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all the chocolates to give (and treat yourself) – Italian Cuisine

all the chocolates to give (and treat yourself)


Chocolate, in all its forms! Here is our selection of chocolate gift ideas for Christmas 2020: from boxes of chocolates to spreads, for both adults and children

Chocolate is also among the protagonists of Christmas, this year more than ever. A little pleasure to indulge in at any time of the day, to sweeten the holidays that promise to be a little different than usual. Above all, a gift for our loved ones it will certainly be appreciated!

On the occasion of the 2020 Christmas holidays there are many gift ideas with chocolate, special packages and original proposals for adults or children. In our gallery you will find the boxes of chocolates Christmas themed to give, classic milk or dark delicacies to taste and packs of fine chocolate from unusual combinations, created for the occasion by the masters of chocolate.
Start making a note to fill in the it fits of the Befana: there is no shortage of surprises that will delight the little ones!

Browse the gallery above and find your new favorite Christmas chocolates, to be found easily at the supermarket or from buy online.

World diabetes day: how to prevent and treat it at the table – Italian Cuisine

World diabetes day: how to prevent and treat it at the table


November 14 was World Diabetes Day, because prevention is better than cure. And it takes physical activity and proper nutrition

In the world there are beyond 425 million diabetics, a number that, according to estimates, could reach 522 million by 2030. In Italy, in particular, suffer from diabetes approx 3.7 million people, but 1 in three does not know. For this there are initiatives such as the World Diabetes Day which was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and which was celebrated on November 14 in order to promote knowledge of this disease, raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and provide useful information for prevention and treatment.

What is diabetes, type 1 and type 2

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by the presence of high levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) due to an altered amount or function of the insulin produced by the pancreas. As explained by the Italian Diabetes Society (Sid), among the types of diabetes are the type 1 diabetes and the type 2 diabetes. The first is a disease of autoimmune origin and is the consequence of a relatively rapid destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. It occurs mainly in children, adolescents, young adults and requires insulin injection therapy.

Type 2 diabetes has a deficit, less severe than diabetes 1, in the production of insulin or its use, and develops over a period of years. The most common symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst and urination, vision problems, tingling or numbness in the hands, feet, arms and legs, tiredness, while the consequences may be increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and reduced kidney function. Diabetes 2 (about 90% of diabetes cases) is often diagnosed occasionally and when complications are already present. Especially arises after 40 years of age and the onset of the disease is often linked to problems of overweight and obesity. Scientific studies have also identified 2 diabetes risk factors familiarity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol consumption.

Healthy eating and physical activity, the first cure for diabetes

For this reason, to prevent and treat diabetes 2 it is useful to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes one Proper nutrition, varied and balanced, and the exercise ofphysical activity.
As recommended by the Ministry of Health, it should walk for at least 30 minutes a day avoiding two consecutive days of inactivity and regularly interrupting (for example, every 20-30 minutes) the time spent in a sitting and / or reclined position. Physical activity
increases the HDL cholesterol (the good one), reduces triglycerides and promotes the redistribution of body fat.

What are the feeding rules? He explains them in a simple way Diabetes Italy Onlus.
THE carbohydrates are the main persons responsible forincreased blood sugar, but they must be present in everyone's diet because they provide us with energy. However, we must prefer cereals and wholemeal flours and i less refined products. There are no limits to the intake of water, vegetables and legumes, while it is necessary to reduce a lot of foods with saturated fats – choosing i instead good fats contained, for example, in blue fish and extra virgin olive oil – and decrease products rich in added sugars. White meat and red meat must be alternated, preferring the former. And what about sweets? Are they to be avoided? They can be inserted sometimes, with some exceptions, but for diabetics the advice of an experienced doctor is required.

How can we help ourselves, in general, to control the sense of hunger and the risk of weight gain? From the association they suggest: choose spicy recipes, rich in flavors and colors; insert some breaks between one course and another; eat slowly chewing several times and without reading or watching TV; drink plenty of water with a meal and start with some 'Antipasti' with seasonal vegetables, rich in aroma and flavor; eliminate the habit of eating without thinking and without measure; appreciate what you eat, look for variety in purchases and preparations. Even the way of lay the table it's important.

The decoction of turnip to treat cough and sore throat – Italian Cuisine

The decoction of turnip to treat cough and sore throat


When you have a cough, greasy or dry, or the first symptoms of sore throat are felt, better go to the greengrocer and buy some turnip. Making the decotto is really simple and the result is guaranteed

In winter, seasonal illnesses do not give any respite. If you have escaped the flu, almost certainly, with the temperatures at the minimum, sore throat is cold I'm around the corner. In order to avoid the stuffing of medicines, if not strictly necessary, one can first try the road of the natural cures. Among the many "grandmother's remedies", a rather effective against cough and throat disorders is the decoction of turnip.

Decoction of turnip, effective and simple to make

There turnip, very rich in fibers, has no special nutritional properties. It contains several mineral salts, but in limited quantities compared to other vegetables, while it has one good dose of vitamin C. The best way to get the most out of this vegetable is to make one decoction. The preparation is really simple. Take 150 grams of turnip already peeled and cut into small pieces and put it in a pot with a liter of milk. Bring to a boil and leave on the heat for at least 40 minutes. Once off, before drinking the decoction, leave it lightly cool down. For those who want it, it can also add a half spoon of food alcohol or grappa and a teaspoon of honey. The resulting drink is effective against both fatty and dry cough. This is because the sulphurated substances contained in the turnip help to disinfect the respiratory tract and promote the elimination of the phlegm.

Syrup is also obtained from the turnip

Always with the turnip, instead of preparing the decoction, you can do it syrup, equally useful against cough and sore throat. We start peeling and cutting a turnip a thin slices. These must be placed one above the other with the middle of the sugar, better if of cane. Once the layered arrangement, cover the container with film and let it rest for at least 12 hours. After this time, filter the liquid that has been formed and collect a small bottle, possibly made of glass. Another way is to cut the top shell of the vegetable and create a hole in the bottom where you can put the sugar to macerate for one night. This syrup already has itself sweet taste, but it can be corrected with someessential oil with lemon, for example, to make it even more enjoyable. If you do not have to give it to the children, also in this case you can add food alcohol, which, in addition to having a balsamic effect, helps to keep it longer.

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