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Michael Ravensthorpe

Quinoa: Gluten-Free and Packed with Protein

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Quinoa is a grain crop native to the Andean Mountains of South America. Although the leaves of the plant can be consumed as a leaf vegetable, quinoa is primarily grown for its seeds. These seeds, which are cooked in a similar way to rice, come in three colors (red, white, and black) and are much-loved for their significant health benefits. In fact, 2013 was crowned “The International Year of Quinoa” by the United Nations due…

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Blackstrap Molasses Can Improve Hair Growth and Color

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Blackstrap molasses has been receiving a lot of attention in the natural health world of late, and for good reason. This nutritious grade of molasses, which is the thick, syrup-like byproduct of the sugar cane refinement process, is absolutely packed with essential minerals that are seldom found in such high concentrations elsewhere. For this reason, blackstrap makes a robust and inexpensive health supplement that can correct many nutrient deficiencies in the body. One benefit of…

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Yogurt: A Great Source of Probiotics, Calcium, and Fat

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Yogurt is a classic example of a food which, despite being healthiest in its natural state, is constantly being tampered with to suit the misguided dietary wishes of consumers. A cursory glance at the dairy aisle of any supermarket, for instance, will reveal an ever-growing array of yogurt products bearing little to no nutritional merit: fat-free yogurts, yogurts with dead bacterial cultures, yogurts fortified with dangerous ingredients like aspartame… and those are just the regular…

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Kefir: Lactose-Free and Rich in Probiotics

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Kefir is a thick, yogurt-like drink made by fermenting milk with kefir grains. It originated in Russia and is characterized by its creamy texture, tart taste and fizzy effervescence. Kefir remains popular in Eastern Europe, where it is commonly used as an ingredient in baked goods such as sourdough bread, often as a substitute to buttermilk. Due to its high nutritional value, however, kefir shines most as a health supplement. Please note that the benefits…

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Coconut Flour: A Healthy, Gluten-Free Substitute to Processed Flour

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Coconut flour is a flour made from coconut solids that have been ground into a very fine powder. It has a mild coconut scent and flavor, which makes it suitable for flour-based recipes that don’t have other strongly-flavored ingredients such as cocoa powder or spices. It is also quite light and airy, making it especially suitable for baked goods like muffins, pancakes, and cakes. The reputation of coconut flour is growing in the West due…

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