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Infestation in the pantry, food-safe rules

Their visits increase between May and June, and do not end until the first colds arrive. Although the domestic warmth sometimes makes them stay quietly even in the fall. We talk about the insects that proliferate in the pantry , and attack food supplies. The analysis of the research carried out on, the site of the leader in disinfestation, shows that in the months of May and June 2018 visits to pages dedicated to food butterflies have increased by 95%. The so-called ‘moths’ or ‘food butterflies’ are small weeds (actually they are different types of insect) that roam in the kitchen and contaminate dry foods – flour, pasta, legumes, rice, biscuits, dried fruit. But also cheeses, ham and sausages, for which we must resort to a targeted anti-infestation strategy. If the infestation hit your pantry, follow these tips.

Infestation in the pantry, how to act

According to the first thing to do to stop the infestation is to inspect and check all the food stored, empty the shelves, throw away everything that is contaminated. It is also necessary to check all the spaces where the insects may have laid their eggs. That is corners and interstices of the pantry, lids of any containers and folds of food packaging still closed.

Proceed to cleaning . Use the vacuum cleaner to remove any residues on shelves and shelves (on both sides) – without forgetting screws, supports, door hinges and door jambs. Then clean each part with hot water and vinegar, adding essential oils – mint, lemongrass, eucalyptus. Dry the shelves and containers well before storing them in the pantry.

It is therefore necessary to move on to conservation . It is preferable to use robust packaging, better if also hermetic. Glass is the best choice, but also rigid plastic containers with hermetic closure are an excellent solution. Finally, attention to waste management : rubbish is one of the main nesting sites of many insects. In the case of an ongoing infestation, this becomes even more important. It is necessary to throw away all contaminated food products and their packaging, without forgetting the vacuum cleaner bag used for cleaning the pantry. Then close the collecting bag well and keep it away from the kitchen until it is finally disposed of.

Finally, food insects are repelled by smells of some plants and spices. Among these, we find for example the bay leaf, the cloves, the lavender, the lemongrass and the orange peel. By placing these items inside the pantry, in small open containers or in transpiring pouches, you will keep insects away.

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How to eat outdoors without unwanted wasps

During the summer it is wonderful to eat outdoors, as long as this happens without wasps and other unwanted insects. If a vespa decides to join the party, in fact, a pleasant lunch can soon turn into a whirlwind of frenetic blows and jumps. So let’s see how to prevent the arrival of these annoying insects and enjoy meals in the garden in peace.


Firstly, it is good to know that wasps are not only attracted to sugary foods and drinks. These insects are in fact equally likely to taste other foods such as meat and sausages. The best method for outdoor dining without wasps is to keep food as covered as possible. No matter how beautiful a laid table is, if we’re in the garden at the end of the summer, it’s not a good idea. It is in this period that the larvae of the wasps were well nourished by the adults of the colony who therefore have less to do. This is the moment when they tend to annoy us more.


In addition to keeping food covered before meals, it is also good to cover the trays immediately after serving the diners. Wasps in this way will have less chance to smell them and be attracted to them. Even placing a net cloche on food is better than nothing. Even if the wasps will be able to detect what is underneath, they will not be able to reach it and will eventually surrender.


If, however, some unwanted wasps tend to annoy us, it is always better to stand still than to stir. Moving your arms and using napkins to try to crush insects will only increase the rage of the wasp and the risk of it stinging. Finally, we remember that the wasps love teamwork. To avoid being bothered by an entire swarm, it will be essential to isolate the first copy of the attack. Let’s catch it under a cup or a glass and leave it there. Then proceed to eliminate or at least cover and hide their source of attraction.

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The Low Carb Diet

Introduction on low carb diets

For some years now, low carb diets have been the subject of intense debate among those who propose them and those who continue to defend the food style will meditate . The controversy, of course, not only affects the weight loss effectiveness of these diets, but also their repercussions on the health of those who follow them.

Low carb diets – in vogue for a long time in the world of physical culture and also offered in the medical field – are beginning to gain popularity in the early 90s, taking advantage of the decline of low fat diets. The latter, proposed in the United States to cope with the impressive spread of obesity , are based on the consumption of low- fat foods . Although the supermarkets’ shelves were full of “low fat” foods, this strategy not only did not give the desired results, but even helped to accentuate the problem, due to the alleged abuse of general consumption. For this reason, after revaluating the function of lipids in the food industry ( see dedicated article), the attention of many nutritionists or presumed ones moved on carbohydrates (carbs in English), particularly on the simple ones added (high glycemic index ).

Desserts , sugary drinks, pastries, snacks and various snacks were soon considered the main culprits of the increasingly worrying and growing rate of obesity. Today, however, it is known that the main cause of overweight is the combination of excess caloric fat and energy surplus from foods rich in refined carbohydrates (which greatly stimulate the production of insulin ).
As often happens in this and in other fields, someone thought it would be better to end this concept, giving rise to low carb diets (literally “low in carbohydrates”). A bit ‘for the enthusiasm related to the news, a little’ for the skillful advertising campaign, and a little ‘for the undisputable effective weight loss, low carb diets spread rapidly in the US and soon landed in Italy, true and its “idealistic stronghold” of the Mediterranean diet . The debate, started about a decade ago, shows no sign of abating.


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Coffee and Caffeine: Benefits and Risks

The indispensable coffee cup represents a typically Italian ritual, the result of a habit so rooted to bring many experts, of the most varied disciplines, to regularly pronounce on the benefits and risks of the beloved drink.

There are those who study the psychological aspects, those who investigate their organoleptic characteristicsand those who, like us, are concerned with studying their relationship with human health.

Benefits of Coffee

Among the many nutritional components of coffee , the most known and studied is undoubtedly caffeine , as it has important properties such as:

  • the stimulatory effect on gastric and biliary secretions (this is why it is believed that a coffee at the end of the meal facilitates digestion );
  • the tonic and stimulatory effect on cardiac and nervous function (this is why many people appreciate its energetic effect, which is useful, among other things, in order not to get bitten by a large meal);
  • the lipolytic effect, that is, slimming favor (caffeine stimulates the use of fats for energetic purposes and thermogenesis , increasing the quantity of calories burned by the “human machine”);
  • the anorectic effect (coffee taken in large doses decreases appetite).

In addition to caffeine, in the coffee are contained many substances, whose potential beneficial role on the body is still under study. In particular, several components have been isolated from the strong antioxidant , anti- mutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties , which are however insufficient to compensate for the risk deriving from a high consumption of coffee.

Coffee risks

The repercussions of caffeine on human health are dose dependent. A high consumption of coffee, which we will define in quantitative terms in the next paragraph, exposes the body to various risks:

  • when it is excessive, the stimulatory effect on gastric secretion can cause damage to the digestive system – due to the high acidity of the juices poured into the stomach – (this is why coffee is contraindicated if you suffer from ulcer , gastritis or gastroesophageal reflux );
  • the tonic and stimulatory effect on cardiac and nervous function can be harmful to people suffering from insomnia , hot flashes and hypertension ; as the dose increases the caffeine determines tachycardia, pressure fluctuations and tremors even in healthy people.
  • The lipolytic effect, that is to say slimming, is canceled and even overturned if sugar is added to the coffee (+ 20 calories) teaspoon) or milk (+ 10 calories if the coffee is stained).
  • The inhibitory effect on calcium and iron absorption can favor the establishment of anemic and osteoporotic pictures .
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Do teeth have to be washed before or after meals?

What is the first rule to follow to enjoy optimal oral hygiene? Brush your teeth before and not after meals, including breakfast.

Preferring oral hygiene before eating prevents the remnants of bacteria on the teeth that react to the sugars contained in foods.

According to experts brushing their teeth before meals is essential because the goal is not to eliminate the residues of food, but to eradicate every single bacterium trapped between the teeth and the tongue.

Another advice to follow is to not completely rinse the mouth after daily washing but leave a small amount of toothpaste that allows the fluorine to reinforce the enamel.

Never then, in case of lack of toothbrush, use your finger to rub the toothpaste on the teeth: it is much more congenial to use a usual towel commonly used for the face.

Another trick to follow is to never wash teeth immediately after drinking red wine: more generally it is good not to eat fruit or food composed of sugars for snack, mid-morning or afternoon, because the bacteria feed on producing a large amount of acid in the oral cavity.

In fact, doing so would result in a substantial weakening of the enamel and the reduction of calcium, consequently increasing the production of caries inside the teeth.


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