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This is a very healthy alternative for the high-carbs that we consume in our common morsel foods. Plantain Amala is made from unripe plantain, which is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, C, and B6 as well as other minerals potassium and magnesium.
The carbohydrates contained in plantain are called complex carbs and they aren’t unhealthy as what we find in other starchy foods. Complex carbs are good way to control your weight. This is because they keep you satisfied for longer, keeping you from excessive eating or unhealthy snacking.
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Many oils found in our market are saturated with fat. However, coconut oil contains a different kind of fat called the medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) lauric acid. The body does not store this kind of fat, it is quickly digested by your body and immediately converted to energy, boosting your body’s metabolism and ability to digest foods faster. Olive oil as well contains mono-saturated fats and is very healthy for the heart. The easy digestion of these oils, it helps to burn stomach fats. Coconut olive oils also reduces hunger and craving , thus helping you keep control of your appetite.
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Oats is whole grain meal. A whole grain is any type of cereal that contains the endosperm, germ, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm. Whole grains are very healthy, rich in fiber and low on carbs. They keep your appetite in control by satisfying you for longer. Fiber also prevents the absorption of fats in the stomach.
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Like plantain, corn contains complex carbohydrate which is essential for a healthy diet. The rich fiber contained in corn has great digestive benefits and aids weight loss. Like most fiber, corn helps you stay filled and in control of your cravings. Popcorn is also a nice example of whole grains like oats and is rich in fiber, which is a perfect choice for snacking. However popcorn, when heavily buttered popcorn like the ones we get at the cinema or from most popcorn vendors is very unhealthy.
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Walnut contains essential vitamins, like the vitamin B7 which aids the body’s metabolic process for carbohydrate and fat. It contains fibres and protein which also help to check weight gain, as well as antioxidants.
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Popular known as Shombo in our local markets, this pepper an important ingredient known as capsaicin This is what gives the pepper its spiciness. Capsaicin has been found to increase the body’s metabolism and decrease appetite. With a high metabolism rate, your body is able to convert your food intake into energy, instead of storing it up as fat.]]>
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