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Mango-The Kings of The Fruits

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Mango that is called Kings of the Fruits is the most important fruits of our country.The mango is native to Indian subcontinentfrom where it spread all over the world.

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jackfruit

JackFruit

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The jackfruit is a species of tree in the Artocarpus genus of the mulberry family (Moraceae). Enormous and prickly on the outside, jackfruit looks somewhat like durian, though jackfruit is usually even larger. Once a jackfruit is cracked open, you will find inside pods or “bulbs “,often reffered as seeds.Thesse bulbs are actually a kind of fleshy covering for the the true seeds or pits, which are round and dark like chesnuts. the fleshy part can be eatan  as is, or cut up and cooked. When unripe (green), it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat. In fact, canned jackfruit (in brine) is sometimes referred to as “vegetable meat”.

The jackfruit tree is believed to be indigenous to the southwestern rain forests of India. It is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil for its fruit, seeds and wood. The tree grows best under tropical humid and rainy regions but rarely survives cold and frosty conditions, grows to as high as 30 meters, higher than the mango tree. The jackfruit tree is a multi-purpose species providing food, timber, fuel, fodder, medicinal and industrial products. It is a nutritious fruit, rich in vitamins A, B and C, potassium, calcium, iron, proteins and carbohydrates. Due to the high levels of carbohydrates, jackfruit supplements other staple foods in times of scarcity in some regions. It is also a relatively cheap fruit in some countries such as Bangladesh, where it has been declared the ‘national fruit’ because of its socioeconomic importance. During the season, each tree bears as many as 250 large fruits, supposed to be the largest treeborne fruit in the world. The fruit varies widely in size, weigh from 3 to 30 kg and has oblong or round shape measuring 10 cm to 60 cm in length, 25 to 75 cm in diameter. The unripe fruits are green in color; When ripen, might turn to light brown color and gives pungent smell.

Its outer surface is covered with blunt thorn like projections, which become soft in ripened. The interior consists of orange-yellow colored edible bulbs.

Jack fruit nutrients facts & Health benefits

Fresh fruit is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron.

Jackfruit Seeds: Jack fruit seeds are indeed very rich in protein and nutritious. In general, the seeds are gathered from ripe fruit, sun dried and stored for use in rainy season in many parts of South Indian states. Different variety of recipes prepared in Southern India where they are eaten either by roasting as a snack or added to curries in place of lentils.The seeds, which appeal to all tastes, may be boiled or roasted and eaten, or boiled and preserved in sirup like chestnuts. They have also been successfully canned in brine, in curry, and, like baked beans, in tomato sauce. They are often included in curried dishes

Food Uses
Generally you will find the jackfruit most acceptable in the full-grown but unripe stage, when it has no objectionable odor and excels cooked green jackfruit-pulpbreadfruit and plantain. The fruit at this time is simply cut into large chunks for cooking, the only handicap being its copious gummy latex which
accumulates on the knife and the hands unless they are first rubbed with salad oil. The chunks are boiled in lightly salted water until tender,when the really delicious flesh is cut from the rind and served as a vegetable, including the seeds which, if thoroughly cooked, are mealy and agreeable. The latex clinging to the pot may be removed by rubbing with oil. Tender young fruits may be pickled with or without spices. If the jackfruit is allowed to ripen, the bulbs and seeds may be extracted outdoors; or, if indoors, the odorous residue should be removed from the kitchen at once. The bulbs may then be enjoyed raw or cooked (with coconut milk or otherwise); or made into ice cream, chutney, jam, jelly, paste, “leather” or papad, or canned in syrup made with sugar or honey with citric acid added. If the bulbs are boiled in milk, the latter when drained off and cooled will congeal and form a pleasant, orange colored custard.

The ripe fruit is somewhat laxative; if eaten in excess it will cause diarrhea. Raw jackfruit seeds are indigestible due to the presence of a powerful trypsin inhibitor. This element is destroyed by boiling or baking

Other Uses
Fruit:
In some areas, the jackfruit is also fed to cattle. The tree is even planted in pastures so that the animals can avail themselves of the fallen fruits. Surplus jackfruit rind is considered a good stock food.

Leaves:
Young leaves are readily eaten by cattle and other livestock and are said to be fattening. In India, the leaves are used as food wrappers in cooking, and they are also fastened together for use as plates.

Latex: The latex serves as birdlime, alone or mixed with Ficus sap and oil from Schleichera trijuga Willd. The heated latex is employed as a household cement for mending chinaware and earthenware, and to caulk boats and holes in buckets.

Wood: The timber is a medium hardwood with desirable characteristics in making furniture, oars, implements and musical instruments and the wood is also used in construction. It is termite proof and fairly resistant to fungal and bacterial decay. The roots of older trees are good materials for carving and picture framing. With its dense crown and leathery broad glabrous leaves, it is an attractive tree. The trees may also serve as shade for coffee and as support for black pepper (Piper nigrum). Palaces were built of jackwood in Bali and Madagascar, and the limited supply was once reserved for temples in Indochina.

Bark:There is only 3.3% tannin in the bark which is occasionally made into cordage or cloth. From the sawdust of jackwood or chips of the heartwood, boiled with alum, there is derived a rich yellow dye commonly used for dyeing silk and the cotton robes of Buddhist priests. In Indonesia, splinters of the wood are put into the bamboo tubes collecting coconut toddy in order to impart a yellow tone to the sugar.

Medicinal properties
jackfruit-benefitsDifferent parts of the jackfruit tree have medicinal properties. The Chinese consider jackfruit pulp and seeds tonic, cooling and nutritious,The seed starch is given to relieve biliousness and the roasted seeds are regarded as aphrodisiac. The ash of jackfruit leaves, burned with corn and coconut shells, is used alone or mixed with coconut oil to heal ulcers. The pulp and seeds are used as a tonic, the warmed leaves have healing properties if placed onto wounds and the latex, mixed with vinegar promotes healing of abscesses, snakebite and glandular swellings. The wood has a sedative effect and its pith is said to cause abortion. The root is used as a remedy against skin diseases and asthma, and its extract is taken in cases of fever and diarrhea.

Prepration and serving methodThe fruit is cut in a similar fashion like other larger fruits like watermelon. White, gummy latex oozes from the cut ends even in ripen fruit but to a lesser extent than in the unripe ones. The latex problem can be overcome by applying little coconut oil on the hands. Another great way of dealing with this problem is mopping or rubbing the cut sections with lemon slice. The thick rind that runs through the middle of the fruit is then removed and the whole section is gently twisted few times in order to loosen individual bulbs


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Food & Fitness of Growing Kids

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Active, growing children require good nutrition to build healthy bodies and to help them be the best they can be. Many attitudes towards food are
shutterstock_103716929shaped during early school years, forming the basis for future eating habits. As parents we can help our children build healthy foundations by encouraging a love of good food and good nutrition throughout these years. Around the time your child starts school, he or she will suddenly start growing very quickly and becoming more active. Children need a lot more energy and nutrients for their body size than adults. In this section we are providing useful information for a better health of your kids.Healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. While peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem impossible, there are steps parents can take to instill healthy eating habits without turning mealtimes into a battle zone. By encouraging healthy eating habits now, you can make a huge impact on your children’s lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.

Developing healthy eating habits
Children develop a natural preference for the foods they enjoy the most, so the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing. Of course, no matter how good your intentions, it’s always going to be difficult to convince your eight-year-old that an apple is as sweet a treat as a cookie. However, you can ensure that your children’s diet is as nutritious and wholesome as possible, even while allowing for some of their favorite treats. The childhood impulse to imitate is strong, so it’s important you act as a role model for your kids. It’s no good asking your child to eat fruit and vegetables while you gorge on potato chips and soda.

A healthy eating pattern
An eating pattern that includes a variety of foods from across the food Food & Fitness of Growing Kids Zyro 31 Food & Fitness groups will provide children with the range of nutrients and fuel they need. This means:
Eating plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruitsimage-bantingEating plenty of cereals (preferably wholegrain), including bread, rice, pasta, and noodles

Including lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives

Including milk, yogurt and cheese (reduced-fat varieties are not suitable for children under 2 years)

While the occasional ‘extra’ foods such as lollies, chips and take away foods are ok, if eaten too often they may result in poor intake of nourishing foods and an increased risk of becoming overweight, as well as an increased risk of tooth decay.To be their best, children also need to be well hydrated. Children should be encouraged to drink water. Try to limit sweetened drinks such as soft drinks, cordials and fruit juice. If consumed in large amounts they can contribute to issues such as excess weight gain and tooth decay. As an alternative, a glass of milk is a nutritious drink that will contribute to the recommended three serves of dairy a day to make sure they get the calcium their growing bones need.

Get moving!
Being physically active is important for growing bodies too. In Australia, 23% of children are overweight or obese. Encouraging an active
106413773lifestyle along with a balanced diet is the best way to ensure a healthy weight. Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines for 5 to 12 year olds recommend:

  • at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. This could be running, swimming, dancing or a type of organized sport such as football or netball or just active play, and
  • not more than two hours screen time (television, computer or electronic games) a day
  • Be active with your children and include physical activity in family outings and as part of your daily life

 

Best Foods for Kids

  1. Optimal Oatmeal:
    A fabulous breakfast food, full of B vitamins, iron, zinc and calcium. Oatmeal offers quick energy for busy kids. Eating sweet and sticky foods frequently between meals causes dental decay. Snack foods, such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets, are often high in sugar and saturated fat, and low in vitamins and minerals.
  2. Eggs:
    Eggs are a great source of protein and a host of other nutrients, including the B vitamins, vitamin E, and zinc to name a few
  3. Nuttin’ Better:
    Nut butters are great fast foods for kids. Kids need the fat (it’s a good fat if it doesn’t have hydrogenated oils mixed in it) and they need the protein. And while peanuts can be problematic and even life threatening to allergic kids, other nut butters may be okay (but definitely check with your doctor first).
  4. Culture Club:
    Kick your child’s milk consumption up a notch and include yogurt on the menu. A great source of calcium, yogurt is easier to digest than regular
    milk and the cultures (check the label to make sure they’re in there!) are very beneficial to good colon health… especially if your child has been on antibiotics.
  5. Fish!
    Fish, because fish is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals and it is low in saturated fat. Oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon and sardines, also contain omega 3 fatty acids. Aim for at least two portions of fish a week. You can give boys up to four portions of oily fish a week, but it’s best to give girls no more than two portions of oily fish a week. This is because oily fish can contain low levels of pollutants that can build up in the body over the years. For girls, in the future, this could affect the development of an
    unborn baby.
  6. Tree Cheers!
    Broccoli is one of the best vegetables for anyone, especially growing kids due to its calcium content and a whole host of other nutrients, such as potassium, betacarotene, and B vitamins
  7. Terrific Tubers:
    Sweet potatoes contain 30mg beta-carotene per cup. And with 3 grams of fiber per serving, sweet potatoes deserve a place at the table.
  8. Milk:
    Milk, margarine with added vitamins, green leafy vegetables and carrots – these are all good sources of vitamin A, which is important for good vision and healthy skin. Growing kids need protein to keep growing. Good choices include legumes, beans (combined with a grain to make a complete protein), soy products like tofu, or meat, fish or poultry.
  9. The Whole Truth:
    The best nutrition is found in the whole grain. Brown rice and whole wheat bread are a quantum leap over their white counterparts and offer necessary fiber, minerals and vitamins.
  10. Fruit and vegetables:
    We should all be eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. Try giving your child fruit and veg as snacks between meals, as well as part of main meals. Include salad and vegetable sticks (such as carrots, celery, cucumber and pepper) in your child’s packed lunch. Give your child fresh fruit or some chopped fruit salad Orange juice is full of vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, folate and zinc. You can buy calcium fortified orange juice too! Dried fruit, such as raisins or dried apricots, can be a good extra for a packed lunch. But the sugar in dried fruit can damage teeth, so it’s best not to eat it frequently between meals. Vitamin C, beta-carotene, bits and pieces of B vitamins and trace minerals and calcium fill every juicy bite.

How much salt should one child is having?

Some salt is found naturally in most foods so there is no need to add salt to your child’s food. If you’re buying processed foods, such as pizzas, pre-packed sandwiches, soups, sauces or ready meals, even those aimed at children, remember to check the information given on the labels to choose those with less sodium (because it’s actually the sodium in salt that can lead to health problems). It’s important for children not to have too much salt because this could affect their health in the future. The maximum amount of salt children should be having varies according to how old they are:

  • 4 to 6 years – no more than 3g a day (1.2g sodium)
  • 7 to 10 years – no more than 5g a day (2g sodium)
  •  11 years upwards – no more than 6g a day (2.4g sodium)

Top tips to promote healthy childhood eating

Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting and enhances appetite. Breakfast is another great time for a family meal, especially since kids who eat breakfast tend to do best-foods-for-kids-with-adhdbetter in school.

Cook more meals at home. Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family and sets a great example for kids about the importance of food. Restaurant meals tend to have more fat, sugar, and salt. Save dining out for special occasions.

Get kids involved. Children enjoy helping adults to shop for groceries, selecting what goes in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It’s also a chance for you to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and (for older children) how to read food labels.

Make a variety of healthy snacks available instead of empty calorie snacks. Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty calorie snacks like soda, chips, or cookies.

Limit portion sizes. Don’t insist your child cleans the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe


Healthy Papaya

Some More Benifites of Healthy Papaya

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  • Healthy Papaya contains high amount of potassium and the flesh of papaya is very high in Vitamin A.
  • papaya seeds and leaves are useful in treating intestinal worms found in the body. ?
  • Papaya helps prevent constipation and also aid in digestion. Papaya contains the protein called papain which is a digestive enzyme that helps in natural digestion process.
  • Papaya juice helps in allevaiating infections of the colon by clearing away the infection, pus and mucus. Regular consumption will help in improving the problem. ??
  • The skin papaya is excellent for treating skin wounds and places that do not heal quickly.
  • Papaya is low calories and high in natritive value hence it is an excellent food for those on a diet.
  • Regularly consuming papaya helps to realive morning sickness and nausea.

!! Healthy Papaya salad !!

Papaya can be used in different ways and the easiest way to eat is “eat as it is”. After cleaning the fruit cut it length wise and take the seeds out and eat it with a spoon. For some extra taste you can add lime juice on the top. However the following recipe can also do wonders:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Papaya, 1 cup cabbage
  • Sugar 2 teaspoon, 2 Tsp Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • Chopped chilies as per your wish
  • 2 small tomatoes

How to prepare:

  • In a plate keep the cabbage and papaya
  • Take a small bowl and mix sugar, sauce, lime and chilies
  • Garnish the tomatoes and decorate the salad as you like

MEDICINAL EFFECTS OF PAPAYA

  • Papayas have medicinal properties and used to treat several diseases and symptoms.
  • It is used to remove digestive problem.
  • Used as a folk medicine to remove pain.
  • Leaves are used as a protective properties
  • against malaria.
  • Protection against diabetic heart
  • disease and cholesterol.
  • Protection for arthritis.
  • Prevents cancer
  • Reduces weight

All the parts of the papaya fruit are useful and beneficial.Right from seeds to the papaya leaves and the flesh of the fruit,all of it has some value.Both the inside and the outside of the fruit can be utilized. Thus no part of the fruit is useless or goes as a waste

Thus, you should eat papaya, it is great because along with savoring the taste you are also ingesting all the benefits associated with eating fruits,which will result in good health for you !


A Fruit of the Angels

A Fruit of the Angels-Papaya

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Papaya is called a fruit of the angels because of its heavenly taste and enormous health beniftes. Not only papaya is beautiful,fragrantand luscious, it is amazingly healthful. papaya (1)

This glorious fruit is available all year-round. A ripe papaya can be as long as twenty inches, but most commercially grown fruits are pear-shaped, about seven inches in length and about a pound in weight. It is high in bromelain,which makes it benifical in ways similar to pineapple. Since it loses nutrient strength as it ripens, papaya is best if purchased mostly ripe and eaten by the next day. Purchase fruit that is orangeyred in color and just a little soft to touch. Fruits that have yellow patches are less ripe and will take a few days at home to become their best. The seeds of a papaya are small, round and black in color. Although they are editable.they have a bitter Peppery flavor that few people seem to find enjoyable.

Papaya tree

800px-Carica_papaya_005It is a tree like plant with a green or purple stem. The leaves emerge from the upper part of the stem. Thelower trunk is the where fruits were born and it is 16-33 ft tall and the upper part of the stem can reach 105cm in length.The Flowers are similar to plumaria but smaller in size. It is a short lived and fast growing plant.

Papaya – A Powerhouse of Nutrients!

Thee health benifits of fruits and vegetables can not be equated to that promised by nutritional pills and supplements. Nutrition experts advocate generous intake of fruits for optimum health as these food items are loaded with all the benefits.Fruits are goldmine of vitamins,minerals and fiber and are ideal to consume at least 4-5 servings in a day. Since they are in the natural form, account for largest part of water and 100% bad cholesterol free, it’s much easier for the body to process and absorb the vitamins and minerals from the fresh fruit.

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids,two classes of phytochemicals that scientists are studying MB_4291extensively for their health-promoting potential.In addition,a new scientific base is emerging to support a protective role for this group of fruits and vegetables in prevention of cataract formation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diverticulosis and possibly, hypertension.

“Papaya” is recommended to be one such pick from the group of Yellow and orange fruits, which promise abundant health benefits.It is a melon like fruit with yellow-orange flesh with dozens of small black seeds enclosed in skin that ranges in color from green to orange.

Papaya has high nutritional benifites.In is rich in Anti-oxidants, the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid and the minerals, potassium and magnesium and fiber.Together,”these nutrients promote health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer.” In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma and allergies. Vitamin C and vitamin A which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya are both needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections clod and flu.

Health Benefits of Papaya

Papaya is excellent for the human body. Papayas are a power fruit .Papaya is not only a delicious fruit to eat ,it also contains abundant health benefits and medicinal value. Papaya can be eaten as a fruit, a smoothie or even a milkshake.

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Papaya with medicinal value

Papaya contains natural fiber,carotene,Vitamin C and essential minerals. Papayas also contain enzymes like arginine and carpain.
Arginine is essential for male fertility and carpain is considered to be good for the heart.

Papaya for the Skin

Benefits-Of-Papaya-For-SkinA papaya face pack can also be made using the fruit. Papaya is a product from nature which is used in
many skin lightening creams. Many of the lotions or creams which are used to make the face lighter or fairer contain papaya as an ingredient. Papaya also helps in getting rid of acne because when papaya is applied as a face pack it helps to open the pores. Papaya makes the skin glow. Papaya contains the enzyme papain which helps to dissolve dead skin, thus imparting a fresh and clean glow to the face.

Anti-oxidants in Papaya

Papaya is a fruit in fiber which lowers cholesterol levels. Papaya contains antioxidants which
prevents  the cholesterol from oxidizing. When cholesterol in the body gets oxidized, it can lead to heart-attacks. The anti-oxidants in papaya also help in controlling premature ageing, which helps to give a young look.


Cake

Orange Cake-A Perfect Tea Time Snack!!

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Ingredients for Preparing Orange Cake

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Butter 100g
Orange And Grated Peel(Not The Bitter White Part) Juice Of 2
Grated Almonds 100g
Flour 250g
Baking Powder 9g
Egg Whites, Beaten Until Foamy 2
Salt 1/2 Tsp

Directions :

  • Mix all ingredients slowly, eggs last, fi ll mass in buttered baking form,then bake in 375F preheated oven for 45 min.
  • Add warm orange marmalade on top, let cool and serve.

orange

Orange

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A POWER HOUSE OF NUTRIENTS

The word orange is derived from Sanskrit narangah “orange tree.” Th e Sanskrit word is in turn borrowed from the Dravidian root for ‘fragrant’.

cartoon-orange-17963115An orange is the citrus fruit. It is the most commonly grown tree fruit in the world.Oranges are widely grown in warm climates worldwide, and the flavours of oranges vary from sweet to sour. Th e fruit is commonly peeled and eaten fresh, or squeezed for its juice. It has a thick bitter rind that is usually discarded, but can be processed into animal feed by removal of water, using pressure and heat. It is also used in certain recipes as flavoring or a garnish. The outer-most layer of the rind can be grated or thinly veneered with a tool called a zester, to produce orange zest. Zest is popular in cooking because it contains the oil glands and has a strong flavor similar to the fleshy inner part of the orange. The white part of the rind, called the pericarp or albedo and including the pith, is a source of pectin and has nearly the same amount of vitamin C as the fl esh.

Climate
Oranges can be grown outdoors in warmer climates, and indoors in cooler climates. Like most citrus plants, oranges will not do well unless kept between 15.5 °C – 29 °C (60 °F – 85 °F). Orange trees grown from the seeds of a store-bought fruit may not produce fruit, and any fruit that is produced may be different than the parent fruit, due to modern techniques of hybridization. To grow the seed of a store-bought orange, one must not let the seed dry out (an approach used for many citrus plants). One method is to put the seeds between the halves of a damp paper towel until they germinate, and then plant them. Many just plant them straight into the soil, making sure to water them regularly. Oranges require a huge amount of water. Storage and processing

After harvesting, oranges have a shelf life of about one week at room temperature and one month refrigerated. In either case, they are optimally stored loosely in an open or perforated plastic bag. Oranges produce odours that are absorbed by meat, eggs and dairy products.

Nutritional value

Orange, Nutritional value per 100g (3.5 oz)
Energy 192 kJ (46 kcal)
Carbohydrates 11.54 g
Sugars 9.14 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
Fat 0.21 g
Protein 0.70 g

Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.100 mg (9%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.040 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.400 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.250 mg (5%
Vitamin B6 0.051 mg (4%)


Products made from orangesorange

  • Orange Juice-It is made by squeezing the fruit on a special instrument called a “juicer” or a “squeezer.” The juice is collected in a small tray underneath. This is mainly done in the home, and in industry is done on a much larger scale. Frozen orange juice concentrate is made from freshly squeezed and filtered orange juice.
  • Sweet orange oil is byproduct of the juice industry produced by pressing the peel. It is used as a flavoring of food and drink and for its fragrance in perfume and aromatherapy. Sweet orange oil consists of about 90% -limousine, a solvent used in various household chemicals, such as to condition wooden furniture, and along with other citrus oils in grease removal and as a hand-cleansing agent. It is an efficient cleaning agent which is promoted as being environmentally friendly and preferable to petroleum distillates.
  • In Spain, fallen blossoms are dried and then used to make tea.
  • Orange blossom honey,or actually citrus honey, is produced by putting beehives in the citrus groves during bloom, which also pollinates seeded citrus varieties. Orange blossom honey is highly prized, and tastes much like orange.

ACEROLA CHERRY

ACEROLA CHERRY

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Nature’s Best Source of Real Vitamin C

cheery2The acerola cherry is a unique fruit that favors tropical or subtropical climates in both the eastern and western hemispheres. The fruit has been consumed for many years in the areas to which it is native, but has gained popularity worldwide recently due to its rich vitamin and antioxidant content.

The acerola cherry, formally known as Malpighia emarginata, is found in warm-weather areas across the globe. Th e plant requires a tropical or subtropical climate to prosper. In the western hemisphere, acerola cherry plants can be found in the southernmost areas of Florida and Texas, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In the western hemisphere, acerola cherry plants are cultivated in Australia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Java, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Zanzibar.

Analysis has shown that the acerola is the richest source of vitamin C, of any fruit. In the 1940’s, large commercial plantings were established for processing, particularly for making Vitamin C tablets.

The acerola plant is a small tree shrub that maintains its leaves year round. Typically, the plant grows to a height of 6.5 feet to 10 feet, though some reach 20 feet. Acerola plants have branches that produce leaves, flowers and fruit.

Acerola leaves are green and glossy, with an ovular shape. Its flowers have five petals and 10 stamens, and range in color from pale pink to red. Acerola cherries tend to be about 1 inch in diameter and grow in pairs or trios, and each fruit contains three seeds.cCHEERY + LEAVES

Varieties and Other Names

Acerola cherry plants may also be referred to as Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crapemyrtle. Several different varieties of the plant have also been formulated to adapt to certain climates. Benefits

The benefits of the acerola cherry derive from its high nutrient concentration. The main nutrient in acerola cherries is vitamin C; according to the nutrition fact comparison tool at the website Healthaliciousness, acerola juice contains 32 times the amount of vitamin C found in orange juice. Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and protect from cardiovascular disease, eye problems and wrinkles. Acerola cherries also contain high levels of vitamin A, which is used in the treatment of eye and skin disorders, ulcers and sinus infections. The vitamin can also be used to raise sperm count and ease menstrual problems. In addition, acerola cherries contain significant levels of folate, used in making new cells, and potassium, used in blood pressure regulation.

As there are a number of antioxidants in acerola, it is a valuable fruit to add to our diet to help deal with free radicals, toxins, and stresses; repair of wounds, scar tissue, fractures and pain relief. The fruit contains B vitamins in the form of thiamin, riboflavin and niacin; and it is also a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorous and potassium. The sugar content (3.5 to 4.7%) is in the form of levulose, dextrose and sucrose.

Uses
While acerola cherries can be eaten directly from the plant, some people prefer not to due to their sour taste. However, acerola cherries can be used in recipes just like regular cherries, and can add a healthy boost to breads or muffins. A wide variety of acerola cherry supplements are also available. Common forms include acerola cherry powder and acerola cherry tablets.


Cherimoya

Cherimoya

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Sugar apple (Annona squamosa) and cherimoya (Annona cherimola) are closely related, similartasting fruits with only a few differences. They’re also called sitaphals, sharifas, sita pazham, and sweet sop, depending on the region. Sweet, pulpy, and fragrant rich cherimoya is one of the most delicious tropical fruits of Andean valley origin. These greenishyellow, conical fruits are from the evergreen trees belonging to the family Annonaceae, in the genus of Annona. Its juicy white flesh makes it a pleasant snack consumed on its own. Although high in calories at 176 calories per fruit, it comes packed with nutrients. Add cherimoya to your diet to benefit from its fiber, mineral and vitamin content.

Cherimoya Nutritional Facts
Cherimoya is an excellent source of vitamin C, offering 1/5th of our daily recommended value; hence, it is very helpful to boost our immune systems. Cherimoya is a very good source of carbohydrates and good source of potassium, fiber, several essential vitamins and minerals. The good thing about this nutritious fruit is that it is cholesterol free & saturated fat free, and it has very low sodium content.

Now let us take a look at the nutrient content of the fruit. About 100 grams of ripe cherimoya fruit contains 313kJ of energy. It also contains 17.71 grams of necessary carbohydrates which comprises of 12.87 grams of sugar and 3 grams of dietary fibre. Further it contains about 1.5 grams of protein and 0.68 grams of fat. Among vitamins, the list consists of 0.101 mg of thiamine (B1), 0.131 mg of riboflavin (B2), 0.644 mg of niacin (B3), 0.345 mg of pantothenic acid (B5), 0.257 mg of vitamin B6, 23 μg of folate (B9), 12.6 mg of vitamin C and 0.27 mg of vitamin E. It also comprises of various trace metals such as calcium of about 10 mg, 0.27 mg of iron, 17 mg of magnesium, 0.093 mg of manganese, 26 mf of phosphorous, 287 mg of potassium, 7 mg of sodium and lastly 0.16 mg of zinc.

Following are major content of Cherimoya fruits:
Dietary Fiber
Cherimoya comes loaded with beneficial dietary fiber – a type of carbohydrate that offers several health benefits. Consuming a diet rich in fiber protects you from several types of chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. It might also reduce your risk of breast cancer. Each cherimoya fruit contains 7 grams of dietary fiber — 18 percent of the daily intake recommendation for men and 27 percent for women.

Potassium and Copper
Add cherimoya to your diet and you’ll also reap the benefits of its copper and potassium. Your body uses potassium to metabolize carbohydrates and relies on copper for energy production. Both potassium and copper also promote brain function – potassium helps your nerves send electrical signals, while copper helps your body synthesize chemicals that relay signals between nerve cells. Each cherimoya contains 674 milligrams of potassium – 14 percent of the recommended daily intake – and 162 micrograms of copper, or 18 percent of your daily copper intake.

Vitamin C
Cherimoya also helps you consume more vitamin C. Each fruit contains 30 milligrams of vitamin C and provides 40 and 33 percent of the Institute of Medicine-recommended intake for women and men, respectively. Vitamin C fuels collagen production — a process essential to maintaining tissue strength — and acts as an antioxidant to combat tissue damage. It also helps you produce chemicals needed to brain communication and might play a role in cholesterol metabolism.

Cherimoya Health Benefits
Very sweet and pleasant flavor annonas contain an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. The fruit has calories equivalent to that of mangoes. 100 g of fresh fruit pulp provide about 75 calories. It is, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. It characteristically contains a good amount of dietary fiber (3 g per100 g) that helps prevent absorption of cholesterol in the gut. The fiber also helps protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. It is very good in vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Cherimoya contains several polyphenolic antioxidants. Among them, the most prominent in annona family fruits are Annonaceous acetogenins. Acetogenin compounds such as asimicin, bullatacinare, etc., are powerful cytotoxins and have been found to have anti-cancer, anti-malarial, and anti-helminthes properties. An impressive list of essential nutrients,anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals contributes for the myriad health benefits.

Improve Heart Function
This, along with its high Vitamin C content, makes it an excellent food to help to maintain a healthy heart. The well-balanced sodium and potassium ratio of cherimoya are very useful things in the regulation of blood pressure levels and heart rate. It is very rich in a potent natural antioxidant Vitamin C, which prevents the free radicals from attacking the lipids and thus, averts the cholesterol of body from becoming harmful. Vitamin C also aids body in developing resistance against infectious agents. All of these offer optimistic health effects to the heart and improve the heart function.

Constipation Alleviation and Colon Health
A delicious and wholesome fruit Cherimoya is loaded highly with dietary fibers. Fibers are proven very beneficial in the stool movement by adding bulk to the stool, so consumption of cherimoya helps to relieve constipation.

It is also shown helpful in promoting the colon health. High dietary fiber content in this fruits helps to lower the cholesterol in the blood. It prevents the absorption of cholesterol in colon; thereby, it thwarts formation of carcinogenic cells in the colon and defends mucous membrane of colon from the exposure to toxic substances.

Good for Your Brain
Cherimoya contains vitamin B6 in quite good amount, which is very advantageous for our brain functioning as it controls the GABA neuro chemical levels. Adequate GABA neuro chemical levels help to throw away stress, get rid of tension, soothe nervous irritability and even treat the depression. Vitamin B6 is even deemed to lessen the risk of parkinson’s disease.

It is good for the skin
Cherimoya fruit has a high Vitamin C content, which the body uses in forming collagen, which creates electricity in the skin. It is also used by the body to fight the damage that can be caused by free radicals, making it a great way to keep skin looking healthy and young.

It promotes the growth of healthy hair
The Cherimoya fruit is an extremely nutritious fruit that contains many nutrients that benefit hair growth, like zinc, iron, magnesium and Vitamin C. Eating a healthy and balanced diet that includes fruits, like Cherimoya, can dramatically improve the condition of your hair. Cherimoya is a highly nutritious fruit, which can benefit the hair in numerous ways. It contains hairfriendly nutrients like magnesium, zinc iron and Vitamin C, which promote hair growth. Cherimoya fruit contains copper (one cherimoya fruit provides you with around 10% of your daily recommended intake of copper), which is partly responsible for the hair colour. Eating copper rich foods is known to help prevent the early onset of greying hair. Vitamin C in cherimoya contributes to collagen formation, which makes up a major portion of our hair and scalp.

Side effects of cherimoya
Cherimoya itself is a safe and nutritious food to be consumed as a delicious and rich fruit. However evidences have been found out according to which the seeds of cherimoya fruit are pretty dangerous. The seeds of this fruit are observed to be toxic and hence should not be consumed and must be avoided.


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NUTRITION FROM SEASONAL FRUITS

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Fruits are a very important part of a healthy meal and it is medically recommended to eat at least two serving of fruits daily. Fruits are naturally low in calories and provide other vital nutrients like vitamins , minerals and dietary fibers. There are different varieties of fruit present throughout the year offering loads of nutrition packed in different flavors. Research has proven that the regular consumption of fruit helps to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases like strokes and type-2 diabetes.

The dietary fibres in fruit play a very important role in reducing the risk of the chronic diseases mentioned above, by lowering the blood cholesterol and glucose level. Fruits contain antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals which can cause damage to the body.

Researcher have proven that fruits are nutritionally enriched when they are picked in the appropriate season. when the fruits are grown in the proper season and under appropriate climatic conditions, all of their natural nutrients remain untouched.

Studies have also shown that some crops can actually have up three times more nutrients when grown in season. So, include a variety of fruits in your daily meals which may include yellow, orange, red or purple coloured citrus which enriched the diet significantly because they are rich in essential vitamins and minerals.

Summer Fruitssummer-fruits-

WATERMELON:is a fruit in demand during summer. It is a good source of beta carotene, lycopene, potassium and iron.

BERRIES: can improve body immunity and can have a protective effect against various diseases because of the phytochemicals present in it.

PAPAYAS AND MANGOES: are excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and essentials fibres.

PINEAPPLES:are really good for digestion because of an enzyme called bromelain contained in them. They are also a treasure trove of essential vitamins and minerals.

fRUI3Monsoon Fruits

JAMUNS: effectively contains very less calories and are rich in nutrients like folate, fibre, iron, proteins , potassium and vitamin like A and B that helps in the treatment of diarrhea, arthritis and lung disease. Jamuns are also ideal for people suffering from diabetes as it contains low sugars.

PLUMS : are abundant in vitamin C and are helpful in combating infections that lead to flu.

PEACHES : contain vitamin A and B carotene that helps protect the skin from the humidity of the monsoon climate.

fRUI2Winter Fruits

ORANGES: mostly available during winter is loaded with vitamin C which helps in strengthening the immune system.

POMEGRANATE: is a good source of iron, antioxidant and dietary fibre. It helps to manage different diseases and protects the body from the damage of free radicals.

GRAPES:being rich in vitamin A, B1, B2 and potassium helps to make the immune system stronger.

BANANA:is one of the best sources of potassium that helps in maintaining blood pressure during winters.


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THE WONDER OF NATURE: STRAWBERRY

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The fruit, which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit, is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves such as fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.

Many foods commonly consumed by us are valuable sources of antioxidants. Researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional.

When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 g), strawberries ranked 27th best among foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberries came out 4th among all fruits (behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries).

Recent research has shown strawberries to be a surprisingly fragile, perishable, and delicate fruit. Strawberries have been showed improved blood sugar regulation from a long time therefore has a long impact on human health. Recently scientists have discovered a fascinating relationship between intake of strawberries, table sugar, and blood sugar levels. As you might expect, excess intake of table sugar (in a serving size of 5-6 teaspoons) can result in an unwanted blood sugar spike. But you might not expect this blood sugar spike to be reduced by simultaneous consumption of strawberries! Yet that’s exactly what researchers have discovered. With the equivalent of approximately one cup of fresh strawberries (approximately 150 grams), blood sugar elevations from simple sugar intake can be reduced.


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Orange That Called Citrus Fruit

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Orange are citrus fruits, and sometimes it may confuse you with other citraceae fruits like tangerines or grapefruits etc. Though the shape and color of latters differs from orange. Oranges are orange colored and oval to sphere-shaped fruits with a leathery and porous skin. Their color may vary from light orange to red-orange. Oranges are a precious gift of nature, laden with unlimited nutrients and vitamins. United States leads in the production of this admired fruit. Oranges have unlimited health benefits.

Health benefits of Orange As orange has plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, it has been the best cure for bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Its use in large quantity can reduce runny nose. In breakfast a glass of orange juice works miraculously.

Vitamin C As we know oranges are rich in Vitamin C, an essential vitamin for tissue growth, bones and cartilage repair, development of collagen, maintenance of teeth etc. According to the study of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a medium orange contains more than 140 percent of the recommended dose of Vitamin C. Since our body is not capable of producing vitamin C itself, it is important to have fruits, veggies and foodies containing vitamin C.

Low Calorie and Fat: An averages size orange contains a meager 70 calories without any calory. So what thinking guys? It’s the best option to lose weight. Though it’s mostly used as juices, but it’s pulp is also more beneficial. It contains nearly 3 grams of dietary fiber andcontains 12 grams of sugar. The sugar in orange is released over a period of time, plummeting quick rises in blood glucose levels.