Popcorn, Bananas, Beets & More
The Benefits you wouldn’t expect…
Scientists reported popcorn contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols” than fruits and vegetables. They spoke at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a pioneer in analyzing healthful components in chocolate, nuts and other common foods, explained that the polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about 4 percent water, while polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables.
In another surprising finding, the researchers discovered that the hulls of the popcorn — the part that everyone hates for its tendency to get caught in the teeth — actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber. “Those hulls deserve more respect,” said Vinson, who is with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. “They are nutritional gold nuggets.” The overall findings led Vinson to declare, “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called “whole grain,” this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain.The new study found that the amount of polyphenols found in popcorn was up to 300 mg a serving compared to 114 mg for a serving of sweet corn and 160 mg for all fruits per serving.
Air-poped organic corn is the healthiest, while microwave popcorn bags are the unhealthiest. Source:acs.org
Banana peels are full of acids and other purifying molecules that aren’t harmful to people. After all, we eat the #bananas that are inside, right? One of the biggest sources of water contamination is heavy metals.
Mercury, lead, copper, iron, and other naturally occurring metals find their way into our water sources by both #natural and man-made means such as agricultural and industrial waste and runoff. They are lethal to us and the unfortunate part is that they build up in our bodies slowly over time. Lead and mercury in particular build up and can damage the nervous system and, specifically, your brain.#Organic banana peels, which are now being studied extensively for use as a water filter, contain atoms of sulfur and nitrogen, along with carboxylic acid and other compounds.The carboxylic acid ions become negatively charged and the heavy metals in water tend to be negatively positively charged. The metals dissolved (or floating) in the water are attracted to the acids, which are bound to the banana peels. They stick to the peels and can be removed when you take the peels out of the water. You may not get them all, but you will get a significant amount of them.
There are a couple of different methods that you can use, but it seems that the peels work better when they’ve been dried a bit. Here are your options after drying the peels for a few hours: Cut the peels into small chunks Place the peels in the food processor and make a dust or meal out of them.
Now, on to the actual process. You may place the peels or powder in a coffee filter or cheesecloth and pour the water through them. You also have to option of tossing the peels directly into the water letting it sit. Using the sieve method extracts a significant amount of the metals but letting the chunks
Research has suggested by drinking approx 500ml of beetjuice every day could be an effective way to handle #cardiovascular conditions and high #bloodpressure.
Wake Forest University researchers found that drinking the beet juice can improve brain oxygenation. This helps to slow dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Beet juice is high in nitrates which can improve blood flow and oxygenation to the brain.Beets also contain alpha-lipoic acid which has been shown to lower glucose levels. It can also increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative changes in diabetic patients.
Constipation decreases due to the high fiber content in beets which helps give you a healthy digestive tract. Beet juice contains choline which helps with memory and learning, sleep and muscle movement. It also aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces inflammation.
Beet juice also helps with increase oxygen to muscles during #exercise.
People suffering with respiratory, metabolic diseases and cardiovascular problems may beet juice can help in their daily lives.
Beet juice does stain so to keep your teeth always looking white, brush with UGLY by nature toothpaste.
Eating nuts and peanuts reduces the risk of suffering a #heartattack or stroke, a new study claims.Researchers found they were linked with a reduced risk of death from #heart disease among people on low incomes. And they believe their findings suggest peanuts may be a cost-effective measure to improve cardiovascular health because they are so cheap. However experts cautioned today that salt-covered nuts would not have the same health benefits.
Nuts are rich in nutrients and peanuts, although classified as legumes, have nutrients similar to tree nuts.The new study, led by Dr Xiao-Ou Shu, of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Tennessee, analysed various groups of people.One involved 72,000 low-income black and white men and women living in the US, the other 134,000 men and women living in Shanghai, China.In both groups, men ate more peanuts than women.In the US group, about half of the nuts consumed were peanuts, and in the Chinese group only peanut consumption was assessed.
HOW DO NUTS HAVE A PROTECTIVE EFFECT ON THE HEART? Catherine Collins, Principal Dietitian at St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, said: ‘Research over the past few years has shown heart-health benefits of including nuts and legumes (like peanuts) as part of a varied diet. ‘This is probably because nuts and peanuts contribute a valuable source of protein, dietary fibres, healthy fats, vitamins B1, B6, folic acid, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc to the diet.Although almost half the weight of a peanut is fat (48%), the majority is of the heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated types.Studies where nuts have been added to the diet (such as the European PREDIMED study), and long-term population studies have consistently shown a reduction in death from heart disease when nuts and legumes are included in the diet.