Healthiest greens ever

If there is one food that you anyone would suggest you for a healthy lifestyle and ask you to take more of, its leafy greens. Playing a crucial role in any healthy diet, it is believed that our ancient ancestors eat up to six pounds of leaves per day. Packed with nutrition, they are a rich source of minerals and antioxidants which will help in cell protection.

There are several advantages in consuming greens, the Phytochemicals present in greens help prevent hardening of arteries and help in lowering inflammation linked to heart disease. Its combination of vitamins and minerals helps in detoxification and inhibit cancer cells from multiplying.

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In addition, they are the single best source of natural nitrates when consumed gets converted by the body into nitric oxide, a gas that helps lower blood pressure. Human body produces less nitric oxide as it ages, in order to ensure that there is no deficiency one should eat even more nitrates that will help in normal functionality of the body. Having said that, it is good to consume three to five ounces of greens a day! Following are some of the six greens that will help in healthy lifestyle.

  • Swiss chard
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Water cress

Swiss chard is a top source of syringic acid and kaempferol, antioxidants types that are less known. The former stabilizes blood sugar, while the latter protects cells against cancer-causing toxins while reducing your risk for heart and other chronic diseases.

Arugula has highest nitrate levels that will help increase blood flow.

Kale is a rich source of glucosinolates- cancer-thwarting compounds. Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, it helps prevent eye disease.

Watercress is enriched with vitamin k that helps regulate blood clotting.

Collard greens have properties that bind your stomach’s bile acids, and its special class of Phytochemicals will nourish the body’s natural detoxifying system.

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5 portions of Fruits and Veggies Can Lower Risk of Death

An apple a day keeps the doctor way is the cliche, but an apple (or five) a day does more than just keeping the doctor away.

Several studies suggest that consumption of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis i.e. daily can help reduce the risk of mortality. This specially applies to diseases related to heart especially cancer. Associated with this type of study, the BMJ, researchers from China and the U.S. have found that this theory does not apply to all types of death.

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With a total of 833,234 participants the research included 16 studies, 56,423 of whom died. Having said that, several factors were taken into consideration in order to minimize bias, various differences were taken into account and the subgroups were analyzed to confirm that results did not show a discrepancy by location.

As aforesaid, consuming fruits and vegetables had a great impact on reduced risk of death, with daily serving of fruit and vegetables, the average risk of death was lowered by 5 percent; furthermore the risk for cardiovascular death was reduced by 4 percent.

Interestingly, it was also found that reaching five portions per day, more of healthy snacking will not further reduce the death risk.

With that said, there was a contradiction with another recent study in the BMJ’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. It revealed that seven portions of fruits and veggies are linked to lowest death risk.

On the other hand, researchers said studies may be at variance in their classifications of fruits and vegetables, and there was a possibility of error in how people reported their eating habits.

It was not significantly associated with risk of death; researchers said more studies are needed to examine in order to come up with this thought process.

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5 most costly fruits in the world

We would have heard of people who spend high on accessories, clothing or on some prized possessions like diamonds or cars. Nevertheless, there has been an unconventional item sold in Japan for a very expensive amount. Wondering what’s it? They are a bunch of grapes and not just any grapes – they cost US$5,400 (S$6,728).  It is not just the grapes that was quite expensive but also some of the other fruits like

  • Egg of the Sun Mangoes
  • Roman Ruby grapes
  • Densuke Black Watermelon
  • Yubari Melon
  • Pineapple from Cornwall, England

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Their respective prices include- S $6,728 Roman Ruby grapes,  S$3,662 Egg of the Sun Mangoes,  S$7,688 Densuke Black Watermelon,  S$19,526 Yubari Melon  and  S$21,389 Pineapple from Cornwall, England

Roman Ruby grapes- The 30 Roman Ruby grapes were unloaded to a wedding lobby administrator on the first day of the purchasing season in Ishikawa realm in focal Japan.   As big as 3cm in diameter, the bunch of grapes weighed 800g. Served at the wedding hall in Kanazawa, central Ishikawa, the red-skinned grapes that cost just about $180 each is served there.

On the off chance that you think these grapes are incredibly lavish, here’s some more soil grown foods that ordered jaw-dropping costs.

Egg of the Sun Mangoes- In April not long from now, a couple of mangoes sold for a record 300,000 yen (S$3,662).

Densuke Black Watermelon- Japan notorious for their exquisitely formed melons, with similar exquisite price tags, as its name suggests, the Densuke black melon with no stripes weighing up to 11kg is known to be the priciest watermelon in the world.

Yubari Melon- offered as a status symbol, these melons are grown in Yubari and Hokkaido. 3.7 kg pair of melons was sold for 1.6 million yen.

Pineapple from Cornwall, England- in order to show that England is no lesser than Japan, The pineapple was valued at around £10,000 (S$21,389).

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Fruits and vegetables – storage method

A set of people consume fresh produces, but fail to do it in proper means as it is meant to be. Tossing your fruits and vegetables randomly in your refrigerator by placing it on a countertop bowl is one of the greatest disfavors that you can do to yourself. Following are some of the things that you should be concentrating on, as you unpack your produce the next time.

In view of the fact that, just about all fruits and vegetables produce an odorless and invisible gas called ethylene, you should be careful about storing the produces that you store next to one another. Having said that, there are certain fruit types that produce more of this gas which is a ripening agent, so it is important to make sure that you follow certain things!

Storing fresh produces next to sensitive veggies that radiates high levels of ethylene will cause surrounding produce to spoil and even prematurely ripen because of the concentrated exposure.

  • Since fruits are prone to produce more of this gas, a good rule of thumb is to keep vegetables separate from fruits. Fruits high in ethylene should not be refrigerated and there are chances for the flavor to get affected if it is refrigerated before they are fully seasoned. Following are the fruit type that fall into this category and it includes: bananas, avocados, plums, kiwis, mangos, pineapple, pears, tomatoes, nectarines and peaches.

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  • Exuding a darker skin appearance, storing bananas in the fridge before it’s fully ripe will cause everything next to it smell like bananas.

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  • When refrigerated, apple, grapes and cherries are said to last longer. In general, before storage, it is good to wash the fruits as it usually accelerated their deterioration. As with berries, you can go with a vinegar wash (a proportion of 1:3 vinegar/water ratios will help). It also helps destroy bacteria and mold spores on the berries. Once you are done with the process, store them in a sealable container with the lid slightly open for air circulation. Tomatoes should always be stored unwashed at room temperature.

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  • Until its ready to use, do not take away the thin and white outer layer. Store them in an open basket at room temperature.

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  • Ethylene can work to your advantage if you wanted the fruits to be ripened faster. Ensure that you do not store for a longer period of time, as it does not guarantee safety concerns and the taste and texture will suffer. At the same time, it is also vital to keep your freezer at zero degrees or colder to avoid deteriorating food quality.

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  • Prior to the storage, remove knots, incase you are storing in a bag; make sure it has a few holes to allow for air flow.

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  • Let it be packed loosely; the closer they are, the quicker they will spoil.
  • Just like garlic, even mushrooms should not be washed until right before they are ready to use.

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  • As far as the herbs are concerned, wash and dry them and cut off the ends.

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New roots help tropical fruits to grow longer

Having come across a new way to expand the budding life of niche market tropical fruit crops in the Northern Territory, a Darwin horticulturalist has revealed the formula of how to make it.

Highly prized tropical fruits like the achacha and mangosteen have a tendency to grow well during the wet season and on the other hand, they are found dormant during the dry season.

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Darwin horticulturist says it is this factor that prevented the farmers from growing these priceless crops in the past, on a commercial scale.

It is because of the dry season weather, the large plantations of up to 3,000 [trees] have failed even as there are successful small plots.

Helping the trees to grow all year round, Mr. Nathanael is grafting better root systems to combat the setback.

Tolerating the dry season conditions, he has found a root stock to graft onto the tree i.e. with the achacha he said. Enduring the local conditions, the additional rootstock helps in growing without any hinder.

In addition, he also hopes that the new roots will help to perk up the quality of the fruit on the trees. While hoping to have the aforesaid benefits, he also looks forward for a bigger and better fruit while having an enhanced fruit flavor.

It’s believed that the research could lead to the start up of new tropical fruit industries in the Top End.

At present, north Queensland is home to Australia’s only across-the-board achacha farm, as the county also has a number of mangosteen farms between Townsville and Cairns.

As far as Australia and northern territory is concerned, there has always been room for new fruits. Taking an approximate duration of 5 to 15 years, he hopes to have good results in a couple of year’s time.

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