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EthicalOil.org is asking for your help by avoid buying Chiquita Bananas and Fresh Express Salads because of their ban on ethical Canadian oil.

What can we do to help support Canadian oil?

Sign the petition http://www.ethicaloil.org/

Quit buying Chiquita bananas!

Find alternative banana companies.

Buy organic! Most grocery stores now have organic bananas that are sometimes only ten cents more per pound. (you will be giving up genetically modified, pesticides and chemicals though!)

Look for Dole banana or any other company. (Dole is the only one I can think of as a competitor)

What I really want to know is……are they genetically modified bananas? So I did some research to see if they are and I came across some more information that we need to know.

I think we might be safe for as far as genetically modified   foods although they are starting to experiment with it now. I dug up something even bigger, just what Dole doesn’t want you to see. Perhaps we should be avoiding all bananas except organic due to the pesticides that are poisoning there workers and if they are using pesticides, then we are eating pesticides. If you saw or support Food Inc, you will like Bananas, here is the trailer you can watch now: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/14/bananas-the-shocking-film_n_259692.html

Remember if you are boycotting Chiquita don’t abandon bananas all together.

We know we need bananas for their potassium but what else is in a banana?

I went to bananas.com and found some fascinating facts about bananas. I knew they were healthy for you but I didn’t know how wonderful these little specially wrapped bundles are. What a powerhouse of nutrition with may medicinal healing properties.


Nutritional benefits of one large 9 inch banana

– 602 mg of potassium

– 140 calories

– 2 grams of protein

– 4 grams of fiber

– 2 mg of sodium

– 123 I.U. Vitamin A

– full range of b vitamins

  – .07mg Thiamine

  – .15 mg of Riboflavin

  – .82 mg Niacin

  – .88 mg Vitamin B6

  – 29 mcg Folic Acid

– 13.8 mg Vitamin C

– 9.2 mg calcium

– 44.1 mg magnesium

– trace amounts of iron and zinc

Wow, that is some healthy fruit! Magnesium and potassium are two vital nutrients that we have to keep replenishing

Medicinal Healing Properties

Energy Boost – #1 food with world’s athletes, contains 3 natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. Gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Enough for a 90 minute workout

Nerves – high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system

PMS – regulates blood glucose levels which can affect your mood

Anemia – high in iron

Overweight and at work – most obese people were more likely to have high-pressure jobs. Report from Institute of Psychology in Austria report concluded that to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to snack on high
carbohydrate foods (such as bananas) every two hours to control our blood sugar levels

Depression – bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, the feel good hormone

Blood Pressure – extremely high is potassium yet low in salt; the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for it’s ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Hangovers – banana milkshake with honey

Morning sickness – eating bananas between meals can help keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness

Mosquito Bites – rub the bite with the inside of a banana skin

Brain Power – can assist learning by keeping students alert

Constipation – high in fibre, can help restore normal bowel action, forget the laxatives!

Ulcers – only raw fruit that can be eaten food that can be eaten without distress for over-chronic ulcer cases, also neutralises over-acidity and coats the lining of the stomach.

Temperature Control

Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD – natural mood enhancers, trypotophan

Quit Smoking – Vitamins C, A, B6, B12, potassium, magnesium

Stress – Potassium is a vital mineral – normalizes heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates body’s water-balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing potassium levels

Strokes – eating bananas on a regular basis cuts risk by 40% according to research from New England Journal of Medicine

Warts – tape a piece of banana skin on the wart

Heartburn -natural antacid effect

I was looking for the nutritional facts of one large banana and found:

121 calories

112 from carbohydrates

3.8 from fat 

5 from protein

0 from alcohol

On the Self nutrition data website I found it interestingly included the inflammation factor:

– a banana scores shows it is mildly inflammatory at -69

– foods with a negative rates are inflammatory and foods with a positive rate are anti-inflammatory.

Here is the petition again: 


http://www.ethicaloil.org/petition/

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Fatigue is a symptom of mild deficiency of zinc so perhaps Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue could be helped with the intake of foods containing zinc. Fatigue is a widespread

problem in the world even without chronic illness. Zinc is one of those minerals our bodies do not produce and we need to be replenished by our food intake or supplement. Zinc does so

much yet we hear so little about it. Perhaps because it got a bad wrap from the FDA but if you read the whole story “The Stink about Zinc” you will see that it was based on the topical

use of zinc in a nasal spray that they think caused a loss of smell. Zinc is vital to your well being.

http://www.jonbarron.org/immunity/bl1007029/health-blog-zinc-boost-immune-system

In the book The Healing Foods they link zinc and acne, colds and wound healing.

Zinc: The Healing Mineral

– part of certain enzymes some of which metabolize protein, carbohydrate and alcohol

– helps in making protein and building bones

– affects the senses of smell and tastes

– aids in healing wounds

Symptoms of mild deficiency are:

– poor appetite

– supoptimal growth

– reduced sense of taste and smell

– scaly skin

– delayed wound healing

– fatigue

– hair loss

– diarrhea

– reduced resistance to infection

Some have special need to zinc.

– acrodermatitis enteropathica

A number of chronic health problems may interfere with zinc nutrition, these include:

– alcoholism

– chronic infections

– inflammatory diseases

– diabetes

– kidney disease

– pancreatic disease

– psoriasis

– certain kinds of anemia

Large amounts of zinc may be lost due to

– surgery

– burns

– multiple injuries

What do we eat?

Good

1 cup cooked beans

2 slices rye bread

2 slices whole wheat bread

1/2 chicken breast

4 oz chicken meat

4 to 5 hard-shell clams

8 oz surf clams

1 cup cottage cheese

1 oz 40 Bran cereal

1 cup lentils

1 cup lima beans

1 cup lobster meat

1 cup milk

1 cup oatmeal

1 oz puffed oat cerial

1 cup peas

1 medium baked potato

1 cup brown rice

4 oz salmon

7 oz spaghetti and meatballs

1 cup spinach

1 oz shredded wheat

4 oz white turkey meat

1 tablspoon toasted wheat germ

4 oz whitefish fillet

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Better

4 oz lamb

4 oz lean pork

4 oz dark turkey meat

Best

4 oz lean beef

1 cup crabmeat

1 cup cowpeas

4 oz oysters

 

Cowpeas?? What the heck are cowpeas? : )

 

 

 

 

Great studies that are thrown on the back burner.

PubMed

Food Chem Toxicol. 2002 Aug;40(8):1113-7.

Micronutrients and genomic stability: a new

paradigm for recommended dietary allowances

(RDAs).

Fenech M.

CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition, PO Box 10041, Gouger Street, BC, SA, 5000, Adelaide, Australia. michael.fenech@hsn.csiro.au

Abstract

Diet as a key factor in determining genomic stability is more important than previously imagined because we now know that it impacts on all relevant pathways, namely exposure to dietary carcinogens, activation/detoxification of carcinogens, DNA repair, DNA synthesis and apoptosis. Current recommended dietary allowances for vitamins and minerals are based largely on the prevention of diseases of deficiency such as scurvy in the case of vitamin C. Because diseases of development, degenerative disease and aging itself are partly caused by damage to DNA it seems logical that we should focus better our attention on defining optimal requirements of key minerals and vitamins for preventing damage to both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. To date, our knowledge on optimal micronutrient levels for genomic stability is scanty and disorganised. However, there is already sufficient evidence to suggest that marginal deficiencies in folate, vitamin B12, niacin and zinc impact significantly on spontaneous chromosome damage rate. The recent data for folate and vitamin B12 in humans with respect to micronucleus formation in blood and epithelial cells provide compelling evidence of the important role of these micronutrients in maintenance of genome integrity and the need to revise current RDAs for these micronutrients based on minimisation of DNA damage. Appropriately designed in vitro studies and in vivo placebo controlled trials with dose responses using a complementary array of DNA damage biomarkers are required to define recommended dietary allowances for genomic stability. Furthermore these studies would have to be targeted to individuals with common genetic polymorphisms that alter the bioavailability of specific micronutrients and the affinity of specific key enzymes involved in DNA metabolism for their micronutrient co-factor. That there is a need for an international collaborative effort to establish RDAs for genomic stability is self-evident.

PMID: 12067572 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Article from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12067572