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Foods That Heal: Molasses

Molasses is made the same way as maple syrup is in large vats over an open fire usually. Sweet sorghum is cut, the outer stalks stripped and the inner sweet part is juiced and boiled down to make a thick, dark sweetener known as molasses. In contrast to refined white sugars and corn syrup, molasses is much higher in nutrients than mostly sweeteners making a better choice than sugars or corn syrup which have very little nutritional value.

Therapeutic Properties: Molasses is one of the richest sources of nutrients per ounce. Conditions which have shown improvement with molasses added to the diet are, varicose veins, angina, constipation, ulcers, eczema, nerve disorders, anemia, colitis, damaged hair and psoriasis. It is the best sugar substitute available because it contains all the enzymes and vitamins necessary for metabolizing of sugar.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline (refined sugar is acidic in the body)

Significant Nutrients: 1 Tablespoon of molasses contains more iron than eggs, more calcium than a glass of milk and is an excellent source of B vitamins. It also contains some trace elements not found in many foods, such as inositol and copper. Molasses is also very rich in magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin E. Refined white sugar contains none of these nutrients or any other nutrients.

How to Use: Best eaten as unrefined as possible and preferably, organic.

 

Foods That Heal: Melons

There are various varieties of melons these days including a seemingly endless variety of watermelons and cantaloupes. When it comes to melons however, the most nutrient-rich are going to be the ones with the most color: that is the melons that are the most red or orange. Melons with green flesh do not offer as many vitamins or therapeutic qualities.

Therapeutic Properties: Cantaloupe is a good anti-oxidant and high in beta-carotene. Watermelon can help boost resistance to the sun’s damaging rays and is also an anticoagulant and antibacterial.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Cantaloupe – beta-carotene, some calcium. Honeydews are pretty good for potassium and vitamin C. Watermelon – doesn’t offer much nutritionally. Their highest nutrient is vitamin A at 565IU per cup.

How to Use: Best eaten raw. You can even pickle watermelon rinds. Do a search for our Slim Jims recipe in our Recipe Club.

Foods That Heal: Mangosteeen

The mangosteen plant is an evergreen tree reaching about 20- 60 ft in height. It commonly found in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines as well as in some cultivated orchards in Sri Lanka, and India, where annual precipitation and relative humidity are favorable for its growth. Unique for its appearance and flavor, mangosteen is often revered as “the queen” of tropical fruits, particularly in the South-East Asian regions. This exotic, round, purple color fruit is quite popular for its snow-white, juicy, delicious arils all over Asian countries.

Therapeutic Properties: When mangosteen hit the market, so did the word xanthones which not many people had heard of before. Xanthones are a compound found in mangosteen which have been studied for their potent anti-inflammatory properties and possible ability to treat tuberculosis and arthritis. The dried rind has been used for dysentery, diarrhea and gonorrhea, eczema and other skin problems.

Low in calories (63 calories per 100 g) and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber (100 g provides about 13% of RDA).

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Anti-oxidants, vitamin C, trace minerals, potassium and moderate amounts of B vitamins.

How to Use: The rind can be quite thick. It is usually sliced with a knife and then peeled off to get to the delicious flesh raw. Mix it with other tropical fruits such as mango, papaya or pineapples. In North America, fresh mangosteens can be found in Canada and Hawaii but they cannot legally be imported into continental United States due to concerns that they transport insects into the country, which is why you will only find them here in the form of a juice, supplement or dried.

Foods That Heal: Mangoes

A common nickname for mangoes is ‘the king of fruits’. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. For decades, mangoes have been used to soothe stomachs because they are similar to papayas and contain certain enzymes with stomach comforting properties. They are also high in fiber which eliminates constipation and stomach problems related to piles and a spastic colon, otherwise known as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

Therapeutic Properties: High in beta-carotene. Not related to Mangosteen which is a completely different plant.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients:  Vitamin A and Potassium, fiber.

Phytoestrogen: No.

How to Grow: Grown in tropical locations as a tree.

Parts Used: The fruit.

How to Use: Great to eat raw when peeled. Add to smoothies, yogurt, juice i, and it even tastes good added to some meat dishes for a Caribbean flare. There is a flat, large pit in the middle of the fruit. The best way to use mangoes is to peel them then cut the sweet flesh off of the flat pit in chunks.

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Foods That Heal: Legumes

Therapeutic Properties: High in incomplete protein and when mixed with rice makes a complete protein, iron and B vitamins. This group includes peas, lentils, beans, peanuts and soybeans. Good for diabetics because they regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. High in fiber which makes them useful for constipation, bowel troubles and to help prevent colon cancer. Peas are considered a contraceptive and will lower fertility. Soybeans are a potent plant estrogen which makes them good for postmenopausal women. Soy is said to be a complete protein, but it takes a larger quantity of soy to make up the same amount of protein as meat. Lentils neutralize acid in the body.

Acid or Alkaline: All beans are slightly acidic except lentils and snow peas.

Significant Nutrients: High in protein, fiber, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, folic acid. Peas are a very good source of B1, B2 and B6 as are green beans.

Phytoestrogen: Most beans are phytoestrogenic. Green beans are not.

How to Grow: You can grow most beans in any sunny location.

Parts Used: The bean. Some beans are good for sprouts, such as mung beans.

How to Use: To cook dried beans, soak them in cold water with a little salt added in a pot with a lid overnight. Harder beans may need to be soaked for up to 2 days. Do not add anything but water and salt to dried beans until they are softened by soaking and cooking. Anything added to dried beans before they are fully softened will cause them to remain hard.

Foods That Heal: Lemons

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Therapeutic Properties: Lemons are very good for breaking up phlegm in the throat or using as a nasal spray (see Home Remedies). Lemon is very cleansing and will act as a detoxing agent in the body. It is also reported that lemon juice can clear up age spots, but this takes months to really work. Astringent and contains antioxidants that help fight cancer.

Acid or Alkaline: Very alkaline. Most people think of lemon as being acidic, but it has an alkaline effect on the body PH.

Significant Nutrients: High in vitamin C, potassium.

Phytoestrogen: No

How to Grow: You can grow lemon in front of a sunny window in a pot in your house or in a greenhouse. Get the miniature lemon trees (Meyer lemon is one). Although, it takes about a year for a lemon to get ripe.

How to Use: Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon in many things such as drinks, or on salads. You can also make a tea by steeping a thick slice of lemon in water and adding honey and cinnamon.

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Foods That Heal: Kiwi.

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kiwi_fruitTherapeutic Properties: This fruit has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat stomach cancer and breast cancer. It is a very high source of vitamin C.

Acid or Alkaline: Very alkaline

Significant Nutrients: 1 Kiwi fruit contains 74 mg of vitamin C, more than a whole orange. Kiwi is also a very good source of potassium and fiber.

How to Use: Peel and slice. Tastes good mixed with citrus juice in a blender, eaten raw, on salads or in a smoothie.

How to Grow: Kiwi is a tropical fruit.

Foods That Heal: Grapes

grape_purpleDo you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked  and processed whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.<

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Therapeutic Properties: Red and purple grapes are the highest in antioxidants like Quercetin. Grape skin raises HDL (good) cholesterol and is antibiotic and antiviral. Grape juice can be laxative. Grapeseed oil is considered one of the most potent antioxidants on the market.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline, grape juice with sugar added is slightly acidic.

Significant Nutrients: Fairly high in potassium, iron and vitamin C. Grapeseed oil is higher in Vitamin E than olive oil.

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Foods That Heal: Gogi Berries

Do you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked  and processed whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.

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Sometimes called wolf berries, Chinese wolfberries and Tibetan goji, this little gem has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.

Therapeutic Properties: Low in calories, packed with fiber, may protect eye health, some reports suggest an increase in a feeling of happiness and overall health, improved digestion and less fatigue.
We talked about vision loss due to computer screens and the benefits of zeaxanthin to protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant in last month’s Health Circkles.. In fact, increased intake of foods containing zeathanthin may decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65. Guess what is high in zeathanthin? Gogi berries.

Goji has only been tested on humans in two published studies. A Chinese study published in the Chinese Journal of Oncology in 1994 found that 79 people with cancer responded better to treatment when goji was added to their regimen.

Acid or Alkaline: Neutral.

How to Use: You can eat them raw or soak them in hot water before munching. Others prefer adding goji berries to trail mixes, smoothies or as a garnish on cereals, salads or yogurts. Basically, goji berries can be baked, cooked, steamed, and processed in any way after they are washed.

Significant Nutrients: High in antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin C as well as zeaxanthin.

Warnings: Anyone who uses blood thinners or takes diabetic medication may have a negative reaction eating goji berries.

Foods That Heal: Eggplant (with recipe)

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eggplantTherapeutic Properties: Used in skin creams as a remedy for skin cell carcinoma. Also used as a substitute for toothpaste. Studies have shown it may also counteract the negative effects that fatty foods have on blood cholesterol. Antibacterial and a diuretic. Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, which means it should be eaten sparingly.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Eggplant is mostly water and not a source of many nutrients. It does make a good substitute for starchy foods.

How to Grow: Eggplant likes a warm climate and needs a long growing season, so it is most often grown in the Southern states. However, you can grow it in a greenhouse very successfully.

Easy Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip).

1 large eggplant
2 Tablespoons roasted sesame seeds or tsp toasted sesame oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large garlic clove
Sprinkle pepper – ground chipotle pepper is very good.

Preheat the broiler in your oven.
Prick your eggplant several times with a fork so it won’t explode in the oven, and place on a baking sheet. Put under the broil and char for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin starts to darken and blister. Use some long tongs to turn it so that each side gets charred.
Leave them in the oven, turn off the broiler and turn it to bake at 375 degrees. Let it bake for 30 minutes, or until they are very tender.
Take it out and let them cool until you can handle them comfortably.

Scoop the eggplant flesh out of the skins or peel the skin off and put the flesh into your blender. Add all of the remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth.
Add additional salt or lemon juice to taste if necessary. Garnish with some sesame seeds and parsley if desired.
Serve up with some vegetables, pita chips (bake some pita at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp!), or spread it on a sandwich… mmm!!!

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