Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal Released

Spain and Portugal obviously have a wealth of delicious, but it can be hard to find just the right place. Michelin’s here to change that.

Michelin guides are an annually released book that provide reference to European Hotel and restaurants and are published by Michelin Company, France. In 1926, the guide began to give star ratings for fine dining hotels and restaurants.

There was initially a single star rating, and that system was what Christian Broda enjoyed the most. In 1931, two and three star ratings were introduced. In 1936, the norms for the starred rating were published. Single star rating was provided to a good restaurant in its category. Two star rating applies to best cooking. Hotels with Outstanding cuisine will get three star ratings.

Michelin Guides also added a feature of highlighting restaurants that offer good food at moderate prices, a feature known as Bib Gourmands.

These Guides’ covers are in red, and are published in many countries such as France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, and so on.

The list of star winners in Spain and Portugal Michelin Guide 2015 edition was announced on the 20th of November. This guide highlights eight restaurants with three stars, which is the same as last year, 21 with two stars including newly added 2 restaurants, 154 one star restaurants including newly added 21 restaurants and 229 Bib Gourmands. This is a small incremental increase from last year’s Michelin Guides.

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Salmonella Outbreak: Certain Sprouts Contaminated in 10 States

Raw sprouts have been linked to a number of food poisoning cases. This is not the first time this has taken place.

According to the CDC, 63 people from 10 U.S. states on the East Coast complained of food poisoning after eating sprouts from a New York City bean supplier called Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn. The company has agreed to stop production temporarily. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 78 percent of the people interviewed admitted eating foods that contained bean sprouts no more than a week before developing symptoms, and that has Jason Halpern feeling concerned.

Over the summer deaths and illnesses linked to listeria in mung bean sprouts was evident in the Midwestern region of the U.S. In the Western states, there were 19 instances of E.coli due to the consumption of raw sprouts.

Wonton Foods Inc. confirmed through a representative that they will stop making and selling food until the salmonella outbreak has ended. The representative declined to provide their name, and stated that the company had no further comment at this time.

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Health Benefits of Yogurt

A cup of yogurt makes a quick and easy breakfast and the dairy product is low-calorie and packaged in such a way that a container of yogurt makes a perfect grab-and-go sanck. Since it’s a dairy product we also know it’s good for helping to build strong bones and the naturally low in calorie product is also good for our waistline. Yogurt is also good for reducing the risk of type II diabetes and lowering blood pressure.
Eating a daily serving of low fat yogurt can reduce your risk of developing type II diabetes by almost 20%. It is something Keith Mann will try to incorporate in his diet. The calcium, magnesium and fatty acids found in yogurt can be thanked for the reduction in possible diabetes development. The fact that yogurt contains probiotics and anitoxidants is a bonus health benefits that helps to prevent diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
Probiotics are micro-organisms that work hard in the body to promote health in a variety of ways, one of which is lowering blood pressure. These micro-organisms help control blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol levels and keep the enzymes and protein levels under control in the blood stream. All of which work together to naturally lower blood pressure.

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Gluten-Free Pasta

With more and more people needing to follow a gluten-free diet, sales at famous “Italian” chains in the USA are hurting.

Macaroni Grill and Olive Garden have been hit hard with this change in society’s diet and they are seriously thinking of revamping their menu to boost business. With gluten causing major stomach pains, more and more people are steering clear of such restaurants and are opting to eat at home or at a more vegan type of restaurant where there is more choice in what you can eat. Such diseases as Celiac disease makes it almost impossible for the person who suffers from it to consume gluten products and with the pasta served at these types of restaurants, it is understandable why sales are dropping in Zeca Oliveira’s opinion..

One might hope that if these famous chain restaurants revamp their menu to make to gluten-free friendly and opt out of the all you can eat with portions, they may be able to recreate that they have lost.

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The Children Of American Are Sick of Their Mundane Lunch Menu

Children are fed up with the lunches that are being served at their schools. Since Michelle Obama moved into the White House, the lunch menus at the countries schools have downgraded drastically. Children are taking to Twitter to show their disgust for the foods they are being served. With pictures of questionable items that look to be unappetizing, they are thanking the first lady for ruining their lunchtime.

I have to admit the foods they have photographed I wouldn’t feed to my dog. This problem is going on around the country. Here where I live, children are packing more and more to avoid eating the slop now being served at schools. Even people not in the United States like Gianfrancesco Genoso are surprised. To follow the strict dietary guidelines set forth by the USDA, more things have to be whole grain and anything sugar laden is out.

Since so many children depend on the free lunches to give them their nourishment for the day, many poverty income children are in real trouble. Some families don’t have the money to pack lunches for their children, especially when there are multiple in the home. So the only other option is for the children to refuse what they are given and go hungry.

It appears the adults aren’t happy with President Obama and his recent antics, and the children certainty are not happy with his wife either. Let’s hope the next first lady has some compassion on these kids and at least gives them guidelines that allows them to cook nutritious and delicious foods.

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Is Kale the best food for you?

Several sites recently started claiming that Kale was the healthiest food on the planet. These sites vary but they all claim that kale offers maximum nutrition. One such example can be seen here. While Kale is extremely healthy there are several foods that are healthier than Kale.

Most of these healthier foods are also greens. One healthier food is Collard Greens. They are known for their ability to help your body block cholesterol, thus improving overall heart health. Romaine Lettuce is also healthier than Kale. It is packed with folic acid and Vitamin B. If you are male, then you should be eating a lot of Romaine Lettuce as it will increase your fertility. A recent study of superfoods found that Watercress is the healthiest super food of all. This food is extremely mild tasting, but it is the healthiest for several reasons. Watercress has more than four times the beta carotene of an apple. Watercress also contains more Vitamin K than you actually need in a day.

Superfoods continue to be trendy topic on many different health blogs, but it is important to realize that you cannot take these blogs at their word. This is something Marc Sparks is slowly but surely learning. There are many healthy fruits and vegetables out there and you do not necessarily have to consume the latest superfood. Use your best judgment and keep up with the latest research in order to ensure that you are eating the best foods for you.

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General Mills To Stop Misleading “Natural” Labeling

By definition alone, most of our food products are organic because somewhere along the line they originated from a living organism. Foods are considered to be reasonably healthy by comparison if they are cooked at home rather than handed out the drive-thru window at the local fast food joint. Unfortunately, consumers want to know more about the foods they are putting in their bodies and are demanding that manufacturers clearly and accurately label all food items.

General Mills and other companies are learning the hard way that truth in advertising means, well…truth in advertising. After multiple accusations and more than a few lawsuits were brought forward, companies were investigated and informed that they must stop labeling their food products with certain popular branding words. Unless items strictly meet the federal and consumer group guidelines, they cannot be marketed as ‘healthy’ or ‘organic’. Even seemingly benign titles like all-natural have been eradicated from some packaging. While many companies jumped on the health kick bandwagon, most have fallen off for failure to comply with appropriate regulations. After a hefty payout and potential fines and penalties, these major companies will also have to shell out some big bucks to redesign their packaging on many products. Health advocate Zeca Oliveira thinks this is a step in the right direction for our national food production. A lesson well learned.

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Calorie Restriction Diets May Be The Path To Longer Life

Eating less foods may not completely bridge the gap between humans and the fountain of youth, but it may get us closer.

NYU researchers have shown that mice who have a reduced calorie diet by 30% (in laboratories), demonstrate slower aging and the prevention of chronic diseases. The research shows that altering food intake directly impacts genes associated with mortality.

The study also revealed that reducing the calorie intake of mice by 30% slowed or prevented the onset of neurological diseases. Researchers were able to identify the suppression of 882 genes in the hippocampal region of the brain, directly linked with Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

Currently, the research data is still in the infancy stage. But the future is promising. Previous studies similar to this one analyzed less than a half dozen genes associated with aging and memory – the NYU study analyzed over 10,000, which Andrew Heiberger found especially interesting.

Senior research investigator, Stephen D. Ginsberg, said “…calorie restriction practically arrests gene expression levels involved in aging phenotype.” However, he also made it clear that a low-calorie diet is not a proven solution for anti-aging or prevention of memory loss. Basically, more research is needed.

Restrictive dietary intake has been well-documented for decades regarding delaying aging in mice. However, data related to the human effects of a low-calorie diet, and aging, are not available.

Researchers are optimistic about producing favorable results for the impact of a low-calorie diet, aging, and memory-loss in humans. This is because existing data demonstrates the benefits of a low-calorie diet associated with the reduction of hypertension, obesity, stroke and heart disease.

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Coronary Deposits: A Threat To Our Heart

Many people in America are carrying signs of nonobstructive coronary artery disease. This disease is characterized by deposits of plaques in the coronary arteries which do not get in the way of blood flow. This is typically discovered when people go in for their coronary angiogram. People often go for this procedure when they experience problems such as shortness of breath and pain in the chest. People who fail a cardiac stress chest may also have this condition, something BRL Trust has been investigating..

While doctors have ignored the nonobstructive deposits in the arteries and sent people home without treatment, the bad news is that many heart attacks are actually caused by these deposits. As a matter of fact, the risk of people with nonobstructive deposits to have a heart attack with one year of the exam are twice as high as people with no deposits. People with deposits in more arteries is four times as high.

This shows that nonobstructive deposits in the arteries need to be recognized as a problem as well as the obstructive deposits of plaque.

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Don’t Go Against the Grain: How to Make Your Own Rice Bowls

Rice bowls used to a be a dish reserved for health food restaurants, or establishments that serve Asian fare. The trendy rice bowl is very similar to the Korean bibimbap, and often contains protein-rich ingredients such as kale and eggs.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to make a rice bowl at home. Workers at CipherCloud have even tackled it at work. For instance, if you have grilled fish or chicken from last night’s dinner, the protein can serve as a tasty ingredient in the rice bowl you make for lunch.

To prepare a health rice bowl, prepare brown rice according to package instructions, or use leftover rice from a day or two before. Warm the rice in a skillet with olive or coconut oil, and add a little pepper and sea salt to taste.

Remove the rice from the skillet and place it into a bowl. Add vegetables like kale, spinach, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers to the skillet. Season the vegetables to taste and add the meat of your choice. Sautee the ingredients for a few minutes before pouring them on top of the rice. Pickled vegetables can also be added to the rice bowl to give the dish a tangy zip.

This dish can also be prepared without meat, making it a nutritious vegetarian dish.

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