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Benefits of Cherry And Its Side Effects

Cherries have rich content of anti-oxidants that have a lot of good effects on our health. Consumption of cherries also help to prevent certain types of cancer, reduces inflammation and prevents gout, brings relief from arthritic pain and even helps to reduce belly fat. In addition to these, cherries also supports healthy sleep, reduces post-exercise muscle pain, lowers risk of stroke and takes care of your skin and hair.

Benefits of Cherry And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cherry
Nutritional Value of Cherry
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Cherry
Helps you to sleep
Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Reduces risk of stroke
Helps prevent cancer
Treats gout and prevents inflammation
Helps reduce muscle pain
Regulates blood pressure
Good for your brain
Helps in weight loss
Good for migraines and also helps to boost your sex life
Uses of Cherry
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cherry
Cultivation of Cherry

Cherry

Cherry is a fleshy drupe which belongs to the genus prunus. A typical cheery has a hard seed in the center which is surrounded by edible fleshy fruit measuring around 2 cm in diameter. The skin is bright red or purple in colour. Two varieties of cherry are wild or sweet cherry and sour or tart cherry. They can be of different shapes and can be eaten as snacks or can be used in making tarts or cherry pies or juice.

Nutritional Value of Cherry

Vitamin C, which acts a powerful anti-oxidant, is present in good quantities in cherries. They do not contain fats, cholesterol or sodium. They have fiber, Vitamin A and essential minerals like iron, calcium and protein. They also contain substantial quantities of potassium. In addition to these, cherries also possess other beneficial compounds like boron, melatonin and anthocyanins.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

50 Calories
0.3 g Total Fat
3 mg Sodium
173 mg Potassium
12 g Total Carbohydrate
1 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

25 % Vitamin A
0.01 Calcium
16 % Vitamin C
1 % Iron
2 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Cherry

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

Helps you to sleep

Cherries contain substantial quantities of melatonin that is instrumental in curing insomnia and it also helps to maintain healthy joints. Thus people suffering from sleep disorders can incorporate cherries in your diet. Drinking cherry juice helps to regulate sleep cycles.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease

It has been found that incorporating cherries in diet can help that to person to deal with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Many doctors have recommended cherries to people suffering from Alzheimer’s. This is due to the presence of good quantities of anti-oxidants.

Reduces risk of stroke

Including cherries in your diet can help to prevent cardiovascular diseases. This is due to the presence of anthocyanins which provide tart cherries its red colour. The anthocyanins help to activate PPAR which regulates the genes responsible for fat and glucose metabolism. This keeps blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check.

Helps prevent cancer

Sweet cherries contain Vitamin C, anthocyanins and carotenoids that help to prevent certain types of cancer. Sweet cherries are also a good source of cyanidins , which is primarily responsible for this fruit’s cancer-preventive capabilities. Anthocyanins help to arrest cell cycle and apostosis. Cyanidin promotes cell differentiation and reduces the risks of healthy cells being converted into cancerous ones.

Treats gout and prevents inflammation

Gout occurs when there is excess of uric acid concentration in your body. Uric-acid forming crystals get deposited in your joints and this leads to swelling and inflammation. Cherries help to prevent this ailment by helping to regulate the metabolic processes that control the amount of uric acid in your blood.

Helps reduce muscle pain

Cherry juice helps to reduce muscle pain after exercises. Those involved in high-intensity workouts or trainings can incorporate cherry juice in their diet.

Regulates blood pressure

Cherries help to regulate blood pressure and heart rate and reduces the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases. This is due to the presence of potassium, which is a vasodilator. Cherries also contain phytosterols which reduces bad cholesterol levels.

Good for your brain

Consumption of cherries is good for your brain due to the presence of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Thus it helps to prevent neural tube defects in infants and also takes improves your memory.

Helps in weight loss

Cherries mainly consist of water and are very low in calories. The fiber content in this fruit helps to keep you fuller for longer while the B vitamins like thiamine, ribloflavin and Vitamin B6 facilitate the metabolism and conversion of nutrients into energy. Thus cherries help you to lose weight.

Good for migraines and also helps to boost your sex life

Cherries contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids that reduce inflammation and thus provides relief from migraines. Cherries also help to increase libido in both men and women. Vitamin A and Vitamin C, present in cherries, help to improve testosterone and estrogen and also improves sexual appetite.

Uses of Cherry

Cherries can be used in a variety of ways and utilized in different cuisines. It has a number of beneficial effects for our hair and skin. Cherries help to keep your skin healthy due to the presence of multiple vitamins. It is often used in skin lightening and also anti-aging properties. The presence of so many vitamins also help to strengthen your hair and facilitates hair growth.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cherry

Cherries contain dietary fiber and excess consumption of this fruit can cause gastrointestinal problems. Excessive consumption can cause intestinal gas, bloating and cramps. Cherries do not contain many essential vitamins and minerals and so cannot be used as a replacement for other nutrition-rich foods. Sometimes sensitive people may develop some allergies on consumption of this fruit.

Cultivation of Cherry

Cherries have been consumed for a long time. Roman conquerors, Chinese noblemen and Greek citizens- all considered the cherry to be a delicacy. This fruit was brought to America in the early 17th century by the European settlers. It is also believed that sweet cherries actually originated in Asia and that they were carried to Europe by birds.

Cherries grow best in cool climate as it requires 1200-1500 hours of chilling period. They grow well at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. Deep sandy soil with a pH range of 6-7.5 is necessary for this fruit to grow properly. An annual rainfall of 100 – 125 cm is required for the plant.

Popular Questions & Answers

Tell me any sex tablets, that can not harmful for my health and which is helpful in sexual intercourse. That I can sustain my erection during intercourse.

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Ayurveda, Dehradun
Hi Do not worry. There are many usefull medicine in Ayurveda to solve your problem. (1) Winter Cherry is a potent adaptogen, which relieves mental stress, a key contributor of poor sexual performance. It is an effective antioxidant that helps in alleviating male sexual dysfunction. (2) Shilajeet acts as an adaptogen and rejuvenates the body in order to improve sexual function. (3) Cowhage/Velvet Bean is an aphrodisiac, that supports the production of hormones associated with the ‘pleasure system’ of the brain. The herb is a prophylactic (preventative) against oligospermia (low sperm count). (4) Small Caltrops is beneficial in erectile dysfunction as it strengthens the penile tissue. Protodioscin, a precursor of testosterone found in Small Caltrops, is converted to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in the body, which improves flow-mediated vasodilation of the penile arteries. For Dose, Direction of uses and Suitable medicines, You can talk to me privately without hesitation on Lybrate. Do not worry.
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What is th best precautions and healthy diet during the any operation. Please advice

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.
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Sir my friend is having more hallucinations and delusions. She is diagnosed for thought disorder. Is there any mri scan or blood tests to diagnose these disease?

B.Sc(Hons) Mumbai Univ., ND, MD - Alternate Medicine, Aroma Therap., Bach Flower Rem, Mental Health Cert.
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Hi I will prescribe some harmless but effective flower remedy. Mix 2 drops of Aspen+ 2 drops of Mimulus + 2 drops of Mustard +Cherry Plum 2 drops + 2 drops of Scleranthus + + 2 drops of White chestnut Mix these with 100 ml water and drink it every morning and night.(same dose) on empty stomach. If problem continues consult me online. These flower remedies are available in Homoeopathy pharmacy. Tell your husband to take above medicines.
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Hello mam, Good evening, Sex time increase karne k lye konsa food avoid karna chahiye or konse food sahi h sex time increase k lye Please suggest me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Men are advised to follow a sexual exhaustion diet along with homoepathic treatment to increase their stamina on a regular basis, which includes - Foods like fresh fruits, especially strawberries, quince, plums, peaches, mangoes, figs, coconuts, bananas, apples, raspberries, pomegranates, pears, papayas, grapes, dates, cherries and apricots. Vegetables that have an aphrodisiac effect on the body, some of which can include eggplant, cucumbers, celery asparagus, carrots and corn. Other vegetables that are also highly recommended in a diet for sexual erectile dysfunction include garlic, avocadoes, tomato, beans, garlic, onions, parsley, spinach, turnips, soybeans, watercress, peppers and leeks. Nut and seeds, being good sources of protein, help boost sex drive and therefore, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts are all good for sexual health. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is important for people to make certain lifestyle changes too, which can help improve their sexual health. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga as also massage therapy are all great for increasing sexual drive and performance. People should make it a point to get an adequate amount of rest, sleep and relaxation, to decrease sexual problems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to sexual problems, in men and women. Hence, getting an adequate amount of exercise each day can be very useful in improving overall health, which also includes sexual health.. consult me for homoepathic treatment without side effects. .recommend me by clicking on recommend option and leave feedback..

Popular Health Tips

7 Foods That Are Memory Boosters!

Bachelor In Clinical Nutrition and Dieteics, Master in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
7 Foods That Are Memory Boosters!

Eating healthy is very helpful for your mental as well as your physical well-being. Your mind requires nutrients just like your heart, muscles and lungs do. These can be derived from the following ingredients:

  1. Berries: Berries, particularly dark ones, such as cherries, blackberries and blueberries, are a great source of anthocyanins and different flavonoids that can boost your memory. Try to consume these in small portions at least twice a day. You can enjoy a handful in the form of snacks, add them in your cereal or bake them into a dessert like muffins or pancakes. Fresh, frozen or dried berries and cherries can reap you a lot of benefits other than memory boost as well.
  2. Avocados: Avocados are the powerhouse which are stuffed with mono-saturated fats containing both vitamin K and folate. Avocados prevent blood clots in the brain, protect you against strokes and enhance the cognitive capacity of the brain, both in terms of memory as well as concentration.
  3. BroccoliBroccoli contains large amounts of vitamin K and choline. It tends to help keep your memory sharp. It is also filled with vitamin C where just one glass provides you with 150% of your recommended every day consumption.
  4. Coconut oilCoconut oil fills in as a naturally calming, anti-inflammatory agent. It stiffens the cells in charge of inflammation and aggravation. It can help with memory loss as you age and will kill awful microscopic organisms that are present in your gut.
  5. Salmon: Salmon is a well-known ingredient amongst the most nutritious and healthy food items recommended for the brain. It is highly rich in Omega-3 unsaturated fats which keep the brain running, help you get rid of brain fog and improve your power of remembering things.
  6. Pumpkin seedsHighly rich in zinc than most seeds, pumpkin seeds supply this highly valuable mineral which is very important for improving memory and thinking abilities. These little seeds are also loaded with stress-busting magnesium, B vitamins and tryptophan that is a precursor to the good mood substance called serotonin.
  7. WalnutsWalnuts are very well known for a positive impact on the heart’s health. Walnuts may likewise enhance the working memory and boost it further. One can take them as a snack at any point in the day, be it to fulfill late morning hunger or add them to cereal or serving of mixed vegetables for crunch. You can also blend them into a vegetable panfry for additional protein.

Different kinds of food products have different effects on the body as well as the brain. To have a healthy body, one definitely needs to have a sound and healthy mind. Eating junk food blocks certain functions of the brain over the years whereas, a healthy diet may help in keeping you physically, mentally and psychologically healthy.

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

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Diet + Yoga - Together They Can Help You Manage Diabetes!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), CGO
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Diet + Yoga - Together They Can Help You Manage Diabetes!

Are you looking for an effective way to managing your diabetes? Yoga is considered to be an ideal remedy. Regular yoga helps in reducing the sugar levels in your blood, and also lowers your blood pressure. It helps to keep your weight in check and relieves and reduces the symptoms of diabetes, thereby, slowing down the progression of the condition. Moreover, yoga helps in increasing the production of glucagon, which is a hormone responsible for increasing glucose levels in your blood. There are several yoga poses or asanas, which assist in reducing stress from your mind. This reduces the glucagon amount and improves insulin action.

Here are some important yoga poses and asanas, which help in stress reduction, and in turn work on your diabetic symptoms.

  1. Pranayama: This breathing exercise involves breathing in and breathing out. It helps in oxygenating your blood, thereby improving blood circulation. Your mind calms down and your nerves get relaxed.
  2. Setubandhasana: This yoga pose is ideal for blood pressure management, and also provides relaxation to your mind. It helps in improving several other conditions, and functions of your body.
  3. Balasana: This asana is referred to as the pose of a child. It is an ideal stress buster. It stretches your thighs, hips, and ankles, calms your mind and provides effective stress relief. It eliminates fatigue and cures lower back pain.
  4. Vajrasana: This is another simple yoga pose, which is ideal for providing relaxation to your mind. It is an important yoga asana, according to Ayurvedic beliefs.
  5. Sarvangasana: This yoga pose is renowned for its function of regulating the working of your thyroid glands. The thyroid glands control the functioning of your entire body, which includes your nervous, reproductive, and respiratory system. It also controls your body’s metabolism. This yoga pose nourishes your spine, supplying large amounts of oxygen and blood. This enables you to keep away from nervous system disorders, and improves your overall health. In short, it is an ideal overall stress buster.
  6. Halasana: This yoga asana is ideal for people who are stressed because of a bad posture, owing to long hours of sitting in a place. The pose stimulates your thyroid glands, lungs, parathyroid glands, and the organs in your abdomen. It helps the rush of blood to your face and head, keeping your hormone levels under supervision. It is effective for diabetic patients.
  7. Dhanurasana: It is another effective yoga pose that strengthens your backbone and back. It stimulates your reproductive organs, and works great in beating stress and fatigue. It is highly recommended to be practiced for diabetic patients.

Here is a list of food items you should include/cut down in your diet in case you have type 2 diabetes:

  1. Vegetables: You must have fresh or frozen vegetables and avoid using sauces, dips, fats or salts. Intake non-starchy vegetables like cucumber, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and vegetables, which are dark green or yellow in color. Also have starchy vegetables such as corn, green peas, beans, carrots and yams. Avoid potatoes as they are pure starch.
  2. Fresh Fruits: You should include fresh fruits in your regular diet. Have apples, bananas, berries, papaya, cherries, grapes, melons, oranges, peaches, pineapples and raisins. Have whole fruits regularly, which do not contain added chemical sweeteners.
  3. Grains: Include grains in your diet and consume whole grains more. Whole grains are not processed and consist of the whole-grain kernel. Grains contain starch, which is a source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are bad for blood sugar. Hence, whole grains, which are rich in fiber are recommended. Fiber controls the blood-sugar level from shooting up. Fiber should be included in the form of bran of oat and wheat.
  4. Proteins: Coming to protein food items, you should consume fish and poultry items often. Always remove the skin from chicken or turkey properly before cooking. Buy lean meat and trim all the fat from meat. Avoid frying and use methods such as baking, roasting, grilling or boiling. Also use healthy oils for frying purpose.
  5. Dairy Products: In case of type 2 diabetes, always use dairy products, which are low in fat. Do not add sugar to milk, curd or yoghurt as they contain natural sugar. Do not consume more than three cups of milk a day.
  6. Oils and Fats: Cut down the intake of excessive oily and fatty foods. Avoid food items that contain high saturated fats such as bacon, hams, sausages and butter. Consume food with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats. Oil raises blood-sugar level and is high in calorie and should be used in lesser amounts.

A type 2 diabetes patient needs to undergo several changes in his/her diet to keep a check on the rising blood sugar levels and for living as healthy as possible. 

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

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Hale & Hearty Christmas - Celebrate Your Day With Flavours & Health!

M.Sc. in Foods & Nutrition, PhD in Foods & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Udaipur
Hale & Hearty Christmas - Celebrate Your Day With Flavours & Health!

Christmas is a challenging time to embrace healthy foods when you see all the tempting food advertised and marketed throughout the week. Christmas is recognised as a celebratory affair – it certainly shouldn’t be a time to feel guilty about enjoying yummy Christmas food! Well, a walk on such food during Christmas wouldn’t do any harm to burn off those calories.

However, it is still possible to cook Christmas treats that are healthy as well delicious. It is just the way they are being prepared, cooked and served - often loaded with fats such as salt and butter. And this is where the nutritional value can be depleted. Consider adopting the following healthy food recipes and party tips this festive season.

1. Spinach Balls
This appetizer allows you to incorporate some vegetables into your Christmas feast. Made using spinach, eggs, grated cheese, panko crumbs, fresh herbs and garlic salt rolled into balls kept in a freezer for a while before baking and serving them as an appetizer for your meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 Bowl of spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Preparation

  • Chop the dried spinach leaves.
  • Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Form it into balls, squeezing tightly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, turning once.

2. Vegetable platter with dip

Ingredients for the dip 

  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt.
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill leaves.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • 1 tsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp ground white pepper.
  • 4 tsp white vinegar.

Ingredients for vegetable platter 

Preparation 

  • Boil water in a saucepan and keep a separate large bowl of cold water aside.
  • Blanch broccoli, beans, sprouts peas and cauliflower for 1 to 2 minutes and drain well.
  • Transfer only broccoli to cold water, to retain its crunchiness and drain well.

For the dip 

  • Whisk yogurt, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • You can replace dill leaves with fresh coriander or cilantro.
  • Garnish it with herbs of your choice.

Serve

In a larger serving tray arrange the dip in the center and arrange the blanched vegetables around it and garnish it with cherry tomatoes.

Apart from these two easy to cook dishes there a number of other healthy dishes one can easily prepare for Christmas, such as:

  1. Quinoa Stuffing
  2. Roasted Lamb with blackberry chutney
  3. Rosemary garlic marinated vegetables 
  4. Lemon and fennel rubbed turkey or chicken
  5. Lemony brussels sprout salad
  6. 20 Minute Cauliflower soup 

Reduce your holiday stress while pleasing your Christmas party guests with the following baking tips and tricks.

  • Use mistletoe and snowflakes stamps and add a sophisticated design to the Christmas sugar cookies.
  • Use cookie cutters to mold fudge into festive shapes like Christmas trees and snowmen.
  • Create chocolate curls using a potato peeler making pretty garnish for cakes and cupcakes.
  • Use frozen cranberries to add flavor to your drinks while adding a pop of festive color to your table decor.

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

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Dry Fruits Or Dried Fruits - What's The Difference?

Bcom-Hons, MBA-Marketing & International Business, Advance Diploma In Nutrition & Dietetics, National Diabetes Educational Programme
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Dry Fruits Or Dried Fruits - What's The Difference?

The terms dry fruits and dried fruits seem synonymous, but there is a very thin line difference between the two. To put it in simple terms nuts are also known as dry fruits. Dry fruits can be further categorized as dehiscent and indehiscent. The former refers to seeds contained in a pod and the latter refers to those that are not found in a seedpod. This includes pistachios, cashew nuts, walnuts and almonds. On the other hand, natural fleshy fruits that have been naturally or synthetically dried are called dried fruits. For example, dehydrated figs, raisins, dried cherries, apricots, etc. are considered dried fruits. Dehydrated apples, bananas, kiwis, etc. are also called dried fruits.

Which is the healthier choice?

Dry fruits and dried fruits both have a number of health benefits.

  • Dry fruits are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. However, they also contain a high amount of saturated fats and have a high calorific value. Hence, they should be consumed in moderation. Dry fruit consumption, on the other hand, should also be limited for people trying to lose weight and those suffering from heart problems.
  • To make dry fruits like nuts healthier, you could soak them in water overnight and skin them the next morning before eating them, this helps in reducing the level of saturated fats in them.
  • As compared to dry fruits, dried fruits have a much higher sugar level. Thus, their intake should be limited for weight watchers, diabetics, heart patients as well as those suffering from gallstones, high blood pressure and water retention.
  • However, dried fruits can be beneficial for anemic patients and athletes. Dried fruits have the same vitamin and minerals as the fresh fruits and the only thing missing is the water content. Dried fruits are also rich in antioxidants and hence help boost immunity.

Tips to buy dry fruits and dried fruits

  • With both dry fruits and dried fruits, you must take a look at the ingredients in the case of packaged dry/dried fruits.
  • Avoid nuts that have been artificially sweetened, salted or fried.
  • Also, do not buy dried fruits that have sugar listed as an ingredient.
  • Dried fruits are naturally sweet and artificial sweeteners only add calories without any added nutrition.
  • For fruits that tend to be bitter when dried such as cranberries, look for dried cranberries that have been sweetened with 100% natural fruit juice.

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

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Healthy Diet Regime For PCOS & Infertility!

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Ghaziabad
Healthy Diet Regime For PCOS & Infertility!

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), a medical condition that mainly affects women of reproductive age makes it difficult for them to conceive. In PCOS, there is an elevated production of androgen (especially testosterone) by the ovary. This hormonal imbalance often interferes with the ovulation process (the eggs either don't mature or are not released from the ovary) triggering infertility in the affected woman. While lifestyle changes and timely medical assistance can bring about improvement, switching to a healthy diet is often known to produce fruitful results. In this article, we will discuss the healthy dietary options to deal with PCOS and infertility.

Healthy Diet for PCOS and Infertility

There can be a host of factors that trigger the hormonal imbalance, one being your choice of foods.

Low Glycemic Foods: Foods that come with a high glycemic Index (a glycemic index is a number that determines how rapidly the carbohydrates in our foods are broken down triggering a rise in the blood sugar level) of 70 or more can be extremely harmful. The higher the glycemic index, more will be the blood sugar and level of insulin in the body. The elevated insulin level can wreak havoc, disrupting the hormonal balance to a great extent. Thus, women with PCOS and fertility problems should consume foods that come with a low glycemic index (55 or less). Some of the healthy low glycemic foods include apples, cherries, plums, dried apricots, oranges, grapefruits, pear, almonds, yogurt (low-fat), non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, sesame seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, brown rice, and quinoa, to name a few.


Maintaining a healthy body weight can go a long way to improve the symptoms and complications associated with PCOS. Overeating should be strictly avoided. Instead, opt for smaller meals at regular time intervals. Include high-fiber foods (broccoli, cauliflower) in the diet. Foods rich in minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium) and vitamins (Vitamin B, C, E, and K), folic acid, can work wonders to alleviate the symptoms of PCOS. Enrich your diet with green leafy vegetables and foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

While consuming carbohydrates, make sure your diet also contains protein. Carbohydrates, when taken along with proteins, can avert a sudden rise in the blood sugar level.

Foods to avoid

 

  • In women with PCOS, the testosterone level is relatively higher. Drinking milk will only elevate the testosterone level further with deleterious consequences and is best left avoided.
  • Foods that are rich in saturated and Trans fats (BAD FATS) such as meat, processed foods, margarine, doughnuts, dairy products (cream, cheese, butter), cooking oil (coconut oil, palm oil), aerated drinks and beverages, can aggravate the condition of PCOS and should be avoided.
  • Soy milk is another unhealthy dietary option for women suffering from PCOS and infertility. Soy milk is known to cause a delay in the ovulation affecting the fertility.

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Table of Content

Cherry
Nutritional Value of Cherry
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Cherry
Helps you to sleep
Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Reduces risk of stroke
Helps prevent cancer
Treats gout and prevents inflammation
Helps reduce muscle pain
Regulates blood pressure
Good for your brain
Helps in weight loss
Good for migraines and also helps to boost your sex life
Uses of Cherry
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cherry
Cultivation of Cherry