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How To Substitute Flour For Cornstarch

There are quite a few recipes that will make use of flour as a thickener or as a coating but if you’re gluten intolerant because of celiac disease, or just a sensitivity to it, then that is not going to work. If you run into this then you’ll be glad to hear that you can […]

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Dairy Free Substitute For Heavy Cream Favorite Recipes

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4 of The Best Health Food Stores in Denver

If you are new to the health food movement, you might wonder where the best places would be to go to your health food shopping. Even those who have been eating health foods, focusing on eating raw and buying organic products, sometimes have no clue where to find the best products and fresh produce at […]

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Sarms for a Healthier Lifestyle

It is universally acknowledged that the keys to a healthy lifestyle start with eating a balanced diet, acquiring plenty of exercise and enjoying 7-8 hours a night of restful sleep. Many people are searching for that little extra something to give their body’s a bit more vitality and there is a case to be made for sarms fulfilling that role.

Sarms are an acronym for selective androgen receptor modulators. They function similarly to androgenic drugs by imitating the reaction in the body’s bone and muscle tissues to testosterone but have actions which are far more selective in nature. Sarms are considered to be similar to steroids, but given their androgen receptor specificity and tissue selectivity, they do not have the same severity of side effects.

Sarms were first developed by a scientist who was researching prostate cancer. This sarm is known as Andarine (S4) and whilst it wasn’t found to be effective in treating enlarged prostates, it was found to help promote lean muscle growth in the same cancer patients. These isolated molecules were found to have a remarkable anabolic effect, helping test subjects to increase lean muscle mass whilst simultaneously losing body fat. Whilst the jury is still fiercely debating the overall healthiness the sarms provide the body, there are a number of benefits which have not gone undetected. As I found out from, one of the primary benefits is the growth of muscle mass. Sarms are capable of helping you bulk more muscle and also give you gains to lean muscle mass. Similarly, sarms are also active in the prevention of muscle wastage, particularly in the infirm and elderly. Gains in lean muscle mass are going to help strengthen the body and protect those who are generally weaker.

This works in conjunction with another known benefit of sarms which is increasing bone strength. Bone density can be improved, bones strength can be increased and the bone healing rate can be hastened through the use of sarms. They are also helpful in reducing inflammation and fighting osteoporosis. Once again, this is of particular value to the older generations who can be suffering with these illnesses and typically aren’t as strong as they once were.

Another major benefit to using sarms are their fat loss properties. Sarms are capable of promoting fat oxidation in numerous cell and tissue types such as muscle cells and adipose tissue. They can simultaneously burn stubborn fats in different areas of the body and limit the growth of fat cells. Sarms can positively impact your metabolism and also improve the output of energy you are capable of.This last point links us to the final primary benefit of sarms, that being enhanced performance. Given that energy expenditure is expanded through using sarms, this allows you to improve your stamina and yourstrength which also positively impacts your motivation. By allowing you to improve your muscular endurance, sarms can help you to achieve the other goals of increased muscle mass and burning fat through being able to exercise for longer.

Sarms are not a bandaid solution to a healthier lifestyle. Good diet, good exercise and good sleep are all still required. Sarms are simply able to provide you with a boost to help you achieve your healthier lifestyle goals.

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How To Substitute Flour For Cornstarch

There are quite a few recipes that will make use of flour as a thickener or as a coating but if you’re gluten intolerant because of celiac disease, or just a sensitivity to it, then that is not going to work. If you run into this then you’ll be glad to hear that you can easily substitute cornstarch in place of the flower whenever your recipe includes this ingredient as a thickener or as a coating for your fried foods.

You will want to be aware of the fact that cornstarch can’t replace flour in some baked goods and in that case, you’ll need to use gluten-free flour.

Cornstarch is naturally gluten-free as it is simply made of corn. Even so, there are some brands that aren’t safe for someone on a gluten-free diet and to be sure, it’s best to use gluten-free cornstarch. Here we’ll take a look at substituting flour with cornstarch.

Pie Fillings, Sauces, And Thickening Gravy With Cornstarch

You’ll find the cornstarch works great as a thickener when making gravy or sauces and even for pie fillings. In fact, some prefer it over flour. Another thing is you will usually not be able to taste the cornstarch the way you might taste the flour. The food will come out more translucent. The reason for this is the fact that cornstarch is pure starch whereas flour has protein in it.

When using cornstarch you won’t be able to use it spoon for spoon. In most cases, you’ll use one tablespoon per cup of sauce or gravy to get the thickness to be medium. You can add a little bit more if you want it heavier.

Things You Want To Remember When Using Cornstarch As A Thickener

You only need half the amount of cornstarch that you would use if it’s flour. This means if the recipe says you should use 2 tablespoons of flour then you would only need one of cornstarch. If you need to use a quarter cup of flour than only use 1/8 of a cup of cornstarch. It would be the same if you chose to use other starches such as arrowroot, potato starch, or tapioca.

You usually won’t be able to put the cornstarch directly on because it will clump and be difficult to dissolve. You can avoid this problem by mixing it with some cold water until it’s completely dissolved. You will then pour that into the mix you’re preparing. The water should be cold and you’ll want to keep stirring as it thickens.

High heat can cause lumping and for that reason, you want to cook using medium-low or medium heat. It will also be necessary to stir gently because if you do so vigorously it can break down the mixture. When you add any additional ingredients, remove the pot from the heat and stir them in gently but quickly.

The starch granules will swell to their maximum level when you get your mixture to a full boil for 1 minute. Once it starts to thicken, reduce the heat. If you overcook it the mixture it will thin as it cools.

If you’re making acidic based sauces you’ll find that cornstarch won’t work quite as well as flour. If you’re making a sauce with lemon juice, vinegar, or tomatoes it won’t likely work as well to thicken the sauce. This is equally true when making a sauce with fat like egg yolks or butter.

You’ll need enough liquid in your mixture in order for the starch granules to properly absorb. If you have more sugar than liquid then you’ll need to be aware of this and possibly add more liquid if you want to make sure it’ll be firmer. Gravies and sauces made with cornstarch don’t freeze well. If you try to freeze them they will likely turn spongy.

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Dairy Free Substitute For Heavy Cream Favorite Recipes

There are a lot of people these days that are either avoiding certain kinds of foods or completely allergic or intolerant of them. Things like meat, dairy, wheat, soy, and nuts seem to be at the top of the lists, some because of ethical reasons and others because they make people ill, or are even deadly.

One of the hardest things to do sometimes is to cook a particular recipe that calls for a common cooking ingredient. Some things are easy, but replacing dairy with the wrong ingredient can alter the flavor and ruin the dish entirely. Here are some of the best alternatives to heavy cream in recipes.

Lactose Intolerant Or Vegan Options

For those that are lactose intolerant they can drink milk products as long as the enzyme, they need to digest it is included with the milk or cream. When the enzyme isn’t included, they get bloated and have diarrhea.

However, vegans have no physical problems with digesting the milk products, instead, they don’t consume animal products for personal reasons. There are also those, such as Seventh Day Adventists, that won’t drink milk or eat animal products for a religious reason.

Some are very strict and refuse any and all products that even have been cooked on the same grill with anything animal related. Others aren’t so strict, however.

If you’re a Vegan, you can substitute coconut milk in place of heavy cream in a lot of recipes, and it will work and taste excellent. That also works for total vegetarians and people that are lactose intolerant as well.

Rice milk can be used in some recipes, however, it tends to be very thin so it won’t work well as a thickener, but will work in most bread and pastry recipes as a substitute for milk, and sometimes, heavy cream. In a cooking recipe, for instance, gravy or fettuccine Alfredo, the rice milk would most likely not work unless you also add flour or corn starch to help thicken the sauce.

Rice milk has the advantage of being a very non-allergic ingredient that almost anyone can tolerate. When in doubt, if your baby is getting sick from the food you’re cooking, switch to rice milk and see if the problems clear up quickly thereafter.

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Another good alternative to milk and cream in a recipe is almond milk.  It is 100% vegetarian, so no worries with the Vegans or religious folks and it has no lactose either. If you’re using it in a recipe that needs the heavy cream for thickening, you’ll need to add some corn starch. On the other hand, in baking recipes, you’ll need to add more fat. About a 1/4 cup of olive oil or coconut oil per 3/4 cup of almond milk will do the trick.

Butter And Milk: If You Just Can’t Find Cream

There are also those times when you really don’t have a specific reason why you can’t use heavy cream, except that you don’t have any. It is hard to find if you don’t go to a larger grocery store.

In that case, if all you need to do is substitute in a recipe, you can use regular milk and butter instead. Basically, cream is the fatty part of the milk that floats to the top when left to sit for a while. Heavy cream is the even fattier part of the cream that floats to the top. If you want to imitate the amount of fat in the recipe, all you have to do is add 3/4 of a cup of regular milk to 1/4 cup of butter, and you’ll have the same basic mix of fat and milk solids that heavy cream has. This kind of substitution, of course, only works in cooking recipes, not something that you’d be able to drink.

Getting by with lactose intolerance or vegetarian limit on a recipe doesn’t have to limit what you eat. There are many ways around most ingredients; all you have to do is look online and try a few to get used to which one to use in which situation.

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The Difference Between Non GMO And Organic

One thing I love doing every year is visiting The Natural Products Expo. Each year I attend both shows (on the east coast and west coast) to see the kinds of natural products that are being created by food companies and meet the founders who are behind them.

I keep seeing an increasing number of non-GMO products being made each year, which is a very good sign of the times.  However, there is something very important and tricky that you must know about the products.

There’s lots of debate and confusion over what organic and non-GMO labels actually mean.

These labels are quite different.  It is critical to understand what the difference is if you would like to choose the safest and healthiest food for your family and yourself. Each time we make the decision to purchase a product, we are supporting a lot more than just our bodies.

It helps to shape the entire food system landscape – ranging from the farmers to the water, air, land, and environment.  And that is why you need to know what the “Non-GMO label really means and the truth behind it.

What does the “Non-GMO Project” label actually mean?

This label just verifies that a product does not contain any GMO (genetically modified) ingredients (or technically under 0.9% GMOs).  Although that is good, it isn’t the entire story regarding what is contained in the product, how the product was produced, and where it was derived.

Whenever I have the option, I always select organic food for the following reasons.

4 Important Reasons Why “Non-GMO” Is Always Beaten By “Non-GMO”:

  1. Certified organic foods also are non-GMO. Organic regulations from the USDA prohibit certified organic products to contain any genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. I always avoid GMOs, and among the easiest ways to do that is to go organic.

Note: The USDA’s Organic label certifies that 95% to 100% of ingredients in the product are organic, so there still is a slight chance that the product will have non-organic ingredients (up to 5%).

However, they aren’t supposed to be GMO ingredients.  Some tricky loopholes still exist, so that is why it is important to look for a Non-GMO Project” or “100 certified organic” verified label in order to ensure it is completely GMO-free.

  1. Synthetic pesticides cannot be used to grow organic crops, and they contain much lower overall pesticide residues. Certain toxic pesticides are prohibited from being used by organic regulations on crops. However, for non-GMO crops there aren’t any special restrictions.

That means that non-GMO groups may be grown in the same way that other conventional crops and may be full of toxic pesticide residues, which include organophosphates which are linked to leukemia and lymphoma.

A non-GMO potato chip bag may contain residues from as many as 35 different pesticides that are used on regular potatoes, with several of them being known carcinogens, reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, or suspected hormone disruptors.  Non-GMO products (such as celery and strawberries) also are on the EWG Dirty Guide as being foods with the highest contamination levels of pesticides.

Although organic crops are allowed to have natural pesticides, it has been shown that very low pesticide residue levels are generated by organic product compared to conventional crops, and when you eat organic it can help to decrease your pesticide residue exposure significantly.

  1. Glyphosate (Roundup) is the most commonly used herbicide in the world – but is prohibited to use on organic crops. Wheat and other non-GMO crops may be pre-harvested using glyphosate. The herbicide is a type of toxin that may accumulate inside your body the more you get exposed to it.

Glyphosate has been linked with some birth defects, breast cancer, and kidney disease. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT senior research scientist, says that glyphosate is mainly responsible for escalating autoimmune as well as other types of neurological disorder incidence.

There are numerous non-GMO products in the marketplace that contain wheat and appear to be healthy.  However, they may contain glyphosate. For example, non-organic, non-GMO cereals (such as Grape Nuts) and whole-wheat breads might have glyphosate residues in them.

  1. Organic ingredients are not processed using toxic hexane. A majority of conventional oils (corn, soybean, canola) are extracted using neurotoxin hexane, and it has been that some residue remains in those oils. Also, Hexaneis used to process numerous soy ingredients such as textured vegetable protein and soy protein.

The Cornucopia Institute conducted tests that found some of the ingredients contained residues. Nearly all research is focused on the inhalation and industrial use of hexane: there are no case report or epidemiology studies examining the health effects for human or any chronic laboratory studies that have evaluate potential health effects for animals following being orally exposed to n-hexane that are available. So why isn’t anybody study how “safe” it is having this neurotoxin contained in our food?

Nerve damage and brain tumors have been linked to industrial exposure. For hexane, the FDA doesn’t have a set maximum level of residue, and nobody knows for certain how much of this residue that the American public is consuming.  There is nothing that prohibits those ingredients in non-GMO products.  However, products that have the USDA Organic seal are banned from having hexane-processed ingredients.

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Healthy Living 101: 4 Easy Ways to Start Cooking Healthier Meals

In a food-frenzy era where there are unlimited tastes to try out, where entertainment always includes food and where trends make their way into your pots, you have to find the solution to eliminate the unnecessary trimmings adding to your waistline. Let us discuss a few small adaptions to your cooking.

1. Less is More

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We are bombarded by the culture that everything has to be bigger and more to be better. However, your tummy is actually as small as your fist. Adjust your portion sizes and in a blink of an eye, you will get used to eating for quality and not quantity. Cut back on fats by using a non-stick pan when frying, adding water to your dish instead of oil and using good fats such as olive oil or coconut butter and try using less. Cut back on salt; replace salt with alternative seasonings such as pepper, fresh herbs, spices, lemon juice or vinegar. Cut down on sugar. Sugars of any kind, whether white sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, add significant calories without any nutritive value. The usage of dried fruits provides a natural sweetness.

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2. Meat Doesn’t Have to be the Main

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Meat is a great source of protein and we always find it necessary to include meat in most of our meals. However, meat is also a big source of saturated fat in many people’s diets. Cook small amounts of lean meat, fish or poultry and fill up the rest of your plate with healthy vegetables and whole grains. Trim the fat from meat and remove the skin from poultry before cooking. Instead of frying it, try alternative cooking methods and bake, grill, microwave, roast or poach it. Put your meat on a grill rack to allow the fat to drip away. You can also brown your meat and drain away the fat before adding more ingredients. There is an increasing amount of creative vegetable dishes you can try out, with the added benefit of it being a budget-friendly option.

3. Back to Basics

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Refined and processed foods undergo various processes, bleaching, adding unhealthy chemicals for extended shelf life, removing most of the nutrients and fiber and are linked to various diseases. It is usually high in calories, contain all sorts of artificial ingredients. Incorporate more single-ingredient products into your meals. Unprocessed foods contain less sodium and more fiber, vitamins and other essential nutrients benefiting your health. Enhance food with bold flavors from healthy natural ingredients like fresh herbs, spices and citrus instead of sauces containing huge amounts of hidden calories and saturated fats.

4. Use Substitutes

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The Banting industry made a big name and introduced new trends in eating habits. You do not have to follow the Banting diet, but it does offer clever ideas to substitute unhealthy carbs with veggies. There is an overwhelming number of recipes substituting the old-fashioned unhealthy ingredient with a healthy one. Cauliflower can be minced and used as mash or a wrap, flapjacks can be made without flour, hamburgers without buns and sweet potatoes as abase in baking. Coconut milk, almond butter, almond flour, thin strips of veggies used as pasta, seeds to add crunchiness. The options are limitless. Be creative!

Who said healthy should be boring? With simple but smart choices, small changes in your conventional habits and some creative experimenting, you can make a big improvement to cooking healthy.

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4 Great Benefits of Switching to Organic Cooking

The organic food industry is a booming business. Some people believe it as a “go-green” approach seeing it as an environmentally friendly option and some embrace the organic market for health-related self-improvement reasons. Organic products are more expensive and not as easy to obtain, resulting in the question if it is worth the effort? Let us dive into the benefits of making the switch.

#1 Lower Levels of Unhealthy Chemicals

Conventional food products contain various levels of pesticides, toxic metals,and preservatives. Chemical pesticides consumption is linked to a variety of health deteriorating diseases and disorders such as cancers, digestive dysfunctions, headaches, ADHD, birth defects and developmental delays in infants, weakened immune systems and reduced sperm quality in men. Different fertilization techniques contribute to a much less percentage of toxic heavy metals that accumulate in liver and kidneys. Food labeled as organic is grown without the use of most synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers and is a preferable choice to attain better overall health. An additional bonus is that organic food is often fresher and full of flavor since it doesn’t make use of preservatives for an extended shelf life.

#2 Organic Foods Are Not Genetically Modified

Organic foods are GMO-free, meaning they are not genetically engineered in their natural state. The modern food industry is flooded with products with altered DNA, which is a great safety and health concern. It is believed that genetically modified products are a leading cause of slowed brain growth, internal organ damage, gastrointestinal disorders and the thickening of the digestive tract. The consumption of organic foods rather than GMO foods is a much healthier option.

#3 Environmental Safety

Organic foods are locally grown and pose minimal interference to the ecosystem and environmental resources that support thehealthy and sustainable living. Harmful chemicals are limited in organic farming, which is not only beneficial to human health as mentioned but also beneficial to the environment. Organic farming practices lead to minimize pollution of water, air,and soil, thereby ensuring a healthier environment and sustainable ecosystem.

#4 Consumption of Highly Nutritious Food Products

Organic food products contain very high nutritional content because they do not contain modified ingredients, they are given time to develop and are provided with the best natural conditions for growth. Organic meat and milk are of the highest quality due to the absence of foreign and unhealthy antibiotics and other drugs in the products. Organic products are always higher in vitamin and mineral contents, as well as thegreater percentage of omega-3 fatty acids instead of saturated fats and contain significant antioxidants. The consumption of organic products also strengthens the immune system due to the nutritious capacity and the absence of the modification of products.

Organic foods most definitely constitute an enormous general health improvement as well as sustainable farming principles beneficial to the environment; great reasons for a booming market to continue expanding and spreading its wings into modern households.

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4 Nutrition Trends You Need to Follow Right Now

Keeping up with the latest trends is almost like keeping up with the Kardashians. Especially when it comes to health foods, organic food, super food, and all those things that are listed as good for you and your body. Sometimes, those things we are told are good for us end up taking the rap and is labeled as bad, and vice versa. You will never truly know what and who to believe.

When it comes to eating healthy and living a balanced life,however, you can trust your gut, but most importantly, you can trust us, we are the experts! We always stay up-to-date with the latest health food trends and will know which ones are worth following. In this article, we take a look at some of those trends worth following.

Cottage Cheese is King

Looking for a quick protein boost that will keep you fuller for longer? Instead of digging into that Greek yogurt, why not spread some cottage cheese on that slice of toast? Cottage cheese will start becoming more and more popular, as it is packed with wholesome goodness that is low in sugar and artificial enhancers. The protein content, casein, is also what causes you to eat less and feel fuller for longer.

Healthy Fats Rise Up

Yes, it’s been a long time that healthy fats are enjoying some much-deserved prominence in the world of healthy diets and meals, but it is becoming even more popular still. Especially omega 9 fats, seen in algae and algae oil. Omega 9 fats are good for your heart and are known to decrease the possibility of heart disease due to its high content of saturated and monounsaturated fats.

Health Takeaways are Tops

With the constant increase and growth in the health awareness industry and more and more people seeking out healthier replacement options for convenience foods and takeaways such as McDonald’s or Burger King, a lot of health food takeaway restaurants are starting to open doors. At these spots, you can order a quick and super healthy plant-rich meal, smoothie, or salad. Convenience has indeed become healthy. The wait was worthwhile!

Get Your Bacteria On

Don’t love sauerkraut all that much? Tough luck! Fermented products are continuously gaining popularity and you’d better get used to it too! Due to the high content of good bacteria in fermented foods such as kimchi and kombucha, these foods are great for your digestive system. Not to mention the boost in your immune system you get because of the microflora!

We hope you enjoyed reading some of the top health food trends, and that if you are not a fan of any of these, you will at least give it one shot and let us know whether you will be adapting your diet and meal plans from now on! Think you are eating healthy foods? Read this article where we explore unhealthy foods that you thought were healthy.

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5 Foods You Thought Were Good for You, But Isn’t

Sometimes we set our minds to do something good for our wellbeing and with the sincerest intentions we endeavor to make better choices in our eating habits. We say no to that juicy burger or stay away from ayummy doughnut, and we settle for our not-so-favorite foods. What if you find out that your new “healthy” friend glooming in your lunch box isn’t so healthy? Let us look at some of the most common unhealthy “healthy” foods you might be indulging.

1.Bran and other healthy muffins

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A muffin with some healthy ingredients bobbed up in the name seems like a healthy hero. While these muffins might consist of ingredients with a healthy whole grain source of fiber, it becomes much less nutritious when baked into a towering muffin with all the unhealthy components of sugar, flour, and fat. A health muffin can have even more calories and sugar than a doughnut, depending on its size. Nowadays muffins are puffed up in size; add the jam, butter, cheese,and cream on the side and your shallow healthy ingredient is bullied away.

2.Trail mix and dried fruits

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Most fruit trail mixes contain salted nuts, sweetened dried fruits and unhealthy add-ons such as chocolate chips, yogurt-covered fruit pieces,and deep-fried banana chips. Dried fruit does contain fiber and vitamins, but with the accompanying sugar and sulfur to increase shelf-life, it is an unhealthy version of the real McCoy. Rather opt for nutritious fresh fruit containing less sugar and are more satiating.

3.Prepared and Fast-Food Salads

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The word “salad” can be very misleading to create the illusion of healthy eating. Prepared and fast-food salads are often loaded with hidden fats and calories due to their unhealthy salad dressings and toppings like croutons, nuts, deep-fried meats,and cheeses. The portion size and add-on ingredients can create an explosive calorie-bomb.


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Once again, the size and add-on ingredients usually decrease the health-aspect of a smoothie. The blended fruit and low-fat dairy or coconut-milk base of the smoothie might be healthy, but combine the glamorous size of fructose with added sugar, ice cream, syrups or a heap of nuts and you have yourself a high-calorie meal.


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You look past the burger or a toasty and fill your tummy with a healthy wrap, or so you thought. A wrap full of lean protein and veggies may appear to be a lighter choice, but don’t be fooled. Wraps often have more calories, saturated fat, and sodium than two slices of whole-grain bread. The ingredients of a tortilla wrap usually contain refined flours and hydrogenated oils resulting in less fiber and contain trans-fats. Once again, the gigantic size and filling of your wrap together with fat-based dressings can make a wrap an unhealthy dish, not only for one but even for two.

In healthy eating, it is essential to read labels for hidden calorie-monsters and fats. Keep the basic ingredients, moderate sizes, fewer add-ons and enjoy the simple and natural version of your healthy meal. It is always better to make these seem-to-be healthy snacks at home. This will enable you to limit the size and to know what you put in.

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5 Indulging Foods You Can’t Stop Eating That is Actually Good for You

We all have our favorite snack foods or our little indulgences. There is no shame in that. Some people can’t help eating chocolate, while others opt for nuts and crisps. Whatever your guilty pleasure, we are sure you will find at least one of them on this list with some of the most surprising healthy foods on it. So, to ease your mind and without further ado, let’s dig in (pun intended) and discover some of the foods you can continue indulging in.

#1 Popcorn

Probably an obvious contender and most people know this, but if you feel like having a salty snack (of course it is better eaten without anything on it), why not stick to thepopcorn. This movie-goers delight is great for multiple reasons and packed with fiber. Like we said, if you eat it as is, this is your healthiest option for a quick snack while watching a movie at home or in the theater.

#2 Eggs

If you don’t like eggs, you’ll love it now. Eggs are a great source of protein and perfect to kick-start your day. Poached of course is the best option for a healthy egg, but you can eat it any way you like it too. Baked, boiled, scrambled. A single egg holds 13 different nutrients that are good for you, as well as unsaturated fats. For a balanced brekkie, stick to eggs.

#3 Oysters

Also known as an essential aphrodisiac, you won’t mind seducing your partner with the knowledge that it will also be great for your health. Oysters are extremely high in zinc and vitamin D –both acts as the perfect partners to boost your immune system.

#4 Spices

Even though we would suggest to lay off the salt, you can use spices as much as you like. A lot of spices and herbs have healing properties. In fact, did you know that turmeric (used in curries) and cinnamon are known for their properties to decrease certain illnesses and diseases? Even though this is not yet officially confirmed, an active ingredient in turmeric might well be able to fight off cancer.

#5 Chocolate

Did you know that eating chocolate can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure? Yes! That doesn’t mean you can go ahead and eat a block of chocolate in one go altogether, but eating a little bit at a time is considered to be very healthy. Just the right amount of chocolate (preferably dark chocolate) can even reduce the risk of diabetes.

Remember, having a special treat every now and then is not cheating when you choose your indulgences wisely. Also, be wary of over-indulging, as that might as well have the complete opposite effect! We hope you have found this list of facts interesting and insightful and that you will enjoy eating these foods even more from now on. For some more on healthy recipes, be sure to check out this article.

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5 Interesting Facts About Organic Food You Probably Weren’t Aware Of Until Now

When it comes to organic food, what do you know about it? Would you like to test your knowledge with our list of interesting facts about organic? Perhaps there is something here that you did not really know about before. For instance, did you know that organic food can actually contain pesticides? Yup.

For that and a couple more interesting facts about organic food, keep reading!

1. Organic Food Is Affordable

There is this myth doing the rounds that organic food is extremely expensive and that only rich people can reap the benefits from eating organic. That is complete nonsense – as the industry is growing at a rapid pace, more and larger stores are bringing organic to the people at affordable prices. Not to mention community-inspired initiatives that allow citizens to buy organic produce straight from the source.

2. Organic Fish? It’s a Lie

If you are buying any fish products that states it is organic, think again. This is due to the fact that there are no formal regulations in place yet to correctly classify fish and seafood as organic. Those fish and seafood products you’ve bought with an organic label on? Rather bin it, as these products have not been tested or did not meet any standards plus you might just pay more.

3. Packaged Food Is Not Necessarily Organic

That box of oatmeal cookies with the attractive organic sticker on? That’s not entirely organic. Some of the ingredients used may have been organic, but that does not make the entire product organic. Be sure to check the labeling for dead-giveaways. A product that will state it is 100% organic has to undergo testing and all ingredients listed be organic. Other than that, packaging should indicate if not all ingredients used to make the product was organic.

4. Organic is Shipped in From All Over

Whether you enjoy your Kenyan coffee blend or your spicy tea from India – all your most-loved organic products that are imported undergo the same process when establishing whether it complies with the regulations to be labeled as organic. The standard for organic food and organic food labeling is the same everywhere in the world.

5. What Came First, The Chicken or the Egg?

When you buy chicken or eggs that are labeled as organic, you can be 100% sure that the source of the product was not kept in a cage or received antibiotics. This merely means that organic chickens are not kept in a cage at all, and what they eat is what they get on their patch of earth. So, next time when you feel confused about whether to buy organic eggs or free-range, you know it is basically the same thing.

We hope you enjoyed our little list of interesting facts about organic food, and that you will be enjoying more and more organic products and produce nonetheless. Here’s a great articleabout organic food trends of 2018.

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July 2021