南瓜的好處 Reasons to Eat More pumpkin

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促進新陳代謝+補血: 南瓜

南瓜可促進膽汁分泌,加強腸胃蠕動,幫助消化食物。同時,南瓜可活躍體內新陳代謝,促進造血功能,是脾胃虛寒的養生食品。

  • 含9種重要的營養物質,包括維生素C&E、鎂、鉀、鋅、鐵、胡蘿蔔素以及葉黃素,有助防止細胞受損和保持眼睛健康。
  • 有助維持腎臟、膀胱和前列腺的健康。
  • 有助於降低膽固醇
  • 促進膽汁分泌,加強腸胃蠕動,幫助消化食物。
  • 有助預防骨質疏鬆症
  • 南瓜種子含高蛋白質
  • 含有人體必需的脂肪酸油

Pumpkin is one of the most popular cooking ingredients. It can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled…  Do you know how nutritious the pumpkin is?

  • Contains 9 Important nutrients– Vitamin C, Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, alpha and beta carotenoids, which help prevent cellular damage as well as lutein for eye health.
  •  Help support healthy kidneys, bladder and prostate.
  •  Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps with digestive health
  • Can help prevent osteoporosis
  • High protein value in the seeds
  • Contains essential fatty acid oils

Source of information: Family First 

乾淨不乾淨?Clean or Dirty?

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我們常常鼓勵大家要多吃蔬菜水果,但原來蔬菜水果有乾淨不乾淨之分。你知道該怎樣選擇嗎?

最「乾淨」的十二種蔬菜水果:
蘆筍
鱷梨(牛油果)
捲心菜(椰菜)
哈密瓜
玉米(粟米)
茄子
柚子 (西柚)
獼猴桃 (奇異果)
芒果
蘑菇
洋蔥
菠蘿
甜豌豆
紅薯
西瓜

最「不乾淨」的十二種蔬菜水果 (建議選購有機的):
蘋果
甜椒 (燈籠椒)
藍莓
芹菜
黃瓜(青瓜)
葡萄
生菜
油桃
桃子
土豆 (薯仔)
菠菜
草莓 (士多啤梨)

蔬菜水果有乾淨不乾淨之分,原因是不少蔬菜水果在其種植過程中會使用到大量化學農藥,而這些農藥都會依附在菜葉和果實之上。所以可以的話,便選擇不含化學農藥的有機蔬果,要不然就要先徹底清洗才進食。

Source: foodnews.org

誰是蜜蜂殺手? Who Killed the Bees?

由於蜂窠及蜜蜂數量下降,大大增加蜜蜂的「工作量」!就以加州為例,加州出產的杏仁佔全國的杏仁供應的80﹪,但每種杏仁卻需要動員全國60﹪的蜂窠去傳播花粉!

就蜜蜂數量下降的情況,最近的科學研究又有令人震驚的新發現!

多年來,科學家們一直在尋找導致全美約10萬蜂箱蜂群衰竭失調(Colony Collapse Disorder – CCD)的原因。馬里蘭州大學和美國農業部的科學家們發現並有充分理據指出,被農藥污染的花粉就是問題所在。根據原文,「最令人不安的是,吃了被殺菌劑及農藥污染的花粉的蜜蜂,其感染的寄生蟲的機會比吃未無污染花粉的蜜蜂可多達三倍。」

蜜蜂殺手,就是受污染的花粉。

Because of the decrease in beehive population, in order to pollinate one California crop, almonds it would take 60% of the country’s beehive to do so. Worse, California almonds distributes to 80% of the country’s total almonds supply.

Based on research and new studies conducted by scientist, a shocking new discovery has been found regarding the decline and drop in population of bee that pollinate $30 billion of USA’s crops.

Over the years, scientists have been finding the cause of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) that affected and killed an estimated 10 million beehives across the country. Scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have been able to pinpoint the problem to a pesticide that are contaminating the pollens that bees collect. According to the article, “Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite.”

Source: www.go.asia; Original: QUARTZ
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano