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Rethink Your Drink! Sugary Drinks Have This Much Sugar

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

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Rethink the amount of sugar you’re going to drink today?

It’s true that you can’t see the white sugar crystals through the shiny cans or healthy printed pictures on the clean transparent juice bottles.

However, almost all beverages have huge amounts of sugar. Even cream and chocolate milk. And in many cases, juices have more sugar in them then pop drinks.

Here’s what you’re consuming in your beverages these days (the photo shows it). Imagine you drink 3 drinks today. And that’s on top of whatever other sugar you’re taking in outside of your drinks.

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Alternative to Plastic Wrap! Bee’s Wraps (for sustainable food storage)

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

Bee's Wrap

Plastics? We know they’re not doing our environment any real good, except for the benefits in terms of making our daily life easier and more productive by providing us with inexpensive containers in a wide variety.

But now we’re finding alternative materials to replace plastics. Here’s one to replace plastic wraps. It’s “Bee’s Wrap.”

According to The Alchemist Kitchen, who is selling this natural product, which they recommend you wash between uses for sustainability:

“Bee’s Wrap is handmade by a growing team of women in a Bristol, Vermont, workshop tucked at the edge of a winding river. Since 2012, they’ve created wraps that provide a versatile and durable solution for sustainable food storage. Bee’s Wrap is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. To reuse, just wash in cool water. Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin.

“Wrap a sandwich, cheese, produce, and cover a bowl. Use the warmth of your hands to form Bee’s Wrap over the top of a bowl, half a lemon, or a piece of cheese. The wrap will hold its shape when it cools, creating a seal.”

The price is $10 per sandwich wrap. A set of 3 sandwich wraps is $18. Visit the sales page here.

Bee's Wrap (1) Bee's Wrap (3)

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This Familiar ‘Weed’ is Actually a Powerful Health Food

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

Do you recognize it? It’s one of the healthiest weeds you might be throwing away …

Pulling up your weeds and tossing them in the compost this week? Well, you might want to keep an eye out for this one.

It’s Purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley, an annual succulent in the family, and it’s an ingredient in cuisine around the world.

What does it look like? Like the photos, and it may reach 40 centimetres (16 in) in height. It has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. The yellow flowers have five regular parts and are up to 6 millimetres (0.24 in) wide.

Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its mucilaginous quality it also is suitable for soups and stews. The sour taste is due to oxalic and malic acid, the latter of which is produced through the crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) pathway that is seen in many xerophytes (plants living in dry conditions), and is maximal when the plant is harvested in the early morning.

It has also been used in traditional medicine: In traditional Chinese medicine. Its leaves are used for insect or snake bites on the skin, boils, sores, pain from bee stings, bacillary dysentery, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, postpartum bleeding, and intestinal bleeding. And its use is contraindicated during pregnancy and for those with cold and weak digestion. Purslane is a clinically effective treatment for oral lichen planus, it has been reported.

It’s a rich source of Omega 3’s as well. And it has antioxidants, which help against heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, memory loss, and age-related vision loss, while benefiting immune systems.

It also has lots of vitamin A.

But remember, the nutritional benefits of Purslane start to wane right after its picked. So you need to consume it shortly after.

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Ready to change your mind about dates? This news might do it

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

As far as health food goes, dates are not one of the most frequently talked about foods. Actually, a lot of people seem to dislike this relative of the popular grape, even in their dried out, wrinkly forms. But dates, like raisins, have a lot of healthy properties.

A study at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, found that for all the sugary sweetness of dates, they don’t significantly raise blood sugar. They have a low glycemic index therefore, and that means they’re an option for people considering a wide range of health concerns, from diabetes to cardiovascular health to liver issues.

“This study was designed to determine the glycemic indices of five commonly used varieties of dates in healthy subjects and their effects on postprandial glucose excursions in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus,” wrote the researchers.

“Composition analysis was carried out for five types of dates. Each subject was tested on eight separate days with 50 g of glucose (on 3 occasions) and 50 g equivalent of available carbohydrates from the 5 varieties of date (each on one occasion).

“Capillary glucose was measured in the healthy subjects at 0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 min and for the diabetics at 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180 min.”

The team found that “there were no statistically significant differences in the GIs between the control and the diabetic groups for the five types of dates, nor were there statistically significant differences among the dates’ GIs,” leading them to conclude the following:

“The results show low glycemic indices for the five types of dates included in the study and that their consumption by diabetic individuals does not result in significant postprandial glucose excursions. These findings point to the potential benefits of dates for diabetic subjects when used in a healthy balanced diet.”

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Soft Asian Summer Rolls with Sweet and Savory Dipping Sauce

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

This health food recipe might be one you haven’t tried before, because it’s exotic (Asian) cuisine. If you’ve traveled in Southeast Asia, however, particularly in Cambodia or Vietnam, you will have likely seen these rolls being sold on the street.

They might remind you of sandwiches in the west: small, customizable food that can be eaten easily at any time of the day.

These rolls take about 20 minutes to prepare: 10 minutes of preparation and 10 more of cooking time.

How to make summer rolls, ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Vietnamese or Thai rice noodles
  • 6 rice paper rounds
  • 1/4 cup, or 12 fresh Thai basil leaves (or regular basil leaves), rinsed and dried
  • 6 medium shrimp, cooked and halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup, or 12 whole large fresh mint leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 3 red-leaf lettuce leaves, leaves, spines removed, leaving 6 halves
  • Vinegar dipping sauce, recipe follows

For full directions, visit Food Network where they provide a nice clear tutorial.

For the vinegar dipping sauce for summer rolls:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce (recommended: Sriracha)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded carrot
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

The directions for the summer roll sauce is also at Food Network.

However, some of you might want to just make the rolls and buy any of an assortment of dipping sauces from the Asian foods section of your local grocery store (or health foods store if you have one).

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Coffee Maker Alarm Clock: Barisier

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

Coffee. That one word is perhaps all that needs to be said. Anyone who wakes up before they want to or who does tasks that are not overwhelmingly psychologically stimulating may feel they need coffee. And many of us enjoy coffee for a ton of reasons.

Now we have instant coffee packs in addition to coffee machines (and the frying pan which still works! and makes great tasting cowboy coffee).

But a new entry into coffee makers is set for the market: the Barisier, a designer alarm clock in high-end materials, waking you with freshly brewed coffee or tea.

According to the company:

“In order to achieve your dreams, you must wake up. The Barisieur is here to help you. These days we are constantly surrounded by screens and artificial light, especially before going to bed. The Barisieur encourages a ritual before going to bed, so you can plug your charge your phone/ tablet and prepare for the next important day. The Barisieur eases you into the morning, getting you up earlier then you thought you could! Ready to seize the day!”

These things will not be cheap though, and they don’t come with a maid to pick up coffee grounds that are spilt in groggy lethargy 🙂 Approx cost will be over $400.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Water and Oil

Food and Eating August 31, 2016


Is coconut water good for you? How good is it for you? A naturally refreshing, flavorful (sweet and nutty a bit) tasty drink that is easily digestible and has many of the bodies needed nutrients (5 of them).

1. Not fattening

2. Helps with complexion (topical application plus oral moisturizing)

3. Electrolyte replacement (helps if feeling sick)

4. Facilitates digestion (high in fiber)

5. Boosts hydration

6. Reduces blood pressure

7. Rich in nutrients (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium)

8. Compatible with human blood (isotonic to human plasma)

9. Reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.

Just don’t confuse healthy coconut water with high-fat coconut milk or oil. Coconut water is a clear liquid (the stuff in the middle of the coconut). Milk and oil are also healthy, but that’s a whole nother story.

As for coconut oil, the health benefits include:

1. Helps with Alzheimer’s (MCFAs) and helps improve memory in older people

2. Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure (like coconut water)

3. Protects the liver

4. Cures UTI and kidney infection

5. Reduces inflammation and arthritis

6. Prevents cancer (MCFAs plus digestion produces ketones)

7. Boosts immune system (the three antis: antibacterial, antifungal antiviral)

8. Improves digestion, helps with ulcers of the stomach and ulcerative colitis

9. Prevents gum disease and tooth decay (that’s why they recommend it as “tooth paste”

10. Prevents osteoporosis (antioxidants)

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Health Benefits of Carrots

Food and Eating August 31, 2016

Benefits of carrots

While Bugs Bunny never dwelled on the fact that he ate a lot of carrots, despite his perpetual ability to out-perform his cartoon adversaries, those in the health food world do talk about the benefits of eating carrots.

You can eat carrots cooked or raw, and you can eat them whole, sliced, minced/shredded, or blended into a drink.

Prevention of Heart Disease

Good for Blood Pressure

Helps with Digestion (Fiber)

Prevents Cancer (Beta-carotenes)

Helps Against Macular Degeneration

Improves Eyesight

Reduces risk of stroke

Helps with diabetes (good for blood sugar regulation)

Antiseptic qualities (laxative, vermicide, helps with liver conditions)

Have you ever made carrot juice with a juicer or blender? You can also add oranges, apples, or other fruits or vegetables to the health drink mix. There’s no secret to it. You just need a juicer, or a blender. If you use a blender, they say to blend them up, mix them with some water, then leave to soak for half an hour before straining the mixture and drinking it as healthy carrot juice.

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