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How (un)healthy is cassava anyway?

How (un)healthy is cassava anyway?

What is cassava and is cassava healthy? Could it also be that this root is unhealthy or even poisonous? We tell you more about cassava! What is cassava? Cassava is a root that originated in Central and South America. It is a sign of human ingenuity that cassava is now...

How can you make your breasts filled without a push-up bra?

How can you make your breasts filled without a push-up bra?

Training the pectoral muscles is very popular with men, but developed pectoral muscles are also a great advantage for women. If you effectively train your pectoral muscles, your breasts will get bigger. To explain how this works, I first want to clarify the anatomy of the female breast.

Anatomy of the female breast

The female breast contains milk glands, fat tissue and connective tissue. In addition to these tissues, the breast also contains blood and lymphatic vessels. The connective tissue gives your breast a firmness. Important connective tissues for breasts are the ligaments of Cooper. They are connected to connective tissue around your pectoral muscles and to your collarbone (see the picture).

Anatomy of the chest

The breasts are on the chest above the pectoral muscles (m. pectoralis major and m. pectoralis minor and also m. serratus anterior). They run over the chest and are used to move your shoulder and arm. Especially when moving your arm forward such as: pushing, pushing, pulling, pulling and pulling up. Strong muscles make your breasts stand a little further forward and look bigger.
Not convinced yet? Take the test and see the effect of strong pectoral muscles

Keep your hands in front of your breasts and press your palms together. Hold the tension for a few seconds. Have your breasts gone up? Good! This is it!

What is the cause of the lifting effect on your breasts?

The developed pectoral muscles are larger and lighten the breasts (similar to a push-up bra).
Strong pectoral muscles are good coupling points for connective tissue (Cooper ligaments) that give strength to the breasts.
Regular training of the breasts stimulates the blood circulation of the breast tissue and the skin and keeps them elastic and supple.

Exercising your pectoral muscles easily at home

It is possible with the help of the classic exercises that the trainers have not for nothing called “push-up”. The weight of your own body is enough to stimulate the muscles.

Push-ups against the stairs (1.) and push-ups against the wall (2.) are simple exercises in which you train your breasts adequately. From the first position, the bottom of your pectoral muscles are trained to make your breasts a bit bigger and to support the ligaments of Cooper, while the second option for the top of your muscle is to cause the lifting effect (see the pictures).

Exercising push up pectoral muscles
Do I get ugly-muscled when I’m doing heavy strength training?


It is very difficult to build up a large muscle mass just because of the fitness training (especially for women). Bodybuilders train extremely hard and follow a very specific diet. So getting fat from muscle training is really not possible. By training 2 or 3 times a week you will look healthier and tighter and you will get a new and beautiful shape of the body.
Do my breasts disappear due to strength exercises?

Certainly not.

The fat in your breasts naturally increases. The older you get, the more fat there is in your breasts. The only way you can get the fat out of your breasts is to go to an extremely low fat percentage. This is what bodybuilders do and it often happens with all crash diets or when there is enormous overweight (obesity), so with fat % above 35. If your overweight is low, the fat, which determines the size of the breasts, will definitely remain between your mammary glands.

Fernanda Broda

How (un)healthy is cassava anyway?

How (un)healthy is cassava anyway?

What is cassava and is cassava healthy? Could it also be that this root is unhealthy or even poisonous? We tell you more about cassava!

What is cassava?

Cassava is a root that originated in Central and South America. It is a sign of human ingenuity that cassava is now considered nutritious and edible. As a protection against animals that also love roots, cassava contains a tiny amount of the highly toxic hydrocyanic acid. Eating the carrot raw is definitely not a good idea and definitely more than unhealthy. Yet the original inhabitants of Central and South America soon discovered that the root, if well prepared, could be an important source of food. Today, cassava is grown almost everywhere in the tropics because of its high nutritional value.

What substances does the cassava contain?

Cassava is very similar to the potato, it consists mainly of starch and thanks to all these carbohydrates this root is very nutritious. The structure of the carrot is stronger than that of a potato, even after it has been prepared. The root does not contain gluten and is therefore also called healthy. For people who are not allowed or do not want to use gluten, the root is a good alternative. The cassava can be prepared in many different ways: cooking, steaming, frying, grilling or baking. The present hydrocyanic acid is broken down when heated. The root is often used to make flour, which can be used in various dishes.

Is cassava healthy?

The root resembles a potato and contains hardly any minerals or vitamins. However, in tropical regions all kinds of medicinal effects are attributed to the root. Is cassava healthy? In these areas, it is said that the root contains substances that provide relief from barbed-poor syndrome. The flour of the root is also said to be good for the nervous system and an effective remedy against stress. However, no scientific evidence has yet been provided. Good properties are also attributed to the leaves of the plant. Finely chopped leaves should be applied to the head as a puree to combat headaches. If wounds are connected to leaves from this root, this would speed up healing.

The taste of cassava

There are two types of cassava, bitter and sweet. The bitter one contains more hydrocyanic acid than the sweet one, but both types cannot be eaten raw. The taste also resembles that of an ordinary potato despite its coarser structure. When cooked, the carrot of vegetables and meat is a nice addition. The cassava chips have also become very popular lately because of their crispy structure. One of the special products for which the carrot is used is bubble tea. The pearls that are used for this are made of tapioca, as the flour of the carrot is often referred to.

In other countries the root is also called yuca when used in the kitchen. It is common in Indian and Cuban cuisine. The fact that cassava or yuca is also regularly for sale in vegetable shops and supermarkets in the Netherlands is also related to the fact that the Surinamese kitchen also uses this root in many ways. Would you like to try a simple dish with this root? Then make a cassava omelette. With one cassava, two eggs, tamarisauce and two tablespoons curry masalas you can make a tasty omelette in no time at all. To do this, cut the cassava into small cubes.

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