Saturday, February 25, 2017

Why tomatoes have no taste anymore

It felt just right. Delicious looking is the warm red skin and the scent of tomato tickles my nose. I rest my finger and press it gently. Yes, it feels just right. Not too hard, not too mushy.

Why tomatoes have no taste anymoreWhen I was young, I used to bite a whole in the tomato and then suck the liquid and pulp out. I might still do but you will never know for I would not admit it.

So I took the initial bite. Dug the whole that shall lead me to the source. To the sweet, sour, tomatoey insides that smelled and felt just right.

I tasted nothing. I felt that I was chewing on something that changed its consistency while I was eating it. But it tasted nothing like tomato or anything else for that matter. It was not the first time in the last years and it will not be the last.

A week ago I purchased a multicolored "gourmet" pack of tomatoes. Five different varieties. I thought at least one or two types will taste nice. But then it tasted only bitter for the gourmet price I paid for tomatoes of different colors that were united in tastelessness.

What is wrong with our tomatoes?

Those around my age probably still remember the taste of a tomato.

Is it just nostalgia ("this used to be made from wood") or did tomatoes change?

Maybe you live in a warm place or you had the chance to pick a tomato from the vine while you were on vacation. I remember how they were bursting with aroma.

Tracing it down

An international team of researchers investigated this topic at the University of Valencia. And they found the answer.

Our modern tomato has nothing to do with the tomatoes we used to know. The genes of the plant changed - and therefore the taste.

The researchers analyzed 400 different varieties. Laboratory tests confirmed that the industrial tomatoes we buy in supermarkets have lost genes that were responsible for the delicious taste.

This is why tomatoes taste like nothing

The genes responsible for increasing the amount of sugar in the pulp are gone. Farmers wanted smaller plants they can harvest easier. While removing one gene, the other was removed too.

Antonio Granell, Professor at Valencia's Institute for molecular biology says: "In modern varieties, 13 flavorings are contained in a much lesser degree." The result: Tomatoes have less or no taste.

Bringing back the taste

Researchers attempt to bring back the taste to tomatoes and are in the process of identifying individual genes that are responsible for the flavoring. "We want to reinstate the genes contained in wild tomatoes", said Granell.

Years will pass until the new/old tomatoes will hit the supermarket shelves. Until then: Why not going the organic route?

Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Valentine Survival Ideas For Singles

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About 50.2 percent are Single

About 50 percent of adults in the US are Single. If you are reading this you are probably one of them.

Being alone on February 14th does not have to be a catastrophe, just like on any other day, as long as you do not believe that you can only find happiness in a relationship.

If you focus on the negatives you will lose awareness of the positive sides of being Single.

Consider what you have achieved in your life, for which friends and acquaintances or family members you are grateful.

Best V-day Survival Tips for Singles

1. Turn it around

If you hate being Single you could consider that today might actually be your lucky day.

Instead of stressing out about what you don´t have you could think about people who feel the same.

And that is where you come in: Reach out to a fellow Single and you will discover that V-day is the perfect day for dating and that the flirt factor is very high and positive on this special day.

We´re all looking for love and connection.

2. Anti-V-day

Or maybe you are Single but you consider V-day solely a party for retailers. The ugly face of capitalism.

It could be that the cute hearts are going on your nerves and maybe you don´t even like chocolate.

Instead of a romantic comedy why not watch a horror movie? Write a few anti-V-day cards and laugh until you cry or check your neighborhood for anti-V-day parties. There are many.

As mentioned in 1. IF you are looking to meet someone - this could be your day. Just consider how easy it will be to bond over your shared contempt for V-day.

3. Time to Relax

Are you glad when this day is finally over? Relax! Prescribe yourself a bit of stillness and relaxation. A long foam bath, a massage, a day at the spa, a long meditation session - you will see that the day is going to fly by and instead of being blue you will replenish and charge your battery.

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4. Gratitude Cards

Why not write loving cards to friends? (Per hand, and on paper!)? Or to people you know feel lonely on V-day?

You don´t have to have sex with someone to have a reason for showing your appreciation (actually, I am not sure how much percent of married people ... um, let´s not go there (:  ).

Expressing your gratitude and sending good vibes to someone else will not only backfire in the most positive way - the people who receive your cards will be happy and thankful.

Making someone else feel good makes us feel good about ourselves. Win:Win.

And last but certainly not least:

5. Love yourself

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Friday, February 10, 2017

7 Secrets of People Who Don't Get Sick

    It is the time of the year again. But there are those people who never seem to get sick. What is their "secret"?

7 Secrets of People who do not get sick

    7 Tips to Stay Healthy

    1. Help your mucous membranes

    This time of the year is challenging for our mucous membranes. Irritated by cold and dry air, it is easier for germs to penetrate. Cigarettes smoke and alcohol pose additional stresses.

    Ideally, you have at least two alcohol-free days per week and enjoy your drinks in moderation on the other days.

    A humidifier can help to enhance the air quality during the cold time of the year. 

    2. Hygiene

    Wash your hands regularly with water and soap. Many germs are transmitted by smear infection. If you cannot wash your hands for a while, refrain from touching your face. Germs travel from door handles to your hands.

    Sanitizer is not necessary and furthermore counterproductive.

    3. Exercise in moderation

    Make sure you exercise enough, but only if you feel good. If you have a cold already, exercise would put an additional burden on your immune system.

    Enjoying a walk in the fresh air on a regular basis helps your mental well-being as well.

    4. Public Enemy Stress

    While short-term stress can help us to peak performance, constant pressure is detrimental to our immune system. 

    Why? The body produces the stress hormone cortisol, that suppresses the immune system, basically telling it to stop "fighting". 

    5. Balanced nutrition

    A nutrition reach and balanced diet help support the immune system. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and proteins provide essential vitamins and mineral nutrients to the body. New research shows that the microbiome of the gut plays an important role in staying healthy.

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    6. Sleep enough

    Who feels tired and weak during the day should try to get more sleep. "Sleep has a huge impact on your immune system", says Natalie Riddel of "British Society for Immunology".

    The 8-hour-rule is out-of-date if you feel fit and well rested, you had enough sleep. 

    7. Loneliness

    Loneliness can make us sick too. We spend more and more time with our virtual connections, but these encounters do not have the same quality as in-person contacts. Experts recommend to leave the house and mingle with real people.