Friday, July 10, 2009

Fruit Salad ... Body and Hair

There are numerous benefits to incorporating a fruit salad into your regular diet. For one, fruit salads are an efficient, flavorful way to absorb most of your vitamins and water for the day. Additionally, studies have suggested that certain fruits (such as cranberries) contain compounds and fiber that reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease, respectively. A diet containing fruits may also help to improve one's mood and reduce depression. The overall advantage to eating from this tasty food group is improved physical, mental, and emotional health. Below is a recipe for a fancy, fun fruit salad:

Fruit Salad in Watermelon
1 watermelon
1-2 honeydews
1-2 cantaloupes
1 pineapple
strawberries
blueberries
**Instructions:
Cut a thin slice from bottom of watermelon so it will rest evenly. Slice watermelon lengthwise in half. Carve a decorative zig-zag edge from 1/2 of watermelon. Scoop out fruit from watermelon. Scoop watermelon balls from second half. (Scoop honeydew and cantaloupe balls. Cut remaining fruits.)
Fill bowl with watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe balls, pineapple chunks, strawberries, blueberries and other fresh fruit in season. Mix and let stand. Add more fruit as needed to keep full for large party.
Source: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1832,149160-246195,00.html

For more intricate recipes, see:
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1819,149160-247195,00.html
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1843,149161-246195,00.html
http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Salad/Fruit-Salads/Main.aspx

HAIR-RELATED INFORMATION:
Fruits that are high in beta-carotene may contribute to the growth and maintenance of hair follicles. (To read more, see related post and study.) Such fruits include: cantaloupe, papaya, apricot, and mango to name a few. Meanwhile, fruits that are an excellent source of manganese -- including blueberries, pineapples, and raspberries -- supposedly help to prevent slow hair growth. This is just a handful of hair-related advantages to eating fruits.

In addition to the internal benefits of consuming fruits is the external advantage of applying a fruit salad to the hair. Yes, this sounds strange at first, but the right mixture of fruits can actually condition the hair. View the recipe below which is also posted in "Buh-Buh-Banana ... Deep Conditioners":

Fruit Salad Deep Conditioner
1/2 a banana
1/4 avocado
1/4 cantaloupe
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
1 tablespoon yogurt
**Blend all ingredients. (Be sure to blend the banana thoroughly and sieve.) Apply to hair. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes. Then rinse.
Source: http://styles101.homestead.com/nathairrec.html#anchor_35822

SOURCES & MORE READS:
10 FRUIT BENEFITS
CRANBERRY & OVARIAN CANCER
FRUITS & HEALTH
FRUITS & DEPRESSION
FRUITS & DIABETES MYTH
VITAMINS FOR THE HAIR
NUTRITION INFO TOOL

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