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Archive for April 18, 2011

My Favourite Foods–Speak for Themselves !( Health Blog)


APPLE:
One of me(an apple) a day ,
keeps the doctor away.

Apples contain flavonoids, antioxidants that improve immune function and prevent heart disease and some cancers.

AVOCADOS
Aww kudos to me!

Nutritionally the avocado leads all other fruits in beta carotene. While other fruits gain sugar as they ripen, the avocado’s sugar content decreases as it matures. It contains more protein, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin K per ounce than any other fruit. Lowers cholesterol levels.

BEETS
Am a Beet who no one can beat!

Beets, also known as beetroot, are high in potassium, folacin, and fiber, yet low in calories. Their edible leaves offer protein, calcium, fiber, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, and some B vitamins. They’re known in the arena of natural healing for their ability to purify the blood and the liver.

BROCCOLI
Call me brr rockly !

Broccoli is the superhero of the vegetable kingdom with its rich vitamin A content–notice broccoli’s dark green color as an indicator of its hearty carotene content. Though a bit on the bitter side, broccoli leaves are completely edible and also contain generous amounts of vitamin A. Rich in Calcium.

CABBAGE
Wanna capp your age at sweet sixteen—love me!

In its raw state, cabbage contains iron, calcium, and potassium. High marks are given for its vitamin C content. Cabbage is also high in vitamins B1, B2, B3, and D. Lengthy cooking tends to lower the nutritional value considerably.
Red cabbage is higher in fiber ,vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium than its green cousin.

CASHEWS
Best way to put your cash to use. Spend on me !

Many people avoid cashews because of their high fat content, though they are lower in total fat than almonds, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts. Cashew provide essential fatty acids, B vitamins, fiber, protein, carbohydrate potassium, iron, and zinc. Like other nuts, cashews are high in saturated fat; however, eaten in small quantities cashews are a highly nutritious food.

CORN
Huhh those who ssscorn at me, they must be jealous
!

Nutritionally, corn (cooked or raw) is low in fat and calories and provides almost three grams of dietary fiber as well as protein per ear. White corn is deficient in vitamin A, while yellow corn is plentiful. Both offer moderate amounts of folacin and vitamin C, with magnesium and potassium in abundant quantity. Corn, however, is notoriously deficient in lysine and tryptophan, two essential amino acids.

CRANBERRIES
Cranes were more clever and ate me, hence I got the name—Cranberry, now Cranberry.

Today, many women who use natural remedies rely on the juice of the unsweetened cranberry or a powdered cranberry extract formed into a caplet for treatment of urinary tract infections

MANGO
Heyy I am the king of the ring (of the gang of the fruits)…

Revered not only for their exotic sweetness and juicy quality, mangoes are known for their many health blessings. They contain an enzyme similar to papain in papayas, a soothing digestive aid.
In India mangoes are used as blood builders. Because of their high iron content they are suggested for treatment of anemia and are beneficial to women during pregnancy and menstruation. People who suffer from muscle cramps, stress, and heart problems can benefit from the high potassium and magnesium content that also helps those with acidosis.

SWEET POTATO
Yum yum, no wonder Americans confuse me with yams.

The sweet potato deserves to be on the highest perch because it is a nutritional powerhouse with 4 ounces of cooked pulp supplying 2 grams of protein, 3.4 grams of fiber, 24.6 mg of vitamin C, 28 mg of calcium, 22.6 mcg of folic acid, 20 mg of magnesium, 348 mg of potassium, and a whopping 21822 I.U. of vitamin A. That’s mighty impressive for only a half cup serving. The skins, which are completely edible, add even more fiber.

TOMATOES
Oh! They all love me. The French called me “love apples.” And the Germans , “apples of paradise.”

Healthwise, tomatoes are on the “highest perch” because they contain the antioxidant lycopene, noted for its ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men who consume 10 servings a week. Tomatoes also contain vitamin C and carotenoids, beta carotene being one of the most familiar, which are antioxidants. These offer protection from free radicals that cause premature aging, cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. Loaded with antioxidants and high in potassium, tomatoes are one of the healthiest “vegetables” around.

COURTESY: http://www.vegforlife.org/didyou.htm for info source.

What a Wonderful World –(of Aurora Borealis


In Alaska, Canada, Norway, Finland or northern Russia, on a clear night, a greenish glow is often seen in the sky, known as the “Northern Lights.”

During magnetic storms, the glow may move southwards, and on occasion it can be seen in much of the US. It often appears as a glow on the horizon, like the glow preceding sunrise, and has therefore become known among scientists as “aurora borealis” (“aurora” for short), Latin for “northern dawn.

To an observer, an aurora is a fascinating spectacle, constantly moving and changing. It usually consists of many near-vertical greenish rays, forming long arcs and curtains, which stretch like ribbons across the sky, often from horizon to horizon.
The location of auroras on Earth is strongly controlled by the Earth’s magnetism.

The aurora is made up of blue, green, and red light. The highest part of the auroral curtain is red, the middle is greenish-white and the lower edge is pink. These color variances are due to the nature of the atmosphere at these different altitudes and the way oxygen emits light.

Ancient Myths:

Ancient Eskimos thought that the aurora was a narrow torch lit pathway for departed souls going to heaven.

Others thought spirits happily playing soccer with a walrus skull caused the aurora.

The elders of Barrow, Alaska recall wielding knives to fend off the aurora in case it tried to carry them away.

To the Iglulik Eskimo, arsharneq or arshät was a powerful spirit who assisted shamans.

The philosopher Seneca wrote of Romans during a rare, red aurora rushing off to save the port of Ostia thinking the town was ablaze.

Indeed, what a wonderful world !

This blog is to honor the Mother Earth in Earth Week( 16-23 April 2011)

Guantanamera – The Sandpipers


“Guantanamera” (“girl from Guantánamo”) is perhaps the best known Cuban song and that country’s most noted patriotic song.
The music for the song is regularly attributed to José Fernández Diaz, known as Joseíto Fernández, who claimed to have written it in 1929.
LEGEND: The original lyrics to “Guantanamera,” also written by Diaz, are about a woman from Guantanamo, the quintessential Guantanamera. The story told is about his relationship with that woman, and her eventual departure. These original lyrics are rarely used in the song anymore, although the chorus remains. The story being the chorus, as told by Diaz, is that he was on the street with friends one day and made a pass at a woman who walked by. She was from Guantanamo, and was offended by the pass, responding harshly.
( “guarija guantanamera,” which means peasant-woman from Guantanamo.)

“Guantanamera” by the Sandpipers trio charted in the US in September 1966, and in the UK the following month, and remains the group’s biggest hit. The record sleeve for their 1967 album, Guantanamera, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.
Yo soy un hombre sincero,
De don de crece la palma,
Yo soy un hombre sincero,
De don de crece la palma,
Yantes des morirme guiero,
Echar mis versos del alma,
Guantanamera, guajira, guantanamera
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.
I am a sincere man
From where the palm tree grows
And before dying I want
To share the verses of my soul.
Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera
Guantanamera, guajira, guantanamera,

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmin encendido
Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmin encendido
Mi verso es un ciervo herido
Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera
Guantanamera, guajira, guantanamera,

My verse is light green
And it is flaming crimson
My verse is a wounded deer
Who seeks refuge on the mountain (or in the woods).
Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera
Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera

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