10 Super Foods to Protect Vision

nina | May 11th, 2011 - 9:00 am

Fewer older Americans are developing macular degeneration – a major case of vision loss and even blindness in older men and women.  A healthier diet, including leafy green vegetables and fish, could be one of the factors responsible for the decrease – from 9.4% to 6.5% in the prevalence of the 3 disease among people over the age of 40.

The antioxidants and nutrients that are linked to lower eye ailments include lutien, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E.

Foods, rich in these protective substances, appear to make the difference when it comes to eye health.
1.  Spinach.  The King of the green leafies!  A diet rich in spinach helps shield the center of the retina.
2.  Salmon.  Cold water fish like salmon, sardines, and albacore tuna are the best fish to eat for the health of the back of the eye.  Omega-3 fatty acid is found in all of these fish.
3.  Walnuts.  Walnuts are the best nut source of omega-3s.  Pistachios are a close second.  These are full of antioxidants and vitamin E, which work to combat inflammation and preserve cardiovascular health.  Having a handful of walnuts a day can cut your risk of a cardiac event by as much as 50%.
4.  Berries.  Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and even grapes are outstanding foods for protecting cardiovascular health.  These fruits are great for lowering both inflammation and blood pressure. 
5.  Orange Bell Peppers.  These peppers are the best dietary source of zeaxanthin, the other carotenoid that concentrates in the back of the eye.  These peppers have a lot of vitamin C and more zeaxanthin per mouthful than any food on the planet. 
6.  Broccoli.  Broccoli activates anti-inflammatory enzymes in the body and acts to encourage detoxification.  Broccoli also triggers anti-inflammatory systems.
7.  Tea.  Green tea, black tea and oolong tea are best for preventing cataracts.  Teas may help prevent macular degeneration, too, by preventing the growth of new blood vessels beneath the eye.
8.  Soy.  Especially soy milk & soy sauce are rich in properties that protect against cataract formation.  Soy may also help restore tear production that’s been reduced by dry eye syndrome.
9.  Eggs.  Eggs contain the omega-3 fatty acid DHA and are the most readily available source of zeaxanthin.  An egg per day for most people, unless you have diabetes, is excellent eye food.
10.  Avocados.  Avocados are one of the most nutrient-rich fruits we eat, so it’s no wonder they’re great for eyes.  They’re also a great source of other important eye nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.  These vitamins place avocados among the top-10 eye foods.

Source:  AARP March 2011 

Arabica Coffee Futures Hit 14-Year High

nina | May 10th, 2011 - 9:00 am

Arabica coffee futures hit their highest price in 14 years on Monday, 5/2/11.  There are concerns that upcoming harvests won’t be enough to supply the world’s growing consumption of the beverage.  Coffee for July delivery rose 1.8% to settle at $3.05 a pound on the IntercontinentalExchange, with supplies reduced by poor harvests among some major producers.

Source:  The Wall Street Journal, 5/2/11

The Downtown Hotdog Company

nina | May 6th, 2011 - 9:00 am

The Downtown Hotdog Company 112 W. Main Street Charlottesville, VA  22902 thedowntownhotdogcompany.com 434.244.3640 Location/Area:  Charlottesville, Virginia Situated in the heart of Charlottesville’s downtown historical mall. Specialties:  Gourmet Hot Dogs How do you like your dog?  Gourmet or Custom?  You name it and we can make it How about a Chicago Dog.  Poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, […]

Maine Lobster Moving Out of the Pot!

nina | May 5th, 2011 - 9:00 am

Maine lobster is moving out of the pot, into new dishes. 

Lobstermen are working to divert more Maine lobsters from their conventional fate:  a pot of boiling water followed by a bath of lemon and butter.  Some Maine lobstermen are catching the lobsters and selling them as prepared food to upscale markets.  They hope to redirect the state’s signature seafood into more gourmet pies, pizzas and bisques.

Lobstermen in Maine are shifting in the way that traditional lobster fishery operates as it struggles to dapt to a changing world and a changing economy.

In 2010, Maine’s 6,000 licensed lobstermen hauled in what is expected to be a record 100 million pounds of lobster.  Only approximately 20 million pounds of it will be sold in New England.  The goal is to keep the price of lobster up despite an increasing supply.

In Maine, lobstermen are allowed to own only one boat each.  In other fisheries, such as groundfishing, individuals may amass entire fleets.

To keep profits up, Maine lobstermen must maximize their fishing time, spending 14 hours a day hauling traps, which leaves them little or no time to sell their product, so they have largely relegated the job to lobster dealers, who pay lobstermen at the wharf and then find retailers, restaurants and other markets.

Although most fishermen remain independent, approximately 20% have formed companies and cooperatives in recent years.  These cooperatives operate a float and holding vessel along with bait business.

After the recession some coops have taken the business a step further to survive the rock-bottom prices they were getting from dealers as suddenly cost-conscious Americans lost their appetities for the high-end catch.  By tapping into summer residents’ talent and business expertise, some coops came up with the idea of keeping control of their product from the trap to the freezer. 

Some Maine lobster restaurants buy their lobsters from independent lobstermen then turn them into frozen claw packs, lobster bisque and other prepared foods that are currently in development.

These coops are offering cooked, prepared lobster that people can eat at home.  Also, it is easier to ship prepared foods than live lobsters to places like Japan, China and other Asian markets, which the Maine lobster industry is trying to crack.

Source:  Portlant Press Herald Feb 2011

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