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Reasons why you should not use MSG

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Monosodium Glutamate more commonly known as MSG is used commonly as a flavor enhancer in many fast foods, processed foods, Chinese food, tinned foods and many other foods. Though commonly used the safety of this product has been controversial.

Though classified as a food ingredient that is “generally recognized as safe” by the Food and Drug Administration, there have been many complaints of adverse effects caused by the use of MSG including a rise or drop in blood pressure, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, chest pains and many other symptoms.

MSG is derived from an amino acid called glutamic acid and was first discovered in the early twentieth century by a Japanese chemist who extracted the amino acid from seaweed and kombu. At present it is produced commercially mostly by fermenting molasses.

It is said that MSG increases the levels of insulin produced in the pancreas which makes you feel hungrier faster and as a result makes you eat more. It is injected to rats used for research to make them obese.

One of the main purposes of the extensive use of this is the addictive component. People tend to eat more of the things which include MSG over foods that don’t have it.

Getting a Spectacular and Affordable Range or Cooktop for the Holidays

November 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Certainly, Julia Child was not the only American chef to be especially fond of her cooking range and, this year, expect to find “New Stove” or “Cooktop” at the tippity top of many Christmas (or Thanksgiving) shopping lists. If you’re planning on purchasing a stove or cooktop for your household’s resident lover of home-cooked meals, then make sure to get the details right with regards to that special someone’s preferences. Does he, or she, want a gas range or a sleekly modern electric stovetop? Does this person want a stacked oven?

Consider your beloved’s cooking habits and also his or her vision for the overall look and feel of the kitchen. You’ll want to find an appliance that fits in with your kitchen’s current design scheme. But, really, the best advice one can offer is to shop for this important machine together. Start by looking over and comparing your choices online. Discover how far the hardy stove of yore has come.

Come to Williamsburg, Virginia for Vacation!

November 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Williamsburg, one of the oldest cities in our country, is the perfect place to brush up on your history. The site is suitable for all ages and just because it’s a historic place, doesn’t mean it will bore you. Williamsburg plays host to the Water Country USA, in addition to Busch Gardens—a park with world-recognized roller coasters. If you want something a little more educational, yet enjoyable, try visiting the United States largest outdoor living history museum that boasts almost 500 buildings, houses, stores and taverns which have been meticulously restored to their 18th-century original historicWilliamsburg glory. You can also get into the period and strike up a conversation with the locals dressed in period costume, watch skilled tradesman perform their crafts, enjoy a pint at the Shields Tavern, or sip a glass of wine at one of the area’s wine tastings. Of course, all of this is before you retire to your room in one of our lovely Williamsburg hotels where you can rest and recap a day that you’ll likely remember for years to come.

There are many reasons why Williamsburg is an ideal setting for a family vacation. A friendly town with an abundance of historic sites makes Williamsburg Virginia a popular spot throughout the year. Look out for deals since the area gets so many visitors. First try hotels in Williamsburg, Virginia but if you’re sick of crowded hotel rooms that lack privacy, Williamsburg, Virginiavacation rentals are just what you need.