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Saturday, 18 November 2017

This Is the 1 Healthy Food That Everybody Loves to Hate

You know that you should eat a healthy diet. But everyone has some foods that they just hate, no matter how many magazine covers proclaim their health benefits, or how fervently nutritionists recommending getting on board. You might think that you’re alone in detesting some of these healthy foods. But, we promise, you’re not! In fact, many healthy foods that we all pretend to like are actually pretty unpopular.
Below, check out some of the healthy foods that, at least in secret, many of us love to hate. See if any of your personal bugbears make the list!

1. Beets 

Let’s start simple. Plenty of people dislike beets because they taste, well, like dirt. These vitamin-packed veggies have plenty of nutritional value. But most of us won’t eat them out of a can. (Roast them or pickle them, and there’s a slightly better chance we’d give them a try.) Some people get past the earthy taste, or even profess to like it. But for others, there’s just no way to choke this veggie down. 

2. Bell peppers 

You can get bell peppers in just about any color — green, yellow, orange, and red — at the grocery store year-round. But some people always steer clear. Many people think that they taste bitter, especially the green bell peppers, which are typically harvested before they fully ripen. Sauté, roast, or grill away: Many people find that they never like bell peppers, no matter how they’re prepared. 

3. Brussels sprouts 

Another produce section staple, Brussels sprouts seem to attract much more hate than love. Though many people profess to like them roasted, baked, or prepared any way other than thawed from a frozen bag, others refuse to go near these spherical little vegetables. Brussels sprouts haters proclaim that they taste bitter and often get soggy or waterlogged — none of which are qualities we covet in a vegetable! 

4. Chia seeds 

Chia seeds make an appearance in many juices and smoothies, and even in yogurt. They look small and innocuous. But the problem? They develop a slimy coating when wet. And there’s nothing worse than getting a mouthful of gelatinous chia seeds when you just wanted a healthy but ultimately inoffensive breakfast. If your nutrition-obsessed friends insist that you try them, make sure that you go for them dry — like in granola — instead. 

5. Cilantro 

The more green foods on your plate the better, right? Wrong, according to the many people who can’t stand the taste of cilantro. Some people sprinkle it liberally over their tacos, and on numerous dishes that originate in Latin American and Asian cuisines. However, some of the compounds in cilantro make it taste like soap to a large number of people. So it’s a pretty popular herb to hate! (We told you that you weren’t alone!)
Next: This food tastes very sour.

6. Goat cheese 

Goat cheese — simply cheese made from goat’s milk — seems to have risen to promise at Whole Foods as well as at expensive restaurants. But you aren’t alone if you just can’t stomach this healthy food. It has a tart flavor, thanks to the fatty acids found in goat’s milk. Even people who love cheese of other types often find goat cheese inedible. They often report that the sour aftertaste, cruelly enough, lasts for a long time, even when they’ve only had a small dose of goat cheese on top of a pizza or a salad. 

7. Hummus 

Hummus, a dip made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, seems to be everywhere these days. You’ll see it on sandwiches and on top of salads, as a dip for chips and of course as a condiment to accompany pita bread. But not everybody’s on board. That could be because hummus typically includes garlic, which offends many people’s tastebuds. But you could also blame the texture of hummus, which can range from smooth to downright gritty if the chickpeas weren’t prepared properly. 

8. Kiwi 

Though plenty of people seem to think the kiwi makes a delicious and healthy snack, others know better. They detect more than a hint of sourness in its flavor. Plus, many people get weirded out by the tiny, edible seeds inside it. And if you’ve ever witnessed somebody eating a kiwi without peeling off the hairy skin, just eating it instead, you’ll probably never go back to eating kiwis again. 

9. Kefir 

Even if regular milk or yogurt aren’t gross to you, we can basically guarantee that you’ll think twice before consuming kefir. This fermented milk drink comes packed with probiotics, but it also has a distinctive sour taste. That taste, as well as the idea that the milk is fermented, keeps many people away from this healthy beverage. It also doesn’t help that people consistently compare it to yogurt, which just further grosses out people who don’t like yogurt, either. 

10. Kombucha 

Your health nut friends may love kombucha, a fermented tea drink, but that doesn’t mean you’d go anywhere near it. Kombucha tastes pretty much like what it is: fermented tea. Still unsure? That means it tastes more than a little bit like vinegar. It doesn’t help that you make kombucha with a scoby: a gelatinous disc of bacteria and yeast that transforms regular tea into kombucha. It’s as gross as it sounds — at least to skeptics, who don’t understand why anybody willingly drinks the stuff. 

11. Lamb 

Lean cuts of lamb serve as a great source of protein, and the meat can make a healthy addition to your diet provided you eat it in moderation. But if you shudder at the thought of eating this healthy food, you’re certainly not alone. Plenty of people refuse to eat lamb because they don’t eat meat. Others won’t go near it because it counts as red meat. Still others just don’t like the sweaty, barnyard-y taste that lamb typically has, even when prepared well. 

12. Lima beans 

According to those who hate them, lima beans have a distinctive (and disgusting) sour taste. But that’s not all. They also have a distinctive odor that you can detect whether somebody serves lima beans on their own or mixed in with other vegetables. (The horrors!) Plus, their texture, which can get mealy at times, doesn’t really help their cause, no matter how nutritious doctors say they are. 

13. Liver 

Another kind of meat that many people won’t eat, even in the name of nutrition? Liver. Many people feel opposed to eating just because they know the liver’s function in an animal’s body: taking up toxic substances, and converting them into forms that can then be excreted by the body. Even that’s enough to give you pause. But plenty of people find the look of liver — not to mention the taste — pretty gross, as well. 

14. Milk 

Everybody knows that milk makes a nutritious beverage. But many of us haven’t willingly drunk a glass of milk since childhood. Though it doesn’t have a strong flavor, it definitely has a distinctive taste. To many people, it tastes strange or sour. And to others, a glass of milk can never be cold enough to actually seem palatable. And as almost anyone can agree, there’s almost nothing worse than a room-temperature glass of milk. Yuck! 

15. Mushrooms 

Plenty of people dislike mushrooms, either raw or cooked, for their earthy taste. Others can’t quite get over the fact that mushrooms typically grow in moist and often dirty conditions. And then there’s the question of texture. When raw, mushrooms are smooth, but may squeak when you sink your teeth into them. And if not cooked properly, they can easily get slimy and squishy. 

16. Oysters 

Though they don’t exactly count as a health food if you order them fried, oysters are a sustainable seafood option that comes packed with plenty of healthy compounds, including as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. But that won’t do you any good if you count yourself among the many people who just can’t stomach these slimy sea creatures. Our main complaint is the slippery texture, which people somehow get past to enjoy this famed aphrodisiac. 

17. Yogurt 

Yogurt is a wildly popular breakfast food. And these days, it enjoys popularity as a snack, too, thanks to travel-friendly containers. But many people just can’t get on board, no matter how numerous the probiotics or how healthy the protein. To many people, yogurt just tastes like sour milk — especially “plain” varieties. Adding fruit, nuts, or sugary toppings can help disguise the taste, but that doesn’t completely cover it up.

What the Color of Your Pee Says About You

Every time you flush the toilet after urinating, you are also flushing away an important clue about your health. What color is your urine today? We can tell a lot about our health when it comes to the color of our pee.
Why does the color of our urine change?
Urine gets its color primarily from urochrome (aka, urobilin), a pigment that causes urine to range in color from pale yellow to a deep amber. The more water you consume, the more diluted your urine will be, and thus the paler yellow it will appear. If you drink a lot of water, your urine may even appear to be clear. However, the color of “normal” urine falls somewhere on this spectrum.
The color of urine is also influenced by other factors, as shown here. It may be helpful to check out this chart to recognize different colors of pee the next time you check out the toilet bowl.
Diet. Did you have beets for dinner? Don’t be alarmed when you see a pinkish or reddish tinge later at night or the next morning. Beets are just one food that may change the color of your urine, along with berries, carrots, rhubarb, asparagus, and fava beans. Processed foods that contain a lot of food dyes or colorings are other culprits, as may be meal replacement shakes, which can have a high vitamin B content. 
Supplements. Various vitamins, including the B vitamins riboflavin and cobalamin (B2 and B12, respectively) may cause your urine to turn a fluorescent yellow-green. High intake of vitamins C or beta-carotene may leave you with dark yellow or orange pee.
Exercise. Physical activity can impact urine color in several ways. If you exercise and don’t drink enough fluids, especially in heated environments, you can become dehydrated, which can cause highly concentrated urine that is dark amber or the color of tea. This is a serious medical condition and should be treated immediately. Some athletes exercise so vigorously they see some blood in their urine, which may appear as pinkish or reddish pee. This is typically a temporary condition but should be explored by a doctor if it continues for more than 24 hours, as red urine may be a sign of a something more serious.
Medications. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications may alter the color of your urine temporarily or longer term. Some drugs that may change pee color to dark yellow, orange, green, or brown (depending on the drug) are antibiotics, alpha-methyldopa and L-dopa, rifampin, laxatives that contain senna or cascara, phenazopyridine, sulfasalazine, amitriptyline, indomethacin, propofol, chloroquine, primaquine, methocarbamol, promethazine, cimetidine, amitriptyline, metoclopramide, and indomethacin.
Medical conditions. The presence of a kidney, bladder, urinary tract, or liver infection may turn your urine brown or even green in the case of urinary tract infections caused by Pseudomonas bacteria. Men who have an enlarged prostate may experience pinkish or reddish urine. Both urinary tract infections and kidney stones may cause your urine to look murky or whitish, same with deposits of calcium or phosphate crystals or mycobacterial infection.
In rare cases, bladder or kidney tumors can affect the color of your urine, as may cancer. Blue urine is associated with a rare inherited disorder known as familial benign hypercalcemia. 

Diagnosing color changes in urine

Changes in urine color are often harmless, but if it continues or you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, pain, or mental confusion, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Think about the answers to the following questions, as your doctor will want to know:
• When did you first notice the color change
• What medications or supplements are you taking
• What have you been eating or drinking
• Have you participated in strenuous exercise
• Have you experienced any rashes, problems with vision, unexplained weight loss, headaches, or bowel movement problems
• Have your urinary habits changed
Your doctor may want to perform a urinalysis or blood test depending on your symptoms and the answers to these and other questions. A urinalysis can identify substances in your pee, such as proteins, red blood cells, and infection-causing bacteria. A blood test can determine the levels of liver enzymes and measure kidney function, which may help identify any problems with these organs.

A Natural, More Potent Antibiotic

If you could pick one item for your natural medicine cabinet that could ward off cold and flu viruses, eliminate warts, cold sores, athlete’s foot, dandruff, respiratory tract and sinus infections, what would you choose? If oregano oil doesn’t come to mind, it’s time you gave this overlooked and potent remedy its rightful place in your natural first aid kit.In a study reported by Science Daily Magazine, oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be effective against staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable to antibiotics like penicillin in its germ-killing properties.
Researcher Paul Belaiche reported his exhaustive studies of aromatherapy oils in his three-volume work, entitled, Traite de Phytotherapie et d’Aromatherapie (Treatise on Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy). He used a testing method that allowed him to examine the effectiveness of essential oils against specific bacteria, called an aromatogram. He found that oregano oil killed 96 percent of all pneumococcus bacteria, 92 percent of all neisseria, proteus and staphylococcus bacteria. Some strains of neisseria are responsible for diseases like gonorrhea or meningitis. Proteus is a type of intestinal infection and staphylococcus is the culprit in some types of food poisoning. 
He also found that oregano oil eliminated 83 percent of streptococcus and 78 percent of enterococcus. Various strains of streptococcus have been linked with strep throat, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever or toxic shock syndrome. Some strains of enterococcus are linked with cystitis, wound infections and anorexia.
What’s more is that oregano oil also killed 78 percent of candida bacteria, commonly linked with intestinal or systemic candida infections and 78 percent of klebsiella bacteria, which is linked to lung infections.
In a study by the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico, scientists found that oregano was effective at killing giardia, a parasite that causes abdominal distress.
The Journal Food Protection cites a study by researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee also report impressive findings regarding oregano oil’s potency against bacteria. Scientists found that oregano oil exhibited the most significant antibacterial action against common germs like staphylococcus, E. coli and listeria.
Researchers in the United Kingdom found that not only was oil of oregano effective against these common bacteria, it has antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria.
Mother Nature has provided us with a powerful antibiotic in oregano oil. Unlike synthetic antibiotics that are powerless against viruses and funguses, oregano oil is effective against these pathogens too. With its wide variety of uses and potency against so many different types of infections, it is a welcome addition to any first aid kit or natural medicine chest.

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