Category: Food

Alcohol licensing – what you need to know…

Many people own their own pub, or microbrewery – but it can be a time-intensive, and confusing, industry to get into.

If you have ever dreamed of building up a business that involves selling alcohol, then you’ll need to be fully aware of the alcohol licensing regulations. 

Find out more:

What are the key regulations?

If you want to supply alcohol in England and Wales, you need a licence that has been authorised by the licensing authority. Often, this is a local council. Overseen by the Home Office, this determines:

1. Businesses that sell or supply alcohol on a permanent basis, such as pubs, need to apply for a premises licence.

2. Those who plan to authorise the sale of alcohol must apply for a personal licence, alongside the premises licence, if they are also the owner of the business in that premises.

Getting a licence includes a fee and an application form, which you need to post to your local council. As well as the local authority, you will also have to send your application to the police and other responsible authorities, such as:

* Local trading standards.

* Primary care trust (PCT) or local health board (LHB).

* Environmental health authority.

* Local fire and rescue.

* Planning authority.

* Any other licensing authority in whose area part of the premises is located.

Plan as much as possible before beginning your application to avoid coming across pitfalls.  For example, try to establish your staffing requirement, and work out who your business gas provider will be and get the best contract.

Info about premises

A premise licence gives you permission to use a premise for activities involving the sale of alcohol. To successfully apply for this licence, you will be asked a series of questions such as:

* Your details as an applicant.

* General information regarding the premises such as the address.

* The operating schedule, including the date you want the licence to start from on the premises.

* The opening hours of your premises.

* How you intend to promote the four key licensing objectives, which are: the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, the protection of children from harm.

* The planning of the premises and any advertising on or around the premises.

Make sure you indicate what licensable activities you wish to carry out by ticking the appropriate boxes on the form. You should also indicate what days and times you want the licence to be active from. This also includes the provision of regulated entertainment, such as indoor sporting events, live music and recorded music. Also, you should state who you wish to be the designated premises supervisor (DPS).

Do you need a personal licence?

Staff members don’t need a personal licence, however, a premises supervisor does – and you must have someone filling this role.

Are going to be the owner of the premises licence? If so, you would apply to be the personal licence holder. Also, anyone who works in a pub should be authorised to do so by the personal licence holder. Before applying for this licence, ensure that anyone running or managing a pub is professional and responsible to avoid problems further down the line.

These are all the details you need to know about alcohol licences. Get started today and you could be pouring pints in your own pub very soon!

Top Ways To Get Ideas For Your Meal Planner

Becoming organized when it comes to making food and thinking ahead is both a fun and effective idea. Many people enjoy getting inspired and creative while making the lists of things to buy and prepare before cooking an actual meal. Meal planning can also be a motivating habit that will keep you on your diet – all you need to do is to invest some time, find a comfy place to think, open your weekly meal planner and create ideas for tasty and healthy meals. It’s even more entertaining when you’re making plans with your friends or family. Here are the best ways you can get the best ideas for your meal planner.

 

1.    Always Search For Recipes

If you want to change your eating habits and you’re looking for new food, finding its’ recipes is a must. And for the best meals, you’ll need to browse through a lot of recipes. But, don’t be afraid to sit and google different ones or try using some apps that will help you. You can also ask your friends or family for their favorite food or you can buy special magazines with many different types of meals and recipes that you can use.

 

2.    Make A Meal Journal

Creating a meat journal is a great thing to memorize the food you’ve already prepared. And if you love trying many new things, maybe one day you’ll come in situation where you want to prepare some meal from the past, but you just can’t remember its’ recipe. This is where journal will become helpful and also maybe inspire you with some previous meals to create a good meal plan.

 

3.    Create A Schedule For Meals

Prioritizing different food types on different days will inspire you to create a better, diverse meal plan. Choose the food for each day of the weak and entertain yourself while you’re doing it! Knowing which food you want to eat each day will save you time and make the search for recipes easier for you.

 

4.    Look For What Is On Sale

Getting meal plan ideas from checking what is on sale is great because you can save your money and find some interesting meals that you previously didn’t know about. Perhaps you’ll find some tasty and healthy food that you have completely forgotten about! Before buying, create a shopping list and include the food on sale!

 

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A herb for all occasions

Herbs are a steady constant in our kitchens. Where would our sage and onion stuffing recipe be without, well, sage? And a good tomato pasta sauce just wouldn’t be the same without basil. Yes, it’s good to have your kitchens well-stocked with an array of herbs, but their uses extend beyond cooking.

Traditionally, herbs have been used as medicinal sources and for many pleasing scents. With the expertise of plant supports supplier Suttons Seeds, we’ll be exploring eight of the best examples of multi-functional herbs.  

 

Ginseng for the mind

A common herb along thousands of years of Chinese medicine, ginseng has been attributed as a cure for many ailments. With Panax ginseng the most widely studied of this species, it has been found to boost our mood, enhance our memory and increase concentration. As a natural detoxifier, it’s also said to boost our immune system and treat imbalances in our body, including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels and hormones. However, it has been claimed that anyone with heart disease should avoid this herb or consult with your cardiologist due to the reported side effects, such as heart palpitations and insomnia.

 

What was rosemary for again?

Rosemary’s scent comes from an essential oil that has also been accredited to improved accuracy and speed when it comes to mental tasks, says Northumbria University. The main chemical constituent in the herb is 8-cineole and by simply smelling rosemary, we are said to be able to score higher on tests and function better on a daily basis.  

Shakespeare was ahead of science when he penned “rosemary is for remembrance”, it seems!

 

Echinacea: supporting your immune system

This herb has mild anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to a high level of flavonoids. It is said to hold immune-boosting qualities that promotes the activity of the lymphocyte cells that help eliminate viruses from the body. Promoters of the herb use it to combat an array of ailments, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Acid indigestion
  • Gum disease
  • Migraines
  • Diphtheria
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Flu
  • Tonsillitis

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, echinacea was very popular in Europe and North America. It first was used as a treatment for the common cold, after a supplement maker from Switzerland believed it could prevent common colds after finding out Native American tribes in South Dakota used it for this reason.

 

The roots of sage

Sage has roots in the Latin word ‘salvere’, meaning ‘to save’. And it certainly had a life-saving reputation in the Middle Ages, with many using it as a way to try to prevent the plague. However, recent research found that the herb may be able to improve our brain’s functionality and memories, especially in people who have Alzheimer’s disease as sage inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine — something which drops in sufferers of the disease.

 

Basil: more than just for cooks

Basil has pride of place among many a chef’s cupboard. However, the plant also has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that can halt osteoarthritis. Currently, it’s being used to combat digestive disorders and is the subject of studies looking into its anti-cancer properties. The essential oils found in basil are a good source of vitamin A, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. It’s also said that the oil can enhance dull-looking skin and hair when massaged into the skin, provide relief from the common cold and improve digestion.

 

Holy basil: more than just basil!

This one’s a step up from regular old basil. Holy basil is considered to be a sacred herb in India and has been linked with reducing blood sugar levels. It has also been used to combat anxiety and any anxiety-related depression, with one study finding it increases certain immune cells which are found in our blood. However, as these studies have been relatively small, it’s anticipated that more research will be carried out to discover the herb’s true ‘powers’.

 

Stomach-soothing spearmint

This Mediterranean herb isn’t as strong as other herbs in the mint family. Its leaves carry menthol and is rich in many antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin C. It can help battle flatulence and hiccups, due to it relaxing your stomach muscles. Other benefits spearmint is used for includes relieving itching, dermatitis and hives when it’s used as a cream or lotion. It can also be used in aromatic therapy to help reduce head pains, fatigue and stress.

 

Tarragon

Tarragon helps to stimulate an appetite, thanks to its healthy dose of phyto-nutrients. In its fresh form, it is one of the highest antioxidant value food sources in common herbs. Studies have found that it helps to lower blood sugar levels and compounds found in the herb can inhibit platelet activation and prevent adhesion to the blood vessel wall. This can help prevent clot formation inside blood vessels in your heart and brain, which can protect from heart attacks and strokes. In dentistry, tarragon has been used as an antiseptic for toothache complaints, while tarragon tea is thought to help cure insomnia.

As you can see from this small selection, herbs have numerous health benefits to be aware of. Studies will continue to be carried out to firmly understand all the positive aspects of the herbs available to us. So, now is as good a time as any to head to your local supermarkets and stock up on those all-important herbs!

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http://naturalsociety.com/6-herbs-boost-brain-power-genius/

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/healing-power-herbs

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https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/basil-essential-oil.html

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/healthy-herbs.html

 

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The 7 best foods for people with kidney problems.

A healthy diet is incredibly important for people with kidney problems. It can prevent and even help relieve symptoms of kidney disease. While a dietician can create a meal plan that suits your needs, there are certain foods that can help you manage your kidney disease.

Here are 7 of the best foods for people with kidney problems:

1. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of the best foods for people living with kidney disease. It is packed with nutrients including vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin K and is a good source of folate and dietary fibre. This cruciferous vegetable is also rich in indoles, thiocyanates, and nitriles – compounds that help the liver neutralize poisonous substances that may damage cell membranes. These compounds also reduce inflammation which is essential in promoting healthy functioning of the kidneys.

 

2. Blueberries

A diet that is rich in blueberries is essential for people with kidney problems or receiving dialysis. This type of berry is high in folate, fibre, manganese, and vitamin C. It also contains anthocyanidins, an antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation.

You can eat them fresh, frozen or dried or add them to your fruit smoothie, cereals or salad dressing.

 

3. Red Grapes

These types of grapes are not just meant for making the finest wine in the world. They are a great choice for people who are battling kidney disease. Red grapes are packed with vitamin C and contain flavonoids – antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Additionally, they can help cleanse and detox the kidneys.

The National Kidney Foundation recommends eating 15 grapes daily to maintain good kidney health. It important to note that grapefruit affects the way many medicines work. So be sure to ask your pharmacist or physician if grapefruit is safe for you.

 

4. Egg Whites

Egg whites are pure protein and contain less phosphorous compared to dairy, meat, and chicken. The low levels of phosphorus help prevent mineral build-up in the system making egg whites a great option for people following a renal diet.

They are also a good choice for patients on dialysis as they have higher protein needs but need to limit their phosphorus intake.

 

5. Garlic

Kidney disease patients are advised to reduce or avoid sodium intake, including table salt. Garlic can be used as a substitute for salt to flavor your cooking. Additionally, it has diuretic properties which help promote kidney health.

The herb is also packed with vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and sulphur compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties.

If you do not eat garlic, be sure to completely cut out salt from your diet. However, if you insist on consuming salt, consider visiting an advanced urology specialist regularly to help manage your condition.

 

6. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great source of unsaturated fats. Eating foods high in unsaturated fats can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, decrease the risk of heart disease and reduce inflammation.

You can use olive oil for salad dressing as well as a substitute for cream and butter.

 

7. Skinless Chicken

Saturated fats can raise your blood cholesterol level and increase your risk for heart disease, which can cause further kidney damage. To help keep fat from building in your heart and blood vessels, remove the skin from poultry before cooking.

Eating kidney-friendly foods will help protect your kidney from further damage. It will limit the build-up of certain minerals in your body while ensuring you get the right balance of vitamins, calories, minerals, and proteins.

 

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How UK dinner trends have developed

A decade ago, having a proper sit-down family meal was an important part of the day. TV off, games put away, wash your hands, and come and sit at the table. But that tradition seems to be dying out – in 2017, just over 20% of British families would sit down for a meal together once or twice a week, with one in five having their meals in front of the television. Between this and the price of eating out becoming cheaper and cheaper, it’s no wonder that eating out is on the rise.

So, is eating in losing to eating out? Alongside Shaker kitchens manufacturer Harvey Jones, we investigate the UK’s eating habits.

The case for eating out

Business Insider reported that Millennials eat out more frequently than any other generation group, including Gen X and the Baby Boomers. Over half of Millennials, 53%, are said to eat out at least once a week, with The Independent also revealing that 16-24 year olds spend more on food than any other age group.

Instagram may well have contributed to this Millennial change. 87% of 18-29-year-olds actively use social media platforms — with Instagram averaging over 500 million active monthly users. It has now become the norm to snap your food before eating it, and making sure you have an Instagram worthy snap has become hugely popular. For the younger generation, have you even been out for food without taking a photo and Instagramming it?

As the platform is a favourite for sharing wonderful and beautiful plates of food, Instagram also acts as a vouch for places to eat. According to research by Zizzi, 18-35-year-olds spend five whole days a year browsing food images on Instagram, and 30% would avoid a restaurant if their Instagram presence was weak — and if their food photos are poor. Some Millennials will only eat at a restaurant if they know they can snap a great food shot.

The case for eating in

Families still seem to prefer eating in where possible. For families with young children, spending time together is vital for their development and building relationships in the family. Eating dinner together around the table is a time that can be taken advantage of for this, and is said to encourage healthier food choices. In fact, a survey found that 9-14 year olds that frequently eat dinner with their families consumed more fruit and vegetables, as well as less soda and fried foods, whilst figures show that homemade meals can contain as much as 60% fewer calories than meals outside the home.

Homecooked meals tend to be more healthy too. Studies show that when we are presented with more food, we feel the need to eat more. Restaurant portions are continuously expanding, and by eating at home you can control your portion sizes.

In terms of the benefits of a family meal, 71% of teenagers agree that the family dinner is the best place to talk and spend time with family. Social meal times are a great opportunity to get the family together for some quality bonding time. It’s important to make time to spend with your family to ensure healthier relationships between family members.

TV cookery shows have risen in popularity too, which may have influenced our eating trends. We have become a nation obsessed with cooking programmes, which in turn, has contributed to a change in our cooking and kitchen habits. From The Great British Bake Off and Celebrity Master Chef, to Saturday Kitchen and Come Dine With Me, baking and cooking have become ‘cool’ hobbies to have and these cookery programmes help boost our skills.

The cost between them

Though eating out is still the higher cost, people seem happy to pay the price. However, on the contrary, the rise of informal dining, chain restaurants and pop up restaurants are making eating out more affordable. But how does the price of eating out compare with eating in?

Food service experts, Horizons, showed that the average three-course meal (without drinks and gratuity) costs around £28.59 in the UK. However, the average price can vary significantly when broken down by region. For instance, central London prices are likely to be significantly higher than prices in the North East. If you were to eat out five times a week, you would expect to pay on average £142.95 per person.

As for eating in with the family, the average weekly cost comes in at £85.50 (based on a household average of 2.4 people), which is a considerable saving compared to eating out. However, figures for supermarket produce are getting lower, too. Supermarkets now offer an array of money-saving recipes, often partnered with celebrity chefs. Families can no longer claim home cooking is too expensive for a family of four.

There’s fierce competition for supermarkets to be the cheapest, yet good-quality, option. Some supermarkets offer ‘feed four for under £10’ offers which restaurants simply can’t compete with. These money-saving recipes encourage families to utilise their kitchens to their full potential and cook homemade meals instead of eating out or choosing ready meals and takeaways.

 

 

Sources

http://uk.businessinsider.com/millennials-dining-habits-are-different-2015-3?r=US&IR=T

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/16-to-24-year-olds-spend-more-on-food-than-any-other-age-group-says-research-a6678596.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/millenials-restaurant-how-choose-instagram-social-media-where-eat-a7677786.html

https://www.dineindulge.co.uk/news/the-cost-of-eating-out/

https://www.valuepenguin.co.uk/average-uk-household-cost-food

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Will we see more vegan choices in shops and restaurants?

What was previously judged as an extreme lifestyle choice or even ridiculed as a fad has now become a highly popular way of life: veganism has seen plant-based food sales increase by a whopping 1,500% between 2016 and 2017 in the UK. Given the numerous benefits of veganism, which really doesn’t require “giving up” favourites like chocolate and cheese thanks to vegan alternative, it’s not surprising that it has finally found its footing in the mainstream.

In an article from the Vegan Society, data shows that:

  • 56% of adults in the UK practice vegan buying behaviours
  • 19% have cut down on buying meat and are checking cosmetics and toiletries for animal-testing
  • 13% actively choose meat-free or dairy-free meals when eating out
  • 51% are happy to see vegan food in shops and restaurants

There’s even a budding “middle ground” for those of us who aren’t ready to commit to a full-vegan diet, with many of us practicing “flexitarian” diets whereby we’re reducing the amount of meat and dairy we consume in favour of a few vegan or vegetarian options each week. Perhaps because of this, the mindset towards vegans has drastically improved, with 43% of people saying they respected vegans for their lifestyle.

What other factors have spurred on this increase in veganism in the UK? Looking at the results of 2018’s Veganuary, a movement that challenges people to sign up for a month of vegan eating, the top reason for people signing up was animal rights concerns (43%). This was followed by 39% of people who signed up for health reasons, and 10% who said it was for environmental reasons.

There is an element of vanity, The Independent suggest, as the trend of Googling “vegan” coinsides with a rise in searches for “Instagram”. In a world where we love to take photos of our meals and share them on social media, it’s not difficult to believe that Instagram has helped circulate numerous brightly-coloured vegan dishes to help improve its previously ill-held reputation of being nothing but leaves.

Looking at the 2018 food trends for vegans courtesy of Vegan Food & Living, and you can see how vegan options have grown:

  • Veggie chips, such as parsnip chips and sweet potato chips, make for a healthier option than normal potato.
  • Edible flowers, to make your meal Instagram-worthy!
  • Vegan desserts, bringing back ice-cream and cakes in vegan-friendly ways. Ben and Jerry’s have released three delicious vegan-friendly ice creams: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chunky Monkey, and Peanut Butter and Cookies are all sure to be a hit with vegans and non-vegans alike!
  • Fermented foods, while they might not conjure the most delicious image to mind, are coming into food trends in a big way. Think colourful kimchi and nutty-flavoured tempeh.

There’s even a demand for more food to-go options. A recent survey found that 91% of vegans are having a tough time finding to-go meal options. The market is certainly there, and restaurants and supermarkets are slowly picking up on the potential gains to be made by catering to veganism.

On an individual basis, a vegan diet can provide a wealth of health benefits too. A new study was brought to the public eye by The Guardian, outlining that the “five-a-day” notion for fruit and vegetable consumption is, sadly, not entirely accurate. In fact, the study from the Imperial College London advises 10-a-day! The now-recommended 800g of fruit and veg daily would help reduce heart disease, strokes and premature deaths. Picking up a few vegan meals throughout the week, or switching to a vegan diet entirely, would certainly help hit this healthy target.

Growing your own veg can be a great way to adapt a little veganism to your lifestyle, while also saving you money on supermarket produce. Even a small garden can house a few home-grown herbs and fruits! You can grab a growbag and start cultivating your own supply of tomatoes for a home-made tomato sauce, or cucumbers for the freshest salad you’ll ever taste!

There’re loads of vegan proteins you can grow too. Think beans and seeds, like sunflower seeds or soybeans.

Will you be adding a few animal-product-free items to your shopping basket? You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how far vegan cooking has come, and if nothing else, you’ll reap the many environmental and health benefits.

 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/01/vegans-are-coming-millennials-health-climate-change-animal-welfare

https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/news/vegan-lifestyle-winning-hearts-and-minds-across-britain-survey-shows

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/5-surprising-studies-that-prove-veganism-is-growing-around-the-world

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/veganism-rise-uk-why-instagram-mainstream-plant-based-diet-vegans-popularity-a8296426.html

http://www.veganfoodandliving.com/top-10-vegan-food-trends-in-2018/

https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/news/new-survey-shows-9-10-vegans-want-more-%E2%80%98grab-and-go%E2%80%99-food-options

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The Dilemma Of Buying Fresh Juice Blenders: An Immediate Solution

If you look forward to modernising your kitchen, it should possibly begin with the integration of electrical chimneys, cutting-edge cooking stoves and above all, the best blender and grinders. The common parlance states that “variety is the spice of life”, similarly, a right spice is the formula to cook the best dishes. To grind and blend different spices and juices, you need superior blending technology. Nutribullet Vs Magic Bullet blenders and grinders are a few top-sought after brands for blending and processing of different types of food.

A good blender can help you start your morning with a glass of fresh juice. You can settle for tetra pack juices bought from the supermarket, but they will not improve your health for sure. On the contrary, the best blender, something with the likes of Nutribullet or Magic Bullet can redefine the morning and help folks start it on a healthier note.

So, if you are convinced that a blender can help you cook scrumptiously, it is the best time to place your hands on few of the top shots in the market. Nutribullet vs. Magic bullet blenders, two competitive names in the market at present. But as a rational consumer, you would always prefer to bring home quality blenders. So, if you are sceptical and uncertain about your preference, you have come to the right place. In here, you will get all information about both Nutribullet & Magic bullet and pros & cons of these two blenders that will help you take the decisive call. So, brace yourself, at the end of the blog, you will get all the information needed to make a rational decision of the purchase.

Nutribullet vs. Magic bullet blenders: Which One To Choose

 

Category Magic Bullet Nutribullet
Energy Consumption & Power 250 Watts power with 0.335 HP 600-1700 watts with 2.2 HP
RPM The RPM of magic bullet at 2000 makes it suitable for home usage. The RPM of magic bullet skyrockets at 30,000
Blender Pitch Capacity Magic bullet has 16 Oz In Nutri bullet, it is 45Oz.
Buttons & Switches Free of buttons & switches One touch buttons on Nutri-bullet for smart operation.
Hot Cuisine Impossible to process hot soup Hot soup processing possible
Smoothie Blender Average smoothie blender Best smoothie blender
Smoothie Processing Time More than a minute Less than a minute

These are few aspects that will define your next choice and take the rational call. For the first time blender buyers, apart from these vital aspects, you must also know other technicalities of the best blender, here are a few to consider for your next big purchase.

How to Choose the Best Blender for Your Kitchen?

  • Analyze Your Budget

Blender is a macro term. In mixers, you can get to choose from a wide variety of offerings available in the market. But you should know about your budget and take the call accordingly. If you have got a workhorse motor, good blades and influential warranty tenure. These will be enough for the home user.

 

  • Power of the Blender

In the next stage of the choice, you can pick the power of the blender. The RPMs will define the power of the mixer. So, you can assess and analyse the requirement at your commercial or residential front and accordingly take the pick. Best blender are there in the market that can serve your purpose. All you have to do is avail them on the go.

 

Conclusion:

 At the time of buying the best blender, always look for reviews. The reviews can help you make a smart and rational choice.

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Why Olives are beneficial to your daily diet

The olive plant has many benefits and health properties, with its best being the fruit. Olives, particularly olive oil, is often regarded as a food to avoid because it is a source of fat, but what if I told you it is a healthy fat? Confusing but once we explain we’re sure you’ll be running to stock up on some olives and some oil to drizzle on your salads.

Black olives- the ripe olives- are rich in fatty acids, holding more antioxidants than green olives. Black olives are very high in iron, which of course improves the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Having a lack of iron in your diet can make you feel cold or weak, as our tissues don’t get enough oxygen and our energy production can be lowered. The proper function of the immune system is dependent on having a sufficient amount of iron in the body.

Black olives also contain vitamin E, which has been shown to protect skin from UV radiation, guarding it from skin cancer and premature aging. By applying a few drops of olive oil to a freshly washed face you can use it to help gain a glowing complexion. Leaving it to work for 15 minutes before rinsing it off once a week should do the trick. You can even moisturize with olive oil before bathing or showering, and it works as a great conditioner for your hair when mixed with an egg yolk.

Monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and polyphenols found in black olives, have anti-inflammatory abilities, which can help dull the asperity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Most suffering one of the three bone maladies had them brought about by high levels of free radicals. Researchers found that oleocanthal- a chemical found in olives- inhibits inflammation like a pain killer, acting like drugs such as ibuprofen.

The nutrients within the olives have also been known to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are dangerous in our body as when oxidized cholesterol and blood vessels are damaged, while fat builds up in the arteries which can lead to a heart attack. The antioxidant nutrients in black olives obstruct this oxidation of cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease and even colon cancer.

For those who don’t understand what monounsaturated fats are, they fat molecules that have one unsaturated carbon bond in the molecule. Unlike other fats when consumed in moderation they can be beneficial to our health, helping to reduce bad cholesterol levels in our blood lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke whilst providing nutrients to help develop and maintain our body’s cells.

One cup of black olives contains 17% of your daily fibre allowance and 10% of your daily recommended vitamin A allowance. The fibre is essential in helping to improve your digestive tract health by moving food through the system at a healthy pace by stopping any one part of the digestive tract from having to work harder than it should, whilst also supporting the ideal balance of chemicals and microorganism population required for a healthy digestive system.

The vitamin A is crucial for healthy eyes, as it improves night vision by helping the eye to better distinguish between light and dark. Vitamin A is also believed to be effective against age-related ocular diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Introducing olives into your daily diet or having at least 5 olives a week, can be enough.

If this information has made you want to go out and buy some olives- in particular the black ones- then why not try growing your own Standard Olive Tree? Then not only will you have a beautiful hardy long lasting tree to feature in your garden, but a direct olive source for you and your family.

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5 Ways We Can Help in Saving the Planet

Due to the increased global pollution and other worldwide dangerous consequences caused by our sometimes irresponsible attitude toward planet’s environmental health, the safety of our environment has today become one of the biggest concerns for society.

Taste-Without-WasteCauses of Earth Pollution

Food waste, deforestation and soil erosion, agricultural activities, mining activities, industrialization and nuclear waste are just some of the reasons why focusing on obtaining and maintaining or strengthening the awareness about the responsible and environmental-friendly lifestyle should be the primal goal for each individual.

Below are the 5 best ways we can do daily to help in saving our planet and significantly improve our lives by doing it.

#Taste Without Waste

BPI consumer packaging, a flexible packaging company, made a survey in England which showed that 80% of respondents do recycle, but 24% of them said they don’t completely understand the process of recycling.

Having this in mind, it is easy to understand why food waste is the big problem we are dealing with today.

The proof of the devastating consequences caused by this unhealthy process is the fact that one-third of the global food production is lost or wasted annually.

Recycling is very important because for few reasons :

  • The result of not burning the garbage is the instant minimization of pollution.
  • It helps us save the natural resources such as trees, by not cutting them.
  • It helps us in saving our resources and expenses.

Also, the way products are packaged while being transported or kept in shops and homes is very important.

Knowing that flexible packaging can greatly protect the goods, make less pollution and, therefore, succeed in decreasing the food waste while doing so, companies such as BPI play a very important role in keeping our environment healthy.

Getting Out of the Vehicles

The another great way to decrease environmental pollution is by changing our methods of travelling.

C02 caused by driving the vehicles is poisonous for the air we are breathing every day. In order to make it safer to breathe, we should give our best in changing the habits of driving to work, home etc. and replacing cars, motorcycles, busses or trams with driving a bicycle or simply walking to our destination.

Another very useful and important benefit of these environmental-friendly methods of travelling is the improvement of our own health. We get the chance to have everyday exercises, to look healthy, feel healthy, and last but not least, breathe the much healthier air!

Also, getting used to walking and driving a bike can save us a lot of money that would be wasted for gas if we were driving vehicles.

Reducing the Electricity

Reducing our electricity is yet another effective and payable way to both improve the environment’s health and spare some money in our pockets.

The reason why less energy is better for the environment is because the higher usage of energy increase the amount of toxic fuels sent in the air.

Using a smart hub instead of regular one will adjust the room’s lighting to every time of the day.

Also, electricity can be spared by reducing the unnecessary heating or cooling and replacing classic lightbulbs with LEDs.

On the global level, the development of solar power systems which use the pure energy from the sun also help reducing poisonous gasses and dependence on fossil fuel.

Spending Less Water

Wasting the water is very impactful on the environment’s health.

Measuring and controlling the water we spend is something we can do daily to prevent this from happening.

Comparing the monthly bills, checking for water leaks, using less water to shower and watering the lawn are some of the best tips to reduce the water usage.

Switching to Online Payment

Surrounded by our obligations to pay the bills, services and products, switching to online payment and decreasing the need for paper might be a good idea.

Signing up and using it is very simple, quick and cheaper way to transfer our money wherever and for whatever we want.

This method of paying also allows us to use our money at any place with internet connection.

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What Happens When You Give Up Sugar

Our lifestyle today is very different from the past. The food habits of us often lead to many health problems. Children want only fast food and when their parents are busy with their work, they go for instant food supplements available on the market. Sugar is one thing that almost everyone loves to have. We all adore food and we have an extra love for desserts and chocolates.  The recommended sugar intake for a normal person is 25 grams per day, but we often surpass this to keep our taste buds happy.

The over consumption of sugar and sweet is not always good for health. Many people deny giving up on sugar, but this is necessary to improve their health. There is a large amount of calories in sugar and most of the food we eat also contain sugar, including fruits, vegetables and grains.  Instead of having desserts, you can have some fibrous food which might be very good for your health.

The benefits of giving up sugar are innumerable. When you avoid it, you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes. Diabetes is a common disease often caused due to regular consumption of sugar. So it would be better to stop taking it right from today. If it is not possible to entirely give up then make up your mind to reduce your sugar intake little by little every day. Sooner or later, you will be able to totally avoid it.

Moreover, if you want to look younger and beautiful, start avoiding sugary food. It is a known fact that people who avoid sugar stay healthier even when they are old. Sugar even reduces your energy level. After having a heavy sweet content, your body becomes weak and you end up falling asleep, leading to weakening your immune system.

You can make a chart to measure how much sugar you take every day and then reduce the amount gradually. But if you have strong cravings for sweet after a few days, you can go for something healthy, such as fruits that are rich in fiber. This way, you can reduce your sweet cravings little by little and the end result would be a healthy you. Also, you can have dark chocolate since it has lesser sugar content in it.

So take the challenge of avoiding sugar right now and live a healthy life.

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