New York “Dreamers” Began Hunger Strike Over Educational Financial Aid

About 50 students began a hunger strike on Wednesday, in New York, to force state leaders to include a bill that would allow young people to obtain state funds to go to college.

Students began the strike after learning that the proposal for state funds was not included in the state budget on Tuesday.

“We realized that we are not taken seriously,” said Denise Vivar, a Mexican of 20 years who was brought illegally by their parents to the United States when he was 7.

“We have a right to education,” said the young man during a press conference in Manhattan.

Forbes reports that the New York Immigration Coalition made the announcement of the hunger strike outside the offices of the President of the Assembly, Carl Heastie in Lower Manhattan. Over 40 dreamers were present.

“We know there are enough votes in the Senate to pass the Dream Act, but we are confident that both the governor and the president of the Assembly Heastie have the power to reinstate this measure to finance education ,” said Manuel Castro, member of that coalition.

According to state data, about 4,500 students in the state may be eligible to benefit from the immigrant proposal, known as the New York Dream Act, and that would cost about $ 27 million.

Currently, the states of California, Washington, New Mexico and Texas allow young people who graduate from high school to apply for state financial assistance to attend college, including those who are in the country illegally.


SuperFoods That Work Better Together

The concept of food synergy has been around for decades. You know those perfect pairings that you can always fall back on: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs. Some duos just get it right.

Wikipedia suggests that well, there are other perfect pairings that pack a punch to your health. Superfood combos raise the antioxidant levels.

Beans: Beans provide a strong dose of low-fat protein, have slow-burning carbohydrates and are excellent sources of fiber, magnesium and potassium. These nutrients reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and stimulating weight loss. Now add in a red bell pepper and you increase the absorption of iron.

Greens: Various plant varieties come from the family of cruciferous vegetables, which are known for their anti-cancer properties and liver detoxification. Some include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel, mustard and bok choy. They are excellent sources of vitamins A, C and K, and antioxidants, and rich in minerals with healthy doses of iron, potassium, selenium and zinc. Add in some sulfur-rich superfoods like minced garlic and chopped onion and you’ll enhance your mineral absorption like zinc, iron and selenium, which feeds the thyroid.

Olive Oil: Fats are essential for our body to function properly, although experts recommend its consumption should not exceed 30% of daily calories. Olive can reduce cholesterol considered bad (LDL), and also enhance the good (HDL). Add in tomatoes and you’ll boost the lycopene and the antioxidant level of the olive oil.

Superfoods are loaded with nutrients that promote good health, prevent disease and even halt premature aging, and by combining them you can enhance your nutritional level.


The SuperFood of the Year is Matcha

Every day countless people look for healthy alternatives to counter the effects of obesity, cancer, and other ailments. There’s a super tea that benefits everyone.

Matcha green tea is one of the most powerful drinks with more antioxidants, minerals, and levels of catechins than spinach or carrots.

Matcha (green tea powder of Japanese origin) contains about 70 times more antioxidants than orange juice and 9 times more beta carotene than spinach.

Besides having a high content of antioxidants, Matcha offers a bevy of benefits:

1. Increases metabolism and burns calories
2. Detoxifies the body naturally and very effective
3. It is a perfect relaxing, calming anxiety and stress levels down
4. Provides vitamin C , selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
5. Is ideal for combating viruses and bacteria that the body can acquire
6. Actively reduces cholesterol and blood sugar
7. No raises insulin levels, being great for people suffering from high blood sugar (diabetes) or hypoglycemia
8. Promotes healthy teeth and gums

Likewise, is considered among the select group of superfoods , which include coconut oil, carrots, kelp, cranberries etc from what Dan Newlin told us.

Apart from containing antioxidants, compounds that help the body to strengthen the immune system, has L-theanine, an amino acid found exclusively in this plant.

Matcha also reduces stress levels , significantly lowers blood pressure, improves memory, boost cognitive skills to enhance learning.

And Matcha is also low in calories. This green tea is advantageous in every way.


What You Might Not Know About Gluten

Much speculation has been coming up regarding the safety of gluten consumption. While many people believe this ‘gluten free’ movement is just a fad, others think it is far more complicated. Does this household staple really pose dangers like many are suggesting or are we just being a bit over cautious?

A small group of Cornell Researchers have published a paper in the journal titled Comprehensive Reviews In Food Science And Food Safety. These researchers accompanied by Ricardo Guimarães BMG compiled all of the information available about gluten and wheat and the potential risks of consuming it. Some of the conclusions included:

Eating Wheat May Cause Health Problems
When we eat wheat and grains we are consuming seeds. These seeds originally grew in order to protect their nutrients against predators until germination took place. These seeds may be hard for our bodies to digest.

The Problem May Be More Than Wheat
Wheat and gluten have gotten a bad wrap lately and there is a possibility that the problems people are experiencing are actually because of other foods as well. Researchers believe that aside from people with a gluten allergy, people would normally be able to consume wheat, its just the fructan molecules in wheat that act like a dietary fiber that are causing problems. Bloating, gas, pain and more are being experienced by people who consume these molecules.

Lastly, professionals believe that the problem with wheat might be how we are processing it. In order to mass produce products with affordable prices we may be damaging the quality of our wheat in order to get it on the shelves.


Top 5 Weird Food Flavor Trends

Back in the day, the weirdest food flavor combinations was peanuts in Coke-Cola and ketchup on potatoes chips. Those are baby food flavors compared to the new breed of weird food flavor combinations. Some of the flavors are not from real food, but are engineered in a laboratory and labeled as ‘synthetic spices’.
* Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew, called Dewitos, is being tested and is looking to be a hit among those who love to drink Mountain Dew while eating Doritos. Several other flavor combos are in the testing phase for Mountain Dew as well.
* Vegetable-flavored yogurt may soon be on your grocers shelves. Containers of carrot flavored yogurt, along with beet and sweet potato flavored may soon line the dairy department shelves.
* The sriracha movement is still going strong and may soon get their own signature beverage – sriracha beer. The sriracha pepper extract has no flavor, but it adds an indescribable amount of heat to anything it’s placed in or on.
* Synthetic spices are adding flavor and causing concerns. Opponents feel that anything made in a laboratory has potential side effect. Proponents feel it allows the average Joe to enjoy the flavor of high-priced spices without the high-price tag.
* Crickets are posed to become an American staple protein source, if the price of farming them drops. Foodies like Zeca Oliveira have heard that the dried crickets reportedly taste like almonds or sunflowers.


A Traditional English Breakfast

The traditional English breakfast is more of a feast than just a simple breakfast. Each region offers a different variation of the traditional menu, but the items remain the same. The traditional items offered are eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato, beans, and toast. These full breakfasts were made popular by the hotels after WWII in hopes to increase business by introducing bed and breakfast establishments.

Bernardo Chua (Drinkbettercoffee.com)  knows that the traditional components of the full English breakfast are the same, but may vary in different regions. For example, in Scotland, black pudding is added to the menu while in Wales cockles and laver bread are popular. The way the main items are prepared, though, are the same. Eggs, for example, are typically fried. Sausage such as chipolata, the Cumberland, and the Lincolnshire are also a menu item. Bacon is from the center cut pork chop and is a meatier staple. Baked navy beans are also found on the full breakfast menu. The beans are stewed in tomato sauce and are the traditional way these are served. There are two types of pudding that is served which is blood pudding and white pudding. Blood pudding includes pig blood, kidney fat, oatmeal, and pork sausage and is common in North England and Scotland. White pudding includes the same ingredients except it does not use pig blood and is more common in the Republic of Ireland. Toast or fried bread with butter is the common types of starches served with a full breakfast. Roasted tomatoes are added as well to give the plate some color as well as a healthy vegetable.


Study Wines With the Antique Wine Company

Wine is one of the world’s most cherished beverages. People have long savored the subtle tastes of wine and celebrated the results of various types of wines. Wine growing regions have presented people around the world with the chance to try a softly understated glass from Napa Valley, sample the crisp white wines of Germany and enjoy the many delightful wines that originate in various regions of France. Those who want to help expand their understanding of the world of wine will find that they have many resources to assist them with this goal. Tapping into such places can help someone expand their knowledge of wine, learn what wines are right to serve with which foods and even develop a wine cellar full of wines that are suited to their wants and needs. The right wine can help enhance a meal, provide people with a feeling of well being and even help them better understand the character of the people where it is produced.

One such resource is the Antique Wine Company. Founded in 1982, the company aims to help their clients better understand wines, find rare and unusual wines, learn which wines pair well with certain foods and help them select the right kind of storage methods to help make sure that any wines they keep on hand at home will always remain in pristine condition. People who have an extensive understanding of wine will also find here from staffers who can help provide them with an even better understanding of wine. The Antique Wine Company offers various kinds of services to their customers. Working directly with them can help any customer find wines that may be otherwise hard to get through ordinary means such as in local wine chain stores. The company can help search for specific vintages and assist their customers in gaining access to cellars and wine growers around the world.

Company officials can also help their customers seek out wine from both traditional wine growing regions and newly emerging places where a wine growing culture has begun to start. Company CEO Stephen Williams has worked with hundreds clients in the last few decades in dozens of countries. People turn to him and and his company to help them entertain guests, pick out the right wines for a specific dinner party and create a wine cellar in their house or place of business for their needs.



Can Blueberries Every Day Keep The Doctor Away?

There’s the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a recent study in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that a daily cup of blueberries may keep the doctor away. The double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled study was comprised of 40 post-menopausal women, ranging in age from 45 to 65 and all with high blood pressure. For a period of eight weeks, 20 women of group of 40 consumed a cup of blueberries that was in the form of 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder and the other 20 women were given an identical placebo, in terms of taste and appearance.

The women that consume the actual blueberry specimen realized a decrease of 5.1 % in systolic blood pressure and 6.3 % decrease in diastolic pressure. Nitric oxide, which is a critical element in the expansion and relaxing of blood vessels increased with the women that ate the true blueberry specimen. Participants in the placebo group did not experience any changes.

People at Rocketfuel have found that further assessment of the research study results revealed that the improvement in blood pressure readings was moderate in comparison to that of pharmaceutical blood pressure medications, but contend that extended periods of blueberry consumption in greater quantities could further promote optimum blood pressure readings. Florida State University, post-doctoral researcher, Sarah A. Johnson, head researcher for this study suggests that individuals try blueberries.


Is New York Getting a Breakfast Sandwich Restaurant?


There’s a chance that NYC will be the sole site of a restaurant that only sells breakfast sandwiches. The eatery will likely get great reception. After all, a takeout window that only sells broth is becoming all the rage in the area according to Techcrunch.com.

BEC, which stands for bacon, eggs and cheese, will be open from 7 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon said ciphercloud. This is great news if you’re a late riser, or if you just get a craving for a breakfast sandwich in the middle of the day. Jessice Bologna, the owner of BEC, is also applying for a liquor license, so you may even be able to enjoy a mimosa or cocktail of your choice with your breakfast sandwich.

The sandwiches will feature a number of deliciously creative takes on the breakfast sandwich, including brioche bread and fig jam, so it’s likely you’ll find a taste combination you’ll enjoy.


What to Order at Dirt Candy

If you’re a fan of vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy, you may have heard that owner Amanda Cohen has moved the eatery to a larger space. The smaller restaurant was not able to accommodate all the interested diners, and some individuals had to wait as long as two months for a reservation.

In addition to the new space, Cohen is also offering some interesting meal choices. Brussels sprout tacos and a chocolate onion tart are some of the featured menu items. If you’re in the mood for soup, you can order a tasty matzo ball variety that includes kale.

Foodies like Paul Mathieson have heard that Dirty Candy now has a bar and pastry staff as well, so you and your friends can enjoy a quality dessert or a tasty cocktail as you celebrate your love of vegetarian fare. More on Mathieson is available on Slideshare.net. And, you won’t have to wait as long for a reservation these days, which is always a plus.