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Aloe Vera 15 Aug 09

Aloe Vera for Medicine Aug 09

I have got two little Aloe Vera in a little pot recently.

I think the hand made moisturiser is perfect for my skin, as well as meeting the huge saving of money for expensive moisturisers I used to buy 150ml for £66.

I posted how I made the moisturiser recently, here.

The only problem so far I have got is that it seems that the tropical nature plants could be so sensitive – they demand for warm, full sunshine as much as possible while they do not really require water.

In my house there is not no such place. I may have to move the plants in the house every day in the house in winter.

Anyway, I think I have to study about Aloe Vera more to grow them vitally.

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I made Aloe Vera moisturiser for my face to cut cosmetic cost today.

 

Ingredients are just the 1 large aloe vera leave without the green rind, 200 to 250ml of water and 1 tea spoon of glycerin.

I used two small aloe vera leaves instead and keep it in a fridge and I have to use it within a couple of weeks as there are no additives.

I will try this for a week and if there are no problem to my skin, I will be able to save at least a few hundred of pounds a year.

In fact, I placed an order of 2 aloe vera leaves at the beginning of June 09.

On their website, it was written that it would be available in June or July 09 and when I placed the order I requested to inform me of the date of the expected delivery.

They said the leaves are available at the time I confirmed on the phone and the date of delivery would be informed later by a person in charge later.

There had been no contacts, nor delivery thorought to the end of July and at the beginning of August I called them to find out what is happening.

They said that this year they can not get large leaves, however, there are some small aloe vera plants available. 

As by the end of June 09, my interest to the aloe vera I have ordered had gone, I told that I could cancel the order due to the missing stock of the supplier.

But they said that they would somehow send them by the end of this week – then I received it today.

If the leaves are so small and it cost 1.70 x2 in minimam order + carriage 3.95 = total cost of 7.35, after waiting for 2 months. 

If I knew it would take 2 months to deliver and the leaves are not long enough as standard in a general sense of manner, I would not have bought it.

This is another typical expensive living cost in the UK. 

Imagine that most of services and products in the UK work like this example, how much living costs of us in the UK have been flown away, in comparison with other major cities in the world?

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I have started to add gelatin to meals to take plenty of collagen into bodies as we tend to choose less fatty meat and preferably to eat vegetables than meat or fish, as it is difficult to find products which are fresh enough in supermarkets in the UK.

Pork Gelatin Sheets

Pork Gelatin Sheets

Gelatin does not change the taste of the meal, nor change the texture of the dish as long as we just add one sheet or one sachet for the meal, which varies depending on the type of the meals though.

I think I should visit the fish market in the UK to see the suspect who keeps fish smelly in the supermarkets.

Anyway, I hope to see some results in my mirror after a month or so… better skin, hairs, and smooth joints, etc.

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Within the limited time, I somehow managed to grab some souvenirs in Seoul.

The Korean Red Ginseng, the special carrots grown with full of nutrients sucked from the earth, is one of the must-buy lists of Korean souvenirs. It is known as a health functional food and may be an ideal souvenir for elderly or ill people, as well as other people in interest or in appropriate conditions.

The sliced ginseng was seasoned with sugar, however, all the ginseng products I bought had very strong flavour of wild carrots. The sliced ones, candies, concentrated extract dissolved in boiled water as tea, and the concentrated skincare cream, the scent of ginseng carrots was drifting around me.

I have read that there is a parent with four ex-Miss Korea out of five daughters. They used to give ginseng tea whenever their daughters are thirsty.

I wish I had more time and money to spend for other attractive products and services in Korea, hopefully, the next visit is in the near future.

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Kellogg's Cornflakes

Kellogg's Cornflakes

I believe the differences of the local ingredients multi-national manufacturers use in each country make different tastes inevitably or in order to suit the regional preferences, as well as making differences in the nutrients.

I found that there is 1.4 times of sodium in the popular cornflakes sold in Japan, comparing with those sold in the US and UK. They are shown in the websites of one of the most popular cereal makers, Kellogg’s US, UK and Japan. 

Kellogg's corn flakes nutrition facts 1

Kellogg's corn flakes nutrition facts 1

US Recommended Daily Intake

US Recommended Daily Intake

 While the US Recommended Daily Intake in the example diagram on the right shows 65g of fat, salt is limited to only 2.4g. If a person has a big cornflake breakfast of one heaped large bowl which will be around 100g, cereal in the US and UK is 29% of RDI, cereal in Japan counts 42% of RDI out of 3 meals a day, according to the nutritional facts in the Kellogg’s. I suppose that tastes can not be determined by just figures, as for example in the case of salt, perhaps feelings of salty taste is not in line with the actual amount of sodium. It is said that many Japanese cuisine might use much salt such as Shoyu soy sauce, Miso paste…, than some other cuisine, I would like to emphasise slight differences of sensitive tastes turned out of process of the cooking and selection of the ingredients, rather than fussing about nutritional facts and organic foods.

Kellogg's corn flakes nutrition fact 2

Kellogg's corn flakes nutrition fact 2

Regarding the nutrition fact 2 shown on the left, apart from the unclear US figures expressed in % of daily value, which is based on 2000kcal model diet and therefore it can vary depending on age, gender, profession, etc. which is to be confirmed by relevant references, seemingly, various nutritional elements are added to cornflakes, presumably based on their attitudes of food habits in each country.

Folic acid is contained in coloured vegetables, but the nutrient is not really taken into body if it is cooked. Japanese use to eat lots of vegetables and that’s why folic acid is not shown in the diagram, however, I have heard suggestions to add folic acid in food in Japan as well.

Vitamin A is contained in milk, cheese, butter, eggs, livers etc, the reason why it is added in Japan more than others could be due to the generally less fatty Japanese cuisine. However, again, I suppose nowadays many people inclined to have western food rather than traditional less fatty but less tasteful especially to children.

References: Kellogg’s homepages in each country, US Food and Drug Administration, Wikipedia

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