Turmeric and me: now a constant company


To a certain extent, I differ from Dr. Morton Tavel’s view on food supplements. For there are plants and herbs that may not have been proven scientifically but are efficacious and safe. In his book, Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks, Dr. Tavel says that “dietary supplements may not claim to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or …

Coconut milk: an effective remedy for constipation?

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A cup of coconut milk may be all that it takes to solve constipation. This home remedy acts fast to relieve your discomfort. And it’s healthy, too. At some points in our lives and for some reasons, we experience constipation. And it is, indeed, inconvenient, while you’re at it. I should know because I did …

Kamote: a “poor man’s diet”?


Sweet potato, or kamote (camote) in the Philippines, may be considered the "poor man's diet" in developing nations because it is the cheapest and readily available staples among many poor farmers.  But little do many of us know - including me, of course - that kamote is very rich in vitamins and minerals. Our body has its …

Misa de Aguinaldo: what do you wish for?


Tomorrow, December 16, starts the official observance of Christmas season, which will last until the Epiphany, or during the commemoration of the Magi's visit to the Child Jesus. In the Philippines, the celebration commences with Misa de Aguinaldo or Simbang Gabi, a reverential nine-dawn Masses practiced by both the Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in deference to …

Bananacue: an all-time best selling street food


It’s merienda time! Time for bananacue! An all-time best selling street food in the Philippines, bananacue is made of deep fried banana coated in caramelized brown sugar.  It is usually skewered on bamboo stick when sold, for the convenience in handling and eating. It is not cooked on the skewer. Bananacue is a favorite mid-afternoon snack for many …

Health benefits of coconut water


In my previous post, Coco toyo: condiment from coconut water I shared how coconut water, one of the purest liquids known to man, can be made into a healthy substitute for chemically-enhanced soy sauce. Now, let me share with you the other benefits derived from coconut water. Refreshing drink.  Aside from being the best drink to …

Coco toyo: a soy-free sauce from coconut water

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Soy sauce is one of the most important food ingredients in Southeast Asia. But what if a soy-free sauce is made to substitute the traditional soybean-based condiment? Will its consumers welcome it? There’s this episode of an agriculture-oriented TV program in the Philippines that I can’t seem to take off my mind. It’s about a …

Why is the pineapple called a super food?

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When it comes to superfood, think of pineapple! It's loaded with tons of health benefits including an immune system booster. That's what makes the fresh pineapple fruit a super superfood! I emphasize on ‘fresh’ because the facts don’t necessarily apply to the canned pineapples.  Scientifically known as Ananas comosus, pineapples are tropical plants. They commonly …