In the modern world, everybody knows how good fruit is for our health. It contains many essential vitamins and antioxidants. Many studies prove that eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can help reduce the risk of death and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But for those who try to lose some weight and burn fat, it is extremely important to choose right fruits. Here are top 5 low-carb fruits that are the best choice for your low-carb diet:
- Apricots have only 3.89 grams of carbs and only 17 calories. It is also a great source of vitamin A.
- Kiwi has 11 grams of carbs and rich in vitamin C and vitamin K.
- Watermelon contains only 11 grams of carbs per one cup of cubed watermelon. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
- Strawberry has 11 grams of carbs per cup with 149% of daily vitamin C needs.
- Avocado has only 8.53 grams of carbs in a 100-gram avocado. It is a good source of fiber and healthy fat.
Over the past 20 years many diets, trends, and patterns have changed but most healthy habits stay practically the same. Here’s the list of top 8 tips that will make your diet healthier and make you feel better:
- Eat often – it keeps your metabolism and energy up and helps you avoid overeating when you finally got your meal.
- Pair carbohydrates with protein or fat – when eating carbs alone your body will convert them into glucose faster.
- Don’t be afraid of fat – fat does not influence your weight, instead, healthy fats help you absorb fat-soluble nutrients from low-fat foods, keep your skin and hair healthy, and makes your brain work more effectively.
- Always have breakfast – skipping your morning meal will lead you to consume more calories after.
- Never eat standing up or watching TV or checking your social media – it most likely will lead to overeating.
- Eat a pound of fruit and vegetable every day – people that eat much of fruits and vegetables weigh less.
- Have at least one meatless day a week – this may lower risks of chronic diseases and early mortality.
- Eat less sugar – it means you’ll eat fewer calories in general in your diet.
According to a recent study by UCLA, black tea may promote weight loss and offer other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut.
Using a mouse model for the study, the scientists showed that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites. During the research, the four groups of mice received different diets. Two diets were supplemented with green tea or black tea extract. The diets lasted for four weeks.
Susanne Henning, the study’s lead author, says: “It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue.”
A team of researchers from Cornell University, USA, suggests that people with dull taste buds choose more sugary beverages and that often leads to weight gain.
For the study, 51 volunteers drank an herbal tea with low, medium, or high content of a herb called Gymnema Sylvester, which is able to block sweet receptors temporally. After that, people in three groups were given a free choice of sugar for their other drinks. Without realizing it, people took about 8 to 12 percent sucrose in their drinks. This is the amount of sucrose in a soft drink or soda.
Senior researcher Robin Dando says: “Others have suggested that the overweight may have a reduction in their perceived intensity of taste. So, if an overweight or obese person has a diminished sense of taste, our research shows that they may begin to seek out more intense stimuli to attain a satisfactory level of reward.”
Mulberry may play a significant role in new treatments for obesity as scientists have found a natural compound in the fruit able to activate brown fat, boosting metabolism and aiding weight loss.
For their study, a team of scientists from China took two groups of mice. Both groups of mice were fed a regular diet with adding rutin (a compound naturally present in mulberry) during the study period. According to researchers, rutin acts as “cold mimetic” activating brown fat and causing it to burn energy and produce fat.
Study co-author Wan-Zhu Jun, Ph.D. at the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, says: “The beneficial effects of rutin on BAT-mediated metabolic improvement have evoked a substantial interest in the potential treatment for obesity and its related diseases, uch as diabetes. In the line with this idea, discovery of more safe and effective BAT activators is desired to deal with obesity and its related diseases.”
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