Easy Steps to Becoming a Wine Connoisseur

There are many roads one could follow to become a wine connoisseur. You could work in the wine fields and learn all about the different grapes and the wines that each grape produced.

This could be very long and the view could be very limited because some grapes are used in more than one wine. Not all wineries grow all the different grapes. Some wineries purchase their grapes from other growers. To know more about mikeasimos , you can check out via the web.

Then you could work in the wineries themselves. You wouldn’t actually be making the wine that is left to the master winemaker. You could get to taste the different wines they make and that would get you started along the path

There are many books available to help you. There is a number of them available. Perhaps the first step is to get your hands on a book or two and do a little research. There are reds, whites, dry, sweet, sparkling, semi-dry, table wines, vintage wines, and on and on the list goes. There are good years, outstanding years, and not so good years.

One benefit of having wine with your dinner is that it will allow you to learn about wine and food pairings. You will want to know what wine goes well with what foods. This can be very important when you are having dinner outside of the home. A safe bet is a white wine with fish, red wine with meat, and a sweet wine with dessert.

FUNCTIONAL FOODS: MYTH OR REALITY

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Definition:

There is no real definition of functional food.

This term was coined by the food industry. A nutraceutical combines the concept of drug and the concept of food. It’s about highlighting a nutrient that is added to the current food (yogurt, oils, margarines.). The functional foods are produced in different ways: – Either incorporating something – either increasing the concentration – either is removed – either modifying the downstream supply ( eg feeding chickens to control the quality of their eggs). The main components of functional foods are: –

The sterols that lower cholesterol . – Omega 3 that decrease cardiovascular risks – Probiotics that help strengthen the natural defenses. – Antioxidants retard cellular aging and cardiovascular disease. The consumer does not know what to think, these products are mixed with other stall on the supermarket, so it consumes as a normal product, no real monitoring, but this episodic consumption is it good for something other than the manufacturer’s wallet? fad or not?

The nutraceuticals are everyday food products that are supposed to make you more beautiful, more intelligent, level your deficiency for that they are to be effective it must consume the right dose, which is not well defined. On 1 July 2007, an EU directive aimed at regulating the claims made ​​on the labels of these nutraceuticals is implemented. This obliges industrial testing these products through an independent laboratory, to avoid any quackery and offer the consumer the actual qualities of the product. In Europe it is forbidden to put forward therapeutic for diseases (good for cancer), we remains cautious because the studies are not sufficiently advanced and the decline is not important enough to have real claims.

There is no scientific consensus for asserting their protective role. In some countries there is no regulation via the allegations and industry do not hesitate to tout their products as drugs, you chews against colds, drinks against influenza Instead of going to the people going to the supermarket pharmacy! L food processing and pharmaceutical industries have in my view two very different roles. Some studies on sterols and probiotics demonstrate the positive effects of their consumption on health, but the quantities that should ingest are too important and the effects long term are unknown. Indeed, it would consume three doses of actimel day this is hardly feasible without being at the expense of other foods and unaffordable for the majority of the population. When fortified foods (cereals fortified with vitamins), Landing our supposed shortcomings, there are really helpful knowing that a very small percentage of the population suffers from deficiency? We can not supplement the whole population for some cases of deficiencies.

Conclusion Certainly we do are only human beings and our diet is not always perfect, but food should be fun and a response to the needs. We can incorporate these functional foods in our diet while having in mind that eating a yoghurt will not drop our cholesterol levels by a miracle! But as against it contributes to the enrichment of big food companies. As I loop this article, a dairy specialty supposed to reduce our food intake just released on the market, I do not doubt its effectiveness, it is too early, but the solution is not.

Wanting force compensate for deficiencies that do not exist, is not shorted to poisoning overload? The researchers take very seriously the studies conducted on the effects of certain nutrients on our health but at the moment everything is still to prove. A balanced diet that is the most important, it will cost much less in your wallet and all what your body needs to be brought to him.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MELON

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Melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, are refreshing fruit. They decorate beautifully as breakfasts as desserts and appetizers. They provide a good amount of vitamin A and C. Melons belong to the same family as cucumbers and squash. Here are the 3 most cultivated varieties:

Cantaloupe: Very widespread in North America, it is often called, wrongly, cantaloupe. Bark covered with beige sinuous lines recalling a relief embroidery; orange or yellow flesh pink salmon; sweet. A sub-variety called Montreal melon – and whose fruits could reach 15 kilos – was once sold at high prices on US markets.

Cantaloupe Melon: The “real” cantaloupe has a bark that generally has marked ribs. Rather smooth and light green tone, she slightly yellow when ripe. The flesh is orange and sweet. Especially common in Europe, is known him several local sub-varieties, including cantaloupe and Charentais.

Honey Melon: Big melon, often oblong, firm and smooth bark becoming yellow when ripe cream with pale green flesh and sweet .

Tips

■ Choose. Is it best: choose a good melon remains a matter of luck … Although the fruits of the new varieties are more uniform, some are sweeter than others, and appearance of the fruit is not always a good clue. According to experts, the main criterion is the weight: the more a melon is heavy in proportion to its size, the better it will be. It should be firm to slightly soft as we prefer more or less mature. He must breathe, around the stem (where the tail should be), a pleasant scent without being too pronounced.

■ On the shelves. Melons are available almost ny t the year, but those grown in Quebec are from early August to late September.

■ Conservation. At room temperature as long as it is not ripe. Once it has reached its maturation, it is best to consume it immediately. One can keep a few days in the refrigerator melon peeled and cut into pieces, in a closed container.

■ Beware of contamination. Melons are sometimes contaminated by bacteria, and it has been reported several cases of infection in the United States.FDA, US agency responsible for food control, has seen fit to issue the following recommendations: – Avoid products with bruises. – Wash hands with soap before handling melons. – Scrub melons with a brush under cold tap water before cutting. Ideas express recipes

■ In a green salad. Cut into bite size pieces, with romaine lettuce and baby spinach (or another variety of greenery). The melon fits well with vinaigrette and pepper.

■ In cream dessert. Spend the flesh of the melon in a blender with yogurt, maple syrup (or honey) and a few drops of lemon or lime. Serve cold. Health advantages

■ The melons are good sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. They also contain various antioxidants. Pulp orange fruits contain much more than pale flesh.

IMPACT OF BOTTLED WATER ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

waterWater, as we know, is essential to life and good health. the bottled water companies know this and are struggling to provide a better picture of water, more exotic origin, fresher and higher quality. but when you look at it more closely, bottled water is not really better for health, it would be even more unhealthy.

The presence of toxic products in the water and environmental consequences have nothing good for health. that is why I question the fact that a water bottle company enjoys a health program like the challenge 530 to promote their bottled water. The diphenol has is one of the chemical compounds polyethylene terephthalate (pet) with which plastic bottles of water on the factory.

This product is diluted in the quietly bottled water and tends to increase in concentration with the reuse of the bottle. diphenol acted as a synthetic hormone in the body. it mimics the action of estrogen, the main sex hormone in women. assimilation of synthetic compounds such as a diphenol causes a large impact such as increased risk of cancer (prostate and breast mainly) and the increase of miscarriages.other studies suggest that these products reduce the size of the male reproductive organs through the generations.

It must be added that non-recycled plastic bottles that are buried entail the creation of a rich and toxic leachate can contaminate water around. Fortunately, in Canada, the use of bisphenol a is restricted to the manufacture of rigid plastic, it is now considered toxic. gradually toys and plastic bottles will be manufactured without bisphenol a. Also, there are a Canadian study showing that six months of storage cause the leaching of antimony, a toxic chemical, plastic to the water. That said, do not believe that this regulation will solve everything. there are other equally pernicious impacts, but more subtle marketing of water.

The consumption of bottled water has an ecological footprint much larger than the tap, and this for a water of equal quality. is that on average, to produce one liter of bottled water, it uses a lot of energy, 0.317 ml of oil equivalent. easy to imagine when the water we consume comes from the Fiji Islands! energy use contributes to the emission of greenhouse gas effects and by extension, to the decline of our quality of life. about the recycling of bottles, it is an expensive option for the environment as half bottles are recycled in China and recycling techniques are still polluting. the best solution is a good reusable water bottle.

The tap water is of excellent quality. In Quebec, 170,000 chemists perform tests on the water during the year versus 52 times a year for bottled water so why pay our water from 90 to 10,000 times more expensive for water harmful to health and the environment?