Is popcorn healthy?

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Popcorn, also known as popping corn, is a type of corn (maize) that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated.

Depending on how it is prepared and cooked, it may turn out to be a healthy food or a calorie loaded snack!

Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber, low in calories and fat, and free of sugar and sodium. This makes it an attractive snack to people with dietary restrictions on the intake of calories, fat, and/or sodium.  Its healthy!

However, for the sake of flavor, large amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium are often added to prepared popcorn, which can quickly convert it to a very poor choice for those on restricted diets.

Popcorn is commonly eaten in movie theaters. It is traditionally served salted, often with butter topping. Sweetened versions, such as caramel corn are also commonly available. This makes it high in calories. 

 “A medium-size buttered popcorn” contains almost 29 g of saturated fat,as much as three Big Macs.

It is recommended to eat plain popcorn (non-flavoured) or lightly salted popcorn.

So, enjoy your movie with a big bowl of plain pop-corn minus the aerated drink!

How To Lose weight?

 

Losing weight can be difficult but very much possible.

One needs to put in effort to ensure that unnecessary snacking is avoided. Eating the right foods and sticking to plan will ensure success. Regular exercising will also aid in reducing the weight.

Some easy steps!

1. Reduce your caloric intake.  Start with reducing intake of beverages like tea, coffee, aerated drinks etc. Stop or drastically reduce the intake of red meat and deep-fried food.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. These are low in calories and can be eaten frequently. The fiber present in them prevents constipation and also aids with weight loss.

3.  Avoid simple carbohydrates, such as white rice, white pastas, white breads and sugary snacks. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates, or whole grains, such as brown rice, brown pastas and brown breads.

4. Never miss your morning breakfast! Keep it healthy and simple. Fresh fruits, cereals like whole grains cereals, oats or muesli with milk make good choices.

5. Eat small frequent meals. Never remain hungry. This avoids over-eating and excessive binging on food when one is hungry.

 

Be patient in your attempt to lose lower weight and belly fat. Belly fat is the most difficult type of fat to lose. Keep your calories low and you will achieve the body type you desire.

Check with your doctor before making serious changes to your diet.

modified via How To Lose Lower Belly Fat With The Right Food | LIVESTRONG.COM.

Life’s Simple 7

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer!  One needs to live a healthy lifestyle involving daily exercise and a healthy diet to reduce heart disease.

The American Heart Association has identified seven health and behavior factors that impact health and quality of life. We know that even simple, small changes can make a big difference in living a better life.

Known as “Life’s Simple 7,” these steps can help add years to your life:

don’t smoke;

maintain a healthy weight;

engage in regular physical activity;

eat a healthy diet;

manage blood pressure;

take charge of cholesterol; and

keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels.

So follow them as much as possible and be healthy!

 

Long term Medications for patients with Heart attack!

Heart attack is the lay man’s term for a myocardial infarction. Myocardial infarction is nothing but damage to the heart due to blockage of the artery carrying blood to the heart.

So once the individual is stabilized, what are the medications he/she needs to take to improve his symptoms and reduce long term events (events like chest pain or a repeat heart attack)?

 

These are as follows:

 

1. Aspirin: This is blood thinner and prevents clot formation. The dosage recommended is 75 or 150 mg a day. It is preferable to take it after meals to avoid gastric irritation.

 

2. Statin: This is one of the most popular drug and know to reduce repeat heart attacks and long term mortality (death rates). These are anti-cholesterol medicines which reduce the bad fats thereby reducing blockages in the heart. The commonly used drugs here are Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin and Simvastatin. The goal of therapy is to achieve a LDL-cholesterol value of less than 100 mg/dl.

 

3. Beta-blockers: These drugs reduce the heart rate and the blood pressure. This reduces the blood requirement of the heart and thus improves healing. It also reduces events like sudden cardiac arrest and angina pain. The commonly used drugs are Metoprolol, Bisoprolol, Atenolol and Carvedilol. 

 

4. ACE inhibitors: Again a group of drug know to reduce blood pressure and long term mortality. It should be given to patients with heart pumping less than 40%. It reduces the load on the heart and thus prevents further damage. The commonly used drugs here are Enalapril, Ramipril, Lisinopril etc.

 

All the above drugs should be take only after consultation with your doctor.

Also most of the time, the treatment is Long term! 

Most of the patients tend to discontinue their medications. This is not recommended as the benefits with the drugs are immense. So one should consult his Cardiologist and ensure that they are on the necessary medicines. In case of side-effects, there are good alternatives which should be discussed with the Cardiologist.

 

Take care!