蛋白質無處不在 Where do you get your protein?

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誰說蛋白質只來至肉類?
其實很多蔬菜、豆、果仁都含有豐富蛋白質,好像西蘭花、豆腐、芥菜、藜麥。

Protein isn’t just meat!! But it can also be found in vegetables! Take a look!

速食龍頭在輿論壓力下停用阿摩尼亞加工肉品 Hamburger Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for human consumption”

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Jamie Oliver 曾於 2011年4月在節目《食物革命》(Food Revolution) 中公開指出,美國有高7成的漢堡牛肉參雜「粉紅肉渣」(Pink Slime),此種脂肪含量非常高的碎肉用阿摩尼亞混合清水消毒後,再混合一般絞肉製作成漢堡排出售,罔顧消費者的身體健康。

他表示,業者將賣作狗糧的「粉紅肉渣」,經過加工供人類食用,還諷刺地說把狗糧變為兒童食物,黑心業者的會計師對如此節省成本的方式必然會感到開心。

前踢爆美國麥當勞、漢堡王竟然使用混有泡過阿摩尼亞的下等牛雜肉,罔顧消費者的身體健康。而美國麥當勞與漢堡王在輿論壓力下皆公開表示,不會再使用阿摩尼亞加工肉品。

Jamie 指控,全世界排名前兩位的速食龍頭麥當勞 (McDonald’s) 與漢堡王(Burger King) 都使用此種牛肉。速食風暴的主角牛肉供應商(BPI)發表公開聲明,指出阿摩尼亞出現在牛肉中是很合理的,包括起司、明膠與布丁等食品加工時也會使用,功用在於降低大腸桿菌與沙門氏菌。除了麥當勞與漢堡王之外,美國另一間速食業者Taco Bell也宣布停用BPI的漢堡肉排。

Oliver repeatedly explained to the public, over several years – in documentaries, television shows and interviews – that the fatty parts of beef are “washed” in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. Before this process, according to the presenter, the food is deemed unfit for human consumption. According to the chef and hamburger enthusiast, Jamie Oliver, who has undertaken a war against the fast food industry, “Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.”

Besides the low quality of the meat, the ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Oliver famously coined this the “the pink slime process.”

In the United States, however, Burger King and Taco Bell had already abandoned the use of ammonia in their products. The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which has allowed McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”

Most disturbing of all is the horrifying fact that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food.

On the official website of McDonald’s, the company claims that their meat is cheap because, while serving many people every day, they are able to buy from their suppliers at a lower price, and offer the best quality products. But if “pink slime” was really the “best quality” that McDonalds can muster in the US, then why were they able do better in Latin America and Europe? More to the point, why can they apparently do better now in the United States?

These questions remains unanswered by the franchise which has denied that the decision to change the recipe is related to Jamie Oliver’s campaign. On the site, McDonald’s has admitted that they have abandoned the beef filler from its burger patties.

Source & Original post(in english): PoliticalBlindSpot.com

黑芝麻的好處 Reasons to Eat More Black Sesame

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黑芝麻性味甘平,入肝、腎二經,有潤膚、補血、明目、補益精血、潤燥滑腸、生津等作用。還可降低血糖,增加肝臟及肌糖元含量,也可降低血中膽固醇含量。適合因肝腎不足所致的脫髮、皮膚乾燥、便秘、病後體虛、眩暈等症的中老年人食用。

  • High In Antioxidants
    Sesame seeds contain several antioxidants including sesamin and sesamolin as well as vitamin E. These antioxidants may help to prevent illnesses that can result from chronic oxidative stress such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • High In Vitamin E
    Vitamin E can help boost the immune system, reduce the risk of heart attacks and protect the eyes from cataracts. Vitamin E is also believed to have anti-aging effects.
  • Bone Health
    Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, zinc and several other vitamins and minerals that can help maintain proper bone density and prevent conditions that result from mineral deficiencies like osteoporosis.
  • Respiratory Health
    The magnesium in sesame seeds may help aid the respiratory system and treat certain side effects of asthma.
  • Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Relief
    Sesame seeds are a good source of copper, a mineral known to aid in pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis. Sesame seeds may help reduce swelling and have additional anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
  • Cancer Prevention
    One of the most important benefits of sesame seeds is their potential in the war against cancer. They are high in antioxidants as well as compounds called lignans, which have been found in lab tests to have anti-cancer properties. These substances may inhibit processes that contribute to cancer cell growth while inducing cancer cell death. Studies have shown eating sesame seeds to have positive effects on breast cancer treatment and one study associated daily sesame seed consumption with reduced risk of stomach cancer.
  • High In B-Vitamins
    The many complex B vitamins found in sesame seeds help the body extract energy from food and keep red blood cells healthy.
  • Lower Cholesterol
    The phytosterols in sesame seeds help the body absorb cholesterol and may help balance good and bad cholesterol levels.
  • Lower Blood Pressure
    The compounds in sesame seeds have been shown to relax blood vessels in lab tests and there by reduce blood pressure levels.