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Guest Post: 5 Ways LMS Software Can Impact Food Safety Training

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Food Safety

 

An (LMS) Learning Management System is software companies use to manage their training, employee development and certifications. In the case with food service, non-compliance fines may have detrimental consequences to a business. Food safety is very important for the health of those eating the food. Proper food preparation has to be taught, along with food handling requirements.

The Five Impacts

Management/Employee Development

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software that a company can invest in to keep track of the development of their employees and managers. By local, state, and federal health codes, management and employees in a food service establishment must has certification in order for the business to remain in operation. An LMS program gives access to videos, quizzes, and other training tools to keep track of developments and what extra training may be needed.

Training videos, interactive screens and quizzes, and more are provided for better monitoring and updated materials to stay on top of changing regulations.

Increased Work Productivity

Food safety training was originally done through lectures in classrooms. LMS programs eliminate the extra planning and scheduling conflicts to free up time for the overall productivity of the business. The program allows the trainee to work on their time.

Reduced Non-Compliance Penalties

A food service business that does not follow the proper food handing rules and regulations, will face serious fines and penalties that could lead to business closure. Proper training will prevent the possibility of receiving fines. Health departments do regular inspection. The LMS program will provide the necessary skills needed to keep a food service operation in compliance with all health codes.

Rewarded Training Investments

Managers and employees have more time to work on development, which in turn will free up time, and give the staff the opportunity to learn on a quicker platform. The financial and time investments will be rewarded in the end with a properly trained staff ready to excel through their LMS training.

A Safer, Cleaner and Healthier Business

The benefits of properly trained employees in food service will not only improve employee development, compliance, and productivity. LMS training for food safety will emphasis the importance of serving healthy food to customers. If improper training leads to a food item that was not properly stored, prepared, cooked and served to customers, it can result in creating food-borne illnesses. Customers that become ill from a food product, tend to pass on their unfortunate experience to others through word of mouth. This will ruin any food service business that does not provide a healthy environment for its customers.

About the Author:

This article is a guest contribution, courtesy of SkyPrep, a leader in Online Training.  SkyPrep’s currently has over 30,000 registered users.  SkyPrep is an online training software that helps businesses and educators alike to train or teach their employees and students.

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http://www.safetyservicescompany.com/online-training/

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Guest Post: The Top 5 Legal Liability Issues that Every Restaurant Owner Should Know

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Restaurant owners usually have a lot on their mind – everything from server schedules to the electricity bill to the price of green beans.  And that’s just the beginning.

So it makes sense that legal liability issues are often not the first thing on a restaurant owner’s mind. But, in reality, they should always be at the top of the list.

The fact is that, as a restaurant owner, you’re are extremely vulnerable to lawsuits.  And if you’re not prepared, a lawsuit could cripple your business.

To avoid involving your restaurant in a long, expensive lawsuit that may be damaging to your reputation and long-term viability, you should be aware of potential issues that could result in legal disputes.

1.      Food Safety

Most other business owners have to deal with legal liability involving their premises, but few have the health and safety concerns that restaurant owners do. Serving food puts your liability in a whole different league.

When it comes to being held legally liable, it all comes down to negligence and foreseeability – in plain English, could you reasonably have prevented it and predicted it?  So, if a customer gets food poisoning because someone in your kitchen didn’t store the ingredients well, you’re responsible because proper care was not taken and the incident could have easily been prevented.

If, however, a customer has an allergic reaction to peanuts in their brownie but failed to ask their server about the ingredients or tell them about their allergy, it’s not your fault and nothing you or your staff could have done would have prevented it.

 2.      Pick Up Spills & Debris Immediately

As a restaurant owner, you have a heightened responsibility to your patrons to maintain a safe environment. This extends from the kitchen, to the bathroom, to the dining area, to the parking lot.

Spills inside the dining area are very common, so patrons assume that you know about them the second that they happen, which is often not the case at a busy restaurant.  So, as soon as you or a member of your staff notices a spill, clean it up immediately. It’s critical that your staff understands how important this is – train them to be as attentive to potential dangers as they are to your customers.

Have them pick up things like napkins, dropped crayons or pencils, or other items that customers may have left behind. It not only keeps the restaurant clean and orderly, it also cuts down on liability issues. If someone slips on barbeque sauce or a pencil and hurts themselves or others, then the restaurant could potentially be sued.

3.      Maintain Adequate Lighting

Restaurants often dim the lights to create an inviting and ambient environment for their guests. While it may look nice, it also comes with the hazard that guests will not be able to see what is on the ground in front of them.

If your restaurant has darkened spaces, install spot lighting for stairs, and instruct your employees to tell patrons to watch their step. Instead of completely removing lights, consider adding low-level lighting.

Adequate lighting isn’t a concern that stops at the door. The parking lot must also be well lit. Replace lights that burn out as soon as possible, and be sure that every corner has some kind of lighting. You want your guests to be able to see their way to their vehicles and feel safe in your parking lot.

 4.      Fix Broken Or Worn Seating, Tables & Walkways

Worn out seats can be a hazard because they have the potential to break or harm someone if pieces are sticking out or missing. Tables suffer from similar concerns. Run your hand along every surface of the tables and chairs periodically. If you can feel anything rough or sticking out, then your customer can too.

Be sure to check your carpeting and tiling. Everything should be flush; one piece sticking up is a tripping hazard. This inspection should continue outside as well. Check the sidewalks and parking lot. Consider fixing uneven surfaces or closing them off to guests.

The law charges owners of restaurants and other public facilities with knowledge of the condition of their property, whether the owner actually knows about them or not. The bottom line is that if you’re not regularly inspecting the place for safety issues, that could be considered negligent behavior, which would leave you liable for a customer’s injury.

5.      Keep Outdoor Conditions Well-Maintained

Trees and other greenery should be trimmed periodically. Trim off any dead portions of the tree because they have the potential to fall on customers or customers’ vehicles. Be sure that bushes, shrubs, and vines are well off the sidewalk. Creeping vines and overgrown shrubs are a tripping hazard.

If your restaurant is located in a climate that has snow and ice, be sure that all sidewalks, stairs and paths leading to your restaurant are well-shoveled and salted. One thing that is overlooked often is ice and snow build up on the roof. This build up can slide off the roof and on to a customer or their vehicle, which can do some serious damage. Climb up on ladder to knock down ice and snow before customers arrive, if necessary. Be sure that any ice and snow that you remove is pushed away from the walkway.

You know by now that owning a restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart.  In addition to what feels like millions of constantly moving pieces, you’re also have a heavy legal responsibility to your customers and staff.

Although this legal concern can often be put on the proverbial backburner, you should consider it to be your first priority.  After all, rave review from customers or a 5-star rating from the local magazine won’t help you much if you find yourself in a big pot of legal hot water.

Jay DeratanyAbout the Author:  Jay Deratany is an experienced Chicago injury lawyer and the founder of The Deratany Firm.  He enjoys sharing his passion and expertise by     contributing to several online publications, in which he help inform readers on everyday safety issues and how to avoid injury-related legal issues.  To learn more, visit  www.Lawinjury.com.

Guest Post: Five Foods that Should Never Enter Your Blender

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A quality blender, like the Boss by Breville, is a great way to prepare a wide variety of drinks, soups, sauces and other delicious dishes quickly and easily. Its power and versatility make it one of the most indispensable tools in the kitchen, but it’s not quite an all-purpose device. There are some foods that should never be used in the blender if you value their flavor, your recipe, or the blender itself.

Fresh Herbs

Herbs are one example of a food product that should never be placed in a blender. Instead of chopping the fresh herbs as many cooks expect, blenders will more commonly turn them into an unusable mash. Instead, chop fresh herbs manually with a chef’s knife.

Pitted Fruit

The vast majority of blenders are not designed for use with fruits containing large pits or seeds, such as peaches, plums and whole avocados. Not only do these seeds frequently contain bitter oils that can destroy the flavor of a mixture, hard pits can dent, ding or otherwise damage the blades of a blender jar and ruin the machine.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Many cooks who make mayonnaise in a blender for the first time are surprised to find that the finished product is bitter and unpalatable. This is because the mechanical spinning action of the blender releases compounds contained within extra virgin olive oil known as polyphenols, and distributing these compounds too finely can fundamentally change the flavor of your valuable oil. For this reason, extra virgin olive oil should be substituted with another type in blender recipes calling for olive oil.

Apples

The moist interior of an apple makes processing the fruit in a blender difficult and rarely yields smooth results. More often, blending an apple results in an uneven mash of chunks and paste that is sure to ruin recipes, and so apples should be processed in a dedicated juicer.

Unpeeled Citrus

Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges should never be placed in a blender before being peeled. While the skin of these fruits does contain zest that can greatly enhance flavor in some applications, the inner white rind is extremely bitter and highly unlikely to process smoothly in the jar of a blender, leaving large chunks of peel in an otherwise well-blended mixture. Unpeeled citrus should only be placed in a juicer and blended with other fruits and vegetables for the tastiest results.

Although a blender is an extremely useful tool, it’s not the right solution for every single task in your kitchen. Knowing what does and does not belong in your blender could be the difference between a delicious meal and culinary disaster.

Guest Post: 5 Foods That Can Make You Seriously Ill – When Not Prepared Correctly

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Food safety is a serious subject requiring careful handling, preparation, and cooking. Cross contamination of certain foods can spell disaster for culinary cuisines, which is why the food safety standards are held highly with all food handlers requiring certified training.

For the chef at home, things aren’t so simple. You have to educate yourself on the safe handling procedures and you need to pay particularly close attention to certain high risk foods that could make you seriously ill if you do not prepare them correctly.

High-risk foods that need careful handling, preparation, and cooking:

1)     Beef

Ye old faithful beef burgers for the summer barbeque out on the back garden can spell disaster if care is not exercised. Leaving the burgers close to salad dressings runs the risk of raw beef contaminating the salad and causing serious health implications. E-Coli and salmonella are two possible enemies that could take your body hostage.

2)     Kebabs

Kebabs are great for the way home after an evening on the town, but choose the premises carefully. One wrong step in the handling and cooking of kebab meat and you will know about it the following morning, when the pit of your stomach aches, causing diarrhea and vomiting.

The next time you drop into a kebab shop, look at the skewer and you’ll see there’s no food directly surrounding it. There’s a reason for that. The juices that run off the kebab meat can cause cross contamination when it comes into contact with other foods.

3)     Liver

This one caused a huge stir a few years back when Michelin Star chefs advised that liver should be cooked until it is pink.

Huge mistake!

Have you ever heard of Campylobacter?

It’s a stomach bug causing sickness and diarrhea with undercooked liver being a major cause of it. The stomach pains have been so severe that patients have their appendix removed due to a misdiagnosis.

Michelin Star Chef Raymond Blanc was issued a warning from the health office in June 2012, leading to the famous pink liver being removed from all restaurant menus. If you thought eating pink liver is not so bad, you may want to reconsider your opinion.

4)     Pork Joints

Pork joints are great for the Sunday Roast and as a host for human body invaders. Trichinosis is linked with contaminated pork, and when it’s served undercooked, cysts containing roundworms can pass into your body. Those cysts have larvae, so when the cysts reach your stomach, the stomach acid will cause the larvae to hatch, and next thing, the body is infested with fully-grown roundworms. Oh the thought! 

Next time you cook a roasted pork joint, you will definitely want to ensure the temperature is above 75oC.

5)     Sushi

Wait… do you mean the raw stuff that retains all the nutrients in fish that’s so healthy for us?

What’s the problem?

Parasites are the problem!

Sushi bars are increasing in popularity but that does not mean that you can simply buy a fish, slap it in the freezer, bring it out to defrost and serve it up as sushi.

When you buy raw fish, they have been flash-frozen to -210C, ensuring any parasites are killed. You cannot get that result with wild caught fish and home freezing them, so don’t try it.

The type of fish matters too.

Fish tapeworm causes Diphyllobothriasis, which is an intestinal infection. Trout, Salmon, sea bass, and pike are high risk foods for tapeworm.

Saltwater fish are less prone to harboring parasites than fresh water fish. The safest is tuna and they don’t even require flash freezing.

The one accompaniment to make your sushi safe is Wasabi. It’s not just for decoration and taste. It kills off parasites, making your sushi healthy.

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This post was contributed by Calabash Hygiene Services.

Guest Post: 8 Mouth Watering Mexican Delicacies

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Thinking of going to a Mexican restaurant? If so then here is list of Mexican dishes that you can taste. Everyone has got own reservations regarding food. Some may like veg others may like non veg. Though I like both the types but I have to apologize to all, I know I’ve missed a lot of regional delicious dishes of Mexico.

Tacos al Pastor

It can be roughly translated as “shepherd tacos” are. Hands down to this delicious food , the best tacos you will ever taste in the Mexican food category.  Generally pork is used, so don’t worry about the meat. It is seasoned and marinated well and cooked and kept warm. When your order is served thin slices shaved off into small corn tortillas with pineapple, onion and cilantro on top. Tacos al Pastor taste is incredible which your tongue will never forget.

Elote

The Mexican name for the corn is cob. The corn is boiled and served on the stick or in cups and can be eaten like ice cream, nearly every city street corner in Mexico. Chili powder, salt, cheese and cream are added for the flavor.

Pozole

It is one of the oldest dishes of Mexican food passed down by Pre-Columbian and Aztec tradition. It is typically cooked for hours with chicken, veggies and pork. By the extensive heating hominy soften up and meat start to give flavor.  Herbs and spices are added to give flavor with color. Order is served with fresh toppings, handful of lettuce, onion and radish.

Mole

It is originated from three states of Mexico. Black and green moles are more popular in Mexican food and it is difficult to make, as it contains 20 ingredients from chocolate to chili pepper are mixed together for the use. It require constant stirring over a long period of time and served over turkey or chicken.

Chilaquiles

It is the most popular breakfast dish lightly fried corn tortillas and topped with red or green salsa,  shredded chicken, and a little crema (it is kind of sour cream). Chilaquiles are often served with a healthy dose of frijoles.

Tostadas

It is simple and delicious which involve corn tortillas fried in oil, until they become crunchy and golden. These are served with toppings include cooked meat, Ceviche, Frijoles and cheese.

Enchiladas Verdes

It is covered with corn tortillas and stuffed with shredded chicken garnished with green salsa and a sprinkling of white cheese.

Tacos Arabes

It is the popular food of the city of Puebla. The meat is heavily seasoned, cooked on a spit and shaved off to order.

About Author:

James Jones is a writer, model who resides in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, California, James’s career started after getting his BA from UCLA where he studied Sociology and Theater. After graduating, he started writing for the Tacos and Tequilas. His preferred topics to write about include Party Planner, Bars, Restaurent etc. When he is not writing, James works in the entertainment industry as a model and host. He has modeled for Z.Cavaricci, BCBG, Dolly Couture, and walked for J. Burgos designs during LA Fashion Week.

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Guest post: 7 Ways of Turning Trash into Garden Treasure

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Can you make a garden treasure out of common household clutters?

If you’ve tried your hands on gardening, you would find mulch supplies around you with no trouble. The same level of resourcefulness is needed to turn garbage into gold.

These 10 examples can show you the ingenuity of real people who made creative garden treasure out of what we normally consider as “junk”.

  • Repurpose unused footwear into a head-turning plant pot.

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Odd as it seems, your worn out pair of stiletto heels can still steal the spotlight at your patio. Instead of throwing them away, make it your fun DIY project to support green life with old footwear. Let your imagination guide you or simply read through this tutorial to get some inspiration.

  • Use plastic bottles- as hanging plant pots.

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We use a lot of plastic in most things: toys, furniture, or beverage containers. We therefore need to be part its management. Why not turn those soda plastic bottles into pots to grow carrots and tomatoes?

  • Make a fresh flower bed out of your old dresser.

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We rarely need to replace our dressers but once they reach the end of their life, we must find a way to dispose them properly. Scratch that. Use them as the new home for your flowers and vegetable plants.

  • Make pots from unused spare tires.

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According to epa.gov, there are at least 275 million scrap tires piling up in the US landfill. We surely need to find a better place for these tires if we do not want to live in a world full of useless rubbers.

  • Cleverly reuse cans to make seedling pots.

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Skip those plastic pots at the gardening section of the grocery stores. Instead, repurpose cans of beverages or paint and grow seeds inside them. This article from The Guardian explains the 4-step process that only takes 20 minutes.

  • Plant some flowers inside an old handbag.

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Plant handbags are both wonderful and weird – the style that would make your yard or apartment veranda stand out from the rest. Instead of letting them gather dust in the storage cabinet or room, take them out and grow some fern or flowers inside.

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Paper makes up most of the materials we throw away without much thought.  Why not give those old newspapers a second chance and create organic planting pots out of them.

About the Author:

Charles Mead is a professional writer and an poetic guru. Recently feel in loved with books and sometimes a pescatarian. A nature lover, he spends some of his time trekking or fishing on a fine day.

 

 

Guest Post: What You Need To Know About Thermomix

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Thermomix is known to be an all-in-one kitchen appliance that will greatly change how you cook. It actually helps in unlocking your full culinary potential while saving you both time and effort. In fact, with its compact design, it will just take up little surface area on your worktop as compared to an A4-sized sheet of paper; however, it packs enormous versatility, innovation, and power which make it very capable to take lots of jobs in your kitchen.

This high-tech cooking equipment combines 12 appliances in one with many various functions that include chopping, weighing, mixing, milling, mixing, blending, steaming, kneading, beating, heating, stirring, emulsifying, and cooking. It actually brings the kitchen into the digital age. There is actually a recipe guide included in the equipment. These recipes have actually been tailored in order to work perfectly with the appliance. In fact, what you have to do is just add the ingredients and your Thermomix will set the temperature and timings for you. Indeed, this is regarded as a simple yet fast alternative which complements the ability to operate any function manually and allows you to cook your way.

The Benefits Of Using Thermomix

Very fast and easy to use – The power as well as versatility of Thermomix will help you save time and allows you to automate much of the cooking process. Also, its clever design means that it is likewise very easy to operate. It actually features a simple touchscreen interface that will place precise control right at your fingertips.

Delicious, fresh, and healthy food – With such high-tech cooking technology, you can be able to cook ingredients more gently to achieve a fresher and healthier meal. Know that there are indeed thousands of Thermomix recipes that you can easily manage to prepare even for individuals with certain dietary requirements like those with allergies or those who follow a very strict diet with an aim of having a healthier lifestyle.

You can save money – A single Thermomix can be an alternative to many expensive kitchen appliances. Also, it will help you save energy due to a reduced in cooking times. And since it helps you prepare excellent, restaurant-quality food, you can certainly stop spending on costly takeout as well as ready-made meals and sauces.

Indeed, with Thermomix, day-to-day cooking is made very simple. This one-of-a-kind appliance will certainly bring a lot of advantages to your daily life as well as cooking style whilst allowing you to create healthy, fresh, home-cooked meals for you, your family, and friends.

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About the author:

Karren Colstone works as a food critic. She has been in this field for five years now. Her specialty is desserts but she also has a background in other types of food. Actually, she maintains a blog about food, cooking and kitchen appliances. She shares her experiences in dining at different kinds of restaurants. Furthermore, she imparts her knowledge about food catering and preparation to her readers. She visits sites like http://www.mumslounge.com.au/entertainment/food/thermomix-recipes.html to improve her knowledge about this industry.

 

Guest Post: Foods That Lower the Risk for Disease and Help You Lose Weight

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You have probably heard of superfoods, a set of natural foods that deliver exceptional benefits in terms of nutrition and health. These vegetables and fruits can strengthen your body, and help it fight off disease. They can also help you lose weight and trim your waistline. Here are some super foods that can help you stay healthy and feel great.

Oranges

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient that helps your body boost its immune system and fight cancer. You can get all of your daily requirement of vitamin C from a single medium-sized orange. Eating oranges, or drinking orange juice, provides you with more antioxidants than drinking water fortified with vitamin C, so the natural source is the best. Oranges also provide potassium, folate, calcium, and B vitamins.

Cranberries

These flavorful deep red berries are known for their ability to protect you against infections of the urinary tract, and they do a lot more than that. Studies show that cranberries, and cranberry juice, may also help you recover faster from strokes, improve your cholesterol levels, and boost the effectiveness of cancer drugs.

Alfalfa sprouts

These crunchy sprouts add a fun touch and earthy flavor to sandwiches or salads, and they are virtually fat free. A full cup of alfalfa sprouts only has about 10 calories. The sprouts contain a type of phytochemicals known as saponins, which research suggests can help you lower your cholesterol, and protect your body against cancer.

Beets

These root vegetables add a burst of color wherever you use them, and they are also amazingly healthy. Beets are an excellent source of antioxidants, and they have been shown to help protect you against inflammation, heart disease, and cancer. Full of fiber, they help stave off hunger by making you feel full, and they’re a good source of vitamin C, as well.

Spinach

This green leafy vegetable is high in antioxidants, and it has been shown to help prevent breast, colon, and ovarian cancers. Research studies also indicate that spinach can help to slow the decline in brain functions which happens with age, and it can also help to prevent heart disease. With high amounts of calcium and iron, spinach is great as a side dish or salad.

Flaxseed

This superfood helps to lower your blood cholesterol, and it can help reduce your chances of a heart attack. It also contains high levels of lignan, an antioxidant which can help to ward off breast cancer. Ground seeds are easier to digest than the whole seeds, and just two tablespoons can provide an entire day’s recommended dose of important omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Pumpkins

These large, hearty squashes are full of fiber, and loaded with beta-carotene, which can help you lower your chances of getting lung cancer. This antioxidant works together with potassium to help lower high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of associated ailments. In addition to eating the squash itself, toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy, delicious snack.

Milk and Sea Buckthorn

Both of these foods are packed with omega-7s. The only difference is that sea buckthorn has vegan omega 7 fats. Better known as vaccenic acid, omega-7s may help with cholesterol reduction. Despite the suggestive name, the plan is not oceanic. It grows in along the shoreline, as well as in the deserts, in high-salt conditions. Main regions are Mongolia and Europe; the berries from this plant are edible and they contain huge amounts of vitamin C. Sea buckthorn berries are often used in skin care products, but they can also be used in nutritional supplements.

Macadamia nuts also have vegan sources of omega 7. These nuts contain palmitoleic acid, an oil that that can help in the weight loss and fat burning process. Several Australian researchers are trying to demonstrate that palmitoleic acid has great chances of treating obese patients. Including moderate amounts of macadamia nuts into your diet may keep your appetite and weight under control.

Losing weight without putting your weight in danger can be extremely challenging, especially when you’re not used to a healthy lifestyle. Before adhering to a diet, consult with a nutritionist. He will recommend you an appropriate meal plan, based on vegetables, fruits and healthy oils to help burn fat a lot faster.

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Benefits of Carrot Juice On Eyes

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carrot juiceIf you’ve been eating your carrots whole, it’s time to switch to juicing it! Carrot juice contains more concentrated nutrients and fiber. Carrots provide various health benefits such as protecting your heart and boosting your immunity. This article will focus on highlighting the importance of carrot juice to your eyesight. Carrots contain huge amounts of beta carotene, which is usually converted into vitamin A (retinol) in the human body.

Vitamin A and Blindness

• Night blindness as a result of Vitamin A deficiency

Most people do not know that they have a deficiency of Vitamin A. This is why most of us find it difficult to adjust from lightness to darkness. This is commonly referred to as night blindness, which is attributed to deficiency in Vitamin A. Carrots are rich in beta carotene which in turn improves our eyesight as Vitamin A helps protect the cornea. It is therefore important to increase our intake of carrot juice for the sole purpose of improving our eyesight.

Macular Degeneration

• Vitamin A, C, E and lutein in preventing macular degeneration

Carrots also contain lutein in addition to Vitamin A. Lutein increases pigment density in the macula (center of the retina), which lowers the risk of macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition where the macula starts breaking down, thus causing a blind spot or blurry vision. It’s been known that the intake of even a single carrot a day can reduce the risk of macular degeneration by up to 40%. Various patients have registered significant improvement in their eyesight just by changing their diets through including the intake of carrot juice as many times as they can.

Vitamin A, C and E in combating Cataracts

• Beta carotene has antioxidants that help reduce cataract formation

The antioxidants in beta carotene that is found in carrots help reduce the formation of cataracts. Cataracts are formed when cells in the eyes’ natural lens break down, making the lens hard and impervious. The eye lens hence becomes cloudy, causing blurred vision. This natural lens is usually made up of water and protein which are all essential for the lens to work properly and for good vision. Beta carotene therefore slows down the process (if the formation of cataracts has already started) or prevents the formation of cataracts.

Vitamin A and Xerophthalmia

Xerophthalmia is a condition associated with eyes not producing tears, dry eyes, swollen eyelids and corneal ulcers. This condition weakens the immune system and increases the severity of measles and diarrhea as well as mortality from the mentioned diseases. Increasing the intake of Vitamin A. which carrot juice is rich in, can reduce the risk of getting Xerophthalmia.

Vitamin A and Eye Infections

Vitamin A is packed with a lot of antioxidants which guard the surface of the eye, that is, the cornea, from the risk of eye infections.

While carrots themselves cannot improve vision, they are a good source of Vitamin A. Therefore, carrot juice should be an essential part of our diet. Why not take advantage of this highly nutritious vegetable! Luckily, it’s not only tasty but also packed with lots of nutrients that are beneficial to our health. In case of extreme eyesight complications consult a doctor. You can reduce your medical expenses by applying for the European Health Insurance Card (E111) free of charge and get treated at a reduced cost.

Author Bio

Hannah Williams is a passionate blogger. She works on behalf of European Health Insurance Card (E111). She has been writing contents on the web professionally since 2006. As an avid reader and blogger she shares her experience through articles on Health, Education, Parenting and many more.

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Guest Post: History of Gelato

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Deliberately cooling sweet ingredients is nothing new. It was practiced by civilizations of antiquity, including the Babylonians, Egyptians and Romans, who apparently got the idea from the Chinese, who had been making frozen treats from fruit, wine and honey flavored snow 3000 years ago.

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[Gelato Stand in Monterosso, Italy]

We know that cold delicacies were nothing new in history, but the recipe for gelato was believed to have been invented in Florence in the 16th century and is often attributed to one man.

 Bernardo Buontalenti

Bernardo Buontalenti (1531-1608) was a Florentine was well renowned as an architect, theatrical designer, military engineer and artist. It’s a strange resume for the father of modern gelato, but his expertise in conserving ice (they often stored it in cold storage rooms deep below the earth) is probably what assisted him with the invention.

As the story goes, Bernardo created a new dessert for a banquet held by the Grand Duke Cosimo I me’Medici. It was made from ice, salt, lemon, cream, egg, sugar and wine.

Now you can see where the term ice-cream came from.

Sicily

However, a similar concoction was being made in the South and some believe that is where the Florentine got his idea. The Sicilian Arabs had been mixing fruit juice with the snow from Mount Etna to make the first semi-solid iced drink. However, this recipe closely resembles sorbet, rather than gelato.

 Spreading throughout Europe

In the 16th century, Catherine de Medici married King Henry II of France. When she moved to with her with husband, she also took her cooks and the gelato recipe with her, where it became a popular among the upper class, the only people who could afford the dessert. It was then believed to have jumped the channel in the 17th century when Charles I of England bought frozen milk formula for from a French chef.

Commercial

One of the most influential people in the history of gelato was Franceso Propcopio Dei Coltelli, who was one of the first people to sell it commercially, thus introducing it to the wider population.

Modern Gelato

As it was mentioned before, gelato was expensive, due to the labour intensive process of collecting and adequately storing ice. That all changed when modern refrigeration and production was introduced, which allowed it to be produced on a wide scale. These have been the main factors aiding gelato to the fame it experiences today.

Gelato stores are found in great numbers throughout the world. Italy alone, there are reported to be over 35,000 stores offering refreshing treats to locals and tourists alike.

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[Annual Gelato Festival held in Milan, Italy]

Gelato is a bit different to the dessert first made for the Grand Duke Cosimo I me’Medici, but is still used to commonly to denote Italian-style ice-cream. The word gelato itself is Italian and literally translates to frozen.  It differs from American ice-cream, which has more air in it. Not only does it have more intense flavour then American ice-cream (owning to its density), but it is also healthier, being made of natural ingredients, less calories and a lower percentage of fat.

About the Author:

Bradley Rowe is a lifelong servant to the church of Gelato J thanks have to go to my local Perth spot Gelare for countless scoops of their finest.