Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en Is sushi healthy? http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478414 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/06/02/36/sushi_02_-_mfb.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Whether you eat sushi from a Japanese restaurant or from a local supermarket, there&#39;s no arguing that it&#39;s become a mainstream meal -- and that&#39;s good news.</p><div>Sushi can be a very healthy addition to your diet, especially when it&#39;s filled with vegetables, omega-3-rich seafood such as salmon and tuna, and small amounts of heart-healthy avocado.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The healthfulness of sushi can rapidly decline, though, depending on how your roll is prepared. Sushi saboteurs include tempura batter and condiments such as mayo and cream cheese, which significantly boost unhealthy fat and calories.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For example, a shrimp tempura roll drizzled with spicy mayo can contain more than 500 calories and more than 20 grams of fat -- that&#39;s double the calories and three times the fat of a crab-containing California roll.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sodium-rich soy sauce can also be a concern; just one small tablespoon contributes about 900 milligrams of sodium, or about 40% of the daily recommended sodium limit. By comparison, 10 salted pretzel twists have 744 milligrams of sodium. If you are watching your sodium, ask for a low-sodium version or eliminate it altogether.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another tip to keep in mind: Though white sushi rice may be pleasantly sticky, it&#39;s typically made with sugar and salt along with vinegar and is a source of refined carbohydrates. Ask for brown rice instead.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although it still may contain sugar to boost sweetness, it&#39;s rich in whole grains and offers a fiber boost.</div><div>And if you are pregnant or if you have an impaired immune system, don&#39;t risk the chance of illness from raw seafood.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bottom line? When eating sushi, keep it seafood-rich and simple.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:03:00 +0000 CNN 2478414 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/06/02/36/sushi_02_-_mfb.jpg Study links media violence to aggressive behavior, regardless of culture http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478247 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/10/43/remote_control.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>An American study of young people in seven countries suggests that the violence they are exposed to via media content like TV shows and videogames can be a risk factor for aggressive behaviour, irrespective of the culture they grow up in.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Researchers at Iowa State University surveyed 2,154 young people (38% of whom were male, with an average age of 21) in Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania and the United States, about the level of violence encountered in TV shows and movies that they watched and videogames that they played. They also collected data on aggressive behaviour and empathy.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The findings, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, established that violent media content was positively and significantly related to aggressive behaviour in all countries. Exposure to media violence was also related to heightened aggressive thinking and lowered empathy.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Moreover, media violence came in second place (23%) among the six risk factors examined by the researchers, behind peer delinquency (28%), but ahead of peer victimisation (17%), gender (12%), neighbourhood crime (11%) and abusive parenting (9%).&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The findings strongly suggest that media violence is similar to other known risk factors for aggression,&quot; said Douglas Gentile, an Iowa State professor of psychology and one of the co-authors.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;That&#39;s not to say media violence deserves special attention, but that it should be considered as seriously as other risk factors such as coming from a broken home. What matters most, however, is not any single risk factor, but how they can combine to increase the risk of aggression.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The researchers pointed out that although processes leading to aggressive behaviour from media violence exposure appeared to be cross-cultural, extreme local social and cultural conditions may influence these processes, notably in war-torn societies where children are exposed to violence daily.&nbsp;</div> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:59:00 +0000 AFP 2478247 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/10/43/remote_control.jpg Hotel perfection: Here are some important factors to look for when booking a stay http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478249 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/09/03/43/screen_shot_2015-09-03_at_3.42.05_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Cleanliness and comfort outweigh little luxuries like a solid breakfast, pool or in-room deluxe coffee machine for hotel guests at the end of their stay.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That&rsquo;s according to the number crunching of online reservation site Hotels.com, which analysed 148 million comments from 5 million guest reviews to come up with what they call a &ldquo;mathematical formula&rdquo; for the perfect hotel stay: &nbsp;F25 + C35 + B10 + P2 + Q + Br + D7 + S + W + &frac12;H = &rdquo;Hotel Perfection.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The biggest takeaways? Friendly staff is 10 times more important than free Wi-Fi, while cleanliness and comfort are 35 times more important than a good breakfast, luxurious pool or deluxe coffeemaker in your room.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Other factors in the equation are price, bed, quietness, pool, location.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the formula, Hotels.com pulled out the 500 most commonly used keywords from its 5 million guest reviews written in 2016, which were then analysed in 148 million sentences. The formula was calculated based on the volume of these keywords.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;From a psychological stand-point, risks and discomfort outweigh comparative positive benefits five to one, so it&rsquo;s no wonder travellers pay more attention to the fundamentals such as comfort and cleanliness over lavish pools and fine-dining,&rdquo; said consumer psychologist, Simon Moore, who led the research. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Cleanliness and comfort fulfils our need for relaxation, safety and security. A good location fulfils our needs to feel connected to others and that we have somewhere we can escape to in times of such need.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fact that staff friendliness plays such an important role in guest satisfaction shows that, as intrinsically social creatures, we love to be greeted with a smile and a chat. It makes us feel welcome and part of the group.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:09:00 +0000 AFP 2478249 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/09/03/43/screen_shot_2015-09-03_at_3.42.05_pm.png Here’s how to cut down on food waste http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478246 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/01/09/43/screen_shot_2016-01-09_at_11.30.59_am.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>For Earth Day 2017, which is focused on environmental literacy, take a look at the food waste movement, and what you can do to curb it in your own home.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In recent years, the food waste movement has been gaining momentum, thanks to the work of governments, chefs and citizen groups.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In France, ad campaigns appeal to consumers to buy ugly fruits and vegetables which otherwise end up in the bin, as a way to fight food waste.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chef Massimo Bottura, a Michelin-starred chef whose Modena, Italy restaurant was named the world&rsquo;s best restaurant 2016, has set up community kitchens around the world, turning food scraps into meals for the homeless as a way to fight hunger and salvage perfectly edible ingredients.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And France became the first country in the world last year to ban supermarkets from throwing out or destroying unsold food, in a new law that requires surplus stock to be donated to charity instead.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But it&rsquo;s not just to equalise the imbalance between the haves and have-nots that food waste is a modern-day sin.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Food waste is also a form of pollution. When we throw out limp carrots instead of turning it into soup, they decompose in the landfill releasing methane, a greenhouse gas that is 27 times potent than carbon dioxide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Letting that head of iceberg lettuce wilt in the back of the fridge is a form of squandering, which blithely disregards the energy and resources that were required to grow it. In other words, food waste is also a waste of energy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to the UN&rsquo;s Food and Agriculture Organization, one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This &nbsp;amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food per year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Helpful reminders on how to reduce food waste at home</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>food waste - don&#39;t overbuy&bull; Refrain from overbuying. Those two-for-one deals are only worth it if you&rsquo;re able to use up what you buy before it goes bad. Stick to a shopping list at the grocery store.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; Many fruits and vegetables give off natural gases as they ripen, making other produce spoil faster. Store bananas, apples and tomatoes by themselves. Store fruits and vegetables in different bins.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; When stocking the fridge or pantry, bring older items to the front and put new foods at the back.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; Wait to wash berries until you eat them to prevent mould.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; Freeze, preserve or can extra fruits and vegetables before they go bad.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; Salvage wilted, sad produce into soups, casseroles, stir fry, sauces, smoothies or baked goods.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; Reduce portion sizes. You can always go back for more.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; Learn the differences between expiry dates:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ndash; &ldquo;Best before&rdquo; indicates the date until which the product will be at its optimum but does not indicate food safety.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ndash; &ldquo;Sell-by&rdquo; dates is an indicator for the store on how long to display the product on store shelves.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ndash; &ldquo;Use-by&rdquo; date is the last date recommended for product use.&nbsp;</div> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:50:00 +0000 AFP 2478246 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/01/09/43/screen_shot_2016-01-09_at_11.30.59_am.png