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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.

High Time for Holiday Pie Time

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It’s getting really close to the holiday season, and one thing that is on every party goers’ mind this year is, “What will there be to eat at all those parties?” If you’re someone who has enjoyed parties for whatever cause, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, a sports party, or just to have a great time, you may have been slightly miffed if you’ve gone to a party only to find out that there is no pie. With any party during this holiday season, nothing helps to bring back fond memories like a home- baked pie. Here are a few favorite pies that will be a blast for any holiday party.

Apple Pie

apple pieOne of America’s favorites that is not going out of style anytime soon, nothing will delight guests and give them warm fuzzies, nor stir-up a good conversation like a hot apple pie straight out of the oven. Of course, adding some personality with a side of vanilla ice cream and a touch of carefully drizzled caramel can complement nicely. If you want to make it extra special, what will really impress those guests of yours is adding a crumble to your pie. This will give it a little texture that won’t disappoint.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pieA little-known fact, wonderful Illinois is the largest producer of pumpkins. An admired Thanksgiving delight that often carries its way on through December- and with no complaints- pumpkin pie is a country favorite for its delectably savory sugar-and-spice duo. A little bit of self-made whipped cream and a loving hint of cinnamon on top works wonders as an adornment. No wonder this treat is the country’s second choice when it comes to pie time. Here is where I found my pumpkin pie recipe. I use it every time.

 

 

Pecan Pie

Pecan PieA soothingly sweet concoction of eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup and butter craft a savory caramel flavor friend for your taste buds. Not having ventured to try a homemade pecan pie until I visited Georgia just recently, I can honestly say there is nothing like it on earth. Pecan pie is a sweeping southern comfort. Your holiday dinner will not be complete without this temptation.

These are some of the best pies to serve at your party that you can be sure won’t disappoint your family and friends during this holiday season. Make sure you don’t go without some much-needed holiday-themed party supplies to add a little flare to that extra-special party or get-together while you’re at it. If you are looking to add some creativity to your eating spaces, there are also a few options that can give you the most in terms of décor for your party area. Sometimes adding a vivid tablecloth for a splash of color, or a festive, themed cover for your party can give just the right amount of flair or spirit to the room. With these ideas, you can set-up the perfect environment for your extraordinary eatables.

About Writer:

Jennifer Franklin is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys cooking, festivities, crafts and the outdoors. She has two sons, Jerry, 4 and Thomas, 7. She learned everything she knows about cooking from her father, Brian Franklin, who has owned a series of high-end restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh for almost 20 years, and loves to teach anything culinary. She currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Dan.

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Guest Post: 5 Beautiful and Hydrating Infused Water Recipes to Try

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There are a lot of ways to stay hydrated during the hot summer months when you are working and sweating, and even during the dry winters when you have the heat running to chase away the chill. You could try herbal tea to replace the moisture you lose every day or just drink filtered water, but that’s boring.

There is something about infused water that makes staying hydrated more fun and easy. Watching colorful fruit float in your glass and enjoying the light, fresh flavors of many different herbs, vegetables and fruits helps break up the monotony of plain clear water.

Infused water should be a staple in the summer time when roadside stands and corner farmers’ markets are all open for business. Fresh local fruits and herbs make the best infused waters since they are picked at their peak and are often the most flavorful, but if fresh and local choices aren’t available, don’t despair! Some recipes work well with frozen fruits and many groceries and markets carry fresh herbs all year long.

  1. Blueberry, Pomegranate & Mint: Sweet and flavorful, this combination not only keeps you hydrated, but it is rich in antioxidants to help clean out your system. The mint stimulates digestion by helping to kick start your metabolism.
  2. Kiwi & Coconut Water: A highly nutritious alternative to sodas, kiwi and coconut water still offer a little substance in a beverage but with healthful benefits! Kiwi, a green fruit, acts as an alkalizing agent to replace lost minerals. Meanwhile, the coconut water adds sweetness to counter the kiwi’s tartness and is very hydrating!
  3. Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon & Cucumber: If you find grapefruit or lemon too strong on their own, try this combination to balance the sour citrus flavor with cool cucumber and sweet orange. From the citrus, you will gain an abundance of vitamin C to boost your immune system, while the cucumber is refreshing and cooling to make staying hydrated easy and fun.
  4. Raspberry & Strawberry: High in antioxidants, this rich, dark berry combination is a sweet choice that anyone will love. Offer this choice to your children instead of soda and you won’t hear many complaints!
  5. Blueberry, Lemon & Rosemary: There are few infused water recipes with as much potential as this one! The dark blueberries are high in antioxidants, while the lemon provides vitamin C and the rosemary brings a calming scent and anti-inflammatory properties to the table.

Whether you are sitting at your desk all day or working outdoors, finding a favorite infused water recipe will help keep you hydrated without getting bored— while also offering some great health benefits!

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About the Author:

Kate  Wilson is a freelance writer and blogger. Visit www.JetFeeds.com to see more of her work.

Guest Post: Icing on the cake: 5 Reasons You Should Be a Pastry Chef

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Who doesn’t love cake? The mouth salivates at the very thought of those soft, creamy, delicious, delectable pieces of heaven. Whether it’s a deep, rich chocolate truffle or a light, tantalizing blueberry cheesecake, whatever your poison, you’re probably picturing it right now and wishing you had some at hand.

Cakes and pastries are such an important part of our lives, too. Whether you’re celebrating turning 10 or a 100, enjoying your first meal as newlyweds, or even recovering from heartbreak, some cake is always there for you, a constant in those momentous flashes of life.

A career in pastry arts

In life, there are few greater pleasures then, and that pleasure is only intensified when you actually bake your cake (and eat it, too). Of course, there’s more to baking than just cake, so imagine how great it would be if you could not only bake delicious cakes, but also decorate them like the pros, and learn to make a whole plethora of delicacies like ice creams and sorbets, Danish pastries and croissants, breads, pies, tarts, and a whole bunch of other mouth-watering treats.

Today, a career in bakery isn’t just about running a corner shop selling bread. Instead it has evolved into a career in the culinary arts, and people who bake cakes adorn the title of ‘Pastry Chef’. Workplaces include high-end restaurants, the best hotels in the world, and even cruise liners and the odd spot on the staff of a billionaire sheikh or oligarch. While the heart, the passion and the ability to lift the spirits of the most battle hardened of individuals remains, the profession has turned into a delicate, technical and artistic medium of expression.

How to go about it

The easiest way to build a pastry arts career is by enrolling in one of the many pastry schools found across the country. These courses have a wide curriculum that covers not just a holistic approach to the honing your talents in the field of bakery and confectionery, but also a variety of other topics that will provide a more rounded education in the culinary field. Expect to learn vital teachings such as nutrition, kitchen sanitation, F & B (food and beverage) management, and lessons on supervision, among others.

Money talks

The career is a well-paying one too. The 2012 median pay for Chefs and Head Cooks (pastry chefs are covered under this header) on the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau and Labor Statistics website is listed at $42,480 per year (or $20.42 per hour). This number has surely risen up two years since, and this isn’t even taking into consideration private business such as a patisserie or confectionery, where the sky is the limit. Of course, there are other ways of making money as a pastry chef too, as is illustrated by this anecdote about Joseph Cumm, who is, incidentally, a pastry arts instructor at YTI career institute – one of the pastry schools alluded to earlier in this article, and won the ‘King of Cones’ challenge on the food network, and pocketed a cool $10,000 for his efforts.

So if you are creative, and enjoy seeing even the most cynical among us crack the same smile they sported as broken-toothed 5 year olds by providing them with the joys of pastry cooking, then this career is definitely worth exploring. After all, working in an environment infused with the sweet smell of baking is certainly more invigorating than a stuffy high-rise pulling a boring nine to five, is it not?

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About the Author:

Ray Holder is an independent career consultant. Connect with him on Twitter.

Sustainable Saturdays: Winterization Round-up

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As the temperature drops this week, I found myself scrambling to complete a couple of winterization projects around the house.  As I researched them I developed a great list of resources which I thought I’d share with everyone this week on Sustainable Saturday.

1. Energy.gov

This US Department of Energy website runs a great weatherization assistance program that provides grants to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. You can apply for assistance and find great practical DIY tips here.

2. Bankrate.com

Yes, the site that helps you compare mortgage rates also has great home related advice.  Even if you might not undertake any actual winterization projects, this article shares 7 common myths about winterization that could be costing you money.

3. Wiki-How

A great list of common places that need to be weatherized along with simple step by step pictures of how to address the issue.  You may need to find more detailed directions for some of the projects but this is definitely a great overview and starting point.

4. Better Homes and Gardens

We obviously can’t forget our gardens.  I wrote a couple weeks ago about preparing your garden for next year but I found some great additional nuggets here in BHG.

5. Bob Villas

A broken pipe happened to my neighbor during last year’s polar vortex.  The damage was devastating as they weren’t home at the time.  You’ll minimize your risk by following Bob Villas’ advice.

I hope you find these resources helpful and actionable so you can settle in for Thanksgiving and the rest of the winter holidays knowing that you will be warm and cozy without fearing the gas and electric bills.

About the Author:

Chris Wimmer writes at HealthSmartLiving.com.

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Guest post: Composting for Better Food Next Year

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If you have a garden, you know the value of compost. It is plant food. It is moisture retention. It’s just good stuff for anything a plant could need. With the leaves falling all around, this is the perfect time to start building a compost pile for next year’s garden. It’s much easier than you might think.

All organic matter will eventually compost in the right conditions. The key to proper composting is to have the proper ratio of “green” material to “brown” material. Green material is anything with a high nitrogen ratio. This includes your kitchen scraps, fresh lawn clippings, and any other plant material that is still green, but not animal wastes or meat products. Brown material, high in carbon, is the other half of the equation. Brown material includes fallen leaves, dried grass clippings. Wood and pine needles take a long time to break down. The ideal ratio is 40 parts brown material to 1 part green, but I don’t know of a gardener that sticks to that ideal.

First, find a section of your property where you can place a 5×5 space for a pile. Your pile should be close to a water source. Next, start collecting green and brown material to build the pile. You can start small, but the pile won’t really get going until it’s at least three feet high. Piles larger than 5×5 are too unwieldy for most.

Once you have material, it’s just a matter of mixing them together. Some people layer the material alternatively in 4”-6” layers. Other people just mix it all together. After this, the pile should be thoroughly wetted until it is as wet as a damp sponge on the inside.

Continue to check the pile every day for moisture for two weeks. After that, take a pitch fork and mix the layers all up. This will aerate the pile. This is also a good time to add more kitchen scraps. Bury them in the middle of your mixed pile. Repeat this process. As time passes, the pile will break down as microorganisms, fungus, and other scavengers eat the rich meal you’ve made for them.

If your pile isn’t breaking down, it could be one of three things: not enough water, not enough green material, or your material isn’t small enough. If your pile is stinking or getting slimy, you’ve put in too much green. By the time spring arrives, if you start now, you should have good compost. For more information, consult The Rodale Book of Composting.

About the Author:

Mark is from IceMachinesPlus.com with over 10 years of experience in the restaurant and bar industry. With an extensive background and entertaining writing style Mark is focused on providing quality information and advice to managers and contractors about the best practices on choosing the right type of ice machine.

Guest Post: Five Things You Didn’t Know About Your Water Bottle

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Plastic water bottles are everywhere. Whether you’re at a sporting event, a party or even just packing your lunch, there’s a chance you’ll use a plastic bottle. While they’re convenient, disposable and seem harmless, there’s a lot hiding beneath the lid you may not know about. Discover five reasons why you should think twice before using a plastic bottle.

1.      Bottled Water Isn’t as Pure as it Seems

While the packaging may lead you to believe your bottled water comes from a glacial spring in Colorado, it may not be quite that pure. It turns out that though there are regulations that bottled water companies have to follow, they’re erratic, inconsistent and are actually pretty low. Some packaged water has lower filter standards than municipal tap water. As it turns out, bottled water companies don’t even need to tell you where their water comes from. Next time you reach for a plastic bottle, carefully read the label and if it doesn’t seem legitimate, opt for tap.

 2.      Reusing Your Plastic Bottle Isn’t Safe

If you’re trying to reduce waste by using your plastic bottle more than once, it could be hurting your health. The germs from your mouth and hands along with the moisture trapped in an already-used plastic bottle can cause bacteria to grow, making your water much, much less pure. If you insist on reusing that bottle, reduce the amount of bacteria by thoroughly washing it in warm, soapy water and let it dry completely. However, this won’t eliminate the safety hazards, as cracking or damaging the bottle in any way could cause plastic chemicals to leak.

 3.      That One Bottle Can Make a Difference

If you think your bottle won’t add much to the world’s pollution problem, think again. It’s estimated that more than 2 million tons of bottles are disposed of annually. Not to mention, most bottles aren’t recycled and are left to decompose for hundreds of years, emitting hazardous chemicals into the air. Plastic bottles also use tons of oil to produce and ship, only to be used once and then disposed of. So before you opt for a plastic bottle, think of the damage even one alone is doing to the environment.

 4.      Most Bottled Water is Just Tap Water

If the main reason you choose bottled water is because it’s more pure than tap water, chances are it’s not. Due to unclear regulations and low standards bottled water manufacturers must adhere to, many companies just use tap water and can get away with it. Because of sneaky marketing techniques, most companies use the tap to fill their bottles but make consumers think it’s extra purified and uncontaminated.

 5.      You’re Wasting Money

It should come as no surprise that bottled water is a huge rip-off, especially when tap water comes from your sink at a price of pennies per gallon. In the amount of money you spend on one case of water, you could invest in a stainless-steel or BPA-free reusable bottle to carry your water in. For the price of two cases, you could get a reusable bottle and a filtered pitcher or other home products to filter your water. The money you will save by switching to more renewable methods of containing water is reason enough to quit buying bottles.

Though bottled water seems like the way to go for a clean and pure beverage, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Bottled water can not only be contaminated, it’s also a wasteful pollutant. While we won’t be able to eradicate the world of plastic bottles, you can do your part. Switching to reusable bottles and recycling disposable bottles when you do use them will make a difference for the environment and your wallet.

About the Author:

Courtney Gordner is a passionate blogger who loves to share insight about living a healthy life. Read more from her on her blog, www.talkviral.com.

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