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Decalogue to move towards more sustainable catering

18 June – World Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2024 “Sustainable gastronomy plays a fundamental role in sustainable development. It promotes agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production, responsible consumption, and the conservation of biodiversity.”  These are the words of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), [...]
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The 8 Food Trends Transforming the Culinary World

Gastronomy is always evolving, and today, several global trends are transforming the way we eat and experience food. From bold flavours to a focus on sustainability and health, these trends are profoundly impacting the food industry and the way chefs and restaurants interact with their customers.  Here are the [...]
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LIGHT, STONE AND METAL the trends that look to the Center of the Earth

Within the framework of the Salone / Fuori Salone and Milan Design Week 2024   The Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week 2024 showcased an impressive convergence of creativity and design, highlighting three main trends: light, stone and metal. These trends reflect a renewed focus on natural elements and [...]
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Secrets for an Allergy-Free Home

Prepare your home to fight allergies and purify the environment.  In our day-to-day lives, our home can become a battleground for allergies, with invisible enemies lurking around every corner. From pollen crawling through windows to tiny dust mites lurking in the dust, allergies can affect many people’s quality of [...]
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Biophilic Design: A Proposal Beyond Aesthetics

Transforming Urban Spaces into Healthy and Sustainable Environments  Biophilic design is a proposal that, beyond being a mere style or trend, corresponds to a way of understanding architectural development towards a more sustainable and mindful future.  Its ultimate goal is to reconnect people with their environment by introducing elements [...]
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6 Practical Tips for a Pet-Friendly Home

Coinciding with the Iberzoo Propet fair, which takes place from March 13 to 15 in Madrid, the Silestone Institute offers advice on how to make your home a Pet-Friendly haven.  Spain is one of the European countries with the highest number of pets. According to recent studies, it is [...]
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Timeless trends and new paths in interior design

MAISON & OBJET Paris celebrates its 30th anniversary  In January in Paris, one of the most important events in interior design trends takes place. Maison & Objet opens its doors for professionals from around the world to showcase their innovations for the interiors of living and well-being spaces.  The [...]
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Small Halls, Big Transformations

Ideas interior designers follow to make the most of space  In a world where living spaces tend to shrink, interior designers have become masters of creativity in designing small living rooms that are not only functional but also aesthetically appealing. In this constant quest for ingenious solutions to maximize [...]
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Transform your home into a fragrant haven 

Discover the secrets to ensure that your home always has a pleasant aroma  The fragrances that permeate our homes are not only pleasing to the sense of smell; they are small expressions that harbor emotions and memories. Therefore, beyond the idea of creating a pleasant atmosphere, scents extend to [...]
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Seven Resolutions to Transform Your Home in 2024

More Sustainable, Efficient, and Automated  With the arrival of the new year, get ready to turn your home into a more comfortable, efficient, and sustainable space with simple and practical goals.  Integrated Sustainability: Start by reducing the use of plastics in your home and embracing more sustainable practices. Switch [...]
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 The Last Challenge of the Year: Decorate Your Home Sustainably 

Sustainable Christmas, from the tree to the gifts  In these emblematic times of the year, when the streets are filled with lights and our homes are infused with magic, we share the excitement and the desire to transform our homes into welcoming havens imbued with the famous Christmas spirit.  [...]
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The revolution in domestic spaces with AI

Kitchens that think, bathrooms that respond…   World Future Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on how artificial intelligence is radically transforming the way we live and interact with our home environments. In an increasingly interconnected and technologically advanced global environment, our homes are at the forefront of a [...]
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7 tips for a warm and cosy home this Winter

Get a comfortable temperature and save on your bill  With the arrival of the cold weather, it is time to adapt the temperature in our homes, and the priority of transforming our home into a warm and cosy refuge has become one of the biggest challenges. The type of [...]
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Keys to a Warm and Bright Home in the Cold Months

Prepare your home for the time change  Last Sunday we put an end to our summer routines, welcoming the new wintertime, which will last until next Sunday 31 March 2024. With the arrival of wintertime, it is time to think about more than just whether we will sleep an [...]
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Efficient energy use, a collective responsibility

21 October, World Energy Saving Day  World Energy Saving Day aims to raise society’s awareness of daily energy consumption and the collective responsibility to use energy efficiently and responsibly, for our planet. In a world where the preservation of the environment is the biggest challenge, saving energy becomes an [...]
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Exploring design trends between Paris and Valencia

Interior design that revolutionizes spaces and transforms life within them  September saw two key meetings for creativity and innovation in interior spaces: the Maison & Objet trade fairs in Paris and Hábitat in Valencia.  With an eminently commercial presence, both events have evolved to present cultural exhibitions, debates and [...]
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Sustainable, if wallet allows it

Sustainability as a priority in the home of GENERATION Z  Sustainability awareness, along with the use of technology, is one of the most distinctive features of Generation Z compared to previous generations. However, the feasibility of incorporating this philosophy into daily life depends to a large extent on the [...]
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The kitchen, a learning space for children

10 key ideas to pass on to your children in the kitchen  Cooking can be a space for fun, learning and knowledge development for the youngest children, as well as encouraging healthy behavioural habits for them, society and the environment.  Summer is coming to an end and with it, [...]
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Technology in the home of the future of the Z generation

Centennials‘ priorities and preferences for their home of the future  En la era de la digitalización, la integración de la tecnología en el hogar se ha convertido en una cuestión clave para la generación Z, también conocida como los “nativos digitales”. Sin embargo, pese a los innegables avances de [...]
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EXPEDITION TO THE GLOBAL DESIGN CENTRE

Long-haul trends marked by the design seen at Fuori SALONE 23 in Milan  The centre of the design world is Milan, the city opens its “salons” to the 400,000 or so professionals who come to the many meetings and events that unfold in every corner of the city.  Transcendent [...]
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The favorite home style and design trends of the young Z’s.

Home Z is minimalist, bright, open to the outside and with a clear delimitation of spaces.  Generation Z youngsters are relatively conservative in terms of typology, configuration and home ownership; perhaps because they are deep-pocketed elements that seem less open to innovation. Will they be more receptive to current [...]
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Light, a source of health and well-being

16 May, International Day of Light  The International Day of Light is a global initiative, promoted by UNESCO, to increase awareness of the science and technologies of light and their impact on the world today. It commemorates the first emission of laser light in 1960, a scientific discovery that [...]
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Spaces that promote wellbeing and productivity through neuroarchitecture

By paying attention to the impact that home design may have on our minds and behaviour, we can create spaces that support our mental and physical health. Neuroarchitecture studies how the built environment affects the brain and behaviour. The Silestone Institute offers some tips on how to create spaces [...]
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New trends in space design come from Paris

Expedition to the new center of  international design Maison&Objet Paris is positioning itself as one of the essential design events. As its title indicates, the mention of the word HOME added to OBJECT provides a link of closeness to the elements that live with us, those that make daily [...]
News

Six trends on the future home of Generation Z

A report by the Silestone Institute outlines the trends for the coming years Homes recover their role as shelters from permanent exposure to social media but are also transformed into an environment that accumulates, offers, and displays experiences. Housing types and property, style and design, technology integration, sustainability, and [...]
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We are entering the era of hyperactive interiors

Three key interior design trends for 2023 What is the next step of each transcendent trend in interior design? At the turn of each year, all of us analysts rush to speculate and predict the evolutionary evolution of the transformation of the environment around us in our daily actions. [...]
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Zero waste, also at Christmas

 Christmas is the time of the year when most food is wasted; it is estimated that 20% of what we buy ends up in the trash. This is a serious ethical, socioeconomic and environmental problem that also has a negative impact on our health. New regulations in our country, [...]
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Metaverso, housing and design: conquering the ‘other’ space

FLASH TRENDS by Silestone Institute The metaverse is revealed as a perfect creative space for the design of interiors, surfaces and equipment. The Silestone Institute claims the role of the ‘virtual home’ as a driver and catalyst of trends. In 1980, an entrepreneur named Dennis Hope divided the Moon [...]
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Emotional wellness: 4 trends to enjoy our home

With all that we have experienced these past two years, we realize how important it is to enjoy the little things, connect with ourselves and always seek our emotional well-being. We spend about 90% of our time indoors. In this sense, the home is our refuge to relax and [...]
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Contemporary bathrooms. New spaces for body and mind

Bathrooms have become a sign of identity in hotels, restaurants, public spaces in general and, especially in the home as a sign of transformation of habits and customs, and of new ways of inhabiting the bathroom. The evolution of bathroom interior design has been astonishing throughout the 20th century [...]
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Sustainable reform to combat climate change at home

The climate change that the planet is undergoing is becoming increasingly evident and is also being felt in our homes. We are faced with the need to react to climate change and it is urgent to act through the energy rehabilitation of existing homes and buildings. It is estimated [...]
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Five emerging trends and new paths in design

Flash of design trends. Fuori Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week 22-23 Once a year Milan becomes the undisputed capital of design. The imprint that each edition brings is the inspiration of trends and tendencies (furniture, lighting, fabrics, surfaces, new technologies, craftsmanship tradition…) in interior and exterior spaces [...]
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Back to School. Tips for preparing a healthy lunch box

The summer season is coming to end and with it the return to school is approaching. For this reason, we know that it is important to have everything ready for our children’s return to school. Following the recommendation of the Ministry of Health to have a “healthy diet”, increasing [...]
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Nearly 30% of households need to improve their practices to reduce food wastage

Food Waste Risk Index (FWRI) survey conducted by the Silestone Institute among 1,355 people involved in household food management. Almeria, July 19, 2022.  According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, about 1,400 million kilos of food are wasted every year in Spain, of which more [...]
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Six design tips to minimize noise pollution in the home

How to avoid noise pollution at home çAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), noise is one of the environmental factors that causes the most illnesses. As we are used to generating and enduring it, we are not aware of its harmful effects. Constant noise has many negative effects [...]
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Tips to prevent foodborne illnesses in summer

June 7th, World Food Safety Day According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than 200 diseases are caused by the consumption of unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals (as of 2021). Proper food preservation [...]
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Trends in design and decoration that favor sustainable living

La artesanía, lo natural, el reciclaje y la búsqueda de lo sostenible cobran tendencia en el diseño de interiores Arts & Crafts, a natural and handcrafted design style. Sustainability and the natural as a priority in the design of interior environments. The search for spaces that reflect and connect [...]
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The Silestone Institute asks about food wastage in the home

Barcelona, May 4, 2022 – One in three foods ends up in the trash. Although wastage occurs in all links of the food chain, it is in the home where waste is most important. In Spanish households, more than 1,300 million kilograms/liters of food are thrown away annually, an [...]
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Homes, new interior gardens

New structures, designs and surfaces to accommodate gardens, plants and orchards at home Barcelona, April 13, 2022 – Nature integrated into homes is the extension of a human concern that has been spreading unchecked for years. An upward evolution that is related to the drive for contact with natural [...]
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Systems that allow you to save water consumption in your home

March 22, World Water Day Barcelona, March 22, 2022 – Today, caring for the environment is not only a personal need but also an obligation as a society. For this reason, and to raise awareness on World Water Day, the Silestone Institute offers tips that will allow you to [...]
Research and Dissemination

The Silestone Institute organizes workshops to prevent food waste

On March 9 and 10, the Silestone Institute has organized talks and workshops at Cosentino’s facilities and at the Provincial Palace of the Provincial Council to raise awareness and get involved in this problem that affects us all. Food wastage is a serious issue with ethical implications and socio-economic [...]
Dialogues

Mercado Little Spain: a space dedicated to the Spanish Way of Life in New York City

Cosentino City Live hosts a new session of Architecture and Gastronomy Dialogues, in streaming, organized by the Silestone Institute. The Silestone Institute brought together chef José Andrés, architect Juli Capella and Santiago Alfonso, vice president of Strategic Communication and Corporate Reputation at Cosentino to discuss the concept and creation [...]
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The interior space, mirrors and mirages

Barcelona, February 9, 2022 – “The mirror, as a trend in interiors, replicates itself from multiple perspectives, like an infinite kaleidoscope. The human being looks at himself in the mirror of the new architecture and interior design,” explains Marisa Santamaría, researcher and disseminator of global design trends. MULTIPLICATION OF [...]
News

Proper hygienic habits at home more important than ever in times of pandemic

The “Hygiene’s wheel at home” by Instituto Silestone The extension and duration of Covid-19 has made it necessary to reinforce hygiene guidelines at home as an essential measure to be protected against the virus. The Silestone Institute proposes hygiene guidelines to avoid the formation of sources of infection in [...]
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Good for you, good for society and the planet.

January is a month known for its steep slope, an uphill climb that requires all our financial and personal effort to reach the summit. Gone are the holidays and the excesses, showing us a new panorama of opportunities and good intentions that are not only good for us but [...]
Flash Trends

The perfect kitchen is more than just a beautiful design

The kitchen space should be both inspiring and functional to create a place tailored to your lifestyle. Individualized cabinet interiors and good lighting help you to organize the space and better plan the activity in your kitchen. A perfect kitchen is about more than just good looks. It’s about [...]
Flash Trends

In live rock

“Design gets close to the mountain”. Rock surfaces The Silestone Institute presents the latest trends in design with materials and textures that bring us closer to the rocks of the mountains. We embrace the earth and the magnetic power of rocks, their weight, density, color and texture accompany designers [...]
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Critical points in the kitchen can be a source of infections.

The kitchen is now the heart of the house, a space where we cook, eat, meet, work and where our children play or do their homework. This diversity of functions implies a proliferation of germs, and it is necessary to take extreme precautions to avoid the creation of contamination [...]
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Kitchen lighting tips to accentuate ambiances and create well-being

Lighting helps us to create spaces and emotions. The choice of the type of lighting and its placement helps the activities inside the kitchen. The reflection of light on surfaces and materials are decisive to achieve the desired atmosphere. The Silestone Institute and Häfele explain the latest trends in [...]
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8 good hygiene practices to take care of our health and our family’s health

The kitchen, a key space for taking care of people’s health at home. Therefore, we reinforce 8 hygiene tips in the kitchen where to apply preventive measures against possible infections. Especially to continue taking care of ourselves at the current Covid-19 situation. First of all, it must be kept [...]
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School lunch box. How to prepare a healthy back-to-school lunch box

Summer is over and school is back in session. We know how important it is not only to take care of the family economy but also that your children eat healthy. The sanitary authorities recommend a “healthy diet”, by increasing the consumption of fresh products, especially fruits and vegetables, [...]
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How to avoid foodborne illness in summer?

With the arrival of summer, it is necessary to take some measures to preserve and cook food to avoid foodborne illness caused by toxic bacteria that find in this time of the year the ideal temperature to multiply. Bacteria need heat and a humid environment to develop and under [...]
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Slow Life Home

During this year and a half of pandemic, although compelled by the situation, we have managed to enjoy many moments of calm, spending quality time with our families and relaxing while enjoying our home. Daily life leads us unconsciously to apply an accelerated pace. This pace is encouraged to [...]
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Safer and healthier restaurant kitchens with Passive Food Safety Systems

With the current pandemic situation, the restoration sector has made a great effort to adapt its facilities with additional safety, hygiene, and health measures (hydroalcoholic gel, safety distances between tables, menus with QR codes, disinfection devices, improvements in ventilation, filters, temperature control…). There are other measures that can contribute [...]
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Mercado Little Spain: a space dedicated to the Spanish Way of Life in New York City

Cosentino City Live hosts a new session of Architecture and Gastronomy Dialogues, in streaming, organized by the Silestone Institute. Barcelona, April 28. The Silestone Institute brought together chef José Andrés, architect Juli Capella and Santiago Alfonso, vice president of Strategic Communication and Corporate Reputation at Cosentino to discuss the [...]
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Latest generation materials and products for your kitchen

If you are thinking of renovating or renewing the kitchen of your home, it is important that you know about the latest generation materials and products available in the market. The kitchen world is evolving faster and faster and that is why we want to show you some innovative [...]
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How to save water in your kitchen and bathroom at home?

World Water Day, March 22nd. Today, on World Water Day, it is necessary to be aware of the importance of saving water consumption, not only to take care of our health but also of the planet. It is important to look at our daily actions to contribute to an [...]
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Emotional Wellbeing: Tips for feeling more comfortable in our home

In these times in which we live because of the pandemic, it is important to feel good and comfortable in our homes. Not only when we are teleworking, but also when we are doing activities and spending time with our families. It is important not only to take care [...]
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How to be more sustainable in the kitchen?

World Environmental Education Day is celebrated on January 26. Its main objective is to identify environmental issues and raise awareness among people and governments of the need to participate in conserving and protecting the environment. Today, we are facing new challenges that directly influence our food and compromise our [...]
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This winter improve the comfort of your home with some decoration ideas

What is the ideal winter temperature inside the home? The Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE) indicates that the temperature for thermal comfort in a shaded environment with “passive” activity should be between 21°C and 23°C. In other words, 21-23°C during the day, while at night [...]
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Tips to avoid food toxi-infections in 10 Christmas meals.

Choosing good, fresh, quality raw materials and preserving them properly, along with proper handling, are the keys to avoid food-borne toxi-infections. In addition, there are several preparations that are very typical of this Christmas season that are especially dangerous. Maite Pelayo, microbiologist and technical spokesperson for the Silestone Institute, [...]
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How to apply Feng Shui your bathroom to promote energy and enhance well-being?

Feng Shui (Feng -wind and Shui -water-) is an ancient Chinese technique based on the conscious and harmonic occupation of spaceto achieve a positive energy on people. This science studies the relationship between people and the physical environment on a space and its objects. Therefore, if we apply certain [...]
News

How to avoid noise in your kitchen and improve comfort and well-being?

The kitchen is the heart of the home, a multifunctional space where we meet family and friends, the place we work and in which children do their homework and play, among other activities. Achieving acoustic comfort in this space is not so easy, but it will help us to [...]
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Passive Food Safety Systems for a healthier kitchen

Konkreta Soluciones photo We can have a healthier kitchen if we incorporate Passive Systems that help to improve Food Safety and health. ¿What are Passive Food Safety Systems? They are advance-generation materials and equipment that provide a plus of safety and hygiene to face eventual microbiologic contamination, without making [...]
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Food waste: a global problem that affects us all

October 16, World Food Day 85% of consumers admit they waste food while 5% indicate doing it in large quantities. On “World Food Day” and on recent “Food Waste Day”, the Silestone Institute reflects on this global problem that affects us all. It has serious ethical implications and important [...]
News

8 tips to adapt your kitchen to teleworking

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a new need that is here to stay: teleworking. Full time or part time, it seems that teleworking will remain as a new work model in companies. For this reason, it is necessary to have adapt a space in our home to be able [...]
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8 tips to adapt your kitchen to teleworking

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a new need that is here to stay: teleworking. Full time or part time, it seems that teleworking will remain as a new work model in companies. For this reason, it is necessary to have adapt a space in our home to be able [...]
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Good cleaning, order, and decoration practices to enhance well-being at home

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our home has become our refuge and living space. Overnight, our homes have become at the same time work centers, training spaces, places of leisure and relaxation. We change our way of relating to space and people, where we prioritize present and quality [...]
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Redecorate the heart of your home personalizing your kitchen

Now is the time to feel comfortable in our homes. The kitchen is the heart of the home, a multifunctional space where we spend much of the day. Therefore, take the opportunity to give a personalized touch to your kitchen in an easy and practical way, turning it into [...]
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Ideas and benefits of having a vertical garden in your kitchen

The kitchen in a multifunctional space where we spend most of our time. A new idea to decorate the kitchen space is by placing your own urban or vertical garden. This way you can take advantage of not only natural resources when cooking but also decorate your kitchen and [...]
News

We must change the way we relate to food

As part of Food Safety Week (Sunday, June 7), the Silestone Institute talks about the new paradigm of Food Security. To get healthy, safe, and nutritious food we must introduce a new global concept of food that involves multiple factors. We face new challenges that directly influence our diet [...]
News

8 keys to designing and organizing your kitchen to avoid food infections

Summer is coming and it is important organize the kitchen to prevent cross contamination. How to properly handle food Take care of your health in the kitchen With the imminent arrival of summer and the teaching that this pandemic left us, we must be aware of the importance of [...]
News

The kitchen: an ecosystem to improve our health and wellbeing

Global Kitchen study “The kitchen, the heart of the home” The kitchen space must be designed to help us improve our eating and cooking habits as well as taking care of our health We must consider how we can adapt our kitchen to current health and wellness needs. Barcelona, [...]
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Cook healthier dishes taking advantage of seasonal foods

Did you know that seasonal foods are healthier, cheaper and more organic? Although this spring we have to be in confinement, we want to take the opportunity to remember what seasonal foods we have within our reach and that will allow us to save on purchases and at the [...]
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Cook healthier dishes taking advantage of seasonal foods

Did you know that seasonal foods are healthier, cheaper and more organic? Although this spring we have to be in confinement, we want to take the opportunity to remember what seasonal foods we have within our reach and that will allow us to save on purchases and at the [...]
News

Kitchen is a source of health for the body and mind #IStayInTheKitchen

On the occasion of World Health Day – April 7, 2020 How to take advantage of the kitchen during quarantine The kitchen is a multifunctional space where we not only do our culinary tasks but also carry out other activities that help us take care of ourselves and relax [...]
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Kitchen is a source of health for the body and mind #IStayInTheKitchen

On the occasion of World Health Day – April 7, 2020 How to take advantage of the kitchen during quarantine The kitchen is a multifunctional space where we not only do our culinary tasks but also carry out other activities that help us take care of ourselves and relax [...]
News

Tips for preparing, doing and storing your supermarket shopping

Barcelona,​​March 31, 2020.- During the periods of confinement of any nature, it is necessary to implement correct food management actions that aim to lengthen the availability of products without storing too much food to avoid wastage. Undoubtedly, on these days we will handle more food since we will probably [...]
News

Tips for preparing, doing and storing your supermarket shopping

Barcelona,​​March 31, 2020.- During the periods of confinement of any nature, it is necessary to implement correct food management actions that aim to lengthen the availability of products without storing too much food to avoid wastage. Undoubtedly, on these days we will handle more food since we will probably [...]
News

8 kitchen hygiene tips to avoid infection and take care of our health

The kitchen is the center of life at home, where we live very closely and, therefore, it is a key space in which preventive measures must be applied against possible infections. Especially in situations of health risk, as is currently the case with the Covid-19. First of all, it [...]

8 kitchen hygiene tips to avoid infection and take care of our health

The kitchen is the center of life at home, where we live very closely and, therefore, it is a key space in which preventive measures must be applied against possible infections. Especially in situations of health risk, as is currently the case with the Covid-19. First of all, it [...]
Dialogues, News

Architecture and Gastronomy: “The salt of life”

Within the framework of the “Dialogues of Architecture and Gastronomy” by the Silestone Institute, Cosentino has organized a new session at the Hospitality School of Seville. Chef Diego Guerrero, the architect Víctor Moreno, founder of TrueTalk Tecnificación Inmobiliaria and the VP of Marketing and Communication of Cosentino Santiago Alfonso have been the participants on this occasion. The talk has been moderated [...]
Library

Global Kichen, the heart of the home

“Global Kitchen: the kitchen, the heart of the home”, is the second publication of Global Kitchen, a multidisciplinary project created by Cosentino, to study the space of domestic cooking. The study reflects how they materialize in the design and use of this room, social changes and new ways of [...]
Dialogues

Architecture and Gastronomy in the Basque Culinary Center fostered by Silestone Institute

“The architect-gastronomic concept of a restaurant” is the proposal of the Silestone Institute round table which was hold in the Basque Culinary Center, within the framework of “Dialogues of Architecture and Gastronomy”. Dani García, chef and entrepreneur of the Restaurant Dani García, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, architect responsible for the [...]

Designing the kitchen to avoid cross contamination

Designing the kitchen to avoid cross contamination is essential for the prevention of food toxinfection ​​May 8th, 2019. – One of the main causes of food toxinfection, both at home and in catering establishments, is cross contamination, which is caused by the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms from a contaminated [...]
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Cómo diseñar la cocina para evitar la contaminación cruzada

Diseñar la cocina para evitar la contaminación cruzada es fundamental para la prevención de las toxiinfecciones alimentarias Una de las principales causas de toxiinfecciones alimentarias, tanto en casa como en los establecimientos de restauración, es la contaminación cruzada, la cual se produce por la transmisión de microorganismos patógenos de un [...]
News

Five inventions by women that have changed our daily life in the kitchen

The fridge An essential appliance in our kitchens today that ensures the food we store is kept in a good condition. Since the beginning of history, humans have searched for ways to preserve food. So, what’s the history of the fridge? At the beginning of the twentieth century (specifically [...]
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Curbing food waste in the food chain in the European Union

A recent report published by the European Commission estimates that about 100 million tons of food are wasted annually in the EU. The previous data made public in 2012 was about 89 million tons. The problem, far from solved, has been aggravated. If remedial action is not taken, it [...]
News

Construmat’s Innovation Center, the projection stage of sustainable professional kitchen’s new patterns

Presenters: Yolanda Sala Vidal. Dietitian and nutritionist. Jordi Montañés Biñana. Architect and ecodesigner. Santiago Alfonso. Silestone Institute’s General Secretary. The importance of planning considering the professional standards makes “90 cm Above Floor Level” a must have publication for any architectural project focused on high performance installations. The sustainability of [...]
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The best chefs in the world participate in a Silestone Institute publication

The Silestone Institute and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have delivered the book “90 cm Above Floor Level”, whose authors are the dietitian and nutritionist Yolanda Sala Vidal and the architect and ecodesigner Jordi Montañés Biñana, to over of the 500 representatives of the international gastronomic scene that attended the gala where it was [...]
News

Science Party – Barcelona 2017

We have celebrated in Barcelona the Party of Science. From Silestone Institute together with Carrefour and Ferran Adrià we have brought there the health caravan, traveling our country throughout the year. The aim is to bring science to the public, giving lectures and workshops on key hygiene practices in [...]
News

DiverXo restaurant: a unique experience for the guest

Chef David Muñoz is renowned for breaking rules in all aspects and not just in the kitchen. His goal is to surprise and misplace. For the new DiverXo restaurant project, the restigious interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán received chef’s request to “create an atmosphere and a unique experience for the guest, which left [...]
News

8 simple tips for a healthy and hygienic lunchbox

Before handling food, we should wash our hands and use clean utensils, not allowing food to come into contact with any surface not previously sanitized. Change the utensils for every type of aliment or for the previously cooked and not cooked, this way we avoid the cross contamination. The [...]
News

Roca, Aduriz and Atala explain the keys of their kitchens in a book about restaurants architecture

Silestone Institute presented the book “90 cm Above Floor Level. Restaurant Architecture: High Performance Sustainable Facilites” at Madrid Fusión (link video presentation) Three great chefs participated at Madrid Fusion in the presentation of the book “90 cm Above Floor Level”, whose authors are the dietitian and nutritionist Yolanda Sala Vidal and the architect and [...]

Metal nanoparticles

Avoiding contact with bacteria is not only important to prevent disease, but also to keep our bodies healthy, no disease and improve the effectiveness of antibiotics. Currently, pharmaceutical companies are not able to do new antibiotic formula because the human body is becoming more resistant to antibiotics, reducing the [...]
Research and Dissemination

Antibacterial Surface Coatings Applied for Food Safety

The aim of Professor Emily Hunt‘s study is to address the need in today’s society for innovative solutions that help reduce pathogens and bacterial contamination in the food industry and prevent the potential risk to public health. Researchers worldwide are responding to this social need. Dr. Hunt proposes the use of new [...]

Correct hygienic habits are the basis of a safe and healthy home

Today, the term “hygiene” is closely related to the concepts of “health” and “clean” as it is considered a key element of people’s life quality and prevention diseases. Kitchen hygiene has traditionally been considered as a set of actions related to food care, good work practices and cleanliness of [...]

Passion for gastronomy transforms the interior of domestic kitchens

There are four essential pillars on which these changes are based. First, the distribution varies, integrating the kitchen into the living room, streamlining tasks and using the space more and better. 1. The incursion of a central island is almost forced to separate the living area and the work [...]

Who is ‘E. coli’?

What is’ E. coli? It is a common bacterium that lives in the intestines of animals and humans. There are many strains of ‘E. coli ‘, mostly harmless, although there is a variety,’ E. coli ‘0157: H7 produces a powerful toxin (Shiga) and can cause serious diseases such as [...]

Food Safety: Risks associated with food consumption

The concept of world food safety is very broad and is based on people having permanent physical and economic access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food sources to meet their dietary and food preference needs for carrying out an active and healthy life. Food safety is a must when it [...]

Keep your kitchen clean and safe!

Maintaining order and cleanliness in the kitchen is the first step before preparing any recipe. Over time, this space has evolved to become a space where we stay more hours and, sometimes, we are not aware of the importance of cleaning and tidying this space to avoid pollution that [...]

3 keys to enjoy an outdoor kitchen

The good weather, the holidays and the desire to enjoy invite you to spend time outdoors with family and friends. If you have a large terrace or a small garden it is time to make the most of it and squeeze the summer nights, cooking and savoring dishes under [...]

Improved hygiene behaviour can effectively stop the spread of germs and protect health

The latest international Dettol HABIT Study (Hygiene: Attitudes, Behaviour, Insight and Traits) revealed that across the globe conscientious and careful personality types experience 10% fewer colds and diarrhoea than others and may be more likely to practise better personal and domestic hygiene habits. In addition the study, which was [...]

8 simple tips for a healthy and hygienic lunchbox

Before handling food, we should wash our hands and use clean utensils, not allowing food to come into contact with any surface not previously sanitized. Change the utensils for every type of aliment or for the previously cooked and not cooked, this way we avoid the cross contamination. The [...]

How the industry can meet the growing demand for safety and hygiene

In his presentation titled “How the industry can meet the growing demand for safety and hygiene”, Hans-Werner Bellin, Mechanical Engineer of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG), described how technology plays a role and contributes to the scientific research focused on creating products that meet the highest quality and food [...]

Women, Hygiene and the Family

Women at the heart of family hygiene According to SCA international survey, the family is the principle place where hygiene information is disseminated and learnt, and how mothers are at the core of that process. Motherhood concentrates women’s natural predisposition towards maintaining their own personal hygiene, whilst also refocusing [...]

Women and Personal Hygiene: Interesting figures

The attitudinal survey focused on women underlying the 2011 Report was conducted in nine countries: Australia, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Below are sone key results: 80% of Chinese respondents spend more time on personal hygiene today than they did 10 years [...]

Women’s hands harbour more bugs

The study also found that human hands harbour far higher numbers of bacteria species than previously thought. Using powerful gene sequencing techniques, researchers found a typical hand had roughly 150 different species of bacteria living on it. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study found bacteria types varied greatly [...]

In professional kitchens, cleaning and disinfection are not synonymous

The traditional idea of kitchen hygiene refers to a set of actions related to food handling, good working practices and proper cleanliness for people, surfaces and utensils. Cleaning and health go hand in hand, since hygiene is considered a key element in people’s quality of life and disease prevention. A guide to [...]

Kitchen design reduces the risk of food contamination

Kitchen design is the first link in Passive Systems for Food Safety (SPSA, the acronym in Spanish). This concept is based on designing traffic flows between users and products to avoid possible contamination and designating different areas for food storage and handling. Jean Pierre Marty, ADISA Group CEO and board member of [...]

Personal hygiene for people working with food

Don’t let your food turn nasty! Food poisoning is a serious health problem. It can cause severe illness and even death. Food poisoning can seriously damage the reputation of a business, damage the reputation of the food industry, and damage the jobs of many workers. As a person who [...]

Personal Hygiene Decalogue for Food Workers

“Because of your carelessness guest may be affected by different food borne diseases. So to avoid such situation, first step you should take is to ensure your personal hygiene. Your physical fitness does not ensure that you are physically ok. Even if you are not sick, you may have [...]

Safety and Hygiene Rules for Kids in the Kitchen

• Walk carefully and behave sensibly in the kitchen • Don’t use knives without supervision • Use a chopping board to cut fruit and vegetables – not your hand • No use of electrical appliances (stoves, microwaves, etc.) without supervision • Have dry hands when turning on switches • Turn electrical things off when you [...]

The safety of the food we consume and offer to our families depends on us

In our trustful store… Select food after observing their external appearance. Reject products with damaged packaging Avoid frozen products with frost Verify that there are no air pockets in vacuum-packed products During transportation ... Take into consideration the factors of time and temperature The time that elapses between the [...]

Adequate design and distribution of elements contributes to a better hygiene

For a hygienic distribution of the kitchen: Avoid corners where dirt can be stored. For example, connecting links of the walls with rounded shape are more hygienic; Protect lighting so that it does not fall on food or cooking surfaces in case of breakage; Place a support surface for shopping bags near the fridge. These can be dirty [...]

10 Dirty Trends That Prove You Hype Up Hygienic Issues Daily

By Bes Zain in the reasoner.com In addition to brushing your teeth and waking up, chances are you also washed your hands at least once today. Probably not a single week goes by without you actually refraining from doing something that you may think is dirty or unhygienic. You [...]

Decalogue of Hygiene in the Kitchen

1. Shopping, the first step toward trust Examine the shop: Cleanliness of the establishment and personnel products which need to be refrigerated or frozen are properly stored Examine the product: that the external appearance of the food is good that packages are in perfect condition that the label contains [...]
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A proper hygiene habits are the key to prevent stomach disorders in summer

Holiday picnics and Tupperware are a popular alternative, especially in times of economic crisis. In these cases people must follow some basic guidelines to prevent stomach disorders. To do this, Silestone Institute offers some health tips in order to ensure safe food and prevent toxic infections during the summer. [...]

Chef’s tricks for a more hygienic cooking

When handling food… It is preferable to wash fresh products under a tap rather than by immersion, to remove possible contamination. It is advisable to reheat cooked products on a low heat. The manufacturer´s container should be cleaned before it is kept in the refrigerator. Alternatively its content should [...]
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Global Kitchen. The home kitchen in the era of globalization

Global Kitchen is a publication, edited by the Silestone Institute, that presents some reflections on the uses and global trends in the kitchen and its role in the home of the future. This publication is a complement to its predecessor “A 90 cm above ground” which has become a [...]
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90cm Above Floor Level

The book investigates the needs of haute cuisine and defines the concepts and standards of today’s professional kitchen facilities. In research and analysisi conducted have tended to the needs of cooks on ergonomics, sustainability and energy efficiency. It includes the point of view of the main international chefs in [...]
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Restaurant Architecture

Agents involved in any restoration facility, whether social or commercial, are: The location and promoter. The technical team restoration specialist multidisciplinary. Companies specialized construction and installation. Note that this approach is valid for any new project to remodeling existing ones. As a tip, you should always be made to [...]
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Latest trends and novelties of the culinary space

The counter and the open kitchen as a show have become the great protagonists of restaurants There are two defined modernity lines in the design of restaurants: the counter and the open kitchen as a stage for cooking shows and an exercise of transparency towards dinner guests. The counter [...]
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Supertips to cook with the family at the final contest Cocinando Diversión

Silestone Institute has participated for the first time at the final contest of “Receteas para Superhéroes”, where three families prepared a meal like chefs and they learned how to cook safely. Furthermore, this edition has counted with the presence of the humourist El Monaguillo who, accompanied by the chef [...]
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Synergies between kitchen and interior design: Getting a good atmosphere in a restaurant is the key success factor in Tapas 24 Diagonal-Tuset y La Barra de Carles Abellán

The CETT, School of Gastronomy, Tourism and Hospitality, has hosted a new session of Architecture and Gastronomy Dialogues, organized by Instituto Silestone. In this session, Carles Abellán, chef and entrepreneur of the Restaurant Tapas 24 Diagonal-Tuset and la Barra, the interior designer Cristina Campoy from Campoy Sinergias and Rafael Luque from Cosentino Group have [...]
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Tha Caravan of Health

The Silestone Institute participates in “The Caravan of Health”, an initiative launched by Carrefour along with Disney and the chef Ferran Adrià to promote healthy lifestyles.  The Silestone Institute will organize Express Domestic Food Handler Workshops in the Caravan of Health by an expert on Food Safety. “The Caravan of Health”, an initiative launched by Carrefour along with Disney [...]

Tips for preparing a healthy and safe Tupper

The summer holidays come to an end, it is time to return to work and to the daily routine. For many, the biggest headache is thinking about what to prepare meals for work and how to transport it to the office keeping food in an optimal state, without losing [...]
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The Global Kitchen study is presented internationally

The Global Kitchen study on La Cocina del Futuro, prepared by the Silestone Institute for Consentino, has been presented in London, Milan, Montreal, New York, Toronto, Sydney and Singapore. Global Kitchen is a multidisciplinary international study to anticipate what domestic cooking will be like 25 years from now. In [...]
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Kitchen hygiene decalogue

1. Shopping, the first step toward trust Examine the shop: – Cleanliness of the establishment and personnel – Products which need to be refrigerated or frozen are properly stored Examine the product: – That the external appearance of the food is good – That packages are in perfect condition [...]
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Design or Functionality in a restaurant?

Design or functionality? Chef Paco Roncero and interior designer María Villalón describe the process of designing a restaurant • Transmitting the essence of the restaurant to the interior designer and the presence of chemistry between the chef and interior designer is key to achieving the soul of the restaurant [...]
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Decálogo de Higiene en la Cocina

1. La compra, un primer paso en confianza Examina la tienda: Condiciones higiénicas del establecimiento y de los dependientes Que los productos que lo requieran estén refrigerados o congelados Examina el producto: Que el aspecto externo del alimento sea bueno Que los envases o embalajes estén en perfecto estado [...]
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Trucos del Chef para una cocina más higiénica y segura

En la manipulación de alimentos… -Es preferible lavar los productos frescos debajo de un grifo (por arrastre) y no por inmersión, para sacar quitar su posible contaminación -Es aconsejable recalentar los productos cocinados a fuego lento -Antes de llegar a la nevera, limpiar el envase del fabricante o cambiar [...]
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La seguridad de los alimentos que consumimos depende de nosotros

En nuestra tienda de confianza… Selecciona los alimentos después de observar su apariencia externa Rechaza los productos con el embalaje dañado Evita los productos congelados en los que se haya creado hielo Verifica que no queden bolsas de aire en los productos envasados al vacío Durante el transporte… Ten [...]
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¿Cómo la industria puede satisfacer la creciente demanda de seguridad e higiene?

En su presentación titulada “¿Cómo puede la industria satisfacer la creciente demanda de seguridad e higiene”, Hans-Werner Bellin, Ingeniero Mecánico de la European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG), describió cómo la tecnología juega un papel y contribuye a la investigación científica centrada en la creación de productos que cumplan los más [...]
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Decálogo para la Higiene Personal de los Trabajadores del Sector Alimentario

Debido a un descuido, tu comensal puede verse afectado por enfermedades transmitidas por diferentes alimentos. Para evitar esta situación, el primer paso que debes tomar es asegurarte de mantener un adecuado nivel de higiene personal. Recuerda que tu condición física no tiene porqué garantizar que estés físicamente sano. Incluso [...]
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Higiene personal para manipuladores de alimentos

¡No dejes que tu comida se estropee! La intoxicación alimentaria es un serio problema de salud. Puede causar graves enfermedades e incluso inducir la muerte. La intoxicación alimentaria puede dañar seriamente la reputación de un negocio, de la industria alimentaria, y los puestos de trabajo de muchos trabajadores. Como [...]
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El diseño de la cocina reduce los riesgos de contaminación alimentaria

El diseño de la cocina, primer eslabón dentro de los Sistemas Pasivos de Seguridad Alimentaria (SPSA), está fundamentado en la creación de flujos de circulación entre usuarios y productos para evitar posibles contaminaciones y en la diferenciación de diferentes zonas de almacenamiento y manipulación de los alimentos. Así lo explica Jean Pierre [...]
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En cocinas profesionales, limpieza y desinfección no son sinónimos

La idea tradicional de higiene en la cocina se refiere a un conjunto de acciones relacionadas con el manejo de alimentos, las buenas prácticas de trabajo y la adecuada limpieza de las personas, de las superficies y de los utensilios. La limpieza y la salud van de la mano, ya que la higiene [...]
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Las nanopartículas de metal

Evitar el contacto con bacterias no es sólo importante para prevenir enfermedades sino también para mantener nuestro organismo saludable, no contraer enfermedades y permitir la mayor efectividad de los antibióticos. Actualmente las empresas farmacéuticas se desviven para encontrar nuevas fórmulas antibióticas dado que el organismo humano cada vez adquiere [...]
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Seguridad Alimentaria: Riesgos asociados al consumo de alimentos

El concepto de seguridad alimentaria en el mundo es muy amplio y se basa en que la población tenga en todo momento, acceso material y económico a los alimentos suficientes, nutritivos y seguros para satisfacer sus necesidades dietéticas y preferencias alimentarias para una vida activa y sana. La seguridad [...]
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Las manos de las mujeres albergan más microbios

Las Actas del estudio de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias establecen tipos de bacterias muy variados entre los individuos. Los investigadores de la Universidad de Colorado en Boulder, esperan que su trabajo ayude a científicos a establecer una “base sólida” de las especies de bacterias que se encuentran en [...]
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10 hábitos incorrectos en la higiene diaria del hogar

Por Bes Zain en www.reasoner.com Además de levantarte y cepillarte los dientes, es probable que también te laves las manos al menos una vez al día. Y probablemente no pase una sola semana sin que evites hacer algo que piensas que es sucio o antihigiénico. Haces un montón de cosas [...]
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Las mujeres y la higiene personal: cifras de interés

Encuesta de Actitudes Higiénicas femeninas (SCA Informe 2011) llevada a cabo en nueve países: Australia, China, Francia, Alemania, México, Rusia, Suecia, Reino Unido y Estados Unidos. Resultados: •80% utilizan más tiempo para su higiene personal en la actualidad que hace 10 años •59% de las mujeres considera el “Bienestar” [...]
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¿Quién es ‘E. coli’?

¿Qué es ‘E. coli? Es una bacteria común que vive en los intestinos de animales y humanos. Existen muchas cepas de ‘E. coli’, inofensivas en su mayoría, aunque existe una variedad, ‘E. coli’ 0157: H7 que produce una potente toxina (Shiga) y puede ocasionar enfermedades graves como el Síndrome [...]
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Las mujeres, la higiene y la familia

Las mujeres en el seno de la higiene familiar De acuerdo con el estudio internacional SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.),  la información sobre la higiene se difunde y se aprende principalmente en el seno familiar, y son las madres quienes están en el centro de ese proceso. La [...]
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8 consejos para una fiambrera saludable

Debido a la coyuntura económica actual la fiambrera se está convirtiendo en la alternativa ideal para reducir los gastos familiares. Cada vez más trabajadores, estudiantes y padres y madres de familia optan por llevarse comida preparada desde casa. Pero, ¿se conservan bien los alimentos? Es más, ¿se preparan con [...]
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10 consejos para evitar riesgos alimentarios en las Fiestas Navideñas

Durante las fiestas navideñas se multiplican las celebraciones gastronómicas incrementándose también el número de comensales y la variedad de los alimentos consumidos. Algunos de estos alimentos precisan además de una gran manipulación que agrava el problema, por no mencionar las tradicionales sobras navideñas. Por otro lado, la gran demanda [...]
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10 consejos para cultivar alimentos saludables en un huerto urbano

La explotación de huertos en pequeños terrenos domésticos o comunales dentro de las ciudades, el “urban farming”, se ha convertido en una actividad lúdica que gana cada día más adeptos. Pero no son algo nuevo, los huertos urbanos tienen una larga tradición, especialmente en los países del norte y centro [...]
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Cinco claves de ergonomía para facilitar tareas y evitar accidentes

Mejorar la ergonomía en la cocina facilita las tareas, evita accidentes y mejora tu salud y confort. En este artículo vemos 5 claves para llevarla a cabo. Los triángulos de trabajo para reducir recorridos, la personalización de la altura ideal de la encimera o la posición del mobiliario y electrodomésticos [...]
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10 consejos para mantener la seguridad alimentaria en verano

La llegada del verano y el aumento de las temperaturas favorece el aumento de intoxicaciones alimentarias por la ingesta de productos en mal estado.  Por este motivo, el Instituto Silestone ofrece una serie de consejos para garantizar la seguridad alimentaria:   El etiquetado es la carta de presentación del alimento, [...]
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3 claves para disfrutar de una cocina al aire libre

El buen tiempo, las vacaciones y las ganas de disfrutar invitan a pasar tiempo al aire libre con familiares y amigos. Si tienes una terraza grande o un pequeño jardín es el momento de sacarle el máximo partido y exprimir las noches de verano, cocinando y saboreando platos, bajo [...]
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Consejos para preparar un tupper sano y seguro

Las vacaciones de verano llegan a su fin, toca volver al trabajo y a la rutina diaria. Para muchos, el mayor quebradero de cabeza es pensar qué preparar comidas para el trabajo y cómo transportarlo hasta la oficina manteniendo los alimentos en un estado óptimo, sin que pierdan sus [...]
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¡Mantén limpia y segura tu cocina!

Mantener el orden y la limpieza en la cocina es el primer paso antes de comenzar con la elaboración de cualquier receta. Con el paso del tiempo este espacio ha ido evolucionando hasta convertirse en el espacio en el que mayor cantidad de horas invertimos dentro del hogar y, [...]
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Normas de seguridad e higiene en la cocina para niños

• Caminar con cuidado y comportarse prudentemente en la cocina • No utilizar cuchillos sin supervisión • Usar una tabla de cortar para cortar frutas y verduras – no hacerlo apoyándose en la mano • Prohibir el uso de los aparatos eléctricos (estufas, microondas, etc) sin la supervisión de [...]
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Las “cinco C’s” de los alimentos seguros

Para promover una alimentación segura y saludable, el Instituto Silestone y Carrefour organizan talleres de de nutrición, cocina y manipulación de alimentos en las escuelas. Los consejos se han recogido en un tríptico que explica las 5 C’s de los alimentos seguros con el fin que los escolares comenten, [...]
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SPSA. Passive Food Safety Systems in Kitchens

Passive Food Safety Systems – SPSA (Acronym in Spanish of Sistemas Pasivos de Seguridad Alimentaria), a concept in food safety management that was developed for the Silestone Institute by Maite Pelayo Blas, a microbiologist, expert in Biocommunication and Food Safety and technical spokesperson for the Silestone Institute. SPSA is [...]