Interesting Facts About 10 Awesome Foods

banana slices
White liquid in glass? Coconut milk 🙂

1) Bananas…

…are actually berries of an herb. They contain the amino acid tryptophan which produces serotonin, which alleviates mental depression. Bananas regulate blood sugar, strengthen immunity. They contain vitamin B6 and a bit of iron. Their high potassium content lowers blood pressure, protects heart/arterial health. The commercial Cavendish banana is a cloned crop, susceptible to being wiped out.

banana trees

cherries

2) Cherries…

…belong to the rose family and are mainly grown in Turkey and the USA. Red cherries contain melatonin which fights against toxins and regulates the rhythmic patterns of the body. They also have high levels of antioxidants which benefits our bodies. Tart cherries relieve pain, are anti-inflammatory, effective in treating gout.

cherry-treecherry tree closeup

broccoli roasted

3) Broccoli…

…(a cabbage) isn’t only good because of its greenness and its vitamin K, but also for lots of vitamins A and C, and for its containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. California grows 90% of the broccoli consumed in the USA, but China produces much more, as it’s a main staple of the diet in China.

broccoli picked broccoli extreme close

carrots from ground

4) Carrots…

…contain lots of beta-carotene and fiber; our bodies turn beta-carotene into vitamin A. Beta carotene is important for eyesight, skin, bones, teeth, and normal growth. Carrots also have vitamins C and B6, potassium, folate, calcium and magnesium. Carrots are primarily grown in the USA state of Washington.

Carrots grilled

eggplant basket

5) Eggplant…

…is in the nightshade family with the tomato and potato, not to be confused with deadly nightshade or belladonna. It’s 93% water, but has lots of fiber and traces of many vitamins & minerals, and benefits heart health. The phenolic content in its dark skin makes it a top 10 anti-oxidant (anti-cancer) vegetable.

eggplant grilledeggplant on tree closeup

tomatoes cluster

6) Tomatoes…

…are a fruit, classified by the government as vegetable for taxation. Tomatoes are great for heart health. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They help with blood sugar, and are alkaline, so they counteract “acidosis.” They have vitamin C, lycopene, beta-carotene (vit. A). China and the USA (mainly Florida) are major tomato growers. Tomato leaves are toxic, but tomatoes not.

tomato bushestomatoes sliced

almonds closeup

7) Almonds…

…(a stone fruit, peach family) are a rare alkaline-forming protein, improving bone health, immune function, energy, and body weight. They’re great for arterial and heart health. They regulate blood sugar & insulin. Their calcium builds strong bones & teeth; riboflavin & L-carnitine boost brain health. Most almonds are grown (unfortunately pasteurized or irradiated) in the USA.

almonds in shell almond tree

avocado halves

8) Avocados…

…are a highly nutritive fruit containing vitamins E, K, C, B6, etc., as well as fiber, potassium, and good (anti-inflammatory) fat. They only ripen once off the tree; the tree preserves them. They’re picked by hand using a pole with a clipper and pouch. The Hass avocado tree was discovered in the backyard of a mailman named Rudolph Hass in La Habra Heights, California in the 1930s.

avocado tree avocado sliced

Strawberry

9) Strawberries…

…(rose family) preferably should be organic as they’re absorbent. They have vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium; also high in nitrite which increases blood & oxygen flow to muscles. California produces about 80% of strawberries in the USA. Rinsing them speeds up spoiling, so rinse when ready to eat. Not a true berry but in their own class, as berries have seeds on the inside, not outside.

Strawberry farm Chiangmai ThailandStrawberries

figs

10) Figs…

…are among the world’s healthiest and most delicious of foods. California grows most of the USA’s figs. By volume figs have the same calcium content as milk, but fig calcium is better absorbed. Fig trees have no flowers because the tiny blossoms are inside the fruit, producing those crunchy seeds. Figs’ impressive amounts of fiber and potassium also benefit our health.

fig-tree figs-growing-on-the-tree

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