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Local Honey: Taking a Closer Look

Is your local honey really local? There is considerable conversation on the Internet these days about the benefits of eating local honey. Much of the discussion revolves around using local honey to help with pollen related allergies. Some say that local honey contains a blend of local pollen, which can strengthen a person’s immune system, and reduce pollen allergy symptoms. Is this true? Let’s take a look. The first fact is that there has been very little scientific research on whether local honey is helpful for the reduction of pollen related allergy symptoms. There are a few studies to consider, and a huge amount of personal opinion on the topic. I will show you two of the most significant studies. But before I do, I will summarize the honey making process and… Read More

Powerful Inflammation Fighting Benefits of Cherries and Berries

Written By BeWellBuzz Cherries and berries not only taste delicious but they also have strong anti-inflammatory properties, too. This post from The Chopra Center tells you why you should incorporate more of them into your diet—and gets you started with a delicious cherry–berry smoothie recipe. Spring and summer are the seasons of mouth-watering cherries and berries. These fresh, sweet-tasting snacks not only delight the palate; they come with a gift of taming chronic, systemic inflammation. Eating anti-inflammatory foods (and avoiding foods that cause inflammation, such as refined grains, sugar, and hydrogenated fats) can help keep inflammation in check and reduce disease risk. Such is the case with berries and cherries! Both offer nutrients that crown them with a health halo of inflammation-calming characteristics. Taming the Flame To understand why certain foods are… Read More

Look What Coconut Oil Did To Colon Cancer Cells in Just Two Days

Colon cancer: it’s one of the most common cancers among both men and women, and although a number of natural remedies have been linked to the prevention of this disease, government health authorities are quick to mention that not enough research has been done to warrant prescribing them. by Collective Evolution This is a common theme when it comes to using food as medicine and the science behind it. It’s unfortunate that science today is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry, and that most of the research received by physicians in the Western world comes directly from pharmaceutical companies. “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are… Read More

New research investigates the benefits of walnuts on age-related health issues

Experimental Biology 2016 presents new abstracts on walnut consumption and healthy aging, as well as gut health, hunger and satiety, and metabolic health. Folsom, Calif., (April 4, 2016) – Initial findings from the Walnuts and Healthy Aging (WAHA) study presented at Experimental Biology 2016 (EB) indicate that daily walnut consumption positively impacts blood cholesterol levels without adverse effects on body weight among older adults.1 The WAHA study is a dual site two-year clinical trial conducted by researchers from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University and is aimed at determining the effect of walnuts on age-related health issues. “Given walnuts are a high-energy food, a prevailing concern has been that their long term consumption might be associated with weight gain,” said Dr. Emilio Ros, director of the Lipid Clinic, Endocrinology… Read More

More Love for Olives

Olives are one of those wonders of nature that are easy to take for granted, yet deserve special attention. Technically a fruit, olives belong to the group of “drupes,” which are fruits with a pit or stone. Other drupes include peaches, mangos, cherries, nectarines, almonds and pistachios. There are hundreds of varieties of olives, which grow on trees that are mostly native to the Mediterranean (as well as areas of Asia and Africa). Olive trees are remarkable in their own right, as they tend to live to be several hundred years old. There is at least one record of an olive tree that is 2,000 years old.1 In the U.S., five olive varieties make up the majority of the market share: Manzanillo, Sevillano, Mission, Ascolano and Barouni. These are grown mostly in… Read More

The Benefits of Aronia Superfood

The Aronia fruit, also known as chokeberries, is a fruit filled with phyto-nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Because of its exceptionally nutritional value these small wild berries recently captured the attention of many nutritionists, food scientists and fitness trainers. Botanically, they belong to the family called “Rosaceae“, and their scientific name is Aronia melanocarpa. The plant grows up to 2 meters and and it looks like a big bush. The fruit comes in groups of 10-25 berries. It is high in iodine, and as a result very often used as a natural supplement to treat iodine deficiency. Being full of antioxidants, it has also been used as a cleansing tool for the digestive system. Aronia originated on the eastern part of North America’s forests and wetland areas, and its first consumers were Russian… Read More

6 Kinds of Healthy Foods That Become Unhealthy in High Doses

Drinking milk may shorten your lifespan, and enough soy sauce can kill you. One would think, as research on diet and health continues to pile up, we might start inching toward consensus about what is good to eat, and what isn’t. But in many cases the opposite is happening. We can’t even agree on the essential goodness or badness of basic food elements like fat or carbohydrates, with each side enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet of studies to back up its case. When you factor in other considerations, like the environmental, social and other moral impacts of various foods, things get even more complicated. A recent Washingon Post column even argued against the nutritional and environmental benefits of salad. Everyone but the junk food industry and sugar producers can at least agree that we need… Read More

8 Reasons Old Cookbooks Are Important

A couple of months ago I was going through some old boxes tucked into the hidden recesses of my garage and I stumbled upon a box of old cookbooks.  Since I learned to cook long before the age of computers, most of my self-taught efforts came by way of these cookbooks.  I started to collect cookbooks in high school and little did I know then what I know now: old cookbooks are important. As I flipped through some of the pages, it became evident that these old cookbooks are real treasures.  They were written before microwave ovens and Cuisinart’s, and before many of the processed foods that are now commonplace were available on grocery store shelves.  These were the days of scratch cooking, often with just a handful of local, readily available… Read More

Kick Unhealthy Sports Drinks & Try This All Natural Recipe Instead

For a very long time now, whenever I heard the word electrolyte I would immediately think of the popular sports drinks: Gatorade and Powerade. Either because of the commercials on TV from childhood, or the infamous big, orange, “Gatorade” dispenser that is hauled to every sporting event. These drinks are known by millions as a way to replenish the electrolytes that are lost during intense physical exercise and provide you with energy during sports games or workouts. The first thing that made me skeptical of these famed electrolyte concoctions was their generally bright color, often red, green, blue or orange. These are definitely not very natural looking colors. So then I thought, what else is in these things and is there not a healthier, more natural way to replenish the body’s electrolytes?… Read More

New Study Says You Can Train Your Brain To Prefer Healthy Foods

It is true, most diets don’t work. Yet there are so many people who are trying to lose weight. People generally give up dieting because: A) they are hungry and B) they are craving unhealthy sugary and fatty foods. Many unhealthy foods are addictive, but what if we could train our brains to actually crave and even prefer healthier foods? Well there is research to say that we can. Hallelujah. When we overindulge in unhealthy foods for a prolonged period of time it causes an excessive activation of the brain’s reward system for high fat or high sugar content food cues, which makes us more likely to reach for that donut over a banana when we have a choice. A new study that was published in Nutrition & Diabetes suggests that it… Read More