Types of Sweeteners NOTE FOR DIABETICS: It is important for diabetics to work closely with their healthcare practitioners and understand limitations with regard to sweeteners/sugars in their diet. Diabetics can safely use stevia and usually small amounts of licorice root and fructooligosaccharides. Some diabetics who are allowed to use small amounts of sugar can use…

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Types of Cooking Oil Below is a chart containing most commonly used oils and their qualities and characteristics. It also contains their “smoke point”, the temperature at which the oil begins to break down and change its chemical structure, making it unfit for consumption. Cooking Oil Type Smoke Point Qualities/Characteristics Avocado Below 520°F Mono and…

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The tea bush known as Camellia sinensis grows in loose, deep, acid soil, at high altitude, with summer and autumn rain, in a little heat and little wind. In these harsh climatic conditions most plants die but the tea bush flourishes fantastically. The finest tea comes from elevations of 900 to 2100 meters. Tea is…

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These often are used by individuals who are sensitive to caffeine and other substances in coffee, but still enjoy a warm coffee-like beverage. Substitutes include grain beverages such as Kaffree Roma, Teechino, and Kafix. The ingredients common to all are barley and chicory; some have other flavorings such as mocha, almond and roasted carob.

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Herbs include the leaves, bark, berries, roots, gums, seeds, stems and flowers of various plants. Because of their therapeutic value, herbs have been used for thousands of years to help maintain good health. Herbal teas are made from these herbs and are typically caffeine free. There is no real “tea” in herbal teas. How to…

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When it comes to its healthiness, many people are divided. Some argue that it’s too high in sugar, while others champion its high nutrient content. Regardless of which side you land on, when looking for a fruit or veggie juice it’s important to look for an all natural choice. These juices contain no artificial color,…

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Water makes up 60 percent of our bodies, and yet many do not scrutinize the water they drink as much as they scrutinize foods they eat. Similar to food nutrition, water contains many of the same essential elements to benefit and charge our bodies. As demand for bottled water waxes and wanes, billions of dollars…

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Soy Milk Soy milk is made using a simple, centuries-old process of grinding soaked and cooked soybeans and pressing the dissolved soy milk out of the beans. With its unique nutty flavor and rich nutrition, Soy milk can be used in a variety of ways. Buying & Storing Soy Milk: It is most commonly found…

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In the 1930s, researchers in Denmark observed that chicks on a fat-free diet experienced bleeding problems. By 1939, they were successful in isolating an alfalfa-based compound that effectively stopped the bleeding. Because of its ability to help blood clot (called coagulation) this substance was named Vitamin K, for Koagulation. Vitamin K helps to prevent excessive…

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Vitamin E is actually an umbrella term for a group of compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Until recently, most vitamin E products contained only tocopherols (alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocopherols), with alpha-tocopherol recognized as the body’s predominant and most potent form. Researchers also identified heart-healthy powers in the tocotrienols. Combination products are available, although tocotrienols…

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