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8 Exquisite and Quirky Food Art Ideas that will Make Your Mouth Water!

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November 17, 2016: Food art is the process of creating beautiful and unbelieving models with food. Chefs use these arts to gather the customer’s attention. Mother’s use this to make their children eat vegetables. Below are few of the food arts from around the globe.

  1. Chewbacca noodles
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Picture of Chewbacca noodles. Flickr

Noodles is a staple food in may cultures. It is made from dough that is stretched, rolled flat and then cut into a variety of shapes. In this art, noodles are designed as Chewbacca which is a character from the Star Wars who was part of a team who restored freedom to the galaxy.

2. Hot Dog mummies

Picture of Hot dogs dressed as mummies. Flickr
Picture of Hot dogs dressed as mummies. Flickr

Here is the Halloween inspired mummy hot dog. These are easy to make and are so adorable.  A hot dog is basically a frankfurter served in a soft, long roll which has various sauces and condiments.

3. Sleeping Rice Bear

Picture of a bear made of rice. Flickr
Picture of a bear made of rice. Flickr

A plain omelet can be used for the blanket, cooked brown rice for the bear and a sausage link for the body. An omelet is a beaten egg dish cooked in a frying pan. It has savoury or sweet fillings.

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4. Hairy sausage

Picture of a hairy sausage. Flickr
Picture of a hairy sausage. Flickr

First the uncooked sausage is pinned with spaghetti and then both of them are cooked together. Sausage is usually made from ground meat including veal, pork and beef with a skin around it. It is typically made from intestines.

5. Vegetable face

Picture of a face made of vegetables. Flickr
Picture of a face made of vegetables. Flickr

This kind of art is very popular and one can see a variety of designs posted by various food lovers on the internet. It involves carving of the vegetables to form a beautiful object suvh as an animal. Some believe that the art originated in Sukothai, Thailand, about 700 years ago. 

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6. Curry Onsen

Picture of a panda relaxing in a bowl of curry. Flickr
Picture of a panda relaxing in a bowl of curry. Flickr

It is quite easy to make and one can include its own changes such as a relaxing Onigiri man in curry onsen. Curry is a famous cuisine of our country. It uses complex combinations of various spices including hot chilies. A curry onsen depicts the Japanese hot spring and the bathing facilities and inns naerby them, where a panda relaxes in a onsen of curry

Picture of a lunch box with a Totoro bento. Flickr
Picture of a lunch box with a Totoro bento. Flickr

Totoro is a giant rabbit like creature who is a spirit. Bento is a takeout or home packed meal. it is very common in Japan. A traditional bento contains, vegetables, fish, meat and rice packed in a disposable and mass produced lunch box.

8. Kitty chasing fish latte art

Picture of a kitty latte art. Flickr
Picture of a kitty latte art. Flickr

This is a latte art. It is a method of preparing coffee into a shot of espresso by pouring steamed milk. This results in the formation of a design or pattern on the surface of latte. Artists create beautiful art using the milk and drawing in the top layer of the foam.

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Benefits of Taking Vitamin E

Vitamin E due to its antioxidant nature helps in keeping the skin healthy and young

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Eating healthy is very important, especially Vitamin E is very essential for our health. Pixabay
Eating healthy is very important, especially Vitamin E is very essential for our health. Pixabay
  • Vitamin E is a very important vitamin for our body
  • Humans don’t generally experience a deficiency of Vitamin E
  • There are many sources of Vitamin E and also, it has many health benefits

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, essential vitamin, and an antioxidant, our body needs. It prevents the process of lipid peroxidation, whereby the free radicals that are generated destroy the cellular structures of the body. This oxidative damage of the cells has been found in several pathological disorders like Liver cirrhosis and Diabetes, by several studies.

There are many food sources through which one can obtain Vitamin E. Same Condition
There are many food sources through which one can obtain Vitamin E. Credit: www.SameCondition.com

Overt deficiency of this vitamin is very rarely seen. It occurs in those who are unable to absorb the vitamin into their systems and those with inherited disorders that prevent the maintenance of normal blood concentrations of vitamin E.

Vitamin E-Discovery

Vitamin E was first discovered in the year 1922, at the University of California in Berkeley by Dr. Herbert M. Evans, a research physician, and his assistant Katherine S. Bishop. Immediately after the discovery, the researchers set out to find the benefits as well the impact of its deficiency

Alpha-Tocopherol Vitamin-E

There are about eight naturally occurring forms of Vitamin E.  Alpha-tocopherol is the form which is essentially absorbed and stored in the human body. The synthetic forms of alpha-tocopherol are found in the fortified foods and vitamin supplements.

Also Read: Vitamin D can helpful in Recovery from Burn Injuries

Recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E

The Recommended daily allowance for both men and women is 15 mg (35 µ mol)/day (of α -tocopherol). Due to the harmful effects of overdose, like increased risk of bleeding,  the upper limit of consumption for adults is 1,500 IU/day for supplements made from the natural form of the Vitamin and 1,100 IU/day for supplements made from synthetic vitamin-E. The upper limit is lower in children when compared to the adults.

Vitamin E is a great source of energy for the body. Pixabay
Vitamin E is a great source of energy for the body. Pixabay
Vitamin E Function

Unlike most nutrients, a specific role for the vitamin has not been found in any of the bodily metabolic functions. The major function so far identified is nonspecific chain-breaking antioxidant in the circumstances mentioned earlier.

Vitamin E rich foods.

Vitamin E is abundantly found in a normal and balanced diet.

The food sources include

Vegetable oils

  • wheat germ oils
  • sunflower oils
  • safflower oils
  • Corn oils
  • soybean oils

 Nuts

  • peanuts
  • hazelnuts
  • almonds

Seeds like sunflower seeds.

Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli.

Cereals, Egg Yolk, and

Milk.

Also Read: Vitamin C helps in treating Tuberculosis

Vitamin E Deficiency

Clinically, its deficiency presents as peripheral neuropathy characterized by the degeneration of the large-calibre axons in the sensory neurons. In this condition, the damaged nerves cause weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet. In some cases, the condition can also affect other parts of the body.

In patients who are left untreated, chronic cholestatic hepatobiliary disease, spinocerebellar ataxia, neuropathy, and ophthalmoplegia may occur These terminologies might sound too complex, complicated, and confusing to the reader, but this is the true picture which results from negligence.

Sunflower oil is a great source of Vitamin E. VOA
Sunflower oil is a great source of Vitamin E. VOA
Vitamin E Benefits

Some studies have tried to show the benefits of the Vitamin in preventing the incidence of Heart disease but the actual correlation between the two is not completely understood yet.

The common eye disorders in the older people like cataracts and loss of central vision have shown inconsistent results in terms of lesser incidence, due to the consumption of this Vitamin. Researchers are still working on to prove the connection between these. It has been shown to improve the mental functions, especially in the senior citizens affected by diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Vitamin E in combination with Selenium has also been used as a treatment for infertility.

This Vitamin due to its antioxidant nature helps in keeping the skin healthy and young. It is also a treatment modality to treat scars and stretch marks. It acts as one of the potent moisturizers for the skin.

The article originally appeared at Same Condition- a patient to patient network. The link can be accessed here: https://www.samecondition.com/blog/vitamin-e-benefits-vitamin-e-foods/