Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a great walking city for lovers of culture and history, with centuries-old monasteries, churches, synagogues and even one of the oldest operating pharmacies in Europe. But, if you’re looking for a day of relaxation between busy tours in marquee cities, it’s also a gorgeous spot to simply sit and watch the world go by amid red-roofed stone buildings and the sparkling, aqua Adriatic Sea.

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The medieval-era Old Town is a walled city, and from above — you can walk the 1.3-mile stretch some 80 feet above ground level for spectacular views — it is reminiscent of Venice, just on a smaller scale (and with marble alleyways instead of canals). Like the Italian city, which lies just to the northwest, Old Town Dubrovnik is free of vehicular traffic and dotted with Renaissance churches and fountains, with a rich history as a trading port. In lieu of canals, you’ll find narrow, cobblestone streets where pedestrians stroll from shop to shop, dine and drink at al fresco cafes and soak up the sun.

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Dubrovnik is nestled in the southwestern corner of Croatia, a boomerang-shaped country directly across the Adriatic Sea from Italy’s east coast, under which lies Bosnia and Herzegovina. The atmosphere is light and welcoming, due in no small part to the city’s gorgeous setting on the Dalmatian Coast, which can be appreciated on one of the many boat tours offered from the Old Town harbor. Nearby beaches are also accessible; tours further inland include country bike rides and wine-tasting.

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The port is a mainstay on Eastern Mediterranean cruise itineraries, sprinkled among greatest-hits stops like Athens, Venice and so many Greek Isles. Most Eastern Mediterranean cruises set sail from spring through fall, though winter cruising is gaining popularity.

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Popcorn – healthy or harmful?

Popcorn is not only delicious – it can also be useful.

It can be used for low-calorie and diet snacks between meals for the day, but must be chosen carefully : most sold prepared or packaged microwave popcorn contain large amounts of fat and salt that are detrimental to health .

Most usefully they  are prepared at home by special popcorn maize – Zea mays var. everta, whose grains are even healthier than regular corn, because they contain more protein . ’30 Popcorn loaded with 110 cal and 1.2 grams of fat . For comparison, the same portion ’30 potato chips contains 150 mud and over 10 times more fat – 12.6.

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Popcorn is a good source of dietary fiber 4.3 g per serving. The World Health Organisation recommends a daily mud engulfed 1000 to adopt 14 g fiber . They aid in the digestion , and improve blood sugar control and reduce the likelihood of development of certain cardiovascular diseases and cancers .

If served unsalted  it is the most useful , each portion of popcorn will contain less than 1 mg sodium. There are also lower levels of the minerals potassium, magnesium and foliati . Polyphenols contents act as antioxidants , which protect cells from free radical damage . Portion popcorn contains over 300 g antioxidants – nearly two times more than in some citrus.

Magnesium stimulates the growth , development and maintenance of healthy bone tissue. A good intake of magnesium from various sources reduces the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and strengthen them against thinning and fractures.A portion of popcorn contains 0.3 mg of magnesium and 13% of the daily requirement for men and 18% women.

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The logical conclusion is that the popcorn themselves are healthy and beneficial food, but preparations for  pop packed or offered in a movie theater popcorn are too high in fat and salt that dramatically increases the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease .

The best choice is to buy dried beans and prepare the popcorn at home. Preferably this should be done in the microwave, because in the oven should be added fat.

How Useful Is white chocolate?

White chocolate is made primarily of cocoa butter, sugar and milk , which makes it too rich in saturated fats. This type of chocolate is rich in calcium, but , unfortunately, does not make it healthy . The lack of sufficient nutrients , high calorific value and a higher proportion of sugar and fat compared to milk and dark chocolates makes it highly unadvisable . Even its rare consumption is detrimental to health .

100 mg of a white chocolate contain 458 calories and 27.2 g fat, 16.5 g of which are saturated . Saturated fats contribute to weight gain , increase in total cholesterol and accelerate the process of plaque deposition on the inner walls of blood vessels. This combined effect of saturated fat contributes greatly to the development of diabetes type -2 and a number of cardiovascular diseases , headed by hypertension.

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That portion of 100 g white chocolate contains an average of 50.1 g of refined sugar. For men, it is unwise to consume more than 36 grams of sugar per day, and for women the situation is even worse : no more than 24 grams of sugar a day. Any amount exceeding this daily limit accelerates not only obesity but also tooth decay . Elevated levels of sugar in turn increase blood triglycerides , which further increases the risk of heart disease .

The only good thing that can be said for white chocolate but the taste is addressed to its abundance of calcium. For this, chocolate was prepared with large amounts of milk , 100 g thereof contain 189 mg calcium.  Although not fully compensating for the harmful effects of other ingredients , calcium in white chocolate reduces the risk of hypertension , high cholesterol and heart problems.

Experts nutritionists do not recommend consuming more than 1-2 pieces of white chocolate daily. A good alternative is dark chocolate – it contains a lot less calories and sugar additives. Dark chocolate contains at least 60-69% cocoa, which protects the cardiovascular system and is good for digestion.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. The Royal National City Park, (the first National City Park in the world), is a green space that breathes for the city, and a constant presence in the crush of the city.

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With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. Most of the city’s attractions can be reached on foot, and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short time. Experience big-city life, the history of civilization and natural scenery, all in the course of the same day.

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Visit Stockholm City Hall. Climb the City Hall tower for a fantastic view of Stockholm. Don’t miss Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s oldest attraction and one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. Walk through small winding streets lined with stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are also located in Gamla Stan.

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The green island of Djurgården is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. Visit the world-famous warship the Vasa, the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. And don’t miss the chance to see Stockholm from the water. Naturally a city built on fourteen islands offers marvelous views over the water. There are many different sightseeing tours to choose from. And if fourteen islands aren’t enough, Stockholm offers a wonderful archipelago with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries.

There are many reasons why Stockholm is the natural Capital of Scandinavia. One is that Stockholm is positioned at the heart of the region, and enjoys the benefits of a world-class transport infrastructure. Another is that Stockholm is the largest city in the largest country in Scandinavia.

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It is also where you find the most multinational companies, the largest stock market and, not least, the most visitors. People come to Stockholm for the food, the design and the music. Stockholm also offers a unique range of galleries and museums, and every year the eyes of the world are on Stockholm when the Nobel Prizes are awarded.

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