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The nutritive, medicinal and diuretic properties of Pumpkin flour


When fall arrives so does pumpkin season.  With so many people looking for avoiding gluten and looking for wheat substitutes, there is a new candidate – pumpkin flour.

Ancient Food Habits included Whole Grain. Yet, a gluten - free diet and other life style changes in modern day may keep many free of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Arthritis. Copyright 2013 (c) Pursue Natural

Ancient Food Habits included Whole Grain. Yet, a gluten – free diet and other life style changes in modern day may keep many free of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Arthritis. Copyright 2013 (c) Pursue Natural

Physiochemical characteristics of pumpkin flour
Fresh pumpkin is rather popular all around the world. Pumpkin pie is a staple in a Thanksgiving meal. Pumpkin spice latte is a fall treat in coffee shops. Pumpkin is added to soups and curries, and their young flowers dipped and fried around the world.  This vegetable is highly valued because it is so easy to grow and produce, and has a high nutritive value.

A delicious Pumpkin Pie - An American Tradition

A delicious Pumpkin Pie – An American Tradition

Nutrition value
Pumpkins are rich in carotene, minerals, vitamins, pectin, and dietary fiber.

Medicinal value
They are diuretic, tonic and calm thirst. Because they are diuretic do not overeat. You may also want to read “Pumpkin is mildly diuretic – so eat in moderation“. The yellow – orange characteristic color is due to the presence of carotenoids. They can be converted in the body to retinol (Vitamin A). Vitamin A is essential for normal immune function and vision. At present researchers are uncertain whether the biological effects of carotene is from antioxidant or non-antioxidant activities. Carotenoids are best absorbed in the intestine with fat in a meal, so you know what to do to truly enjoy the benefits of pumpkin. To read more click here.

Comparing Pumpkin flour with Wheat flour
Researchers have studied and compared fresh pumpkin, pumpkin flour and wheat flour. Fresh pumpkin (Curcurbita moschata, C. pepo, and C. maxima) has significantly higher moisture content and lower fat, protein, crude fiber and ash content than pumpkin flour. The researchers prepared cake substituting wheat flour with pumpkin flour and measured the contents. They found a significantly higher beta carotene, crude fiber and ash and decreased crude fat, crude protein and crude carbohydrate in pumpkin flour containing cakes. Wheat flour has higher protein content (>14%) than pumpkin flour (>9%). You may read more of the original article by clicking here.

Colors of Pumpkins
Depending on the species their colors may vary from green, white, blue-grey, yellow, red and ofcourse, the characteristic orange that we know and love.  Here are a collective exhibition of pumpkins at the 2013 New York Botanical Garden. a

A pumpkin caterpillar at the New York Botanical Garden 2013. Copyright (c) PursueNatural

A pumpkin caterpillar at the New York Botanical Garden 2013. Copyright (c) PursueNatural

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A pumpkin sculpture at the New York Botanical Garden 2013. Copyright (c) PursueNatural

A pumpkin sculpture at the New York Botanical Garden 2013. Copyright (c) PursueNatural

 

A pumpkin sculptur at the New York Botanical Garden 2013. Copyright (c) PursueNatural

A pumpkin sculptur at the New York Botanical Garden 2013. Copyright (c) PursueNatural

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I bought this non-brand polarized sunglass; should I have selected a brand?


With the goal to save my retina for eternal eyehealth I routinely shop for polarized sunglasses. I can never make up my mind on what might be the best way to protect my delicate retina. I am told that sun glare must be prevented from reaching the retina and these days the sun is stronger each summer or on the ski slope. So, I am always hunting for the latest technology and the best deal on polarized sunglasses. You may read the “related articles” below for a comparison of the latest available technology on sunglasses.

I found this non-brand recently, right before the 2012 New York city marathon, in which 50,000 runners run 26.2 gruelling miles. The New York city marathon was cancelled that evening, after I had bought my polarized sunglasses! The storm of the century, Sandy, had gone through New York and destroyed the lives of many.  Nonetheless,  I found the sunglass  choices interesting enough to share with you. The proprietor, Smokey, specializes in sporty sunglasses and prices them all under $30.00. That is Smokey himself with his sunglasses in the photo. So, I bought one. Smokey said he never charges for shipping and likes to know his customers personally. He loves to chat about sports. So, let him know what sport makes your heart sing. He will let you know which polarized or non-polarized sunglasses he carries that he might recommend for you. For an additional $4.00 you add a case, should you need one. I did not.

Smokey’s email: ppeco@comcast.net. You may call him but he prefers email.

Smokey’s Ph: (303) 618-3384.

Smokey and his Sunglasses
Pinnacle Performance Eyewear

To wear or not to wear designer sunglasses? Are ordinary sunglasses just as good as designer brands in function? What valuable features should one look out for when purchasing a sunglass?

Function
Firstly, the purchaser has to decide the primary function of the sunglass:
1) To look like a celebrity, or
2) To avoid outdoor glare while
a. skiing
b. surfing or fishing or water sports
c. hiking or outdoor, non-water or skiing sports

Durability
My research finds is hard to combine the above two choices. However, some sporty celebrities have made many functional choices quite desirable! After functionality, I find durability is a feature that must be valuable. The frame must not snap easily. The frame material should be able to withstand heat for sure. After all, are not sunglasses supposed to be worn in serious sunlight? I have heard many complaints of sunglasses simply snapping easily in extreme heat. So, I would give the highest value to a frame that can withstand the highest, recorded temperatures in the world. It would be thoughtful if the manufacturer planned ahead for global warming, in case our planet warmed significantly higher during the lifetime of the purchased sunglasses. The lenses have to be scratch resistant. One tends to drop glasses and they do manage to find the only sharp object to fall upon. Also, one tends to clean lenses with material lying around and rarely the chamois supplied by the manufacturer, because either it gets lost or is never conveniently close by. It would be a shame to pay a lot for sunglasses only to find that an innocent cleaning or a perfectly normal “dropping” produced a scratch on the dark lenses. It is quite possible that the damage happens within a week after purchase. That would be an absolute waste. So, durable sunglasses is important to me. Some retailers provide life-time warranty for durability claims. This warranty is worth the purchase price when shopping around. Yes, expensive designer glasses do break and a warranty would replace them for free. If you lose them, however, the warranty does not cover a replacement.

Superior Technology Claims
Personally, I feel this should be the most important feature in a sunglass when the function of the sunglass is eye protection. However, the reason I put this most important feature after durability is because it would be senseless to pay for superior technology mounted on an inferior frame and non-scratch resistant lens.

Now, lets review the few designer brands that claim superior technology available today and marketed to attract your purchasing power:Read more

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You will need a prescription for your eyes “optical distance” (OD) to purchase eye glasses from an online retailer.

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