• 06Jul

    A supermarket at my neighborhood is having a promotion for avocados today.  At only 99 sen each, I could not resist buying at least 10 of them!  But I only bought 2 to test if they are fresh and yes they are almost perfect inside.   Tomorrow I’m set to charge the supermarket at 9am to grab a big bag of avos 😀

     

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    These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties.

    Here are some of the health benefits of avocados:

    1.  They are incredibly delicious!

    2.  They contain more potassium than bananas

    3. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

    4. Loaded with fiber.

    5. Eating avocados can lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

    6. The fat in them can help you absorb nutrients from plant foods.

    7. Avocados are loaded with powerful antioxidants (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) that can protect the eyes.

    8. Avocados may help relieve the symptoms of Arthritis.

    9. Eating avocados may help you lose weight.

    10. Avocados can help stabilize blood sugar

    Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving of avocado:

    • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
    • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
    • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
    • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

    An article from the Australia  Daily Mail Online on 16 June 2015 states that avocado could help fight cancer – in particular leukaemia cells and stops them from growing, raising hopes for a new drug.  Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3126200/How-avocado-day-fight-CANCER-Fat-fruit-targets-leukaemia-cells-stops-growing.html#ixzz3f5B7ry5Q

     

     

     

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  • 10Apr

    My passion in passion fruit was unleashed during my holiday in Lake Toba,  Indonesia with my mother circa 1992.  In Indonesia, passion fruits are called Markisa.  We were served Markisa juice everywhere that we went to — from the hotel to the restaurants and on board the plane.

    Since then, I have always bought passion fruits. I like them eaten in any way – straight from the fruit, made into cocktail,  juice,  smoothie, ice-cream,  fruit tart, passion fruit swiss roll and passion tea.

    Passion fruits are   very affordable local fruits. But we very careful when you scoop them out from the shell. Once, I almost chowed down some worms when I spooned out the  fruit from the shell. Thankfully I looked closer when I thought I saw something squirming within the seeds, ewwww! Since then, I have always scooped the fruit out into a bowl to do a spot check before I pop them into my mouth! Better be safe than to have wriggly worms breeding in your guts!

    Yesterday I made passion fruit smoothie. I  used 3 oranges, 1 green apple and 2 passion fruits and added pure orange + apple + apricot juice to produce 4.5 glasses of thick smoothie.

    So refreshing and aromatic!

     

     Health Benefits of Passion Fruit:

    1. Promotes intestinal health

    2. Cardiovascular benefits:

    3. Asthma attack:
    A current scientific study stated that passion fruit is an extremely powerful remedy for asthma victims. The peel includes a group of substances which includes chemicals, acids and several various other ingredients which can supply a little bit of alleviation to the asthma sufferers all over the place.

    4. Treats Insomnia   

    5. Kills Cancer:
    Research workers in the University of Florida have discovered that yellow passion fruit extracts can easily kill cancer cells within vitro. The phytochemicals which can be liable for this particular anti-cancer effect usually are carotenoids as well as polyphenols.

    6. Reduces Anxiety

    7. Antioxidants
    Passion fruit is abundant with vitamin C, an anti-oxidant which safeguards you from the harm free-radicals cause, avoiding premature aging as well as keeping the immune system powerful. Along with 71 milligrams for each cup, one serving provides you with all the vitamin C you’ll need every day. Additionally, it provides you with 10 % of the foliate you will need. Vitamin C as well as foliate are water-soluble nutrition which gradually turn out to be exhausted right after harvest. A freshly-picked passion fruit is a lot more nourishing than one which has been saved as well as moved, so get passion fruit from the farmers’ marketplace whenever possible.

    8. Contains Iron which relieves anemia

    9. Great Dietary Aid for Weight Loss
    For all those watching their body weight or even attempting to lose weight, fruits are definitely the suggested culinary food. However the passion fruit appears to be created for a fat loss diet. It really is lower in calories, just 97 calories for each 100 g! It can be lower in sodium as well as fat. It provides a fair amount of carbohydrates as well as natural sugars, therefore the body of a human recovers rapidly from the exercise as well as energy levels are rejuvenated. The fruit’s nutrition focus on cholesterol-reducing levels within the body. In addition, the high fiber content indicates a serving of the fruit satiates your hunger as well as keeps you full, so that you do not overeat on various other food items.

    10. Has Relaxation Effect
    A tall cool glass of passion fruit juice might help unwind your nerves as well as your mind, causing you to really feel relaxed. This particular juice can also be recommended for digestive problems and enables along with indigestion as well as gastric problems.

     

     

     

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  • 31Mar

    Tomatoes are a staple food item in our household. On days when I am busy or simply feeling a tad lazy to cook veggies, I will place a bowl of raw cherry tomatoes along with cucumbers on the dining table, just so the kids have their daily consumption of fiber and raws. This fruit that acts like a vegetable is loaded with health properties. Yep, tomatoes are citrus fruits, not veggie as many have mistaken.

    My girls love tomatoes, fortunately! They like tomato omelette, tomato and beef bolognese, raw tomatoes, tomato soup and tomato rice. Yesterday, I whipped up a whole tomato rice dish in the rice cooker. A one-pot meal, that is. It is very very easy to cook and tastes very very good too, if you use the right ingredients.

    My one-pot tomato rice — food ‘decor’ done by the drama queen 🙂

     

    Just throw in a few whole tomatoes into your rice cooker and whatever ingredients that you fancy and walaaa… you get a very wholesome pot of yummy-ness!  See, you do not even need to peel the tomato skin. Save the skin as it contains high concentration of  carotenoids.  And if you can afford it, get organic ones.

    Don’t you just love the bright colors in this pot of rice? It even has shiitake mushrooms, another super food like the tomato.

     

    Tomato Benefits

    Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. These carotenoids may have individual benefits, but also have synergy as a group (that is, they interact to provide health benefits).

    In particular, tomatoes contain awesome amounts of lycopene,thought to have the highest antioxidant activity of all the carotenoids.

    Tomatoes and broccoli have synergy that may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. One study showed that prostate tumors grew much more slowly in rats that were fed both tomato and broccoli powder than in rats given lycopene as a supplement or fed just the broccoli or tomato powder alone.

    Tomatoes are rich in potassium, a mineral most of us don’t get enough of. A cup of tomato juice contains 534 milligrams of potassium, and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce has 454 milligrams.

    When tomatoes are eaten along with healthier fats, like avocado or olive oil, the body’s absorption of the carotenoid phytochemicals in tomatoes can increase by two to 15 times, according to a study from Ohio State University.

    Tomatoes are a big part of the famously healthy Mediterranean diet. Many Mediterranean dishes and recipes call for tomatoes or tomato paste or sauce. Some recent studies, including one from The University of Athens Medical School, have found that people who most closely follow the Mediterranean diet have lower death rates from heart disease and cancer. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who followed more than 39,000 women for seven years, found that consumption of oil- and tomato-based products — particularly tomato and pizza sauce — was associated with cardiovascular benefits.

    The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene.

    Tomato peels contribute a high concentration of the carotenoids found in tomatoes. The amount of carotenoids absorbed by human intestinal cells was much greater with tomato paste enriched with tomato peels compared to tomato paste without peels, according to a study from Marseille, France. The tomato skin also holds most of the flavonols (another family of phytochemicals that includes quercetin and kaempferol) as well. So to maximize the health propertiesof tomatoes, don’t peel them if you can help it!

     

     

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  • 14Mar

    As I was enjoying my packet of fresh coconut meat after gulping down the coconut water just now, I was wondering whether coconut meat/flesh is an empty calorie food or otherwise .  I have heard and read so much on the health benefits of extra virgin coconut oil, which is now touted as a super food.   In the past, coconut oil and coconut meat had been reputed as a ‘bad food’.  But in recent years,  there has been so much hype on the myriad of health benefits of  coconut oil and coconut products.

     

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    Coconut is one of those foods that seems to ping-pong between the ‘good food’ and ‘bad food’ list.  Coconut and the products derived from it like coconut meat have been for years wrongly deemed as an unhealthy type of food because of its long known high saturated fat content. However, a growing body of recent studies have shown that the type of fats present in coconut meat are in fact medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). When you eat coconut meat, the MCTs it contains are transported from the intestinal tract to the liver and immediately transformed into fuel. This then means there is very little MCTs left to circulate and deposit in fat tissues in the body

    Meat from young coconuts or (a.k.a green coconuts) is very creamy and gelatinous. It looks and feels like jelly because you can eat it with a spoon. This is the type that is often fed to babies as they are weaned from their mothers’ breast. Young coconut meat spoils more quickly than mature meat. This is why it’s rare to find it outside of tropical locales. However, for those of you living in the States, they can be found in some stores during the summer months.

    Meat from mature coconuts is white, much harder and has a slightly sweet and nutty taste. As the coconut matures, the quantity of oil in the meat increases too.   Mature meat has high levels of fiber and oil which help it function like a probiotic. Probiotics are very beneficial for the digestive system because they feed the good bacteria in the intestines.

    Fresh meat from coconuts is considered a functional food. By eating it you accomplish two important things for your body. You feed the body a high quality food source.   It functions in specific ways once inside the body (i.e. feeds the good bacteria in the intestines).

    A few of the health benefits that can result by consuming fresh meat consistently are:

    • It helps to regulate digestion and elimination.
    • It assists in weight loss.
    • It’s a powerful germ fighter.

    Almost half the weight of fresh meat comes from water. It also contains less sugar than meat from other fruits like oranges or apples.

    The mineral levels of iron, phosphorous and zinc are high.
    While coconuts and coconut liquids are full of saturated fats, not all of it is bad for you. Much of the saturated fat content is lauric acid. This beneficial saturated fat can actually help boost your high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol that reduces your risk of heart disease. HDL cholesterol tends to bring LDL molecule levels down, by transporting them to your liver for deconstruction and removal. But the maximum amount of lauric acid from coconuts you can have before it stops being beneficial is unknown, the Harvard School of Public Health warns. Because too much saturated fat in general is harmful for heart health, don’t go overboard on your servings of coconut products.

    So once again, the rule is take everything in moderation! 🙂

     

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  • 12Mar

    A few days before CNY last month, we were at Cold Storage at Gardens, Mid Valley and saw a promotion on freshly juiced pomegranate juice. The pomegranates were flown in from Turkey.  There were a few Turkish representatives at the booth to promote the fruit.  There was a really long bee line of customers waiting to buy the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.  Though priced at RM12.99 a bottle, many people did not mind the price, including us!  I first bought 2 bottles and when the MIL saw them, she followed suit and bought 2 bottles herself.  The juice was really sweet, pure and fresh.  Each bottle consisted of about 2-3 whole pomegranates.

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    Cass could not wait to grab her bottle of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and drank it immediately.

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    Health Benefits of Pomegranates:

    The pomegranate is known as a superfood. Its jewel-like seeds (arils) have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. Packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, this ruby-red fruit has been shown to be a cure-all for just about any ailment. It helps stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, wards off the flu, reduces inflammation, reduces risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.

    The peel is good for the heart and blood vessels; the white membrane is good for stopping diarrhea and good for wounds and ulcers of the mouth and throat. The fruit also strengthens the brain, cleanses the body and blood from toxins, and is very good at expelling worms from the intestines.

    Pomegranates keep you young too. Chinese herbology cites pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment. And thanks to the pomegranate’s antioxidant extracts, modern science and the cosmetics industry agree that topical application of products containing the ruby red fruit can keep wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate-tinged anti-aging creams, massage oils, masques and toners are readily available these days.

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  • 12Jun

    One of the fruits that is almost always available at our home is avocado. The mil loves avos. So do I. And we are training the girls to love avos too.  They are starting to like avo spread on their bread, avo salad, avo sushi and avo smoothie.

    Here’s the avocado-milk smoothie that I made and it is really creamy, buttery, soothing, delish and filling. It can even be taken as a replacement meal, thus can help to promote weight loss.  My girls commented that it was too creamy but I liked it and will definitely make this smoothie again for lunch!

    Ingredients:

    1 ripe avocado
    3 tablespoons of cold fresh milk
    Half cup of water
    Ice cubes to be blended (optional)
    Put everything into my Shimono food processor and swirl it for less than a minute.
    Add ice cube (optional) and serve!

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     FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
    Avocados are also considered as one of the healthiest foods in the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.

    (1) Healthy brain: can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. The folate in avocado contributes to preventing the formation of brain tangles that are considered a factor for Alzheimer’s.

    Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E, which has been clinically proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing and even reversing it in its earliest stages.

    (2) Healthy heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL.

    Avocados’ vitamin B6 and the natural folic acid from their high amount of folate help regulate homocysteine, which if high is a harbinger of bad heart health. The natural vitamin E and the master antioxidant glutathione in a base of avocado’s monounsaturated fat’s oleic acid are also recognized heart health boosters.

    (3) Pregnancy: Folic acid is commonly recommended for pregnant women to help the fetus develop its brain and other vital organs. But some health experts consider synthetically extracted folic acid a problem. They recommend using natural folate for its folic acid content instead.

    Folate also reduces stroke risk, according to a study of people who eat folate rich foods.

    (4) Eye health: Avocado contains the carotenoid leutein, an antioxidant that specializes with protecting the eyes from oxidative stress damage leading to poor vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

    (5) Blood pressure: The combination of avocado’s high potassium content, 30 percent more than banana, with omega-3 and oleic acid are beneficial toward reducing blood pressure.

    (6) Blood sugar: Avocado’s monounsaturated fats can prevent or reverse insulin resistance, a source of type 2 diabetes. The high soluble fiber of avocado helps prevent blood sugar spikes.

    (7) Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is considered the basis of most non-contagious diseases. Avocados have an abundance of plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids, which have been discovered as anti-inflammatory agents.

    (8) Anti-aging: The master antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system. It is responsible for replenishing and recycling other antioxidants in the body. It is vital for a strong immune system, and avocado is one of the few foods that contain a considerable amount of glutathione.

    (9) Digestion: Nutrients and enzymes in avocado reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestine’s mucous lining. This also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.

    (10) Cancer: Avocados can help protect against prostate and breast cancers.

    (11) Avocados contain glutathione, a powerful antioxidants that helps fight free radicals in the body.

    (12) Cure bad breath : Avocados are one of the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedies. It is cleanses intestine which is the real cause of coated tongue and bad breath.

    (13) Skin Care : The avocado oil is added in many cosmetics because of its ability to nourish the skin and make your skin glow. It also aids in treating psoriasis, a skin disease that causes skin redness and irritation

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  • 06May

    I am a nutty mummy. I love anything that has coconut in it. Whether it is plain coconut water, coconut milk, coconut flesh or grated coconut meat, I am game for it!  The other day I bought a packet of grated coconut meat to go with steamed lin goe. As it was a big packet, there was a surplus of grated coconut meat. Knowing that grated coconut meat will turn rancid or bad very quickly, I finished off the grated coconut meat by adding it on everything that I ate that day… from my breakfast to my dinner!

    Here’s my breakfast – toasted homemade pumpkin bread with butter and grated coconut! As for dinner, I sprinkled the grated coconut generously over my kids’ rice and dishes of grilled salmon fish, omelette and long beans!

    Oh, did you know that coconut is not a nut but a fruit?

    Food For Thought :

    Coconut as a Weight-Loss Assistant
    Coconut increases the metabolic rate of the body, which means that energy is consumed faster and excess body weight is burned off. This process is completely natural, and doesn’t cause the body any harm.

    Coconut prevents weight and obesity problems by speeding up the metabolism.

    Coconut as a Beautifying Agent
    Coconut contains a PH that is good for the skin, supporting the natural chemical balance of the skin. It softens the skin and helps to relieve dryness and flaking. Coconut can prevent wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.

    Coconut promotes healthy looking hair and helps to control dandruff. For both the skin and hair, coconut protects from the damaging, aging effects of the sun.

    Coconut for Kids
    Coconut contains many of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy growth in children.

    It improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth. Coconut helps to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun, while promoting a healthy complexion and beautiful hair.

    This nut is a tasty boost of energy for kids.

    Coconut for Relieving Complaints and Illnesses
    Coconut kills the contagious viruses that cause the common cold, influenza, hepatitis C, measles and herpes.

    As an antibacterial, it kills the bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.

    It also has antifungal agents that kill fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.

    Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

    Coconut relieves stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, therefore reducing the symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

    For diabetics, coconut relieves the symptoms and health risks associated with diabetes.

    It reduces the problems associated with melabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

    Coconut helps to relieve the symptoms associated with gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers.

    It improves digestion and bowel function, solving the complaints of diarrhea or constipation.

    Coconut also reduces the symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

    Coconut as a Preventive Measure against Disease

    Coconut helps to protect the body against osteoporosis, kidney disease, liver disease and bladder infections. It also protects the body from breast, colon and other cancers.

    Coconut is heart healthy; it improves the cholesterol ratio and protects the arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.

    It helps to prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

    Coconut also helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

    Coconut isn’t just a versatile tropical nut that adds flavor to curries, soups, stews and desserts; it is also a highly beneficial health food.


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  • 18Mar

    Upon recommendation of a friend, I got myself a bottle of Bilberry to improve my vision and to reduce the tiredness of my eyes.  I chose Blackmores, which is my most trusted brand for supplements. A bottle of 60 tabs cost RM75, or equivalent to RM1.25 per tab!  Pretty costly but worth a try and definitely cheaper than going for Lasik!  After my visit to the pharmacy to get the Bilberry, I went to the optician to have my eyes checked.  It seems my eye sight has not deteriorated but I wouldn’t trust the accuracy of the machine.  Alycia and Sherilyn had their eye sight checked too, both by the eye-sight checker machine as well as manually. The results were very contradicting.  The machine showed that Alycia had a power of over 100 for short sightedness but the manual check showed that her eye sight is perfect – she could see even the smallest number at the bottom.  As for Sherilyn, the machine showed that she had no power but in the manual check, she could not see clearly a few numbers and letters.  Anyway, I shall see how effective the Bilberry tabs are before turning to the opthalmologist.

    Bilberry Health Benefits:

    Some of the main constituents of bilberry are anthocyanins, other flavonoids, iridoids glycosides (asperuloside and monotropein) and phenolic acids as well as catechol tannins and proanthocyanidins.

    The most well-known health property of his herb is perhaps how bilberry benefits the eyes. The anthocyanins are thought to be effective in treating a variety of eye-related ailments, and have vision-boosting and vision improving properties.

    More information regarding bilberry eye health effects are discussed in another related bilberry article.

    The medicinal and healing properties of this herbal medicine include astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and anti-oxidant properties.

    It reduces the levels of blood lipids and glucose. It is also considered an effective antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-exudative and anti-ulcerous agent. This attributes bilberry with the ability to improve permeability of capillaries and greatly enhances wound healing, and also gives it blood thinning properties.

    Due to high anti-oxidant content of bilberries (main antioxidant being anthocyanocides), they are prescribed for disease prevention and immune-boosting supplements to improve overall health and promote longevity. In this regard, the health benefits of bilberry can be quite wide-ranging.

    Bilberry health benefits also include combating vascular disorders, where bilberries are found to be effective in treating varicose veins, blood clotting (thrombosis) and angina. Anthocyanocides help prevent heart disease by strengthening capillaries, prevent the blood from clotting and also stimulate release of vasodilators. All this helps in greatly improving heart function and good health.

    Also, another bilberry health benefit is its ability to lower blood pressure and improve blood supply to the nerves. This too contributes to overall organ health and improved overall health.

    Bilberry contains glucoquinine which is effective in lowering blood sugar. Bilberry leaf tea is high in chromium and this too is said to reduce blood sugar levels. The leaves and berries are often used in homeopathic medicine for the treatment of diabetes.

    From the sixteenth century to this day, bilberry is often used as an antidote to digestive problems like nausea, indigestion and diarrhea.

    Bilberry has also been used to treat inflammation and ulcers in the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.

    Dried bilberry fruit and bilberry tea have been used as a treatment for diarrhea and as a relief for nausea and indigestion. Bilberry tea is used to soothe the digestive tract. In combination with honey, a syrupy concoction of bilberry has been used as a soothing remedy for the treatment of diarrhea and other common stomach ailments.

    Bilberry is known to have been used as a soothing, remedial treatment for sore throats. Traditionally, one bilberry health benefit is that a gargle or tea made from dried bilberries has provided immediate relief for sore throat.

    Bilberry has also been used traditionally in the treatment of diabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, and painful menstruation.

    Further, bilberries are used as a food / dietary supplement and used in making preserves, bilberry jams, wines and liqueurs.

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  • 16Oct

    There is this lady which sells organic veggie and fruits at the park near where I stay. She only goes there twice a week. Each time she comes, housewives and grandmas will flock her small stall at the pavement. Sometimes she will sell packets of mulberries. Sometimes she will blend the organic mulberries with sugar cane that she plants in her farm and sell the bottled juice, which will be all snapped up in a jiffy.  Whenever my mil is staying with us, she will buy mulberries from this lady and boil them with rock sugar as the mulberries are very sour. The boiled mulberries taste a tad like Ribena. I am a huge fan of berries of all kinds as I know how powerful they are in antioxidants and vitamins but I didn’t quite like mulberries, which are pretty sour if eaten raw. Since I am really into juice-making recently, I bought a packet of mulberries and blended them together with apples, oranges and carrots – all these of which are naturally very sweet. The juice turned out very refreshing and not sour at all. And my girls and big boss loved it!

    Food For Thought:

    Cancer Prevention
    Mulberries are a good source of resveratrol, a potent phytonutrient also found in grapes that researchers believe can prevent cancer and aid in the fight of existing cancers.

    Life Extension
    Because of their resveratrol content, mulberries may be a tool in one’s life extension arsenal, as resveratrol has shown in several studies to extend the life of mice.

    Blood Tonic
    In Chinese medicine, mulberries are considered a blood tonic, meaning that they cleanse the blood and increase its production, strengthening the entire system.

    Kidney Strengthener
    In Chinese medicine, mulberries are believed to strengthen the kidneys.

    Liver Cleanser
    In Chinese medicine, mulberries are believed to be effective in cleansing the liver.

    Better Hearing and Vision
    In China, tea made with mulberry paste is believed to strengthen one’s hearing and vision.

    Constipation Cure
    In Turkey, a treatment for constipation is to eat white mulberries on an empty stomach with a glass of water.

    Anemia Treatment
    Because they are quite high in iron, mulberries are a great food to use in the treatment of anemia.

    Cold and Flu Treatment
    In Turkey, mulberry molasses is used as a treatment for colds and flu. Their effectiveness in this way may be due to their high vitamin C content.

    Premature Gray Hair Remedy
    In several countries, mulberries are considered an effective remedy for prematurely gray hair.


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  • 02Aug

    My hubs would normally order extra fragrant coconuts for his functions as we are all coconut water guzzlers! We love the refreshing and sweet taste of coconut water. Plus we know that coconut water is loaded with health promoting goodness.  Coconut water is very good for Cassandra as coconut water is known to be a remedy for urinary tract and kidney disorders. Coconut water is sterile as the water has to permeate through the layers of filtering husks. Some articles say that coconut water is even more nutritious than milk as it is low in cholesterol and fat and it contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother’s milk. Coconut water is also safe for babies and infants. Coconut water is also a universal donor, as it is identical to human blood plasma.

    Baby is very happy here as she can guzzle down coconut water from the whole coconut, all by herself… and she does not have to drink milk before going to bed.

    Good for Alycia too as she loves eating spicy food and coconut water helps to ‘cool down’ the body.


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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

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