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Butter: A Great Source of Butyrate and Conjugated Linoleic Acid

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The twentieth century was not kind to butter. Like eggs, coconut oil and many other nutritious foods, this beloved dairy product, which is made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk, was a victim of the misguided war on saturated fats that began in the 1950s. As a result of this war, the consumption of “low fat” butter substitutes, such as margarine, actually exceeded that of butter itself. Consequently, cases of heart disease and…

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Mustard Seeds: Treatment for Cancer, Inflammation, and More

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The seeds of the mustard plant have enjoyed a close connection with human civilizations since time immemorial. The Ancient Greeks and Romans would regularly use them for cooking, and they have been a staple in Indian cuisine for centuries. These robust, spicy-smelling seeds were even mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible in the “Parable of the Mustard Seed,” in which Jesus emphasized that the Kingdom of Heaven could grow from humble beginnings. The…

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Sweet Potatoes: Carotenoid-Rich Tubers That Boost Our Vision

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Sweet potatoes are the tuberous roots of the sweet potato vine, which thrives in the warmest regions of the world. They are characterized by the vivid colors of their flesh, which range from deep orange to light purple, and tend to be longer and thinner than regular white potatoes (to which they’re distantly related). Moreover, sweet potatoes are not the same as yams, despite their close physical resemblances. Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest…

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Pomegranates: Packed with Cancer-Fighting Seeds

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The pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest known fruits and has long been considered a symbol of health and fertility in its native Persia (modern-day Iran). It is also one of the most interesting fruits to consume: After splitting apart the pomegranate’s tough outer layer, a complex chamber of red seeds lies before you. These small seeds (and their juice) are the only part of the pomegranate that is edible, but – as numerous studies…

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Carrots: Colorful Taproots Packed with Vision-Boosting Carotenoids

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The carrot is a biennial plant that is native to Europe and southwestern Asia, but has been cultivated worldwide for over 2,000 years. It bears a crunchy taproot that is usually orange in color but can also be purple, red, white, or yellow. These taproots are commonly incorporated into salads, cooked meals, and even beverages. Carrots have long been associated with good health, and their deep, vivid hues are a testament to their impressive concentrations…

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