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While popular non-dairy milk products are usually made from oats, almonds or soybeans, potatoes are the latest newcomers to the list. Developed by researcher and professor Eva Tornberg at the Lund University in Sweden, she says the opportunity to create milk out of potatoes presented itself thanks to the high-quality proteins found in them.
In order to transform them into milk, developers need to add canola oil, chicory fiber and pea protein to potatoes. Additionally, it is a good source of protein, high starch and high vitamin C content.
Another benefit of potato milk is its sustainability, which performs a lot better than dairy milk in terms of water use, carbon footprint and land use. It also does better than soy milk related to greenhouse emissions and requires over 15,000 less liters of water than producing a kg of almonds. It also avoids some of the most common allergies and dietary restrictions, as it’s free of nuts, gluten, soy, and animal products. Because of that, it makes a great option for vegans.
Potato milkis currently only available in Sweden, the UK and China, however it’s short-term success could result in more demand in countries like the US and Canada.
Sweden is setting an example to the world with the way they manage their waste by boiling it in more than 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit to help fuel more than 30 power plants instead of burning coal or gas, as four tons of garbage contain the equivalent energy to one ton of oil or 1.6 tons of coal. However, building a system like this in a city takes its time and planning. For example, the Swedish system was built decades ago first starting at the end of the 1950’s.
The Scandinavian country has also dramatical decreased the amount of trash sent to its landfills, with less than 1% of household waste ending up there, while the 49% goes to recycling centers and the other 50% being incinerated in power plants to turn it into steam that spins turbines to generate electricity. Energy from garbage is used to supply much of the heat during cold months for around 1.25 million apartments around the country and also electricity for 680,000 homes.
Using trash as an energy supply also helps reduce having to extract fossil fuels from the earth and having to ship it around the world only to burn it. This means a reduction of 467,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year by using a more efficient way to dispose of our everyday waste. Countries around the world should stop and look at what countries like Sweden are doing to help reduce greenhouse emissions.
We usually see stress as a negative sensation on our bodies as work deadlines pile up, conflict with friends and family appear or when trying to accommodate to busy schedules. That kind of meaning to the word stress is what wears us down both mentally and physically, but according to research there are actually two different types of stress with different implications to it:
- Distress: This one refers to negative stress, such as having extreme anxiety that ends up with people having trouble sleeping, eating or concentrating. Long periods of distress due to biological or external events increases the likelihood of chronic disease.
- Eustress: On the other hand, eustress refers to a kind of “positive stress” which can have some positive effects such as protecting us from aging and disease. This beneficial stress drives us to complete our daily tasks and life goals, and has a direct effect with our life satisfaction and well-being.
In small doses, stress can help us give meaning to our lives and keep us active. This helps us build confidence and skills that are important for our careers and how we build our relationship with people. A life without stress isn’t necessarily better, and healthy competition in life makes us feel proud of ourselves and helps us grow as human beings.