Most of us surely remember our parents saying “You cannot have too much ice cream, or you will get sick”. To a kid this sounds just like another restriction but is it actually true?
If you have tried our Yogurt and Rose petals flavor you have noticed its remarkable taste. Did you know, however, that it is also full of beneficial properties, due to the probiotics that we use for its live yoghurt preparation?
Average adult humans normally have over three pounds of bacterial microorganisms residing within their system at any given time. Bacteria live in our intestinal tract, urogenital tract, mouth and on our skin. If the bacterial balance is right, with the good bacteria maintaining dominance and keeping harmful microbes at bay, there isn’t any reason to take notice of them. However, when a disruption occurs and pathogenic bacteria are able to gain a foothold, then discomfort, illness and disease can set in. Probiotics are used as a natural and safe means of supplementing food in order to maintain and modulate good digestive health, promote proper immune function and to aid in the restoration of good bacteria levels in the gut and our whole body. Learn more here:
Butter is one of those foods that can turn bland meals into masterpieces. The high quality butter content is also one of the secrets of Coppa della Maga. But in the past few decades, it has been blamed for everything from obesity to heart disease. The good news is that recently, as a result of elaborate research by doctors and nutritionists, butter has been making a comeback as a “health food.”
We are firm believers of the health benefits of butter – that is why we use it generously in our ice cream. And we are delighted to see more and more research to confirm that butter should be a regular supplement to our meals. The June edition of VOGUE in the UK has a whole article dedicated to butter. In fact, butter is so “in” now, that there are posh places in London, where butter is churned at the spot on particular days of the week and where if you go on a Saturday morning you can see a queue outside, waiting for the shop to be open. At Neal’s Yard, another famous place for the dairy lovers in London, you can now even take part of a butter-making class. The best chefs in the world (for example at Noma, the world’s most acclaimed restaurant, as well as Joel Robuchon and Heston Blumenthal) are prepared go a long way to find the most wonderful and exclusive butter, whose taste depends very much on the hay and the grass the cows are fed. It is believed that the idea of terroir is applicable to butter just as it is to making wine and a pound of a really excellent butter can cost you up to £33.
And besides the great taste, if you need more good reasons, so that you can enjoy the butter guilt-free, here are a few:
Everyone interested even the slightest bit in healthy living and nutrition knows well the old mantra of eating small portions of food throughout the day: it stops us from bingeing, steadies the blood sugar levels and keeps the metabolism fired up. What, however, if that was all wrong and we need to turn back to our grandparents’ diet of 3 healthy meals a day?
“If you are well nourished, you don’t need to snack”, says nutritionist Amelia Freer. It is suggested, that the widely proclaimed modern day diet of regular snacking might be “inflammatory”: it keeps the levels of insulin in the bloodstream constantly elevated, which puts pressure on the pancreas and liver and brings our bodies into fat-storage mode. The constantly elevated insulin levels are also associated with the possibility of decreasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is associated with diabetes.
Some experts take this statement even further, believing that snacking might be the major cause for obesity these days:
Right now, each year after a month-long preparations, in the central part of Bulgaria takes place the Festival of Roses. It was first celebrated there in 1903, because still then in this area called the Roses Valley was produced the highest quality rose oil in the world, used by the sophisticated perfumers in France. It is composed of dozens of essential ingredients that are impossible to simulate chemically. Roses grown in Bulgaria are of a special variety (Rosa Damascena) and their price thorughout the centuries has been so high that the distilled oil has been referred to as “ the liquid gold”. Indispensable in perfumery and cosmetics, its price exceeds € 7,000 per liter. Over 4 tons of roses petals are needed to gain one liter of rose oil.
Spectacular World Fair in Milan
Over the past week Coppa della Maga participated in Tuttofood exhibition, taking place during the impressive EXPO Milano 2015. You can see some pictures from out visit, but we strongly recommend visiting it until 31 October.
Interpreting the subject of the Expo ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ each country examines its own position and offers solutions regarding the major challenges related to the future of food. It is hard to choose the best pavilion, but among our favorites were the one of the UN (a real museum of modern art, developed by prestigious international curators) and the Austrian one, which revolves around air as the main “food” for life – you actually enter a real forest with fresh air! The impressive sculptures and installations are a must see, while you stroll down the long alley and enjoy food and music from around the world. There is also an open air theatre with numerous performances taking place, restaurants serving top Italian food from various regions and many entertainment and educative happening. With 6 months of events and 145 participating countries the Expo is promising to be one of the most spectacular places in the world this year and not to be missed!