Health benefit – the humble endive

Health benefit – the humble endive

Endive is one of the very low calorie leafy vegetable. 100 g fresh leaves provide just 17 calories; however, it contributes about 8% of daily-required intake (DRI) of fibre. belgian-endive

Current research studies suggest that high inulin and fiber content in escarole help reduce glucose and LDL cholesterol levels in diabetes and obese patients.

Endive is enriched with good amount Vitamin A and ß-carotene. Both compounds are known to have antioxidant properties.

Carotenes convert to vitamin A in the body. Furthermore, vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. In addition, it is also essential vitamin for good eye-sight.

Consumption of natural vegetables/greens rich in vitamin A helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Further, it contains good amounts of many essential B-complex groups of vitamins such as folic acid, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3).

These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.

Additionally, escarole is a good source of minerals like manganese, copper, iron, and potassium.

Manganese is used as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Potassium is an important intracellular electrolyte helps counter the hypertension effects of sodium. exerpt from nutrtion-and-you.com

 

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Now that summer is here, it is a good time to start thinking about preparing for  sun and warm weather.

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  • As summer  begins, gradual preparation is the best way to ensure a healthy body !
  • During the winter we’ve enjoyed our stews and ” comfort foods” especially as this year has not been easy, with the weather leading us to “need” warming sustaining meals.

Now is the time to start planning.

  • The need for a healthy life style, doesn’t have to be difficult, when there are so many lovely scrummy recipes and  great fresh produce of fruit,vegetables and salads becoming available and affordable.

The benefits of the salad varieties are amazing and often unsung !

Not only do they provide excellent nutrition, but the wonderful colours give a beautiful “eye catching  table” ! As we eat “with our senses”, the visual benefits of the colourful foods help to satisfy.

In our quest for a healthy life, sometimes we need a little help !

Self-monitoring is a tried and true weight management strategy.

Most people know to keep a daily food diary.

It’s also helpful to weigh and measure yourself regularly and track it on a graph so you can increase your awareness of how your behaviours impact your weight and measurements..

This graph provides a visual reminder to stay on track, and seeing a declining slope reinforces you when you’re on track.

This is one of the “apps” you can find in FitChoice.

For more information go to http://pleine-vie.ineways.eu select language and discover FitChoice

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Alternatively, you can ask me any questions regarding FitChoice at   maggie@pleine-vie.com 

My help is only a click away !

Author:Maggie Pascoe (G+)

 

 

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About Maggie Pascoe

By helping enough people achieve what they want to achieve, you will achieve your goals !l My aim is to help people get what they want in life, to improve their health & life & have the same satisfaction by helping others.

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