What are Tempe Health Benefits? - Part 2 – Food Variety 16

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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- What are Tempe Health Benefits? - Part 1 – Food Variety 16

Tempe contains isoflavones which one of it functions to lower cholesterol levels in our blood.

Fig 01- Tempe made by an American company

Several other functions of Isoflavones (Sherry Christiansen, 2021: What Are Isoflavones?, Published in verywellhealth):

- similar to structure of estrogen hormone

- anti-oxidant, hence it may reduce damage because of oxygen.

- help to fight cancer

The study showed that Tempe is better than animal resources to manage cholesterol levels.

Fig 02- Nutrition content of Tempe

Fig 03- Tempe sold in Walmart grocery

Manganese in Tempe could be able to manage blood sugar in the body, and thus fight diabetes.

Manganese is compound to stimulate process called gluconeogenesis.

The process is important to maintain blood sugar in normal level as needed by our body.

Tempe could improve bone health due to calcium in its. Calcium with other mineral and vitamin prevent the bone (include teeth) from fracture and weak.

Have you seen Tempe sold in the market or Whole Foods market?

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Do People Keep a Pig as a Pet? - Part 2

Sunday, December 19, 2021
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3) Vietnamese potbellied

- the breed as its name come from Vietnam.
- weigh about 50 kg (110 pound)
- height to shoulders reach about 41 cm (16 inches).
- the color is uniformly black

Fig 01- A pig with triplets

4) Teacup pigs

- quite small, about 41 kg (90 pound) weight size
- their life span could reach 25 years old.
- since longer life span, this small pig could be a long term pet compared to cats and dogs.

From 4 breeds, I do not know which one is good for indoor, but some people said that Vietnamese potbellied and teacup pigs are the best choice for pets.

Fig 02- A cup, just for illustration

Fig 03- For illustration only.

It is because the Vietnamese potbellied and teacup pigs have distinguish characters such as:

- gentle and sweet to human
- intelligent, can be trained like many cats and dogs
- companionable, walk with human on a leash.

Pig life spans is in the range between 12 to 20 years, but pet pigs may reach up to longer life span. 

What do you think about pig as a pet?

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The Reasons Raccoon Visit Our Neighborhood – Part 2

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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The animals easily to adapt to their environment in term of foods and water resources.

Fig 01- A raccoon entered the garden

We find raccoon sift through garbage to find food in our neighborhood.

However, their favorite foods is our pet’s food. They are eating cat or dog foods, then they will come back in other days if they feel safe.

It seems that he raccoon is just hungry. It might have babies around too and looking to feed them.

If a wild raccoon doesn't run when approached, stay away.

Raccoons are dangerous when cornered, and most times they are sick.

Fig 02- Trash as a food source for raccoon

Fig 03- Young raccoon on the branches.

A fat raccoon has entered to our house few years ago by chewing through our roofing shingles, then got access into attic:

- she looks at me crazy

- she didn’t move

- she didn't shew

- she was not scared.

Have you ever faced with raccoon?

What do you think?

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What are Tempe Health Benefits? - Part 1 – Food Variety 16

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Tempe or Tempeh is fermented cooked soybean, one of Indonesia traditional foods.

Now days, Tempeh easily found at commercial markets in America and some European countries.

Fig 01- Sliced of Tempe

It is believed Tempe has many health benefits as suggested by Keri Wiginton (2021: The Health Benefits of Tempeh).

Some of Tempeh health benefits are:

1. Help to reduce cholesterol

2. Maintain blood sugar

3. Improve bone health

4. Reduce heart diseases risk

5. Improve metabolism

Fig 02- Tempe sold in the USA market

Fig 03- a kind of bean, just for illustration

Fig 04- Tempeh was made from these soybeans 
(credit to Subagja Hamara).

Since Tempe contains niacin, omega 3 and 6, and polyunsaturated fat thus able to lower heart diseases risk include heart attacks.

Vitamin B-12 in Tempe has functions which are relating to red blood cell in our body:

- the vitamin could improve metabolism of red blood

- and essential for production of red blood.

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Do People Keep a Pig as a Pet? - Part 1

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

I saw someone brought a pig to the public park a long time ago, I was not so curious, just feel odd.

In recent days, I saw a pig wanders around neighborhood, my first guessed that a pig might be from nearby “pig farming.”

Fig 01- Lost pig in neighborhood

No, no said my neighbor. It was a pet. A pet pig owned by one of our neighbors. Considered as a lost pig.

There are at least 70 breeds of pigs, domestics or wilds world wide, about 4 well known breeds for pet:

- Yucatan

- African pygmy pigs

- Vietnamese potbellied

- teacup pigs

Fig 02- Cute, just for illustration

Fig 03- Autumn’s trees in our city, illustration

Fig 04- Pig and piglets, Illustration only

1) Yucatan breed

- size is 22 inches tall and 43 inches length

- very docile

- quite easy to controlled

- tolerate to restraint.

2) African pygmy pigs

- 20 inches tall, and reach 40 pounds in weight

- gentle temperament, hence easy to handle

- friendly, active and intelligent

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The Reasons Raccoon Visit Our Neighborhood – Part 1

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Raccoon is one of wild animals around our neighborhood. I think their population increasing recently.

We easily spot them before dark, even though they are nocturnal animals, active at night.

Fig 01- Raccoon at the backyard

In nature, raccoon is an omnivorous, they consume both plants and small animals such as:

- fruits

- vegetable

- nuts

- berries

- insects

- rodents

- frogs

- eggs

- crayfish.

Fig 02- Raccoon likes to attack our pets

Fig 03- A dog, illustration only

Fig 04- Raccoon can not get out from trash can.

We have noticed that Raccoon always visit our house during winter season. It might be due to several reasons:

1) Cold winter drives them to find safe shelter.

- a house is a warm place to hiding

2) Scarcity of natural foods and water

- difficult to find foods and water during cold seasons

- they would be happy to find left over pet’s food in neighborhood’s yards.

- some neighbors provide water for wild birds, hence, to be target of wild raccoon.

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How Nature could Make Human being Happy?

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

We knew that nature provided us with plenty of foods since long time ago. Now, we understand that nature could make our happy too.


Fig 01- Trees in the Autumn

Why are we happy if we walk in the such as woodland or park?

It is because nature has positive impacts on:

- mood
- reduce depression
- make less anxiety

These above 3 factors are contributing to happiness. Make people boosting their joy of life.

Fig 02- Cloudy sky in the city

What other things nature do to human being, especially relate to human behaviors (psycho)?

Fig 03- City park at nearby my house.

Here are the some of them:

- may calm minds
- mental health improvement as well as physical fit.
- improve positive emotion
- improve memory, especially short memory
- more focus on cognitive.

How many time do you go to nature such as hiking on the hill, walking in the garden or jogging in the park a week?

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