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Almond tree- very pretty!

Almond tree- very pretty!

9/27/12 Dear Living Nutz~ This is an update about the almond trees that sprouted from LivingNutz raw almonds in my compost pile in Spring 2011. Ever since the start of this growing season I’ve wanted to send along photos of the two almond trees that I’ve been tending since I found them growing in one of our garden beds last summer. The original almond tree sprout that I first found while sifting compost in May 2011 didn’t do well in

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Soaked sprouted nuts ~ the way to go!

Soaked sprouted nuts ~ the way to go!

Raw nuts are easy to eat right out of a bag, but many people prefer to soak nuts, especially walnuts and almonds as they find they have a more appealing taste after they are soaked and rinsed. If you try this yourself you will see, after as little as 20 minutes the soak water is brown. After a couple hours or so the residue and tannins from the skins are released into the water and the nut emerges with a

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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 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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Federal Judge upholds almond pasteurization law (again)

Federal Judge upholds almond pasteurization law (again)

A federal judge in January, has again upheld U.S. Agriculture Department rules requiring treatment of raw almonds. This was in response to two isolated outbreaks of salmonella, in conjunction with conventional almond farms, one in Canada in 2001, and a second in Oregon in 2004. While contamination in almonds is not common, the industry determined that aggressive measures were necessary to prevent any other occurrences. While there are four main methods of pasteurizing almonds, steam processing, high heat treatment (roasting),

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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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Cinnamon for taste & health

Cinnamon for taste & health

Cinnamon is a spice that many of us associate with holidays, baking and beverages. This is one of the oldest known spices. Aside from its use in cooking, cinnamon may have additional health properties. “In traditional Chinese medicine, Cassia cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It’s also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet. In

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Ghrelin- a newly discovered hormone that affects appetite

Ghrelin- a newly discovered hormone that affects appetite

A newly discovered hormone called Ghrelin, is primarily produced by cells in the stomach and it’s extremely important in appetite management. Whereas Leptin was discovered as a hormone produced by fat cells and it’s job is to shut down appetite, Ghrelin works in the exact opposite way – to increase our appetite. Not only does it increase appetite, it increases appetite for rich, high-calorie foods and makes them more appealing to people. So how to turn off or turn down

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A former model who graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1980 decided to go raw at age 34 for health reasons. She states “This is what I did for my health, my body was starting to change”. Along with suffering various health crises, such as chronic sinusitis, fatigue, acid reflux and allergies, she states “I was eating less food. I was already eating no food to maintain my weight at 125 pounds at five foot-10 1/2 as a model.

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Water, Water

Water, Water

Some say: Drinking water and other fluids can cause dilution of stomach acids and digestive enzymes, making them less effective at breaking down food. So, whenever possible, it is best to drink fluids before and two hours after meals as this helps uptake of nutrients.   Others say: Drinking water during or after a meal can actually improve digestion. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track.   Let

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