Cantucci or Cantuccini – Biscuits

Generality Cantucci – also called cantuccini or Prato biscuits – are traditional dry sweets, typical of the province of Prato (Tuscany). In Umbria and Lazio they are called ” tozzetti “. Cantucci have a very important characteristic that distinguishes them from most biscuits, that of undergoing two heat treatments in the oven. The first cooking is intense and takes place in the form of a…

Razor Clams

What are Mantis shrimps are products of sea (and lagoon) fishing known by the alternative names of sea cicada (incorrectly, since the true sea cicada would be the Scyllarus arctus or magnosella), panicles, panicles and mantis shrimps. Mantis shrimps are crustaceans belonging to the Class Malacostraca , Subclass Hoplocarida , family Squillidae, Genus Squilla, Species mantis ; the binomial nomenclature of mantis shrimps is Squilla mantis . NB: mantis shrimps do NOT belong to the…

Cannolicchi: Nutritional Properties and Cooking

What are razor clams Cannolicchio , cappalunga and cannello are the common names of a bivalve mollusc belonging to the Solenidae family and the Solen genus (Species S. marginatus ). In reality there is not just one type of razor clam, but the one we have mentioned is certainly the most widespread. Razor clams are also foods of animal origin that belong to the fundamental food group . Classifiable among fish products , they…

Canestrelli – Sea Scallops

Genera and Species Canestrelli are foods of animal origin that can be classified as fishery products . Also known as sea scallops, they belong to the Phylum of Molluscs , more precisely to the Class of Bivalves (or Lamellibranchs), the same as mussels , clams , cockles , scallops , sea dates and oysters ). There are various types of baskets and unifying the description would represent an unreliable simplification; in fact, beyond the “fairly”…

Camembert

Generality Camembert is a cheese with a flowery rind (or frosted, if you prefer), produced from cow’s milk . It therefore belongs to that group of cheeses – such as Brie and Caprice des dieux – characterized by a soft and whitish rind, whose appearance closely resembles that of a flowery meadow (→ flowery rind), covered by a layer of frost (→ left frosted crust). This peculiarity…

Baldness

Baldness: What it is and what it is not Baldness, better known as alopecia, is a condition (not a disorder) characterized by progressive thinning of the scalp . In its most common form ( androgenic baldness ), alopecia affects 80% of males and 50% of females at various levels, therefore representing a topic of great interest from both a scientific and commercial…

Types of Tea: Calories

Introduction Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Rich in polyphenols that act as antioxidants , some types of tea serve as an energizing drink , while herbal and caffeine -free varieties can be soothing (like chamomile tea ). Nutritional values ​​of tea Preparing tea is simple: hot water is poured over the leaves of the plant or dried flowers or roots and leaves (in…

Calculate the pH of Your Diet: Alkalizing Foods

Premise The calculator on this page represents an important aid in evaluating the acid/base balance of various meals or of the diet as a whole. It is based on the PRAL ( Potential Renal Acid Load ) values ​​of individual foods and food products , published on the website www.acidosi.it. We remind the reader that negative values ​​indicate an alkalizing potential of the food , while a positive PRAL…

Squid

Generality Squid are fishery products widely distributed throughout the planet, very similar to squid but classified by modern systematics in a totally different way. There are many genera and species of squid, but the so-called “European” one (despite also being present in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean) is included in the Phylum of Molluscs , Class Cephalopods, Order Teuthida, family Loliginidae, Genus Loligo ,…

Is Caffeine Good or Bad for Your Health?

Caffeine: pros and cons The typically Italian coffee ritual can have positive and negative effects on health. Caffeine, the natural stimulant par excellence which is the active ingredient of the most consumed drink in the world, but also of other drinks and  foods , is often known for the negative effects resulting from its intake (beyond the recommended daily limit). In fact, caffeine…