Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

History of Dragon Fruit :- This exotic fruit is innate to Central America and dates back to the 13th century. It was broadly grown in Vietnam with the average yield being 25-30 tons per hectare. People believe that the French introduced the fruit to the Vietnamese.

What is a Dragon Fruit?

It is an exotic and one of the most nutrition filled fruits in the world. It is not only delicious but also has amazing health benefits. It is also known as Pitaya Fruit or Pitahaya Fruit and is the favorite fruit of most of the Asian population.

The taste of Dragon fruit is lightly sweet, and the color of the skin and inner flesh is contrasting. This piece of beauty contains high water content and essential nutrients for the healthy body. Its nutritional value makes it a part of the main fibrous diets and foods use for the healthy functioning of the human body.

How does a Dragon Fruit look?

It is a beautiful looking fruit with bright colors like reddish-pink skin and white inner pulp, reddish-pink skin and red inner pulp and yellow skin and white inner pulp. Its skin has scales, and the pulp contains several tiny black seeds.

How does a Dragon Fruit taste?

The taste of this exotic fruit lies between the taste of a kiwi and a pear. It is neither too sweet nor too bland. The inner pulp is mildly sweet and has high water content.

Pollination of Dragon Fruit

The fruit belongs to the Hylocereus Undatus family. It has a reddish-pink skin and red or white skin depending on the breed. The fruit grows from the dragon fruit cactus plant looks like vines, and you will be surprised to know that pollination of this plant is performed by nocturnal animals like moths and bats, unlike the day pollination is done by bees.

Cultivation of Dragon Fruit

This exotic cactus fruit plant requires less water for its cultivation. It requires rainfall between 500-1200 mm and maximum temperature of 39-40 degree Celsius. Too much rain can cause the flower to tear away, and the fruit to decay and the worst enemy of this plant is water-logging which can kill it. In the very first year of cultivation, the dragon fruit plant starts bearing fresh fruit and a structure of solid poles is required to nurture the plants.

In conditions where the amount of light is very high, it is advisable to provide adequate shade as this plant is susceptible to bleaching when exposed to high levels of radiation and light.

In one acre around 1800 plants can be grown quickly, and the yield is approximately 6-7 tons per acre.

Availability of Dragon Fruit

The plant blossoms from mid-May to June and bears fruit between the months of August to December.

Nutritional Value of a Dragon Fruit

Now you can give a distinctive touch to your boring salad regime by adding a beautiful,  the fruit called the Dragon fruit.

It is a wonderful source of Vitamin C and iron, and 100 grams of the fruit contains the following nutrients:

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It is considered one of the highly nutritious fruits because of the high Vitamin C and Iron content.

How to pick the perfect Dragon fruit?

When purchasing this tropical fruit, look for a piece which is has a bright and evenly shaded skin. If it has too many scales or patches, the fruit is overripe. If you feel that you’ve picked the perfect piece but it is not properly ripe, leave it to ripen for a few days.

How to store a Dragon Fruit?

There is not proper way to store the fruit. You can leave it in the open in the fruit basket for days together or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  If you’ve cut the Dragon fruit, you must keep the pieces in a plastic bag and freeze them to ensure that their quality does not reduce.

Is Dragon fruit a crossbreed?

No! It is certainly not a crossbreed and comes from a cactus plant.

Benefits of Dragon Fruit

These fruits are highly nutritious in nature and contain the perfect quantity of essential nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and fiber. The benefits of Dragon fruit are:

  • Boosting Immunity :- It has unusual ability to boost your immune system. The high quantity of Vitamin C present in the fruit helps in making the body’s defense system healthy and keeps the antioxidants active.
  • Weight Reduction :- It is low in calories, and this makes it a delight for weight loss.  One Dragon fruit can fill your tummy enough to sustain you for half a day.
  • Metabolism  :- The protein content in Dragon fruits makes them very helpful regarding your body’s metabolism. Protein is an essential component of many body parts like skin, hair, teeth, etc. and is required for the smooth functioning of the body. It helps in speeding up repair process of body cells, improves body strength by making the muscles strong, speeds up the metabolic process and also helps in weight reduction.
  • Digestion :- The high fiber content in Dragon fruit helps in digestion. It is essential for proper bowel movement, facilitation of smooth passage of stools, stimulation of peristaltic motion and release of digestive juices. Regulation of bowel movements reduces constipation and prevents irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Cardiovascular Health :- Zero cholesterol content in Dragon fruit aids cardiovascular health. Reduction in the cholesterol content in the blood reduces the chances of plaque formation in the arteries reducing the risk of heart attack. It helps in increasing HDL i.e. the good cholesterol and lowering LDL which is the bad cholesterol.
  • Antibacterial and Antifungal Property :- The strong anti-fungal and antibacterial strength of Dragon fruit make it a blessing for the immune system. These helps in increasing the white blood cell count of the body and inhibit the growth of foreign bodies like bacteria and fungus that affect the body. It also helps in speedy recovery of wounds and increased cell generation.
  • Cancer Prevention :- Dragon fruit contains natural antioxidants and Vitamin C which assist in protecting the immune system. It also contains carotene which is associated with some anti-carcinogenic properties. It is helpful for the body and helps in preventing deadly diseases like cancer.
  • Active Antioxidants :- This fruit contains several anti-oxidants that reduce free radicals which can cause cancer and several other deadly diseases. Even nutritional pills cannot match the quality of antioxidants present in Dragon fruit. Some of the important antioxidants found in Dragon fruit are:
    • Flavonoids :-  This antioxidant is associated with improved brain health and reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases.
    • Betalains :-  This antioxidant protects the bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol from converting into an over-oxidized product or getting damaged.
    • Hydroxycinnamates :- This antioxidant has been proved to act as an anti-cancer agent during various experiments in test tubes.
  • Insulin Resistance and Fatty Liver Disease :- Red as well as white varieties of Dragon Fruit help in reduction of insulin resistance and fatty liver disease.
  • Skin Care :- This exotic fruit is used as a natural therapy for skin because of its highly antioxidant and Vitamin C content. Making a paste of Dragon fruit pulp and applying it on the face can help in slowing down the ageing process and also helps in prevention of acne.
  • High Potassium :- This fruit also comes with the large quantity of potassium and calcium which helps in protecting and developing the bone structure. Potassium is also required for proper cellular and electrical nerve function. It helps in maintaining body water content, pH level of the body and protects the heart and kidney.
  • Recovery of Lost Appetite :- Vitamin B2 content present in the fruit helps in getting back lost appetite and reduces nausea.
  • Treatment of Coloured or Dyed Hair :- Dragon fruit is a wonderful treat for colored hair. You can use the fruit’s juice or the fruit based conditioner to treat chemically colored or bleached hair. It allows the hair follicles to stay optimally open and keeps hair plane and healthy.
  • Arthritis :- The fruit acts as an anti-inflammatory fruit when it comes to ailments of joints and bones like arthritis. It helps in reducing pain and inflammation.

Is Dragon fruit safe during Pregnancy?

This exotic fruit is really helpful during pregnancy as it contains high fiber which helps in dealing with constipation. You should consume at least 30 grams of it every day if you are pregnant.

Are there any adverse effects of Dragon Fruit?

Though this tropical fruit is safe but some people may be allergic to it. Some people also have antibodies for Dragon fruit.

How to eat Dragon fruit?

 

How to cut dragon fruit properly

Picture: How to cut the fruit properly

Follow these simple steps as below:

  1. Find a Dragon fruit which is perfectly ripe and colored evenly. To choose the best piece, press the pulp of the fruit. If it is too soft, it means that the fruit is overripe. If it is hard, leave it for 2-3 days to ripen properly. Avoid a fruit that has too many scales or spots.
  2. Cut the fruit into two halves. Use a sharp knife to scoop out the pulp evenly. If the fruit is perfectly ripe, it will scoop out without much effort.
  3. Cut the scooped flesh into small pieces and keep them to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. Cold pieces of this delicious food are a delight to the taste buds!
  4. Do not eat the skin as it is inedible and can cause diarrhea and stomach pain.

Dragon Fruit Healthy Recipes

You can consume this exotic fruit as it is or team it up with other fruits. It is used as a snack, a juice or even a lip-smacking smoothie. Let’s have a look at home interesting Dragon Fruit recipes:

Tropical Fruit Platter

 Dragon Fruit Salad Picture

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh diced papaya
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup diced mango cubes
  • Sliced strawberry
  • 2 cups diced Dragon fruit
  • One tablespoon fresh lime juice for dressing
  • Two tablespoons brown sugar refined

Method:

  • Mix lime juice and refined brown sugar in a bowl until the dressing ingredients completely dissolve and mix with each other
  • Add all the cut fruits in a separate bowl and pour the dressing evenly over the fruits
  • Toss well to mix properly
  • Pour the ingredients in a platter and enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream

Dragon Fruit Yoghurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced Dragon fruit
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup chopped nuts

Method:

  • Take sliced Dragon fruit in a small bowl
  • Add the Greek yogurt from top
  • Sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly
  • Mix well
  • Refrigerate for one hour to enjoy a refreshing delight

Dragon Fruit Shake

Low fat Dragon fruit shake in glass picture

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced Dragon fruit
  • Two tablespoons of refined brown sugar
  • 1 cup sparkling mineral water
  • Fresh juice from 1 lime
  • Crushed ice
  • Five basil leaves
  • Two oranges (peeled)

Method:

  • Cut two thin slices of Dragon fruit for decoration
  • Place the remaining fruit pulp, 2 peeled oranges, lime juice, brown sugar and sparkling water in a mixed or blender
  • Continue to blend until a smooth mix is formed
  • Place the crushed ice into glasses
  • Pour the shake into the glasses and garnish with a cut Dragon fruit slices

Dragon Fruit Pictures

Here are some interesting pictures of the exotic fruit we’ve been talking about throughout the article!

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Picture 1: An inner and outer view

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Picture 2 : Different varieties

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Picture 3:  Inner flesh of the fruit

 Dragon fruit cactus plant picture

Picture 4:  Dragon fruit cactus plant

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Picture 5: Growing fruits in Dragon Fruit Trees or Plants

Red Bananas

Red Banana

Red Bananas are the member of the banana family which is smaller is size as compared to normal bananas. The skin of the red banana is red-brownish is colour and the colour of the inner flesh can range from off-white to cream and even light pink in some cases.

The touch and feel of a red banana is softer when compared to a normal banana and is also sweeter to taste.

Information about Red Bananas

History :- Red bananas are inherent to India and Southeast Asia. Through various trade routes, they have been transported to different sub-tropical and tropical regions where they have grown. Some of those regions are Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Island area and South Africa.

Availability :- Red bananas are easily available round the year and during all the seasons.

How to tell when red bananas are ripe?

A Red Banana is ripe when they have a reddish-brown texture and should be kept out of the refrigerator to avoid spoilage.

Taste :- Red bananas are smaller and heartier than an average normal banana. It should be consumed when it is ripe else it will taste like a dry and flaky starch like substance. When it is perfectly ripe, it will have a thick, bright reddish-brown skin and creamy inner flesh. The taste of this beautiful creamy flesh is sweet and soft.

Nutritional Value of Red Bananas

If you are looking to add some tasty, nutritional food to your fruit platter, then nothing can beat a Red Banana.

They are available all year round and can be easily found in local markets. They can be used as a replacement for the normal bananas without sacrificing on the nutritional quotient.

  • Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fat :- An average Red Banana weighing 100 grams contains 90 calories and zero fat content. It is approximately 24 grams of carbohydrates which is roughly 7-8% of the recommended daily carbohydrate dose.

Out of these 24 grams, 16 grams is sugar content while 1 gram each is dietary fibre and protein.

  • Essential Vitamins and Minerals :- The peel or the skin of the Red Banana is the powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals. A 100 gram Red Banana has 3% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin A and 15% of Vitamin C. Though it does not contain any amount of calcium or sodium, it does contain iron which is essential mineral for the body. Red Bananas are also a great source of Potassium and Vitamin B6.
  • Sugar Content :- Red Bananas are a good source of beta-carotene and sugars obligatory for the energy required by the body for day to day activities. All kinds of bananas contain three types of sugars: Fructose, Glucose and Sucrose which provide immediate and maintainable energy for the body.

How to pick the perfect Red Bananas?

Picking the perfect Red Banana is a not an Einstein’s job! Look for bunches that are firm and have no cuts, marks, bruises or spots on the peel. Pieces with a reddish-brown look are ripe and good for immediate consumption.

How to store Red Bananas?

Putting the bunch of Red Bananas in the refrigerator is not a good idea as it can lead to spoilage. Keep them out in room temperature so that they can ripen with time, if required.

Benefits of Red Bananas

Red Bananas are highly nutritious in nature and contain adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, mineral and sugars for the body. There are a variety of benefits of this nutritional fruit for the human body. They are:

  • Weight Loss :- Red Banana is calorie wise low and has a low glycaemic index. These values combined, make it a wonderful delight for weight loss. One Red Banana can fill your stomach for a meal without having hunger pangs for several hours. They can help you in following a nutritional diet plan and are a blessing for those who wish to lose weight.
  • Relief from Constipation :- Since Red Bananas are a great source of dietary fibre, they can do wonders when it comes to getting relief from constipation. A single banana can compensate for the body’s daily requirement of dietary fibre. It is therefore highly effective in patients with piles which is caused by irregular bowel movements and chronic constipation disorder.
  • Metabolism and Digestive Health :- Dietary fibre also helps in keeping metabolism intact and improves digestive health.
  • Heart Diseases :- The high fibre and potassium content in Red Bananas make them a power dose for those who are at a risk of heart disease or heart ailments. Potassium is a must have for the body as it regulates electrolyte levels and fluids in the body. It also plays a vivacious role is maintaining the heart muscles and pulls the blood to various parts of the body. It is a very good remedy for Angina Pectoris which is also a symptom of a possible coronary artery disease. Here’s how it helps:
    • Take 20-30 grams of honey and 300-350 grams of Red Banana flesh
    • Mix them together in a bowl
    • Eat once a day on empty stomach for 15-20 days

You will surely notice relief from angina pain.

  • Anaemia :- Being a good source of iron and Vitamin B6, Red Bananas help in beating deficiencies like Anaemia. It helps in maintaining red blood cell metabolism and producing haemoglobin.
  • Enhances Immunity and Prevents Cancer :- Red Bananas contain Vitamin and a colourful substance that helps in boosting immunity and preventing cancer. They also contain anti-oxidants that combat free radicals, thereby further reducing the risk of cancer.
  • Helps in Quitting Smoking :- The potassium and magnesium content in Red Bananas help in combating with nicotine withdrawal. It fights off the side effects caused by cessation of nicotine from daily routine and reduces nicotine craving. This helps a great deal in coping up with the stress and anxiety which a person goes through after quitting smoking.
  • Quick Relief from Heartburn :- The antacid effect of a Red Banana makes it a great remedy for heartburn caused by acidity. Daily consumption of Red Bananas can really help in getting over reflux diseases and heartburn.
  • Relief from Frequent Urination :- If you are troubled with frequent urination and wake up several times during the night to ease yourself, then Red Bananas are a good remedy for you.
    • Take 150 grams of Red Banana pulp, a spoon of brown sugar and 30-40 ml of amla juice
    • Mix the three ingredients together in a bowl and eat two times a day for best results

Try this for at least 10 days.

  • Red Banana for Fertility :- Red Bananas work wonders when it comes to fertility. It helps in increasing the sperm count in men. Vitamin B and Bromelain enzyme found in Red Banana are responsible for the increase in sperm production.
  • Leucorrhoea :- Combining milk with a tea spoon of honey with a Red Banana can help in dealing with Leucorrhoea.
  • Morning Sickness :- A Red Banana a day can keep morning sickness away! It comes as a rescue for pregnant ladies that have a tough time with early morning sickness during pregnancy.
  • Pica :- Pica is a condition in which pregnant women and children get the urge to eat soil or clay. Red Bananas are very helpful when it comes to Pica.
  • Benefits of red banana for Skin  :- Red Banana comes with nutrients like vitamin A, C and B6 which are essential for a healthy glowing skin. High anti-oxidant content guards the skin from oxygen free radicals which are harmful and prevents skin ageing. Also, because of high water content, Banana helps in skin hydration and prevents it from drying and flaking. You can make a face pack and apply for fabulous results. All you have to do is:
    • Mash a Red Banana pulp
    • Add a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice each
    • Mix them well and apply it on your face
    • Make sure you cover your entire face, including the neck area
    • Leave it for 20-30 minutes
    • Wash with plain or lukewarm water

Repeat the process weekly for stunning results.

  • Red Bananas Hair Benefits :- Potassium, natural oils, vitamins and carbohydrates present in these bananas provide nourishment to the hair making this soft and lustrous. They also guard the hair’s natural elastic property and growth of split ends which result in hair breakage. Red Banana is also a good remedy of tackling dandruff and dryness of the scalp. You can make a hair mask and apply it for surprising results. All you have to do is:
    • Take a Red Banana and mash it well
    • Mix the mashed product with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil
    • Apply the mixture on your hair and scalp evenly
    • Make sure you cover the hair ends
    • Wash with plain or lukewarm water after 30-40 minutes

Avoid using hair dryers or hair styling appliances immediately.

  • Red Bananas for Babies :- It forms a perfect meal for new born babies as it contains essential nutrients required for the baby’s development and also tastes sweet.

Is Red Banana safe during Pregnancy?

Yes! Red Bananas are absolutely safe during pregnancy. They keep the nutritional quotient at bay in a pregnant women’s body and also helps in dealing with pregnancy effects like morning sickness.

Is there any condition when one should not consume Red Bananas? 

Patients who are restricted from consuming Potassium should keep away from Red Bananas, especially those who are suffering from kidney failure or other kidney disorders.

Pictures of Red Bananas

Here is how a Red Banana looks:

Red Banana plant

Picture 1: Red Banana plant

red banana tree

Picture 2 :- Red Banana tree

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Picture 3 : A beautiful bunch of naturally grown red bananas ripe

red banana fruit

Picture 4 : Red Bananas inside view

Detox Water Recipes

Detox Water Recipes

Have you taken your New Year’s oath yet? Is it losing weight and getting into shape? If yes, then dieting and exercise might help you achieve the goal well. Another very good option that can help you fasten the process of weight loss is by adhering to homemade detox water throughout the day. The good news is that there are ample number of detox water recipes that you can make to break the monotony of taste every day. The detox water is simply a combination of water, some fruits (to add flavor and color) and natural herbs. They not only look beautiful but also taste amazing with a number of added health benefits.

So as soon as you decide to shed some extra fat, start looking into the below recipes for help. It is bound to give you the outcomes you wish for your body. Make sure you follow this routine for a long term to see visible effects.

28 Detox Water Recipes That Are Tasty and Healthy

Slimming Detox Recipe

This is one of the detox drinks for amateurs. All you need to do, is combine grapefruit, lime and lemon slices in water at least 2 hours before drinking. You can add slices of cucumber to this one as well. It will take around 10 minutes to prepare this entire detox drink. This guarantees flushing out all the moisture from the body.

Grapefruit has enzymes that burn fat. On the other hand being a citrus dominating drink the water calms the internal organs especially the digestive tract and detox the body well.

Its Raining Cucumbers Detox Water

Along with being a refreshing drink, a cucumber detox is one that brings in physiological purification of the system. This is one detox water perfect for summers. Combine water, cucumber slices and lemon slices and let it be for a few hours before gulping it down!

All Fruits Detox Water

Do you love strawberries and kiwis? If yes, then this recipe is the perfect one for you! Take around 2 litres of water and add to it a couple of pieces of strawberries and kiwis. Let it sit in the fridge for about 3-4 hours. The vitamin E and A in kiwi will help in removing the free radicals from the body and also cleanse the colon of all the toxins. The other fruit will help in keeping the skin healthy and has anti-ageing benefits for it. A dash of mint can also be added for additional flavour.

Ginger & Lemon Detox Water

Where on one hand lemon helps in digestion, the ginger helps in combating nausea and brings a wellness for the intestines. It also helps in battling cancer for the internal organs. Just add lemon and ginger in water. Let it seep for a while and have it 1-2 times a day.

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Apple & Cinnamon Detox

Along with being totally delicious and addictive (in the good sense), apple and cinnamon detox is something that you should look forward to because of the health benefits too. It not only removes the toxins from the body but also helps in slimming it down to a good extent. It also is responsible for boosting the metabolism. Take sliced apples and cinnamon sticks in a jar of water and fill it with ice as well. Let it seep in the fridge for about one hour before serving. For stronger taste, add more of cinnamon sticks and apples.

Blueberry Citrusy Detox

All you need to do is add fresh orange slices and blueberries to a jar of water which will give you load of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. it also removes free radicals and ulcers from the body. For those who love blueberries, this is among the detox water recipes to pick from!

Watermelon Detox Recipe

A flavourful detox water recipe comes in the form of the very easy and refreshing watermelon drink. The antioxidants in watermelon is the first benefit you can expect. The nutrient content is also very high. The phytonutrient, lycopene is a strong antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects. This detox water also helps in improving blood flow and maintain healthy cardiovascular system. Try to opt for seedless fruit for this detox recipe.

The Blended Detox Water

Take a pitcher of water and to that add a few raspberries, slices cucumbers, sliced grapefruit, sliced pears, fresh mint, blueberries, Cranberries, lime and lemon slices. Let it sit for 2-3 hours before consuming. You can easily make a new pitcher everyday which takes only 10-15 minutes. This helps in improving the metabolism, flush the nasty toxins and burn fat to help you slim down.

The Pineapple Drink

All you need is about 2 sticks of sugarcane and some chunks of pineapple. Add them to around 2 litres of water. This will help in removing all the toxins in the body and will also have a meditative effect on it. The level of hydration it provides is definitely incomparable.

Minty Raspberry Detox Water

Add about two tablespoons of raspberries and a sprig of mint to a litre of water. The antioxidants in the berries will help in cleansing the system well. Mint on the other hand will provide a calming effect to the body. It helps in digestion if taken regularly as well as lose weight. It is definitely an addictive recipe of detox water.

Apple detox for Fat Burning

One of the detox drinks that is especially made for those who want to burn fat is that of apple cider vinegar. The main ingredient here is ACV mixed with cinnamon sticks, apple slices and lemon slices for increased metabolism and remove excess fat.

Strawberry Vitamin Water

Along with keeping the body hydrated and removing the toxins from the body, this recipe for detox water also helps in keeping the skin clean and beautiful. This is solely because of the anti-ageing properties of strawberries in it. The high level of vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits are also a part of the routine. Take a cup of strawberries, sprigs of rosemary, 2 cups of fresh watermelon, filtered water and a dash of salt. Before adding it to water, mash lightly the rosemary with the strawberries and then add everything to 2 litres of water. Refrigerate the entire drink for 2-3 hours and have anytime you want after that.

Aloe Vera Detox

This might be one of the weirdest detox water recipes that you might pick from, but then definitely one of the beneficial ones. The extract of the aloe vera plant can be combined with lemon water to get an energetic and healing detox water. This is however, not advised for pregnant ladies at all.

Lavender and Blueberry drink

The clarity as well as energy that lavender provides to the body is quite on a high level. Combining a few sprigs of fresh lavender with blueberries in a litre of water is quite a good option when it comes to detox water recipes. The berry will provide with the required antioxidants to cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals.

Early Morning Detox Water

Take a tall glass of water and squeeze half a lemon in it every morning. Drinking around 8 ounces of this water helps in cleansing all the toxic substances from the body and also prevent them from building inside. Use filtered or spring water for this purpose.

Soda Detox Recipe

Take some sparkling water and mix it with apple cider vinegar and lemon slices. This soda detox is bound to give you the results that you are looking for. This will also be a good change from the regular detox water recipes that we are discussing here where cleansing of the body and weight loss is concerned.

Green Tea Detox

There is no doubt that green tea is highly rich in antioxidants. They help perfectly when it comes to removing toxins from the body. Take iced green tea and add a few strawberries to it. Have this detox recipe for weight loss, cleansing of the system as well as to increase metabolism.

The Ultimate Detox Water

This is one of the detox water recipes that is designed in a way to remove the bad and stubborn toxins from the body. Take 12 ounces of water and to this add 2 tablespoons each of maple syrup and lemon juice. 1/10 of cayenne pepper and a pinch of sea salt also includes in the list. Mix them well and drink. This will definitely leave you much healthier if taken on a regular basis.

Slim Belly Detox Water

Strawberry slices, cucumber slices and a few leaves of basil is all you need to steep in filtered water and consume on a daily basis. This not only increases metabolism and cleanses toxins but also reduces that protruding belly as a long term effect. As added benefit, cucumber will add a glowing touch to your skin that you will fall in love with.

Lemony Strawberry Detox

Have strawberry lemonade minus the artificial sugars and refines sugars. The healthy version only includes natural ingredients. Have this daily to see the effects on the body and the skin too!

Grapefruit Peppermint Detox

To eliminate bloating issues, to cleanse the kidneys well and to get healthy skin that you love, this is one of the detox water recipes to stick to. It also helps in digestion as one of the key benefits. Take purified water, ½ sliced lemon, grapefruit and lime, slices cucumbers, grated ginger, and handful of fresh peppermint leaves. Add them to the pitcher, top with a lot of ice and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Have it within 24 hours to retain the freshness and for maximum benefits.

Sassy Detox Water

Cucumbers, lemon, mint leaves are some of the key ingredients of this detox water recipe. It provides hydration, proper digestion and natural cleansing. A dash of ginger can be added to make it sassy as the name suggests. The purifying powers of this drink is definitely something that you will see within a few weeks’ time.

Stress Removing Detox Water

There can never be enough benefits that detox water provides but imagine getting stress relieved and cleansing the body system at the same time? This is one recipe that will help here for both the advantages. Pineapple and basil are the key ingredients here. Bromelain in pineapple is something that breaks the harmful enzymes in the body and flushes them well. Basil fights well with the free radicals. Magnesium in basil helps in keeping the heart healthy. Strawberries and apple cider vinegar should be added to them as well and filtered water should be used. Keep it in the fridge for an hour and then drink it up. It will surely give you the moment you are looking for.

Peach and Blackberry Detox Water

Make a sugar drink by mixing 2 cups of water with ½ cup of sugar. To this add peaches and blackberries. The antioxidant properties will help in achieving the goal of cleansing the system. It also cleans the colon and digestive tract. You can preserve it in the fridge and enjoy the entire day.

Sage and Blackberry Drink

Blackberries will provide with vitamin A and C and sage overall is good for health. This is one detox water which is highly recommended for women in their post-menopausal phase as well as women who have survived breast cancer, to reduce the effects of chemotherapy.

Cinnamon Detox Water

A few pieces of lemon, cinnamon sticks and water is all you need to prepare this drink. It will kick the metabolism and cleanse the system all at once to give you best outcomes in hand.

Orange, Lavender and Blueberry Detox Water

A mix of orange slices, blueberries and sprigs of lavender is not only delicious but also something that gives you a complete benefit package where detox water recipes are concerned. They are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Just mix them in water, steep in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours and you are good to go!

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Vegan Detox

For all the vegans out there, just mix in water with strawberries and lemon and steep for a while. Your detox drink is ready to pour you with loaded benefits!

These are some of the top-notch detox water recipes that you can make your pick from. The best part about it? Not only it is super-easy to make, but also something whose ingredients are easily available off the shelf. Apart from these you can come up with your own creations, and do not forget to share it with us! We would love to know new creations where detox water recipes are concerned. You know why? Because we can never get enough of it!

Cancer Causing Foods

Cancer Causing Foods

There is no doubt that even after so much advancement in technology and medicine, one of the deadly diseases that still exist is Cancer. Sad and disappointing to know that cancer is still one of the medical conditions for which there is no treatment and no medication as such apart from chemotherapy. Today, even after a more than a decade of fight against cancer, the rate of survival is something that doesn’t even come to half of the number of people who suffer from cancer every year.

Nowadays, the increasing environmental causes like pollution, eating habits and even smoking and alcohol consumption has led to an ever-increasing rate in cancer occurrence. Among these, eating habits is something that we are going to cover in this article. You will be shocked to know how unaware we are of certain foods that we eat everyday thinking it to be healthy but which are actually cancer causing foods. Yes, you heard it right! There are a lot of foods in our daily diet which in the long term results in Cancer. To understand it further, the best is to check the top notch foods that cause this condition and to be aware of removing them from the diet for good.

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Top 18 Cancer Causing Foods to Remove from the Diet Today

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These are all the well-covered cancer causing foods that you should be aware of without any doubt. The foods mentioned here, are all damaging for the body in some or the other way and mostly in making it more prone to cancerous results. However, even after that, it is not required to remove these foods completely from the diet. If taken in limited amounts, these are not much of a harm to the body. Over indulgence in healthy foods can also lead to problems in the body as it is for these unhealthy foods.

Important: Please note, that these foods are not poisonous or leads to killing or you won’t get cancer immediately after consuming anything from the above. It is only in long term and excessive intake that will lead to the problem. Also, they increase the risk of developing cancer but is not the whole and sole reason for cancer, in case it occurs. Heavy pollution and smoking are some of the common reasons that trigger cancer and these foods only help them further.

One of the best ways is to stay healthy, avoid smoking as well as drinking and also exercise well. Eating healthy and organic foods are highly recommendable and try to opt for cancer preventing foods. This is bound to help you in keeping this deadly disease at bay.

Being active is another of the lifestyle choices that needs to be made. Have drinks like green tea that helps in destroying the free radicals in the body caused due to pollution and bad foods. Free radicals are highly responsible for growth of cancer cells in the body. Rest, have a happy living!

How To Tell If Pork Has Gone Bad?

How to tell if Pork has gone bad

How to tell if pork has gone bad? Experts advise that eating pork and white meat is better than eating red meat. Pork and white meat have additional health benefits than other types of meat. Proper cooking and storage plays a very important role in preventing harmful effects of eating spoiled or undercooked pork. People eating pork must know how to understand whether the pork is still healthy to eat or not. Pork gets decayed easily and hence must be stored safely. You should always cook pork at 145 degrees Fahrenheit to get the best taste. One must have the ability of how to tell if pork has gone bad.

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How to tell if Pork has gone bad

Undercooked pork or spoiled pork contains bacteria which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach infection, nausea, uneasiness and cramping. These symptoms develop in about 2 to 3 days after consumption of spoiled or undercooked food and might take few days to resolve. Below mentioned are few ways of how to tell if pork has gone bad.

  1. Smelling the meat

One must make sure to smell before using the pork. Smelling is one of the easiest ways to determine whether the pork is spoiled or not. Spoiled pork contained bacteria which causes chemical and structural changes and even changes the smell and color. Food contaminated with bacteria generally leaves a foul smell of ammonia and sulfur. Fresh and good quality food generally does not leave any odor. Packed pork often leaves a bit of odor when opened but it goes off once the pork is washed with cold water.

  1. Checking the color of the pork

Make sure that you check the color of the pork before consuming it. One must possess the ability of how to tell if the pork has gone bad just by looking at the color. Bacteria in spoiled food cause structural changes and thus in turn change the color of the pork. Fresh pork generally has white or pink color. Any other color besides these two might indicate that the pork has spoiled. Pork with greenish, brownish and grayish tinge indicates that it has spoiled and should not be consumed. Very fresh meat is usually red in color and prolonged freezing and storing may cause the color to fade away. When you are using frozen pork make sure you trim off the freezer burned parts for better taste. It is always advisable to not to eat the meat when you have any doubt about its freshness.

  1. Feel the meat

Feel the meat in general terms means touching the meat. Touching the meat to understand whether it is fresh or not is another common way to tell whether the meat is fresh to eat or not. Fresh meat generally gives a firm feel. Meat should not be hard, sticky or dry rather it should appear moist. Try squeezing or pressing the meat to understand whether it is fresh or not. You should check the same while purchasing it from a butcher or grocery store.

How to prevent pork from going bad ?

The below mentioned are few ways in which you can understand whether the pork is going bad or not. If a person posses the ability of how to tell if pork has gone bad then he or she must also possess the ability of knowing how to prevent pork from going bad.

  1. Using your gut feeling

“Gut” is a type of feel that everyone has in them. Always listen to your gut. If it says that something is wrong about the cut pork then do not buy it. These days many stores are changing the date of packing and using other unscrupulous methods to sell spoiled meat. People usually get trapped into this because it is very difficult to tell whether the meat is fresh or not when they pack it in air tight packages. Pressing the meat is one way to understand whether the meat is fresh or not without opening the package.

  1. Checking the packing date

How to tell if pork has gone bad? Always buy any product from the product only after checking its packing and expiry date. Often shopkeepers sell expired and rotten products to earn money and clear their spoiled stock. Always use the frozen or stored pork by the time mentioned on the package. Make sure you follow the dates and don’t use it after the date mentioned in the label. Buy the pork which has been properly stored and frozen by the shopkeeper. Often meat gets spoiled before the date mentioned on the package if not stored properly and at the required temperature.

  1. Keep the shelf life of the pork in mind

Like any perishable product even pork has a limited shelf life. It is generally advisable to keep the pork refrigerated only for 3 to 4 days after purchase. After 4 days the pork generally loses its freshness and color hence should be discarded immediately to prevent food poisoning and bad taste. Example – uncooked fresh ground pork can be stored up to 6 to 8 months from its purchase if frozen and have a shelf life of about 2 to 3 days if not frozen. Below is the Approx Time Chart that will help you understand shelf life of pork.

Approx Time Chart
  • Fresh Pork Chops (Uncooked ) lasts for 6-8 Months in freezer and 1-2 days in Refrigerator
  • Fresh Ground Pork (Uncooked) lasts for  6-8 Months in freezer and 1-2 days in Refrigerator
  • Fresh Pork Shoulder(Uncooked ) lasts for 6-8 Months in freezer and 1-2 days in Refrigerator
  • Fresh Pork Loin (Uncooked) lasts for 6-8 Months in freezer and 1-2 days in Refrigerator
  • Pork Sausage (Uncooked ) lasts for 6-8 Months in freezer and 3-4 days in Refrigerator
  • Pork Shoulder/ Loin/ Chops/ Sausage (Cooked) lasts for 6-8 Months in freezer and 7 complete days in Refrigerator
  1. Store the pork properly

Storing plays a very important role in case of any perishable product. Proper storage is a must to prevent the pork from spoiling. Make sure you remove the original package of the pork and store it in separate freezer bags which will keep the pork fresh. Freezer bags are easily available in the market these days at affordable prices. It is better to use your frozen pork in about 4 to 5 days of its purchase. You can store the pork for higher duration after removing the air completely before sealing it, to keep the freezer burns to its minimum. The minimum temperature at which it must be stored is about 40 degree Fahrenheit. Consume the stored pork in maximum 6 months from the date when stored or kept in the refrigerator.

GM Diet: General Motors Diet

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What is General Motors Diet or GM Diet

The General Motors (GM) Diet is a diet that targets at losing weight quickly by monitoring what you eat. The diet was initially aimed for the employees of General Motors but this is no longer true. The diet quickly became popular all over the world as it helps the obese patients to lose weight immediately.

It is a seven day diet program where you have to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, particularly in the initial two-three days. On day four, you are allowed to eat protein food like beef and tomatoes.

You can also have tea and coffee but in moderation. However you are not allowed to have aerated and sugared drinks like cola. It suggests you to increase your fiber intake. The most important of all is, however, water intake. It is very important to consume ample amount of water while you are on the diet.

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How Does The GM Diet Work?

The GM Diet may sound a little cruel to you but if you follow it religiously for the first two days then it will become easy for you to follow it. You will learn how to suppress your urge so as to not break the diet program. But before starting this diet plan, it is very important to consult your doctor.

Take a look at the day wise chart of the plan:

7 Days GM Diet plan

Day 1: You can only consume fruits on this day. You can choose from a wide range of fruits like melon, watermelon, apples, lime, pomegranate, strawberries, etc. However, you are not allowed to eat bananas, mangoes, litchi and grapes. There is no restriction on the quantity of fruits you wish to have and the number of times you are eating.

Day 2: Munch only on vegetables today. Begin your day with a boiled potato. It can be consumed with one small spoon of butter. Consume only raw, boiled or cooked vegetable for the rest of the day. You should not use oil while cooking. Vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, carrot and other vegetables can be eaten throughout the day until your stomach is full. Don’t forget to add seasoning like basil and oregano to your vegetables to help them taste better. If you win your battle today, then half of your job is done. But remember not to consume more than one potato on day two.

Day 3: Day 3 is a mixture of day 1 and day 2. You are allowed to have both fruits and vegetables on day 3. You can choose from any of your favorite fruits and vegetables except potato and banana. You should drink ample amount of water throughout the seven days of GM Diet. Eat to your heart’s content.

Day 4:Day 4 makes it slightly easier for you. If you are a fan of bananas, then is a delight for you! You have the freedom to have as many as six bananas and up to four glasses of milk on day 4. Your salt intake has reduced considerably during the GM Diet so bananas acts as a source of sodium and potassium for your body. Hence, eating bananas will not lead to weight gain. You are also allowed to have the delicious vegetable soup on this day. Such a relief!

Recipe of Vegetable Soup: You can prepare the soup by taking water, chicken soup stock, 6 large onions, fresh or canned tomatoes, 2 green pepper, 1 cabbage, 1 bunch of celery and garlic cloves. Boil all the ingredients and puree them. Add the herbs and seasoning. Bring to boil. The soup is ready.

Day 5: Come Day 5, you can eat six large tomatoes and ten oz. helpings of beef. You can consume the beef in the form of patties. It is important to consume all the tomatoes while you can skip portions of beef. The tomatoes will provide fiber to your body while the beef will provide your body with iron and protein. It is also important to increase your water intake today to help your body clean the formation of uric acid produced by the consumption of beef.

Day 6: Similar to day 5. You can have almost everything that you consumed on day 5 except tomatoes. Substitute tomatoes with other vegetables. You are still allowed to have the GM wonder soup.

Day 7: Finally you have come towards the end of your diet period. You must be feeling proud and happy. You can have a bowl of brown rice, fruit juice, and any of your favourite vegetable.

Points to Note:

  • It is important to drink around 12 to 15 glasses of water every day during the seven day GM Diet.
  • Should not consume any fruit juice (except day 7), tea, coffee or alcohol.
  • You can consume black tea, black coffee, and lime water (without sugar).
  • Exercising for around 45 minutes on the alternative days of the diet results in faster weight loss. 

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Benefits of GM Diet i.e General Motor Diet

The main advantage of GM diet is that it helps to achieve good health and fitness. It not only reduces your weight but improves your confidence level to continue the diet further. There are many advantages of GM Diet.

  1. It improves the digestive system of the body and gives you more energy which is important to stay healthy.
  2. The GM diet helps you to lose around 10 to 17 lbs. after the diet period. This also help in treating obesity problem. After losing weight, you become healthier and can bring your body back to shape.
  3. You can lose about 2 pound daily but it depends upon the fruits and vegetables that you are taking. The water based fruits like water melon is more beneficial to lose weight.
  4. It reduces the extra weight from the tummy area and adds natural glow to the skin.
  5. The GM Diet also helps you to get rid of the body toxins and hence you make feel lighter and happier.

Why you should not go for GM Diet?

The GM diet is also called a fad diet because you have to maintain a strict diet to lose weight rapidly. But once you are off the diet, you tend to gain weight again. These diets are not beneficial for people having a history of health problems or for pregnant women. It is always advisable to consult a doctor before you start GM Diet as you might face some side effects. Fad diet can become a reason for nutritional deficiencies in your body and GM Diet is not an exception. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to long term problems because the weight loss is not permanent.

Conclusion

If you are worried about growing weight and wish to reduce weight quickly, then the seven day GM Diet is best for you. It is a little hard but this diet is the quickest way to reduce weight in a healthy way. However, after your diet gets over, do not over eat as you may gain weight again. To lose more weight start the seven day GM Diet again after a gap of around 3 to 4 days.

How Long Does Salmon Last in the Fridge?

How Long Does Salmon Last in the Fridge

Salmon is very much alike another fresh piece of varieties fishes, which uses to last generally for a certain period of time and then after the limit of saturation to become fresh, it starts to get spoiled. The fridge-fish item is always the source of stereotypical taste and it appears as soon as you keep the item for freezing. The rotten fishes are the major product house of bacteria and microbes that can bring various disorders. Therefore, purchase the fresh piece of fish and relatively store it with a proper freezing system to ensure the best possible taste and safe intake of salmon. To answer- how long does salmon last in the fridge, read below-

How Long Does Salmon Last in the Fridge?

  1. In the Freezer

Want to know how long does salmon last in the fridge? In the freezer, a piece of salmon remains fresh till eight weeks. After bringing a fresh salmon item in a packet to the home, open it up from the wrap and follow the preserving process by cleaning it up in cold water. Make it dry by a soft wet towel and cut it in suitable pieces that can easily be placed inside the freezer. Before storing it to the desired area of a freezer, wrap it up with any one of the foils, airtight freezer container, and freezer bags.  For recording the entire freezing process, you are asked to note down the date in which the salmon is placed in a container and is stored in the freezer. In order to prepare food from this salmon piece or to thaw, take out the required portion of the foil or container and replace the remaining part again in the same place. Those who are busy can easily store it for the temporary time period under the cool water flow. However, never place a cooked item of salmon inside the freezer again.

  1. In the Refrigerator

The limit of freezing a piece of salmon and keeping it fresh in the refrigerator is maximum up to two days. Immediately after bringing the salmon piece in the home, you should uncover the fish and clean it down by rinsing in warm water following by a wet towel. After that, cover it up in a plastic envelope and chose a specific corner of your refrigerator, which is the coolest and place the total packet over here. In maximum cases, the back bottom drawer of the refrigerator may be the best suitable place to store salmon. In order to maintain the freshness of salmon, you need to control the temperature up to 32 degrees. Make the chilling process of fish healthy so that it can exist till two days. Moreover, the cooked salmon can also be frozen with the same treatment. So, covered up the processed salmon  tightly and put it in the most chill region of your refrigerator.

 

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How Long does Salmon Last in the Fridge- Smoked Variety

  1. Hot Smoked Salmon

The local American Tribes have developed their own method of the hot smoking process by which a salmon fish can be preserved. Few common items of fishes that are widely preserved in this way are such as silver salmon, sockeye, chinook and few more. These fishes are generally caught in branch stream or side streams or of Pacific Northwest. In the process of hot smoking, fish pieces are soaked first in the salt water and then get smoked for few hours. Nevertheless, according to the flavour of food and texture, the cooking time will vary. For more details, lots of food manufacturing company used to seal the unprepared salmon in a vacuum box that is very much equivalent to the can fish process, providing a long lifespan to this preservative salmon more than 5 years.

  1. Cold Smoked Salmon

There are some specific salmons that are processed with cold smoke treatment. For illustration, Nova and Lox are that particular types of salmon that are soaked in cold brine. On the other hand, light smoke is given to nova in order to keep the flavour of this fish as same as original. It is packed with flash frozen method in a vacuum container to ensure the preservation of flavour. This particular type of smoking ensures the durability of a fish item for more than a month even though it is not preserved in any refrigerator. It helps to remain this food palatable for a long period. It is a traditional process of cold smoking the salmon, which is widely operated by west coast Indian in Colombia. This will help you know how long does salmon last in the fridge.

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PH Of Lemon Juice

PH Of Lemon Juice

According to nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, lemon juice is perfect fat flusher as she wrote in the book. Lemon is a natural detoxifying agent according to Theresa Cheung’ the book on diet using Lemon Juice. Both the authors say that the pH of lemon juice is a component which helps in weight loss. Due to its acidic nature, you can consume the lemon juice which could be below essential to our system. Take a suggestion from doctor or nutritionist before going to apply new plan for losing weight.

Idea of the pH of Lemon Juice

Things considered as acidic substances which are having pH below 7. The lemon juice is highly acidic due to almost 2.3 pH level. This is normal pH of lemon juice as it contains a high amount of ascorbic and citric acids.

As per Cheung’s research lemons increase the power of digestive system due to this pH level. Lemons contain the maximum amount of citric acid is 7%-8%. The digestion process work efficiently as the stomach juices combine with the acids of lemon juice.

The pH of Lemon Juice’ Advantages and Utilization’s

Detoxification Of Lemon Juice
Advantages
  • Due to the outstanding pH of lemon juice it detoxifies the body and electrifies the weight loss process. Proper detoxification enhances movements of the bowl, digestion process, and energy levels and provides glowing skin.
Directions
  • Water 2 cups
  • Lemon juice 6 tbsp.
  • Natural maple syrup 1 tbsp.
  • Cinnamon powder.
  • Cayenne pepper ½ tsp.
HintsAdd one tablespoon of honey or sugar into the hot water. Add dilute lemon juice if you are trying it for the first time. Throughout the day consume the mixture and stay away from proteins, carbohydrates, and dairy products. Detoxification for around a week, eating raw vegetables and fruits will help the body to adjust with the lemon juice detox process.

 

Lose Weight With Proper pH Of Lemon Juice
Advantages
  • As the acidic content is high in lemon juice it lowers the absorption of sugar in body. The pectin in the peels assists in weight loss. This juice even helps in calcium absorption.
Directions
  • Early in the morning have a cup of warm water along with a slice of lime.
  • Make an infusion of lemon juice and water in a bottle and drink the same in intervals in a day throughout.
  • The peel of lemon contains pectin which helps in curbing the appetite. Use the lemon juice in water along with honey and any other organic substances.
  • Do moderate exercises and add lemon juice in your daily diet.
Hints
  • To save your teeth enamel you must drink lemon water by the help of a straw as a result your teeth not directly affected by the acids present in the lemon juice. Never wash your teeth instantly after drinking lemon juice.
  • It is better to utilize Master Cleanse that contains cayenne pepper or maple syrup to stay away from over-consuming the lemon juice. Although master Cleanse is having a huge amount of calories yet the cayenne helps in developing the bowels.

 

Alternative Benefits
AdvantagesDirections
For Preventing Kidney Stones
  • You must drink everyday around ½ cups of this juice which enhances the levels of citric acid in urine and prevent the formation of kidney stone.
Sore Throat Relaxation
  • Mixture of lemon juice and honey make a coat in the irritated throat and gives soothing effects.
Relief From Itching
  • To get relief from itchiness and rashes occur due to insect bites and poisonous ivy you must apply cornstarch with lemon juice mixture on your skin.
Digestion Jumpstart
  • Remove the waste matter from your body by consuming lemon juice & flax seed mixture.
Cancer Prevention
  • Lemon juices contain citrus limonoids which protect the cells from becoming a cancerous cell and also save the cells to get damage easily by the toxic or carcinogenic substances.
Relief From Fever
  • Drinking lemon juice works a good remedy to minimize the heat during fever. The organic ingredients along with the acids give relief from fever.

Precautions for Drinking Lemon Juice

  • The short-term procedure of losing weight by consuming warm water and juice of lemon mixture causes side-effects too. It is important to go with a slow but effective plan. The pH of lemon juice is having a vast intensity which can result differently and your body may not support the diet.  Your body loses a high amount of important nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates and essential fats due to the long fast during the procedure.
  • People who have problems like syndrome called leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea should follow proper guideline for intense lemon juice diet. Aged people and people who have chronic disorders such as the liver disorders, heart disease and diabetes must stay away from the lemon juice and water diet. To prevent your body from starvation while following this diet you should take suggestion from dietician.
  • Juice of Lemon is good for pregnant, as well as breastfeeding women. Lemon juice is to be included daily diet of the pregnant women as per the doctor’s suggestion. The breastfeeding women should follow the same order too. Although it is not clear what should be the proper amount during this time.
  • Lemon juice consumption is different for every individual. The amount of consuming lemon juice is dependent on the health, age and on the conditions of pre-existence. The scientific determination of the amount of lemon juice though still not known. Keep in mind that natural substances are always not applicable in over dosage. Before adding lemon juices in your daily diet consult with the physician and also follow the instructions of all the product labels.

Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate is the type of fruit that has juicy red seeds that can be eaten or juiced according to the choice of the person wanting to enjoy the fruit. The fruit is native to south East Asia and is grown in places like Armenia, Malaysia and even Turkey. This fruit however is very famous globally because of its medicinal and nutritional properties that benefit the person. The flesh of the pomegranate that contains all the red seeds is the part that is normally eaten or made into juice whereas the membrane separating the seeds is not due to high levels of tannic acid. Though this is the case the membrane is used in a number of medical properties. The question arises quite adeptly though as to can you eat pomegranate seeds safely.

Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

To better answer the question, yes pomegranate seeds can be eaten on a daily basis in a variety of ways from adding it as a topping to your favourite desert or using it to create one of the best juices the world has ever tasted. Pomegranate seeds are normally present in the pomegranate fruit in the means of layers separate by thin membranes which are normally bitter and so it is not eaten. It is always better to remove the membrane first as it contains high amounts of tannic acid.

Pomegranate seeds have a number of nutrients and minerals which include vitamins A, C D and E and potassium that help as antioxidants in the fight against free radicals. Free radicals are viruses that cause damage to the cells of the body which in turn cause many other diseases to jump up over time. Pomegranate seeds have a very strong connection with this issue. Antioxidants help to repair the damaged cells in the body which are caused primarily by free radicals. Pomegranate seeds are also a rich source of fibre which shows that the question can you eat pomegranate seeds has a very ideal answer.

Pomegranate seeds are supposedly high in nutrients and therefore are well known to help maintain the strength of the body and the heart and also contribute to healthier blood flows. Eating pomegranate seeds on a regular basis will remove any mandatory effects that would cause a stroke as well making it gods on fruit in this regard for all the health applications that it has.. Pomegranate seeds have a lot of benefits which include helping the heart and also treating cancer. Pomegranate seeds also help to remove fat from the system especially from the digestive system.

As you can see from all the information given above it is very safe to eat pomegranate seeds.

How to Eat a Pomegranate

Only knowing the answer to can you eat pomegranate seeds does not help you to learn how to eat it. let us now learn how to eat pomegranate seeds.

Eating a Pomegranate by Removing Its Seeds Out

Steps to help you eat a pomegranate safely are given below:

  1. The best way to go about buying an adequate pomegranate is to look for a pomegranate with tough thin and flawless skin. It is also important to choose a pomegranate that is heavier as it will have much more juice as compared to lighter ones.
  1. It is always better to cut the top or crown of the pomegranate with a knife that is capable enough.
  2. Now cut the pomegranate into four quarter halves with the knife that you have ready.
  3. It is always better to soak the pomegranates in clean water for sometime so that the seeds become loose and it is easier to remove.
  1. While the pomegranate is immersed in water put pressure on the top and pull the four quarter halves into four parts.
  1. Running your fingers through the fruit will successfully remove the seeds from the membranes answering your question as to can you eat pomegranate seeds.
  1. The seeds must now be removed from the water.

Eating a Pomegranate in Other Ways

There are a number of ways by which you can enjoy pomegranate

  1. You can eat the seeds of a pomegranate directly with a spoon.
  2. You may also enjoy sprinkling the seeds over other mediums of food for a heightened result, for example ice creams or salads.
  3. Many people enjoy adding pomegranate seeds to various soups as well.
  4. The question can you eat pomegranate seeds is well answered when people add the seeds to salads on a daily basis.
  5. Adding seeds to a smoothie on a daily basis can prove very healthy in the long term.
  6. The seeds can also be used very well to add a lot of spice to your deserts.

How to Juice a Pomegranate

Pomegranate juice is very healthy and is full of vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for the growth of the body. To enjoy fresh pomegranate juice three methods of juicing pomegranate are given below:

  1. Juicer Method:just like a grapefruit a pomegranate can even be cut into to two halves so as to juice its contents. Cut a pomegranate in half and then use either a hand juicer or an electric juicer to do your job. Can you eat pomegranate seeds is a very valid question which this process puts to rest quite well. Try using a strainer lined with cheesecloth when the juicing is done before enjoying the final product.
  2. Blender Method:this is a very easy method as well that allows you to enjoy fresh juice using a blender. Take out the seeds of a pomegranate and put approximately 1 or 2 cups inside a blender and blend its contents until the contents become thick juice. Take a strainer lined with cheesecloth and stain the contents for the best results.
  3. Rolling Method:this is the easiest method by far that includes putting the pomegranate on a hard surface and then rolling with gentle pressure with the palm of your hand to crush the seeds that are present inside. To enjoy fresh pomegranate juice you can crush the seeds while the pomegranate is still intact. When the crackling sound of the crushed seeds stops then you can enjoy the juice. Do this by piercing the rind and emptying the contents. You can also insert a straw into the hole and enjoy the contents of the pomegranate quite efficiently putting to rest questions which revolve around can you eat pomegranate seeds.

How to Store Pomegranates

  1. Whole Pomegranates:whole pomegranates when kept in room temperature and away from sunlight, can last for a couple of days before it starts t go bad and if frozen and stored carefully in plastic bags or airtight containers pomegranates can be edible for several months.
  2. Pomegranate Seeds:seeds can be stored for a period of three days if refrigerated and if frozen and kept in airtight containers, pomegranate seeds can be stored for periods of six months.
  3. Pomegranate Juice: pomegranate juice can be stored in a refrigerator for a period of three days and if frozen pomegranate juice can be stored for over six months without the worry of getting bad.

Foods high in sulfur

Foods high in sulfur

Sulfur is a mineral required by every human body to build vitamins and amino acids. Sulfur is required for healthy development of skin, nerve cells, bones and other tissues. Sulfur is also required to keep joints and liver healthy, to maintain cardiovascular health and to prevent cancer from occurring. Several foods are rich in sulfur and you are not required to struggle to get the same. Sulfur is required to glutathione and taurine synthesis which is a premier endogenous antioxidant. Taurine is required for proper functioning of muscles, nervous system and cardiovascular system. Insulin is an essential element for living and is developed from the binding of two chains of amino acids done by sulfur. List of foods high in sulfur are mentioned below.

Health benefits of Foods High in Sulfur

Researchers have concluded the following health benefits of sulfur rich food –

  1. Cardiovascular benefits :- A study in Germany in the year 2008 indicated how important sulfur is for cardiovascular health. These researchers believe that sulfoxides and allyl sulfides usually occur naturally in sulfur rich food and act as a natural anticoagulant and will also help you reduce cholesterol levels.
  1. Relieving joint pain :- A sulfur compound commonly known as MSM found naturally in vegetables. This is a basic ingredient of supplements for skin and joint available over the counter. Although there are no scientific evidences available to prove the statement yet some believe that sulfur compound can help in relieving the pain in joints and get rid of allergies. Even our skin and nail get benefited by MSM.
  1. Liver cleansing and anti cancer functions :- Sulfur is known to fight cancer by increasing the immunity in the body and stopping the growth of tumors. Sulfur even helps to flush out the toxins present in the liver that usually have a tendency of accumulating in the organ which might affect adversely.
  1. Antioxidant benefits :- Sulfur is an excellent antioxidant. Antioxidants usually slow down the absorption of metals like lead which can cause skin damage and cancer. Antioxidants work inside the cells of one’s body and may even have cancer preventing properties.
  1. Other benefits :- Other benefits of food high in sulfur include acting as an antiseptic to fight acne and different types of skin infections. Sulfur has always helped to get good and glowing skin. Sulphur is also required to make keratin which is required for healthy growth of hair. Try consuming food high in sulfur to get rid of dandruff and flaky scalp.

List of Foods High in Sulfur

Almost all the food groups contain certain foods that are rich in sulfur. People are usually deficient in this mineral and the list of fruits and vegetables rich in sulfur are –

  1. Vegetables :- Vegetables containing sulfur in high proportions are known as edamame. Vegetables containing high amount of sulfur include sweet corn, peas, broccoli, mustard greens, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, kale, okra, asparagus, eggplant, lettuce, kohlrabi, bamboo and spinach.
  1. Onion and garlic :- Seasoning favorites such as onion, garlic, chive, shallots and leeks these foods are known to contain high amount of sulfur compounds like sulfoxides, allyl sulfides which might increase cardiac health and help in repairing tissues in joints. Onion and garlic are known to be best source of sulfur which can help to prevent cancer.
  1. Meat :- In most of the cases sulfur usually come from proteins rich foods like meat. Guinea fowl, most fish, whale, goat, pork, turkey chicken, beef and rabbit meat are rich in sulfur. For a healthy adult requiring adequate protein intake need two servings of any meat providing enough sulfur. Universities in Maryland do not recommend sulfur supplements to its patients rather they insist on balanced diet.
  1. Eggs :- Eggs are one of the well known food high in sulfur. Whole quail eggs are known to provide sulfur equal to the amount provided by consuming meat. Usually yolks of the egg are rich in sulfur. Egg yolks contain fats so make sure you consult your doctor before consuming the same. Eggs are not healthy for a person suffering from high cholesterol and heart disease. Consuming eggs might worsen the condition rather than solving the same.
  1. Fruits :- Fruits such as avocado, kiwi, pineapple, bananas, melons, grapes, oranges, grape fruit, peaches and strawberries are highly rich in sulfur. Consuming these fruits will surely help you in gaining this mineral.
  1. Other sources :- Other foods that are rich in sulfur include milk products, chocolates, milk, tea, sesame seeds, grains and cashew nuts, pistachios, peanuts and other types of nuts.

While eating sulfur rich food try to get used to bitterness. Bitterness might indicate in some cases that you are consuming interesting compounds. Try to enjoy the crispness of slightly cooked foods like sprouts, broccoli’s etc. Make a proper diet chart and include food rich in different types of proteins. Try to include different types of foods rich in sulfur in your diet chart daily. You might not like the taste but slowly you will get used to it and develop the taste.

Considerations of Eating Foods High in Sulfur 

  1. Do not store the food for long time :- Storing vegetables and fruits for long time will reduce the MSM content in foods. Fresh and raw fruits and vegetables contain more minerals than the non fresh ones. Milk, milk products and nuts must also be consumed fresh.
  1. Be careful while cooking :- One must be careful while cooking. Heat can destroy the sulfur content in fruits and vegetables so cook your food carefully. Meat is usually cooked to wipe out the micro organisms present in it. Even after cooking meat remains rich in sulfur because it contains enough amino acids which can help you to get plenty of sulfur.
  1. Mind the side effects of sulfur :- Excess consumption of sulfur has adverse affects. These include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation and headaches. If eating foods high in sulfur causes such symptoms then stop consuming such food immediately. You should even consult your health care provider to get the best advice.