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Monthly Archives: September 2011

  Gluten is a protein found in grains, particularly in wheat, rye, and barley. Some oats may contain gluten due to contamination during processing. The following table lists some of the other flours, cereals, and starches that contain gluten:   White flour Einkorn Emmer Spelt Kamut Wheat starch, bran, germ Bulgur Matzo meal Cracked wheat […]

This week, one of the items in the Be Wise Ranch box is zucchini, one of the many forms of summer squash. Zucchini’s range in color from yellow, pale green with grey, pale green, dark green, and almost black. The darker the zucchini, the more nutrients it contains. Zucchini has over 95% water content and […]

While it is often assumed that vegetarians simply do not eat meat, fish, or poultry, there are many different categories of vegetarianism: Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets allow eggs and dairy products; however still exclude meat, fish, and poultry Lacto-vegetarian diets allow dairy products; however exclude meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and foods that contain them. Flexitarian diet, […]

Polyunsaturated fats (or PUFAs) are essential fatty acids, meaning that the body cannot produce them and therefore they must be obtained through the diet. PUFAs are important in the body because they can both promote inflammation, which is necessary to some degree, as well as reduce inflammation.   Omega-6 Fatty Acids One of the main […]

September is Better Breakfast Month, so there is no better time than the present to discuss the importance of eating breakfast every day. People choose to skip breakfast for a variety of reasons – “they don’t have time”, “they want to lose weight”, “they aren’t hungry in the mornings”. Whatever the excuse is, it is […]

Swiss chard belongs to the family of beets and spinach and goes by many different names, such as leaf beet, chard, seakettle beet, and spinach beet. It is one of the less common vegetables and yet has so many wonderful properties! Chard is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which is essential in protecting against […]

Sodium plays an important role in the body and is useful when eaten in small amounts. It helps maintain fluid balance in the body and regulates blood pressure and blood volume. Also, sodium is critical for the function of muscles and nerves by influencing their contraction and relaxation. However, eating too much salt can be […]

For decades, avocados were known as the “fatty fruit” that people should avoid. However, the more research that was completed, the more people began to realize that avocados are, in fact, good for the body. Avocados are one of the few fruits that provide “good fat”. Most of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated […]

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