PETAI OH PETAI!

Category: Advice, Ramblings

ADVICE FROM UKM MEDICAL DOCTOR

Little did you know …… after reading THIS, you’ll NEVER look
at petai in the same way again!

a bunch of petai
Petai contains 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.

Anaemia:
High in iron, petai can stimulate the production of haemoglobin
in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low
in salt, making it 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 laxatives.

Hangovers:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a petai
milkshake, 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 hoiland, 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 snack.

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, as you can 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 the doctor away”.

The common names of the green seeds used in this dish are twisted cluster bean and stink bean. It is a long flat bean with bright green, almond sized seeds that have a peculiar smell. They are popular in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Malaysians called them petai, known as peteh to the Indonesians and sataw or sator in Thailand. The seeds, which are imported from Thailand and Indonesia, are sold in packets in the supermarkets here in Singapore.

The green seeds can be eaten raw with a spicy dip made from pounding fresh chillies, roasted blachan and lime juice, which my auntie loves while we prefer them cooked with spice paste. But, best when combined with strong flavoured foods such as dried shrimps, garlic and chillies.

09 May

5 Responses to “PETAI OH PETAI!”

  1. greg says:

    then how come there are still so many idiots around who eat petai ona daily basis?? puzzling, ain’t it?

  2. Rakeback says:

    Petai is indeed my favourite ulam dish and it is really healthy food..and tasty when cooked the right way..

  3. Freeroll says:

    Petai is a really good green food for all. Though I am sure most if them shun away from this because of the smell..

  4. condoms says:

    wow!~~~thanks for the info…..gonna get some petai 🙂

  5. awinsjclarke says:

    yeah.. eating petai got lots of its benefit… but have to bear with its niceeee smells…. lol

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