Loose Ends

by Cate on June 15, 2006

Whew! Now that I’ve gotten past THREE round-ups in a row, we can chat about some of the other stuff that has been going on.

First off, if you were a fan of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell Kitchen last year, the second season premiered last night, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. If last night’s two-hour opener was any indication, he’s off with a bang!

Next, I’ve recently joined another site as a Contributing Writer, Vagablond. The site covers all topics relating to food, wine and travel; check it out when you get a chance. You can see my first post here, all about the best donuts in the US.

I also started writing for The Spirit World, which is part of the Well Fed Network that is home to Paper Palate, the site that I write for and am Editor of. You can read my first piece for The Spirit World here.

And lastly, a co-worker recently sent me some very convincing facts on why we should all be eating a banana a day; I know since reading the info, I have!

OK folks, all for tonight. Tune in tomorrow for my weekly Rediscovering My Library and New (to Me) Blogger on the Block segments. Until then…

A year ago today … burned dinner.

The Scoop About A Banana . . . Who Knew???
After reading this, you’ll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Containing three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Anemia:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Heartburn:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Smoking:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress:
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes:
According to research in “The New England Journal of Medicine,” eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

So maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say,
“A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

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Nila June 15, 2006 at 4:40 am

Hi Cate,
Nice post about the banana. Thanks for the nice intro in ARF-tuesday event. I am honoured. :-)

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Dianne June 15, 2006 at 6:15 am

Aaaargh! Just read this post about bananas, geeze its really hit a nerve. I’m currently suffering badly from work and family related stress … just off to the shops to buy some bananas

Thanks for posting this

:)

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Ellie June 15, 2006 at 10:10 am

Whilst I adore the flavour of bananas, the texture often puts me off eating them straight – however, after reading your banana fact file, methinks I need more bananas in my life. Smoothies, anyone?

Also, fun fact – did you know that bananas can be split into perfect thirds? Not entirely hygenic, but press your finger gently into the top till it begins to split, then gently pull it apart, a third at a time ;)

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Pamela June 15, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Brilliant post!! Consider yourself linked to (hope you don’t mind)

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Janet (fondofsnape@gmail.com) June 15, 2006 at 4:32 pm

I’m not sure how I ended up on your blog, but after clicking on about 10 links in your entries, I really think I need to add you to my bloglinks LOL! Great blog!!!

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Janet (fondofsnape@gmail.com) June 15, 2006 at 4:33 pm

I’m not sure how I ended up on your blog, but after clicking on about 10 links in your entries, I really think I need to add you to my bloglinks LOL! Great blog!!!

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JerseyTjej June 15, 2006 at 8:58 pm

I LoVE Gordon Ramsey! We won’t see part 2 till september…Can you You Tube the show?

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Madeline June 15, 2006 at 10:18 pm

It is good to know that someone else is addicted to Hell’s Kitchen. If you get BBC America, you gotta check out Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. It’s a great show where he goes around and tries to save failing restaurants (and yells at the chef and staff a lot).

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Cate June 16, 2006 at 1:57 am

Nila – No problem at all – glad you could join in the fun.

Dianne – thanks for dropping by. Hang in there!

Ellie – smoothies sound like a perfect way to go. :)

Pamela – thanks, totally honored!

Janet – glad you dropped by. :0)

Jersey – Isn’t he great? The Simon Cowell of food, I suppose. ;)

Madeline – I watched Nightmares last year. I tried, but I just couldn’t get into it as much.

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