Watermelon Benefits

Watermelon Photo provided by irum at sxc.hu- Watermelons can reduce abdominal fat buildup and heart-clogging arterial plaque

The University of Kentucky’s group of researchers has demonstrated that consumption of the juice from the watermelon fruit has noteworthy impact on the arteries-clogging plaque deposition through the alteration of the blood lipids and through the reduction of the accumulation of belly fat. Heart disease is one of the major causes of death, taking millions of lives each year. The atherosclerosis or the hardening of arteries leading to heart attack is the most common form. There are wide varieties of melon species that have been showing signs of being beneficial to the human health. Through regular consumption of watermelon, fat deposition as well as weight can be managed effectively whilst the risks associated with heart diseases is lowered.

In their experiment, the researchers used mice (with a diet-induced with high cholesterol) and were given watermelon juice along with normal diet. A control group was also set: mice being fed with typical diet and plain water. After studying for eight weeks, mice having watermelon juice in their diet had lower body weight in comparison to the control group and this decrease in weight is attributed to decrease in fat mass. Lean mass is basically equal. Still, there are important findings such as viable muscle tissue and loss of weight because abdominal body fat was lost. Continue reading

Loquat Nutrients and Health Benefits

Loquats - Loquat Fruit

Today we’ll do a little research on Loquats. Loquat is sometimes called as Chinese plum, Japanese plum, Japanese medlar, or its Binomial name is Eriobotrya japonica. Loquat is a fruit that grows on a small evergreen tree or on an large evergreen shrub. Loquat plant can sometimes grow up to 10 meters (or 33 feet) tall. Loquat leaves are dark green and have a leathery texture. When the Loquat tree flowers bloom their sweet aroma can be smelled from a good distance. Loquat fruit is sweeter when it gets softer and orange in color. According to some people Loquats have a similar taste to peaches, mango, and citrus mixed together.

Some people enjoy Loquats in fruit salads, in pies, in tarts, in jams, as jellies, in chutneys, as canned, or fresh by itself. In Chinese medicine Loquats are very popular for soothing soar throats, digestive system, and respiratory system. These fruits are often used in cough drops or syrups for medicinal purposes. The Nutrients in one cup (or 149 grams) of cubed raw Loquats are: Continue reading

Jujube Nutrients and Health Benefits

Jujube Photo Provided By Marco Schmidt at Wikipedia

In this article I’d like to introduce you to a research I did on a fruit called Jujube, binomially speaking Ziziphus zizyphus. Other names which people refer to this Jujube fruit are Jujuba, Red Date, Korean Date, Indian Date, or Chinese Date. Be advised that this is not the typical date fruit which grows on a palm tree, but if you would like to know more about those other dates, then read my older article called Dates Fruit Nutrients and Health Benefits.

The Jujube tree is considered to be a small tree even though it grows up to 10 meters (or almost 33 feet) high. It has thorny branches and it’s usually grown for shading purposes. If you expect your Jujube tree to provide lots of good fruits make sure to plant it in a hot sunny place and with sufficient water source. Continue reading

Dates Fruit Nutrients and Health Benefits

Dates Fruits.

Have ever heard of a fruit called Date? Not as time date, but Date as a name of an actual fruit. I’ve never heard of these fruits until recently some of friends and family started talking about them and even letting me try some. Their taste, look, and feel somewhat reminds me of raisins only in a tripled or quadrupled size. Dates have an elongated shape. Continue reading

Apricot Nutrients and Health Benefits

Apricot FruitI love eating fresh sweet apricots. Another reason I love apricots is because they are very healthy. Some people get confused between apricots and peaches. Apricots are smaller, less fuzzy and their kernels (or seeds) have a smooth shell. Peaches on the other hand are larger than apricots, and they have much fuzzier skin and their seeds have a really thick and veiny shell. In this article I’ll be talking mainly about apricots, but if you want to read about peaches, then go to this article called “Peaches Nutrients and Benefits“.

Binomial name of apricots is Prunus Armeniaca from the family of Rosaceae. In Russian language apricot is called Aбрикос, you can pronounce it like this Abreekoss, or something like that ;) Some people believe that apricots are native fruits of Armenia, because of its scientific name Prunus Armeniaca which means Armenian Plum. Apricot trees are pretty sensitive to big temperature changes, but the healthier trees should be able to withstand those temperatures. Continue reading

Cherry Nutrients and Health Benefits

Sweet Cherries

I ate some cherries recently and at the same time I wanted to know what kind of Nutrients they contained. For some reason I assumed that I already had an article about Cherries, but the only article I found is How to get Cherry stain off Naturally. I was very surprised to find out that I didn’t have an article posted yet about Cherries. Cherry fruit is pretty popular around the world and I try to make sure that I have every popular fruit and/or vegetable included in GenuineAid blog.

The family of a Cherry is called Rosaceae and the Genus is Prunus. There are lots of species of the cherry. My article is going to be about the sweet cherry also know as Wild cherry, Sweet cherry, Gean, or botanically speaking Prunus Avium. In America I never heard anyone call the sour and the sweet cherries with their different names. In Russian language we always called the hard sweet Cherry as Черешня – Chereshnya, and the soft sour Cherry is called Вишня – Veeshnya. Personally, I never liked the sour Cherries, they are more acidic which is why they are much more sour than the sweet Cherry. At the same time, I just remembered that there is one dish that I really like made with sour Cherry, in Russian it’s called Вареники – Vareniki. It’s like dumplings, only instead of meat inside of the boiled dough, people put cleaned out sour cherries without the pits (or seeds). Continue reading

Apples Nutrients and Health Benefits

Apple and Apple Flowers in a basket.I decided to write a new and updated article post for a typical apple fruit. The older article can be found here, it was called Apple Nutrients and Benefits. An Apple in Russian look like this Яблоко, and you would pronounce it like this Yabloko. Apple’s Binomial name is Malus Domestica from the family of Rosaceae. Apple trees can grow as high as 39 feet (or 12 meters). Apple’s seeds are called pips.

Apple fruit is extremely popular throughout the world. For instance in 2005 at least 55 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide, which value is about ten billion dollars. In 2008 the top ten apple producing countries were China, USA, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Italy, India, France, Chile, and Argentina.

Some people claim that the apple’s seeds are slightly poisonous, but on the other hand many people still eat them and claim that they are very healthy instead. As far as I know don’t overdose on apple’s seeds and you should be fine, but it’s totally up to you if you want to risk eating them. After reading and listening to people’s and scientists’ reviews on fruits’ seeds I came to conclusion that most the seeds contain Vitamin B17 (also called Laetrile or Amygdaline) which is the cure and prevention of most or all cancers. At the same time it is very easy to overdose on seeds, so just estimate how many fruits you could eat at one time and that is how much seeds should be safe for you to consume. Big medicine companies and some hospitals don’t want you to know about the Vitamin B17 because you can save lots of money by curing or preventing cancer by yourself. To find out more about Vitamin B17 read my older article called One of the Best Anti-cancers – Vitamin B17.

There are researches that suggest that apples can help reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, and Lung Cancer. At the same time apples may decrease the cholesterol levels, prevent dementia, and prevent overweight problems. The Nutrients of one medium raw apple with skin which is about 3 inches in diameter and weighs about 182 grams are: Continue reading

Pear Nutrients and Health Benefits

Pears in BasketPear fruit is pretty popular throughout the world. Its Scientific Genus name is Pyrus and there are about 30 different species. This year our Pear tree bloomed with lots of beautiful white flowers, but when I came up to smell them I was surprised. The beautiful white flowers on our pear tree smelled like crap, seriously, they smelled like poop. Another weird thing about our Pear tree is that it’s blooming and growing just fine even better than before, while our apple, apricot, and plum trees are suffering from some kind of a problem. Many people claimed that for the last two years this problem is either nation-wide in USA or even world-wide. Some say it’s because of frost and some say it’s because of the disappearance of bees. I think it’s both of those issues plus something that we probably don’t know about yet.

It’s very interesting how people prefer to eat pears at different ripening times. Some like to eat pears when they are fully ripened which is when they are very yellow, very sweet, juicy, and pretty soft. I like to eat pears when they are still green, pretty sweet, not very juicy, and pretty hard. Have you noticed how the seeds in pears taste yummier than in apples? I did… I like that the seeds are kind of sour and easy to chew, because seeds are very important for our health boost and for preventing/curing cancer. Also, as a reminder this is an updated post for my earlier Pears Nutrients and Benefits article post.

One Raw Medium Pear can contain these Nutrients: Continue reading

Coconut Meat Nutrients and Health Benefits

Coconut Meat.I recently posted an article about Coconut Oil Nutrients and Health Benefits, and now I decided to post about the white chewy part of the Coconut which is called Coconut Meat. Coconuts grow on a large palm tree called Cocos Nucifera. They can grow up to 98 feet (30 meters) high. One tall Coconut tree could produce about 75 Coconuts in one year. An old fashioned spelling of the Coconut word was Cocoanut but now it is changed to Coconut. Coconuts are popularly used for Domestic, Industrial, and Commercial purposes. If you would like to check out Coconut related products at Amazon, then just click Here. The Nutrients in one cup (or 80 grams) of Raw Shredded Coconut Meat are: Continue reading

Strawberries Nutrients and Health Benefits

StrawberriesSince I pretty much have all or most of the popular fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meats in my blog collection, I decided to update some of the very first ones. My earlier article posts weren’t as detailed, full, and interesting as newer ones. The reason for that is because I’m noticing that I got some more and some better experience in writing about the Nutrients and Health Benefits of different kinds of foods. So, this article is going to be an update of my older article post about Strawberries Nutrients and Benefits. Only I’ll give this article a little bit different title, let’s call it Strawberries Nutrients and Health Benefits.

Did you know that Strawberries are not really considered as berries? It’s because the red yummy part of the strawberry is called a Receptacle. Botanically speaking, Receptacle is the thick part of a stem from which flower’s organs grow, but in the strawberries the Receptacle gives the rise to the red edible part. The seeds of the Strawberry are called Achenes. Achenes are a type of a simple dry fruit. In other words, Strawberries are considered as an Aggregate Accessory Fruit. Continue reading