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7 Health Benefits of Cucumber

Before this time, I was not a fan of cucumbers. I only consumed it once in a very long while. But, not until recently did I get to find out the health benefits of cucumber, and I started incorporating it into my meals. If you were like me who rarely eats cucumbers, here are seven health benefits you stand to gain by eating them. 1. Fosters Hydration Cucumbers contain mainly water and some vital electrolytes. They can help prevent dehydration in hot weather or after an exercise. For people who find it difficult to drink sufficient water, adding cucumber and mint can be more desirable. Staying hydrated is vital for sustaining a healthy intestine, preventing constipation, kidney stones, and lots more. Cucumber is one of the most hydrating foods. 2. It Fights Cancer Cucumber belongs to a family of plants known as the Cucurbitaceae, which usually contains some amount of…

Traditional Kenyan cuisine gets UNESCO recognition

By- Aditi Maheshwari Kenya has been selected for listing in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. According to UNESCO, the listing aims to protect the intangible cultural heritage that makes people and their culture stand out in their history, nationalities, languages, ideology, and values. Kenyan farmers campaign to improve nutritional knowledge because they believe it will help sustain a healthy community, especially important during the pandemic. It has taken fifteen years of collaboration between scientists and communities, including school children, to earn this distinction. The project dates back to 2007, when researchers became aware of a decline in the food diversity in the country. Two main initiatives were launched; first, the scientists and community groups made an inventory of traditional foods, focusing on traditional vegetables. About 850 indigenous plants with local names were recorded. The inventory was followed by detailed documentation of use and related indigenous knowledge, including recipes and…

Pancake Day: The 4-ingredient gluten-free recipe

It is common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and subsequently there are various alternatives to this important meal. One of the common starch alternatives is pancakes. Therefore, it is not a surprise that there is a whole day dedicated to pancakes. This year Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, fell on the first of March. Although this is marked as the beginning of lent and the launch of spring, the day is a major celebration of one of our favourite confectionaries.

Are Calories the Enemy?

By Kembet Bolton

I have been watching my weight for as long as I can remember. I can not think of a time when I wasn’t trying to lose weight. My quest for losing weight and being tiny has seen me battling with different eating disorders, which has never yielded the result I longed for. I have tried different fad diets, will lose a few kilograms and will gain them back as faster than it took me to lose.

Eating Late at Night May be Particularly Bad for You and Your Diet: Here is Why

By Walcott Aganu Reluctant as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you may have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring some sweet, salty or carb-rich treat even though you are not hungry. For years, we have said a calorie is a calorie no matter when you consume it. While grabbing the occasional midnight snack may not be of any precise problem, making a habit out of it can have serious long-term impacts on your health and your overall well-being. There’s a reason why all health experts, nutritionists and doctors will advise you to beat the habit of eating late at night or noshing on oily and fried snacks to satiate your late-night hunger pangs. Late-night snacking may be more insidious than just a poor eating habit as it could get addictive and may even degenerate into a full-blown eating disorder known…