FOOD IS MEDICINE
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Wheatgrass aptly qualifies to this Hippocratic thought. It contains chlorophyll, a nutrient in plants that allows light to be transferred into energy. Research and several well-informed articles state that chlorophyll is very similar to hemoglobin, the substance that helps carry oxygen in the blood and nutrients in the rest of the body. In the human body, chlorophyll seems to be exercising a similar affect help maintain blood sugar levels.
“Wheatgrass (from Wikipedia) is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. Many consume this either as a juice or powder concentrate.”
The nutritional content of wheatgrass is equivalent to that of fresh vegetables, and it carries minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that can reduce inflammation and detoxify the liver. Wheatgrass powder can also lower blood pressure by expanding the blood pathways in the body.
Wheatgrass is consumed for its antioxidant properties. It seems to prevent damages caused by free radicals to the cells of the body. Perhaps made possible by the large amounts of beta-carotene in wheatgrass, which protect the cells from damages of free radicals. When toxins get accumulated in our body due to many factors related to modern lifestyle such as heavy metals / pesticides / chemical residue in fruits & vegetables, food additives, coloring, all kind of pollution, etc. they in turn contribute to the increase of free radicals in our bodies, which studies have shown, could cause cancer and chronic degenerative diseases.
HEARD OF SATTU ATTA?
This is a unique flour, which is a mixture of ground pulses and cereals. It is used as both a main ingredient and a secondary one. Many households use this Atta to make porridge or combine sattu atta with fruit slices, milk and sugar, Sattu has its origins in Bihar.
Typical pulses used include chickpeas (gram), pigeon peas (arahar), green peas (matar), grass peas (khesari), horse gram (kurthi). Cereals may include corn (makai), barley (jo) and sometimes even the legume of soya beans.
Sattu is a perfect blend of balanced nutrients and is prepared by one of the healthiest cooking methods-roasting. In this method, the nutrient value is retained and the shelf life of the ingredients is increased. Its high fibre content makes it healthy for the intestines. Having a low glycemic index, it is good for diabetics as well.
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HAY, CRIBS AND WEE
How do farmers protect their grain from rot and rain? More so in today’s times when storage is important to also realize the best price. We bring you some vignettes – closer home from Krishna District and further from Africa and Sri Lanka. Tradition never dies out. It can only get stronger. At least that is what we believe being organic is all about.
From FAO.org some traditional grain cribs which protect the grains from rot, rodents and rain.
From Sri Lanka a Wee Bisa Paddy Storage.
This device made out of rattan skeleton and clay was the old method of preserving paddy after harvest from the fields. Picture taken by Philip Veerasingam on the road to Kegalle from Avissawella.
And in Krishna District
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