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Monday, 13 August 2012

Basil


What is Basil
Basil is a fragrant herb with strong ties to both Italian and Indian cooking. Basil varieties range from teeny fairy basil to large garden varieties with leaves large enough to use as wraps in cooking. Basil has many different colors. You can grow plants that are a deep purple, blue or a myriad of greens. There are also many different flavors of basil; sweet, spicy, lemon and even licorice can be found.
Health Benefits

  • One of the primary medicinal uses for basil is for its anti-inflammatory properties. This effect stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.
  • Fresh basil and basil oil have strong antibacterial capabilities
  • Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, age-related problems and even some types of cancer. 
  • The herb also contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that shield your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage.
Pls be aware of side effects before you start taking large amount.
    Medical disclaimer:

    The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.
    Names In Other Languages for Basil (Arabic, Assamese, Bengali,Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu)::




    Nutritional value

    Amounts per 2 tbsp, chopped (5g)

    Calorie Information
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calories
    1.2
    (5.0 kJ)
    0%
      From Carbohydrate
    0.5
    (2.1 kJ)
      From Fat
    0.3
    (1.3 kJ)
      From Protein
    0.4
    (1.7 kJ)
      From Alcohol
    0.0
    (0.0 kJ)

    Carbohydrates
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Carbohydrate
    0.1
    g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber
    0.1
    g
    0%
    Starch
    ~
    Sugars
    0.0
    g

    Fats & Fatty Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Fat
    0.0
    g
    0%
    Saturated Fat
    0.0
    g
    0%
    Monounsaturated Fat
    0.0
    g
    Polyunsaturated Fat
    0.0
    g
    Total trans fatty acids
    ~
    Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids
    ~
    Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids
    ~
    Total Omega-3 fatty acids
    16.6
    mg
    Total Omega-6 fatty acids
    3.8
    mg
    Protein & Amino Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Protein
    0.2
    g
    0%

    Vitamins
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Vitamin A
    277
    IU
    6%
    Vitamin C
    0.9
    mg
    2%
    Vitamin D
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Vitamin K
    21.8
    mcg
    27%
    Thiamin
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Riboflavin
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Niacin
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Vitamin B6
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Folate
    3.6
    mcg
    1%
    Vitamin B12
    0.0
    mcg
    0%
    Pantothenic Acid
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Choline
    0.6
    mg
    Betaine
    0.0
    mg

    Minerals
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calcium
    9.3
    mg
    1%
    Iron
    0.2
    mg
    1%
    Magnesium
    3.4
    mg
    1%
    Phosphorus
    2.9
    mg
    0%
    Potassium
    15.5
    mg
    0%
    Sodium
    0.2
    mg
    0%
    Zinc
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Copper
    0.0
    mg
    1%
    Manganese
    0.1
    mg
    3%
    Selenium
    0.0
    mcg
    0%
    Fluoride
    ~

    Sterols
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Cholesterol
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Phytosterols
    ~

    Other
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Alcohol
    0.0
    g
    Water
    4.8
    g
    Ash
    0.1
    g
    Caffeine
    0.0
    mg
    Theobromine
    0.0
    mg


    Footnotes for Basil, fresh
    Source: Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21. Each "~" indicates a missing or incomplete value.

    Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

    Nutrition Data's Opinion, Completeness Score™, Fullness Factor™, Rating, Estimated Glycemic Load (eGL), and Better Choices Substitutions™ are editorial opinions of NutritionData.com, given without warranty, and are not intended to replace the advice of a nutritionist or health-care professional. Nutrition Data's opinions and ratings are based on weighted averages of the nutrient densities of those nutrients for which the FDA has established Daily Values, and do not consider other nutrients that may be important to your health or take into account your individual needs. Consequently, Nutrition Data's higher-rated foods may not necessarily be healthier for you than lower-rated ones. All foods, regardless of their rating, have the potential to play an important role in your diet.

    The Amino Acid Score has not been corrected for digestibility, which could reduce its value.

    IF Rating™ is a trademark of Monica Reinagel. Data for the IF Rating was provided by inflammationfactor.com.


    Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/213/2#ixzz21YKO3aNC


    Basil Substitute

    Thyme has a warmer, earthier taste than basil or oregano, but it can still be a viable substitute for basil in most recipes. oregano or summer savory might work also

    Where it can be used

    It can be used in food recipe as seasoning. It can be used in treating some medical conditions

    How to Store
    The key to keeping basil fresh and fragrant for days (and even weeks) after purchase or harvest is to not store it in the refrigerator. Basil leaves quickly turn black and slimy and lose their signature spicy sweet flavor when refrigerated. A better way to store them is in a jar of water on your kitchen counter top.
    I use to put in tupperware box also it last for few days

    Recipe Using  Basil(Here I list only main dishes.. but Basil can be used in lot of dishes for decoration or just to add little flavour)




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