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T. Lopez

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Humans are advised to take the right amount of dietary fiber to keep our colons healthy. There are two types of fiber, the soluble and insoluble fiber. Both have health benefits and some food rich in fiber contain both. Soluble fiber easily dissolves in water as well as gastrointestinal fluids when it enters the digestive system. On the other hand, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in gastrointestinal fluids nor water and remains the same as it moves from one digestive organ to another.

Soluble fiber promotes a healthy gut by feeding healthy-gut bacteria, stabilizing the levels of blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of a person in getting cardiovascular disease. Insoluble fiber aids in preventing constipation and lowering the risk of developing diverticular disease.

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T. Lopez

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A lot of people may say that fruits and vegetables usually go well together because they are considered to be “healthy.” They may have some similarities but people cannot forget about their differences. Fruits come from the food-bearing portion of the flowering plant while vegetables may come from other parts of the plant. It is common for vegetables to be the leaf of the plant or the stems.

Some of the items that are being labeled as vegetables are actually fruits. Most people assume that tomato is a vegetable but this is a fruit. Fruits are also known to have a sweeter taste as compared to vegetables but this is not always true.

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Most times, people tend to use both Tomato paste and tomato sauce interchangeably. As similar, as they might sound, there are some little differences between them. The first difference between tomato sauce and paste can be explained through the various ways the two can be prepared. Tomato paste is prepared by cooking tomato that has been ground and crushed together with a little quantity of water for a particular period of time until it is thick enough.

Tomato sauce, on the other hand, is prepared when tomatoes have been ground and crushed into a thick liquid together with the addition of other ingredients like garlic, basil, etc. Another is that through your tomato paste, you can make your tomato sauce. This can be done by simple dilution of the tomato paste. In terms of thickness, tomato paste is prepared very thick, which tomato sauce is not as thick as tomato paste.

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Food is a substance everyone needs for survival, and not just any foods but we'll cooked food. A well prepared and delicious food is inevitable so as to meet up with the taste of man that may be insatiable though. The cooking processes involve boiling frying, smoking, grilling, and some others, but whereby processes like slicing, blending, grating, shredding, and chopping cannot be left out. Blender and food processor are kitchen appliances that are used in cooking processes.

They perform the same functions, but one actually gives more functions than the other. Blending is used in mixing and pureeing food substances such as pepper, cowpea, and fruit juice, but the food processor performs more functions than blender does. It can perform operations such as slicing, grating, chopping, and shredding. Blender needs more water to blend substances, unlike food processor, which needs little or no water. The food processor has several blades, but blender has just a fixed blade with which it works.

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B. Wright

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Meals are prepared every day, and everyone wants a good taste for their food. The Picante sauce and salsa are spices that can actually add more taste to our food. Salsa is simply the combination of chopped peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, and some spices. Salsa has a mild texture, and it is added as a condiment to some food items.

The term Picante itself means hot or spicy. Therefore, Picante sauce means spicy sauce or hot sauce. The hot or spicy sauce is gotten from chili peppers. So, when this sauce is applied to food, it makes it spicier or hotter. Salsa originated from the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans have first used the combination of peppers, tomatoes, herbs on meat meals. In addition, Picante sauce ingredients might have been cooked, but the salsa has raw or fresh ingredients. Picante sauce is also considered to be a resemblance of pico de gallo, and they are chunky and thicker, while salsa is known to be thinner than Picante sauce.

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T. Lopez

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Gluten-free foods are foods that do not have gluten in them, that is food without some protein contents, glutelins, and prolamins precisely. Gluten foods are typically wheat, barley, rye and oats, and the products gotten from them. Therefore, the foods that are gluten-free are foods that avoid wheat, barley, rye, triticale, malt, brewer's yeast as their constituents.

The foods that are gluten-free are usually raw and natural. These include all fish and meats, apart from coated or battered meats, all eggs from different birds, pure dairy products which are plain cheeses, yoghurt and milk, all fruits and vegetables, some grains that are labeled to be gluten-free, all nuts and seeds, all spreads and vegetable oils, all spices and herbs, most beverages, corn and its flour, potato and its flour, soy and its flour, coconut flour, and tapioca flour. Mind you; it is best to read the labels of processed foods to be sure they are gluten-free.

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T. Lopez

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The types of foods that are good for the health are majorly the fruits, legumes, and vegetables, cereal or grain foods, the whole grain or the ones high in fiber specifically, lean meats, fish, tofu, poultry, nuts and seeds, cheese, milk, and yogurt. Though eating varieties of food that are healthy actually promotes good health and also help in preventing some awful diseases.

An important thing to be noted also is that the state of one’s health determines the kind of good food that will be good for your health at a definite period of time. The real kind of meal that is good for your health is the one taken as a balanced diet. What does this mean? To enjoy good health, it is recommended to take balanced diet meal every day. This is done by simply taking varieties of food from different nutrient classes in the right proportion.

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T. Lopez

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The healthiest foods for consumption are the foods with the highest nutrient level, and that have low calories, especially. The list of a certain food that I consider as the healthiest to eat base on research are thus. Number one on my list is salmon. This is a kind of fatty fish that contains a good amount of omega-3s fatty acids, high level of magnesium, selenium, and potassium. It helps in protecting the body against many chronic diseases. Kale is also a very healthy green leaf that contains good vitamins, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and several bioactive compounds.

Seaweed, which is normally present in sushi, is also rich in iodine and very healthy. Garlic is also a good and healthy substance in food, as it’s put in food to make them more delicious, and it is also rich in nutrients. Potatoes cannot be left behind in the list, rich in iron, manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin B and C. I also recommend sardines, blueberries, and egg yolks.

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T. Lopez

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The type of food that everyone should eat every day is well-balanced diet food, rich in nutrients but low in sugar and calories. A set of very important kinds of food to consume every day are fruits, most especially, banana, cucumber, watermelon, oranges, and pineapple. These fruits contain a high amount of water, and some essential vitamins for the body, e.g., vitamin C in an orange. It is also very important to consume vegetables every day. Vegetables such as spinach, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli contain a lot of vitamins (A, C, E, and K), fiber, antioxidants, minerals, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.

They help in preventing risk against cancer and diabetes, and aid digestion and better performance of the heart. Seeds and nuts should also be consumed on a daily basis, as they supply nutrients like minerals, protein, and healthy fats to the body. In addition, go for sweet potatoes, broccoli, teas, oats, and an egg daily. Take these ones in the right proportion, and take water regularly.

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T. Lopez

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Junk foods are high in calories derived from fat or sugar, but it has little dietary fiber, minerals, proteins, and vitamins. The first category of junks I will mention in this answer is sugary drinks. I classify most fruit juices also under sugary drinks because of the high amount of sugar that is present in them. They contain many calories and can cause diabetes and heart disease.

One of the most popular junk food in the world is pizza, and in which some pizza is also very high in calories. Most commercial bread generally is considered as junk. They are low in fiber and some nutrients which can be essential for the body. Some other foods that are considered as junks and which are unhealthy are broiled, fried, and grilled food. Unhealthy chemicals are formed when the cooking process is ongoing, and these chemicals can cause cancer in the body.

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