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Winter myths, Science or Maaaagic?
We’ve taken a look at some popular winter myths to see if they’re based on science or magic.
Myth: You don’t need sunscreen in the winter
In winter, it’s easy to think that sunscreen isn’t required. Although there is a drop in UVB rays (which cause sunburn), the harmful UVA rays that are damaging to our skin still reach us through the clouds. So sunscreen or a moisturiser with a sunblock should be worn on exposed skin.
Conclusion: Winter Maaaagic
Myth: Chicken soup can help you with a cold
Grandmas often prescribed chicken soup as a remedy to help a cold and there may be some truth in it. A study by American scientists revealed that chicken soup could have a mild anti-inflammatory affect which may help ease the systems of a cold! See our winter warming soup recipe
Myth: An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
There are plenty of benefits in eating an apple every day! Apples are packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C that help support our immune system, and a number of studies have found a link between eating apples and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Plus, apples are high in fibre which helps our bowel movements!.
Myth: You lose most of your body heat through your head
You actually lose body heat from any uncovered surface on your body, and covering any one part of the body has as much effect as covering any other. So, whether you choose a bobble or a beanie, wearing a hat may help to keep you warm, but so will wearing trousers!
Myth: You can catch a cold from being cold and wet
Colds are viruses that are spread through personal contact, so just being cold and wet will not give you a cold. However, it might make you more susceptible to catching a cold by encouraging you to spend more time indoors with other people who may pass on their cold to you..
Conclusion: A bit of magic explained by science?
Myth: Drinking alcohol helps you warm up!
Alcohol can give you a warm feeling as your blood rushes up to the skin surface, protecting your internal organs. As a result of this, your core temperature might actually drop and the alcohol also reduces your ability to shiver and create more warmth!
Myth: Lack of sunlight causes depression
Scientists have found that a lack of sunlight can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or “winter depression”. Although the direct cause is not yet understood, there are a number of things that a lack of sunlight can affect such as hormones and your natural body clock.
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This vibrant orange vegetable when introduced to these shores, was in fact purple in colour - the Dutch introduced the orange variety we know today. Bursting in beta carotene (which the body converts in to vitamin A), and actually an even better source when the carrots are cooked. Why not try our delicious Sunshine Smoothie?
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
First cultivated by the Romans, this variety of broccoli has become more popular over the past few decades. Adding a touch of colour to every dish, high in iron, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, just four spears count as one of your 5 a day!
Although this humble vegetable won’t win any beauty contests, what it lacks in looks, it surely makes up for in flavour! Used raw, it will certainly perk up any salad and give a coleslaw added zing. Instead of potatoes, try it mashed with butter or as an ingredient to soup. It works equally well, roasted and baked too. Potassium and vitamins C and K are just some of the nutrients in this funny looking root.
Often thought of as a fruit, rhubarb is actually a vegetable! High in antioxidants, calcium and vitamins, the early forced varieties are delicious in chutneys and jams. We love to make warming crumbles and pies!
Remember not to eat the leaves though, as they are very toxic.
Spinach is generally available all year round, but the most tender leaves are obtained in early spring. It probably won’t inflate your muscles like Popeye’s, but it will give you a nutritious boost of iron and vitamins A and K. Try our tasty Spinach Omelette and nutritious Ahoy Smoothie recipes.
Love them or loathe them, the humble brussel is an essential part of our Christmas dinner. Sprouts have a higher protein content than most vegetables, along with vitamins K and C. Don’t over-cook these little gems, as not only will it destroy some of the nutrients, they will also taste terrible!