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Non-Traditional Approaches to
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LENTILS

May 18, 2010

Filed under: Foods of the Week, What's New? — admin @ 12:15 pm

Lentils have been cultivated for thousands of years, and evidence that they were used in the Bronze Age has been found. They do not grow wild. Lentils are legumes, and their protein content is second only to soybeans. They contain as much protein as many muscle meats.

Lentils make a hearty, filling soup. When preparing them, simmer for one-and-a-half to two hours.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE
Lentils neutralize muscle acids in the body, and are especially good for the heart. They help build the glands and blood, and may be used with a variety of vegetables and grains in soups to provide a rich supply of minerals for nearly every organ, gland, and tissue in the body.

NUTRIENTS IN ONE POUND

Calories: 1542

Protein: 112 g

Fat: 5 g

Carbohydrates: 272.6 g

Calcium: 358 mg

Phosphorus: 1710 mg

Iron: 30.8 mg

Vitamin A: 270 I.U.

Thiamine: 1.69 mg

Riboflavin: 0.99 mg

Niacin: 9.3 mg

Ascorbic acid: 0 mg

OKRA

May 11, 2010

Filed under: Foods of the Week — Tags: , — admin @ 8:32 am

Okra is native to tropical Africa, where it has been cultivated for many centuries.  It is now widely grown in warm regions.  For many years it has held an important place among the garden vegetables of the southern states.

The young and tender seed pods of okra are used to give a pleasant flavor and provide thickening for soups and stews.  In Louisiana, okra is used in Creole cookers and is the “gumbo” used in many dishes.  It is excellent also as a boiled vegetable.  Just wash it, boil about ten minutes in salted water until tender, drain, and serve with butter or lemon butter.  Okra and tomatoes make a fine combination.  Raw sliced okra is good in salads.  Okra should preferably be cooked in stainless steel, agate, porcelain, earthenware, or glass utensils.  Copper, brass, iron, or tin will cause the okra to discolor, turn black, and look unappetizing.

Okra is a soft-stemmed annual of the mallow family and is closely related to the shrubby althea.  It grows three to five feet high, and bears yellow flowers which are followed by fruiting capsules or seed pods.

There are three general types of okra: tall green, dwarf green, and ladyfinger.  Each of these in again divided according to length and color of the pods.  Varieties in most common use are known to the seed trade as Perkins Mammoth, Long Green, Dwarf Green, and White Velvet.  Clemson Spineless is of the same type as Perkins Mammoth Podded but has spineless pods and somewhat sparse foliage, making it less troublesome to harvest than other varieties.

Young, tender, fresh, clean pods of small to medium size usually are of good quality.  Pods should snap or puncture easily.  Pods that have passed their prime look dull and dry.  They are usually woody, and the seeds are hard.  If held too long, they are likely to become shriveled and discolored, and lack flavor.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

The sodium content of okra is very high.  It also contains a vegetable mucin that is soothing to the irritated membranes of the intestinal tract.  Okra has an alkaline reaction.

Okra is made into tablets, and they are valuable in replenishing a sodium deficiency in the body and in replacing sodium lost through excessive perspiration.  The tablets are also good for ulcers of the stomach.

This low-calorie vegetable helps keep the joints limber.  Okra powder is very good to include in broths and soups.  Because it contains a high amount of sodium, it is good for elderly people.

NUTRIENTS IN ONE POUND

Calories: 140

Protein: 9.4 g

Fat: 0.8 g

Carbohydrates: 29.6 g

Calcium: 328 mg

Phosphorus: 199 mg

Iron: 2.8 mg

Vitamin A: 2030 I.U.

Thiamine: 0.49 mg

Riboflavin: 0.42 mg

Niacin: 2.8 mg

Ascorbic acid: 121 mg

New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer

May 9, 2010

Filed under: What's New? — Tags: , , , — admin @ 12:16 pm

The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.

The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may have far-reaching consequences for our health. Read On

By Nicholas D. Kristof

F.A.C.T. Comment:

A must read! Could it be that maybe, just maybe what F.A.C.T. and others have been warning about for decades is finally penetrating the medical mainstream and the hallowed halls of government? Let’s hope, but don’t hold your breath and don’t stop telling your elected representatives to act!

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