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Chocolate – It Kills Dogs, But What About You?

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I eat an absurd amount of Zimt Chocolate which got me wondering about the possible adverse health effects of chocolate. After all, it kills dogs dead.  What about humans? Turns out, it can kill humans too, but you would have to eat quite a bit.  The LDL50 for a dog is roughly 300 mg per kilogram of body weight.  For ... Read More »

Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are extremely healthy, but most nuts and seeds should be sprouted.  Why? Because sprouting removes enzyme inhibitors and increases mineral absorption. Almonds, in particular, contain an enzyme inhibitor which can only be removed through the sprouting process.   To sprout nuts or seeds, simply put them in a warm, moist setting for 3 to 7 days, depending on ... Read More »

Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Homocysteine Disease

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  Fish provides a good source of protein and omega fatty acids.  Even more important, fish offers a reliable source of B12, which the vegan diet conspicuously lacks.  Some vegans claim that nutritional yeast and blue-green algae contain B12, but studies have shown that these ‘B12 analogues’ are not absorbed by the body.  Taking vitamin B12 supplements is an option, ... Read More »

Almonds – Soaked

Almonds are not nutritional powerhouses, but they do contain protein, fiber and omega fatty acids which make them a staple of the vegan diet.  Like all nuts, almonds should always be soaked in water for at least 12hours before consuming them because they contain an enzyme inhibitor. Read More »

Pine Nuts

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Pine nuts (not surprisingly) come from pine cones.  They are usually hand-harvested, which explains the high cost of pine nuts – if you can find them at all at your local health food store. Despite the name, pine nuts are not nuts at all – they are seeds.  In fact, they are one of the healthiest seeds on earth, offering ... Read More »

Quinoa

Quinoa is a gluten-free superfood seed closely related to broccoli.  One of only two complete vegan proteins (the other being hemp), quinoa contains a hefty amount of lysine, an amino acid not readily found in vegan diets.  Quinoa contains a huge amount of protein and other nutrients per calorie, making it a far superior choice for vegans than brown rice.  ... Read More »

Coffee

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Coffee gets a bad rap, but studies have shown numerous health benefits from drinking up to three cups a day. Coffee is a mild diuretic with a net hydrating affect, which means drinking coffee increases your hydration level. Coffee does contain a carcinogen, known as ‘furan,’ found mostly in espresso. Drip coffee is best. Here are some reasons to drink ... Read More »

White Tea

Since white tea is harvested when very young, the leaves have had little time to suck up fluoride from the ground. White tea slows down the aging process. According to new research, white tea keeps you healthy and young. Read More »