Neat Uses for Kiwifruit

Uses for kiwifruit

Kiwifruit is a versatile food which can be eaten alone or added into many recipes. It is native to China but now plentiful in other areas around the world including New Zealand, Italy and California. Though relatively small in size, this fruit is packed with vitamin C, manganese and potassium as well as numerous other beneficial compounds and active health benefits. They can help with many ailments including depression, diabetes and macular degeneration and support cardiovascular health. They also contain actinidin, which is a protease that can be useful as a dietary supplement. Kiwis also contain enzymes that can break… read more

Rejuvenate Your Skin

Rejuvenate Your Skin

As the cold winter winds start to blow our skin starts to redden and chafe. Dry skin can leading to itching and irritation. Rather than letting the weather get under your skin, protect it before hand. Doing so not only prevents such harm but replenishs your skin as well. This can be done without stocking up on commercial creams and lotions. In many cases you needn’t even a recipe to create a natural alternative. One of the simplest and most effective ways to soften rough skin is to apply cocoa butter. The pure extraction of cacao beans, cocoa butter is a natural fat with a creamy,… read more

The Third Fiber – The Healthy Starch

Bowls_of_grains

Despite its name, Resistant Starch performs in a similar nature to both soluble and insoluble fiber. Some even classify it as third type of fiber. Although it is indeed a starch, resistant starch (RS) cannot be fully broken down and absorbed. This creates unique health benefits, including improved digestion, lower rates of insulin release, lower levels of blood cholesterol and fat, and improved weight management. There are four known types of resistant starch. The first type, “physically inaccessible”, is unable to be broken down and digested. It is found in beans, seeds, and whole or partially milled grains. Physical inaccessibility is… read more

Uses for Fenugreek

Uses for Fenugreek

Fenugreek, a member of the legume family that includes peas, peanuts, lentils, and beans, is among the world’s oldest cultivated plants. Fenugreek seeds are small and yellow-brown in color. They are rich in protein and their flavor is bittersweet. Fenugreek seeds are often used in curries and other spice blends due to their aromatic qualities. Fenugreek can be used in pickles, chutneys, fish and vegetable-based dishes, breads and rolls, dahl, stews, and halva (a dessert). Fenugreek seeds have a strong flavor, so amounts called for in recipes are typically small. Fenugreek seeds are usually toasted lightly before using. However, it’s… read more

The Need to Rewind The Clock

Taking Back Time

We shouldn’t have to remind ourselves to be balanced, but unfortunately as imperfect creatures who too often get lost in the daily grind, we need to prompt ourselves to be better adjusted. Though the act of actually telling yourself to be more balanced may seem counterproductive, it is necessary that we realize stress triggers take up time and channel our focus in negative ways. As important as the many things around us are, it is also essential to take a moment to self-sustain. Not getting enough rest, heavy schedules and too much work to do can have detrimental effect on health… read more

Waste Management Issues

Sewer problems in Africa

Most rural areas in Swaziland are underdeveloped such that sewer pipes and infrastructure are not accessible to many residents. The consequence is that many communities use pit latrines. Using a pit latrine is less than pleasant because they cannot be flushed and they have a life span which means a new pit must be dug after a couple of years. The lack of proper sewer infrastructure poses numerous environmental problems for rural communities. Firstly, rural communities develop in close proximity to water sources for purposes of farming and subsistence, which means latrines are close to water sources. Secondly, to avoid… read more

Join The Butts Brigade!

Join the Butts Brigade!

Cigarette butts comprise the largest single item of litter in America. Annually, worldwide cigarette butt litter amounts to 1.69 billion pounds. TerraCycle Inc., a company dedicated to stopping waste from reaching landfill sites, has teamed up with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. to create an alternative way to harness cigarette butt litter. The tobacco company will sponsor TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade. Individuals and groups sign up to collect cigarette waste, print a prepaid shipping label, and then mail the cigarettes to TerraCycle. The waste will then be turned into new products such as shipping pallets, railroad ties, plastic lumber, and ash trays. The program is aimed to target… read more

Is Butter Better?

Butter vs spreads

A well-researched article provided by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD (2000) makes a strong case for the superiority of butter in terms of nutritional value and health-promoting effects: Butter is a dietary staple among many healthy peoples around the world. Butter contains vitamin A, which supports adrenal and thyroid health. Butter contains vitamin D, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis, cancer, and other health problems. Antioxidants in butter protect against free radical damage that can cause cancer and heart disease. Butter fat contains glycospingolipids, which offer some protection against nasty gastrointestinal infections. Many people choose margarine over butter… read more

Sustainable Pet Ownership

Owning pets

Some say that pet ownership can be bad for the environment, but there are ways to reduce your pet’s ecological footprint. 1. Make your own pet products from recycled or locally sourced materials: It’s easy to make a bed for a cat or dog using old blankets and most pets love homemade toys. There are plenty of free pet craft patterns available online. 2. Buy pet supplies locally: Most pet products are shipped from faraway countries. Purchasing from local companies reduces carbon emissions. 3. Choose green pet products: Look for items with less packaging, recycled materials, and eco-friendly ingredients. Select… read more

Good and Bad Soy

Soy products

Typically, if you read about soy the text tends to be either overwhelmingly in favor of it or overwhelmingly negative towards the legume and its consumption. In reality there are both good and bad things about soy, as with any food, it is about what form you consume it in. To start off, soy is over-processed in western countries like the United States where it is mostly used as cattle feed. In fact, this ‘bad’ soy makes up a whopping 99 percent of soy use in the U.S. In other countries, like China, Japan, and Korea soy is consumed in… read more