1. Coco Water Prolongs Freshness of Vegetables
Use coconut water instead of formalin (formaldehyde) in prolonging the freshness of vegetables. The use of coconut water is simpler, safer, and more economical use than using formalin, which may scare vegetable buyers.
In a demonstration by researchers at the College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Banos (CA-UPLB), string beans dipped in fresh coconut water for at least two minutes stayed fresh and marketable even up to four days after harvest.
The shriveling or drying of the beans was also reduced.
The CA-UPLB researchers said that the coconut water contains cytokinins or hormones responsible for retaining the green color (chlorophyll) of stringbean pods.
2. Mga Halaman: Likas na Pamatay-Peste
Nakapaglinang ang mga mananaliksik ng University of the Philippines Visayas ng mga pormulasyong likido at pulbos para sa likas na mga pamatay-insekto.
Ang mga halamang ginagamit bilang pamatay-insekto ay ang ugat ng tubli, baging ng makabuhay, at lamang-ugat ng ligaw na ube na kilala sa tawag na nami, kayos, kuyot, o kurot.
Nakita sa pagsusuri na lahat ng halaman ay may taglay na pamatay-insekto sa pulbos at likidong pormulasyon. Ang pulbos na pormulasyon ng likas na pamatay-insekto at pamatay-bulate ay napatunayang hindi nagbabago makalipas ang isang taon.
Samantala, ang likidong pormulasyon ng likas na mga pamatay-insekto ay hindi pa nagbabago hanggang apat na buwan subalit mukhang humihina sa ika-anim na buwan. Ang parehong pormulasyon ng likas na mga pamatay-insekto at pamatay-bulate ay hindi lason sa hindi pinag-uukulang mga organismo.
Gayun din, hindi sila nanghihikayat ng pagdami o pagbagong anyo ng peste at hindi rin nagiging sanhi ng depekto sa panganganak, kaya ang paggamit sa mga ito ay ligtas sa tao at ibang mga hayop. (BPG)
3. Sweet Potato Contains Anti-aging Nutrients
Sweet potato is a health vegetable rich in antioxidants and other nutrients useful in maintaining a healthy body.
A new study conducted by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea shows that sweet potato contains antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, isochlorogenic.
Antioxidants, known as the modern-day anti-aging nutrients, are phytochemicals or substances (mostly present in fruits and vegetables), which neutralize or counterbalance the free radicals that are generated by the body during normal metabolism.
Free radicals are the most vicious and toxic by-products of metabolism. When not neutralized, they can travel through the body cells, disrupting the structures of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and cause cell damages.
These damages are believed to contribute to aging and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cataract, and the like.
Sweet potato antioxidants are higher in the leaves than in the tops, but higher in the tops than in the roots and petioles.
Also, all parts of sweet potato, especially the leaves and tops, contain protein, lipids, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin A and C.
These nutrients are favorably comparable with those of other vegetable nutrients when they are boiled or used in their dry form than when they are consumed raw.
4. An Egg a Day is Ok
Eggs, considered as “near perfect” food, contain lecithin, high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. Lecithin in egg yolks helps break down cholesterol in the body.
Cholesterol is not a fat; it is a fat-like substance needed in many bodily functions. Aside from the dietary cholesterol we get from the food we eat, the liver naturally produces cholesterol known as blood cholesterol.
Egg yolks contain essential fat needed in the regulation of cholesterol. Without these fats, your risk for heart disease increases.
Eggs contain nutrients essential to body growth and development. These include:
- high quality protein
- vitamin A, riboflavin, B12 and B6
- minerals such as iron, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and zinc
- lecithin and choline
The nutritional contents of eggs help:
- make muscle firm and strong
- build and maintain blood supply
- maintain good eyesight
- make infants and children grow faster
A medium-sized cooked egg has almost the same amount of protein found in:
- 1 serving of meat (30 grams)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked mongo beans
- 2 medium-sized fish (about 60 grams each)
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 1 medium or 2 small pieces chicken wings
Tip: Overcooking the egg yolk destroys its lecithin content.
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