We tend to bring our readers great deals about food. This time, we want to take a look at how, when and why to eat the food you eat and its health benefits as part of our recognition of the FAO’s World Food Day.
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the globe to mark the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations in 1945.
Food keeps us alive, it gives us the energy to go about our duties and provides the body with the necessary nutrients needed for metabolism and other body related activities.
For this year’s World Food Day, we will focus on Breakfast, its benefits and why you must never skip it.
Breakfast is food we take between 5am and 9am. Most people call breakfast The AM Meal (maybe because it is taken early in the morning or simply because we prefix time in the morning with AM).
Note: There is a difference between Brunch and Breakfast. Brunch is taken around 11am (that is between Breakfast and Lunch) hence its name Brunch.
When choosing what to eat for breakfast, choose whole foods full of nutrients. Food such as Eggs, Oat, Maize, Sausages, Noodles, Wheat, Yoghurt and Whole Wheat Toast qualify for the perfect breakfast. Try to avoid sugary cereals, white bread and other highly processed foods. Here’s a list of processed foods you MUST avoid.
Many people skip breakfast because they are in a hurry to start their day or perhaps they want to avoid growing fat. Studies have shown that eating Breakfast decreases appetite hence making you less hungry throughout the day. This increases your productivity for the rest of the day and if you are weight-watching it actually helps you to lose weight or at least avoid putting on weight.
Eating a high fiber breakfast is way better than taking in calories throughout the day. It is better to eat well-cooked Oats with eggs than running after five balls of kenkey because you are hungry. Eating early in the morning prevents you from eating excessively during the day. This is very good for your health.
Again, eating food that contains high volumes of Carbohydrate for breakfast is good for brain function. If you are a creative or someone who require a lot of mental power during the day, you will improve your memory and concentration levels due to the presence of carbohydrates.
Breakfast also help lower stress levels significantly.
Research has shown that children who take breakfast before going to school perform better and tend to have improved cognitive skills.
And oh, did you know that taking breakfast can help you prevent diabetes especially type 2? By eating regular healthy breakfast, you will prevent diabetes later in life. In two studies, one done in men and another in women, researchers followed people’s eating patterns over decades. They found people who regularly ate breakfast lowered their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by over 30 percent. They found people decrease their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 5 percent for each day of the week they ate breakfast. Previous research in nutrition has shown that skipping even a single breakfast can cause insulin resistance, a distinctive feature of Type 2 diabetes, for the next meal.
In another study, where their subjects were trying to lose weight by reducing calories, researchers found people who usually skipped breakfast and then started eating breakfast lost more weight than those who ate the same amount of calories in just two meals. Though interestingly, if someone normally ate breakfast, they lost more weight if they then skipped it during the experiment. They also found that people who ate breakfast helped reduce snacking. Moral of the story, changing eating habits was predictive of losing weight in this study.
The next time you are tempted to run out of the house without breaking your fast, remember that everyone needs you alive and healthy.
Just take that ‘teacup and pour it out’.
Tiger nuts and sex
Tiger nuts enhance sex. Oh yes.
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Tiger nuts commonly known as ‘atadwe’ in Ghana is rich in fiber, Vitamin E, Proteins, Carbohydrates, minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Phosphorus.
‘Atadwe’ contains appreciable amounts of Vitamins E which helps in sperm motility. If your sperms are able to move actively, then they will be able to fertilize with the female eggs and that is what defines you as a man (at least in Africa).
Perhaps the most important health benefit of tiger nuts is its curative powers when it comes to Erectile Dysfunction. This is what has necessitated the numerous adverts on our television screens urging men to take herbal drugs made from tiger nuts. Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man can’t get or keep an erection firm enough for intercourse. What tiger nuts do is that it helps to boost your testosterone since the vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats all support testosterone production. The juice obtained from tiger nuts has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to help strengthen the liver, help stomach pains and also to improve sexual vitality.
You may be wondering why we decided to link tiger nuts to breakfast. The fiber content of tiger nuts helps in blood sugar control, weight loss as well as the irritable bowel syndrome, an intestine disorder that causes pain and constipation in the tummy. This shows that tiger nuts provide almost the same health benefits as a good breakfast and hey, you can’t have enough of good things. Can you?