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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Are Green Potatoes Safe to Eat?

Why do potatoes turn green like part of this potato?
The potato tuber which contains nutrients like starches, proteins and minerals is meant to produce and grow next generation potatoes. As these tubers were uprooted for human consumption, they are exposed to light causing them to turn green; production of chlorophyll, a process called photosynthesis ~~ similar to leaves ~~ to make extra energy for the new plant.

Interestingly, the potato plant produces its own chemicals to protect from harmful insects, fungi and animals. These protective chemicals ~~ glycoalkaloids (usually solanine) ~~ are found in the leaves, sprouts and stems of the potato plant and usually at a very low levels in potato tubers. But with exposure to light, the level of glycoakaloids are elevated with the highest being in the emerging sprouts and the greenish part of the potato, usually under the skin where there is a cumulation of chlorophyll.

Solanine (one of the glycoalkaloids) will be at a high level on bruising, cutting, rotting, bacteria and fungi attack and exposure to light.

What are Glycoalkaloids?
As explained in Wikipedia, Glycoalkaloids are a family of poisons. Glycoalkaloids are alkaloids + sugars which are toxic in nature. A prototypical glycoalkaloid is sugar (solanose) + alkaloid (solanidin) = solanine which is found in potatoes. It has a bitter tasting sensation usually cause burning irritation in the back of mouth, tongue and intestinal tract.

The toxins, alkaloids called solanine and chaconine apparently interfere with the structure of all our cell membranes and with the processing of a nerve transmitter. May cause hallucinations and convulsions. Because colour change in potato parallels to accumulation of alkaloids, greeness in potato is a good indicator of toxicity.

It is not necessary that potato with traces of green will contain the level of glycoalkaloid to pose as a health threat. But it is sensible to cook your potatoes before greening, sprouting or with any physical damage.

Remove plastic wrappings from potatoes and store them in a cool dry place away from light. Better still to buy potatoes as and when you need to use them.

Alkaloids remain in the bloodstream for longer than 24 hours and for those who eat potatoes everyday, there may be a chance of gradually accumulating of toxins in the blood.

Food Science

There are a lot of talk on what we can eat, how we can eat them, when to discard and how we should treat certain kind of food. It has come to a point where too much knowledge has become confusing and too little knowledge might put you in bad health.......

Likened to my post of "reboiled water", I am trying to research certain myths and the truth about each talk that I come across so as to be more well informed. Not just take what was told and panic!

Taking on the saying of "there no smoke without a fire", all rumours should be investigated to unearth the truth and my topics on "Food Science" will be based on this principle.

Read my next post on "Are Green Potatoes Safe to Eat?"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tips to stay young and happy!

Another one of those forwarded email......

1. Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age, weight, and height.

Let the doctors worry about them.. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning:

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
Never let the brain get idle.
'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her!

6. The tears happen:

Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourself.
LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:

Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:

If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And if you don't send this to at least four people - who cares?

But do share this with someone.
That's what I am doing..... sharing with anyone who care to read my blog ~~~ lol

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Headline Bloopers

I have always enjoyed movie bloopers. Then there are those goofed snippets always aired at the end of a movie especially comedies or sitcom.... these are the laugh induce killers!!

So when I read this forwarded email on headline bloopers I can't help posting it here to share with those who missed this one... I know its a lazy way of simply "cut& paste" but I hope it will bring on some laughs ~~~ laughter produces endorphins ~~~

A note of thanks to the person who initiated this email...... enjoy and contribute if you have any....
Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No, really?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!!
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?!
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is ....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Terracotta Army 兵马俑: bīngmǎ yǒng

Xian city, Shaanxi Province ~~ civilisation at last. We had a good shower and scrub to wash off our tiredness and fear. Finally we could sleep at peace without fear of any negative element out in the open which could devour us and threaten our very existence.

Our experience on the way to Xian did remind us to appreciate the good and simple things in life. We are so blessed!!

When we arrived, Xian suddenly became "heaven" on earth where we could get our well-deserved cup of fresh hot brewing coffee ~~made us marvelled at the very convenience of modern day........

The highlight of our visit to Xian is to see The Terra Cotta Army, the 8th Wonder of the World!!

The old man in the picture is the only living person who first dug out this site.....

Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cross Country Adventure

After experiencing Huhhot's Mongolian influenced culture and sampling a varieties of dumplings for lunch, we continued our southward bound journey towards Shaanxi Province. To see Terra Cotta!! The self-proclaimed 8th Wonder of the World! "Bingma Yong".

Reaching a small town, Da Yong for a farmer's style home cooked dinner, we had an equally unpleasant "toilet" experience. If you think the bucket system of yesteryears was bad, this will make you think again. It was all the way ~~ hold your breath, do it quick and don't even bother to look down situation!! :( :(

We decided to continue on and we had packed eatables to sustain a battalion but we did not anticipate what awaits us on the road.

At about 1am we were suddenly enshrouded by a menacing thick white fog that seemingly appeared from nowhere. Nil visibility!!! We were ill prepared but were forced to continue for fear of the 2 evils....the fear of slaming into a front vehicle or being banged by some huge truck from behind. We chose to drive on guided only by the white lines dividing the 3 lanes.

Despite the poor visibility we had trucks, lorries, and other bigger vehicles zooming passed us. We were amazed and even tried to keep up by following their tail lights but were defeated and left the lone car by this foggy mess!!

The fog cleared by 4am and our poor driver was physically and mentally exhausted. We stopped by the ear of the highway for a quick "power nap" with the hazzard lights on... but ended being chased away by the highway police.

We managed to reach the next rest stop without much incident and got our deserved 2-hour undisturbed sleep in the cold autumn weather in the car.

We arrived at Xian, our destination with a great sense of relief and achievement. It was indeed a great adventure for us city folks!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Donate to UNICEF

On my flight back from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific Airlines, I was given an envelope by the air hostess.

I usually did not give it my 2-cent thought because I used to have this mistrust attitude towards charitable organisation supported by big corporations. I felt that why can't the corporations themselves fork up a $ for each customer they get and give it to charity instead of asking the customers to do it.

But of late my attitude towards charity has changed. I now view charity as plain charity.... doing your bits for the less fortunate. Why bother to debate what the big corporations should or should not do since there is nothing you can do about it!

"Just give la" and thats what I did..... I gave; not much; just a little more than my loose change. I felt good about giving. Its a nice feeling that whatever you won't miss much will be giving some 20 kids ice cream they have been yearning for........

Inner Mongolia, Huhhot

After some stressful planning months in advance, two of the Golden Girls finally arrived in Beijing on the night of 27 September 08 on a cool autumn weather......

Immediately early next morning we were whisked off in a 8-seater to the journey of a life time. We were on a 5-hour road trip to Inner Mongolia arriving at Huhhot at noon all ready and eager for our first onslaught of a chinese/mongolian meal of cold noodles.

The highlight of our visit at Huhhot was the all famous "Heaven Grassland". We had a hilarious time trying out the distant outdoor "toilet" facility which is way off our imagination. We laugh till we cry while contributing manure to the heavenly grassland.....lol

Horse riding was a first and literary "pain in the butt" experience for me. It gave me a painful blister that lasted a week at my tailend....lol but believe it, it may be a painful but it was indeed exhilarating for me.... It was the most enjoyable 1-hour of the trip!! :) :) :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Bucket List

After watching this 2007 movie called The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, I was truly inspired to do my very own "bucket list".

For those who had not seen this movie; it was about 2 terminal ill men escaping from a cancer ward and heading off on a road trip with a list of to-dos before they die. Their to-do list dubbed "The Bucket List" contained the following:
  1. Witness something truly majestic
  2. Help a complete stranger for a common good
  3. Laugh till I cry
  4. Drive a Shelby Mustang
  5. Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world
  6. Get a tattoo
  7. Skydiving
  8. Visit Stonehenge
  9. Spend a week at Louvre
  10. See Rome
  11. See the pyramids
  12. Get back in touch (previously "Hunt the big cat")
Motivated by this movie, I was impelled to initiate my "bucket list" and I strongly felt that everyone, I mean every single living being on this earth, young or old, should all have your own "bucket list"!

Most people by nature will wait until its too late before doing things they would love to . We will often than not kept postponing things we love to do till later; till we have more time; till we have more money etc etc....... We normally ended up not doing anything except survive in this world.

So I urge you.... start right now and make that list; keeping it a living document where you can add or substract and strike off what you have already done.

Arrested for Laughing!

I cannot resist posting this here ..... I am sure this story had been circulated around the world...

This is supposedly from an actual trial in the UK....

A young woman who was several months pregnant boarded a bus when she noticed a young man smiling at her. She began to feel humiliated on the fact of her condition. She changed her seat and he seemed more amused.

She moved again and then on her third move, he burst out laughing. She had him arrested.

The case then came before a court and the young man was asked why he acted in such a manner.

His reply was: When the lady boarded the bus I couldn't help noticing that she was pregnant. She then first sat under an advertisement, which read: "Coming Soon: The Gold Dust Twins".

I was even more amused when she sat under a shaving advertisement, which read: "William's Stick Did the Trick". Then I could not control myself any longer when on the third move she sat under an advertisement which read: "Dunlop Rubber would have prevented this accident".

The case was dismissed!!!