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VIETNAMESE STYLE LEMONGRASS PASTE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by ecofrenfood

 VIETNAMESE STYLE LEMONGRASS PASTE

The paste we can keep in refrigerator for 1 month and can be used in different recipes. Lemongrass chicken dish is quite famous in Vietnamese restaurants.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 stalks of lemongrass if it is small like I pictured or 4 to 5 if you take big stalks
  • 1 ½ inch ginger
  • 8 nos of garlic pods
  • 18 nos of dry red chilly-according to your tolerance
  •  1/3 cup of cooking oil

METHOD

  • Remove the outer part of lemongrass stalk if it is dry and dirty and all together above stated except cooking oil. Add some amount of water during grinding

  • In a cooking pot bring the paste to boil and reduce the water content.
  • Add cooking oil , stir well and reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the paste become a kind of crunchy as shown in picture.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMONGRASS

 Anti-Cancer : Citral Can Kill Cancer Cell

Doctors and reseachers have discovered that 1 gram of lemongrass contains enough Citral to prompt cancer cells to commit suicide! Citral has been shown to cause apoptosis (self destruct) in cancer cells.

Anti-Oxidant

A recent study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institue of the department of Science and Technology (DOST) claims that every 100 grams of edible lemon grass, when boiled can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene the powerful anti-oxidant that scientist believe can help prevent cancer.

Detoxification

Lemongrass helps to clean the kidney, liver, pancreas, digestive tract, bladder etc and removes unwanted toxic substances through the urine.

Reduce Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Being a detoxifier, lemongrass contains citral that removes excess cholesterol, uric acid, toxins and fats from the body. This stimulates blood circulation throughout the body. Drinking a glass of Citralife lemongrass herbal tea everyday helps to reduce blood pressure.

Constipation

It helps in throwing away the toxic substances from the body and is the ideal cleanser for the pancreas, liver, colon, bladder and kidney.  It is easy on the stomach and aids in proper digestion.

Help to Cope with Stress

Hypertensive patients are given daily dose of lemon grass concoction as it helps to maintain their blood pressure levels and keeps them calm and cool. This refreshing drink raises the resistance levels in our body.

Arthritis, Gout and Sprains

Lemongrass are ideal for people suffering from arthritis problems. Patients suffering from ailments like bone related problems and osteoarthritis are highly benefited by using lemongrass.

Fever, Flu and Cold

This lemongrass has amazing medicinal properties and is used since ages. As this grass helps to get rid of fever, it is also know as fever grass.

COURTESY-http://lemongrassherbal.blogspot.sg/

BANANAS – DID YOU KNOW?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by ecofrenfood
BANANAS – DID YOU KNOW? I DID NOT

by: Junji Takano

 Bananas are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia. In Japan, banana is 
by far the number one fruit in terms of consumption. It is also the most preferred 
fruit among the world’s top athletes as it can provide instant energy.

Research shows that eating two bananas can provide enough energy for a 
heavy 90-minute workout. The carbohydrates in bananas are easy to digest so 
you get an instant boost of energy after just 30 minutes of eating it!

 

Increase the Banana’s Sweetness by Peeling it Properly

Most people peel bananas by pulling its stem and I bet this is how you 
do it, too. If you look at it, this seems logical enough and you’ll get a high 
degree of success of peeling it aside from maybe having a mushy top.

The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t work all the time. But more 
importantly, this is actually the wrong way of peeling a banana. 
The correct way to open a banana is to peel its skin like a monkey, which 
is to open it from the bottom and not from its stem!
 
Here’s how.
Step 1. Hold the banana with its stem pointing downwards then pinch 
the tip gently.
Step 1 of peeling banana
Step 2. Peel the banana downwards towards its stem using your fingers.
 
Step 2 of peeling banana
There are two major advantages of peeling banana from the bottom:
1. You peel the banana faster and more efficiently 100% of the time.
If you look at the bottom of the banana, you’ll notice that it’s patterned so it will crack easily when it’s pinched. This supports the theory that this is really the correct way of peeling banana.
2. You get to eat a sweeter banana.
The front end side of the banana (not the stem) is sweeter as nutrients gathers around it during the ripening process. Therefore, eating this part first will make the banana taste sweeter overall.

## Boost Banana’s Sweetness with High Temperature
Like sweet potato, unripe green bananas contain 20% starch. When exposed to heat, the starch will be converted into sugar. That is why sweet potatoes don’t taste sweet until they are baked. The same thing applies to bananas.
By immersing the banana in hot water of about 40 to 50 degrees Celsius, you can increase its sweetness even more. An enzyme called amylase will break down the starch in the banana fruit into sugar because of the rise in temperature.
So to make the banana fruit super sweet, follow these procedures:
1. Immerse the banana fruit in hot water (40-50 degrees Celsius) for 5 minutes.
2. Remove the banana from hot water and store at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
## How to Extend Shelf Life of Bananas by as much as Three Times
Bananas naturally turn from yellow to black in just a few days–the more so when you store it in the refrigerator.
However, by using certain methods, you’ll be able to make bananas last longer.
— Method #1 (Extend shelf life by 40%)
Separate bananas. Bananas ripen quicker when they’re still attached. This is because riper bananas emit large amount of ethylene gas and causes other bananas near it to ripen quickly and turn black. The same thing happens if you store bananas next to apples.
Ethylene is a gas that is naturally produced by plants. It acts as a ripening hormone to accelerate the maturation of fruits.
Usually, bananas turn black in just about 5 days. By separating bananas from other riper bananas, you can extend its shelf life by another 2 days.
 
— Method #2 (Extend shelf life by 2 to 3 weeks)
Submerge bananas in hot water temperature. Submerging bananas in hot water temperature of 50 degrees Celsius for a few minutes will increase the amount of “heat shock proteins (HSP)”.
Research shows that heat shock protein plays an important role in slowing down aging. Therefore, high levels of heat shock proteins in bananas will make it more resistant to ethylene gas and delay spoiling. Moreover, bananas will not easily turn black when placed in the refrigerator.
 
Submerge banana in water to extend its shelf life
Here’s how you can do it
 
1. Submerge the banana in hot water with temperature ranging from 40-50 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from hot water and cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
3. Wrap the banana with poly bag and store inside the refrigerator.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About the author:
Junji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in
investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968,
he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first electrostatic therapy
device for electromedicine that effectively eradicates viral
diseases, cancer, and diseases of unknown cause.

“Beating Cancer” Interview with Dr. Francisco Contreras

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by ecofrenfood

“Beating Cancer” Interview with Dr. Francisco Contreras – Alternative Cancer Treatments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ao6l5E0SNs

10 quick home remedies for food poisoning

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10 quick home remedies for food poisoning

October 19, 2012 By
You may have had those mouthwatering frankies from the roadside stall, or gobbled down a plateful of golguppas in a go, only to find severe stomach ache and diarrhea within a couple of days. It’s probably food poisoning you’re suffering from and you’ve caught it at least once in your life, from the deceptively harmless looking contaminated foods.With symptoms ranging from mild to severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and dehydration, food poisoning is a condition not to be ignored. Listed below are a few effective home remedies to cure food poisoning, right from grandma’s own medicine chest.

10 best home remedies for food poisoning

  • Ginger: It adds flavour to your dishes, but is also an excellent home remedy for curing almost all types of digestive problems. Take a tablespoon of honey with a few drops of ginger juice to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Cumin: Cumin or jeera seeds are a good way to soothe the inflammation in your stomach, reduce the tenderness and aid healing. Crush a tablespoon of cumin seeds and add it to your clear soup.
  • Basil: Basil is another excellent home remedy to cure infections of both – the stomach and the throat. Strain the juice of a few basil leaves  and add it to a tablespoon of honey. It’s bound to show positive results within a couple of hours.
  • Bananas: Bananas are a rich source of potassium. They aid recovery and reduce the effects of food poisoning to an impressive level. Mash a couple of bananas and apple, or whip up a quick banana shake.
  • Apples: Apples are as effective against food poisoning as they reduce heartburn and acid reflux. Apples are known to have enzymes that inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause diarrhea and stomach ache.
  • Lemon: The acidity of the lemon juice kills most of the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Squeeze the juice of a lemon and add a pinch of sugar to it. Drink it as you would take any medicine, or you can even add lemon to your tea.
  • Activated charcoal: Activated charcoal absorbs all the unwanted gases and substances that may be harmful to the delicate lining of the stomach, thereby aiding speedy recovery.
  • Water: It is very important to keep yourself fully hydrated during the period of food poising, as your body tends to lose more water through diarrhea. Also, keeping up your water content, rapidly flushes out the toxins and bacteria, which enhances your recovery.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Being alkaline in nature, vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar soothes the gastro-intestinal lining. Also, it makes the environment of the stomach inhospitable for the bacteria to breed in, which helps speed up the recovery.
  • Peppermint tea: It’s not just aromatherapy. Peppermint oil is known to have a soothing effect, which is extremely beneficial for people suffering from stomach spasms due to food poisoning. Add a few drops to your tea; your cramps will vanish in a couple of hours.

http://www.mdhil.com/10-quick-home-remedies-for-food-poisoning/