Maple Syrup Also A Medicine

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Sap from maple trees can enhance recipes, but the syrupy substance also has many medicinal properties. Known for centuries for its sweet flavor, it has also been turned to for natural remedies. Native North American people discovered the tree sap and its many beneficial qualities. Around the 17th century it was sold as an affordable, natural sweetener, and has been popular ever since. Maple syrup is made when the sap from maple trees is collected by drilling a hole and gathering the slow-dripping, thick liquid. It is then run through an evaporator to concentrate the syrup. After going through the evaporation… read more

What Flour Is That?

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The most common type of flour is wheat flour, and for this article we will not be examining the origins of other flours – such as those made from rice, oat, and soy. There are six varieties of wheat, each with their own designated purpose and varied amounts of moisture and gluten content. Hard Red Wheat and Hard Red Winter Wheat are protein dense and suitable for pizza dough and most breads. High in gluten, hard reds are strong enough to endure the pounding, pulling, and tossing involved in making pizza dough. Soft Red Wheat is used for cakes and other… read more

Healthy Shades of Sweet

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The ongoing demand for sugar alternatives is evident in the vast markets for both artificial and natural sweeteners. Though there exist ‘natural’ sweeteners like honey and agave nectar neither contains any real nutritious value. In fact, they can be as hazardous to your health as sugar. Luckily, with these ‘bad’ sugars, nature has also provided a few sweeteners that are safe and beneficial to your health. Stevia is nature’s answer to calorie free sweeteners. Extracted from the Stevia rebaudiana leaf, it is 400 times sweeter than sugar. Because of this, Stevia can achieve the same amount of sweet as sugar… read more

Healthy Snacks You May Want To Try

Healthy Snacks You May Want To Try

Snack foods can often be unhealthy, but hard to resist when a craving strikes. The following are a few go-to recipes that are nutritious but have just the right amount of flavor to satisfy an emergent appetite. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are nutritious alone or in one of their more popular forms, in hummus. For a different spin, this recipe for roasted chickpeas makes a crunchy snack that is good for you. Just rinse the beans well before using them, toss with olive oil, salt and other favorite seasonings. This recipe calls for oregano, garlic powder, crushed red pepper… read more

Nature Isn’t What It Used To Be

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Human relationships with nature are vastly different now to what they were even a generation ago. We have moved from a utilitarian relationship to romantic attachment to the new world of electronic detachment. Today, many people live in a world that is technologically advanced yet environmentally severed. Where once people spent more than half their life outdoors, today so many of us are glued – from breakfast to bedtime – to an increasing myriad of screens. Today, nature is mediated, modified, and managed out of people’s lives. For example, publicly and privately many people no longer acknowledge (or in some… read more

The Fish Oil Craze Is Wiping Out Whale Sharks

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If you have fish oil in your home, or use expensive cosmetics, then congratulations — you’re the cause of mass whale shark genocide. OK, so the consumers aren’t at fault here, but it’s clear that the fish oil trend is partially responsible for the looming extinction of the world’s rarest shark. One factory alone in China kills upwards of 600 per year, and pays $31,000 for each shark. Though the oil is taken from the livers of whale, blue, and basking sharks, it is the whale shark whose existence is threatened by this fad. In China, these three species of… read more

Home Remedy Secrets

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Outside of your medicine cabinet exists a wide variety of natural remedies. The spice cabinet – or any other storage unit harboring herbs and condimental knickknacks is a treasure trove. Delightful as they are sprinkled in soups and cookies, spices and herbs have many talents beyond food embellishment. For thousands of years, they have been used in medicine and their use is still relevant, as many of the same ailments affect our health today. Initially spices and herbs seem different. Spices through their bold pigmentation and alluring scents provoke exotic visions of faraway lands, while herbs contain a certain familiarity that… read more

Self Washing Dishes to Casually Save Tons of Water

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Self cleaning dishes may soon be a product on the shelves thanks to Swedish Design studio Tomorrow Machine. Their dishes need not be washed with gallon after gallon of precious water. They will actually clean themselves, without the need for scrubbing, just as soon as you are finished with your meal. The leftovers entirely will simply slide right off the plate leaving no grime to scrub. The development of these dishes got started when Swedish Forest Industries Federation asked researchers and designers to make a product that could be created with tree-based cellulose. Tomorrow Machine teamed with KTH Royal Institute of… read more

Eat It, Skin And All

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Eating fruit and vegetables is universally acknowledged as an important part of a healthy diet. However there are a few ways in which you can maximise the goodness you get from them. The skin of most fruits and vegetables contains a lot of vital nutrients, including the fiber. A typical red apple contains at least 2 grams of fiber and 6 grams of calcium if eaten whole. If, however you peeled your apple first, your intake would be 1.8 grams of fiber and the calcium level is cut in half. This may seem like a minor variance but remember that a… read more

More Than Brain Food

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Adopting behaviors that are healthy is something to strive for. A lot of the time, we may focus on the outward appearance for clues as to what needs to be fixed. However, there is a major area that we can tend to forget about, but is essential for the health of our entire system – our brains. Research has long shown that a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrient dense foods, but low in fats and cholesterol, can be effective for brain health and can work preventatively to decrease disease and increase the life span. In combination with… read more