Health Benefits of Beer

All the times you were held culpable for drinking a beer or two, it probably got to you. However, in an interesting turn of events, whatever you have been made to believe about beer not being good for your health has been discarded thanks to Science. As it appears, Beer is in fact good for your health. On that note, we’d like to tell all those who thought otherwise, to grab a mug of beer right away. Now we aren’t talking about a pitcher or two, as is applicable to most things in life, moderation is key. If you actually want to reap the remarkable benefits of beer, stick to a beer or too and you’d be surprised at all the advantages a can of beer can pack in it.

  1. Beer keeps your kidneys healthy

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A recent study singles out beer among other alcoholic beverages, finding it’s better for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

  2. Beer contributes towards a better digestion  

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Dark beer, contains up to one gram of soluble fibre unlike wine, which doesn’t contain any fibre at all. Fibre plays an important role in intestinal transit (a fibre deficiency can cause gastric and intestinal disorders such as constipation or diarrhoea).

    3. Beer helps lower your bad cholesterol

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The fibre in beer can also help reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol or the “bad” type of cholesterol.

 4. Beer can increase your Vitamin B levels

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Beer contains several B Vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12) and as a study revealed, beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of Vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of Vitamin B12, an anti-anaemic factor not found in many foods.

  5. Beer for stronger bones

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A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

  6. Beer cures insomnia

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Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both present in beer and can promote sleep.

    7. Beer reduces your risk of a heart attack

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Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 per cent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.

   8. Beer helps prevent blood clots

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The ingredients in beer help prevent blood clots from forming.

  9. Beer boosts your memory

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According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.

  10. Beer helps combat stress

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Researchers at the University of Montreal found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety

  11. Beer makes skin more beautiful

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Good news for women! Certain vitamins in beer can regenerate the skin and have a positive impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smooth and supple.

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Smart Purchases 2016

In this digital era, where literally anything and everything is sold online, it is a virtual nightmare for shopaholics to browse through an E-commerce website and actually try and buy something they like. Not only is it hectic, it’s also quite perplexing.

Fortunately for you, this is where Bengaluru Duty Free comes in with a list of smart purchases for this new year. Our idea of smart shopping is the perfect combination of affordability and quality. So here we present to you the most feasible buys for 2016. This list will guide you through festival shopping, anniversary gifts or just retail therapy for yourself. So have a look and let the shopping begin!

  1. Johnnie Walker Black Label

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There’s no better way to start the New Year than with a bottle of the finest Scotch blends there is – Johnnie Walker Black Label. Whether it’s the smooth texture or the fact that it is created using Whiskies from all four corners of Scotland, it is a great buy! Priced at $39, this is a purchase you are never going to regret. http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

  1.   Chivas Regal 12 YO

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An interesting concoction of unique flavours, this splendid Scotch by Chivas Regal is a rich multi-layered blend that offers more than it claims. It’s sweet smoothness will have you craving for more and at a $39, you know for certain that luxury is now affordable. http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

 

  1.   Davidoff Cool Water Night Dive

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This perfume by Davidoff exuberates a cool vibe and has base notes that make it an ideal purchase especially for nocturnal use. This scent strikes the right chords between quality and price; at just $70, there’s no wonder it’s such a hit! http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK 

 

  1.   Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty

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You can grace this new year with a pleasant  fragrance by Calvin Klein. An epitome of supreme craftsmanship, lingering with fresh notes, this one is surely for keeps. It makes an excellent gift and is a rather practical purchase even for yourself. At a mere $77, this is a must-have. http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

  1.   Guylian Les Exclusives

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Few things you buy live up to the exclusivity they assert and these delectable chocolates by Guylian are definitely one of them. The true taste of opulence can be savoured with these awesome chocolates. At just $18, it is one of the top recommendations as far as smart shopping is concerned. http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

 

  1.   Munz Swiss Premium Naps Bag

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A great indulgence for all chocoholics are, beyond a doubt, these scrumptious chocolates by Munz Swiss. You can present these to someone or gorge on them yourself. When we say these are one of the most popular purchases, you are going to agree with us because the sweet treats would cost you only $22 and we can’t emphasize enough on how delicious they are. http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

 

  1.   Harman Kardon Auraa Wireless

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These speakers by Harman Kardon provide you with an exhilarating audio experience. For an unrivalled sound quality, this is the ultimate pick. Moreover, this sound system is one of the most competitive options for you to buy and at a reasonable price of $350, you should be swiping your credit card already. http://bit.ly/1nzfE58

 

  1.  Tomtom Runner GPS Watch

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We love wearables and the whole concept behind them and if we could, we’d recommend all of them. But we want to make things easier for you, so we have chosen this spectacular watch that is the apt embodiment of a wearable. You can now track your running metrics and glance through them anytime. At $140, this is quite the pragmatic purchase for this year! http://bit.ly/1NCdRF7
If you’d like to buy any of these products that are the most budget-friendly deals, do log in to our website at http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in and browse through a vast collection of products. 

Why Wearables are Smart Accessories?

Since the day Wearables were first introduced into the market, they have served as users’ personalized computing accessories that are multi-purpose in their functionality. They have ensured that technology is no longer an add-on to our daily lives. Wearables have seamlessly integrated technology into our lives and help us stay connected more effectively and efficiently. Interestingly, though most Wearables are designed for men, majority of the consumers are women. Here are a few designed especially for the female species.

 

Initially, there seemed to have been a gap within the wearable technology where the focus was on Wearable ‘technology’, now it is being adapted to make it more of a ‘Wearable’ technology. Besides functionality, accuracy and being discreet, the new technology also incorporates the importance of fashion in a way that the Wearables are not just smart gadgets but also smart accessories. It’s like hitting two birds with a stone; merging Wearable technology with fashion for the style conscious. With the intent that accessories should enhance our look, here are some awesome Wearables that are doing a great job of adding to the style quotient.

 

 

  • Ringly
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Ringly is a new Wearable accessory which is essentially quite a spectacular looking ring. It notifies you when you receive a text or if you have an incoming call or when your booked cab has arrived, basically any function from your mobile that can be notified to you through your phone or via e-mail. You can choose between various vibration patterns and ring colours and can customize what exactly comes through the app. The ring design alone is remarkable and is available in four different stones – Black Onyx, Emerald, Pink Sapphire, and Moonstone.

 

  • Smart Jewel

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Smart Jewel by Morellato is a multifaceted Wearable as well as accessory that fit in as a buckle on your belt or on your handbag or even as a pendant on your chain. But here’s what really makes it smart; not only does it notify you of your messages, emails, calendar events, etc. it can be used as a modest accessory. The added bonus is that it is fully customizable with regards to what notifications come through and how they are received.

 

  1.   Ear-O-Smart

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Ear-O-Smart is the first accessory that can monitor your heart rate, calories and activity level and serves as a gorgeous earring too. It connects to your Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and gives you access to a vast range of fitness data about your own body. What you get is an inconspicuous accessory that is sure to invite many compliments.

 

  1. Gemio

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Gemio is the ideal Wearable and accessory for teenage girls with its flashy designs. These bluetooth bangles come in a range of connected friendship bracelets, described as social Wearables. The Bluetooth bangles allows users’ to know if their friends are nearby (once paired) and send coded light pattern messages from device to device. There are also detachable gems for customisation.

 

  1. Bellabeat Leaf

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Bellabeat Leaf is a one-of-its-kind Wearable pendant as well as brooch that come in two styles – the standard design of wood and stainless steel with a silver chain or a limited edition version made from marshwood and gold leaf. Accessories include leather and vegan fibre straps. This Bellabeat Leaf tracks stress levels, steps, sleep and menstrual cycles and boasts of a long battery life of six months.

  1. Tory Burch x Fitbit

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Tory Burch x Fitbit is an innovative creation that coherently combines the health tracking tech with open designs like a gold-plated bracelet and necklace that look like any other piece of jewellery and functions like any other smart gadget you own, only better.

As is evident, Wearables have taken the world of technology by storm.  
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The Dos and Don’ts of cooking with Alcohol

After a hard week, a favorite leisure time activity that a lot of people see as a great form of relaxation is firing up the grill in their backyard with an ice cold beer or a glass of wine in hand. Whether you partake in drinking alcohol or not, all of us do however, like a bit of spirit tossed into some of our favourite meals. It’s not surprising at all that alcohol is a very commonly used ingredient in a lot of kitchens. It has various uses which make it a versatile ingredient.

In order to get started, one must have a basic understanding of pairing food and alcohol as part of the finished meal. The rule to cooking with alcohol is based on keeping it simple. Cooking with alcohol is also very similar to food pairings with alcohol. Which goes to say darker spirits work with darker meats, sauces and dishes that are heavy on proteins. On the other hand, light coloured spirits belong with lighter and white meats, sauces and low-protein food.

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Another imperative rule of cooking with alcohol is also a safety tip of sorts – avoid the flambé technique if you’re not an expert. Flambé is a style of cooking where a generous amount of any spirit is poured on food and is set ablaze as alcohol has highly flammable properties. This is a big no-no to avoid any kind of home accidents.

Here are some of our favourite recipes, made using different kinds of spirits that you can easily experiment with at home.

Penne A ‘la Vodka

This dish is hearty and quite filling — not to mention the fact that it makes for great leftovers.

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 30 min

Total: 40 min

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Ingredients

  • 500 gms dried penne pasta
  • 500 gms Italian sausage
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 500 gms button mushrooms, sliced
  • 30 gms chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. vodka
  • 4 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, brown sausage in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat until cooked through; remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Melt butter in the same skillet; add onions and salt, and sauté until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, red pepper, and mushrooms; cook until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, cream, vodka, and return the sausage to the pot. Allow the mixture to come to a slow simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Prior to serving, fold in the pasta, followed by the spinach, and toss until spinach is wilted and incorporated. Serve with grated cheese.

Beer Can Chicken

Often tried, but rarely perfected, this is one of those techniques which marks the real marriage of cooking and alcohol. The beer lends extra flavour and moisture to the chicken throughout the cooking process. To get the best results, use a gas grill over indirect heat. You can go old school and just invert the chicken up on the can.

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 60 – 75 minutes

Total: 1 hour 10 min – 25 min

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 kgs young chicken, washed and rinsed clean
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 can beer, open and with a couple sips taken
  • Beer can chicken stainless stand
  • Butcher’s twine

Instructions

  1. Prepare a charcoal smoker or gas grill for indirect heating/smoking over medium heat, about 130-150 degree celsius.
  2. Meanwhile, coat chicken in oil, and evenly rub the Creole seasoning into the chicken, including the cavity. Stuff cavity with garlic and lemon, and place the chicken on top of the beer on the stand. Secure by tying the legs together with butcher’s twine.
  3. Smoke the chicken, rotating on occasion, until the internal temperature reaches 75 degrees celsius.
  4. Tent with foil and allow the bird to rest for 20 minutes prior to cutting and serving.

Blueberry and Peach Bourbon Granola Crisp

This is a simplified version of a classic cobbler, full of fresh peaches and blueberries. You can use this same fruit mixture for traditional cobblers or pies, the crispy granola crunch on top is what it’s all about though (apart from the Bourbon of course) – and is also much easier to prepare.

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 40 min

Total: 55 min

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

Fruit Mixture

  • 3 ripe peaches — pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, washed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping

  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp. cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree celcius.
  2. Toss the fruit mixture together into a greased cooking pan until evenly combined.
  3. Next, add the topping ingredients in a mixing bowl, cutting the butter into the dry ingredients until you get a coarse crumble.
  4. Spread the topping over the top of the fruit mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  5. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Any kind of alcohol can be used for cooking as long as you have a recipe in place. Browse through our vast collection of different spirits that can be used as an ingredient in any of your meals: http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo