Humans have been growing and enjoying the benefits of eating beans and pulses for over 5,000 years. Beans are a good source of protein and carbohydrates and are low in fat. Beans can also count as one of your five-a-day fruit and vegetable servings. Pulses provide iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and other minerals, which combined with other foods, vitamins and other minerals, play a significant role in maintaining a good healthy body. Rice is a good companion to beans and pulses and in many countries they are considered inseparable, providing a complete meal.
Consuming lentils, peas and beans can help to control blood glucose management. Pulses are known to have a lower glycemic index. Scientific studies have shown that consuming pulses can result in more stable blood glucose levels after meals.
Now this may not sound very sexy to you, but womenfitness.net identify them in their top 10 foods for a healthy sex life or to improve fertility. So there you go!
I have a great range of dried and tinned (no fuss) fairtrade organic beans and pulses here at eye2eye FairTrade shop, come and try some for yourself. You might find youself on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
Who knows where that might lead to. . .
Come and do some shopping at eye2eye FairTrade on Thursday afternoon from 1.45 – 7pm March 29th and enjoy a free glass of Belvoir organic elderflower juice, with our compliments! Cheers!
We have the MK News newspaper with us from 3pm, to take a look around. They will be publishing an article next week, so come and support us that afternoon and maybe get your photo in the paper!
See you soon!
Eggs galore and more chocolate bars than you can shake a stick at, featured at eye2eye shop this week.
I’ll be at Willen Lake Farmer’s Market on Sunday (http://www.whitecap.co.uk/attractions/willen-lake-farmers-market.aspx) with my whole range from 9am, so come along and buy some fairtrade eggs for Easter.
Why coconut palm sugar?
It’s made from the nectar of the coconut blossom, which doesn’t harm the tree at all, so there is no real impact on the tree. It just means a coconut will not grow where the blossom was cut. It has a low GI (glycemic index) 35, compared with refined sugar (68) or even agave (40). It has a delicious caramel flavour. This tasty, unrefined, organic sugar is created by slowly being heated over log fires and because it can only be processed in palm tree habitats, rather than in large factories, it supports local farmers and their communities. Lots of positive reasons here to buy it and feel good about enjoying a sweet fix!
As Gandhi said, “It is a way to solve the world’s poverty. It is also an antidote against misery.” Gandhi (1939)
Spend £3 and help save the world!
Fairtrade Fortnight is Here!
I’ve been busy taking steps as eye2eye, to promote fairtrade products around MK this week. So far I’ve attended an event at Abbey School and a fund-raising event for local charity Global Education MK on Tuesday evening. We had a great meal and heard from Anton Bowman, a banana grower from St Vincent in the Windward Isles. Anton’s community are currently blighted with yellow Sigatoka, a leaf virus. Because of this, they are presently unable to export bananas, which they rely upon as their key cash crop. We wish them well for a speedy return to normal banana production.
Lots of new fairtrade products on the shelves here in the shop: hand glazed kitchenware and homewares from Shared Earth, lovely bags and accessories from Namaste and gardening products, ready for the Spring from New Overseas Traders, in addition to a wide range of delicious fairtrade wholefoods, and kitchen essentials.
Come and take a look when you’re next in the area.