Thursday October 18, 2018

Here’s How Ginger Reduces Bad Breath

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, also suggested that citric acid increases the sodium ion content of saliva, making salty foods taste less salty

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Ever thought how ginger helps reduce bad breath? A pungent compound present in the spice may be an answer to it, a new study suggests.

The study found that the pungent compound — 6-gingerol — stimulates enzymes contained in saliva that breaks down foul smelling substances in the mouth ensuring fresh breath and better aftertaste.

The pungent principle of ginger makes the level of the enzyme sulfhydryl oxidase 1 in saliva increase 16-fold within a few seconds, the researcher said.

The saliva and breath analyses carried out on human volunteers showed that the enzyme breaks down malodorous sulpher-containing compounds.

“As a result, our breath also smells better,” said lead author Thomas Hofmann from the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

The researchers mentioned that many food components contribute directly to the characteristic taste of food and beverages by means of contributing their own particular taste, scent or spiciness.

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To find out more about food components, the research team investigated the effects of food components on the molecules dissolved in saliva.

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, also suggested that citric acid increases the sodium ion content of saliva, making salty foods taste less salty.

Citric acid influences our perception of taste through a completely different mechanism, the researchers said.

As everyone knows from personal experience, sour foods such as lemon juice stimulate salivation. The amount of minerals dissolved in saliva also increases in proportion to the amount of saliva, they added.

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The sodium ion level in saliva rises rapidly by approximately a factor of eleven after stimulation with citric acid. This effect makes us less sensitive to table salt, the researcher said.

“Table salt is nothing other than sodium chloride, and sodium ions play a key role in the taste of salt,” Hofmann said.

“If saliva already contains higher concentrations of sodium ions, samples tasted must have a significantly higher salt content in order to taste comparatively salty,” he added. (IANS)

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Prepare these Amazing Cocktails for a tipsy Winter

Best Cocktail recipes you can prepare easily at home in winters

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  • From wintery matcha, cherry punch to a cinnamon affair, there are many different cocktails that you can try to warm up this winter, say experts.

Karan Vasani, Chief Winemaker at Sula Vineyards, and experts at Hennessy list some cocktail recipes to try out this winter:

* Mulled Wine

Ingredients

Shiraz wine – 3 glasses

Star anise – 3

Cloves – 5

Orange peel

Cinnamon flavoured sugar syrup

Method — Boil the above ingredients till the wine reduces to half. Add 60 ml Janus wine and serve warm garnished with a vanilla pod.

* Wintery matcha Cocktail

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 tea bag

Green apple syrup – 10 ml

Ginger – 15 gm juiced

Lime juice – 30 ml

Sula Seco

Method – Brew the green tea as per packet instructions. Let it cool. Fill one-third of a sparkling wine glass with green tea. Add the green apple syrup, ginger and lime juice. Top it off with Sula Seco. Serve with a thin slice of green apple.

* Cherry punch Cocktail

Ingredients

Cherry puree -60 ml

Ginger – 100 gm

Water -150 ml

Riesling wine – 3 glasses

Method – Muddle the ginger and cherry puree together. Add water and bring it to a boil. Boil it till it reduces to half. Top it off with the Riesling wine. Serve cool garnished with a cherry.

* Magic Spritzer Cocktail

Ingredients

Ginger – 50 gm

Eclipse – 60 ml

Zinfandel red wine – 2 glasses

Martini Rosso – 60 ml

Method – Grate the ginger and juice it. Stir all the ingredients together. Serve at room temperature in a wine glass garnished with orange peel

* Cinnamon affair Cocktail

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 tea bag

Cinnamon – 2 stick

Lemon juice – 15 ml

Janus wine – 30 ml

Brut wine

Method – Brew the green tea as per packet instructions along with the cinnamon. Let it cool. Fill one-third of a sparkling wine glass with the green tea and cinnamon mix. Add lemon juice and brandy and give it a stir. Top it off with Brut wine. Serve cool.

* Mixed story Cocktail

Ingredients

Cognac – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Acacia honey – 0.5 cl (0.2oz)

Hot water – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Lemon -1 slice

Method – In a glass, add cognac, honey and hot water. Stir to dissolve the honey. Garnish with a lemon slice.

* Sugary winter Cocktail

Ingredients

Cognac – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Hot water – 4 cl (1.50z)

Sugar cane syrup – 0.5 cl (0.2oz)

2 lemon supremes (wedges without the peel, pith and skin)

1 thin slice of ginger

1 orange twist

Method – In a glass, add cognac, sugar, lemon, and ginger. Stir. Top with hot water and garnish with orange twist.

* Spiced orange smash Cocktail

Ingredients

2.5 parts of cognac

½ part Averna

½ part simple syrup

2 dashes of Angosutra Bitters

1 tablespoon of Orange marmalade

0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice

Method – Add all liquids to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain. Pour over ice in a glass. Garnish with an orange twist.