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Are nuts – too good a thing?

Are nuts - too good a thing?

As with everything – everything in moderation  The FDA recommendation suggests up to 1.5 ounces of nuts daily or one and a half times a “handful.” Here is an estimate of how many nuts in an ounce and a half.  Almonds 20-24       Brazil Nuts 6-8       Cashews 16-18     Hazelnuts 18-20    Macadamias 10-12 Pecans 17-20 halves    Pine Nuts  150-157    Pistachios 45-47      Walnuts 14 halves One-third cup of nuts is the quantity mentioned in the Food Guide Pyramid and the Dash Diet

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The raw food diet some Olympic athletes are adopting..is it good for you?

The raw food diet some Olympic athletes are adopting..is it good for you?

This diet, created by Dr. Douglas M. Graham, consists of a dietary intake of: 80% fruits and vegetables, 10% protein and 10% fat. Some athletic ‘personalities’ adhering to this diet includes include tennis star Martina Navratilova, NBA star Ronnie Grandison and professional bowler Bruce Hamilton as well as Michael Arnstein, a marathon runner who is training towards the London Olympics.. According to Dr. Graham, “ By meeting our needs for fat, without surpassing those needs, we tend to experience optimum

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The heart of the matter- Cashews & Women’s Health (it’s all good).

The heart of the matter- Cashews & Women's Health (it's all good).

The Mighty Cashew Do raw cashews make a bad choice because of their high calorie content? Cashews, when incorporated into a healthy diet plan, offer a number of benefits for one’s health, by acting as a source of heart-healthy fats and helping you meet essential nutrient needs. As with most nuts, always eat them in moderation. Women Take Heart Although most of the calories, nearly 70 percent, in raw cashews comes from its fat content, most of the fat in

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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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The lean, the mean & the protein. Vegetarians got it covered

The lean, the mean & the protein. Vegetarians got it covered

There is a joke that vegetarians know- it goes like this: How may vegetarians does it take to screw a light bulb.  The answer I don’t know, but where do you get your protein. Everyone needs protein for their bodies to function. It’s necessary for maintaining the body’s normal growth and its muscle mass, its immune system, heart and respiratory functions. Protein is one of the big three macronutrients. The other two are carbohydrate and fat. Adequate protein intake is

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70 year old finds fountain of youth with her raw food diet. Must see!

Seventy year old Annette Larkins fills her backyard garden full of fruits,vegetables, & herbs. In addition, she also collects rainwater to drink and water her plants. She believes that the food in her garden is her Fountain of Youth. It is interesting to note that Annette’s husband owned a meat store in the 1960s.  She became a vegetarian at that time and as the years went by, she became a raw vegan. Annette says she does not eat animal products

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Focusing on fat

Focusing on fat

     It is somewhat confusing and daunting to remember which fats are good for you and those that are unhealthy. What are polyunsaturated, saturated and monostaturated fats ? . And what about omega 3 and omega 6. Also, many folks are still under the impression that low fat & no fat foods are a healthier alternative.      Studies have shown that for some people a low fat diet may be worse for their health than a diet of moderate or

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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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This Valentine’s day ~ in matters of the heart ~ try going nutz

This Valentine's day ~ in matters of the heart ~ try going nutz

Mayo clinic lists the top 5 foods that can lower cholesterol numbers. (Also, see coupon code below for 10% off on all organic flavored almonds). Among high fiber foods, like oatmeal, bran; fish, (for their omega 3); olive oil (keep it extra virgin); and foods that have added plant sterols or stanols (which help block absorption of cholesterol), such as organge juice, some yogurt drinks and some margarines; and nuts (like almonds, walnuts pecans, pine nuts, pistachio, hazelnuts) can assist

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