Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Carrot Can Be Natural Food Preservative

Three students of Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, State University of Yogyakarta utilize carrot extracts (Daucus carota) as an alternative to meatballs natural preservative.

"Carrots contain beta-carotene are antioxidants that prevent or inhibit fermentation, acidification or other decomposition of food caused by microorganisms," said one student Ardi in Yogyakarta on Monday.

According to her preservation by adding carrot extract also adds nutrients in foods that are healthier for consumption.

"Research on the use of carrot extract as a natural preservative meatballs we do with the extract to obtain the compound beta-carotene from carrot extract," he said.

He said the extract was expected to be an antioxidant that meatballs can be durable. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant compound on the meatballs to prevent and inhibit rancidity caused by air and microorganisms.

"The first stage in the research is a preparation of samples to be used. Carrot extract is made by blending carrots and squeezed," he said.

According to him the next extract is used for making meatballs. Once the meatballs so then tested in the laboratory peroxide numbers.

"From laboratory tests obtained when optimum preservation meatballs was on the fourth day," he said.

He said the meatballs into your favorite foods all walks of society, but the knowledge about the meatballs are safe and good to eat is still lacking.

This was evidenced by still many meatballs that contain borax and formaldehyde in the market and still be consumed. Though formalin and borax have impacts that are not good for health.

"Formaldehyde is not fit for use as an additive in foods and is classified as hazardous or toxic compounds," he said.

According to him meatballs contains high protein, with a high water content and acidity neutral so vulnerable to damage. Durable power meatball maximum one day at room temperature.

"That is the reason for the seller to take a shortcut by adding formalin to preserve meatballs. Formalin to extend the meatballs can last for three days, while a wet noodle up to five days," he said.

Two other students who participate in conducting these studies is Ari Purnomo and Herlinda Kusuma Wadani.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chicken Soup to Treat Colds

According to one study, chicken soup can make you comfortable while you are not feeling well or colds.

Research published by the American Journal of Therapeutics these shows, which is a component of carnosine in chicken soup, can help the immune system to fight the symptoms of influenza.

But the benefits of chicken soup will be reduced when the soup is ingested in the body so it needs regular consumption of chicken soup to make the body back in shape.

Another study in Miami, USA, also concluded the benefits and effects of chicken soup more than the placebo.

In addition, as reported by the Daily Mail, University of Nebraska researchers found the combination of vegetables and herbs in chicken soup can help expedite the respiratory system.

Chicken soup using garlic and onions as a condiment, as well organosulfida contains vitamin D, which stimulates the production of immune cells called macrophages.

Meanwhile, vitamin A and carotenoids in carrots helps the production of antibodies, while vitamin E and zinc influence on the concentration of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Another reason to eat chicken soup is because all the nutrients in chicken soup more easily absorbed by the body than nutrients in solid shape.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Super 7 Benefits of Garlic

If you always get rid of sliced ​​garlic in your dish, it looks like it should be eliminated. The reason, not just to add flavor and aroma of cooking, but also provide many health benefits. Include the following:

1. Against bacteria and viruses. By eating two garlic suing once a day, will assist you in maintaining a healthy body, especially in the fight against bacteria and viruses, such as coughs and colds.

2. The content contained in the antibacterial garlic also helps in removing stubborn acne. How, you simply slice a clove of garlic, then spread to the face with acne. Your recipe can also be used to remove the scar that has dried up.

3. If you love to eat organic vegetables, water, garlic juice can also be an alternative as a natural pesticide.

4. Garlic has the ability to prevent the formation of cholesterol gallstones by increasing the metabolism of cholesterol.

5. Garlic is known to benefit the cardiovascular system, by reducing blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. Thus it reduces the risk of hypertension and heart attack.

6. Content allium is a compound that makes garlic smell out of favor. But that case, the compound is actually able to prevent osteoporosis.

7. Garlic provides essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, B, C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. Materials that act as enzymes to increase metabolism.

How to use. To maximize the benefits contained in garlic, should not be eaten raw, as they may interfere with the stomach. Therefore, it is recommended that first garlic stewed, fried, or roasted before eating. For added flavor, you should let stand about 10 minutes before processing.