To Organic or Not To Organic !!!

Is Organic Produce Healthier Than Conventional Produce?

There are at least two good reasons for eating organic: fewer pesticides used and more nutrients level in the produce.

Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, and leave trace residues.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, pored over the results of nearly 51,000 USDA and FDA tests for pesticides on 44 popular produce items and identified the types of fruits and vegetables that were most likely to have higher trace amounts.

As for nutrients, in 2007 a study out of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts.

What To Do?: The general rule is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  If financial matter is not an issue, buying all organic should be a priority. Or you may opt to buy organic specifically when you’re selecting foods that are most heavily contaminated with pesticide and insecticide residues.

Read more: Eatingwell

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)

Eat Your Rainbow !!

Eating a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables can get you the nutrients your body needs! Different nutrients impart different colours to the food.

For instance, the anthocyanins that turn blueberries blue can also keep your mind sharp, the lycopene that turns watermelon and tomatoes red may also help protect against prostate and breast cancers, and the beta carotene that makes carrots and sweet potatoes orange can help keep your bones strong, your eyes healthy and boost your immune system. While fresh fruits and vegetables are great to be eaten fresh if in the season, frozen ones are also convenient to keep on hand and just as nutritious.

Read more: EatingWell

“Food, glorious food!” – Lionel Bart

 

 

Food for Stress Relief

When we feel worn out sometimes by the stress of daily life and, unfortunately, we tend to reach for junk food. High-calorie or sugary foods only trick us into thinking we feel better. We may end up eating food which is bad for us. Instead, why not add these truly anti-stress foods to your diet.

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Pistachios
  • Blueberry

Read more: Health

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

Eat Clean on Weekend

Eating clean on weekend is recommended for  many reasons. A wholesome diet helps support your weekly healthy goals. Thus you’ll enter into Monday mornings full of zest. It doesn’t have to be a hard endeavor. Make rules that you can follow:

  1. Drink up! – Start your day with hot / warm water with lemon juice to hydrate your system. This warm drink will soothe and aid digestion.
  2. Cook at home – While it’s good to give yourself a treat by eating a “good” meal, eating at home can give you the control of what goes into every meal.
  3. Make home made snacks -plan ahead and bake or make own snacks. Avoid convenience store for that bag of chips!
  4. Drink more water – Keep your bottle full at all times to help rid your body of toxins.

Read more: Eat Clean

 “Chocolate is the food of gods. And it’s meant to be eaten raw.” – Anonymous

Know What You Eat!

Food is the core of many cultural celebrations around the world.  This is the time we savour a variety of traditional food and it could be challenging to stop eating all those delicacies. Most people give in and indulge without much thought.

To avoid stomach discomforts and unnecessary weight gain, practice Mindful Eating.

Mindful Eating

It is when you pay attention to what you’re eating. Knowing what you are eating can make a big difference.

  1. Start with controlling the portion. You don’t have to be deprived of all those snacks and desserts. Just take in small quantities and enjoy!
  2. Plan your water, fruits and vegetable intake. During festive season eating,  pay attention to these or face the consequence after festivities is over. Dehydration and constipation may follow!!
  3. Slow down- Enjoy each bite and chew well.
  4. Eat only when you are hungry, not because it is lunch time!

Mindless Eating

Mindless eating is consuming food just because it’s there. Eating with distractions like watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones. If you are not paying attention to what you eat, various complications will follow.

Eating healthier is actually easier than you think! You just have to pay attention to what you are Eating

Dining Etiquette at Restaurant

Dining etiquette is more than just table manners. Practice makes perfect!

Practice the rules below:

Be mindful of the proper attire – Make sure you’re dressed accordingly. If you are not sure about dressing call up the restaurant.

Wait to be seated – it’s polite to wait for your entire party to arrive before being seated.

Don’t leave your phone on the table – don’t take your phone out to text. Replying message or email can wait until dinner is over, but if it’s urgent, excuse yourself before taking out your phone.

Wait for everyone to be served before you start eating – If you have to send food back for various reasons, tell everyone else to go ahead and start eating.

Read more: Reader’s Digest

” Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer

Dine in Space

Wondering how or what Astronauts eat in space?

Basically, Astronauts eat three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nutritionists ensure the food astronauts eat provides them with a balanced supply of vitamins and minerals. Calorie requirements differ for astronauts. For instance, a small woman would require only about 1,900 calories a day, while a large man would require about 3,200 calories.

Food choices in Space: 

Astronauts can choose from a variety of foods such as fruits, nuts, peanut butter, chicken, beef, seafood, candy, brownies, etc. Drinks include coffee, tea, orange juice, fruit punches and lemonade.

Food packaging in Space:

Space food comes in disposable packages. Astronauts must throw their packages away when they have finished eating. Some packaging actually prevents food from flying away. The food packaging is designed to be flexible and easier to use. This is to maximize space for storage or disposing of food containers.

Food preparation in Space:

Preparation varies according to the food type. Some foods can be eaten in their natural forms, such as brownies and fruit. Other foods require adding water, such as macaroni and cheese or spaghetti. An oven is provided in the space station to heat foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerators are not provided, so space food must be stored and prepared properly to avoid spoilage, especially on longer missions

Read more: NASA

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  ― Julia Child

 

 

How We Share Food

The way we access food is changing, whether it’s your favourite recipe streamed online or home delivery from a Michelin-starred eatery. Read more about  future of food below:

TAKEAWAY TRANSFORMATION

  1. Supper London is a online food delivery service that will bring you Michelin-starred masalas as well as dishes from high-end Japanese, Italian and French restaurants on demand
  2. La Belle Assiette, an online service that allows people to hire a private chef to cook for them and their friends at short notice
  3. Gousto, delivers both recipes and fresh ingredients at £3.12 per portion – a step up, perhaps, from well-established supermarket deliveries but you have to cook them yourself.

BE YOUR OWN CELEBRITY CHEF

Aldi  launched its own YouTube channel, while swanky restaurants such as Oblix in the Shard now have video “trailers” on their sites.

Tastemade, an online food channel that also allows users to upload clips to the Tastemade app. Started in 2012 on YouTube, its short videos combining recipes with foodie travel tips have recently been snapped up by platforms such as Apple TV, Facebook and Snapchat.

MORE FOOD-SHARING START-UPS

  • Mealsharing.com
  • Olioex.com
  • ripenear.me
  • leftoverswap.com

Read more: The Guardian

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis

How We Cook in Future

Cooking a meal can become a whole new experience when you have a robot to do all the cooking and cleaning, print your own food or use a smart oven to bake. Some of the mind blowing inventions are:

  1. Robo Chef – It’s has peculiarly human gesture. Incorporating two enormous arms and a pair of surprisingly nimble hands, the uncannily anthropomorphic actions are choreographed from movements caught by motion-capture technology as 2011 MasterChef winner Tim Anderson knocked up a crab bisque wearing sensor-clad gloves. The result is astonishing
  2. 3D-Printed Food
    “There are some food designs that only the machine can produce that. No matter how steady your hand, you just couldn’t do yourself. What chefs are doing is printing part of the dish and adding to it afterwards.” For children, it can be fun as food is presented in an imaginative way.

Read more: The Guardian

“Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” – Michael Pollan