What is Activ-E4?

Wafer sticks are a bread resembling the shape of a hollow tube. The flavor is applied inside in a spring like pattern. It became a hottie due to its unique presentation, yummy taste and cheap price. It looks like a pencil that can be put inside the mouth.

If I was not mistaken, the pioneer brand of wafer sticks here was the Stik-O. Hubby used to liked it when she was pregnant to our first baby. Other brands are Superstix and Nissin. I think this two are new. The first flavor was chocolate then they are now producing other flavor variants.

To gain more market, the brand Superstix packed their product in a lunch box. Yes it really look like a rectangular lunch box.It can be used a lunch box when all the wafer sticks are munched.

The plastic box is freezer safe and food safe as indicated on bottom. It is made of polypropylene polymer - generally recommended for food contact. Can be used for microwave heating.

This wafer stick has activ-e4. I searched over google and found no results about the meaning of activ-e4. The brand is active in television commercials so I waited for it. Still found nothing. Their television ad is stating the same thing. Superstix is now with energy boosting activ-e4. It is a good source of Vitamins B1, B2, iron and calcium. Calcium is included though it was not mentioned on front label panel.

superstix activ e4

The Activ-E4 might be the four nutrients namely:

1) Calcium = 6 mg
2) Iron = 6 mg
3) Vitamin B1 = less than 1 mg
4) Vitamin B2 = less than 1 mg

The amount of nutrients indicated is per serving basis. Anyone would get those amount every single wafer stick. Plus an additional of 14 g carbohydrates.
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Arengga Vinegar

I listed the names to avoid further confusions.

English name: Sugar palm
Filipino common name: Irok or Kaong
Scientific name: Arennga pinnata

Arengga pinnata vinegar became a popular product of Indang. In fact, it became the town's entry in "One Town, One Product" program of previous Gov. Ayong Maliksi. Town folks celebrates Arengga Festival every year.

The product gave fortune to those few businessmen but not to mangangarit. Arengga vinegar is marketed as natural health remedy. I became a hit in local and export market. I never question its effectiveness because I am using it to cure my cough and soar throat.

Mangangarit do the hard job of collecting sweet sap of sugar palm. They know very well how to turn it to vinegar. The problems lie between packaging and product marketing. The lack of money to buy good packaging materials and to market the product effectively. I hope the local government can do something about this.

Arengga vinegar can be easily made by fermenting fresh sap into plastic or earthen jar until it becomes sour. Then pack into plastic bottles and place under the heat of sun for few days. The very common package is a used 1.5 liters Coke bottle.

Quality control is a must to sustain product quality. Technical knowledge should be shared by research institution.
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Onions Makes You Cry

Mother asked me to prepare meat and vegetables for cooking.  I washed meat and sliced it in cubes. Wash vegetables and chop it. Peeled few pieces of garlic and chopped it very finely.
The last part was really hard for me. It was the peeling and slicing of onions.  My eyes got irritated and tears began falling. The feeling was really uncomfortable. I need to wipe my teary red eyes very open. I used to wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from onions fumes.  I thought that was a good idea like wearing a helmet when you're driving a motorcycle.  But my tears keep on falling even if I have shades to protect my precious eyes. Hmmm!
Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes' lachrymal glands so they release tears. The process goes as follows:
  1. Lachrymatory-factor synthase is released into the air when we cut an onion.
  2. The synthase enzyme converts the sulfoxides (amino acids) of the onion into sulfenic acid.
  3. The unstable sulfenic acid rearranges itself into syn-ropanethial-S-oxide.
  4. Syn-propanethial-S-oxide gets into the air and comes in contact with our eyes. The lachrymal glands become irritated and produces the tears!
There are ways to prevent crying when dealing with onions.
  1. cut the root off last;
  2. refrigerate before cutting;
  3. peel them under cold water;
  4. have a fan behind you or alongside to blow the vapors away;
  5. place a piece of bread on the knife tip to absorb the fumes;
  6. chew gum while peeling and slicing onions.
  7. hold you breath and cut them as quick as you can
  8. have someone else cut them for you! But be ready to get some words of anger !
sliced onions
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Dried Oregano Leaves

After three weeks of experiment. I successfully dried oregano leaves. The drying procedure is very useful when you have a bunch of oregano leaves and you want to store it for longer period. It is also useful if you want to venture into dried herb business.

Step by step procedures.

1. Select mature and good quality oregano leaves.

2. Wash in running water to remove all adhering dirt.

3. Place in slotted trays and shake well to remove excess water.

4. Place in front of electric fan to facilitate removal of excess water.

5. Cut the leaves into small pieces. This will facilitate fast water evaporation.

6. Dry at room temperature for 3 weeks. Drying time might take longer during rainy days and in high humid areas

7. Pack in air tight container.

8. Oven drying and sun drying can also be done. However , this will affect its herbal properties.

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Make Instant Aloe Vera Powder

Verline is going to conduct her thesis about aloe vera powder. Powder for making instant juice drink. Wow ! I am using aloe vera for my hair but now she is going to convert it into juice. Are you interested ?

Here are the procedures .

1. Harvest fresh aloe vera leaves and place in clean trays
2. Carefully slice each leaf along edges.
3. Scrape the flesh using spoon.
4. Blend in waring blender.
5. Add one kilo sugar per liter of extracted gel.
6. Heat in stainless steel pot with continuous stirring to prevent scorching .
7. Test for the end point when the solution is hard to stir. Get small sample using spoon and cool immediately in refrigerator. Setting point is reach when the sample becomes powder.
8. Blend in waring blender to get a uniform instant aloe vera powder juice.
9. Pack in air tight bottle.

I have never tasted it yet but they said it is very good.

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Dragon Fruit Puree

Base from my experience, dragon fruit can be stored for one month under refrigerated condition . The same can be done for rejects, fruits with cracks and surface spots. I you want to store them for longer periods, I recommend to process them to wine, juice or anything you want.

Procedures for making Dragon Fruit Juice

1 . Wash dragon fruits in running water to remove all dirts.

2. Remove undesirable parts.

3 Cut in quarters and peel off the skin. Peeling can be conveniently done by hand like the peel of mango.

4. Blend in waring blender. Adjust sugar content to 15 degree Brix. If refractometer is not available, add sugar until the sweetness is comparable to ripe grapes.

5. Pasteurise at 15 degree C for 15 minutes.

6. Pack immediately in air tight bottle and seal.

Adding preservatives to prolong shelf life can be done but not recommended.

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Processing of Dried Okra

Young tender pods are preferred.

* The pods may be dried whole, in the form of slices (about 6 mm thick) or in halves cut lengthwise.

The pods are washed thoroughly to remove dirt. Both end are trimmed and any discoloured or damaged tissue is removed.

For preservation purposes and in order to keep the green colour, blanching is carried out: the product is dipped for 3 minutes in boiling water containing 50 g salt per litre of water. The blanched okras can then be washed with cold water to remove the slimy material produced by boiling.

The product is then sulphited by dipping for 3 minutes in a solution containing 3 g potassium metabisulphite per litre of water.

The product is then drained and finally placed on the trays of a dryer. The okras are dry when the prepared raw material/dry product ratio is about 12:1 (moisture content 4-5%).

Cooling, packaging, labelling and storage are carried out as recommended for the other finished products.

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Youre milk ang rBGH

Breastfeeding is best for your baby! This statement holds true up to date. This is very beneficial to babies with breastfeeding moms . But what if mother's breast milk never comes out or you happen to be a very busy working mom. You end up feeding cows milk to our baby. This might not be good cause cows milk may contain hormones that are meant for cows and not for your babies.

My grandpa told me that children of current generation are going wild because they are consuming cows milk. Animal instincts are being pass to your child's brain. I wonder it its true . What do you think?

Another concern is milk contains the so called rGBH and IGF-1 . Effects of this substances are still in debate. Are you willing to take the still willing to take the risk after reading the facts below. I don't want to be a test subject like guinea pigs .

Bovine growth hormone, or bovine somatotropin (also called bGH, rbGH, bST, or bST), is given to cows to make them mature faster and produce more milk. The hormone is produced by cows' pituitary gland and an extra amino acid is attached before it's injected into dairy cows.

The hormone was first used in 1993. In 2002 about 22 percent of dairy cows in the United States were injected with bGH. And by mid-2004 less than 11 percent of U.S. cows were being injected. Opposition groups are pushing for bGH to eventually be pulled off the market altogether. Unless the milk you buy is organic, or labeled "bGH-free," it may contain the hormone.

The Consumers Union, the Cancer Prevention Coalition, and other groups are concerned that milk from cows that have been injected with bGH may be harmful to humans. They point out that bGH has been banned in Europe and Canada. Here are the main reasons for the red flag:

Cows that are given bGH injections are more prone to health problems like lameness, reproductive trouble, and udder infections. When these cows are treated for infections with large doses of antibiotics, some of those antibiotics are likely to show up in the milk, especially because it usually takes longer to treat cows receiving bGH. While antibiotic residues themselves might not be cause for alarm, they can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is a serious, developing public health problem.

Injecting cows with bovine growth hormone may cause them to produce more of another hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Animal studies suggest that elevated levels of IGF-1 in the bloodstream could increase the risk for some cancers, particularly colon and breast cancers. Government researchers and bGH manufacturers say that the presence of a little extra IGF-1 in milk doesn't put people at any extra risk for developing this cancers because — just like bovine growth hormone — IGF-1 is broken down by the human digestive system and never makes it into the blood. But opponents say that other studies show that IGF-1 survives digestion and passes into the intestines.

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Control Your Blood Glucose

I like this article from Readers Digest , Nov. 2009 issue. I just want to share it.

7 Ways to Lower Blood Glucose

1) Choose low glycemic index (GI curb) foods and keep carb portion moderate. Choosing low GI foods can help keep blood glucose low and steady.

2) Make three of your carb servings wholegrain. Makes sure that the carbs you do eat count by choosing wholegrains, which help prevent heart disease and diabetes.

3) Eat two serves of fruit daily and five serving of vegetable. Most fruits and vegetables have little carbohydrate content and are packed with vitamins and minerals, fiber and health protective compounds.

4) Eat protien at every meal. Proteins lowers the overall GI of meals and helps carb hunger, making weight lost easier.

5) Favor good fats. bad saturated fats can interfere with your ability for control blood glucose while good. Unsaturated fats help your body control it better. Good fats have lower GI

6) Eat smaller portions. Even when you eat low GI-diet, calories count. Cutting calories can help you fight insulin resistance.

7) Add acidic food to your meals . Like adding vinegar to salads and other foods. Acetic acid may speed the rate at which glucose is move out to your bloodstream and into muscle cells for storage.
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Read the Crown Cap

Can you read the text imprinted on soft drinks crown cap. Maybe they are too small to read or you have no time to read it.

Let me do the honor of reading it. The important things in this crown is the list of ingredients. They are as follows. I included some of their effects as a bonus.

Carbonated Water

known to kill bacteria that may cause infection

carbonation can break down calcium in the human body,
which can be a risk to weak tooth structure and in severe cases lead
to osteoporosis

cause esophagus irritation leading
to bloating or indigestion

increases the absorption of alcohol in the bloodstream

Carbonated water is also not good for people with kidney stone. Many a times it is believed that carbonation can also promote kidney stone

Phosphoric Acid

Consuming highly acidic substances is not only bad for your teeth but also terrible for bone health and can promote a deterioration of the jawbone, pelvis and femur

Repeated or prolonged contact may result in dermatitis

affects kidney

caramel color

may cause asthma like symptoms to some persons


raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system.

too much consumption causes rapid weight gain

Sugar depresses the immune system thus contributing to rise of various diseases


According to pegasus .. http://www.pe2000.com/caffeine.htm

1. Stimulates your heart, respiratory system, and central nervous system.

2. Makes your blood more `sludgy' by raising the level of fatty acids in the blood.

3. Causes messages to be passed along your nervous system more quickly

4. Stimulates blood circulation

5. Raises blood pressure

6. Causes your stomach to produce more acid

7. Irritates the stomach lining

8. Makes digestion less effective by relaxing the muscles of your intestinal system

9. Its diuretic effect caused increased urination

10. Stimulates the cortex of your brain heightening the intensity of mental activity. This can result in a temporary feeling of alertness and, in the short term, banishes drowsiness and feelings of fatigue. In those who already have high levels of anxiety the heightened intensity of mental activity can produce unpleasant effects.

11. Affects the length and quality of sleep. Heavy caffeine users suffer from sleep-deprivation because their nervous system is too stimulated to allow them deep, restful or prolonged sleep.

12. The American Medical Journal has reported a correlation between caffeine and decreased bone density or osteoporosis in women.

In addition to the above effects prolonged or very heavy caffeine use can produce the following:

13. `Caffeine nerves' a jittery feeling with shaking hands, palpitations, and wobbliness in the legs.

14. Caffeine addiction which involves nervousness, irritability, agitation, headaches or ringing in the ears.

15. Causes your adrenal glands to release their hormones into your bloodstream

16. Causes blood sugar, or blood glucose, to be released from storage through the effects of the adrenal hormones. This gives you a temporary lift but…

17. …requires your pancreas to over-work. This is because your pancreas now has to produce extra insulin to reduce this extra blood sugar.

Natural flavors

This is a general term. Too general to discuss.

Any violent reactions? write it down!

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