African Super Foods: Let’s Hear It For The Peanuts

There was this alter ego of the Walt Disney Goofy (of Mickey Mouse fame) called Supergoof and he got his powers from the super goober patch in his backyard. Goobers and groundnuts are the other names for the more common peanuts. This otherwise super goofy character got his sinews and jet power from gobbling all those peanuts, sneaking out of his back door and emerging from the goober bushes transformed!

In the real world, Peanuts are a legume crop grown for its power packed edible seeds, grown in the sub-tropics and the tropics where the weather is warm and the soil well drained. India is the second largest producer of peanuts in the world.

The secret world of legumes

Though peanuts are commonly classified as nuts, they are actually legumes. Peanut pods develop underground and this has given rise to its scientific name Arachis hypogaea – hypogaea meaning underground. These legumes have nitrogen fixing properties. In their root nodules, they harbour symbiotic bacteria which make ammonia from nitrogen in the air. Ammonia is used by the peanut plant to make amino acids and nucleotides (protein). In turn the bacteria use sugars from the plant. However, peanuts are similar to tree nuts like almonds and walnuts in their nutritional profile.

A complete food for complete health care

Peanuts are rich in essential nutrients and are an excellent source of protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals:

Protein: A cup of peanuts contains 38 gms of protein which is a source of many of the amino acids required by the human body to perform hormonal and neurological functions.

Fats: Fats are essential for a balanced diet; it is a fallacy that a diet should be fat free. 78% of the calories in raw peanuts are from fat: but this is the good mono and poly unsaturated kind which actually lowers LDL cholesterol and the twin risks of diabetes and coronary disease.

Vitamins: Peanuts also contain niacin, folate, Vitamins E and B6, thiamine, riboflavin. These help protect levels of Vitamins A and C. They also keep the body in good ticking order by regulating appetite and healthy digestion and metabolism: all great for good skin. Folate is good for the developing foetus as it lowers the risk of birth defects, both spinal and neurological.

Minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, potassium and calcium are essential for bone and tooth health, muscle contraction, blood clotting and general immunity. Peanuts are a rich source of them all.

Fibre: Peanuts contain insoluble dietary fibre which is considered necessary for weight loss and beneficial for controlling type 2 diabetes.

Peanut milk is being promoted in Africa to fight malnutrition: it is lactose free, extremely nutritive and affordable.

Benefit more than the human body

The nitrogen fixing property of this leguminous plant means that they improve soil fertility. As a consequence, the soil needs less nitrogen based fertilisers. Rotating crops involving peanut plants is sensible agricultural practice as a peanut crop leaves behind nitrogen enriched soil for a different crop to utilise.

Peanut oil is used in cooking and is a healthy alternative as it is unsaturated fat, resistant to rancidity. The residue protein- rich cake after oil manufacture is used as soil fertiliser and supplemental feed for livestock.

Industrial use of peanut oil may not be common knowledge. Nevertheless, it is used in paint, varnish, lubricants, insecticides and even nitroglycerin. Many cosmetics and soaps also use this oil or its derivatives.

Peanut shells, believe it or not, are used to manufacture hardboard, abrasives, fuel, cellulose and glue!

Can peanut butter be far behind?

This protein packed product should ideally have peanuts, salt and not much else, but it is usually sold sweetened. It is a good and easy way to supplement your protein in-take: a serving of 2 tablespoons is recommended. It is often the body builder’s good friend.

A word of care

We increasingly hear of peanut allergies. The symptoms range from mild allergic reactions like watery eyes and skin rashes to the life threatening anaphylactic shock. These allergies have been traced to family history and the consumption of soy products. But unless there is an actual diagnosis of an allergy, there is no need to avoid peanuts. The good news for allergy sufferers is that designer peanuts without the allergy causing protein trigger are on the block.

Peanuts are also susceptible to a type of fungal infection which produces a toxic compound called aflatoxin. Still, organic and modern methods of farming can go a long way in ensuring crop safety.

Common sense also dictates that no food supply is ever 100% safe. We live in a sea of toxins and have always stayed afloat. In fact there is a much greater possibility of getting e-coli infection from contaminated food than danger of exposure to aflatoxin.

Peanuts have a very high calorific content. The way to get a mouthful of the benefits would be to replace empty calories from snacks like chips and pastries with these tasty and health filled legumes.

Gastronomic paths

Raw peanuts are mostly used in cooking. Spicy peanut sauces are widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine including those of Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. In India, cooking, particularly in the Deccan plateau region involves multiple and extensive use of this nutritive legume: in masalas, chutneys and as additions to vegetable dishes.

Tender peanuts are delicious, boiled in their cases with a dash of salt. Roasting is another popular choice and actually improves the antioxidant properties.

There are many packaged brands in the market which offer peanuts batter fried or dusted with exotic flavours.

So, the next time you pick up a packet of peanuts, just remember that it is a super-goober, indeed!

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African Child Rearing: Link Between Child-Raising and Economic Problems

Child-raising, The African Model

There’s a correlation between how we raise kids in Africa and economic growth: We put limitations on children in Africa and raise them in an environment of fear and blind obedience. Most children are forced to pursue the passions of their parents and not theirs resulting in wasted talents (since everyone wants to be a doctor or lawyer). They are forced to embrace the ideologies of their parent rather than develop theirs; questioning issues objectively is regarded as either disobedience or disrespectful to elders. They are trained to identify with their tribes and clans rather than their nation yet expect the nation to work for them but refuse to answer the question “who is the nation?

Indoctrination and Imposition of Faith

We impose faith on them and indoctrinate them to believe that every problem is spiritual and must be solved through prayers. In fact, we teach them to demonize anything that is not in accordance with faith. Faith helps one to live a purpose-driven life and inculcate values. However, if you look around us you wonder if faith had ever really achieved any positive change in Africa since we are still bedeviled with same old problems. Our style of faith in Africa emphasize to young people that jobs, financial progress, travel visas, health, and solutions to life’s problems are achieved through ‘miracles’ thereby undermining creativity, innovations, research, merit and hard work. Have you noticed that if an American child needs school admission, health checkup, or emergency problems, he/she begins to make calls to experts, agencies, researching on the internet filling and mailing out forms? However his/her African counterpart will go to either a mosque or church and fast with the clergy for 40 days and 40 nights, where the problem is usually blamed on one Wizard or ancestral curses.

Child-Raising: A Suggested Alternative Model

Children MUST be trained to follow their passion to develop their talents early in life because success is achieved through talent development not faith. Faith only reinforces actions. Children who go on to become successful in life are vocal and never suppressed by anyone. They are thought to excel on merit because only those who stand out get noticed. They must keep researching and updated on information, skills, career, and current trends because no one is going to solve their problems without cost except themselves. Every success comes with a sacrifice. Claiming someone’s blessing on the internet is ‘e-stealing’, and expecting God to drop blessing from sky is laziness. Tell them the truth!

Conclusion:

In general, an economy that is clan-based, faith-based doesn’t grow because it results in weak intuitions and lazy citizens who no longer believe in merit, hard work and problem-solving. It’s self-exterminating.

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Type 2 Diabetes, Depression and Sedentary Lifestyles

Depression is commonly seen in people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and also in those individuals who live a sedentary way of life. Some investigators have suggested a vicious circle exists. Depressed people often lack the motivation for physical activity, and lack of physical activity could lead to depression. According to a February 2017 report in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, this is not the case. Researchers at McGill University and several other institutions in Montreal, Canada, studied 1691 adults who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Their symptoms of depression and anxiety and the frequency they carried out exercise were measured by a questionnaire in the years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Depressive symptoms were seen on the surveys earlier than a low exercise frequency. From the information supplied, the researchers concluded…

depression was a barrier to working out, but

low exercise frequency was not an obstacle to emotional health.

Lack of physical activity does, however, make it difficult to control Type 2 diabetes. In March of 2017, the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness reported on a study from Bayero University in Nigeria and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Sixty people with Type 2 diabetes and with an average age of about 39 years, were enrolled to test the effects on their body by using a trampoline, classified as aerobic rebound activity. Half of these Type 2 diabetics were assigned to reading magazines or watching television while the other half jumped on a mini-trampoline at moderate intensity for 30 minutes three times a week for 12 weeks. The “trampoline group” showed significant improvement in their insulin sensitivity and blood fats.

high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, “good cholesterol” increased, while

low-density lipoprotein, LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels decreased.

Blood fats called triglycerides also lowered in the trampoline group, compared to the sedentary group. From these results, the investigators concluded the mini-trampoline rebound exercise is ideal for helping to control Type 2 diabetes, as well as aiding in the management of heart and blood vessel disease risk.

According to investigators at Virginia Tech and some research institutions in the United States, physical activity is also recommended for lowering blood sugar levels. In February of 2017, the online journal PLOS ONE reported on a study of 170 overweight or obese adults diagnosed with prediabetes. After three months of resistance training, there was an 18 percent increase in the odds of having normal blood sugar levels for every 1 percent loss of fat. Muscle strength also improved after three months, showing a 21 percent improvement for chest muscles and 14 percent in the participant’s legs. Therefore the researchers concluded resistance training was helpful in lowering blood sugar levels and helping to control prediabetes.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

For nearly 25 years, Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

The answer isn’t in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Vitamin D Deficiency Is High Among People With Diabetes

Several studies have found people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes frequently have inadequate levels of vitamin D. The latest study, reported in the online journal PLOS ONE in April of 2017, was completed by investigators at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

A total of 118 Type 2 diabetics were included in the study. Their blood level of vitamin D was compared with blood from a group of healthy participants…

among the Type 2 diabetic participants, 92.4 percent had a vitamin D deficiency,

compared to 60.2 percent among the non-diabetic controls.

Low levels of vitamin D was not found to be linked with insulin resistance. The scientists recommend everyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes be supplemented with vitamin D because most people who have diabetes are deficient in it.

Vitamin D deficiency leaves millions of children and adults at risk for numerous diseases and disorders and according to several researchers, despite all our modern technology, a deficiency of this vitamin is one of the commonly unrecognized medical conditions. Vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium and helping to build bones.

In children a vitamin D deficiency results in rickets. Rickets can cause…

slowed growth,

pain in the back, pelvis, and legs,

muscle weakness – muscles need calcium too.

skeletal deformities,

bowed legs or knock knees,

thickened wrists and ankles, and

the breastbone protruding outward,

In adults, a vitamin D deficiency results in osteomalacia or softening of the bones, which can cause…

aching bones,

muscle weakness, and

bone fractures.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as of November 2013, vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide problem. It was especially common in women in the Middle East, probably because of their garments. There is, unfortunately, a lack of information from Africa and South America.

According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is…

600 IU each day for adults 70 years of age or younger, and

700 IU each day for people 71 or older.

Children and young or middle-aged adults can get vitamin D from exposing their skin to sunlight. Older people do not make as much of the vitamin because their skin has less of the previtamin D molecule. Mushrooms, like human skin, make this vitamin from sunlight, so leave your mushrooms out in the sun for a few hours before eating them.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

For nearly 25 years, Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

The answer isn’t in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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A Quit Smoking Hypnosis Exercise

Here is a quit smoking hypnosis exercise you can use to stop smoking. Try it, because it might just help you in utilizing your mind power to stop smoking for good like it has helped many other tobacco addicted people. Reading the text and doing the quit smoking exercise at the same time is very impractical, so I recommend that you read the text aloud while you tape it. Play the tape each time you’re doing this stop smoking exercise. The exercise combines traditional self hypnosis with NPL or Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Sit or lie down, relax and close your eyes “Now I am in a future moment when I no longer smoke. I can see my environment, I can hear the sounds, smell the smells and feel all my emotions. I have no cravings for cigarettes. This seems real, this is real.

I’m now taking a trip on my future time line to a time when I have completely forgotten about smoking, where not smoking does not bother me a at all. I’m now looking back on the time line and I remember how easy it was for me to stop smoking, how amazed I felt when I realized that I stopped having any craving for tobacco, and after that I never gave smoking another thought.

Now, I can feel the freedom I have without tobacco, how great I feel when I am no longer owned by cigarettes. My thoughts are my own. I am free to choose what I want to do and where I want to go, without the thought of smoking cigarettes coming into my thoughts. I want to stay here in this moment of no smoking for a long time and when I go back I will let my mind take these future moments of no tobacco cravings back with me.”

Now, you create the anchor for these future non-smoking resources: Press your thumb and index finger together on your right hand and hold it for a few seconds.

“Now I am even farther in the future, and now I don’t even think about smoking at all. This is very real.” Anchor your good smoke-free feelings again with your thumb and index finger for a few seconds.

Now, the touch of the thumb and index finger connects the good smoke-free feeling in your brain.

Now, bring yourself back to the present moment while you are still holding your thumb and index finger together. You have now made an anchor for the state of being a non-smoker. Repeat this anti smoking hypnotic exercise until it works instantly.