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Japanese Endless Peeling Banana Toy

Bored? Have nothing better to do? Craving for a banana? Fear not! The Japanese have once again release some weird, but unique gadget to satisfy your craves! Introducing the “Endless Banana” created by Epoch.

Bananas have been one of the most popular food for breakfast this year in Japan. However, with the shortage of banana being imported into the country, it is hard to satisfy those that are craving for bananas. Epoch saw this as an opportunity for a new toy to temporary satisfy these banana-craze bunch.

Every peel of the toy makes a sound. The sound are actually human voice recordings from voice actress, Saki Fujita. (It is actually a comical sound like BOING and not real peelings sounds)

So, for you banana lovers out there… go BANANA!!

via [Kilian]

Chicken Soup: Good or Bad for Sickness?

As you have notice I haven’t been writing as much lately, this is largely due to the fever, cold, flu that I been having for the week. While I was lying on my bed, some questions came to my head. Thinking back, when I was still a kid and living with my parents, I was always told to avoid eating chickens, seafood, fried foods, fast foods, etc. when I am sick. I was told that it would make my sickness last long!

Question is, is it true? So with this curiousity in mind, I searched through the Internet to find an answer for myself (since I kind of want to eat chicken, although my mom told me not to).

After hours of reading and searching, I found out (well actually I knew) chicken was good for your health. Many people make chicken soup for cold remedies. Although we still don’t really know why, but research have shown it does help in some way.

Irwin Ziment, M.D., pulmonary specialist and professor at the UCLA School for Medicine, says chicken soup contains drug-like agents similar to those in modern cold medicines. For example, an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine, prescribed for bronchitis and other respiratory problems.

Spices that are often added to chicken soup, such as garlic and pepper (all ancient treatments for respiratory diseases), work the same way as modern cough medicines, thinning mucus and making breathing easier.

Another theory, put forth by Stephen Rennard, M.D., chief of pulmonary medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, is that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory. The soup, he says, keeps a check on inflammatory white blood cells (neutrophils). Cold symptoms, such as coughs and congestion, are often caused by inflammation produced when neutrophils migrate to the bronchial tubes and accumulate there. — from Chet’s Day

As for why Chinese are saying it was bad for you… I guess it was some kind of “old wives’ tales”. There are many beliefs or superstition in the Chinese cultures, probably this was one of it? However, it might have to do with the ancient way of Chinese medicine? Probably it might have gone against some of the properties of the Chinese medicine and might affect it in some way?

But, it is widely proven that chicken is not bad to eat during sickness. I recommend trying some chicken soup when you are having a cold, it really does help! Some other food that is good too: ginger, garlic, lemon, and miso. These are recommended by Chinese too! Chinese congee is good too! Another one: Chinese said don’t drink cold stuff when coughing – don’t know whether it is true or not. Probably another topic for another time.

Sources:

Chet’s Day
myDr.com.au

Rice lovers: Should We Wash Our Rice?

“Should we wash our rice?” or “How many times do we need to wash it?”. Many of us rice lovers might have wonder about similar questions some point in life. On the process of finding information, I came across many different opinions on washing rice. Some say you do not need to, others say you do. There are even some that it is needed to wash multiple times!

Here are some views from different sources I came across – people I know, Internet, and reading materials – on the subject:

The YES:

Since my first time for cooking rice, I was taught that I should wash the rice thoroughly. Not just once, twice, but three times. I was told that those particles in the cloudy water are “chemicals” to make the rice look white. Some said it was fertilizer. It was said that by washing rice, you would get the dirt, chemicals, and unwanted things from your rice.

The NO:

After few years of washing rice, I started to wonder myself. Is it really necessary to wash my rice? First, I asked around the people that I know. Most of them told me that I should not wash it too thoroughly. Just a rinse is enough. They said: “by over washing it, you will wash away the proteins, minerals, and the good stuffs that are in it.”

So is there a correct answers to these questions? No. In fact, each methods of cooking rice is your own choice. Everybody has their own ways of doing things and own belief. Asian tends to tell people to wash rice, whereas it is different for others.

Another piece of information was about people adding nutrients back onto the rice in North America. These contain starch. This is probably why if you don’t wash your rice, the textures becomes stickier.