Manfaat Makan Kacang Mede

Kacang Mede

Mencegah Kanker
Kacang mete mengandung proanthocyanidins, jenis flavanol yang terbukti bisa mencegah sel kanker bereproduksi dan mematikan sel tumor. Bahkan hasil studi menunjukkan bahwa kadar tembaga yang tinggi pada mede juga membantu manangkal radikal bebas, sekaligus sumber phytochemical dan antioksidan yang baik bagi tubuh.

Menutrisi Rambut dan Kulit
Sepertinya manfaat dan bahaya makan kacang mede terlihat lebih banyak manfaat, pasalnya, kacang mede kaya akan kandungan mineral tembaga yang merupakan komponen penting penyusun tirosinase. Enzim ini bertugas mengkonversi tirosin ke melanin, pigmen pemberi warna pada rambut dan kulit.

Menjaga Kesehatan Jantung
Kacang mede mengandung asam oleat yang berlimpah. Jenis lemak tak jenuh tunggal ini membantu meningkatkan kesehatan jantung serta mengurangi tingkat trigliserida. Selain itu, magnesium dalam kacang mede bisa membantu menurunkan tekanan darah dan mencegah serangan jantung. Risiko jantung koroner dan kardiovaskuler bisa ditekan dengan rutin mengkonsumsi kacang mede yang bebas kolesterol dan tinggi antioksidan.

Mencegah Batu Empedu
Bahaya makan kacang mede tak terbukti mutlak rupanya, ini dibuktikan lewat hasil studi oleh Nurses Health Study terhadap 80.718 wanita, diketahui bahwa wanita yang mengonsumsi setidaknya satu ons kacang setiap minggu, seperti kacang mede, maka ia akan memiliki risiko 25% lebih rendah terkena penyakit batu empedu.

Merawat Kesehatan Tulang
Manfaat makan kacang mede juga mengandung magnesium, zat selain kalsium. Selain itu, tembaga yang ada dalam kacang mede memberikan fleksibilitas pada tulang dan sendi ketika bergerak.

Baik untuk Saraf
Tidak hanya baik untuk tulang, kandungan magnesium ketika makan kacang mede juga memberi manfaat pada aliran saraf dan otot. Magnesium menjaga pembuluh darah dan otot tetap rileks dengan cara memperlambat aliran kalsium ke sel-sel saraf.

Hasil penelitian membuktikan bahwa magnesium membantu mengurangi frekuensi serangan migrain, menurunkan tekanan darah dan membantu mencegah serangan jantung. Sebaliknya, kekurangan magnesium dalam tubuh dapat menyebabkan tekanan darah tinggi, ketegangan otot, dan lelah.

Meningkatkan fungsi Otak
Sepertinya lebih banyak manfaat makan Kacang mede ketimbang bahaya makan kayang mede, di urutan ini disampaikan bahwa kacang mede bisa membantu meningkatkan oksigen ke otak. Jenis kacang ini mampu memainkan peran penting dalam meningkatkan memori. Hal ini dikarenakan lemak tak jenuh ganda dan lemak tak jenuh tunggal berkaitan dengan produksi sel otak. Otak bergantung pada kedua jenis lemak ini, dan kacang mede memiliki kandungan yang tinggi akan kedua lemak tersebut.

Menurunkan Berat Badan
Mereka yang mengkonsumsi kacang mete dua kali seminggu cenderung terhindar dari kegemukan. Sekitar 75 % lemak yang terkandung dalam kacang mete adalah lemak tak jenuh (unsaturated fats) yang merupakan lemak baik.

Selain itu, kacang mete mengandung serat dalam jumlah tinggi. Lemak baik membuat kacang mete dapat membantu menurunkan berat badan dan memberikan lebih banyak energi pada tubuh. Kacang mete juga membantu memperlancar metabolisme tubuh. Inilah fakta tentang manfaat dan bahaya makan kacang mede yang perlu Anda ketahui tentu saja.


Kacang Mede 2


Bahaya Makan Kacang Mede?
Kacang mede mengandung lemak, protein, karbohidrat, dan macam-macam mineral. Kadar mineral yang cukup berarti pada kacang mete adalah calsium, besi, magnesium, fosfor, kalium, zinc, tembaga, mangan dan selenium dapat dipercaya menurunkan berat badan, lalu apa benar makan kacang mede berbahaya?

Meski berlemak tinggi, manfaat dan bahaya makan kacang mede tentu ada, menjadi manfaat jika makan secukupnya dan menjadi bahaya jika makan berlebih. Menurut beberapa sumber yang peroleh, 82 persen lemak tersebut tergolong lemak tidak jahat atau lemak tak jenuh. Jadi, ternyata tak perlu takut menyantapnya. Kadar lemak total pada 100 gram kacang mede mentah, panggang, dan goreng, masing-masing di angka 47, 5, dan 56 gram.

Meski kadar lemaknya terlihat banyak tetapi ternyata jauh dari kesan berbahaya apalagi menjadi tersangka penyebab obesitas dan penyakit degenerative lainnya. Untuk membuktikanya coba kita liat komposisi kacang mede tersebut yakni, lemak pada kacang mete tersusun atas 18 persen asam lemak jenuh dan 82 persen asam lemak tidak jenuh.
Asam lemak jenuh yang sangat ditakuti karena dituding sebagai penyebab timbulnya berbagai penyakit, ternyata kadarnya sangat rendah pada kacang mede.

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Tree, Leaf and Wind


The reason I’m called Tree is because I’m good at painting trees. Over time, I started to use a tree on the right hand corner as a trademark for all my water colour paintings. I dated five girls when I was in Pre-University. There’s one girl whom I really love a lot. However, I never dared to woo her. She doesn’t have a pretty face, a good figure or outstanding charm. She is just a very ordinary girl.

I like her. I really like her. I like her innocence. I like her frankness. I like her cuteness. I like her intelligence and her fragility. The reason why I did not woo her is because I felt somebody so ordinary like her is not a good match for me. I’m afraid that all the good feelings I have for her will vanish after we get together. I’m also afraid that the gossips that follow after we get together will hurt her. I felt that if she’s meant to be my girl, she will be mine ultimately and I don’t have to give up everything just for her. The last reason made her accompany me for three years. She watched me go after different girls as I made her heart cry for three years.

She bumped into us when I was kissing my second girlfriend. She was embarrassed but managed to smile and urged us to continue before running off. Her eyes were swollen like walnuts the next day. I pretended not to know what caused her tears but laughed at her for her swollen eyes for the whole day. She cried alone in the classroom after everyone left for home. She didn’t notice me returning from soccer training to get something from the classroom. I watched her cry for an hour or so.

My fourth girlfriend didn’t like her. They once got into a quarrel. Based on her character, I know she’s not the type that will start the quarrel. However, I still sided with my girlfriend. I shouted at her and her eyes were filled with shock. I didn’t care about her feelings and walked off with my girlfriend. In spite of the incident, she still continued laughing and joking with me like nothing has ever happened the next day. I know that she’s very hurt but she didn’t know that my heartache is as bad as hers.

I asked her out when I broke up with my fifth girlfriend. After going out for a day, I told her that I have something to tell her. Coincidentally, she told me that she has something to tell me too. I told her about my break up and she told me about her new boyfriend. I know her new boyfriend. He has been pursing her for a while. He is a very cute guy full of energy, lively and interesting. His pursuit has been the talk of the school.

I can’t show her how much my heart aches but can only smile and congratulate her. When I reached home, the heartache was so strong that I couldn’t tolerate it. It’s like a heavy rock on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I wanted to shout but I couldn’t. Tears rolled down my cheeks and I broke down and cried. At that point of time, I thought about the number of times I had seen her cry for the man that didn’t acknowledge her presence.

During graduation, I read a message on my Phone. It was sent ten days ago when I broke down and cried. I haven’t read it since then.

It says, “Leaf’s departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn’t ask her to stay.”



During Pre-University days, I like to collect leaves. Why? Because I felt that it takes a lot of courage for a leaf to leave the tree she has been relying on for so long. During the three years of Pre-University, I was on very close terms with a guy. We were not in a relationship but were best buddies. However, when he had his first girlfriend, I learned to develop a new feeling I should never have learned – Jealousy. The sourness in the heart can’t be described by using a lemon. It felt like a hundred rotten sour lemons. It was sourness at the extreme limit. They were only together for two months. When they broke up, I hid my strong sense of happiness. It was short lived as he got together with another girl within a month’s time.

I like him and I know he likes me. However, why won’t he pursue me? Since he loves me, why didn’t he make the first move? Whenever he has a new girlfriend, my heart will hurt. Time after time, my heart was hurt. I started to suspect that this is a one-sided love. If he doesn’t like me, why does he treat me so well? He’s niceness is beyond what you will normally do for a friend. Liking a person is very heart wrenching. I know his likes and his habits but I can never figure out his feelings towards me. You can’t expect me to confront him right?

Despite that, I still want to be by his side. I wanted to care for him, accompany him and love him. I hoped that one fine day, he will love me. It’s like waiting for his phone call every night and waiting for him to sms me. I know that no matter how busy he is, he will make time for me. Hence, I waited for him. The three years were the hardest to go through and I really wanted to give up. Sometimes, I wonder if I should continue waiting. The pain, the hurt and dilemma accompanied me for three years.

At the end of my third year, a second year junior started to pursue after me. He pursues me relentlessly everyday. It came to a point where my feelings towards him changed from outright rejection to being willing to let him have a small footing in my heart. He’s like a warm and gentle wind, trying to blow a Leaf away from the Tree. In the end, I realized that I didn’t want to give this wind only a small footing in my heart. I know this Wind will bring this badly battered Leaf far away to a better land. Finally, I left Tree but Tree only smiled and didn’t ask me to stay.

Leaf’s departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn’t ask her to stay.



I like a girl called Leaf. I have to be a gust wind as she’s too dependent on Tree. A Wind that will blow her away. When I first met her, it was one month after I transferred to the new school. I saw a petite person looking at my seniors and me playing soccer. She will always be sitting there during our soccer practice looking at him regardless if she’s alone or with friends. There’s jealousy in her eyes when he talks with other girls. There’s a smile in her eyes when he looks at her. It became my habit to look at her just like how she likes to look at him.

One day, she didn’t appear. I felt something was amiss. I couldn’t explain the feeling except that it’s a kind of uneasiness. The senior wasn’t there as well. I hid outside their classroom and saw my senior scolding her. He left her with tears in her eyes. I saw her at her usual place looking at him the next day. I walked over and smiled at her. I took out a note and gave it to her. She was surprised. She smiled and looked at me before accepting the note.

She passed me another note and left the next day. The note said, “Wind couldn’t blow her away because Leaf’s heart is too heavy.”

“It’s not that Leaf’s heart is too heavy. It is because Leaf never wanted to leave Tree,” I replied her note with this statement and she started to accept me slowly.

She talked to me, accepted my presents and phone calls. I know that the person she loves is not me. However, I kept up my perseverance as I believe that one day I will make her like me. Within four months, I have declared my love for her no less than twenty times. Every time, she will divert the topic away. Nevertheless, I never give up. I decided that if I want her to be mine, I will definitely use all means to win her over. I can’t remember how many times I declared my love to her. Although I know she will try to divert the topic away, I still bear a small ray of hope every time as I hope that she will agree to be my girlfriend.

During my last declaration of love for her, I didn’t hear any reply from her over the phone.

I asked, “What are you doing? Why didn’t you reply my proposal?”

She said, “I’m nodding my head.”

“Ah?” I couldn’t believe my ears.

“I’m nodding my head,” She replied loudly.

I hung up the phone, dressed up quickly and rushed to her place in a taxi. I hugged her tightly the moment when she opened her door.

Leaf’s departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn’t ask her to stay.

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Jangan Manja!

Seorang tukang kebun mencoba mengadakan penelitian sederhana. Ia menanam 2 tanaman yang sama pada lahan yang sama pula. Tanaman Pertama disirami rutin tiap pagi-sore, sedangkan tanaman Kedua disirami hanya 2 hari sekali.

Ketika tanaman itu bertumbuh cukup besar, tiba waktunya untuk menguji kekuatan akarnya. Perbedaan akar kedua tanaman cukup mencolok, dibutuhkan waktu kurang dari 2 menit untuk mencabut akar dari tanaman Pertama. Sedangkan tenaman Kedua membutuhkan waktu lebih lama, yaitu 4 menit untuk bisa mencabutnya.

Mengapa hal itu bisa terjadi?

Tanaman Pertama cukup dimanjakan dengan air yang ia dapat dengan mudah, sehingga akarnya tidak berusaha mencari ke tanah yang lebih dalam. Sedangkan tanaman Kedua karena mendapatkan air yang lebih sedikit, maka mau tidak mau akarnya harus mencari sumber air yang lain, sehingga akarnya menjadi jauh lebih kuat karena masuk lebih dalam ke tanah.


Cara Tuhan mendidik kita tak jauh beda dengan Ilustrasi di atas.

Bayangkan saja jika Tuhan memanjakan kita dengan mengabulkan semua doa yang kita minta atau tidak pernah mengijinkan penderitaan dan masalah hidup. Tentu ini akan membuat kita menjadi orang yang Manja dan Cengeng. Akibatknya akar Iman kita tidak kuat dan ketika permasalahan terjadi, dengan mudahnya kehidupan kita tumbang.

Tuhan sangat mengasihi kita, itu sebabnya DIA selalu mendewasakan dan melatih akar Iman kita. Mengijinkan penderitaan, masalah, tekanan hidup atau keadaan yang tidak menyenangkan, dengan harapan bahwa akar Iman kita terus mencari Sumber yang sejati.

Jangan Manja, meski Tuhan sangat baik kepada kita, namun kebaikan-Nya bukan untuk memberikan semua yang kita inginkan, melainkan untuk mengatur yang terbaik bagi kita.


“Tanpa masalah, kita hanya akan menjadi orang yang Manja dan memiliki Akar Iman yang Rapuh!”

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