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Why Liver Is a Nutrient-Dense Superfood

What Is Liver? The liver is a vital organ in humans and animals. It is typically the largest internal organ and has many important functions, including: Processing digested food from the gut Storing glucose, iron, vitamins and other essential nutrients Filtering and clearing drugs and toxins from the blood Liver, along with other organ meats, used to be a very popular food. However, muscle meats now tend to be favored over organ meats. Regardless of its declining popularity, liver is possibly one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. People often look to fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals, but liver far surpasses them all in terms of nutrient content. A small amount of liver provides well over 100% of the RDI for many essential nutrients. It is also rich in high-quality protein and low in calories. Liver is cheap and readily available from grocery stores and butchers. While most animal livers can be eaten, common ...

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10 Handy Substitutes for Baking Powder

1. Buttermilk Buttermilk is a fermented dairy product with a sour, slightly tangy taste that is often compared to plain yogurt. Old-fashioned buttermilk is formed as a by-product of churning sweet cream into butter. Most commercial buttermilk is formed by adding bacterial cultures to milk and allowing for fermentation, breaking down sugars into acids. Because of its acidity, combining buttermilk with baking soda can produce the same leavening effect as baking powder. Add 1/2 a cup (122 grams) of buttermilk and 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of baking soda to the rest of your ingredients for an easy substitute for 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder. To maintain the desired texture and consistency of your final baked product, make sure you decrease the amount of other liquid you add to your recipe to compensate for the amount of buttermilk added. If you add a 1/2 cup (122 grams) of buttermilk, for example, you should reduce the amount of other liquids added to your ...

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7 Ways Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

1. Poor Sleep Is a Major Risk Factor for Weight Gain and Obesity Poor sleep has repeatedly been linked to a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain. People’s sleep requirements vary, but, generally speaking, research has observed changes in weight when people get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night. A major review found that short sleep duration increased the likelihood of obesity by 89% in children and 55% in adults. Another study followed about 60,000 non-obese nurses for 16 years. At the end of the study, the nurses who slept five or fewer hours per night were 15% more likely to be obese than those who slept at least seven hours a night. While these studies were all observational, weight gain has also been seen in experimental sleep deprivation studies. One study allowed 16 adults just five hours of sleep per night for five nights. They gained an average of 1.8 pounds (0.82 kg) over the short course of this study. Additionally, many sleep dis...

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10 Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

1. Rich in Nutrients Tart cherry juice is rich in various nutrients. An 8-ounce (240-ml) serving contains 119 calories and the following: Carbs: 28 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 2 grams Fat: 1 gram Vitamin A: 62% of the RDI Vitamin C: 40% of the RDI Manganese: 14% of the RDI Potassium: 12% of the RDI Copper: 12% of the RDI Vitamin K: 7% of the RDI Tart cherry juice also contains smaller amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, omega-3 and omega-6 fats, in addition to antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds. Compared to sweet cherry varieties, tart cherries contain 20 times more vitamin A, and their antioxidant levels are up to five times higher. One easy way to tell tart cherries from sweet varieties is by their color. Sweet cherries tend to be darker in color, whereas tart cherries retain their bright red color after being harvested. Keep in mind that some varieties of tar...

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Does Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight?

Lemon Water Is Low in Calories Lemon water is generally a very low-calorie beverage. Assuming you squeeze the juice from half a lemon into water, each glass of lemon water will contain just six calories. For this reason, if you swap out higher-calorie beverages like orange juice and soda for lemon water, then this can be an excellent way to cut calories and help with weight loss. For example, one cup of orange juice (237 ml) contains 110 calories, and a 16-ounce (0.49-liter) bottle of soda contains 182 calories. Replacing even just one of these beverages per day with a glass of lemon water could reduce daily calorie intake by 100–200 calories. Some evidence even shows that drinking low-calorie beverages with meals could decrease the number of overall calories consumed in the meal. In one study, 44 women ate lunch with either a beverage that contained calories or one that did not. Researchers then measured the calories consumed. They fou...

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Does Butter Go Bad If You Don’t Refrigerate It?

It Has a High Fat Content Butter is a dairy product, meaning it is made from the milk of mammals — usually cows. It is made by churning milk or cream until it separates into buttermilk, which is mostly liquid, and butterfat, which is mostly solid. Butter is unique among dairy products because of its very high fat content. While whole milk contains just over 3% fat and heavy cream contains nearly 40% fat, butter contains more than 80% fat. The remaining 20% is mostly water. Unlike other dairy products, it doesn’t contain many carbs or much protein. This high fat content is what makes butter so thick and spreadable. However, when it is kept in the fridge, it becomes hard and difficult to spread. This leads some people to store butter at room temperature, which keeps it at the ideal consistency for cooking and spreading. It Doesn’t Spoil as Quickly as Other Dairy Because butter has a high fat content and relatively low water content,...

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How Many Hours of Sleep Do You Really Need?

It Is Fundamental to Good Health Sleep is more than just a time for your body and mind to rest. In fact, while you’re asleep, your body is hard at work. During this time, your body rebuilds muscles you’ve worn down during the day and cleans away harmful plaques and waste that are produced in the brain. These are vital processes that keep both your mind and body running properly. Your mind also processes and responds to important emotions and experiences from the day and commits them to memory. Sleep is also essential to regulating your emotions. In fact, being sleep deprived for just one night can increase your emotional response to negative feelings by 60%. Not to mention, a lack of it makes it difficult for your body to regulate essential things like appetite control, your immune system, good metabolic function and your ability to maintain a normal body weight. Lastly, sleep plays an important role in regulating your circadian rhythm, or intern...

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5 Impressive Health Benefits of Acai Berries

What Are Acai Berries? Acai berries are 1-inch (2.5-cm) round fruits that grow on acai palm trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. They have a dark purple skin and yellow flesh surrounding a large seed. Because they contain pits like apricots and olives, they’re technically not a berry, but rather a drupe. Nevertheless, they’re commonly referred to as berries. In the Amazon rainforest, acai berries frequently accompany meals. To make them edible, they are soaked to soften the tough outer skin and then mashed to form a dark purple paste. They have an earthy taste that’s often described as a cross between blackberries and unsweetened chocolate. Fresh acai berries have a short shelf life and aren’t available outside of where they are grown. As an export, they are sold as a frozen fruit purée, dried powder or pressed juice. Acai berries are also sometimes used to flavor food products, including jelly beans and ice cre...

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How to Increase the Absorption of Iron From Foods

Iron is an essential mineral your body needs to function properly. Thus, it’s vitally important to consume adequate amounts of it in your daily diet. Interestingly, the foods you eat influence not only how much iron you consume, but also how well it is absorbed into your body. Once it’s absorbed by your body, it’s used as a building block for hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that helps shuttle oxygen around your body. Iron is also a component of myoglobin, an oxygen storage protein found in your muscles. This oxygen is used when you use your muscles. The recommended intake range is 7–18 mg per day for the general population and up to 27 grams for pregnant women. Which Foods Contain It? You may have heard that you can get iron from red meat, but there are many other foods that naturally contain iron. In foods, iron is present in two forms: heme and non-heme. Sources of Heme Iron Heme iron is found in animal foods t...

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What Is Gelatin Good for? Benefits, Uses and More

What Is Gelatin? Gelatin is a product made by cooking collagen. It is made almost entirely of protein, and its unique amino acid profile gives it many health benefits. Collagen is the most plentiful protein found in humans and animals. It is found almost everywhere in the body, but is most abundant in the skin, bones, tendons and ligaments. It provides strength and structure for tissues. For example, collagen increases the flexibility of the skin and the strength of the tendons. However, it is difficult to eat collagen because it is generally found in unpalatable parts of animals. Luckily, collagen can be extracted from these parts by boiling them in water. People often do this when they’re making soup broth to add flavor and nutrients. The gelatin extracted during this process is flavorless and colorless. It dissolves in warm water, and takes on a jelly-like texture when it cools. This has made it useful as a gelling agent in food production, in produ...

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