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Taking Beverages At Temperatures Above 65°C May Cause Cancer – UN

Drinking very hot beverages “probably” causes cancer of the oesophagus, the UN’s cancer agency said on Wednesday, while lifting suspicion from coffee if consumed at “normal serving temperatures”.

The agency reviewed more than 1,000 scientific studies on the possible cancer-causing properties of coffee and the popular South American herbal infusion mate. Both had been classified as “possibly cancerogenic to humans” since 1991, when the last evaluation was conducted. Evidence gathered since then suggested that neither drink could be linked to a higher cancer risk.

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However, there was some evidence that drinking these and other beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Fahrenheit) may cause cancer of the gullet. Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said:

“These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible.” 

Studies in places such as China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and South America, where tea or mate is traditionally drunk very hot (at about 70 C) found that the risk of oesophageal cancer increased with the temperature at which the beverage was drunk. “Drinking very hot beverages at above 65 C was classified as ‘probably’ carcinogenic to humans.”  IARC added.

The studies took into account factors that could have skewed assessment of the cancer risk, such alcohol and tobacco use.

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A recent research carried out by a team of scientists from four countries led by a New Zealand expert has revealed that a cup of coffee can revive the eyes as well as the muscles, after physical exercise. The team of scientists found the first scientific evidence that proves that rapid eye movements slow down when the body is fatigued.

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Health Benefits Of African Bush Mango Seed (Ogbono) You Should Know

African Bush Mango Seed popularly known as Ogbono has its botanical name as Irvingia gabonensis and is also called wild African mango or bush mango. The Igbo people of Nigeria call it Ogbono and Yoruba people call it Apon.

Ogbono which is called “Apon” by the Yoruba people of Nigeria is indigenous to the humid forest zone from the northern part of Angola, including Congo, DR Congo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and south-western Uganda but is planted in parts  of  southern Cameroon, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

The tree which is present in the tropical wet and dry climate zone grows naturally in canopied jungle, gallery forests and semi-deciduous forests and produces edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat and protein-rich nuts.

ogbono tree

The fruits can be eaten fresh, processed into jelly, jam, juice and sometimes even wine. The pulp has also been used to prepare black dye for cloth coloration. Compared to the seed, the fruit is only a tiny resource.

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The seed, which is the Ogbono nut can also be eaten raw or roasted but they are mostly pounded into butter or a chocolate-like block. Ogbono seeds can be pressed to produce an edible oil or margarine which is used for cooking.

The oil can also be processed further into soap, cosmetics or pharmaceuticals. The pressed cake can be used as cattle feed or grounded/crushed and used as thickening and flavouring agent in soups and stews.

ogbono seed

In Nigeria, the seed is popular for making soup. Ogbono soup also known as Draw soup because of its slippery nature helps the lumps of solid food slide down the throat to the stomach.

While some people like their Ogbono soup plain, with no added vegetables, others prefer it with some vegetable in it. A third group love their Ogbono soup with Okra, while some people would add Egusi to it.

Several research and studies have shown that ogbono Seed or kernels contains about 18 amino acids and that it is a good . of nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and iron.

Further research revealed that the fibre content of the seed improves bowel function and aids detoxification pathways.

The Research also showed that the seeds have beneficial effects on diabetes and obesity as well as in lowering cholesterol, and increasing antioxidant and gastrointestinal activity.

ogbono soup

According to the research, consuming ogbono would help with the following:

Aids Weight Loss:

Ogbono aids weight loss by increasing the levels of leptin in the body, a hormone that reduces appetite and by inhibiting an enzyme called glycerol­3­phosphate dehydrogenase, which reduces the amount of blood sugar converted to fat.

Reduces Cholesterol Level:
Due to its contents, ogbono is not only good for weight loss, it may also serve as a great food to help control diabetes and ward off high cholesterol and the development of atherosclerosis.

Helps In Body Building:

Ogbono seed is also rich in protein which is good for body building. As earlier mentioned, the seed contains vitamins and minerals which are good for the body. It contains thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. The approximate fatty acid composition is myristic acid 33-70 per cent, laureic acid 20-59 per cent, oleic acid 1-11 per cent, palmitic acid 2 per cent and stearic acid 1 per cent. The contained amino acids are reasonably balanced for human nutrition. Since lysine, tryptophan, valine, threonine, isoleucine and phenylalanine have high concentrations in the seed, first limiting amino acids are methionine and cysteine.

So when next you are eating your Ogbono soup, just know you are eating yourself into good health. And for those who don’t eat ogbono, well, you are missing out…

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Historical Facts About Bread You Didn’t Know

How much do you know about bread? I bet these interesting facts about will amaze you, check them out.

Bread is the most widely consumed food in the world, not only because it is an important . of carbohydrates, but because it is also portable and compact. This explains why it has been an integral part of the world’s diet for thousands of years. In fact, recent scholarship suggests humans started baking bread at least 30,000 years ago.

The earliest breads were more like porridges and flat cakes. Grains were mashed with water or milk and were eaten either raw or cooked, providing nutrition and sustenance. The porridge became thicker and more paste-like, and eventually this paste was cooked either on a hot rock or in an early subterranean oven, creating a more mobile product. Twenty-first-century descendants of those earliest breads include Middle Eastern pita bread, Indian naan, and pizza.

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Bread has a very long history, and was originally made without yeast, resulting in relatively flat breads, although yeast was used as early as 4000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Thus, flat breads dates back to Ancient Egypt and were first baked from the crushed grains. Experts believe the first grinding stone was invented by the Egyptians around 8000 B.C.

flat brad

The first leavened breads were invented nearly seven thousand years after flatbreads were introduced into the diet

In ancient Egypt, bread was a form of currency used interchangeably with money. In fact, it was so important to ancient Egyptians that loaves were often placed in tombs for the deceased to take to the afterlife.

The first bread-maker was invented by freed Roman slave, Marcus Virgilius Euryasaces in the first century. . a donkey or horse walking in circles, it kneaded dough in a basin.

Otto Rohwedder invented sliced bread in 1928, after working on it for 16 years. Many thought it was a passing fad, assuming the bread would go stale faster than un-sliced bread.

The name sandwich came from the Earl of Sandwich who gave his name to the sandwich way back in the 1700s.

sandwich

Across nearly every race, country and religion, bread is seen as a peace offering, and is used in countless religious ceremonies.

Ancient Greeks were already producing more than 80 types of bread by 2500 B.C.

It has been proven that it is one of the healthiest parts of the bread is the crust, because it contains dietary fibre and antioxidants that can help prevent cancer.

Also See: Why Chicken Skin Is Not Bad For Consumption




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African Salad recipe update with Video

African Salad

  In my last post, I provided some ingredients and asked you to guess what the next recipe will be.
 One person was very close, and said ”Ukpaka sauce”(recipe coming soon), but I got some correct answers too and for those who got it right… here’s a cute thumb up for you. 

Anyway, today’s post is only an update on this Abacha and Ukpaka/Ugba recipe(African Salad) we have on the website.

 I made some thoughtful corrections based on my new cooking experience and also added our customary step by step video, to put you through and make your cooking more delightful
+++video recipe right below+++

Here’s a link to the full recipe, hope you enjoy and please don’t forget to leave your feedback on the recipe page.

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