According to scientific reports, edible bird's nest is a rare delicacy with high nutritional value and very good for human health. Bird's nest soup has many essential micronutrients that the human body cannot synthesized. Therefore, in modern life, bird's nest soup has become a kind of food supplement that people prefer and is increasingly widely used. Here are 10 things you should not ignore when using bird's nest :
1. The best time of day to eat bird's nest soup ?
Nutritionists recommend it is best to consume bird's nest soup on an empty stomach, which is usually in the morning when first waking up or in the evening before bedtime. About 1 hour into sleeping, concentrations of different hormones are increased allowing the nutrients to be absorbed into the body better. This is when the nutrients are used to their highest capacity and best use for the body.
Nutritionists recommend it is best to consume bird's nest soup on an empty stomach
2. How much bird's nest to eat a day ?
There is a limit on how much nutrients the human body can absorb at a given time. Extra nutrients that are not absorbed are excreted from the body through the digestive tract. Experts recommend daily use of about 3 grams of dried (remember to cook properly before consumption!) bird's nest for children between 1 and 12 years old and 5-10 grams for teens and adults. Do NOT mix bird's nest soup with large amount of other foods. Remember what the body cannot absorb will be excreted as waste. Hence, it would be a waste of all the nutritional elements contained in the bird's nest.
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3. The best way to cook bird's nest soup ?
The simplest is the best. The best method to cook bird's nest is by placing it in a ceramic bowl then place the bowl in a larger pot and fill the pot with water half way up the bowl. Cooking bird's nest this way ensure that the temperature of the bird's nest soup in the bowl doesn't exceed 100 degrees C and the nutrients in the bird's nest are preserved. It is very difficult to adjust the temperature with other cooking methods. High temperature destroys natural nutrients contained in bird's nest.
If you decide to use bird's nest soup as an ingredient of a dish, it is still recommeded to cook it separately using the above technique before combining it with others in a finished dish for consumption.
The best method to cook bird's nest soup is by placing it in a ceramic bowl then place the bowl in a larger pot and fill the pot with water half way up the bowl
4. I only eat bird's nest soup on days I feel tired or need extra energy?
As mentioned above, there is a limit on how much nutrients a human body can absorb at a given time. Extra nutrients that are not absorbed are excreted from the body. Hence, consuming small amounts of bird's nest soup regularly is much more beneficial than eating a large quantity at one time. Rather than eating 10 nests in 1 day when you're tired or sick, eat 1 nest per day for 10 days and you will feel healthier and more energetic. Long term consumption of small amounts of bird's nest have shown to have the best effects.
5. Is bird's nest soup good for baby ?
Nutrition experts agree that bird's nest soup is a good food supplement for children with anorexia and malnutrition. From a biological standpoint, bird's nest contains 50% protein by weight, many essential amino acids and trace elements that can stimulate a child's digestive system for healthy development. when used frequently at the recommended portion bird’s nest soup can help prevent colds and flus by improving the function of the lungs and kidneys. Bird's nest soup can help boost the immune system and increase resistance to external environmental factors. In addition, trace elements found in bird's nest is useful for neurological stabilization processes and enhance memory in children.
Nutrition experts agree that bird's nest soup is a good food supplement for children with anorexia and malnutrition
6. People with diabetes can use bird's nest soup ?
According to scientific analysis, bird's nest contains a significant amount of leucine. This amino acid plays an important role in the regulation of blood sugar levels. Other amino acids found in bird's nest include isoleucine, which plays a vital role in the rehabilitation process and supports the formation of hemoglobin and blood clotting. Bird's nest soup also helps strengthen the immune system by providing important nutrients to help nourish the body and increase energy. It also help you sleep longer and deeper.
Note: For people with diabetes, use a sugar alternative when preparing bird's nest soup.
7. What are health benefits of bird's nest soup for pregnancy ?**
The following amino acids are found in bird's nest and could have positive effects on pregnant women.
* Glycine could help reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. It could also decrease the possibility of neural tube defects and promotes the comprehensive development of the fetus.
* Tryptophan could help fight depression due to changes in hormones during pregnancy and post partum. It could help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.
* Serotonin and Melatonin are essential for optimal growth for children and nitrogen balance in pregnant women.
* Modern studies have shown that Bird’s Nest is rich in epidermal growth factor(EGF). This substance is responsible for skin and tissue repair. Threonine found in bird's nest promotes elastin and collagen formation of the skin and to prevent skin from aging. When use regularly, bird's nest soup is reputed to maintain youthfulness and enhance the complexion.
Regular consumption of small amounts of bird's nest soup during pregnancy could enhance the health of the fetus and reduce the chance of lung diseases.
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Consuming bird's nest soup during pregnancy could enhance the health of the fetus and reduce the chance of lung diseases
8. Can the fine feather accumulate in the body if the bird's nests are not properly clean?
No, the fine feathers are excreted as waste through the digestive tract. The purpose of the thorough cleaning and removal of fine feather is to enhance the aesthetic bird's nest. It is also to enhance the taste of bird's nest.
9. Bird's nests as white as possible, right ?
Bird's nest is naturally ivory or yellowish. It is made by a particular type of swiftlet during breeding season when the male secretes a special glue-like substance from a special gland. These swiftlets only feed on small flying insects. Thus, the color of bird's nest varies depending on the characteristics of the region such as different foraging areas and the species of insects . Snow white bird's nest may have been bleached to catch the eye and claiming to be good.
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10. What are bird's nest benefits for skin ?
Modern studies have shown that bird’s nest soup is rich in epidermal growth factor(EGF). This substance is responsible for skin and tissue repair. Threonine found in bird's nest promotes elastin and collagen formation of the skin and to prevent skin from aging. When use regularly, bird's nest soup is reputed to maintain youthfulness and enhance the complexion. Women that consume bird's nest soup regularly experience smooth skin with less pimples, freckles and pigmentation marks. Bird's nest soup does not contain fat and can be used every day without fear of gaining weight.
In addition, bird's nest contains a significant amount of Proline, which is important for the recovery of muscle tissue and skin. Bird's nest soup could help the body detox, shrink pores, supports cell division, stimulate and regenerate new skin cells quickly. Moreover, bird's nest soup promotes better sleep and helps reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. These are often the leading cause of premature aging of the skin. Therefore when use regularly, bird's nest soup could help you maintain smooth skin and natural beauty.
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