Richard's Health Topics & Recipes

Seitan

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What is it? Seitan is a meat substitute. It is made from wheat gluten (the protein portion of wheat) and is therefore high in protein and low in fat. Seitan has been a staple food among vegetarian monks of China, Russian wheat farmers, and the people of Southeast Asia. Gluten can be flavored in a…

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Natural Sweeteners

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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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Cooking Oils

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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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Teas

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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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Milk Alternatives

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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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Candida Overgrowth Syndrome or Candidiasis

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The body plays host to a multitude of microorganisms, and a proper balance among them is a key to good health. While bacteria are the most common, we also carry another microorganism, a yeast called Candida albicans. Normally present in small amounts along the gastrointestinal tract, in the vagina, and on the skin, Candida overgrowth…

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Diabetes

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Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body loses its ability to utilize glucose. There are two different types of diabetes mellitis. Type 1 diabetes, is also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. This type develops suddenly, usually in people under age 30, and treatment entails taking daily insulin injections, usually for…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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IBS, also known as spastic colon, mucous colitis, and nervous bowel, affects 15% to 20% of the adult population. It afflicts twice as many women as men, usually developing in late adolescence or early adulthood. The condition is characterized by intermittent periods of constipation or diarrhea, often accompanied by bloating or abdominal pain. Helpful Supplements…

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