Fascinating Food…

Fascinating Food…

Food is something we interact with on a daily basis. There are many very obscure facts about food that are fascinating and definitely worthy of knowing…

BROCCOLI

Not only does Broccoli contain antioxidants including vitamin C, it’s also a particularly good source of folate (naturally occurring folic acid). By increasing your intake of folic acid, it’s thought to be a major benefit in preventing heart disease. Broccoli also contains an antioxidant called lutein, which can delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This affects 10 percent of people over 60 and is a major cause of impaired vision and blindness. Broccoli also contains a phytochemical called sulphoraphane which has specific anti-cancer properties. Just two florets of Broccoli (raw or lightly cooked) count as one of your five a day portions.

APPLES

There are over 7,500 varieties of Apples grown throughout the world. They are packed full of antioxidants, especially vitamin C for healthy skin and gums – one apple provides a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Apples also contain a form of soluble fibre called pectin which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy. An apple is also a carbohydrate with a low glycaemic index (GI) type. Low GI foods are digested slowly, once they are finally broken down in the intestine, they are gradually absorbed into the bloodstream as glucose, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. Apples can help with weight control and may also improve Diabetics’ long-term control of blood sugar levels. An Apple a day, can certainly help to keep the doctor away after all!

EGGS

Are an egg-cellent source of protein and relatively ‘cheep’ too! They have a very high biological value and a full compliment of essential and non-essential amino acids. If you wanted a complete and easy to absorb protein source look no further than eggs. However, bear the following in mind; Some of the protein in an egg is found in the yolk, so if you separate your whites and discard the yolk you will also be lowering the protein content of each egg you purchased and therefore increasing the price per gram of protein. Eggs come in different sizes, and therefore the amount of protein they contain is different. About 58% of the protein in an egg is contained in the white, the rest is in the yolk. So if you like to separate the yolk out of your egg you’re losing 42% of the protein in each egg.EGGS – are an egg-cellent source of protein and relatively ‘cheep’ too! They have a very high biological value and a full compliment of essential and non-essential amino acids. If you wanted a complete and easy to absorb protein source look no further than eggs. However, bear the following in mind; Some of the protein in an egg is found in the yolk, so if you separate your whites and discard the yolk you will also be lowering the protein content of each egg you purchased and therefore increasing the price per gram of protein. Eggs come in different sizes, and therefore the amount of protein they contain is different. About 58% of the protein in an egg is contained in the white, the rest is in the yolk. So if you like to separate the yolk out of your egg you’re losing 42% of the protein in each egg.

PULLET EGGS

These are the first eggs laid by maturing hens, known as Pullet Hens. Occasionally referred to as PeeWee eggs, these dinky eggs, about half the size of a ‘normal egg’, have been found to contain more vitamins and minerals, essential for strong growth of children’s teeth, bones and muscles. These nutrients also benefit the immune system. Though smaller than what egg-eaters have been conditioned to think is best, pullet eggs are the most delicious and often snatched up by pastry chefs-in-the-know for their richness and “souffle-ability”

PASTURED EGGS

This is a term referred to when hens are raised outdoors (free range), with access to coups if they so desire – which allows them to roam freely, eating what grows on the land, such as grasses, seeds grains and insects – just as nature intended. It’s better for the bird, it’s better for the eggs and it’s better us. When compared to typical store-bought eggs, farm-fresh pastured eggs have been found to have;

  • Higher omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Less cholesterol (some studies show pastured eggs have up to 1/3 less cholesterol.
  • Higher amounts of vitamins A, E & B12.
  • Higher amounts of folic acid, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids.

CHILLI PEPPERS

Are a great source of Vitamin A, a potent antioxidant, and Vitamin C, which is gradually replaced with beta carotene as the pods mature and darken. This is when the capsaicin levels are at their highest. The alkaloids in the capsaicin stimulate the action of the stomach and intestine improving the whole digestion process. Chillies are also high in compounds known as Bioflavonoids. These compounds are powerful anti-inflammatories, which are also noted to help blood vessel walls strengthen and lessen bleeding. All chilli’s come from the genus Capsicum from the Greek kapto, to bite, which, given the heat of some varieties, seems quite appropriate.

  • Higher omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Less cholesterol (some studies show pastured eggs have up to 1/3 less cholesterol.
  • Higher amounts of vitamins A, E & B12.
  • Higher amounts of folic acid, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids.

GINGER

For thousands of years, herbalists have used the root of the ginger plant to relieve stomach troubles. With its natural anti-inflammatory effects, ginger is also a common remedy for inflammation-related health problems like rheumatoid arthritis. A number of studies have supported ginger’s stomach-soothing effects. In addition to easing post-surgery nausea and vomiting, the herb appears to reduce motion sickness and morning sickness. What’s more, a 2009 study of 644 cancer patients found
that taking ginger supplements decreased post-chemotherapy nausea by 40%. Ginger may also help alleviate chronic pain, possibly by lowering your levels of hormones that induce inflammation. A study published in 2005, for instance, suggests that ginger could lessen pain more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In lab tests, scientists have showed that ginger extract may slow the growth of colorectal and ovarian cancer cells, as well as protect against Alzheimer’s disease. However, scientists have yet to confirm these findings in studies on humans.

TOMATOES

Are actually a fruit and not a vegetable and loaded with all kinds of health benefits for the body. They are a highly versatile health product due to their equally versatile preparation options. One of the most well known tomato eating benefit is its’ Lycopene content. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases. Lycopene is not a naturally produced element within the body and the human body requires sources of Lycopene in order to make use of this powerful anti-oxidant. No other fruit or vegetable has the high concentration of Lycopene that the tomato takes pride in. Studies have proven not only the benefits in preventing cancer and heart disease, high cholesterol are also in the tomato’s sights. Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus have all been proven to be staved off by high levels of Lycopene. Tomatoes are equally as nutritious fresh as they are in other variable forms. Tomatoes are by far the healthiest of the fruits and vegetables with the power to ward off some of the worst known diseases to man.

CACAO

There’s always some sort of research being conducted on chocolate and every time the findings are always positive. This goes to show that chocolate is good for us! However, the findings are always in favour of dark chocolate, a chocolate with very little sugar content. If you travel a little backwards and see, the origin of chocolate, that is, the cacao beans are actually much more than a source of chocolate. These are superfoods in themselves and have some amazing health benefits. Cacao has a fascinating history with plenty of legends surrounding it, but what can be deduced is that until sugar was added, the drink made from cacao was considered highly potent. Today, there’s plenty of research available to suggest that cacao is indeed really good for us. Here are the ways in which cacao can help us as far as health is concerned. Now don’t run out and gorge on chocolate, cacao is a stimulant so moderation is key! Here are some amazing benefits of using cacao:

  • Increases blood flow to the brain and enhances brain function.
  • Has a high concentration of anti-oxidants such as polyphenois, catechins and epicatechins.
  • Anti oxidants as we all know are the holy grail of youth and a disease free life.
  • The magnesium in cacao is good for the heart, helps prevent constipation and even eases menstrual cramps.
  • Cacao also has iron, which makes it a great weapon to fight against anaemia.
  • Cacao contains chromium, a trace mineral which works wonders to maintain the balance of blood sugar.
  • Manganese, another trace mineral that can be found in cacao is great when it comes to building up of haemoglobin.
  • Zinc, another mineral that cacao contains is known for its essential role in enhancing our immune system.
  • Raw cacao contains vitamin C as well which has its own gamut of uses.
  • Raw cacao contains essential omega 6 fatty acids. An important thing to note is that cooked and processed chocolate contains rancid omega 6 fatty acids or trans fats which are not healthy for you.
  • Cacao beans contain certain compounds that can trigger weight loss, make you feel good and improve your mood considerably.
  • The fibre in cacao beans works wonderfully to cleanse the digestive system.

HONEY

The 3 key health benefits of honey are related to the fact that: 1. Honey is nature’s energy booster, 2. Honey is a great immunity system builder, 3. Honey is a natural remedy for many ailments. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. Amongst the many health benefits of honey, what is most impressive is that honey can be a powerful immune system booster. It’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease.

The Health Benefits of Honey

For thousands of years, honey has been recognized as one of the most natural home remedies to treat a wide range of ailments and complaints including yeast infection, athlete foot and arthritis pain. It’s antiseptic properties inhibits the growth of certain bacteria and helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. Honey has been used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts as it is able to absorb moisture from the air and promote healing. It’s antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain and even scarring. It is widely believed that UMF Manuka is the preferred honey for wound dressing due to its strong antibacterial property.

  • Higher omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Less cholesterol (some studies show pastured eggs have up to 1/3 less cholesterol.
  • Higher amounts of vitamins A, E & B12.
  • Higher amounts of folic acid, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids.

FOR HANGOVERS:

When you get a hangover, combat its effects by using a honey remedy. Honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a ‘sobering’ agent. Try this remedy: 15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yoghurt. Blend them together until smooth.

FOR SLEEPLESSNESS:

Unable to sleep? Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of camomile tea.

FOR SORE THROATS:

One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that causes the infection. Professional singers commonly use honey to soothe their throats before performances. Try this remedy: Take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Food that does what it says on the tin!…

Food is amazing and often we don’t realise just how amazing! Here is a list of 12 foods which look like the parts of our bodies that they are good for… Wow!

  1. A sliced Carrot resembles the human eye including the pupil, iris, and radiating lines. Science indicates that carrots help protect the vision, especially night vision.
  2. A Tomato has up to four chambers and is commonly red. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and helps prevent heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer and more. Tomato juice can also reduce the tendency toward blood clotting.
  3. Grapes hang in a cluster that resembles the shape of the heart. The stronger the colour of the grape is, the higher the concentration of phytonutrients. Grapes prevent heart disease and reduce platelet clumping and harmful blood clots.
  4. Walnuts resemble the brain, mimicking the wrinkles and folds of the neocortex. Research suggests that walnuts may reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Walnut – Wikipedia The high concentration of omega-3 fats in walnuts promotes healthy brain function.
  5. Kidney Beans, true to their name are kidney shaped. They provide nutrients that are helpful to the human kidneys. Kidney beans contain molybdenum, which helps sulfite oxidase to form and is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Animal research has shown that chronic renal failure has been associated with oxidative stress Sulfite-mediated oxidative stress in kidney cells.
  6. Celery has a bone like appearance and is rich in silicon and Vitamin K, which are needed for healthy joints and bones.
  7. Avocados were used by the Aztecs as a sex stimulant and the Aztec name for avocado was ahuacatl, meaning “testicle” History of Avocados. An extract of avocado impedes the growth of both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cells.
  8. Figs have a rich history and often been referred to as a sexual food, this is partly symbolic due to the appearance of the fruit. Figs are loaded with seeds and when halved, many note a resemblance to female genitalia. The Hindu name for fig is anjeer and research has shown that anjeer is helpful for sexual weakness Ficus carica – medicinal plants. Figs have also been mentioned as a source helpful for male fertility and motility.
  9. Oranges, Grapefruits and other Citrus fruits have been compared to the appearance of female mammary glands. These fruits contain nutrients that are helpful in the fight against breast cancer.
  10. Sliced Onions resemble skin cells and contain quercetin. Studies have shown when treated with a combination of quercetin and ultrasound at 20 kHz for 1-minute duration, skin and prostate cancers show a 90% mortality within 48 hours with no visible mortality of normal cells.
  11. Sweet Potatoes resemble the pancreas and have a low glycemic index count, which is beneficial for diabetics.
  12. Olives resemble ovaries and may help reduce hot flashes in women going through menopause. Olives Research indicates that Olive Oil may reduce ovarian cancer by 30%.