Healthy & Fun Fruity Facts
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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Mucus obtained by soaking the seed of quince into the water can be used in the treatment of skin irritation and gastrointestinal discomfort.
Quince is a perennial plant that can survive more than 50 years in the wild.
The term “marmalade”, originally meaning a quince jam, derives from marmelo, the Portuguese word for this fruit.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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Low-acid white-fleshed peaches are the most popular kinds in China, Japan, and neighboring Asian countries, while Europeans and North Americans have historically favored the acidic, yellow-fleshed cultivars. In China, peach is a symbol of good luck, protection, and longevity.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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Pineapples regenerate! You can plant pineapple leaves to grow a new plant. You can grow a pineapple by twisting the crown off a store-bought pineapple, allowing it to air dry for a few days, and then planting it.
Is that pineapple in your kitchen ripening too slowly? Stand it on the spiky end. Pineapples are actually berries and it’s ripening can be speeded up by making it stand upside down (leafy side down).
Pineapple has protein bromelain that degrades meat. So, if you put a piece of pineapple somewhere in your mouth it will start eating you.
A pineapple is not an "apple" it is actually a berry.
Each pineapple plant only produces one pineapple per year.
Most fruits develop in 3 to 4 months, but it takes about 18 months to two years for a pineapple to grow to its full size.
The name "pineapple" came from European explorers who thought the fruit looked like a pinecone with flesh like an apple.
Canned pineapple was first made in 1901 but wasn't widely available until engineer Henry Ginaca invented a machine in 1911 that could remove the outer shell, inner core, and both ends of 100 pineapples in less than a minute! This machine, known as the "Ginaca machine", is still used in pineapple canneries today.
You can't put fresh pineapple in Jell-O because the bromelain content prevents gelatin from setting. Canned pineapple, on the other hand, can be added to Jell-O because the canning process destroys the bromelain.
The pineapple is a combination of many individual flowers, or berries fused together around a core. Pineapples contain about 75% of the daily recommended amount of manganese for strong bones. It takes three years for a pineapple to mature.
Believe it or not, it’s absolutely true. A little-known fact about pineapple is that it contains an enzyme called bromelain. If you read other sources they all say pretty much the same things. This enzyme breaks down proteins in your mouth, namely your taste buds. This can wreck your palate for the rest of the day until your mouth can heal itself. A fun fact that a lot of people throw around is that the enzyme bromelain is used in meat tenderizers. Pineapple is a fruit and that means it’s great for you, but you should probably let a freshly sliced pineapple sit in the fridge for a bit before eating it so the enzymes can break down.
As pineapples were so expensive in colonial times, people would simply rent these flavorful fruits and show them off to others as a sign of wealth.
Monday, August 9, 2021
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Onions can make you cry and make your breath smell terrible. Believe it or not, the reason onions do those things are the exact same reason why onions are good for you. Onions contain over 100 sulfide-containing compounds. These contain a number of health benefits such as the prevention of asthma and some types of cancer. Onions are related to leeks, garlic, chives, and scallions. While they don’t all have the same level of health benefits, they do all have similar health benefits.
Olives are actually fruits and their trees can be old – really old – standing tall for more than 1,500 years.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
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The color orange is named after the orange fruit. Before orange made its way from China to Europe, yellow-red was called simply that: yellow-red, or even just red. Orange peel can be used by gardeners to sprinkle over vegetables as a slug repellent.
Oranges are the largest citrus crop in the world.
Brazil is the leading orange-producing country in the world while Florida and California together produce nearly 25 billion pounds of oranges each year!
Florida oranges may be greener than California oranges because the night temperatures in Florida are warmer, which causes more chlorophyll to migrate into the peel; they are still ripe and sweet though.
There is more fiber in an orange than in most other fruits and veggies.
Technically the orange is a berry called hesperidium, indicating that the fruit has sections and grows on evergreen trees.
The peels of oranges contain essential oils that are used aromatherapy, cleaning products, and cooking.
Contrary to what most of us think, this fruit was not named for its color. Instead, the word orange comes from a transliteration of the Sanskrit 'naranga', which comes from the Tamil 'naru', which means "fragrant."!
The peel of an orange fruit has four times more fiber than the actual fruit. There are also a significant amount of antioxidants in the peel too. You can get some of those benefits by grating some peel into your next meal. Wonder if candied peels count too?
In sub-tropical growing regions (like Brazil, the country that grows the most oranges in the world) there are never temperatures cold enough to break down the chlorophyll in the fruit's skin, which means it may still be yellow or green even when it's ripe. But because American consumers can't fathom such a phenomenon, imported oranges get treated with ethylene gas to get rid of the chlorophyll and turn them orange.
This also means that Florida oranges tend to be yellower than California oranges, because they're grown further south.
Orange peels have over four times the amount of fiber of the actual fruit. It also contains more antioxidants than the actual fruit. The only downside is that it’s difficult to find a way to eat it. The best way is to grate it up like cheese into an orange zest. You can use that to season all sorts of foods. This is how they make orange chicken in Chinese restaurants. Not bad for a part of the fruit that almost everyone simply throws away.
If you plant a single orange seed, you’ll probably get more than one plant from it.
Some oranges-mainly those grown in tropical areas of land-are green and/or yellow in color
Saturday, July 24, 2021
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Nopal, commonly referred to as “prickly pear cactus” in English, is a staple in Mexican dishes. Nopales have citrus and tart flavor characteristics, making them easy to use in a side dish or to include in the main course. The high liquid content allows you to avoid adding liquid when making a stir fry. Nopales can also be consumed raw. Popular Mexican nopal dishes include huevos con nopales, and tacos de nopales.
Nopal plants are easily shareable. All you need to do is find a friend or neighbor with a nopal plant, cut off a piece and plant it in your own yard. This is a popular tradition among Mexican families and is an easy addition to any garden.
Nopal plants spout twice a year: in the spring and the fall. This is the best time to eat fresh nopal, as they are at their juiciest.
It’s one of the most drought-tolerant vegetables. With water conservation of rising concern, growing drought-tolerant plants for consumption is more important and popular than ever. Nopales are a darling of drought tolerance and only need to be watered once a month!
Friday, July 16, 2021
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Nectarines can be a pale white color, instead of their typical yellow, on the inside.
A nectarine (Prunus persica variety nectarina) is a fuzzless variety of peach. Fuzziness is a dominant trait of peaches. The expression of a recessive allele is thought to be responsible for the smooth skin of nectarine fruits, which lack the fuzzy trichomes (plant hairs) characteristic of peach fruits.
Occasionally when peach trees are crossed or even self pollinated they will produce some fruit whose seeds will grow into nectarine trees and others which will be peach trees. Nectarines will sometimes appear on peach trees, and peaches sometimes appear on nectarine trees!
It is impossible to tell which seeds from nectarine trees will produce nectarine bearing trees, so commercial growers take branches which produce nectarines and graft them onto peach trees. The branches will continue to produce nectarines.
In appearance, nectarine trees are the same as peach trees, and are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Tree size and shape, leaves, and even buds look the same. Nectarines, however, are smaller and smooth skinned (looking more like plums), golden yellow with large blushes of red (ripe fruit looks the same as unripe - the color does not change significantly, but they do get sweeter and softer). Their yellow flesh has a noticeable pink tinge, with a distinct aroma and a more pronounced flavor.
There are over 100 varieties of nectarine, both freestone and clingstone varieties, the same as for peaches. (Freestones flesh separates from the 'pit' easily, while clingstones cling to the 'pit'). Nectarines are more delicate than peaches, bruising very easily.
Nectarines, like peaches, probably originated in China over 2,000 years ago and were cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome. They spread via the Silk Road and were grown in Great Britain in the late 16th or early 17th centuries, and were introduced to America by the Spanish.
Today, California grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the United States.
The name ‘nectarine’ comes from the sweet food the gods eat, sweet as ‘nectar’.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
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Miracle fruit is a fruit that, when eaten, causes sour foods to taste sweet for at least an hour or two after consumption.
The mangosteen is known as the “queen of fruits.”
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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The world’s most popular fruit? The mango.
Orangutans love eating mangoes! Mangoes are the most loved and the No 1 fruit in the world.
Mangoes were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago. In fact, the paisley pattern which was first developed there is based on the shape of a mango. The Mango fruit is highly prized among the Tamil culture, as it is a symbol of health, peace and prosperity.
Mangos are known as “the King of Fruit” throughout most of the world.
A mango tree can grow to be 100 feet tall.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is anionic (an ion with a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (the ion has a positive charge.) This makes it extremely useful to health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
Lemons are a cross between sour oranges and citrons.
Most lime species are natives of Asia.
The loganberry is a mix of blackberries and raspberries.
The seeds of lychee are poisonous and should not be consumed.
Monday, June 14, 2021
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A kiwi fruit has twice as much vitamin C as an orange.
Kiwi fruits are actually berries and grow like grapes on vines that can be up to 6 feet tall.
The tangy, fuzzy fruit is also rich in potassium and copper.
Kiwi fruits were originally called “melonettes”
Kiwis, at one time, were known as Chinese Gooseberries.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
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The jackfruit has been determined to be the largest tree fruit in the world. The jackfruit can weigh as much as 100 pounds. There has been jackfruit that has grown as tall as 4 feet in height!
Saturday, May 29, 2021
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The honeydew was revered as a sacred food by the ancient Egyptians.
Napoleon and Pope John Paul II both considered Honeydew melons their favorite fruit.
Honeydews were first cultivated in Persia and northern Africa nearly 4,000 years ago, and later by ancient Greeks and Romans. Introduced to western and northern Europe during the Middle Ages, melons were harvested by the Spaniards and later the French and British. Christopher Columbus brought over the first honeydew seeds to North America on his second expedition. The honeydew melon was introduced to California by Spanish missionaries in 1683.
Honeydew is the American name for the cultivar White Antibes that has been grown for many years in southern France and Algeria.
The honeydew is considered the sweetest melon.
Honey Dew melons are also known as “Temptation Melons.”
The ancient Egyptians considered honeydew (melon) to be a sacred fruit.
Friday, May 21, 2021
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Taking a prescription cholesterol drug? Stay away from grapefruit, which contains an enzyme that can negate the drug’s effects. Drinking Grapefruit juice while taking some prescription medications can cause instant overdose and death.
Persons taking certain prescription drugs have to be careful what fruit they consume. Eating a grapefruit, which is a good source of Vitamin C, can become life-threatening. Since the grapefruit contains compounds which change how your body metabolizes certain drugs, the body can absorb larger amounts of the drug than is beneficial, which can cause medical problems and death.
Grapefruit can cause dangerous reactions with some prescription medications. From the New York Times, last year: "For 43 of the 85 drugs now on the list, consumption with grapefruit can be life-threatening, Dr. Bailey said. Many are linked to an increase in heart rhythm, known as torsade de pointes, that can lead to death."
"Under normal circumstances, the drugs are metabolized in the gastrointestinal tract, and relatively little is absorbed, because an enzyme in the gut called CYP3A4 deactivates them. But grapefruit contains natural chemicals called furanocoumarins, that inhibit the enzyme, and without it the gut absorbs much more of a drug and blood levels rise dramatically."
Thursday, May 13, 2021
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About 71% of the world’s grapes are used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% are used to make raisins.
It takes about 1,1 kg (2.5 pounds) of grape for the production of one bottle of wine.
Grapes don’t always grow in perfect bunches like the ones at the grocery store. They can actually group together in clusters that range from 6 to 300 grapes.
Grapes, when heated in a microwave, will actually explode.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Want calcium but don’t like milk? Try a half-cup of figs, which has as much calcium as a half-cup of milk.
Figs have a 55% natural sugar content, making them the sweetest of all fruits.
Figs are believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest cultivated fruit consumed by humans. Figs are high in fiber, iron, and potassium. Fig Newton cookies have been around since 1891, a testament to the popularity of figs. Sumerian tablets dated all the way from 2500 B.C. show the use of figs for cooking. Neolithic sites from 5000 B.C. revealed remains of fig trees during excavations. Fig trees can easily live 100 years!
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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Eggplants are actually fruits and not veggies. In fact, they are botanically known as berries.
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Monday, April 19, 2021
Dragon Fruit is full of vitamin C and is even said to help reduce acne.
Durian: Indonesia and Malaysia are home to the durian which is known as the ‘king of fruits in many South Asian countries. This fruit is covered in little spikes and is said to smell horrendous, which can smell like a combination of rotten eggs, sweaty socks, wet garbage, and underlying notes of sweetness. . In some places, like Japan and Thailand, it is unlawful to keep the durian fruit in public because of its pungent odor.
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Sunday, April 11, 2021
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Friday, March 26, 2021
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
According to one study, avocados are the most nutritious fruits in the world.
Avocados contain the most fat of any fruit or vegetable on the planet. Since avocado trees release an enzyme that prevents the fruit from maturing fully while on the tree, farmers can use the trees to store avocados until ready to go to market.
Avocado leaves can prove fatal to various types of birds.
4. The almond is a member of the peach family and is not actually a nut.
5. The Asian Pear is sometimes referred to as a Nashi. Because of their texture, they are sometimes referred to as Apple pears, but they’re not related to apples. Even though it looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, the resemblance is only skin deep.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Monday, February 22, 2021
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The stickers placed on fruits are made out of edible paper, meaning that they are, technically, able to be consumed.
Some fruits that most people haven’t ever heard of–but are worth learning more about–include the following: cotton candy grapes, lemon cucumbers, kiwi berries, cherimoya, jackfruit, pomelo, water apples, etc.
3. Some nutritionists call guavas a “superfruit.” Others under this title include apples, bananas, grapefruit, citrus fruits, and cantaloupe.
4. Bananas, like apples and watermelons, can float.
5. When put in a bowl with bananas, pears will ripen faster than normal.
25 Fruity Facts
Sunday, February 14, 2021
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1. Honey Contains Some Nutrients:
2. High-Quality Honey Is Rich in Antioxidants
3. Honey Is “Less Bad” Than Sugar for Diabetics
4. The Antioxidants in It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
5. Honey Also Helps Improve Cholesterol
6. Honey Can Lower Triglycerides
7. The Antioxidants in It Are Linked to Other Beneficial Effects on Heart Health
8. Honey Promotes Burn and Wound Healing
9. Honey Can Help Suppress Coughs in Children
Friday, January 29, 2021
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Fiber: One-half cup of raisins will give you 3.3 grams of fiber or roughly 10 -24% of your daily needs, depending on your age and gender. Fiber helps aid your digestion by softening and increasing the weight and size of your stool. Bulkier stools are easier to pass and can help prevent constipation. Fiber also helps keep you full for longer because it slows down the emptying of your stomach. If you’re trying to lose weight, eating fibrous foods may help. Fiber also plays a role in cholesterol levels. Dietary fiber is known to decrease levels of the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) type of cholesterol.
Iron: Raisins are a good source of iron. One-half cup of raisins contains 1.3 milligrams of iron. That’s about 7% of the recommended daily amount for most adult females and 16%for adult men. Iron is important for making red blood cells and helping them carry oxygen to the cells of your body. You need to eat enough iron in order to prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
Calcium and boron: Raisins have about 45 milligrams of calcium per 1/2-cup serving. This translates to about 4% of your daily needs. Calcium is essential for healthy and strong bones and teeth. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, raisins are a great snack for you because the calcium helps prevent the development of osteoporosis, a disorder characterized by bone loss that usually occurs as you age.
Antioxidants: Raisins are an exceptional source of naturally occurring chemicals called phytonutrients, such as phenols and polyphenols. These types of nutrients are considered antioxidants. Antioxidants help remove free radicals from your blood and may prevent damage to your cells and DNA. This can lead to diseases like cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Antimicrobial compounds: A 2009 study noted that raisins contain phytochemicals that could promote healthy teeth and gums. Phytochemicals present in raisins, including oleanolic acid, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid, fight the bacteria in your mouth that lead to cavities. In other words, eating raisins in place of sugary snack foods can actually keep your smile healthy.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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Health benefits of limes: Eating lime fruit or drinking lime juice provides a variety of health benefits.
Good source of antioxidants: Antioxidants are important compounds that defend your cells against molecules called free radicals. In high amounts, free radicals can damage your cells, and this damage has been linked to chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer.
May boost immunity: Limes are high in vitamin C, a nutrient that may help boost your immune system.
Could promote healthy skin: Limes have several properties that may promote healthy skin. First, they’re high in vitamin C, which is necessary to make collagen, a protein that keeps your skin firm and strong. A medium lime (67 grams) provides over 20% of the RDI for this nutrient.
May reduce heart disease risk: Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Research shows that limes may reduce several heart disease risk factors. For starters, limes are high in vitamin C, which may help lower high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. Also, vitamin C may protect against atherosclerosis — a disease in which plaque builds up in your arteries, making them too narrow.
May prevent kidney stones: Kidney stones are small mineral crystals that are often painful to pass. They can form inside your kidneys when your urine is very concentrated or when you have high levels of stone-forming minerals, such as calcium, in your urine. Citrus fruits like limes are high in citric acid, which may prevent kidney stones by raising levels of citrate and binding stone-forming minerals in the urine. One study found that people who ate more citrus fruits had a significantly lower risk of kidney stones.
Increases iron absorption: Iron is an essential nutrient needed to make red blood cells and transport oxygen around your body. Low blood iron levels can cause iron deficiency anemia. Signs of iron deficiency anemia include fatigue, trouble breathing during exercise, paleness, and dry skin and hair. People on a vegan or vegetarian diet are at a greater risk of iron deficiency anemia, as plant-based products contain a form of iron that isn’t as well absorbed as the iron from meat and other animal products. Foods high in vitamin C, such as limes, may help prevent iron deficiency anemia by improving the absorption of iron from plant-based foods.
May lower your risk of certain cancers: Cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal cell growth. Citrus fruits have compounds that have been linked to a lower risk of certain cancers. In particular, flavonoids — which act as antioxidants — may help stop the expression of genes that promote cancer progression.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
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Nutrition facts: Lemons contain very little fat and protein. They consist mainly of carbs (10%) and water (88–89%). A medium lemon provides only about 20 calories. The nutrients in 1/2 cup (100 grams) of raw, peeled lemon are:
Carbs: The carbohydrates in lemons are primarily composed of fibers and simple sugars, such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose.
Fiber: The main fiber in lemons is pectin. Soluble fibers like pectin can lower blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of sugar and starch. Dietary fibers are an important part of a healthy diet and linked to numerous health benefits.
Vitamins and minerals: Lemons provide several vitamins and minerals.
Other plant compounds: Plant compounds are natural bioactive substances found in plants, some of which have powerful health benefits. The plant compounds in lemons and other citrus fruit may have beneficial effects on cancer, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation. These are the main plant compounds in lemons:
Health benefits of lemons: Citrus fruits, including lemons, are associated with numerous health benefits. Their vitamins and fiber, as well as their powerful plant compounds, are likely responsible.
Heart health: Heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes, is the world’s most common cause of death. Intake of fruits high in vitamin C is linked to reduced heart disease risk. Low levels of vitamin C in the blood are also associated with increased risk of stroke, especially among those who are overweight or have high blood pressure.
Prevention of kidney stones: The citric acid in lemons may reduce your risk of kidney stones.
Anemia prevention: Anemia is often caused by iron deficiency and most common in pre-menopausal women. Lemons contain small amounts of iron, but they are a great source of vitamin C and citric acid, which can increase the absorption of iron from other foods. Because lemons can enhance the absorption of iron from foods, they may help prevent anemia.
Cancer: Lemons may help reduce the risk of many types of cancers, including breast cancer. This is thought to be due to plant compounds like hesperidin and d-limonene
Monday, December 28, 2020
1. Highly nutritious
2. May promote gut health
3. Contain beneficial plant compounds
4. Have anti-inflammatory properties
5. May offer anticancer effects
6. Linked to a lower risk of diabetes
7. May boost heart health
8. May help you lose weight
Pears are low in calories, high in water, & packed with fiber. This combination makes them a weight-loss-friendly food, as fiber and water can help keep you full.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
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1. They Contain Many Nutrients
2. Plums and Prunes Are Rich in Antioxidants
3. They May Help Lower Your Blood Sugar
4. Plums and Prunes May Benefit Heart Health
Saturday, December 12, 2020
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1. Rich in Nutrients
2. May Help Reduce Blood Pressure
3. Contains Nutrients Vital to Bone Health
4. May Improve Blood Sugar Control
5. Rich in Electrolytes and Water
6. May Support Healthy Skin
7. May Boost Your Immune System
8. May Promote Proper Digestion
9. May Support Vision and Eye Health
Friday, December 4, 2020
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A native of South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, habaneros are among the hottest chili peppers there are. An ordinary habanero typically ranks between 100,000 and 350,000 on the Scoville scale of spiciness; for comparison, a typical jalapeno ranks at 2,500 to 5,000.
Rich in Capsaicin
As one of the hottest chili peppers, habaneros have a high capsaicin content. A phytonutrient, capsaicin is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help treat arthritis and headaches. Capsaicin works as an anti-inflammatory by reducing your body's production of Substance P, which is what causes the swelling and pain that occurs alongside inflammation. A study published in "Cell Signal" in 2003 confirmed that the capsaicin from hot peppers showed anti-inflammatory properties. The capsaicin in habanero peppers may also be able to block the activity of nuclear transcription factors which can trigger inflammatory reactions that may lead to premature aging and cancer. Research shows that people who regularly eat spicy foods – that is, foods rich in capsaicin – live longer than those who don't, and they're less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.
Important Nutrients to Note
A 4.5-gram serving of habanero peppers has 15 calories and no fat. A single serving of habaneros also has 3 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of protein, 2 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of carbohydrates. The same size serving also has 1 gram of dietary fiber. You can rest easy knowing that adding habaneros to a dish for extra flavor will not greatly increase the sodium, fat, or calorie content.
Vitamins and Minerals
A single serving of habaneros has 128 milligrams of potassium, which is a relatively high amount for such a small serving size. According to "The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herb," habaneros are also high in vitamin C. Green habaneros, unripe peppers, have a higher vitamin C content than their red and orange counterparts. A single habanero pepper contains more than 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. The same pepper also contains a bit of vitamin A – 9% of your recommended intake – plus 4% of your recommended potassium intake, 3% of your recommended iron intake, and a scant 1% of your recommended daily calcium intake.
May Help Prevent Diabetes
A diet rich in habanero peppers may help regulate insulin levels, especially in people who are already overweight. A study published in 2006 in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" concluded that capsaicin reduced the likelihood of insulin spikes following a meal. Scientists concluded that regular capsaicin consumption could help diabetics control their insulin levels. Since post-meal insulin spikes often lead to Type 2 diabetes, the researchers concluded that regularly eating chili peppers may decrease diabetes risk. Scientists also found that meals containing capsaicin increased fat oxidation, which may indicate capsaicin's ability to regulate obesity. However, further study on human subjects is needed.
Decreased Cancer Risk
The capsaicin in habaneros may also prevent cancer. In the laboratory, scientists have demonstrated that capsaicin can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells, and may protect cells from becoming cancerous. In addition, habaneros contain significant amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which act as antioxidants, compounds that may decrease the risk of cancer by inhibiting the DNA-damaging effects of free radicals. Each half-cup serving of habanero peppers provides 300% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 20% of the RDA of vitamin A.
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong report that laboratory hamsters fed a high-cholesterol diet had higher LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels and more cholesterol-related arterial plaques than hamsters who were fed the same diet, but supplemented with capsaicin. The scientists hypothesized that eating chili peppers such as habaneros may lower cholesterol and decrease cardiovascular disease risk, but warned that additional studies and clinical trials were necessary.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
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The medicinal properties of onions have been recognized since ancient times, when they were used to treat ailments like headaches, heart disease and mouth sores.
1. Packed With Nutrients
Onions are nutrient-dense, meaning they’re low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. One medium onion has just 44 calories but delivers a considerable dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
This vegetable is particularly high in vitamin C, a nutrient involved in regulating immune health, collagen production, tissue repair, and iron absorption. Vitamin C also acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body, protecting your cells against damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals. An antioxidant, this vitamin is needed for immune function and maintenance of skin and hair.
Onions are also rich in B vitamins, including folate (B9) and pyridoxine (B6) — which play key roles in metabolism, red blood cell production, and nerve function. A water-soluble B vitamin, folate is essential for cell growth and metabolism and especially important for pregnant women. Found in most foods, Vitamin B6 is involved in the formation of red blood cells.
Lastly, they’re a good source of potassium, a mineral which many people are lacking. In fact, the average potassium intake of Americans is just over half the recommended daily value (DV) of 4,700 mg. Normal cellular function, fluid balance, nerve transmission, kidney function, and muscle contraction all require potassium. This essential mineral can have blood-pressure-lowering effects and is important for heart health.