Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Avocados, a treasure trove of nutrients.

Some of our fruit and vegetable growers have been badly affected by recent natural disasters like floods and cyclones. Our farmers are the backbone of our nation and we have to support them whenever we can and buy Australian produce.

Shepard avocados are now in season and Australian avocado growers are urging consumers to try this fantastic variety while it’s still in stores. Shepard avocados are a delicious, buttery, green-skinned avocado variety available only between the months of February and April.

Many consumers may only be familiar with Hass avocados. Hass avocados are a wonderfully versatile variety available year-round that changes from a green to a dark purple colour as it ripens.

Shepard avocados will keep their green colour even when the fruit is ripe and ready to eat. Shepard avocados are ideal for entertaining; the flesh won't go brown when cut which makes them perfect for salads and dips. You can also spread avocado liberally on your breakfast toast, add them to your sandwich at lunchtime or mix them into pasta for dinner. - Werner

Avocado, Nutrition Information and Facts.
Lower your cholesterol level and increase your immune system with luscious avocado.

to set the record straight, the plural of avocado is avocados, not avocadoes as one sees this oftentimes.
The avocado is also called the 'alligator pear' because of the colour and texture of the leather-like skin. Depending on the variety, avocados can weigh anything from 8 ounces to 3 pounds!

The avocado flesh is hard when harvested and takes about six to nine days to ripen and soften to a buttery texture. It tastes like a cross between a hard-boiled egg yolk and butter.
Like banana, the density of avocado flesh is filling and acts as a digestible slow-burning fuel, providing energy for growing children.

Because of its high carbohydrates and protein content, mashed avocado is the perfect nourishing food for babies who are beginning to take solids.
Nutritional Benefits Next to the olive, the avocado is the second fruit with the highest monounsaturated fatty acids content at 20%.

This amounts to almost twenty times that of any other fruit.
Weight-watchers often stay away from avocados specifically because of the fats content of the fruit. But that's a myth. The monounsaturated fats and the wholesome nutrition helps the basal metabolic rate, and reduce overeating. A majority of the fats content is the health-promoting monounsaturated fats, followed by smaller amounts of polyunsaturated and saturated fats.

The potassium content and calories of an avocado is three times that of a banana. Other essential minerals are iron and copper for the blood, phosphorus and magnesium.
The sodium content in avocados and its low sugar content and absence of starch make it an ideal fruit for diabetics and hypoglycemics. It is also one of the richest source of fibre among all fruits and vegetables. Packed with vitamins A, several B-complex, especially B3 (folic acid), powerful anti-oxidants like vitamins C and E, calcium, iron, potassium, etc.

Avocado is a fruit that is often avoided because of its high fats content. Together with that perception, the numerous health benefits are also overlooked. It's time we take a good look at the healing virtues of this fruit:
To read the full story and the Health Benefits, click here and scroll down.

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My thought for today: - Werner
The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil

Thursday, March 10, 2011

When Green Energy is not so Green.

The Green agenda in Australia is to abolish coal fired power stations and replace them with alternatives like wind turbines, and I refer you to one of my recent postings of 18.2.1012 “Is wind power just a lot of hot air?”

While wind power might be clean energy, to achieve this however is not so clean, and it produces extraordinary pollution in China, which manufactures 97% of the world’s rare earth metals that are used in wind turbines. Each large wind turbine contains 300kg of rare earth magnets. There’s also 30kg of rare earths in a Toyota Prius.

This is something the Greens avoid talking about; they don’t mind if another country gets messed up, as long as they can get wind power.

There are 17 “rare earth metals” which usually occur together and once mined have to be separated. It is used in the manufacture of the most powerful magnets in the world. These in turn are components in such things as hi-fi speakers, hard drives and lasers, but only after the rise of alternative energy solutions has it really come to prominence in hybrid cars and wind turbines. A direct drive permanent-magnet generator would use 4,400lb (2 tons) of neodymium-based permanent magnet material. The wind-turbine industry relies on neodymium, which also has a catastrophic environmental impact, and creates a dilemma for environmentalists who want to see the growth of the industry. We have to recognise the environmental destruction that is being caused while making these wind turbines.

What all this means is “clean” power for some – and utter pollution and misery for others. Click here to read: “In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment; pollution on a disastrous scale.

And since pollution is mentioned, let’s look at a pollutant that is forced on us by our state governments – fluoride in our drinking water. Click here, to watch an eye opening Australian documentary that exposes the fraud of water fluoridation in this country. This is a superb documentary and the reason for that is because it tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; something our state governments deliberately avoid telling you. – Werner

PS. The Firewater YouTube documentary is set to be watched in sections, which is great. So, you can easily get back to the section you have not watched when you have time.

A thought for today: Werner
I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think. Socrates

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Australia was once called the lucky country, but our politicians are stuffing it up.

Where are we heading in this country? We have politicians in Australia who blatantly lie just to win an election and become the government. After they achieve this objective, we, the voters become irrelevant. They make laws surreptitiously and we only become aware of them if or when they affect us personally.

For good measure they poison our water with fluoride, in other words, forced mass medication. Put a bit more fluoride in and we will not notice anything what they are doing to us.

Now, they propose that Australia bans 1000s of plants including national flowers. Have our politicians gone mad? If this law doesn’t ring alarm bells with the Australian community, nothing will. There is something seriously wrong with our political system, it badly needs an overhaul. It is manifestly clear that our politicians are just there for the power, the glory and the perks and to hell with the people who voted them in. If we let them get away with this legislation, we deserve what we get.

Click on this link to see what is going on.

And, the Carbon tax that the federal government wants to impose on us. We are exporting coal to India and China. They, and the USA are full steam ahead with coal fired power stations to produce electricity. However, those countries do not pay a carbon price; yet, we will be lumbered with one if Gillard has her way. What a double standard. Click here, to hear what our Prime Minister had to say before the election.

I would like to refer my readers back to an earlier post by Terence Cardwell, who has spent 25 years in the Electricity Commission of NSW, working, commissioning and operating the various power units. His last was the 4 X 350 MW Munmorah Power Station near Newcastle. This is a person who knows what he is talking about.

Here is an excerpt. “The very slight amount exiting the stack is moist, as in condensation and CO2. There is virtually no fly ash because this is removed by the precipitators or bagging plant that are 99.98% efficient. The 4% of energy lost is heat through boiler wall convection.

Please re-visit this posting by clicking here, and then tell Gillard what you think about the carbon tax. - Werner

My thought for today: - Werner
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. - John Powell