Banana Nutrition Facts

by admin on July 31, 2014

Bananas

Bananas

There is much to be said about banana nutrition facts. Below you will find a list of banana facts or facts about bananas. A disease or symptom is listed and then a description of a banana nutrition fact follows. Antioxidant-fruits.com is looking for information on the history of bananas. If you have any information, please contact us.

Depression: Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin helps you relax and improves your mood.

PMS: Bananas have a lot of B6, which helps to regulate blood glucose levels which affect mood.

Anemia: Bananas are high in iron and stimulate hemoglobin production, therefore they help with anemia.

Blood Pressure: US Food and Drug Administration just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist in learning by making students more alert.

Constipation: Since bananas are high in fiber, they help to overcome constipation. Therefore, helping the person without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas are a natural antacid as they coat the stomach lining.

Morning Sickness: Bananas between meals help to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: If you rub the affected area with the inside of a banana skin, the banana peel with help reduce swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Ulcers: Bananas are used as a dietary aid against intestinal disorders because of their soft texture and smoothness.

Temperature control: Bananas lower the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: The B6, B12, potassium and magnesium in bananas help the body recover from effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: The potassium found in bananas helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance.

Warts: If you take the skin of a banana and place it on a wart, with the yellow side out, it will help get rid of the wart. Be sure to carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Do you have more banana facts? If so, please share any banana nutrition facts with us!.

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Quinic Acid

by admin on July 30, 2014

What is quinic acid?
Aronia Berries on PlantAccording to Wikipedia, quinic acid is “a cyclitol, cyclic polyol, and a cyclohexanecarboxylic acid,” but for our purposes, we will not be delving too deeply into the fine points of chemical nomenclature. What is important to remember in this context is that quinic acid is a compound contained in a wide variety of plants and is not known to be produced endogenously by the human body. Coffee beans are one important dietary source of quinic acid.

What are the effects of human consumption of quinic acid?
In the past decade, a strong case has been made that quinic acid promotes DNA repair , and that this effect is mediated by the biotransformation of quinic acid into the antioxidants tryptophan and nicotinamide by microflora in the GI tract. Incidentally, nicotinamide is the amide of nicotinic acid, also known as vitamin B3 or niacin.

A short list of fruits with quinic acid benefits:

The known antioxidant/DNA-repairing effects of metabolites of quinic acid make a strong case for consuming dietary sources of quinic acid. The aronia berry is one of the best botanical sources of quinic acid, with some authorities claiming that it contains up to ten times more quinic acid than cranberries (for example). Be forewarned that quinic acid has seen industrial use as an astringent, and that aronia berries have a strongly astringent taste.

Over time, we will probably gain a more detailed understanding of the biological role played by quinic acid, but as it stands, we know that this compound can be profoundly beneficial for health. With this in mind, the case for the consumption of aronia berries and other sources of quinic acid seems quite compelling.

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Important Aronia Berry Uses

by admin on July 29, 2014

Aronia berries have a wide variety of possible uses. Traditionally, Native Americans used aronia berries as medicines and preservatives; aronia berries were also used in the production of dyes. A popular modern use of aronia berries is the production of juice.

There is a growing body of literature supporting potential medicinal uses of aronia berry juice and other aronia berry products. For instance, there is experimental evidence from studies of rats that aronia berry extract can treat ulcers and other stomach problems. There is also evidence of protective and/or therapeutic effects against viruses, colon cancer, inflammation, cardiovascular disorders (including hypertension), diabetes, circulatory disorders, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

While aronia choke berry are often go to treatments for UTIs, there is evidence that due to their high quinic acid content in comparison to cranberries, aronia berries are actually more effective in this indication. However, it would be a mistake to assume that aronia berries’ health benefits are due solely to their quinic acid content. The long list of potential medical uses of the aronia berry is a result of their flavonoid, polyphenol, anthocyanin, and proanthocyanidin content. (You may be interested to know that the anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content of aronia berries is largely responsible for their characteristic dark coloration).

We will close by noting that aronia berries have strong antioxidant activity, and can be useful in the prevention and/or management of diseases caused and/or worsened by excessive free radical levels in the body. While antioxidants are not panaceas, they can most definitely be part of a comprehensive, rational strategy for gaining and maintaining optimal health.

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Aronia berry cross sectionThank you to Charlie Caldwell of Black Squirrel Vineyard & Winery for letting us interview him

How did you become interested in growing aronia berries?

Over 20 years ago, my wife Jolene, started her alternative natural health and energetic wellness business. With herbs and farm-grown foods our family had little health issues, we were looking to add a alternative, sustainable crop that would have a high medicinal benefit. The little research at the time (2005) pointed to a native North American shrub called aronia melanocarpa or aronia berries. Plus aronia do not need chemical protection against pathogens, pests, and diseases which makes it an ecological type fruit. Starting with an acre of this nutritional dense food source, we have since added another 6 acres.

aronia berriesCan any one grow aronia berries in a green house? Or are there certain temperatures that they need to grow?

A North American, native plant, aronia berries do well in most climates and soil types. It is somewhat drought resistant and does benefit from some cool weather which helps it go through a dormant cycle. There are growers from Oregon to the East coast, North in Canada and South to Mississippi.

Green house growing is generally done for propagation of new plants. Generally, one year old plants are then transplanted outside to a permanent planting site.  Partial shade to full sunlight locations is preferred with room to expand. Plants send up sucker canes ( 20 to 30 plus) and a mature plant will grow to 8 feet by 8 feet if not pruned. Full production starts the 4 th year with 5lbs to 10lbs and as high as 20lbs plus on mature plants. The varieties of “Viking” and “McKenize” are the most common commercial plantings that produce larger deep purple berries.

aronia berry  bushHow do you eat aronia berries?

Being very astringent tasting, aronia berries can be eaten fresh, or processed. Nothing is thrown away with this berry. If juiced, it can be blended with other berry juices and the left over pulp can be used in foods or dried into a usable powder. Wine makers are finding that aronia berries  make a very earthy, deeply purple colored wine that can also be used as a blending ingredient.

How do you sell your aronia berries?

Generally, aronia berries are sold by the pound. We feel that any processing (heating) of the berry lowers the antioxidant nutritional values.  Buying fresh berries helps support the local grower and you get to know where you food is coming if you are at a “Pick Your Own” farm. Many on line growers are making available fresh frozen berries.

bucket of berriesWhat does it mean to have certified organic aronia berries?

Certified organic aronia berries mean that there is a 3rd party inspection of my operations. We can not use any synthetic products that are not approved the National Organic ProgramOrganic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.

What process do you have to go through to become certified?

The rules are clearly laid out in the NOP (National Organic Practices) but the land has no synthetic chemicals, etc for 3 years before planting. Then each year after,  our certifying agency approves any amendments that can be used. A detailed Standard Operating Procedure is written and followed by us each year that shows any and all operations that we do plus we follow GAP (Good Agriculture Procedures). Residue testing is being used to test for any contamination for prohibited substances. mature fall colors aronia berryTraceability is provided of our berries while on the farm from first growth of plant to after harvest. This is done every year. Anyone can look at these records when they come to the farm or purchase berries from us.

Why does organic matter?

Organic is an ethical and moral obligation by a grower to grow a nutritional dense food that has not be treated with synthetic, irradiation or genetic engineered materials. “It matters to us because we not only want to provide food for our family, but for our community, our country, and our world. It is also to be respective of this Earth and provide the least possible contamination of the water, soil and air.” (quote from President Obama)

What medical value benefits have people told you they get from eating aronia berries?

aronia berry blossomIt is very hard to conduct studies on humans because of individual diets and life styles but there are many testimonials about lowering cholesterol, reducing diabetic dependency on insulin (natural sugars in aronia berries),  neurodegenerative disease and many more. I personally know of  several individuals with cardiovascular disease and others with cancer that they would not be around today if not for taking aronia berry or its extract. Recovery was easier and quicker when they had been on aronia berries prior to surgery or other forms of treatments that were later followed.
Aronia (chokeberries) are gaining recognition as nature’s antioxidant powerhouse among other fruits and berries with the highest content of anthocyanins and total polyphenols.

Healthy food seems like a no-brainer until you start reading package levels and begin to investigate our own nutritional needs and preferences. Twenty-five centuries ago Hippocrates said, “Let our food be our medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Aronia berries meet this quote 100%.

Charlie Caldwell
caldhome [at] aol.com
Certified Organic grower

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Interview with Blazerfarmz Fruit Farm

by admin on July 27, 2014

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Where is your farm located? What year was the farm started?  

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Blazerfarmz is small privately held company out of Amity, Missouri with property and ties in northwestern Missouri, northeastern Pennsylvania, and Long Island, New York. We’re located approximately a half-hour north of Kansas City. We are a new business started in 2010 and have aronia bushes that were established in 2007.

Do you only grow Aronia Berries?

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Blazerfarmz aronia berry

We are a domestic grower that is primarily focused on producing aronia berries. We currently grow a few varieties including the ‘Viking’ cultivar, but all of which are classified as Aronia melanocarpa (commonly called the black chokeberry).  We also grow a limited quantity of black currants, black raspberries and have plans to expand into elderberries as well.

What made you decide to grow Aronia Berries? 

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Blazerfarmz aronia berry

The virtually untold story of the remarkable aronia berry has something to do with it.  When we looked into alternative farming for smaller acreages, we discovered an overlooked, undervalued berry that Native American Indians valued for it’s natural healing properties and realized that the aroniaberry has enormous potential.

We then decided to do a comparison of the healthy berries available in the marketplace (included açaí and goji) and found aronia to be a superior choice for a number of reasons.

We believe we found a better natural antioxidant berry in aronia when we did a direct comparison to others. We know that açaí and goji berries are imported into this country from around the world, and that they normally come in a dehydrated state. We also know how heavily these berries are processed, packed, and shipped.  This amount of processing has a huge effect on their beneficial value.

Take açaí juice for example.  The açaí products found in grocery stores are so commercially processed and clarified that they are diminished with regard to nutritional and antioxidant capability. The nutritional and antioxidant value of the berry starts deteriorating within 24 hours of picking. Açaí berries are made up of almost 80% seeds, which does not leave much room for juice at all. The most edible part of the fruit is the pulp. This mix is typically sour to taste, and it is preferred to be diluted with other juices to be sweetened.

So, if we were to do a direct comparison of healthy berries it would be based upon either on a de-hydrated state, or a preferred natural fresh weight (FW) berry.  Then I would provide an unbiased fair comparison.

Next, The issue of supplying the market with a fresh local domestic berry verses an imported one is a no-brainer. Which one do you prefer?

Finally, if you like to compare numbers, you would consider the total the oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC value.  A test tube measurement of antioxidant strength, the ORAC, demonstrates the aroniaberry has one of the highest values yet recorded—16,062 μ mol TE/100g. Total anthocyanin content in aroniaberries is 1480 mg per 100g. of fresh berries and proanthocyanidin concentration is 664 mg per 100g. Both values are among the highest measured in plants to date. (Source: USDA National Nutrient database).

I look at results, so if you do a little research I think you will also find enough antidotal evidence, clinical studies, and personal testimonies that are more than compelling as to aronia’s healing potential.

We do feel this is the next BIG thing in the berry and natural remedy world, and we want to share it.  This is why we started growing aroniaberries.

How are the prices of your Aronia Berry products in comparison to similar products at say, Whole Foods, for example?

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I would definitely say were price competitive. I believe we have a lower price point than anyone else. I do not see “fresh-frozen” aroniaberries at Whole Foods, and as a matter of fact, there are very few avenues where the average consumer in either household or bulk quantities can purchase fresh frozen aroniaberries.  Aroniaberries are not on your store shelves, yet!  They should be, in Europe they are well known and widely available.  It’s even a popular ice cream flavor. Aroniaberries are a unique natural food that is available in limited quantities, like elderberries. I believe consumer demand and awareness will dictate if it becomes a commodity like cranberries.

Did you know that aronia is already present in some beverages? You might take a closer look at the list of ingredients on some pre-packaged products and see that aroniaberry juice concentrate is a primary ingredient in some juice cocktails.

Are you a PYO (Pick Your Own) Farm?  

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Blazerfarmz – aronia berry

No. We are currently non-traditional green grower and an online retailer of our products.  Those products and more about our operation can be viewed at: http://www.blazerfarmz.com

Can people visit your farm? What are the visiting hours of your fruit farm?  What time of year or times of year would you suggest visiting?

We are not setup as a PYO, but as a premier grower and distributor. You can visit us virtually online and see our progress throughout the year. We have no formal tours scheduled at our farms.  However, anyone interested in the berries or perhaps the farming aspect is always welcome to come visit.  Contact us through the company website at: www.blazerfarmz.com.

Our aroniaberries are a seasonal fruit and will be ready to be harvested about 10 days after the change of color of the berries. The ripening takes place normally around the months of August through early September. Our other crops are black currants, black raspberries, and elderberry, which are earlier season berries.

What are some of the benefits of the aronia berry?

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Blazerfarmz – aronia berry

Well, there are a number of them. Repeated research indicates that aronia has high anti-inflammatory properties, produces essential good cholesterol for the body, improves the memory and the digestive system, promotes good urinary tract health, is good for cardiac health, and aids in blood sugar maintenance. Aronia also contains high amounts of flavonoids and antioxidants, folic acid and essential vitamins like vitamin C, E, B2, and B6.  The bottom line is that the aroniaberry fruit has enormous potential as a natural healer. We know we have a berry that needs to be re-discovered.  Aronia is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet with the 2nd highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value ever tested by the USDA! (ORAC value of 16,062 micromoles of Trolox Eq. per 100 g. of fresh wt.) Aroniaberries are also outrageously high in very important procyanidins, anthocyanins and phenolic acids. Aronia has the highest concentration of procyanidins of any plant known to man and one of the highest anthocyanin concentrations known (1480 mg/100 g. of fresh wt.) in fresh fruit.   Anthocyanins act as powerful antioxidants by scavenging free radicals, thereby acting as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

What are the [dishes] that you make with the aronia berry?  I see you have concentrates, Berry Chews, Jams, Jellies and Fresh-Frozen Berries.  Anything new for 2011?

You can make juices, smoothies, baked goods, teas, wines, and sauces with the aroniaberries.  However, we also believe in the value of the whole fruit.  The berries themselves go great in both hot and cold cereals, as well as oatmeal.  Aronia is a very dynamic berry that works well as a natural colorant and has the ability to enhance flavor combinations in a number of dishes.

For this year we are busy trying to add some exciting new products and antioxidant blends to our offerings such as juice, concentrates, and powders. Blazerfarmz’ primary focus is to educate people and have them try this very unique berry.

Do you have a book of aronia berry recipes that you sell?

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Blazerfarmz – Wonderful Aroniaberry Scones

We have twenty-five recipes that we have added to our website that are FREE. Blazerfarmz Recipes.  Basically, you can use aroniaberry just like you would a blueberry, in any recipe.  However, we are true fans of the berries just the way God made them.

What does an aronia berry taste like in your opinion?

Fresh-picked aronia can be astringent, thus the name chokeberry, but when the fruit is frozen they sweeten to the taste.  In the berry world, the saying is “Tart is smart!”.  Anthocyanins give the aroniaberries the high antioxidant qualities, but also the tartness.  When the berries are frozen, cooked, baked, or added in with other foods, they taste great.  That’s also why they make such
good jams and jellies.

So can people buy aronia berries online and have them sent to them?

Yes. We are an online retailer. You can order berries and have them delivered anywhere in the continental U.S. We pride ourselves on offering select fresh-frozen aroniaberries. Find us online at:  www.blazerfarmz.com

You can also join BlazerFarmz on Facebook.

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Aronia_berries-lucy-ruimt-op2What is the aronia berry?

The aronia berry, also called the black chokeberry(Aronia melancarpa/Aronia melanocarpa), is one well-kept secret. Due in part to its powerful antioxidant properties, this fruit has a lot to offer. Aronia berries range in pigment from red to a darker purple and even black. Although the plant that the berry grows on is native to the Americas, most people are not familiar with it. Aronia berries are more frequently eaten in Eastern Europe. This is because the peoples of the area have traditionally used the fruit, recognizing how much it can help with heart conditions. Even Native Americans have traditionally used the fruit, but in their case, for the purpose of dying clothing or eating and drinking.

Health Benefits of Aronia Berry

So what are some benefits of consuming this fruit? This berry provides the following nutrients when consumed: anthocyanins, polyphenols, quinic acid, vitamins (C for example), minerals, and flavonols.

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Polyphenols
  • Anthocyanins
  • Quinic Acid
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Flavonols

The quinic acid concentration of aronia berries is actually ten times that of cranberries. Although cranberries are most often used to prevent urinary tract infections, aronia berries are more successful at it due to this aforementioned high quinic acid content. In 2006, a study was conducted by the University of Maryland that found choke berries’ antioxidant properties may help to prevent the damage that results from colon cancer. The following is a list of problems that the aronia berry has been used to both treat and prevent:

Diabetes: Aronia berry juice can lead to lower blood glucose concentrations after consumption.
Inflammation: Because aronia berry is such a powerful antioxidant, it can relieve inflammation that results from oxidative stress.
Cardiovascular Ailments: By neutralizing free radicals, cardiovascular disease is less of a risk.
Circulatory Problems: The anthocyanins in aronia berries strengthen blood vessels while promoting healthy blood flow.
UTI: Aronia berry’s high quinic acid content prevents UTIs in people who eat the berry regularly.
Influenza (Flu): Aronia berry has been established as having antiviral properties.
Certain Types of Cancer: Fruits with antioxidant properties are able to slow the growth of cancer and sometimes even destroy the malignant tumors.

Aronia Berries by Lakeladyjeanne

The fruit was commonly used by the Native Americans for the color as well as for fresh consumption. It is used in jelly making, candies, pie and cookie fillings, yogurt, sorbet and flavored milk.

The berry’s juice is extremely tart, so the natural juice is best sweetened. When sweetened it is a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry. The actual juice has a very dark purple color.

The author of The Aronia Berry Blog, mentioned that he found this statement about the berry’s bush:

“This shrub is so beautiful, easy to grow and so productive that it will become a staple in American backyards, as it has in Eastern Europe. In Europe and recently in the U.S. it is being widely used in delicious juices, soft drinks, jams and wine. It’s not an “aronia’s conclusion” that this, and the seabuckthorn, are the most productive fruiting bushes in captivity. The fruit is tart eaten fresh even when fully ripe. It is very high in Vitamin C. It is native to the U.S., but the best varieties were bred in Europe.”

The high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) Value of the fruit is a result of the high amount of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins within it. These are the chemicals that cause the fruit to be such a dark color. They are also the chemicals responsible for aronia berry’s antioxidant properties. When you see a darker colored fruit, you can bet it is likely rich in antioxidants.

ORAC Chart

How to Eat the Fruit

The best ways to reap aronia berry benefits are to use it for jelly making, candies, yogurt, pie fillings, sorbets, and flavored milk. It’s easy to aronia berries to many different meals; all you have to do is experiment a bit. You can find where to buy aronia berries online thanks to websites like Amazon.com, where they have deals on aronia berry concentrate to add to your favorite beverages. Many of these concentrates feature natural, organic sweeteners to tone down the astringent taste and make the juice of the berry much easier to get down.

Where to Buy Aronia Berries

Learn more about the Berry and its benefits, uses and availability:

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Red Dragon Fruit

by admin on July 24, 2014

Dragon Fruit by JoLizThe Red Dragon Fruit is native to Mexico, Central and South America, and is also popularly cultivated in Southeast Asian countries.

Commonly, the fruit is known as the dragon fruit, but it more formal name is pitaya or pitahaya. As with other fruits that are grown throughout the world, the fruit has acquired different versions of its name in different countries.

  • huǒ lóng guǒ – Chinese, meaning “fire dragon fruit”
  • lóng zhū guǒ – Chinese, meaning, “dragon pearl fruit”
  • thanh long – Vietanamese, meaning, “green dragon”
  • strawberry pear
  • nanettikafruit
  • Pitahaya – Mexican
  • Pitaya roja – Central America
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  • nanettikafruit

The red dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) is red-skinned and has a white flesh. Some people get this variety confused with the Costa Rica Pitaya (Hylocereus costaricensis) which is a red-skinned fruit with red flesh.

The fruit itself
The fruit weighs between 150-600 grams, sometimes it can weigh as much as 1 kilogram. The flesh of the fruit is sweet and low in caloric value. The fruit is best served chilled. Many people think of the dragon fruit as comparable to the kiwi fruit because of all the sesame seed sized crunchy black seeds found throughout the flesh of the fruit. The rind of the fruit is not eaten and if the fruit has been grown on a farm, the skin of the fruit is usually ridden with pesticides.

Dragon Fruit Tree by JoLiz

USES

The red dragon fruit is cultivated in the following areas:

  • Northern Australia
  • Hawaii
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Okinawa
  • Philippines
  • Southern China
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

It has been used:

  • Converted in Juice
  • Converted in Wine
  • Used to flavor beverages
  • syrup made of the whole fruit is used to color pastries and candy
  • pulp of the fruit is used to make an alcoholic beverage
  • Flowers are steeped as tea
  • Unopened flowers can be cooked like vegetables

How to Eat Dragon Fruit

BENEFITS

The fruit is known to have high laxative properties and is referred to as “Débousse-to-fesse” in Mauritius (an island in the Indian Ocean) because of this.

The dragon fruit is a great source:

  • Vitamin C
  • fiber and minerals, particularly phosphorus and calcium
  • seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • phytoalbumin antioxidants

The red dragon fruit has been known to help chronic respiratory tract aliments when eaten regularly.

  • increases excretion of heavy metal toxins
  • lowers cholesterol
  • lowers blood pressure
  • natural laxative properties
  • aids digestion
  • improve eyesight
  • prevent hypertension
  • helps to control blood glucose levels
  • treats endocrine problems

Dragon Fruit Nutrition

Values per 100 g of raw pitaya (of which 55 g are edible):

  • Water 80-90 g
  • Carbohydrates 9-14 g
  • Protein 0.15-0.5 g
  • Fat 0.1-0.6 g
  • Fiber 0.3-0.9 g
  • Ash 0.4-0.7 g
  • Calories: 35-50
  • Calcium 6–10 mg
  • Iron 0.3-0.7 mg
  • Phosphorus 16 – 36 mg
  • Carotene (Vitamin A) traces
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1) traces
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) traces
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) 0.2-0.45 mg
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 4–25 mg

Source: Wikipedia

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Apple

by admin on July 23, 2014

Red AppleThe Apple is very delicious, full of rich nutrients, widely consumed all over the world, and available year round. The saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not far from the truth. Regular consumption of the fruit can provide many vital nutrients and can help prevent a lot of health problems. There are many health benefits of this highly antioxidant fruit.

It has three important nutrients – antioxidants, fibers, and simple sugars.

It is a very rich source of antioxidants. They contain flavonoids and polyphenols, both of which are powerful antioxidants. It’s skin contains quercetin, which is a very powerful flavonoid. According to researchers, flavonoids help prevent cardiac disease in humans. When consumed regularly, flavonoids can lower the risk of cardiac disease by 20%. A 100g of this fruit is equivalent to 1500mg of vitamin C in terms of antioxidant content.

The antioxidants present in the fruit fight the free radicals in the body that tend to damage DNA. They also reduce the risk of cancer significantly.

The fruit is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fibers. A medium unpeeled one has around 3 grams of fiber. The fiber content in the fruit can bring down cholesterol levels significantly and reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

The insoluble fiber present in the fruit helps remove the LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol, from the body. The soluble fiber reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol produced in liver. By eating two of these fruits a day, you can bring down your cholesterol levels by 16%.

The soluble fiber in the fruit also helps remove the toxins and heavy metals like lead and mercury from the system.

The rich fiber content in the fruit ensures regular bowel movement. Eating one or two of these fruits a day regularly can help you stay away from constipation. The soluble fiber present in apple, pectin, also has the ability the firm up excessively loose stool and is thus used as a natural medication for diarrhea.

The simple sugar in the fruit – fructose – is the one that breaks down slowly and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Regular consumption of the fruit can help prevent kidney stones. The antioxidants in the fruit are also known to protect the skin from various skin diseases.

Apples by Alex Skelly
Apples by Alex Skelly

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Oliver's Fruit Salad (Venture-Health and the Human Body)Luring kids to taste or eat fruit of any kind is a tedious task for almost all moms. Some try to trick their kids just so they take a bite or two of any available fruit in season.

In the book Oliver’s Fruit Salad, the author, Vivian French, gives emphasis on how to attract kids to read and learn by adding colors to the cover and texts. The color play as illustrated by Allison Bartlett is done in simple but fluid lines.

The story line is likewise simple and easy to digest. It focuses on how Oliver was enticed by his grandparents to eat fruits. It relates how Oliver’s mom is having a hard time pushing Oliver to take a bite of fresh fruit such as pears, apples or plums.

Finally, Oliver’s grandfather did the trick. He showed Oliver the fresh fruits he picked from his garden and made it into a delicious fruit salad.  Once the Oliver tasted the fruit salad, he realized that fruits do not only taste good but also are healthy and nutritious.

So, for moms out there, one way to help your child eat fruit is to read Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French.

You can buy Oliver’s Fruit Salad on Amazon.com for $34.99.

Do you have this book?  Did it help your kids eat fruit?  Share your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or join us on Facebook for a discussion.

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A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds

by cheskarr on July 21, 2014

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for SeedsThe book “A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds” is an easy to read fruit book from author Jean Richards. Aimed to educate young minds from ages 2 to 6 years old, the children’s book teaches the joy of planting fruits and cutting them open to find seeds inside.

Illustrator Anca Hariton lends a hand by using watercolors to further bring the words of Richards to life. Aside from the drawings of fruits, fruit seeds, plants and other animals, keeping close to the title, the pages are also filled with tiny details of people carrying suitcases.

The 32-paged fruit book promises not to bore the children with its narrative. It uses words that kids are familiar with and easy to understand. Each page comes with Hariton’s artistic flair and one to two sentences at the lower portion of the page. The idea presented to kids that fruits are suitcases is innovative and creative. This spurs their imagination and lets them see how various fruits and plants grow with different eyes.

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