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Why would you need to be gluten-free?

It is becoming more popular to think, that avoiding gluten will help us live long and healthy. Well, it might even be true, that gluten itself doesn’t contain any special nutritional substances, but still there is something we need to know about going gluten-free. And that thing is, that if we’re not diagnosed with any specific disease connected with gluten ingestion it’s not only useless but also dangerous to give up on it.

Sweet, white death

According to Central Statistical Office every one of us consumes about 42 kilograms of sugar a year (23 table spoons, 115 grams per day). Sounds a lot? Definitely. Especially when you compare it with WHO recommendations that only about 5-10% of our daily energy should come directly from sugar – that is about 5-10 tablespoons (25-50 grams). So you don’t add sugar to tea? I’m afraid it’s not enough. It is easy to exceed these standards just with a glass of apple juice and strawberry yoghurt.

Not that bad - salt

Salt, or sodium chloride is widely known as unhealthy. We are being told to lower its intake to minimum level. Happily, it is impossible to reduce it to zero. If you’re truly serious about your health, take that advice with a pinch of salt. After all, salt is really important nutrient, and reducing sodium intake can have unintended health risks.

To eat, or not to eat – mold.

Even if we buy just as much food as we need and if we store it just the way it should be, every one of us have seen mold. In the best case – on special kinds of cheese or salami, in the worse one – on bread and pork we forgot to eat two weeks earlier. If that happened I hope you immediately put it all into a plastic bag and discarded, but did you know, that there are some products which doesn’t require that step to be so radical?

Supplements – choose wisely

Many of us are trying to replace healthy, balanced diet of the grocery store variety with supplements from the pharmacy menu. Sometimes this is good, but not always. Maybe it is because some supplements (even if not all of them!) available in a pharmacy are just good advertisement and nothing more, or at least – nothing that our organisms would really need.

Sweet bulb - Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is a plant which has come to Europe from North America. It is believed that the person who had “imported” it was Christopher Columbus. Jerusalem artichoke’s tubers were North American Indians’ food. Appreciated by colonist, they have spread as ornamental, edible and fodder plant, reaching Europe and Asia.

Healthy peels

It has once been written about banana peels here. But this time I would like to discuss the topic a bit wider, because not only banana peels are usable. More – edible. Most of the fruits and vegetables peels we throw away can, and should be eaten. And it is not only the environment protection, it is about our health – they are filled with healthy stuff.

Cabbage season!

The season for fresh cabbage is just coming. The vegetable that was praised for centuries is a great remedy for hangover, arthritis, anemia and much more. Still it is finding new, more surprising applications. It might be pretty soon when the concentrate of cabbage juice will be used to produce totally non-toxic cleaning agents, sandwich paper that also works as a preservative, or ecological plant protection products.

Stay calm and take magnesium - an element essential for your health

You're irritable and tired? Perhaps you feel foot pain or leg cramps and have problems with swallowing and sleeping? Those symptoms are signs of magnesium deficiency. Do not worry, it is easy to provide your organism with as much magnesium as it needs by food or supplements. Try to help yourself by eating tasty meals and staying relaxed. Learn about that essential mineral and find out if you're deficient in magnesium.

Umami means ‘delicious’!

The fifth basic taste, umami (Japanese: umai-delicious, mi-taste) is inseparably linked to glutamate receptors. These are the receptors which make eating food with sodium glutamate – a chemical flavour enhancer that is unfairly held in disrepute – so pleasant. Its only fault is the fact that it being added to almost every unhealthy food product makes these delicious and attractive to us.

#jedzjabłka (#eatapples)

Widespread availability of apples makes us forget how good for health they are. The embargo that begun on August 1 and Polish internet’s response to it (called #jedzjabłka - #eatapples) are a great opportunity to remind us how healthy this fruit is, and on addition to support Polish farmers by reducing their losses.