Saving Berries The key to preventing moldy berries...
"Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides. Well, we can tell you that how to keep them fresh! Here is a tip I am sharing on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place:
Wash them with vinegar.
When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them."
Thank you Linda
Vitamin D-3 May Cut Fat Mass and Boost Heart Health MarkersMarch 2012
A new study says that supplementing daily with vitamin D-3 may improve certain markers of heart health like HDL cholesterol, and lead to significant reductions in body fat mass in overweight and obese people.
A daily dose of 1,000 International Units (25 mcg) was also associated with increases in LDL cholesterol.
Supplements of the "sunshine vitamin" were also associated with a significant reduction in body fat mass, compared with placebo, added researchers from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
While our bodies do manufacture vitamin D on exposure to sunshine, the levels in some northern countries are so weak during the winter months that the body makes no vitamin D at all, meaning that dietary supplements and fortified foods are seen by many as the best way to boost intakes of vitamin D.
British Journal of Nutrition; Published online ahead of print.
Thank you Linda B.
Thought for the day:
When I put the frog test on yesterday it worked - and by the time y'all got it, it didn't - I searched a long time and it must have been taken off the internet-???
If you are interested I did find it on youtube: