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BANANAS – DID YOU KNOW?

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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.

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/

wow interesting FOOD FACTs

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” Health Benefits of Consuming Dates ”

1) Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.

2) They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.

3)It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.

4) Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack.

5)Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.

6) Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke.

7) Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.

8) Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages.

9) Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.

10) It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.

11) Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.

12) Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication.Cures abdominal cancer.

13) It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

“The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine.”

Top 10: High-Energy Foods

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Top 10: High-Energy Foods

Top 10: High-Energy Foods
No.10 Coffee
Of all natural food sources, coffee has the largest caffeine content. Caffeine has been shown to improve performance and decrease your perception of effort, allowing you to work harder longer. Coffee also contains large amounts of antioxidants, and may supply up to 70% of the total daily antioxidant intake of the average American. If you use coffee to give you a quick energy boost, be conscious of the time of day. Drinking coffee within eight hours of when you go to bed can cause some men to have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night with your heart racing, you may have to find a less intense alternative, such as tea.

No.9 Tea
When proper nutrition and hydration fails you (or when you fail it), sometimes a quick caffeine boost can help get you through a training session. Different teas such as white, green, oolong, and black can give you a small amount of caffeine, but they also contain the calming amino acid theanine, which has been shown to prevent the anxiety that large caffeine consumption can cause. This will ultimately help you create better attention and focus. The amount of caffeine per serving depends on the type of tea: white gives about 20 milligrams; green gives about 30 milligrams; oolong gives about 40 milligrams; and black gives about 50 milligrams.

No.8 Water
Water is the most overlooked “performance enhancing” supplement out there. As many as 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration can limit your physical and mental capacity. Because water is paramount in cooling your body during times of increased heat/stress, as you attempt to ramp up your exercise intensity dehydration will cause limitations in thermal regulation, circulation and, ultimately, force production.
The common recommendation is that the average, inactive person (not you) should consume at least six to eight ounces of water per day. In reality, you should probably be taking in about double that (on top of the water you take in from other foods). Start carrying a 16- to 20-ounce water bottle around with you during the day. Aim to refill it every three to four hours. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you get just from staying adequately hydrated. If you notice you’re making more frequent trips to the bathroom, don’t worry; as your body adapts to getting a constant supply of fluid, you’re lavatory frequency will return to more socially acceptable rates.

No.7 Fruits
Fruits (especially apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, and kiwi) are high in potassium (an electrolyte that maintains normal nerve and muscle function), fructose for liver glycogen, ready-to-use sugars, fiber, and tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you’re looking for a healthy, natural energy boost, consuming fruits throughout the day and within about an hour before you train will give you just that. You can also blend a banana, frozen berries, some nuts/seeds (from above), and Greek yogurt together for a great post-workout drink.

No.6 Quinoa
Quinoa, although technically a seed, is a super-grain that everyone should have as part of their diet. It is a complete protein, which is very rare for a plant food. It is also a high-quality complex carbohydrate high in fiber and iron, as well as calcium (necessary for proper muscle contraction), potassium and magnesium (necessary for proper hydration).

No.5 Old-fashioned oats
Old-fashioned oats are a quality source of complex carbohydrates, high in fiber, low on the glycemic index, and are also high in energy-boosting B-vitamins. This is not your instant oatmeal; old-fashioned oats are a more natural, unprocessed form of oat. Because they aren’t broken down to the extent that instant oats are, it takes longer for these oats to be processed within your body, providing a slower release of energy.

No.4 Seeds
Seeds from sources like flax, chia and hemp provide a great supply of fiber, healthy fats (including omega-3s), vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chia is an especially great choice, since it has a large amount of soluble fiber, which creates a viscous gel in your gastrointestinal tract. This keeps you full/satisfied for a long time and provides an energy time-release effect, stabilizing your blood sugar and keeping your energy levels even during intense training.

No.3 Tree nuts
Tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews are loaded with healthy fats (monounsaturates like in olive oil, as well as some omega 3s), fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You can also consume these as nut butters, which are delicious and offer lots of variety as they can be spread over other fruits/vegetables or included in a smoothie for a perfect energy-boosting snack.

No.2 Omega-3 eggs
Omega-3 eggs are full of healthy fats, energy-boosting B-vitamins and some vitamin D. They also provide a rich supply of brain-boosting choline, the precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and are considered the ”perfect” protein because of their amino acid profile and high biological value. They are one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods.

No.1 Cold-water fatty fish
Cold-water fatty fish include wild salmon, mackerel and herring. These fish are an excellent source of omega-3s, which provide a number of health benefits including decreased risk of heart disease and various cancers, decreased inflammation, and decreased body fat. They’re also rich in complete protein, energy-boosting B-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and are one of the few food sources of vitamin D.