Food Facts (133)

21 Feb
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. 
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. 
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to...
16 Feb
  There are a surprising number of foods that have been demonized over the years because they were perceived to be 'fattening'. Many of these make it to the list because of their fat content but as science is now showing us, not all fats are created equal. We have also started to a look at our perception of carbohydrates and how they are burned in the body.        1. Dates Are An Excellent Sweetener Did you know that dates contain a blood pressure...
15 Feb
Spirulina could be called the “King of the Superfoods”. It has some of the most concentrated nutrients you can find per ounce than almost any other food on the planet. But before jumping on the Spirulina bandwagon, there are a few things you should know. Spirulina grows naturally in a few alkaline lakes around the world and has been harvested for thousands of years. The Aztecs & Mayans harvested it from lakes in the Central and South American regions. It is still grown and...
02 Feb
  Bone Broth is the hottest health trend and literally the back bone of The Hot Detox Plan.     Here are 5 reasons why you will want to include bone broth in your life…   1. Rebuild your Gut Lining: Bone broth is full of gelatin and collagen, which soothes the intestinal tract and helps heal leaky gut (intestinal permeability). The use of antibiotics, Aspirin and other NSAIDS, refined sugar and flour, caffeine, alcohol and fried food can damage our intestines. By...
01 Feb
  I get asked all the time, “Why is the Hot Detox free of cayenne pepper or black pepper? They are hot spices after all."   My answer is that you can certainly add them to your meals if you are sure you can handle that level of heat, but let me explain why my recipes are built with enough flavour to avoid them if necessary.   In a number of my clients and friends, black and/or cayenne pepper irritates the mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive tract....
30 Jan
Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a South American plant belonging to the holly family revered for its health benefits. The shrub’s leaves are called yerba, which means ‘herb’ in Spanish, and the mate refers to the stimulating warm brew made by steeping the leaves in warm water and traditionally shared in a gourd through a straw. The tea is similar in taste to green tea. Those with sensitivities should note that yerba mate contains caffeine, but if you can tolerate it, this...
25 Jan
The lime is the sweeter cousin of the lemon with a distinctive flavour that’s reminiscent of the Caribbean. Have you ever wondered why a person, especially a sailor from Britain, used to be called a Limey? In 1493, the passion for this fruit began to spread. British explorers dominated the world trade routes with their steady supply of limes from the West Indies. When many ships fell to scurvy (a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C), the British survived because of their...
24 Jan
  The following article is a brief excerpt from the recently published book, The Confident Food Shopper: The Guide to Food Labels and Fables, written by Dr. Thalia Charney. This book is the  most comprehensive book in Canada on food ingredients and labels. It covers virtually any questions you may have about food ingredients and fables including nutrient facts, ingredients, certifications like fair-trade and hidden ingredients like GMOs and heavy metals. The renowned Dr. Shiv...
20 Jan
  One of the popular questions I get asked regularly is whether margarine is a good replacement for butter when following an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Margarine and butter said in the same sentence are dueling words. Ever since margarine hit the shelves as a cheap alternative to butter back in the 1860s there’s been an on-going debate as to which is more superior; which tastes better, which is heart healthy, which is more natural, what are the benefits? And thanks to...
19 Jan
I am sure there many people who have heard this command from their parents. But why should we be eating our veggies? Sure they are often low in calories and high in fibre, yet the biggest reason to include 7-10 servings of vegetables into your diet every day is their phytochemical content.      What Are Phytochemicals?    In short, phytochemical ingredients are plant-derived compounds, which protect the plants from environmental stresses including insects,...

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