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Today is World Water Day. Here are 7 fake news to defeat – Italian Cuisine


Today the old fake news are added to the old popular beliefs and to the die-hard clichés. And so many are those on water, on plastic bottles and on aqueducts. On World Water Day, let's be clear about it! For our good and for that of the planet that hosts us

"Blue water / clear water / I can finally drink with my hands". All Italians remember the words of this beautiful song by Battisti. But really, do Italians really know about water? How much do they worry about the pollution of seas, rivers, lakes and aquifers? How much attention do they put in choosing the water to drink and use in the kitchen?

Italians and water: what a mess!

The results of a recent study conducted by Eumetra are not comforting (Water in the habits of Italians, 2018 created by Lifegate for Culligan in collaboration with the Eumetra Research Institute).
A primary essential for life, Italians have confused ideas about water and are very distracted. One in two shows little interest in the subject, while only 15% of super-attentive people are registered. The consequence of this lack of information generates, as always happens, the birth and proliferation of fake news and clichés that end up adding damage to the damage. False myths that feed habits and lifestyles that are increasingly unsustainable for our home, the Earth, as shown by the global warning about ocean pollution, invaded by over 150 million tons of plastic, mostly made up of disposable bottles . And Italy is among the first consumers of bottled water in the world. Let's try to understand why.

The 7 most common and most harmful fake news

1) Tap water is not safe
FALSE

According to a recent research by Irsa, the Institute of the National Research Council, appointed to control water quality, Italy ranks at an excellent fifth place in Europe in terms of water quality. Before us only Austria, Sweden, Ireland and Hungary.
It must be said that the origin of water, its source, has a great influence on its quality, and that groundwater is always better than surface water. It follows that the high average quality of our water is due precisely to the underground origin of 85% of our sources. If we add that the water of our aqueducts is strictly controlled by the local health authorities, issued by the Ministry of Health, directly responsible in this area, it is easy to see why Italy occupies such a high position in the European ranking.
And yet, despite the proven average quality of the water of Italian aqueducts, in our country there remains a deep-rooted belief that tap water is not safe. A perception problem that gives Italy the 1st place among European countries for consumption of bottled mineral waters, and the second in the world, after Mexico.

2) It is better to drink only bottled water (because it is better than tap water)
Neither TRUE nor FALSE

Comparing water quality is not easy. Not everyone knows, in fact, that aqueduct water and mineral waters are regulated by different regulations. This means that some mineral waters on the market contain elements (such as arsenic, manganese or sulphates) in quantities greater than the parameters allowed for tap water intended for human consumption; and many other parameters, regulated for mains water, have no limit for bottled water. In short: some bottled water, if evaluated with the parameters used for tap water, would not be drinkable. Then we must also consider pet bottle pollution.
But, returning to the mains water, if the aqueducts provide excellent quality water up to our meter, it is also true that a "flaw" opens up in the path that brings water into our homes. From the meter onwards, the maintenance of the pipes and therefore the responsibility for the quality of the water passes into the hands of the consumer. And here the problems arise, because often there is no accurate maintenance by the end user, so as to compromise the quality of the water. To have at home a pleasant and totally safe water, it would therefore be a good habit to periodically maintain the pipes, sanitize and apply simple filters to the point of use (to eliminate chlorine, turbidity and any excess salts) .

3) High sodium water is bad for your health
FALSE

The reduced percentage of sodium in the drinking water is indicated as a guarantee of superior quality. In fact, sodium is a fundamental substance for the human body. And if you are in the presence of diseases that do not recommend taking it, it must always be remembered that the amount of sodium absorbed through water has a negligible impact compared to that taken through food. To understand: 100 g of ham contain 2.578 g of sodium, while to take just one gram of water through water we should drink on average about 20 liters of water per day.

4) High calcium content causes calculations
FALSE

A widespread common ground without foundation: drinking tap water, especially with a high fixed residue, ie rich in calcium and magnesium salts, promotes the formation of kidney stones. As confirmed by the National Institute of Health, there is no direct correlation between the concentration of calcium in water and the occurrence of calculations. Moreover, the opposite is true: a diet low in calcium can, if anything, increase the risk of developing this disease. And in general, for those suffering from stones, it is always advised to drink plenty of water.

5) Chlorine in tap water is not good
FALSE

Chlorine is legally present in drinking water as a guarantee of public health. Its function is to sanitize the aqueducts and avoid any bacterial contamination, ensuring the quality and healthiness of the water inside the water network. At most it can be unpleasant to taste. A nuisance easily avoidable with the application to the point of use of simple activated carbon filters that eliminate the smell and taste of chlorine.

6) Drinking during meals is bad for your health
FALSE

Many believe, erroneously, that it is better not to drink during meals. As reported by the Istituto Superiore della Sanità, with this behavior people are convinced they can digest more easily and lose weight faster. Obviously it is a false information. Drinking a fair amount of water (not more than 600-700 ml) during the meal serves, on the contrary, to improve the consistency of the ingested foods thus playing an important role in digestion. Obviously you should not overdo it, because in that case you could have problems: the gastric juices would be too diluted and the time of digestion could be lengthened.

7) Plastic water bottles are recyclable and can be disposed of without problems
FALSE

PET plastic bottles have an estimated average life of about 1000 years! They are not biodegradable and only a minority of these bottles are collected and sent for recycling. If we add that the production of this material itself requires the use of large quantities of water and oil, it soon becomes clear that we are following a path that is no longer sustainable. To give some numbers only for Italy: with 12.5 billion liters of water bottled each year in our country 330,000 tons of PET are produced in plastic containers, equal to a use of 650,000 tons of oil and 6 billion liters of water. And then there is all the rest of the planet! (Che impact has a plastic bottle on the environment).

Perfect mayonnaise: the secret is water – Italian Cuisine


Yes, we also do it in Europe on chips – that are also good, supports someone … And we are proud of it. Mayonnaise is a delight and if it is home-made – by moderating the doses – it is also healthy. Of course, i ingredients they must be of high quality, fromthe oil – here the information useful for that biological).

The amazing news is that doing it at home is not difficult at all. On the contrary: it is simple and fast. There is a secret, and we decided to reveal it to you – hoping that you appreciate the generosity of this choice! Recommend once again on the choice of raw materials, which is the other secret: hens' eggs that live in good condition and fruits of plants not poisoned, to nourish us of goodness and health.

For a mayonnaise cup of mayonnaise

1696471 egg – strictly organic

Organic EVO (1/3) and organic sunflower oil (2/3)

Lemon

Salt and pepper

water

Blender (with or without whisk)

The secret ingredient, you know from the title, is just water. Blend the egg with a few seconds half shell poor water and, keeping the blender a low speed, add the oils (alternating) flush to the right consistency. The indication of a third of extra virgin olive oil and two thirds of seed oil is indicative: measure them by tasting and adjusting to your taste, depending also on how strong olive oil is. Add salt and pepper. Depending on the blender, the process can take one and more minutes. Eye at the speed of the blender !!!

If it does not get toned up right away, do not be demoralized: add more oil, slowly, calmly.

At this point add the lemon juice (to taste, from half a lemon up) and then if you want one more robust consistency, add a little more oil, turn gently with the spatula to make it absorb and add more if necessary, until you reach the solid consistency that mayonnaise had before adding the lemon.

169650With the special blender spatula, you can eventually add the various ingredients to make them sauces based on mayonnaise: for a mayonnaise a little 'senapata, for example, add a little' mustard paste, or curry powder for a taste a little 'oriental or even estragon to accompany the fish. If you want to do it instead pink sauce, instead of lemon add a teaspoon of mustard powder, gin and a teaspoon of tomato extract.

Seen? With little effort you can amaze your dishes and your guests with a timeless condiment: your homemade mayonnaise will have no rivals!

Carola Traverso Saibante
January 2019

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Coconut water: everything you need to know – Italian Cuisine


THE'coconut water can be considered a real trend that has depopulated – and still depopulated – in the United States: the natural nectar obtained from the fruits of Cocos nucifera, palm widespread throughout the tropical coastal area, is also a panacea for health, so much to elevate it as a superfood.

A concentrate of naturalness, in tropical countries it is consumed directly from the younger coconuts

100% natural drink, in tropical countries it is consumed directly by the younger coconuts: just open the upper part until you reach the internal cavity, have a straw handy and enjoy it "at Km 0".
In Italy, in the absence of palm and walnut, the best coconut water can be found online or in organic supermarkets, and does not contain any type of colorings or preservatives.

Among its virtues, few sugars, fats and calories, but a lot of vitamin C and group B: here are all its benefits!

Among its virtues, a very low content of sugars, fats and calories is counterbalanced by a high presence of vitamin C and B vitamins, in addition to calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium; cholesterol is completely absent.

Coconut water is therefore a very valid alternative for cool is rehydrate or as a natural supplement, thanks to its numerous health benefits.

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It is a natural energetic, suitable for those suffering from tiredness, fatigue and lack of appetite

The intake of coconut water can improve the health conditions of convalescents who suffer from tiredness, fatigue and lack of appetite: in the amount of 40-50ml a day, helps to improve energy levels, stimulating the production of hormones by thyroid and metabolism.

It supports the immune system thanks to the antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties

Coconut water contains lauric acid, a substance with antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Drinking regularly helps both to strengthen the immune system and to protect oneself from the attacks of germs and bacteria.

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It is an excellent sports supplement, as it contains mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium and calcium

Consumed during a physical activity involving sweating, coconut water – containing mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium and calcium – proves perfect for reintegrating those lost during sport, as well as for preventing muscle cramps.

It is an ally for better digestion due to the presence of bioactive enzymes that assimilate foods

Our body uses numerous bioactive enzymes to assimilate foods: the same bioactive enzymes are also contained in coconut water, which then becomes a useful natural remedy for those who suffer from digestive problems and abdominal pain caused by poor digestion.

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Improve circulation and regularize heart rate thanks to its fiber and vitamin C content

It is now known to everyone that good circulation also depends on nutrition: in this sense, coconut water is a great help to improve blood circulation and to regulate heart rate thanks to its fiber and vitamin C content.

It helps to have a healthier skin, because keeps the body hydrated

Coconut water keeps the body hydrated and – at the same time – allows to regulate the excessive production of sebum, making the skin softer and brighter. It can be applied directly on the skin as if it were a natural tonic, proving to be extremely useful for treating acne and imperfections.

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Purifies the urinary tract by the its particular diuretic nature

Drinking coconut water can be useful for those who suffer from kidney problems, thanks to its particular diuretic nature. By being able to purify the bladder and toxins elimination channels, it is able to prevent urinary tract infections and to alleviate problems related to kidney stones.

Stimulates the metabolism, compared with a very low caloric intake and a minimum fat content

Coconut water, taken continuously, can positively affect the metabolism: in fact, it presents a very low caloric intake and a minimum fat content, equal to about 1%. Its remarkable diuretic effect therefore stimulates the metabolism, making it more active, and is also useful for counteracting abdominal swelling.

Marianna Tognini
August 2018

updated to January 2019

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