This diet ends up being a relatively low carbohydrate diet. It allows you 3 meals a day a two snacks. Each meal is supposed to be 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% non-starchy/non-sugary carbohydrates. High sugar fruits and vegetables are discouraged as well as bad fats like red meat and egg yolks. Most meals end up being about 1/4 lean meat, 2/3 good fruits and vegetables, and the rest good fats such as avocados, etc.

Pros: It cuts out most foods that cause cavities.

Cons: Not many from the perspective of your teeth.

Tooth Score: 5/5

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Foods That Boost Your Fertility!

MD Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Ahmedabad
Foods That Boost Your Fertility!

According to a recent study of fertility and diet conducted by the Harvard Medical School, it has been revealed that consuming certain foods and abstaining from some can be easily opted for without any external intervention in order to aid in improving the ovulatory system, even though there are factors that you are unable to control, such as genetics and age. It is important to be aware of the small dietary changes that can potentially make you much more fertile than those who do not go for a healthy diet.

  1. Go for complex carbohydratesExperts suggest eating more of slow and complex carbohydrates and restricting the consumption of processed ones. Your body is able to digest bad carbohydrates in order to turn them into blood sugar, which is harmful to the body. So you must stay away from cakes and cookies, white breads, white rice, junk food and all such items that appear unsurpassable. It is because the pancreas are compelled to release an additional amount of insulin into the blood for controlling the blood-sugar spike. On the other hand, you can go for good carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which take time to digest and have a much slower effect on the insulin and blood sugar. It is evident that high levels of insulin can inhibit the process of ovulation.
  2. Choose Iron-Rich Foods:  A diet rich in iron that comes from vegetables and supplements may lower the risk of ovulatory infertility. Ovulatory infertility is only one cause of infertility and affects 25 percent of infertile couples. Vegetarian foods with iron include all types of beans, eggs, lentils, spinach, fortified cereals, long-grain enriched rice and whole grains. Add vitamin C from citrus fruits, bell peppers or berries to your meals to enhance iron absorption.

  3. The "Fertility Diet":  Women should choose the following "fertility diet" -

    • Less animal protein and more vegetable protein
    • Less trans fat and more monounsaturated fat (from foods such as avocados and olive oil)
    • More high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrate-rich foods (including whole grains)
    • More vegetarian sources of iron and fewer meat sources
    • Multivitamins
    • High-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy
  4. Get enough folic acid: Folic acid has been proven to reduce a baby's risk of neural-tube birth defects such as spina bifida, and it is linked to a lower incidence of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and diabetes. A good over-the-counter prenatal vitamin should contain more than the minimum recommendation of folic acid, between 600 and 800 mcg – what you'll need during pregnancy. In addition, you can eat folate-rich foods, such as dark green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, citrus fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and fortified breads and cereals.
  5. Dairy: It pays to bone up on dairy (milk, yogurt, and cheese) when you’re trying to conceive. Adding dairy to your preconception diet is good not only for bone health but also — potentially — for your reproductive health. So drink that milk, spoon up that yogurt, sip that smoothie, nibble on that cheese.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Digestive Health - 10 Things That Can Help You Manage It!

DNB Gastroenterology, Consulatant Gastroenterologist, Chief gastroenterologist
Gastroenterologist, Nashik
Digestive Health - 10 Things That Can Help You Manage It!

The food you eat plays an important role in your gastrointestinal health. Some foods can be difficult to digest and lead to bloating and heartburn while others increase the healthy bacteria in your gut and make digestion easier. 

Here are ten things you should include in your diet for a healthy digestive system:

  1. Bananas: Bananas help regulate bowel movements and help bind food waste together thus helping with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. They also help restore the electrolyte and potassium balance in the stomach.
  2. Oats: Oats are rich in fiber and low in calories. It is also a rich source of phosphorus, vitamin E and Zinc. Oats helps with the proper functioning of the digestive system and the extraction of waste.
  3. Curd: Curd rice is the most well known home remedy for an upset stomach. Curd is a rich source of probiotics that helps restore the balance of healthy gut bacteria and eases digestion.
  4. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an excellent substitute for normal cooking oil or butter. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that ease the digestive system and boost immunity and energy levels.
  5. Lentils: Lentils are rich in prebiotics and fiber. These prebiotics promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and prevent harmful bacteria from causing stomach infections.
  6. Ginger: Herbs and spices are very helpful with digestion. Amongst these, ginger is foremost. It can be used to treat a number of stomach infections such as bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Ginger also helps speed up the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines. 
  7. Vegetables: Vegetables are rich in fiber and probiotics. While beetroots help relieve constipation, sweet potatoes help treat ulcers and bowel problems. Other vegetables that aid digestion include cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.
  8. Brown rice: A certain amount of carbohydrates are essential for a well balanced diet. Brown rice has a high calorific value but is less fattening. Brown rice helps food move smoothly through the digestive system and hence promotes regularity.
  9. Peppermint: Peppermint helps ease indigestion and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint can be had on its own as a flavoring agent in salads and on fruits or taken as a supplement.
  10. Water: Water is crucial to healthy digestion. It helps smooth the movement of food through the digestive system and out of the bowels. Inadequate water is one of the most common causes of constipation. Ideally, you should have a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Easy Ways To Manage Acidity!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), PG Dip Panchakarma, PG Dip Ksharsutra For Piles, Pilonidal, Sinus & Fistula Management, Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Certificate In Diabetes Update
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Easy Ways To Manage Acidity!

Gastritis / acidity part -2

Simple ways to manage gastritis / acidity

Gastritis/ acidity is usually mild and can be cured easily by following better food habits and regular healthy lifestyle. However, sometime gastritis can cause pain in the upper part of the abdomen and may lead to stomach ulcers. Few over-the-counter (otc) antacid medicines and a set of do's and don'ts can relieve gastritis. Some of the lifestyle and dietary changes are as follows:

Lifestyle / dietary changes:

Excess spicy food and use of painkillers, alcohol, cigarettes and acidic beverages lead to symptoms of gastritis. To get rid of symptoms of gastritis, one should follow these simple remedies.

Small meals: eat food in smaller quantity and switch to several small meals.

Avoid painkillers: painkillers lead to ulcers in your stomach and cause bleeding. So, avoid unnecessary use of painkillers.

Yoga and physical exercise: kapalabhati, bhastrika and anulomaviloma yoga increases movement of body and organs, helpful in the treatment of gastritis.

Foods to be taken:

A healthy meal plan with low unhealthy fat, salt, and added sugar helps in relieving gastritis. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy foods. Lean meats, poultry (chicken and turkey), fish, beans, eggs, and nuts are also advised to gastritis patients.

Fruits: fruits contain vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants should be the part of the diet plan.

Rice gruel: rice gruel helps in the formation of watery gastric juice and reduces the acidity level within the stomach. Only rice that has been aged for one year must be used. Wheat and barley are beneficial.

Vegetables: garlic and onion limit the growth of bacteria. Carrot juice, spinach juice, pumpkin, bitter gourd (kaakarakaya), cucumber (dosakaya), and green banana are effective. Broccoli is effective against h. Pylori bacteria in the stomach lining.

Dairy products: the calcium and vitamin d in milk reduce the stomach acids and gives relief to the stomach but, it should be with low content fat.

Grains: whole wheat chapattis, pasta, noodles made from whole grains should be included in the diet. Refined flour (maida) products should be strictly avoided. Limit the consumption of whole grain chapattis to about 2 chapattis, per day.

Green coconut water: drink green coconut water, as it provides the stomach with the necessary rest, vitamins, and minerals which provide an excellent and easy remedy for gastritis.

Foods to be avoided:

Several foods produce a large amount of acid in your stomach leading to gastritis. You should avoid intake of such foodstuffs in your diet:


- salty and spicy foods.

- vinegar and vinegar based food items.

- aerated drinks, citrus juices, caffeine.

- high fat/cholesterol contained food items.

- beef, fried fish, and pork.

- baked products like cookies, cakes, chocolates.

Medical treatments

Medical therapies/ options:

Several allopathic medicines are used for the treatment of gastritis, but their prolonged use can lead to problems like weak bones, constipation, vomiting. Antibiotics are used to kill h. Pylori bacteria, which causes ulcers and gastritis in your digestive tract. Antacids normalize acid production by blocking the action of the parts of cells that produce acids. Ulcer healing agents protect the tissues that line your stomach and small intestine. Besides these, surgery is preferred in complicated cases of gastritis like pus or mucous filled infections in stomach and intestines.

Ayurvedic and herbal therapies:

In Ayurveda, gastritis is known as urdhavaga amalapitta. It is caused in people who have pitta dosha, which means disturbance in the digestion of food leading to indigestion. When the pitta dosha gets increased in such people, there are greater chances of getting gastritis. Ayurvedic preparations like dhaatriloha, sukumaraghrita, sootashekhara rasa, kaamadudha rasa, leela vilas rasa, chandrakala rasa, amalakichoorna, triphalachoornaand amalapittantaka rasa are beneficial in gastritis. If there is constipation along with gastritis, then avipattikarachoorna is taken as the medicine of choice.

Few herbs that are beneficial for gastritis patients are

Cardamom (ilaayachee): soothes the stomach. It is especially beneficial if the gastritis causes heartburn.

Fennel (sauph): is digestive, traditionally used by Indians. Fennel gives the soothing effect to the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.

Ginger (adrakh): it is effective in treating indigestion that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

Amla: Amla is very beneficial in the treatment of several stomach ailments including gastritis.

Sandalwood (chandan): helps in gastritis because it has cooling properties. It can soothe the stomach muscles inflamed by gastritis.

Asparagus: it's roots are effective in reducing the hyperacidity of the digestive system.

Licorice (mulethi) root powder: the root of the licorice soothes the injury of the stomach and also reduces the h pylori. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Rice
Nutritional Value of Rice
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Rice
Helps in providing energy
Helps to prevent obesity
Helps in controlling blood pressure
Helps in preventing cancer
Provides skin care
Diuretic & Digestive Qualities
Helps in improving metabolism
Helps to boost cardiovascular health
Helps to relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Helps to prevent chronic constipation
Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Helps to regulate body temperature
Uses of Rice
Side-Effects & Allergies of Rice
Cultivation of Rice