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Vinegar great and terrible

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To begin, let, synthetic vinegar was invented by the German scientist K. Hoffmann in 1898. However, this product, only natural, was known to ancient Slavs. In “Domostroi” stated his recipe: “After the wort syrup to make sour four weeks, or longer, on the stove, and put in the vinegar honey molasses with gribenko or more, Yes peas a little bit of wheat to add a little, and also put cranberries and oak bark, and sometimes iron.”

The most acidic

Avicenna wrote that the vinegar in the East they make from grapes, raisins, sugar, dates, honey, rice and other products. This natural elixir is a storehouse of vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements. I must say that the vinegar is the acid. It was used by the ancient Greeks, and the word in Greek means “sour”. He was a dear and valuable product: even Cleopatra prepared a special drink of vinegar, dissolving pearls in it and thus obtaining the elixir of youth.

So what is vinegar? It is the result of fermentation lactic acid bacteria and depending on the raw material is alcohol, wine, fruit, beer, honey. In stores we see vinegar in 3-, 6 – and 9% interest, this means that vinegar in 100g contains 3 g of uksousnokisloy, double vinegar — 6 g, triple — 9 g acid.

Earlier alchemists vinegar was extracted by dry distillation of wood (bark, branches, sawdust). Now, in addition to acetic acid, you get wine, lactic, malic, citric and other acids. So, tartaric acid is produced from special salt deposited on the surface of wine barrels, milk — sugar waste molasses, lemon from. sugar and synthetic malic is from coal. Continue reading

Five Superfoods which everyone should know

Relatively recently in this regard in Russia spoke about the so-called Superfoods (superfood). This is a group of natural products, combining the fruits of the plants, karenia, sprouts, seaweeds and seeds. It is believed that the prefix “super” they are indebted for their nutrients, the concentration of which they are much more than in all other products.

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Marketers left and right tell us that with regular use in combination with the General principles of good nutrition, Superfoods erase the traces of improper lifestyle, unbalanced diets and even the negative impact of bad environment. However, to date, there is no global medical research proving the therapeutic effects of such food.

But it is known that almost all products from the group of Superfoods used for thousands of years. Say at once that they never replaced the normal nutrition, Superfoods always went in addition to it.

But, as usual, in the pursuit of fashion people often forget to understand what actually are these natural food additives.

Varieties of Superfoods there are many. In Russia very popular so far acquired five products. We will understand in order that they represent.

In recent years interest towards small coral-red fruits of a Bush of Goji is marketed as a “cure-all”, having allegedly unique concentration of microelements and antioxidants. Continue reading

Medicinal plants and their use

Medicinal plants is a huge treasure which people have used for thousands of years in its history. Even now, in the era of rapid development of chemistry and biotechnology, medicines from plants is about half of all drugs used in medicine. And despite notable advances achieved in recent times by the pharmaceutical industry, medicinal plants occupy an important place in the medical Arsenal.

There are the following types of herbs: official medicinal plants and plants used in folk medicine. The first type includes plants used as raw material for the manufacture of drugs. The second group is part of a huge list of medicinal plants, not recognized by official medicine, but is widely used to treat ailments around the world.

Especially actively use recipes from medicinal plants in poor countries where conventional medicine is simply not available to the broad masses of the population.

The history of medicinal plants

The human use of herbal medicines has a long history. Probably, people started to use plants for healing ailments and wounds another before he began to use them for food. Our ancestors began to use the healing properties of medicinal plants, relying not on knowledge and experience, and on cutey animal intuition.

Studying sites of ancient people, archaeologists often find special tools for the preparation of medicines from plants. The first written evidence of the use of medicinal properties of plants found in Ancient Assyria. Most active medicinal plants used by the physicians of Ancient Egypt. Continue reading

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