像化 「卡路里」 From Calories to Pixels

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相信大家對「卡路里」一詞不會陌生,然而,要計算食物裡頭的卡路里確實是令人頭痛。傳統食物標籤沒有橫一的標示準則,令消費者難以準確計算其卡路里攝取量。有見及此,英國平面設計師 Severino R 利用像素 (pixel),將「卡路里」圖像化,每一像素就是一卡路里,既有趣,又簡單易明。

We ain’t new to the term “Calories”, yet counting calories could be a headache to many people. Instead of read from the tradition food label, which is always confusing, graphic designer Severino R found a way to visualise calories in a playful info graphic.

“Severino translated amounts of energy into a more relatable form of reference: pixels.  Along with showing the daily male and female intakes, 42 common foods items are transformed into a pattern of squares — each pixel symbolizing one calorie (1 kal). The total number of squares/pixels in each food or drink represents the item’s total calories, making for a more digestible form of understanding that whole calorie counting business.”

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Source:Visual.ly via  Foodbeast

減壓五寶 5 HEALTHY FOODS TO LOWER STRESS LEVELS FAST

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生活迫人,工作壓力大是很多都市人的生活寫照。其實只要懂得選擇,改變日常飲食習慣都能幫助減壓。
Most of us would agree that life is a busy endeavor, which can lead to lots of stress. And the busier we get, the more stress we have to deal with. Fortunately, there is a medicine-free way in which you can reduce a significant portion of that stress.

1. 果仁 Nuts
果仁含有維生素E,能增強免疫力,減少患病機會。身體健康,然後活得更輕鬆自在。Nuts are loaded with vitamin E, which boosts immunity. A healthy immune system means you’re less likely to fall victim to that cold that’s making its way around the office, and a healthier you means a less stressed you, too.
2.油性魚 Oily Fish
油性魚如三文魚富含奧米加-3脂肪酸,是理想的「減壓」晚餐選擇。 研究指出奧米加-3能提昇情緒和腦部活動功能,在處理焦慮和抑鬱上有顯著幫助。Fish like salmon, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is the perfect dinner de-stress option. Omega-3’s have been shown to boost mood and brain function, and can aid significantly in dealing with anxiety and depression.

3. 巧克力 Chocolate
巧克力中的β-內啡肽,又被稱為大腦中的「快樂化學物質」,有助於提高血清素水平,在處理壓力中起了關鍵作用。有研究指出,每天吃用40克黑巧克力可以幫助我們應對壓力。This sweet treat helps to boost serotonin levels, which plays a key role in dealing with stress.Research has shown that 40g of dark chocolate a day can help us cope with stress by releasing ‘happy chemicals’ known as beta endorphins in the brain.

4. 深色綠葉蔬菜 Dark Leafy Greens
深色綠葉蔬菜如菠菜和羽衣甘藍都含有豐富的鎂,能幫助放鬆肌肉纖維。
Spinach and other dark leafy greens like Swiss chard and kale are loaded with magnesium, which has been credited as a major stress fighter, helping to relax muscle fibers and put you at ease.

5. 含有大量維生素C的蔬果 Food that rich in Vitamin C
壓力背後的皮質醇會導致腦細胞受損,多吃橙、西蘭花、紅椒、青椒和草莓等含有大量維生素C的食物,可以提高您的免疫系統,以對付皮質醇。
Oranges, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, red and green peppers and strawberries contain lots of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and fights brain-cell damage resulting from constant exposure to cortisol.

資源來源 read more: Hungry for Change 

illustrated by: tiffany@go.asia

海帶的好處 Reasons to Eat More Seaweeds

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海帶,又名昆布,是來自海裡的植物。海帶營養豐富,含海帶素、岩藻多糖等成分,曬乾後可作為食物,常用於中國菜、日本料理和朝鮮料理。

除了營養豐富,常吃海帶,還有以下好處:

  1. 減肥 - 海帶含有大量的膳食纖維,可以增加肥胖者的飽腹感,而且海帶脂肪含量非常低,熱量少,自然是減肥中人的恩物。
  1. 延緩衰老 - 海帶富含鈣元素與碘元素,有助於甲狀腺素合成。這兩種元素搭配,不僅能美容,還有延緩衰老的作用。
  1. 補鈣 -海帶含有豐富的鈣,可補充人體所需要的鈣質。
  1. 降血壓 -海帶氨酸、鉀鹽及鈣元素,可降低人體對膽固醇的吸收,降低血壓。
  1. 降脂 - 海帶含有大量的不飽和脂肪酸和食物纖維,能清除附著在血管壁上的膽固醇。
  1. 提高免疫力 - 海帶能促進細胞免疫。除海帶之外,還有很多食物都有類似功效,香菇就是其中之一。

Seaweed is actually the plant in the sea.  It is nutritious, containing fucoidan and other ingredients.  It is commonly used in Chinese cuisine, Japanese and Korean cuisine.

Except nutritious, seaweed also has the following six benefits:

  1. Lose weight – it contains large amounts of dietary fiber, can increase the satiety.   It also very low in fat and calories, therefore it is the perfect ingredient for people who would like to lose weight.
  1. Anti-aging – it is rich in calcium and iodine, helps to create the thyroid hormone.  Combine these two types of element, not only good for your skin, as well as the anti-aging effect.
  1. Rich in Calcium – it is also a supplement to the body needs.
  1. Reduce blood pressure – Seaweed acid, potassium and calcium, may reduce the absorption of cholesterol, can lower the blood pressure effectively.
  1. Lower the fat - it contains large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids and dietary fibre, able to remove cholesterol which attached to the vessel wall.
  1. Improve immunity - it can improve cell-mediated immunity.  Except kelp, there are a lot of food has a similar effect, shiitake is one of them.