Archive November, 2012


Why Are Plastic Shopping Bags So Bad for the Environment?

Plastic bags used to be thought of as free, painless, no-brainer solutions to carry your groceries, and they even could be recycled as doggie-doo bags or bathroom trashcan liners. In recent years, even the most thoughtless of consumers caught on to the fact that there was more to the common plastic bag than meets the […]

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Best Nuts Overal: Mixed Nuts

Because of the variety of nutrients each type of nuts has, combined with the fact that almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, and walnuts are all close in price — the best nut is really a mixture. So, either buy premade mixed nuts, or buy nuts in bulk and make your own. Reposted from Wisebread.com

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The Least Healthy Nuts

There is no “worst nut.” Anything is bad for you when you overindulge — but macadamia nuts and pecans are slightly worse for you because they are higher in calories than other nuts. While they are only about 10 calories per serving higher than some of the other nuts listed above, they are also higher […]

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Cashews & Brazil Nuts

Cashews Cashews have more magnesium than almonds. And most of the unsaturated fat in cashews is oleic acid, which is the same fat that’s in heart-healthy olive oil. Nutrition per ounce: •Calories: 160 •Fat: 13 grams (3 s, 8 m, 2 p) •Protein: 4 grams •Other notable nutrients: Cashews contain over 5% of the recommended […]

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Sweet Potatoes

7 grams of fiber per serving, contain large amounts of Vitamin B6, contain large amounts of potassium, rich in beta-carotene, good source of magnesium, anti-oxident rich, anti-inflammatory, improves blood sugar regulation, antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps skin stay clear, helps prevent rheumatoid arthritis, helps maintain collagen, contain iron, soothing for the stomach, helps prevent constipation, […]

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Walnuts & Peanuts

Walnuts are the only nut with alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. They also have vitamin E and magnesium. Nutrition per ounce: •Calories: 190 •Fat: 18 grams (1.5 s, 2.5 m, 13 p) •Protein: 4 grams •Other notable nutrients: The World’s Healthiest Foods reports that walnuts have special anti-inflammatory benefits because they contain tannins tellimagrandin, […]

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The Healthiest Nuts

Over the next few days we’ll be posting about nuts. What are the healthiest nuts, which are better for you and which nuts may not be. Most people know nuts are good for them; the nut councils have plastered magazines and TV ads with all the great qualities of nuts ranging from lowering cholesterol to […]

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Anise (Aniseed ) – What is It? How Do I Use It?

Anise (aniseed) Varieties: Star Anise, Whole Aniseed, Ground Aniseed The hollow many-branched stalks of the anise plant can reach 50 – 80 centimetres in height. The upper leaves are feathery and the basal leaves are lobated. The small whitish flowers form a large number of umbels. The fruits, known as aniseed, are hard downy seeds […]

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Today: Star-Anise – Tomorrow: Aniseed, the Difference?

Star anise is a star-shaped fruit, measuring about 1 inch wide, that grows on a small tree native to China. The dried fruit is sold intact or ground into a powder. Star anise has a licorice-like flavor and is a staple spice in Chinese cuisine. Research has revealed some valuable nutritional properties of star anise. […]

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Can Aluminum Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

Are you concerned that aluminum in your diet will cause Alzheimer’s Disease or other neurological disorders? The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) finds the following: Myth or Fact: Drinking out of aluminum cans or cooking in aluminum pots and pans can lead to Alzheimer’s disease? Reality: During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum emerged as a possible suspect […]

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