Workplace Stress – Natural Remedies

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Workplace StressStress in the workplace is nothing new. Everyone deals with stress, employees, senior management, its part of life. It is often how we handle this stress, and not buckling under it is most crucial.

Very often when people are stressed or wanting to take a break the smokers will go for a smoke break, non-smokers will go and get a drink, often a coffee, tea or some caffeinated carbonated drink.

When the body is in a stressed condition, adding further shocks like caffeine  causes a synergistic negative effect on the body, by raising the heart rate, and blood pressure, thereby causing further stress on the body. A study done by Duke University Medical Center shows that Caffeine’s Effects are Long-Lasting and Compound Stress. So when you are thinking of reaching for that caffeine laden beverage, think again – it might not be the best thing for you.

At Ambrosia Ventures we offer Office Fruits freshly delivered to you. Instead of a coffee or tea, why not choose an apple, orange or even strawberries. The antioxidants in these fruits is just what you need to help combat that work stress you are feeling. Looking for more interesting ways to engage your colleagues in workplace health? Speak to us and we might be able to help.

Consumption of Fruits and Cancer

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

eat right for your lifeDoctors get such questions, we have asked some doctors about questions regarding consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in relations to Cancer and prevention of cancer.

Here are some what some doctors have to say about Fruits and Vegetables:

In New York – Mayor Bloomberg is getting tough on the flab – Doctors in NY are starting to prescribe Fruits and Vegetables as “medicine”

See what  Ms. Chang Yok Ying,  Pharmacist  National Cancer Centre Singapore has to say about queries regarding Fruits and Vegetables for Cancer cures in Singapore [read the questions and answers here....]

Good nutrition is essential to better health. Good nutrition starts with eating the right portions of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins. Many of us aren’t eating right. We eat too much processed foods, high in carbohydrates, saturated fat, artificial flavouring, salt and sugar. Many processed foods including fast food is high in all the unhealthy stuff and low in what’s good for your body.

Start by eating right, eat more fruits and vegetables today.

Dietary Fibre – why your Heart Loves it

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Dietary Fibre in Fruits for Better HealthQuoted from – WebMD [Read Article Here]

You probably already know that fibre helps with digestion. Did you know it can have big benefits for your heart health too?

“Studies have shown that foods that have a lot of fibre are clearly associated with lower risk of heart disease,” says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, American Heart Association spokeswoman and director of the cardiovascular nutrition research program at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

Dietary fibre, which can be found in vegetables, fruit, lentils and pulses, plays a vital role in reducing our risk of heart disease and other diet-related illnesses such as colorectal cancer which is the Number 1 Cancer in Singapore. In particular, soluble fibre, such as that found in oats, has a protective effect on the heart as it helps to reduce the amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood.

To maintain good health, we should eat 20-35 g of fibre daily. Good sources of fibre include:

  • oats
  • fruit, especially guava, jackfruit and banana
  • brown rice
  • vegetables, especially leafy and root vegetables
  • wholemeal products (for instance, wholemeal and multi-grain bread)
  • lentils and pulses (for instance, kidney beans, chick peas, red beans).

Ambrosia Ventures Office Fruit Box solutions encourages consumption of More Fibre by eating more fruits (with the skin). Many people prefer to peel the skin, but do not realize that they are throwing away valuable soluble fibre that’s really good for their heart, vital phytonutrients, complex carbohydrates (that provides energy), and a large amounts of Antioxidants. [Read the research]

So before you start peeling your apple or pear stop – you could be throwing away the good stuff.

Ambrosia Ventures Fruit Box Solution and Singapore Health Promotion Board

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Singapore Health Promotion Board Office Fruit Scheme

The Singapore Health Promotion Board advocates Healthy Eating in the workplace, and encourages employers to engage employees to healthier lifestyles by consuming more fruits and vegetables via the Office Fruit scheme. We are the top placed supplier for Singapore companies for their Office Fruit needs.

Our Free Delivery Minimum Order has dropped from $80 to $60 for delivery locations in the CBD. If your office is located in the Central Business District, Contact us directly at 63361775 – Please leave your name, email and contact number for fast response.

Free Fruit in the Office raises overall Fruit Intake

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

healthy vs unhealthyThis medical journal  supports our belief that getting companies to start our Ambrosia Ventures Fruit Box solutions is PARAMOUNT in getting Singaporeans on the path towards a healthier lifestyle and thereby being a more productive and healthier employee. We at Ambrosia Ventures is beginning this revolution to change the options people have in their office pantries, office drawers (and even secret stashes of snacks and instant noodles).

Its always easier to cave in to that craving for a chocolate, candy, a sugar laden chocolate chip cookie or get a oily deep fried snack like a skewer of fishballs or a curry puff, but imagine what it does to your health in increasing the visceral fat in your body, which is ultimately damaging to your health.

Stop giving in to your cravings for your cigarette, coffee, sugar laden carbonated drinks and juices and start on your path for a healthier tomorrow for yourself and your family (not just your company – that’s just a bonus).

Why you should eat Oranges

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Oranges - its good for you, your skin, health, bones & mindWe notice that many of our Office Fruit Box clients shy away from Oranges, as its often sour, difficult to handle (require slicing or peeling). We decided that if we can convince you to give the humble orange a chance you’ll benefit more.

The Orange is Nutrient-dense, affordable and delicious, this amazing fruit has numerous physical and mental health benefits.

Vitamin C

Oranges are extremely high in vitamin C. One cup of raw orange contains approximately 106 percent of a man’s and 128 percent of a woman’s recommended daily allowance of this incredible nutrient. Among its numerous benefits, vitamin C is vital to producing, maintaining and repairing your skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels.

Anti-Stress

Oranges are also high in vitamin B-1, with 1 cup containing nearly 15 percent of your RDA. Also known as thiamine, this vitamin helps your body deal with stress by providing a boost to your immune system.

Stroke Prevention

Oranges are a great source of vitamin B-9, or folate. This vitamin helps reduce your risk of stroke by keeping concentrations of the amino acid homocysteine at normal levels. Oranges are also high in potassium, a mineral associated with decreased stroke risk.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Oranges are a rich source of the polyphenol hesperidin. This chemical improves blood flow by contributing to the healthy dilation of blood vessels and helps lower diastolic blood pressure.

Cancer Prevention

Oranges are rich in antioxidants, which help to eliminate potentially cancer-causing free radicals from your body. Folate is also associated with a reduced risk of cancer, including cancers of the colon, breast, cervix, pancreas and stomach.

Weight Loss

One cup of oranges contains only 85 calories, making this a nutrient-dense, low-calorie food. The same serving also contains 4.3 grams of dietary fiber. This compound aids in weight loss by promoting regular bowel movements and helping you feel full for longer periods of time.

Healthy Skin

Free radicals contribute to your body’s aging process. The high levels of antioxidants found in oranges help to reduce damage to your skin caused by high levels of free radicals. A diet rich in oranges can thus result in fewer wrinkles and healthier-looking skin as you age.

Age-Related Conditions

In addition to minimizing the impact of aging on your skin, oranges help prevent multiple age-related conditions. Their high folate concentration reduces the impact of age-related hearing loss and macular degeneration. Further benefits are provided by oranges’ high levels of thiamine and vitamin C, which help to prevent the development of cataracts.

Bone Health

A cup of raw oranges contains approximately 7 percent of your RDA of calcium, a mineral essential for bone health. Vitamin C and potassium also contribute to building and maintaining healthy bones. With this combination of nutrients, oranges can play an important role in helping prevent osteoporosis.

Mental Health

The benefits of oranges are not limited to their physical impact. Their high folate concentrations increase the effectiveness of treatments for depression. Further benefits are provided by hesperidin, which helps to prevent neurodegenerative disorders. Similar benefits may be offered by the high thiamine concentrations in oranges, as low thiamine levels are associated with dementia.

Ambrosia Ventures Fruit Box Solutions

We supply oranges to many clients, but its still not the favorite fruit (which is actually bananas). We hope to encourage more clients to start having fruits in the office for employees to consume. Reduce the urge to smoke, snack on chocolate/sweets, or reach out for a can of sugar laden carbonated drink. We want more and more companies in Singapore to get on to having an Ambrosia Ventures supplied Office Fruit Box – laden with fresh fruit produce. Get one TODAY!!

Apples – The Diabetes Friendly Fruit

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Apples are good for Diabetics

Apples are good for Diabetics

Apples  (GI: 38; GL per medium fresh apple of 150g: 7)

Apples are the perfect fruit for diabetics. They’re low-GI, available throughout the year and a great snack to pack for work or school, as they don’t bruise easily. Apples are high in pectin, a soluble fibre which helps to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels and bowel function, and also has an anti-inflammatory affect which may help diabetics to recover from infections faster.

Apples are also rich in immune-boosting antioxidants, justifying the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are especially rich in quercetin (a strong antioxidant found in high concentrations in apple skins) which is associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, may help prevent heart attacks, reduce the risk of cancer and ward off eye disease.

For Diabetics eating fruits

1. Eat Fruit Slowly and in small portions – smaller apples are good for this.

2. Eat the apple with the skin, as the skin contains complex carbohydrates and phytonutrients as well as a lot of additional fiber

3. Only eat fresh apples, not dried or canned ones which may have additional sugar added.

4. If you are eating an apple, do so before a meal, and therefore reduce the amount of carbohydrates you intend to take during the meal.

What do we supply

Ambrosia Ventures supplies apples as one of the main staples in our Office Fruit Box solutions. We encourage the consumption of apples before meals, and as a healthy snack (instead of biscuits etc).  Popular apples that our clients love are: New Zealand Gala, and Royal Gala, South African Fuji (and New Zealand Fuji), South African Granny Smith (fondly known as the Green Apple), we also have Pink Lady, Pacific Rose, Rose, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and even Ambrosia  varieties.

Diabetes and Fruits

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Exercise Diet and Diabetes

According to our Singapore Health Promotion Board – Read the Info Paper on Diabetes Published Nov 14 2011

Diabetes is a serious chronic illness that is affecting a large portion of our population. Many Singaporeans are at risk, as we reduce the number of hours we are active, and increase the number of hours of inactivity (as we spend more time at work, and at rest), our dietary habits have also become less healthy, eating out is more prevalent, and often most do not go for healthy options.

Many believe that if they have Diabetes, they cannot consume fruits – that incorrect. There are fruits which diabetics can consume safely if done correctly.

Having fruits gives the body much needed antioxidants to fight damage to cells via Oxidation, inflammation and a whole host of other reasons including stress etc. Hence despite having Diabetes, you still should consume fruits, but be aware of the glycaemic index of foods – a measure of the effects of carbohydrate-rich foods such as fruit on blood sugar levels.  This is an important consideration especially as fruits are often eaten on their own.

Fresh Fruits in your Office

June 11, 2013 in Fruits

Ambrosia Fruit BoxIn Europe, the European Commission Directorate General for Health & Consumer Affairs set up in 2005 a Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health to develop strategies to improve healthy living and eating amongst Europeans, by voluntary commitments from its members.

I am not saying that we have to do the same in Singapore. But having Fresh Fruits as  Snacks in the office  helps us stay healthy by having good alternatives to Potato Chips, Chocolates,  Keropok, Curry Puff & probably other unhealthy fried stuff as snacks.

Many office workers are leading sedentary lifestyles, after a hard day at work, its the long commute home, probably ending up doing some household chores, guiding and checking children’s homework, and vegetating in front of the television and then to bed.

We need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in our diet now!

If you aren’t in Human Resources, but would like us to approach your company’s HR to engage in such an initiative, you can drop us an email at yiantay@office-emart.com

Diabetes and Fruits

April 14, 2013 in Fruits

Korean StrawberriesIn Singapore, one out of 9 people aged 18 to 69 has diabetes. That’s about 11.3% of our population or more than 400,000 people!

Diabetes is the fifth most common medical condition diagnosed and one of the six top killer diseases in the country.

Diabetes is a chronic disease and, if not managed well, can deteriorate steadily to cause devastating complications such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease and limb amputation. Studies show that about half of patients already have diabetes-related complications at the time of diagnosis.

But slowly and surely according to the Health Promotion Board, very soon 1 in 5 people will suffer from Diabetes.

The diet of a Diabetes afflicted individual has to be carefully monitored to avoid spikes in the blood sugar level or commonly known as Hyperglycemia.

Strawberries (and other berries) are one of the fruits suitable for Diabetics.

(GI: 40; GL per punnet of 250g: 4)

Nothing beats a bowl of strawberries as a sweet treat. With one punnet of strawberries the equivalent of one fruit portion (250g) you are good to go. Strawberries (and all other berries such as blackberries, raspberries, young berries and gooseberries) have a low glycaemic index (low-GI) and a low glycaemic load (low-GL) per typical serving; this means eating them will help you to stay full for longer, your blood sugar levels will remain steady and, subsequently, your energy levels will be sustained for longer.

Berries are full of antioxidants which boost your immune system by neutralising harmful by-products of metabolism called “free radicals” that can lead to cancer and other diseases. The antioxidants in berries are also good for your eye sight as they prevent eye damage and offer protection against retinal degeneration (particularly diabetic retinopathy and diabetic cataracts).

Enjoy the berries on their own – if you would like to add some dairy for dessert; rather opt for plain low-fat yoghurt than cream or ice-cream.