Interesting Facts about PETAI (PETE)
Little did you know ..... after reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at petai
in the same way again!
Petai contain three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose -
combined with fiber, petai gives an instant, sustained and substantial
boost of energy. Research has proved that just two servings of petai
provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.No wonder petai is
the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't
the only way petai can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or
prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must
to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people
suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating petai. This
is because petai contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body
converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and
generally make you feel happier.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome): Forget the pills - eat petai. The vitamin B6
it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, petai can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in
the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium
yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so,
the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the petai industry to
make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood
pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped
through their exams this year by eating petai at breakfast, break, and
lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the
potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including petai in the diet can help restore
normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a
petaimilkshake, sweetened with honey. The petai calms the stomach and,
with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while
the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Petai has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you
suffer from heartburn, try eating petai for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on petai between meals helps to keep blood
sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the
affected area with the inside of the petai skin. Many people find it
amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Petai is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found
pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and
crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most
obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.The report concluded
that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood
sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to
keep levels steady. Ulcers: Petai is used as the dietary food against
intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the
only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler
cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating
the lining of the stomach. Temperature control: Many other cultures see
petai as a "cooling"fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional
temperature of expectant mothers. In Holland, for example, pregnant women
eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Petai can help SAD sufferers because
they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.
Smoking: Petai can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12
they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help
the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat,
sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we
are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium
levels.These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium petai
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine,"
eating petai as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by
strokes by as much as 40%"
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill
off a wart, take a piece of petai and place it on the wart. Carefully hold
the petai in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, you see, petai really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you
compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the
carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and
iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in
potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to
change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A Petai a day keeps
PM Dr.Aminuddin AHK
Medical faculty of UKM
Side effect: This fruit give bad breath and smelly stomach gases
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