Monthly Archives: July 2015

Flaxseed: More Powerful Than You Might Have Realized!!

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Flax is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world and is known to have been cultivated in both ancient Egypt and China; however the use of flaxseeds in everyday cooking has fallen away in many cultures today even though their health benefits have been known for centuries. In fact in the 8th Century, Charlemagne was so convinced of the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws to ensure his loyal subjects ate them!

And the reason for these health benefits is because flaxseed, also known as linseed, is high in:

  • Vitamins and minerals, including most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese
  • Both soluble and insoluble fibers
  • Phytochemicals, including many powerful antioxidants such as lignans. And because it’s a plant, it’s actually one of the lignin sources around!
  • Flaxseed is a mega-source of the plant version of omega-3, which is the ‘street name’ for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), containing about 50% ALA. This makes it about 5 times more rich in ALA than canola and walnut oil which are the next highest sources

Grown in Central Asia, North America and Europe flax can be found in most conventional and health food stores in whole, ground or oil form. And while buying the whole form is best for preserving those natural fatty acids, they should be ground before eating as whole seeds may not always be digested properly. However the best way to get the highest amount of ALA is by consuming flaxseed oil which is obtained through cold pressing the seeds.

Besides flaxseed there are, of course, also other ways to stay healthy and take good care of yourself. This wonderful crop works in diverse areas, but if you want to ensure you’re not missing any important element or vitamin, sometimes it proves worthy to invest in professional supplements. If you’re afraid they might be too expensive, there’s nothing to worry about – there’s plenty of special offers online you can use. You may use a Kohl’s coupon or find some Kohl’s printable coupons and you’re in for the lowest prices.

Speaking of Flaxseed benefits, they are numerous, but the most relevant ones include the following:
They lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels
Flaxseed contains a soble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol, working towards preventing the buildup of plaque that clogs arteries and leads to high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. It is believed that fiber lowers blood sugar levels, an important thing for Type 2 diabetics to monitor.
Reduce bone loss
Diabetic rats were fed flaxseed as part of a clinical study and the results showed a delay in bone loss due to the fatty acids it contains.
Helps with weight management
You may want to munch some flax about thirty minutes before meals because it expands when ingested, meaning that you feel fuller and can control your appetite.
Improve digestive health
Flax is a high source of fiber meaning that it can help your digestion stay regular and relieve constipation
Increase immunity
Preliminary research has suggested that flaxseed may help relieve autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and lupus thanks to its high concentration of ALA that is known to decrease inflammation.
Fight cancer
Based on its high concentration of lignans which are believed to inhibit the growth of tumors, studies are showing that flaxseed may be effective in fighting cancer, although this mainly applies to colon and breast cancer.

Incorporating flaxseed in your diet is not at all difficult and there are hundreds of ways to add it to every meal. So if you want to get the most out of every meal, boost its nutritional profile by finding a way to include flaxseed. And if you need some inspiration then search online because there are literally hundreds of recipes and suggestions just sitting there!

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Fire ants proof your house

Image credit: controlfireants.com

Image credit: controlfireants.com

Ants, termites, mice and cockroaches are the usual pests that invade the privacy of our homes. They are difficult to get rid of if you don’t know how to properly treat the sites they frequent and thrive. There’s a website that provide homeowners the right treatment to permanently keep these pests off your home. If you have problem with fire ants you can check out the internet for information. Some websites explain all the information you need to know about fire ants and how these tiny creatures live and thrive, the areas they build their nest on, and most importantly, the damage it gives to lives and properties.

Did you know that the site even provide steps in treating fire ant bites that are swelling? You know how sting of ant bites can cause itchiness and swelling. But you can treat them with available remedies at home. Here are some of them:

• Ice Cube
• Apply meat tenderizer
• Apply a paste of salt or crushed aspirin.
• Desert Essence ® Tea Tree Oil
• Rub with fresh slice of onion
• Dab with hydrogen peroxide
• Immediately apply aloe gel

To avoid stings and the emergencies related to it, people should avoid places and situations that may have fire ants; teach kids and elders about fire ants and the dangers they give; wear protective clothing such as boots, tuck your pants into socks when you are working outside your home; and control fire ant activity in frequently used areas.

How to spot fake rice

Editorial cartoon by N. Published by People's Tonight, July 3, 2015 issue

Editorial cartoon by N. Published by People’s Tonight, July 3, 2015 issue

Ito po and ilang tips ng National Food Authority sa pagbili ng bigas:

UNA, siguraduhing ang binibilhang rice retailer ay accredited o lisensyado ng National Food Authority at sa inyong suking tindahan. Bumili lang po tayo sa mga designated public market, groceries, supermarkets, and NFA accredited retailers sa inyong lugar.

Maaaring malaman kung accredited and isang tindahan kung may nakakabit na karatula dito kung saan nakasaad and buong pangalan ng retailer, at ang kanyang accreditation number.

IKALAWA, ating tandaan na ang inaangkat na bigas ng NFA at ng mga lisensyado nitong importer na regular-milled at well-milled rice ay maputi at long-grained o pahaba ang hugis.

IKATATLO, dapat ang bigas ay hindi masyadong maputi, bilog, pare-parehas ang hugis at sukat, at masyadong makintab. Kung pare-parehas ang hitsura ay maaaring gawa ito ng makina.

IKAAPAT, siguraduhin po natin na hindi amoy plastic ang binibili nating bigas.

IKALIMA, iwasang tangkilikin ang bigas na mas magaan ang timbang kaysa sa pangkaraniwan. Hindi rin ito dapat masyadong matigas ang butil at mahirap putulin.

Kapag luto na ang bigas, siguraduhing hindi amoy plastic ang kanin at tingan kung may layer ng plastic na namumuo sa ibabaw ng bigas kapag ito ay naluto.

Laging nakabukas ang aming BantayBigas Hotline Number at official social media accounts 24/7 upang maaksyunan kung sakaling may makita tayong mga bigas na kahina-hinala sa ating mga palengke.

NFA/Bantay Bigas Hotline: 0906-4363133

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  • Para mas maging mabilis ang aming imbestigasyon, kailangan magdala sa pinakamalapit na NFA office ng mga sumusunod:
  • Hindi bababa sa 1 kilogram na sample ng nabiling bigas na hindi pa luto para sa scientific laboratory analysis.
    Impormasyon kung kalian, kanino at saan ninyo ito nabili.