TODAY'S Google Doodle celebrates the origin of delicious, crispy balls of fried plant protein - also known as Falafel. But what exactly is falafel and is it healthy to eat? Here's the lowdown on the popular treat... What are falafel? Today's Google Doodle celebrates the origins of the popular dish. Falafel is a deep-fried ball, or a flat or doughnut-shaped patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough. The falafel balls are stuffed in a pita or wrapped in a flatbread and topped with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and tahini sauce. They are a great source of protein, nutrients and fibre. There are a number of health benefits associated with high fibre foods – they help lower blood lipid levels such as cholesterol, reducing risks of heart diseases, as well as lowering your risk of colon cancer. Falafel are packed with a number of key nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, … [Read more...] about Google Doodle today: Celebrating the origins of Falafel
MOHAMED Morsi has died aged 67. But who was he, how did he die, and what did people say about him? Here's our lowdown... Who was Mohamed Morsi Mohamed Morsi was the first democratically-elected President of Egypt. He rose through the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood and served as an independent MP in the movement's parliamentary bloc from 2000 to 2005. He was chosen as the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate in April 2012, in what was the first free vote for leader in the country's history. Morsi promised reforms and to improve living standards for Egypt’s 83 million people but he faced mounting criticism for failing to deliver. He was elected president in 2012 in the Egypt's first free elections following the ousting the year before of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. But the military in turn deposed Morsi in 2013 after massive protests and crushed the Muslim Brotherhood in a major crackdown, arresting him and many of the group's leaders. He has been in jail since and after … [Read more...] about Mohamed Morsi death – how did the former Egyptian president die?
THE site of the world's worst nuclear disaster has seen a huge surge in visitors in the wake of a gripping TV show. Here's what we know about Chernobyl power plant, and why the writer of the series has urged tourists to show respect. Where is Chernobyl? Chernobyl is a ghost city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where a power plant explosion claimed the lives of dozens of people 33 years ago. At least 31 people died following exposure to radiation, but the World Health Organisation has estimated that thousands of people could eventually be exposed to fatal radiation. Chernobyl is situated in northern Kieve Oblast in Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. The site and the nearby city of Pripyat were evacuated on April 23, 1986, 30 hours after the most disastrous nuclear accident in history. Pripyat, a city of 50,000 people and far closer to the power plant than Chernobyl itself, was built in the 1970s as a home for the power plant workers. The city and surrounding area have … [Read more...] about Where is Chernobyl, can I go there and is it safe to visit?
LISTERIA can cause infections when ingested, creating a host of problems. We explain what the symptoms are and if you can die from it. Here's what we know. What is Listeria? Listeria is a bacteria that can cause the infection listeriosis if ingested. It can grow and reproduce inside the host's cells and is one of the most virulent food based pathogens. 20 to 30 per cent of food borne listeriosis infections in high-risk individuals may be fatal. The majority of people infected barely notice the illness but those who are high risk, such as pregnant women, babies, the elderly or those with a weakened immune system, may develop a serious infection. Can you die from it? Yes, in severe cases you can. Three hospital patients have died from listeria from dodgy sandwiches. Public Health England confirmed on June 7 that an investigation had been launched after six patients picked up the bug. How do you catch it? It is usually caught from eating food that contains the bacteria. You can get it … [Read more...] about What is listeria, what are the symptoms and can I die from it?
THE 2019 Women's World Cup kicks off today in France, so Google has dedicated a doodle to the big event. But when does the tournament start and what does the doodle mean? Here's what you need to know. When is the Women's World Cup? Last year the country was captivated as our boys made it to the semi-finals before losing to Croatia. Now it’s the women’s turn — and they are determined to go one better and bring the trophy home. The eighth edition of the World Cup — featuring 24 teams — kicks off in France today, with England playing their first game against Scotland on Sunday in Nice. The final will take place in one month, on July 7. Seven teams will be making their eighth consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, including the American team, who return as defending champions looking to win their fourth title this year. Four teams will be making their Women’s World Cup debut in 2019: Chile, Scotland, South Africa, and … [Read more...] about Google Doodle today: Women’s World Cup 2019 kicks off in France