Binignit: A Healthy ‘Good Friday’ Snack


Good Friday is supposed to be the ultimate fasting day for Catholics. But for Filipinos, it’s - more often than not - a “binignit day”. What really is it that makes binignit a Good Friday favorite? In the Visayas and some regions of the Philippines, binignit refers to the combination of sweet potato (kamote), plantain …

Fun Facts About Sweet Potato

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For today's Fun Facts, let's turn our attention to the sweet potatoes (kamote in the Philippines). February 22 is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day in the United States. Unlike the regular potatoes which are tubers, or underground stems, sweet potatoes are roots. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fiber when eaten with the …

Why You Should Eat Bananas

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Healthy and delicious, bananas are one of the most common and popular foods worldwide. They are packed with numerous nutrients and are efficient in aiding weight loss, digestion, and heart health Eating just 2 medium-sized bananas a day will do wonders to your health. Watch this! Here's more to bananas. Incredibly inexpensive, the humble bananas …

Fun Facts About the Starchy Corn

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Here we are anew with the Fun Facts. This time, let me present to you the ubiquitous crop of the Philippines and in other parts of the world - the starchy Corn. DID YOU KNOW? Corn is an ingredient in more than 3,500 groceries, from butter to batteries. The starch in corn can be made …

Fun Facts About the Staple Squash

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DID YOU KNOW? Squash (Cucurbita maxima L.) locally known as "kalabasa" is cultivated throughout the Philippines. It is a popular vegetable among Filipinos. Its shoots, flowers and young fruits can be cooked as dinengdeng, bulanglang or sauteed with meat, fish or shrimps and mixed with other vegetables. Aside from these uses, squash fruits can also …

Fun Facts About the Tasty Tomatoes

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DID YOU KNOW? Tomato, scientifically known as Lycopersicum esculentum Miller is believed to have originated from South America and was brought by the Spaniards to Europe in the 1500s and later to the Philippines, which eventually spread throughout Asia. Tomato is an important and popular vegetable fruit grown in all parts of the Philippines. It's …

Fun Facts About the Acerbic Ampalaya


DID YOU KNOW? Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia), is known in the Philippines as "ampalaya". A tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, ampalaya is widely grown for its edible fruits and shoots, and for its nutritional and medicinal properties. For generations, the crop has been used as a folkloric cure for may non-serious conditions. …

Fun Facts About the Therapeutic Okra

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DID YOU KNOW? Okra (Hibiscus esculentus L.) is a tall growing, warm season and annual vegetable crop. It is a popular and profitable vegetable crop in the country. The young and tender fruits can be prepared as a salad, boiled, or fried and can be mixed in any meat and fish dishes. It is also …

Why Do Overweight and Obesity Happen?


REPOST: [The following content is originally published in Wall Street International magazine, of which I'm one of the regular contributing authors. I intentionally repost this to supplement my previous Mediterranean Diet article here] The Mediterranean Diet: What Makes it Effective The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded worldwide obesity at almost triple higher from what …

Raw Leafy Veggies: the Key to a Long Life

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Every other person wishes to live a long life. Do you, too?  Here's the secret that many nonagenarians and centenarians follow. Well, the key to longevity is simple. Eat healthily! Scientific research has shown that raw, leafy green vegetables, which we commonly refer to as SALAD has a strong positive association with increased longevity in …

Fun Facts About the Starchy Cassava


DID YOU KNOW? As a food ingredient, cassava root is somewhat similar to the potato to the extent that it is starchy, inedible when raw, and with a bland flavor when cooked. Indeed cassava can replace the potato in many dishes and forms - boiled, mashed, fried, baked. Cassava, unlike the potato, is a tropical …

Fun Facts About the Amazing Alugbati


DID YOU KNOW? Alugbati (Basella alba L.) is a succulent, branched, smooth, twining, herbaceous vine, reaching a length of several meters. The stems are green or purplish. The leaves are somewhat fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped, 5-12 centimeters (cm) in length, stalked, tapering to a pointed tip and heart shape at the base. Alugbati grows well …