Although carrots are available throughout the year, carrots grown at local, seasonal, summer and autumn season are more preferable because they are fresher and more delicious. Carrots are part of the Umbelliferae family, called after-umbrella, like clusters of flowers radiates from a single point. Per se, carrots are closely related as a family of, fennel, parsley, anise, cumin, caraway and dill.
We are fortunate to have the results of a new 10-year study in the Netherlands with carrots and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) – and these results are really fascinating. The fruit and vegetable input in the study was classified by color and focused on four color categories: green, orange / yellow, red / violet, white. Of these four categories, orange / yellow (and, in particular, deep orange and yellow foods) have been the most beneficial and protective against cardiovascular diseases. Participants who ate at least 25 grams of carrots (25 grams, less than one quarter of a cup) had a significantly lower risk of CVD. Groups of participants who ate 50 or 75 grams more had an even lower risk of CVD!
Much of the research has focused on carotenoids in carrots and their important antioxidant benefits. After all, carrots (along with pumpkin and spinach) have a high ranking on the list of legumes considered antioxidants, commonly consumed in the US. But recent studies have come to the conclusion and brought the carrot as a part of nutrients called phytonutrients. In carrots, the most important components are polyacetylenes, falcarinol and falcarindiol. Several recent studies have identified these polyacetylenes in carrot as phytonutrients that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. These new findings are exciting because they suggest a key interaction between carotenoids and polyacetylenes carrots. Apparently, rich carotenoid content in carrots helps prevent oxidative damage not only inside our body but can also help prevent oxidative damage. In other words, these two stunning groups of carrot phytonutrients can work together in a synergistic way to maximize their benefits in our health!
Carrots have been found to have a better taste, while cooked steam! In a recent study on examining different methods in cooking vegetables, study participants were asked to evaluate the flavor and taste, the overall acceptability of the results. Compared with boiling points, study participants significantly favored the general taste and acceptability of steamed carrots, as compared to boiled ones.
Raw Carrots, slices
(122.00 grams) Calories: 50
NutrientDRI / DV
– vitamin A113%, biotin20%, vitamin K18%, fibre14%, molybdenum14%, potassium11%, vitamin C10%, vitamin B610%, mangan9%, vitamin B38%, vitamin B17%, pantothenic acid7%, copper6, phosphorus6%, folate6%, vitamin B25%, vitamin E5%
Carrots are probably best known for providing rich nutrients and antioxidants, which was actually called: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source of not only beta-carotene, but also contain a wide variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. They are beneficial in cardiovascular problems but are also anti-cancer nutrients.
All carrot varieties contain significant amounts of antioxidant nutrients. Included here are traditional antioxidants, such as vitamin C, as well as phytonutrient antioxidants such as beta-carotene. The list includes:
Different varieties of carrots contain different amounts of these antioxidant phytonutrients. Red and purple carrots, for example, are best known for their rich anthocyanin content. The oranges are particularly remarkable in terms of beta-carotene content, which accounts for 65% of their total carotenoid content. In yellow carrots, 50% of all carotenoids come from lutein.
Given their richness in antioxidants, it is not surprising to find many studies about it. Our cardiovascular system needs constant protection. Thus they (carrots) are considered cardioprotective.
The anti-cancer benefits
The anti-cancer benefits of carrot have been proven in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer. Part of this research involved the actual intake of carrot juice by the participants, as well as other research that involved studies on different types of cancer cells.
“Baby” carrots are rich in nutrients and low in calories and are ideal for raw or steam snacks or in a mixture of vegetables.
What do they contain?
Vitamin A is the nutrient found in carrots of all types and varieties. Each minced “cup” contains 21384 IUs – international units. The daily dose, for example recommended for women, is 2,300 IU, or 700 micrograms. Vitamin A helps ensure good vision, healthy skin and proper functioning of the immune system. For the reproduction of a cell, we need vitamin A, but it also participates in bone formation. Vitamin A in carrot comes in the form of beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A during digestion. Although carrot consumption is beneficial, taking large amounts of vitamin A through supplements can cause toxicity.
A cup of baby-chopped carrots or large carrots contains 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, which is up 10 percent of the amount we need in a day. Fiber supports digestion, regland and helping constipated people. Fiber-rich diets are also linked to lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and preventing colon cancer. Foods rich in fiber are also useful for weight control, adding the amount of free calories to food.
Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that plays a role in blood clotting and the production of certain bone proteins. A cup of baby-carrots or chopped carrots contains about 17 micrograms of vitamin K; adult women need 90 micrograms per day. Other excellent sources of vitamin K are everything that is green and dark green, leaves such as cabbage, spinach, and broccoli and soybean oil. If you take any anticoagulant, such as warfarin, it can not be taken safely with large amounts of vitamin K.
At 7.6 milligrams of vitamin C per cup of minced carrots, carrots provide about 10 per cent of the 75 milligram daily needed for women. Our body uses vitamin C for a lot of functions, including immune support, cell repair and wound healing. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from food, which is especially important for menstruation in women. However, there is no truth in that myth, which tells us that consuming large amounts of vitamin C helps prevent colds. Although vitamin C supplements can regularly reduce the duration of colds. They play an important role in cancers and tumors, being antitumor, and yes they play an important role in fighting various viruses and bacteria, etc.
Our carrot vegan cream soup contains:
A bigger handful of baby carrots, a tiny root of parsley, a half of white onion (or leeks), 1 tablespoon organic coconut butter, a little Himalayan salt, spring water – mix together in the blender and get serve with dry mint (vegetables can boil light in steam, or you can make the soup in their raw state)
Klarna Opens Tech Hub in Berlin
Klarna, one of the world’s leading payment providers, today announced its plan to open a tech hub in Germany’s capital at the beginning of next year. This will enable Klarna to further build out its product portfolio and services, better serve its fast-growing merchant and consumer base across Europe and the US and tap into the cities’ rich talent base.
The new Berlin site will be based in the very heart of Berlin’s thriving technology scene in Berlin Mitte and offers Klarna employees space of around 7,400 square meters in a modern and functional repurposed car garage. In the future, it will house more than 500 employees focusing on product, engineering and commercial growth and will be an addition to Klarna’s German offices in Munich and Linden, each with approximately 100 employees.
“Berlin is one of the most exciting tech and entrepreneurial hubs worldwide and attracts exceptional local and international talents from all over the world. We are very proud and humbled to be part of that thriving ecosystem now. This site will enable us to further scale our footprint in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and new markets, but at the same time build new products and services to solve people’s shopping pain points across Europe and the US. We are on a very exciting journey from a pure payment provider to a global shopping ecosystem and our team in Berlin will play a decisive part to reach our ambitious goals.” says Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO Klarna.
Robert Bueninck, General Manager DACH, adds: “The DACH market as a whole developed fantastically throughout the past years and we have a very strong momentum and growing brand awareness in the region. With several thousands of new merchants which went live with us this year and many millions of consumers using our services, Germany is hugely important to the company to drive volume and revenue growth. The new site in Berlin is testament to our strong track record locally and our commitment to becoming the most favorite way to buy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”
Klarna currently employs over 2,500 employees in Stockholm, Los Angeles, New York, Columbus, Madrid, Brussels, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, Linden, Munich, Oslo, Helsinki and Uppsala. In August 2019, the company received a 460 million US dollars funding round on a 5.5 billion US dollars post-money valuation, which currently makes Klarna the highest private FinTech company in Europe. Earlier this year, the company tapped into new business verticals by launching new products such as the Klarna Open Banking Platform and Global Authentication Platform. On the consumer side, Klarna introduced the Klarna Card and Klarna’s Instore solution in Germany as well as various new features in the Klarna app that fundamentally change the way how people shop and pay. This underpins the company’s versatility in opening up new revenue streams and ambition to become the go-to destination when it comes to online and offline shopping.
Progressive Approach in Embracing the Digital Finance Key to Labuan IBFC’s Growth in Financial Innovation
“Labuan International Business and Financial Centre’s (Labuan IBFC’s) ‘digital family‘ continues to grow in recognition of the progressive approach the centre has taken in embracing the digital revolution by being as facilitative as possible to enable innovative digital business to take root in Labuan,” said Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) Director-General, Danial Mah Abdullah at the inaugural Connecting Digital Ecosystems in Asia 2019 (CoDE Asia 2019) conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
Mah added: “To this extent, the centre has used legacy licences like money broker, credit token licenses to provide the regulatory umbrella for the digital business to be carried out. Now that is innovation by itself. Thus, the centre has a ‘toolbox‘ of solutions to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding digital industry, whether from the supply or demand side”.
He went on to add that the digital business model must be legitimate, meeting international standards of compliance, transparency and prudential requirements. Thus, prospects would need to obtain Labuan FSA’s prior approval for any proposed digital business if the activities fall within the ambit of Labuan Financial Services Securities Act 2010 or Labuan Islamic Financial Services Securities Act 2010.
Labuan IBFC’s digital journey began in 2017, with eight licenses up to 2018 and 2019 has seen an exponential growth in the number of players in the centre with more than 30 licenses approved to operate as digital entities.
“Our bespoke and curated approach is an ideal match to the demands of a fast-evolving digital marketplace,” said Farah Jaafar-Crossby, CEO of Labuan IBFC Inc, the jurisdiction’s market development agency. She added Labuan IBFC’s tax neutrality and currency agnosticism adds to the appeal as a digital hub, especially since the digital marketplace is inherently borderless in its application.
“We have seen a significant increase in interest of our digital ‘toolbox‘ from regional and also international entities,” she said and cited Memorandum of Understandings signed between Labuan IBFC Inc with China Construction Bank, Labuan as well as Huobi Group of China, both in relation to the advancement and development of Labuan IBFC’s digital ecosystem.
She added the fast-growing ecosystem in the jurisdiction had also prompted the establishment of an industry-led Labuan Fintech Association, which is open to any party interested in participating and contributing to Labuan IBFC’s growing “digital family”.
Labuan IBFC which will celebrate its 30th year of establishment in 2020, is home to more than 6,000 active companies which includes top-ranked financial institutions comprising 55 banks, 217 insurance companies, 61 corporate service providers, more than 300 leasing companies and 43 commodity trading companies. Labuan IBFC entities employ more than 6,000 people, making the IBFC the largest employer compared to other industries in Labuan.
The Connecting Digital Ecosystems in Asia 2019 (CoDE Asia 2019) conference was attended by more than 250 delegates and featured a lineup of regional industry players and subject matter experts, discussing topics catered towards developing a holistic digital ecosystem in the region. For more information on Labuan IBFC and its offerings, log on to www.labuanibfc.com.
OneConnect wins prestigious award at the 2019 Kotler Future Marketing Summit for its outstanding global marketing efforts
OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd (OneConnect), an associate company of Ping An Group, won the “Kotler New Marketing Year Successful Overseas Marketing Award” at the prestigious “2019 Kotler Future Marketing Summit” held in Beijing on 12 October. OneConnect’s win is an affirmation of its outstanding global marketing efforts that successfully export Ping An’s technologies to leading financial institutions outside of China within a short span of one year or so. Philip Kotler, known as the “father of modern marketing”, graced the event at the Wangjing Hyatt Hotel in Beijing.
The yearly Kotler New Marketing Awards aim to establish industry benchmarks and recognize successful experiences, further inspiring enterprises to carry out marketing innovations and pave the future of marketing. The summit focused on two main themes: cutting-edge marketing and growth marketing.
OneConnect celebrated the opening of its Singapore Office in November 2018 to spearhead regional expansion, and in February 2019, celebrated the launch of its Indonesia Office. Within a short span, OneConnect made remarkable progress inking maiden deals with leading financial institutions in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Japan and Abu Dhabi.
Ms Tan Bin Ru, CEO of OneConnect Financial Technology, said: “Over the past one year or so, OneConnect has built an impressive footprint with customers in about 10 countries outside of China. More Asian banks are looking to strengthen their technological capabilities to serve the millennials and the unbanked and underserved segments. We are making an impact in enabling banks and insurers in their transformation journey.”
OneConnect has served more than 600 banks and over 80 insurance companies, and is expanding its operations. In August, OneConnect announced a strategic joint venture partnership with SBI Holdings, Inc. to enter Japan market. SBI OneConnect Japan will fully leverage SBI Neo Financial Services and other SBI companies to introduce OneConnect’s fintech services to financial institutions and businesses across Japan.
In June, OneConnect and UBX Philippines Corporation, the wholly-owned fintech subsidiary of Union Bank of the Philippines, entered a partnership to build SeekCap – the country’s first lending platform to meet the banking needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). SeekCap was launched by UBX within four months in November, demonstrating OneConnect’s strong tech capabilities. Today, SeekCap is a true loan marketplace with multiple lenders showcasing their loan products for borrowers to choose what best suits their business needs, and apply for loans digitally and seamlessly on a single end-to-end platform. Loans can be approved on the same day, and disbursed within three working days. This drastically shortens turnaround time as compared with traditional loan applications in the Philippines.
In Indonesia, OneConnect is the choice tech partner of Sinar Mas Financial Services Group, the financial arm of conglomerate Sinar Mas. As a key strategic partner, OneConnect is partnering with Bank Sinarmas, PT. Kredit Biro Indonesia Jaya, the country’s first private credit bureau to provide banks and micro-finance organizations with better lending decisions, and ASPARINDO, an association for retailers in Indonesia, to build a smart lending ecosystem. OneConnect is also partnering with Asuransi Sinarmas to build a smart auto claims solution, as well as Sinar Mas Multi-finance to build a smart retail lending platform for Indonesians to gain easy access to loans.
In Malaysia, OneConnect is partnering with one of the country’s top banks to build an SME lending platform. In Thailand, OneConnect counts three of the top 10 banks as its customers.
In Abu Dhabi, it is building a financial ecosystem with the Abu Dhabi Global Market to spur fintech innovations, collaborations and market opportunities. The first initiative was the launch of an innovation lab at the Fintech Abu Dhabi in October. The lab will use OneConnect’s technology to connect legacy systems of financial institutions to fintech applications through enabling the creation of APIs, System Virtual Machines, data and applications in a cost-effective and scalable manner. It will enable financial institutions to transform digitally, accelerate product development, drive innovation, as well as embrace interoperability, partnerships and collaboration within a truly inclusive financial ecosystem.
Beyond Asia, OneConnect is partnering finleap connect to offer its fintech software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology to the European market. finleap connect is a business unit of finleap, Europe’s leading fintech ecosystem, which is based in Berlin and has offices in Milan, Paris and Madrid.
These achievements underscore OneConnect’s mission of using technology to make finance easier, and its vision of becoming a technology partner that financial institutions trust to ride the wave of digital transformation.
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