7 Foods you think are healthy but actually aren’t

Unhealthy foods are one of the major reasons people fall sick, gain an alarming amount of weight and have weight gain issues.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 7 foods you think are healthy but actually aren’t. Please don’t be fooled by these misleading healthy foods.

1. Diet Soda

Drinking soda often, increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and prostate cancer; it also makes you eat more which can lead to obesity. You would think diet soda is better but it’s potentially worse. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda fool your body into thinking you’re eating real food, disrupts the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake and cause a spike in your insulin levels (because these sweeteners are actually much sweeter than actual sugar) which can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart problems.

2. Packaged Meat

Packaged meats are usually loaded with salt and preservatives, as a result they are basically a well-packaged sodium-saturated disaster. It’s best to avoid them and opt for fresh meat. However, if you need to buy packaged meat choose brands that don’t have more than 350mg of sodium per 2 oz serving.

3. Sports Drinks

These are basically just sugar, water and artificial food colouring in a bottle. Consistent consumption of sports drinks, especially for an average person who doesn’t participate in high intensity workouts, can lead to gradual weight gain over time, raise sugar levels and increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. For those who do basic exercises involving the treadmill etc. to burn off a few extra calories, sports drinks are not advisable because you are likely drinking more calories than you are burning off. Drinking water will be a far better alternative.

4. Skim/Low-Fat Milk

While rejoicing about the fact that skim milk has less fat, it’s important to also mourn the fact that as the milk is being rid of fat, it’s also being rid of its essential vitamins ( as well as its texture and flavor). Skim milk ‘skims’ are whole lot of the factors that make whole milk healthy.

5. Margarine

This might come as a shock but margarine is more or less the synthetic substitute of butter. It is basically an invention of chemists that involves a lot of chemical processing and the addition of synthetic vitamins, antioxidants and trans-fats (which increases bad cholesterol in the body).

6. Wheat Bread

Wheat bread is great and healthy when it’s actually wheat bread. Most wheat-bread products aren’t a hundred percent whole wheat. It mostly white bread with a little wheat flour mixed in. Endeavour to buy wheat bread only when you are sure you can trust the source to give you 100% whole wheat bread.

7. Flavoured Soy Milk

Unsweetened or plain soy milk is the best choice for enjoying the low in cholesterol, high protein and potassium benefits of soy milk. Flavoured soy milk have far too much sugar and unnecessary calories added to it to make it tasty.

7 Healthy Ways to Handle Being Offended

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Please find attached and pasted below an interesting blog article for your readers.

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Damilola Ojo



In a world with so many people of different backgrounds and beliefs, being offended is inevitable, and most times the first reaction to offense is a strong desire to lash out and lash back. The fact is at some point you will be tired of lashing out and lashing back at everyone over everything, even if these things are legitimate enough for you to make a fuss about.

Jumia Travel shares 7 healthy ways to help you handle and overcome being offended.

1. Talk Yourself Out Of Being Offended

Try reasoning with yourself, remind yourself that the offender has a right to his/her own opinions and you don’t have to care about these opinions. Try not to internally interpret or attach meaning to the actions of the offender, don’t take it personally and learn to simply dismiss their actions. Later on, when you are calmer, you can analyze the offender’s words to know if there’s any truth in it. You can also confirm from one or two loved ones if there is any truth in the offender’s words.

2. Put Yourself in the Offender’s Shoes

For the sake of fairness, try to put yourself in the offender’s shoes and question your role in the offense. Ask yourself – did you play a role in the offense? Did you incite it in some way? Try to see things from the other person’s perspective and determine if there was an initial intention (on the part of the offender) to cause offense. Try to be noble and analyze the situation with all fairness.

3. Refuse to be Offended by Things You Cannot Change

You should realize that being offended doesn’t make you more empathetic or caring to or about the situation, it just makes you upset, increases your stress levels and raises your blood pressure. Face this fact and learn to find ways through or around what you cannot change rather than being offended by it.

4. Give Others Space to be Themselves

Let this be your default setting. When you understand that everyone has a right to be who they are (even if the person they have chosen to be is extremely annoying to you), you won’t have expectations about their actions and inactions. Learn to accept and accommodate the imperfections of others, life will be much easier and peaceful that way; you will also learn to be less demanding of those around you and reduce the likelihood of being offended by them in the first place.

5. Don’t Store Offense

It’s best to handle it as it comes. Don’t give your mind time to dwell and dwell on it. If you can, go to the person when you are calmer and attempt to resolve the issue. Be sure you are calm and relaxed to a large extent before you try to do this. You should be solution-focused in your approach. Don’t try to win the argument, just try to find a way forward.

6. Walk Away

If you are unable to resolve things with the offender, let it go and walk away before you lose your cool. You can try again at a later time if you want to, or ask someone to go along with you to help in the resolution process. You can equally also let things be, talk yourself out of or let go of any malice or grudge in your heart, and move on the best way you know how, if your attempts at a resolution end up futile.

7. Practice Detachment

This is mainly to help avoid future offenses. Learn to emotionally differentiate thoughts and opinions of others from your inner sense of self. Learn to detach them from your identity so you don’t take it personally when it happens and you can easily dismiss it.

7 Reasons you should invest in real estate

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In a bid to attain financial stability, many search for proper investments with their income. Real estate is one of the most robust investment options, especially in the long run.

Jumia Travel shares 7 reasons you should take advantage of this robust investment option and invest in real estate.

1. It’s as Safe as Houses

“Safe as houses” is a popular slang in real estate that basically means real estate investments are perfectly safe because of the paying character of house property as an investment. Property value tends to increase without the volatility of the share market which makes it an all-round safer investment. When you factor in the return and risk associated with buying property and shares, property is considered a far safer investment.

2. It Doesn’t Need Specialist Knowledge

You don’t need specialist knowledge to start investing in real estate. It is easier to research than stock and shares. Understanding the stock market requires a lot of education as well as research brokers and fund managers to help. Investing in property is however a lot simpler: it’s as simple as jumping online to start looking for properties from legitimate and registered realtors, real estate firms or property and real estate listing websites. A significant amount of research can be done online, by visiting open houses and auctions or contacting realtors and real estate firms – without needing to have vast specialist knowledge beforehand.

3. Technology Has Made Things Much Easier

Today, technology has made real estate investments a lot easier. For example, advertising your property is as simple as tweeting about it, sharing a post about it on Facebook or posting an ad on a property and real estate listing website like Jumia House, Nigeria Property Center etc. There’s so much technology readily available to real estate investors, that you can easily manage a portfolio of properties without really needing to leave your home all the time.

4. It’s a Remarkable Flexible Investment

With property, regardless of your financial aims you are mostly able to find an investment strategy that works for you. There’s the long-term capital growth strategy where in the long-term the property purchased delivers capital gain (provided the right area with correct supply/demand ratio and demographics is selected). Then, there’s the positive cash flow strategy where you can rent out the property for cash flow. There’s also the adding value strategy where you can renovate, subdivide or even alter the use of an existing property to develop, create or increase the value of the property.

5. Full Control

For property investments, once you’re done paying for the property and settling legal requirements, you directly own the asset and have virtually complete control over it. You can directly influence the asset worth (by adding value to it) and cash flow (e.g. by raising rent).

6. There’s an Investment for Every Budget

If you do some research you’ll see various offers from realtors and real estate firms offering affordable entry points for real estate investment. The only thing required is for your income flow to be stable enough to support payments in installments till you fully own the property. If you buy smartly, you can even expect equivalent or better growth on these affordable assets than more expensive assets.

7. A Few Years from Now You’ll Wish You Did

Investments typically take time before they yield large returns. This is why if you start today and invest smartly, you’ll be patting yourself on the back a couple of years from now for a job well done. To be honest, we are at a point where real estate investments just make sense. But, like any other investment, please be sure to understand what you are doing and be diligent enough to do your work and research to find the 1-in-100 deals that make sense. Some suggestions on real estate companies to consider for this research are Elegant Court, WhiteBricks, Propertylink Real Estate Investment Limited, Cappa and D’Alberto PLC etc.

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