“Remman”… Pomegranate Overview, Health Benefits and Nutrient Content…

Overview

Pomegranate is a tree (like a shrub) that produces a round brownish to dark colored fruits. The fruit contains small pink seeds covered with a juicy watery layer. Pomegranate grows in several varieties that range between sweet and sour. During processing the inner seeds are pressed and the juice is used to either produce juices, syrups such as the grenadine, jam or boiled and reduced to produce molasses.

Pomegranate juice is usually consumed with fish, turkey, meats (ex. Turkish kabab), and also included in iced tea products. Pomegranate molasses is widely used in salad dressing, marinades and sauces ex. fattouch, chicken liver, sausages, wings etc. Grenadine syrup is consumed as a cold drink or used in cocktails; some also use it in several recipes such as the Duck Recipes ex. Goose Liver with caramelized pears or apples, cinnamon and grenadine sauce).

It’s used to enhance the flavour, give a pinkish color to the food and to improve appetite.

Health Benefits

Pomegranates provide antioxidant (punicalagins) and anti-inflammatory protection (for sore throat), support healthy cholesterol levels, and help maintain a healthy blood pressure levels, thus improves the health of the arteries.

Moreover, it improves hormonal imbalances and hormonal shifts specifically during menopause, used in curing anemia (antioxidants and iron content).It also contains anti-aging components that nourish the skin and antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

Several studies were also done on the health benefits of pomegranate, several have shown a positive relationship with respect to cancer (prostate), infant brain health, colds and kidney disease.

Nutrient Content

Pomegranate is a rich source of antioxidants and a good source of vitamin B (riboflavin, thiamin and niacin), vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus.

Children… Eczema… and Diet

Yesterday night I received an email from “Eggplant”…

“Eggplant”

Dear Blue Strawberry…
Hope this email finds you well…
I have two children and they both have eczema…
Do you have any food/nutrition recommendations related to eczema???
I’m a bit worried…

“Blue Strawberry”

Well… first I need to know if your children have any food allergies… however for now it’s good to know that…

Most children with eczema do not have any reactions to food. Though, in some children, food allergies
may prompt some skin reactions.

The diet for eczema varies depending on the sensitivity of the child towards certain foods.
For example, milk may prompt eczema in some children, while it is safe for other children.
Thus, the diets vary from one child to another.

For me to plan a food related eczema diet, the first important step, is to identify the type
of foods that might affect the eczema.

I’ll give you a list of items that MIGHT trigger some reactions:

Milk and dairy product: Milk, cheeses, yogurt, chocolate that contains cow’s milk…
Wheat based products and cereals: Bread, crackers, donuts, pancakes, barley, oats and rye…
Nuts: Peanuts, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios…
Seafood: Shellfish, salmon, tuna, lobster, mussels, crabs…
Acidic fruits: Orange, lemon, strawberries, plumps, blueberries, prunes and tomatoes…
Eggs and soy products
Food colorings and food additives: Sodium benzoate, glutamate, tartrazine…

I can’t surely detect what is relevant to your children; nevertheless I insist that you get back
to your children doctor… and upon the doctor’s prescriptions, tests etc… we can move forward to the next step…

One Sweet Summer Afternoon…… How about “Breastfeeding”…..

While I was sitting in my garden… enjoying the sweet afternoon on the seesaw… I received a phone call from a friend…

Blue Strawberry what’s up??? I need a favor… can you write a 300 word assay on a topic in your field that can be transformed into a workshop or something??? Several topics came up… Here it goes…How about “Breastfeeding”???

How to provide a Healthy Diet to your Infant from Birth to 12 months of age…

Nutrition care is essential for promoting health, growth, and development of a healthy infant.

To begin with, mothers should be aware that during the first year of life, the organ system of the infant is not yet fully mature thus; the capacity of the digestive system to metabolize and excrete foods is not completely developed. As a result, the infant is supposed to be supplied with the sufficient energy and macronutrients that promote optimal growth on condition the amounts do not exceed the infant’s digestive capacity.

Furthermore, during the first 6 month of life the only diet allowed is exclusive breastfeeding; where the infant is fed every 1.5 to 3hrs; 20 to 30 minutes on each breast. Water supplementation is unnecessary at this stage because mother’s milk water content is sufficient.

After the age of 6 month, age appropriate foods can be introduced with the continuation of breastfeeding. Vegetables are initially introduced followed by, fruits then by meats. Fish, wheat products and eggs are recommended after the age of 1.

Moreover, the mother ought to be informed that some dietary products causes colic (coffee), gases (onions, garlic, cauliflower, beans etc.), and altered mother’s milk taste and smell (spices, onions and garlic) if introduced in her diet within the period of breastfeeding.

Finally, after the age of 12 months the infant must be consuming a well balanced diet containing a variety of food items consisting of all food groups from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats with the maintenance of breastfeeding up to the age of 2 years.

So don’t forget… “Breast is Best”….

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