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By this point, unless you just bought your television, computer, and newspaper subscription last week, youve probably already heard about omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists rave about them; cooks try to include them with every meal. Even food companies are getting in on the action (noticed any Omega-3 enriched products like eggs, oils, and dairy on your store shelves lately?).One thing very few people know, however, is why omega-3 fats are good for you. Collectively ou...

The Skinny On Omega-3 Fats

The Skinny On Omega-3 FatsBy this point, unless you just bought your television, computer, and newspaper subscription last week, youve probably already heard about omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists rave about them; cooks try to include them with every meal. Even food companies are getting in on the action (noticed any Omega-3 enriched products like eggs, oils, and dairy on your store shelves lately?).One thing very few people know, however, is why omega-3 fats are good for you. Collectively our understanding of this wonderfat rarely goes beyond we need to eat more of it. This isnt the best course to take; you shouldnt load up on something in your diet until you know precisely why youre eating it. Did you know that omega-3 is a designation for several "fatty acids" , not just one? That, while it is incredibly good for you, it should be balanced by a healthy amount of omega-6? Read on to find out the skinny on this fat!For starters, lets talk about the three major types of omega-3: alpha-lenolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). All three of these acids are polyunsaturated fats, and theyre considered essential fatty acidsmeaning we need them to survive, and the body cant make em on its own. ALA breaks down into DHA and EPA during digestion, making the latter two essential nutrients. Theres been a lot of hubbub about these fats in the last few years, and with good reason.Theyve been demonstrably linked to improved circulation and a reduced risk of heart disease. They reduce inflammation and improve fluidity of cell walls, lower bad cholesterol. Many of their effects seem related to the brain, as well. For instance, infants deprived of omega-3s while in the womb risk vision problems and nerve disorders; in another study, poor-performance children supplied with omega-3 and other essential nutrients for 15 weeks showed marked improvement in cognition and behavior.All good things, right? Absolutely, but dont go out and load up on all those omega 3-enriched products we mentioned earlier. Since most are enriched with ALA, its better to go directly to sources of EPA and DHA (which ALA breaks down into). Unless the packaging specifically says enriched with EPA/DHA, forego those omega-3 eggs in favor of a DHA-rich filet of salmon. Or a cup of walnuts. Or some flaxseedthe list goes on, but these three are the greatest sources of omega-3 in our diet; a serving of flaxseed oil, for example, provides 140% of your daily value of omega-3 fat. A handful of walnuts will give you 90.8%. And a 4-oz. filet of broiled chinnook salmon will get you 83.6 percent.Dont gobble down salmon three meals a day, though; overconsumption of these fats can lead to increased bleeding, weakened immune responses, and heightened risk of stroke. In addition, dont forget to consume a certain amount of omega-6 fatsyou know, the kind found in beef, dariy, that kind of thing. Omega-6 and omega-3 work in balance to keep your body healthy, strong, and in disease-repellin shape; too little omega-6 can lead to scaly skin and weak muscles, among other creepy side effects.Now that you know why you need omega-3, fill your bellies along with your brains by trying some of these great omega-3-filled recipes!SalmonSauteed Salmon with Whiskey SauceTry a deliciously grown-up preparation for those salmon fillets.Horseradish-Encrusted SalmonThis salmon dish can either be eaten as a main course with some sides or add on top of a leaf salad for a light lunch.Wolfgang Puck's Basil-Crusted Salmon with Tomato-Eggplant FondueThis delicious salmon's accompanying sauce is a perfect choice for summer. Being composed almost entirely of vegetables, with just a touch of olive oil, it's incredibly light and healthful just the thing you want to eat at this time of year, when you're thinking about getting back into your swimsuit!WalnutsWolfgang Puck's Winter Greens Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette, Toasted Walnuts, Orange & Warm Goat Cheese CroutonsServe this up at a wintry weekend lunch or dinner, and there's no chance your guests will gaze wistfully out the window. Their attention will be riveted right on the dining table, where it belongs.Gorgonzola Walnut Ravioli with Sage ButterYou could use any pasta here, but the ravioli named in the title makes this dish positively decadent. I got this pasta at Trader Joes, my new favorite place to shop. I'm a latecomer to the TJ party and only recently discovered how fantastic and inexpensive they are.Apple, Carrot, Cranberry and Walnut MuffinsThe muffins with everything, tasty and healthy to eat.Lemon Green Beans with WalnutsSteamed green beans tossed with butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and toasted walnuts. This is excellent with asparagus also. Pecans can be substituted for walnuts.Sources:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19681540/http://www.whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-6-000317.htmhttp://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

Wholesale Tea: The Role Of Value Added Wholesalers In The Tea Distribution Chain

Wholesale Tea: The Role Of Value Added Wholesalers In The Tea Distribution Chain

As tea grows in popularity in the United States, channels of distribution of this fine product are expanding and becoming more efficient. A major part of the entire distribution channel is the tea wholesaler that provides value added products and services to the tea offering.The Tea Distribution ChannelLike most food products, tea is distributed through three major channels:RetailWholesaleDistributorsRetailRetail channels deliver tea directly to the consumer for consumption without involvement of a third party, Retail channels generally involve gourmet markets, high end grocery stores, health food stores and other outlets where the consumer can visit and make an informed tea selection.Retail also includes mail order and the internet equivalent e-commerce shopping. E commerce has grown dramatically as web sites become more informative and selections of quality teas are expanded. E-commerce allows the convenience of shopping at home and has become a highly efficient way to purchase quality tea products.WholesaleThe wholesale channel involves entities that purchase for resale. During this process the wholesaler adds value in a variety of ways. This value is critical for the tea enjoyment of the ultimate consumer and takes many forms. For example:Creation of a pleasant environment that creates strong feelings of well beingAddition of food items like sandwiches, deserts, fruits etc that complement the tea experienceHigh end fine dining that is complemented by a cup of quality teaResorts that offer iced tea as a refreshing beverage in idyllic settingsHotels and inns that offer afternoon tea as a scheduled eventAnd many others..DistributorsDistributors operate in a channel different from wholesalers although both channels are resale channels. Distributors stock inventory and provide account executives who service large reseller like grocery stores and convenience store chains. Distributors usually develop sophisticated support systems that offer their customer base ease of ordering and shipment and other efficient ways to do business.What Value Do Wholesalers Provide?Tea wholesalers are all about enhancing the tea experience for the consumer.The value provided by wholesalers, if added properly, can leverage the well being of the tea experience. Take a quality tea room for example. Customers can enjoy tea in a very pleasant setting with attractive decorations, appealing music and complementary sandwiches and other food items. Not only do tea drinkers enjoy the well being of high quality tea but the experience is expanded by the right environment truly added value.Or take the fine dining experience where a delicious meal is followed by the best quality infused loose leaf tea and the enhanced feeling of well being created as a compliment to the meal.However, care must be exercised to ensure that value is created. How many tea drinkers have enjoyed a quality meal at a four star restaurant, only to be disappointed by a cup of luke warm low quality tea at the end of the meal. Or consider the thirsty traveler looking to quench his thirst with an ice cold glass of high quality iced tea but receives instead a luke warm, low quality substitute tea bag drink.Overlooking the quality of the basic offering of tea can be disastrous for a tea wholesaler. Tea drinkers in the United States are becoming more discriminating and demanding when it comes to tea quality and taste. Many teas rooms have recognized this fact and focus on quality products and quality service and have created a niche market for their business.For restaurant wholesalers, loose leaf tea is increasingly offering products that complement fine dining. Quality loose leaf tea often blended with appealing flavors like mint, coconut or oil of bergamot offer the best hot or iced tea available for the dining public. Preparation and presentation of quality tea is critical to ensure tea drinking satisfaction however and those wholesalers who wish to provide the best quality tea must focus on the total tea experience.

What Does Certified Organic Mean?

What Does Certified Organic Mean?

The meaning of organic.The dictionary says organic means of, related to or derived from living organisms. Most people reading this will say, yes, yes I knew that. But what you may not know is that the use of this word by producers and manufacturers can be misused or misunderstood. Its use is far more complicated then slapping the term on a box or can and calling it organic. As Im sure every citizen of this country is aware by now, manufacturers twist terms, words, and phrases into the image they want to portray to the public. Unfortunately this rarely reflects the true nature of the product, healthy or otherwise. Its generally a sales ploy.All Natural as an exampleWeve all heard the words all natural for many, many years and weve all been duped for many, many years into believing this meant the product we were consuming was completely of nature when of course there is no guarantee that it truly is all natural. Manufacturers may include plant abstracts or juices in products, call it natural, then add in chemical preservatives, dies, and perfumes thus rendering an originally healthy product toxic and the public is rarely aware of it as they go about their daily lives. Not only that but natural ingredients is no guarantee that they werent grown in chemical laden fields or taken from hormone laced livestock. This is an example of a very misused term and one that is unregulated by the government. Buyer beware!So what is certified organic?The same applies, to varying degree, to the products labeled organic, accept that there are some USDA rules and guidelines for the use of the term certified organic. In order for a product to carry the USDA certified organic label it must be 95% organic. This leaves 5% leeway for manufacturers to insert non-organic stuff, maybe non-organic ingredients, maybe preservatives, maybe anything. To be guaranteed of a 100% organic product you must look for the 100% symbol. The USDA stamp alone is no promise that there isnt some toxic substance in that extra 5%. Products may be labeled made with certified organic ingredients if they are 70% organic, meaning that 30% may be of non-organic origins. And finally manufacturers are permitted to list organically produced ingredients on the side label if their product contains less then 70% certified organic ingredients. So, conclusion: it is very hard to escape the chemical world weve all been plunged into, willingly or unwillingly.Certified organic gets downplayed by congress

Corks or screw caps - The closing argument

Corks or screw caps - The closing argument

It is now very rare to find the total use of natural cork to stop wine bottles with the Rioja region of Spain being the most obvious exception. Increasingly, for a wide variety of reasons, the use of plastic stoppers and screw caps is becoming widespread. Why is this so, and what are the pros and cons of each method, and what should we be looking for when considering the alternatives? This really is a topic of hot debate in the world of wine at the moment. By tasting wines using the different methods of stopping, you can join this debate fully with your own opinions, thereby reinforcing the subjectivity of wine appreciation.Most consumers still prefer natural cork and think of it as the most classy and professional way to package and stop wine. They would argue that the popping of a cork is part of the romance of wine appreciation, but it is true that the incidence of cork taint is on the increase. This occurs when a bad cork infects the wine with a mouldy, musty smell and flavour. Indeed it is believed that somewhere approaching one in twenty bottle are so affected, and whilst the worse ones are relatively easy to spot, those affected slightly do not become apparent until opened and nearly drunk. Never suffer a corked wine, always send it back or return it to the vendor. Cork producers are working hard to improve the consistency in quality with constantly improving results. It is important to remember that wines bottled using natural cork do generally age well, because the cork allows for a tiny exchange of air within the bottle, resulting in a gradual, small amount of oxidation.Plastic stoppers prevent this cork taint and indeed some are made to look like natural cork, but they can be difficult to get off the corkscrew and even harder to get back into the unfinished bottle. Probably the most important issue with "plastic stopper" s is that we do not know how the wine reacts to the plastic. It is this doubt that has prompted producers to move over to "screw cap" s, which were traditionally used to stop cheaper wines. Now more and more premium wine is stopped this way with the Australians and New World producers leading the way, although some progressive Europeans are joining the trend. Screw caps eliminate cork taint, allow effective resealing and were first used to seal those wines considered to be susceptible to cork taint, such as Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. Whilst red wines can benefit from cork sealing in terms of taste, screw caps are much easier to use. As for the future screw caps seem to be in the ascendancy at the moment, but as cork producers begin to tackle the problem of taint effectively there might be a revival in its uptake.

Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipe Versus All Other Iced Coffee

- Are All Recipes The Same?If you like iced coffee then I expect as you are probably a serious coffee lover you love the starbucks "iced coffee" recipe. If you are reading this article then you have tasted and know what iced coffee is and you will certainly have tried a starbucks iced coffee recipe. But iced coffee is not what you are thinking it is. You do not make a cup of hot coffee and wait for it to cool down or chill it in the freezer to make a glass of iced coffee. You could not be more wrong! Yes of course iced coffee is a variety of a hot brewed coffee, but there is a method to make it, a method that is different from the way a hot coffee is brewed and the starbucks iced coffee recipe is just gorgeous.Making Iced Coffee- Tips And TricksHot coffees are hot-brewed, but if you want to make iced coffee the way it was made when it was started, then you have to cold-brew the coffee. Yes, you read that right You do not need to heat coffee if you want to make an starbucks iced coffee recipe. All you need is a special pot, cold water, and coarsely grounded coffee beans! Or if you prefer try the starbucks "starbucks iced coffee recipe" recipe below and you can be the judge. Pour the cold water in the pot. Put in the coarsely grounded coffee beans.Other Ideas for you to try: Put some of the coffee youve made in the freezer and make ice cubes out of it. Try adding a bit of sugar syrup and a little chocolate flavoring. Top off your starbucks iced coffee recipe with a generous helping of whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a flake to really impress your friends- they will think you are an starbucks iced coffee recipe expert or an employee of starbucks coffee house!What will happen is that the cold water will extract the coffee flavors but will not extract the bitter compounds and the fatty oils that are present in the beans. This means that the starbucks iced coffee recipe, which is made, will have less acid content than what it would have had if it were hot-brewed. Coffee made using this method was originally called starbucks iced coffee recipe. This method was invented in 1962 by a chemical engineer, Todd Simpson, and his company is still around today (Its called Toddy Products).If you choose to make starbucks iced coffee recipe using the hot-brew method, then you must get the coffee into the refrigerator once it reaches room temperature. If you allow it to get colder than that, then it may lose its flavor.Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipe:Starbucks Frappuccino 2 shots (3 oz.) espresso 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk 1 Tbls. pectin OR 1 tsp. pectin + 1 tsp. arrowroot1. Stir sugar into espresso. Cool mixture.2. Stir milk and pectin into espresso mixture until pectin is dissolved.3. Fill a glass with ice and either serve mixture over ice, or pour glass contents into blender and blend for 30-45 seconds. Enjoy!

Health Benefits Of Red Wine Boost Sales Of Wine Gifts

According to Winepros.org, Moderate consumption of red wine on a regular basis may be a preventative against coronary disease and some forms of cancer. Chemical components of red wines function as anti-oxidants, preventing free radicals from doing cellular damage. Other compounds help to boost the immune system, block cancer formation, and possibly protect against heart disease and even prolong life.This information has shocked milk and tea drinkers the world round. However, with this information, there has been an increase in the consumption of wine by those who would have never considered it before. According to winebusiness.com, wine sales in the United States were higher in 2006 than ever before. The site also says that the sale of red wine in particular continues to surge. In order to tap into the trend, wine gifts have sprung up as a way to compete for many companies. Wine gifts are used to promote corporations, foundations and even events.Wine gifts range from basic corkscrews to wine and cheese carriers. Wine gifts can be simple or extravagant. All gifts are easily engraved or printed upon in order to promote a business or foundation. Wine gifts are available in a variety of styles, colors and uses, which makes them ideal as promotional products to anyone a company is trying to reach.Wine gifts can add a touch of class and fun to an otherwise boring promotional event. There are few better ways to reward a client with great taste than a wine gift. More extravagant "wine gifts" , such as a wine and cheese carrier, make great prizes during corporate events. After all, as any wine enthusiast will tell you, a wine drinker can never have too many ice buckets, corkscrews or glasses. The simplest wine gift can make anyones day a little brighter.There are also few better ways to spread the word about the health benefits of red wine than with a gift that accessorizes it beautifully. Anyone who is interested in the benefits will be interested in consuming it. Sales numbers have shown that this information has contributed to the success of wine; why shouldnt your company be a part of the phenomenon?

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By this point, unless you just bought your television, computer, and newspaper subscription last week, youve probably already heard about omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists rave about them; cooks try to include them with every meal. Even food companies are getting in on the action (noticed any Omega-3 enriched products like eggs, oils, and dairy on your store shelves lately?).One thing very few people know, however, is why omega-3 fats are good for you. Collectively ou...