The leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant are dried, typically over a fire, and steeped in hot water to make an herbal tea. This beverage, commonly known simply as mate, is popular in parts of South America. Like black tea, yerba mate contains caffeine, which is a stimulant.
In the U.S. yerba mate is widely available in health food stores and online. Proponents of yerba mate say that it can relieve fatigue, promote weight loss, ease depression, and help treat headaches and various other conditions. There's no definitive evidence that these claims are valid.
Yerba mate isn't likely to pose a risk for healthy adults who occasionally drink it. However, some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus and lungs. Smoking in combination with yerba mate seems to greatly increase the cancer risk.
One possible explanation is that mate contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are known to be carcinogenic. (Tobacco smoke and grilled meat also contain PAHs.) More investigation needs to be done into the safety and side effects of mate.
If yerba mate is your cup of tea, enjoy it in moderation. But, as always, check with your doctor before trying any herbal product. My favorite: Guayaki Chocolate.
Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from the humorous "It will stunt your growth" to the not-so-humorous claim that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it — good or bad? The best answer may be that for most people the health benefits outweigh the risks.
Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. Why the apparent reversal in the thinking about coffee? Earlier studies didn't always take into account that known high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and physical inactivity, tended to be more common among heavy coffee drinkers at that time.
However, the research appears to bear out some risks. High consumption of unfiltered coffee is associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels. And another study found that two or more cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific — and fairly common — genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. So, how quickly you metabolize coffee may affect your health risk.
Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants. But this doesn't mean you should disregard the old maxim "Everything in moderation." Although coffee may not be very harmful, other beverages such as milk and juice contain nutrients that coffee does not. Also, keep in mind that coffee accompaniments such as cream and sugar add fat and calories to your diet. Finally, heavy caffeine use — on the order of four to seven cups of coffee a day — can cause problems such as restlessness, anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness, particularly in susceptible individuals. So don't get crazy, just 4 cups a day =D
Es una pasta sin calorías y con altos valores en una fibra llamada glucomannan, procedente de China. El glucomanano es capaz de absorber más de 200 veces su volumen en agua formando un gel espeso, esta planta se utiliza para miles de fines medicinales, repercute favorablemente en los niveles de triglicéridos y resulta bueno para combatir el estreñimiento.
El glucomannan es una fibra dietética soluble en agua que se extrae de una planta de Asia llamada Konjac, utilizada para la cocina japonesa desde hace más de 200 años, espacialmente usada en dietas por su gran poder saciente y sin calorías.
Componentes nutricinales de la Pasta Shirataki
No contiene grasas
Contienen cero carbohidratos netos
Contiene 8 calorías por cada porción de 200 gramos
Libre de cereales y gluten
Translúcida y gelatinosa
La Pasta Shirataki ayuda a reducir los niveles de colesterol malo (es el q se deposita en la pared de las arterias y producearteriosclerosis, por eso se llama malo) a perder peso y a saciar el hambre durante varias horas, porque al ser un alimento pesado hace que te sientas lleno. Por tanto puede ser una buena ayuda a la hora de llevar a cabo nuestras dietas, ya que ayuda a frenan el deseo de seguir comiendo. Suelen usarla bastante en la Dieta Dukan.
El poder que tienen los alimentos saciantes es que llenan el estómago sin engordar, dos veecs a la semana hago algun plato con esta pasta.
La Pasta shirataki tiene numerosos beneficios para la salud, combatiendo eficazmente el colesterol, reduciendo el riesgo de contraer enfermedades cardíacas y al mismo tiempo previniendo los accidentes cerebrovasculares.
Nutrition Statistics Shirataki noodles come in two forms, tofu shirataki and regular shirataki. Both types contain a yam flour base. The difference with tofu shirataki is the addition of a small amount of tofu. Shirataki noodles contain 0 calories per serving because they are almost entirely made of fiber. Tofu shirataki noodles contain 20 calories per serving because of the addition of tofu. Many people prefer tofu shirataki noodles to regular shirataki noodles because the texture is more pasta-like. Regardless of which you choose, both types make great pasta substitutes. You can purchase shirataki noodles in a variety of pasta shapes, including angel hair, spaghetti and fettuccine.
A Healthy Alternative to Pasta Pasta dishes are usually very high in calories. A 1 cup serving of cooked spaghetti contains a whopping 221 calories alone, and 1 cup of pasta probably won't fill you or keep your stomach feeling satisfied. When you add in additional high calorie ingredients, like heavy sauces, the calories quickly add up. Tofu shirataki noodles contain a mere 20 calories and 3 g of carbohydrates per serving. With nutrition statistics this great, you can eat shirataki noodles every day without gaining weight.
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