1. Shoppingbag hygiene

Bringing your own bag is good for the environment because it reduces plastic waste. However, did you know that re-using the same shoppingbag creates a great environment for bacteria to grow. Studies have shown that 12% of the plastic shoppingbags that were re-used multiple times, had been contaminated with the E.coli bacteria.

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Tips:

  • Use certain bags for meat only
  • Never leave your bag in the car, bacause bacteria multiply faster in hot environments
  • Clean your bags. Plastic bags could be cleaned with soap. You can put fabric bags in the washing machine.

2. Dark chocolate

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology decribed the effect of cacao with flavonoids (antioxidants) to be beneficial for the skin. A study has shown that women who ate dark chocolate for 12 weeks showed smoother skin and less red spots.

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Tip:

  • Give yourself a winterboost by eating chocolate with a minimum of 70% cacao. One piece a day.

3. Olive oil

Olive oil reduces the risk for cardiovascular diseases with 35%.

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Tip:

  • Use spreadable olive oil in stead of butter

4. White bread

Eating only white bread increases the chance of becoming overweight by 40%.

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Tips:

  • Use whole wheat bread as a solid base for your sandwich or toast.
  • Reduce the intake of white bread to a maximum of 4-5 slices (120 grams)

5. Caffeine

Caffeine could function as a pre-workout boost. The amount of calories you burn after a workout increases by 15% after taking about 270 miligrams of caffeine.

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Tip:

  • Drink a cup of espresso before exercising