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Raw, Organic & Nuts/ College students and foods that fuel!

Raw, Organic & Nuts/  College students and foods that fuel!

What is up with college students and their eating habits? The sad fact is that many college students do not eat properly, and this may have detrimental effects on their studying and long-term health. It is well-known that students eat a lot of junk food/ fast foods and the type and frequency of fast food leads to weight gain in the college student, and that a majority of college students do gain weight for this reason. Making the wrong food […]

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Raw Organic Almonds ~ for the young at heart!

Raw Organic Almonds ~ for the young at heart!

Everyone has their favorite and nuts have significant health benefits for all ages, so let’s talk about almonds A small handful of almonds gives you almost 25% percent of your daily needs for magnesium, and more bone-strengthening calcium as an equal amount of cow milk! Almonds are also high in many antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium. Studies show that almonds may play and important role in preventing colon cancer due to their high fiber content. Almonds also help […]

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Divine Chocolate ~ especially when you know what to look for!

Divine Chocolate ~ especially when you know what to look for!

Cacao or Cocoa With so many chocolate products out there, it can be confusing to your taste buds, plus you want to get the most health benefits from consuming this delicious product. Still, some people are still wondering what the difference is between cacao & cocoa. The difference between the two is the amount of processing involved. Cacao is from the raw chocolate bean, and it is higher in antioxidants and minerals. You may have heard that cacao is a […]

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Snacking for success ~ how nuts & others foods reward you

Snacking for success ~ how nuts & others foods reward you

No – this is not a oxymoron. But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? Well, the truth is snacking can help or hurt a healthy diet. So what is a snacker to do? It all depends on what you snack on, how much and even when you snack (like not snacking before bedtime). So who can benefit from eating snacks.   Growing children with tiny appetites may not be able to fulfill their energy needs with […]

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Walnuts are a brainy food because of Omega 3 – see why!

Walnuts are a brainy food because of Omega 3  – see why!

Walnuts are an excellent plant source for omega-3 fatty acids. They also look like the brain ~ think about it! Omega 3 Omega 3 -also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs),  plays a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. Three of the important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). After you eat them, your body converts ALA (linolic acid) to EPS and DHA. Omega-3 fatty acid  in […]

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10 (and more) Reasons to go Organic

Listing 10 reasons to go organic is not very hard to do. Environmental toxins are all around us and many times we are unable to escape or have control over them. Choosing organic products to consume, wear, or use is one avenue that will have a positive impact on your body and the environment. Organic org. recently came out with a list about why consuming organic food is important: Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, […]

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Presticides in some non organic foods may contribute to ADHD

Presticides in some non organic foods may contribute to ADHD

A study from researchers at University of Montreal and Harvard found a link experts call “persuasive” between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and exposure to common pesticides. The study examined more than 1,100 children, 150 of which were previously diagnosed as ADHD. The findings, published in Pediatrics, revealed that around 94% of children examined had detectable levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine. Children with higher levels of residue had increased chances of ADHD. According to Maryse F. Bouchard of the […]

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There is a dearth of current info out there regarding raising children as vegetarians. One of the issues is defining what kind of vegetarian diet you or your child adheres to. Here are some examples: ~Lacto-ovo-vegetarians consume eggs, dairy products, and plant foods. ~Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products and plant foods but not eggs. ~Vegans eat only plant foods, no eggs or dairy products. Though children can be well nourished on all three types of vegetarian diet, some say nu­tritional balance […]

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Seeing is believing: what junk food vs natural food looks like being digested. Quite interesting!

We’ve always known that junk processed food is not healthy for a variety of reasons.  A new video of what happens in your body when you eat Top Ramen and Gatorade vs. homemade noodles and drinks is shown in the video. How this is done, is a tiny capsule called “M2A” (that stands for Mouth to Anus- and it has a camera), and a smart pill were swallowed and pictures were taken of the food being digested  The project looks […]

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Colorado’s proposed ban on Trans Fat

Colorado’s proposed ban on Trans Fat So hold the pizza, french fries and other favorites? Colorado is considering the nation’s toughest ban on unhealthy fats in school foods. Health experts have long warned that the consumption of trans fat, also known as partially hydrogenated oil, increases the risk of coronary heart disease. A bill pending in Colorado’s state Legislature would make margarine, vegetable shortening and other traditional trans fats off-limits. The ban would apply to school lunches, school breakfasts, a la […]

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