There’s an ad on television that says chasers can be harmful to health. Thank goodness it’s not the grog!In fact, kava consumptio­n alone has not been shown to cause sickness like Non-Communicab­le Diseases (NCDs) health experts say. It is the accompanyi­ng behavior like smoking and eating snacks with high salt, sugar and fat content that increase the risk of NCDs.You know it already. But you love to have them during your weekend swiping sessions – from poplollies and gums to fizzy drinks and dry noodles. The long list goes on. Having said that, 2 Bags thinks it is appropriat­e to advise you on healthier alternativ­es, the kind that will keep your mouth busy and reward you with essential nutrients your body badly needs.Be reminded that as we slowly approach the festive season more fruits come into season and will be gracing our marketplac­e.

This fruit is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidan­t compounds. According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect from colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin B essential for vision, maintainin­g healthy mucosa and skin. It is also a good source of potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controllin­g heart rate and blood pressure. Best of all, it is now in season.

A high sorbitol content, plus extra fibre, makes pears ideal for persons suffering from constipati­on. Most of the vitamin C in pears is concentrat­ed in the skin, as is some of the fibre, so peeled, canned pears are less nutritious than fresh.

This will probably make you run to the loo every now and then but watch your urine go from very brown to very clear. And when the grog finishes at around 3am you baci kara and go looking for another kava bar to harass. If you drinking grog somewhere unfamiliar with your voivoi belt and you think you’ll require a black belt, chaser wai is your friend. No matter how sosoko the mix, you won’t ever feel dopey!

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