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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Posted 4:26 PM by Luigi
Breadfruit and health
From Dr Lois Englberger of the Island Food Community of Pohnpei.
I would like to share with you electronically the text of our newspaper article in the Health Corner of the present Kaselehlie Press newspaper issue. Thank you to the Mand Community ladies for their recipes and also to the Kaselehlie Press for their support!
Eat More Breadfruit for Health Benefits!
Breadfruit is one of Micronesia’s nutrition treasures, rich in energy, which the body needs for warmth, work and play. Breadfruit is also rich in fiber, the part of plants that the body cannot digest. Research has shown that fiber can help diabetes control as it reduces the absorption of glucose (sugar) from the food that is eaten. A study reported in April 2005 at the American Heart Association’s 6th Annual Conference in Washington D. C. showed that subjects who increased their fiber intake were able to decrease their levels of total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides, all substances which increase heart risk, whereas the levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol increased (which is a health benefit). Fiber also helps make our intestines and bowels work properly.
It is currently recommended that adults consume 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day. Two cups of boiled breadfruit at lunch and dinner would provide 25 grams. On the other hand, white rice is very low in fiber content. Two cups of rice at lunch and dinner would provide only 6.8 grams!! If eaten in large quantities, breadfruit can also provide a large proportion of the recommended requirements for vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus and iron.
Two Pingelapese breadfruit recipes, Seipwok in Mei and Kemelis, were recently presented in Mand, as a part of the Documentation of the Traditional Food System of Pohnpei project, coordinated by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei. Ihser George presented her dish of Seipwok in Mei on June 9, and Mary Edward brought Kemelis (a delicious rare treat!!) on June
20. So let’s try their recipes, eat breadfruit, and enjoy health benefits!
Seipwok in Mei
2 coconuts, grated
Kemelis in Mei
3-5 breadfruit (smooth-skinned breadfruit are best)
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