Various Sources of Citric Acid

I bet many of us cannot do without a dash of tang to our food; be it seafood or roasted lamb, it is incomplete without a good squeeze of lemon. Even though lime has a relatively sour taste, it is consumed literally on a regular basis. What makes limes and sour fruits so irresistible? Most of the sour fruits contain varying amounts of citric acid, which makes the fruit more appealing, than those which are low in citric acid. Citric acid, as you might be acquainted, is a weak organic acid that works as a natural preservative and a popular flavor enhancer for most foods and beverages. Citric acid is one of the major compounds which deals with the production of energy in our body.

Citrus Fruits

As is known to most of us, the good old lime and the humble orange are excellent sources of citric acid. Limes and lemons lead the way with the highest concentration of citric acid and if you haven’t yet noticed, you can never have either of them without puckering your face.

Organic Food Or Genetically Engineered Food Anyone?

Organic food is increasingly in demand as discriminate consumers become more aware of just how much common food items are the product of genetic engineering. Did you know that over half of processed foods that the average shopper drops in a grocery cart has some engineered ingredients in the products such as corn that contains a small amount of pesticide in every cell? Or did you know that over 80% of all soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered to withstand heavy chemical exposure from agricultural weedkiller without dying itself? Even foods that claim to be “organic” are not always totally organic in nature. Usually the product may only have a portion of organic ingredients. Only food items that are labeled “certified organic” are truly organic.

Just about everywhere you turn, there are genetically modified foods in favorite drinks, fast foods, packaged frozen foods and even in some of the “organic” versions of the same. So what are health conscious consumers who want to avoid genetically engineered foods as much as possible to do? Other than grow your

Antioxidant Rich Foods

When it comes to healthy foods, antioxidants are king. Antioxidants are substances that scientists have discovered in foods that provide a wide range of health benefits. They have been shown to reduce your risk of developing cancer, reduce your chances of developing other diseases, and even help you to live a longer healthier life. Many people try to take supplements that will provide them with antioxidants, but in most cases it is best to get them by eating real foods. In general, real foods provide better levels of antioxidants than supplements, and they are in a form that is easier for your body to process effectively.

If you are looking for foods that are high in antioxidants and taste great, then berries are your best bet. Almost every variety of berry is high in different antioxidants. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, goji berries, and acai berries are all nutritional powerhouses that taste great. Simply adding a handful of berries to your morning oatmeal or smoothie is a great way to increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet.

In addition to berries, tomatoes are an excellent source of many helpful antioxidants. Tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene, which

How to Protect Your Pet From Food Recalls

Once again we are reminded that we need to carefully look at what we are feeding our pets, what ingredients our pet food contains, where these ingredients are coming from and whether pet food supplies are operating under strict standards of hygiene and vendor agreements. To ensure the health and well being of your pet you should look for a pet food supplier who uses a manufacturing facility that is a USDA certified APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) plant. APHIS certification allows the sale of a finished product to the International market, including the European market, which has extremely high standards on ingredient sources. Under APHIS certification, the plant and ingredient facilities are routinely inspected.

Your pet’s foods should be fresh when it reaches you and the best pet food nutrition is void of chemical preservatives as these can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Choose pet foods that are sold exclusively through small specialty stores, small locally owned stores, veterinarian offices & or independent distributors Does this all make a difference? You bet it does. Remember, your pet eats the same food every day at every meal so what you give them is critical to

Five Fitness Foods That Provide Healthy Fats

A healthy diet is vital to a great exercise program. What you eat will make or break what you are trying to accomplish with even the most thought-out and perfectly executed fitness program. But contrary to what many people believe, fats should not be avoided when you are putting together your list of fitness foods. But let’s be clear, only healthy fats.

Here are five that if prepared the right way will deliver the goods:

1. Wild Salmon. Salmon is an excellent source of animal-based omega-3 fats, protein and antioxidants, which are all important for nutritional fitness. Due to the environmental contamination of many of the feeding grounds of fish we have to take into account the possible toxic contamination of these fish. This is especially true with farm raised salmon. Much of this contamination is concentrated in the skin and fat of the fish, so I would recommend under no circumstances should you eat this part of the fish. Wild Alaskan salmon is your best bet, and it should be part of every fitness diet.

2. Avocado. This fruit is rich in monounsaturated fat and is easily burned as energy. Many people when exercising

Eating Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Are there really diets out there that can reduce inflammation? Do they work? Scientists have found that there is a relationship, in part, between what we eat and inflammation. They’ve even identified some compounds in food that can reduce inflammation and others that promote it. There is still a lot to learn about just how diet and inflammation interact, and research, as of yet, is not at that point where a specific foods or groups of foods can be singled out as being beneficial for people with arthritis. We are beginning to get a clearer picture of how eating the right way can reduce inflammation.

So why are we so concerned about inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s natural defense to infections and injuries. When something goes wrong the body’s immune system goes to work to inflame the area, which serves to get rid of the invader or to heal the wound. Inflammation can cause pain, swelling, redness, and warmth, but this goes away as soon as the problem is solved. This is good inflammation.

Then we have chronic inflammation, the type that’s familiar to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and other types of

Finding The Best Muscle Protein Sources

All of the rough and tough bodybuilding training in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t give your body the tools for recovery that it needs to grow some muscle. Let’s examine some of the best muscle protein sources for bodybuilding muscle size and strength gain.

Chicken

The most commonly chewed protein by bodybuilders, all day long, is usually chicken. It can be prepared quickly in a number of ways, and plays well with just about every carb source. Low in fat and high in fairly quickly digestible protein, chicken has been and will continue to be the #1 choice among bodybuilders for delivering amino acids from protein to the muscle groups of the body.

Beef

The muscle quality protein delivered by beef is terrific – but its limitation arrives in terms of fat content. Some bodybuilders who spent years consuming 5 pounds of beef per day ended up with the best physiques on earth – and heart disease by their 40s. Beef can be used sparingly in lean cuts to deliver a very powerful muscle protein source. Stick with 1 to 2 servings per day, and opt for the lean steak