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Vegetable & Fruit Serving Sizes

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Annmarie Milason

Vegetables Aim for 2-4 servings per person/meal 1 serving of vegetables = 1/2 cup raw or cooked vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, onions...) 1/2 cup broccoli = 5 florets 1 large celery stalk 1 medium carrot or 6 baby carrots...



Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

Whether it’s with your family, a small group of friends and neighbors, or a large summer bash with everyone you know, grilling is quintessentially summer. We do it in our backyards, at company picnics, while we’re camping, and at the beach or the lake—there’s just something about firing up the grill and cooking your food outside in good company that makes a meal feel celebratory, even if you’ve got nothing to celebrate other than the simple fact that summer has arrived! But did you know there’s a dark side to grilling? Sorry to rain on the, um, cookout, but you...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Source of healthy fats…and so much more

Life is rarely as simple as we would like it to be. Just as soon as we think we’ve gotten things figured out, along comes some new information. Nutritional science is no exception. Research published in the last year has forced me to reassess the value we place on eating nuts and seeds. The long-standing idea that the health benefits of nuts and seeds come solely from the healthy fats they contain is losing ground. We’ve always considered them to be healthy foods, but now realize that nuts and seeds may be of greater value than previously thought. Both nuts...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

If you haven’t joined the organic movement yet, now may be the time.

The last time I was at my grandmother’s house, she was proud to point out the organic veggies she had just picked up at her local store. She’s 79 years old, and though she grew up on a farm and has diligently maintained her own garden ever since I can remember, organic has never been part of her vocabulary… until now. It wasn’t long ago that “organic” was a word confined to the aisles of health food stores, spoken only by health nuts, but it has since busted out of that box, and in a big way. In 2009, 73...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Health by Chocolate: The polyphenomenal health benefits of chocolate

You’ve heard of death by chocolate, but doesn’t health by chocolate sound a lot better? Lucky for chocolate lovers, a growing amount of research is highlighting the much-loved food’s phenomenal health benefits—the key is to choose your chocolate wisely. From the beginning of the human relationship with cacao it was recognized as something special. Believing it to give him wisdom and power, the Aztec king Montezuma is rumored to have drank up to 50 goblets a day of xocaotl, (from Nahuatl words meaning “bitter water”) an unsweetened drink brewed from cacao beans. When cacao was brought to Europe by the...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Coconut: From Suspected Villain to Superfood Status

“Superfood” is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. From the ordinary (blueberries) to the exotic (mangosteen), there is something exciting about a superfood. A food that has an edge over others, a food with powerful health promoting benefits; a food so super that it is able to support health and vitality in a single bound. Coconut is such a food; one that contains unique nutrients that truly support health. Long vilified in conventional nutrition because of its saturated fat content, coconut has finally taken its rightful place as a true superfood, saturated fat and all. Super...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Honey has Many Health Benefits Other than Sweetness

"Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."Psalm xix. 10. Next week when it comes time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we will follow tradition and eat apple slices dipped in honey. The coming year should be as sweet as honey. Honey is the sweetest food found in nature. Flowering plants secrete sugary nectar made of dilute sucrose in order to attract insects which, in moving from plant to plant collecting this nectar, transfer pollen providing plants the evolutionary benefit of sexual reproduction. The bees evaporate water from the nectar concentrating it and add an enzyme which catalyzes...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

Grain Cooking Time/Water (per cup dry grain) & Yield Uses Long Grain Brown Rice 45 minutes/2.5 cupsYields: 3.5 cups Firm, fluffy side dishes, salad, pilafs. Medium Grain Brown Rice 50 minutes/2.5 cupsYields: 3.5 cups Softer. All-purpose, baking, stuffings. Short Grain Brown Rice 50 minutes/2 cupsYields: 3.5 cups Sticky. Puddings, baking, sushi. Wild Rice 50 minutes/2.5 cupsYields: 3.5 cups Mix with brown rice to add flavor and texture. Barley (Pot/Scotch is more nutritious than pearl) Pot - one hour/3 cupsPearl - 50 minutes/2.5 cups Yields: 3 cups each Grain salads, soups, stews, baking, casseroles. Millet (mineral-rich, easily digestible) 40 mintes/2.5 cupsYields:...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Goodtime Grillin'

Summer is finally here, and nothing says so quite like a backyard barbeque. Perhaps cooking directly over fire kindles a lost connection with our ancestors; maybe it is the fact that barbeques generally bring friends and family around; or is it the ability to cook a full meal without heating up the house and with minimal dishes to be washed? Whatever the reason, Americans love to grill. While grilling offers great taste and convenience, it comes with a few dangers. We’ve all heard the horror stories: the innocent family cookout gone bad when a grill is not properly maintained, or...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

To Drink or Not to Drink That Next Cup of Joe

Coffee - most people drink it, but it’s gotten some bad press over the years. How can something natural be bad? Well, it might not be bad in every situation in the most natural forms. In fact, new research shows that this beverage can even ward off certain types of cancer. For you coffee drinkers out there who are thinking this is the best news since man walked the moon, keep reading: coffee is still linked with negative health consequences and its consumption requires a heaping dose of moderation! Positive Press Liver protection is one of the most recent health...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Stephanie Briggs

Coconut flour is made from fresh coconut meat that is dried, defatted by a mechanical expeller, and ground into a fine powder. It can also be made from the residue remaining after the extraction of coconut milk. Coconut flour is gluten-free and very high in dietary fiber (35% to 60%, depending on the processing method). Because it contains so much fiber (i.e., indigestible carbohydrate), coconut flour is very low in digestible carbohydrate. It has about the same amount of protein as whole wheat flour. Over 90% of the fiber in coconut flour is insoluble.[1] The fiber is fermentable by colonic...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Heather Isely

Aspartame NutraSweet™ is the trademark name for aspartame. It is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Methanol, which composes 10% of the product, is wood alcohol, an acknowledged deadly poison. The FDA approved aspartame for food use in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. Independent researchers had such concern about the safety of aspartame that it influenced Dr. Woodrow C. Monte, Director of the Food Science and Nutrition Laboratory at Arizona State University, to file suit with the FDA. He went on to comment that “it’s not fair that you are leaving the full burden...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

Controlling Carbohydrates

The sections below give approximations for the amount of carbohydrates in a particular food or food category. This is an easy way to control your carbohydrate intake without the stress of counting each bit! Whole, real food choices are best – organic, if possible. Controlling carbohydrates doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy whole grains or fruit, it just means that the amount needs to be monitored. Approximately 70 to 80 grams of carbohydrates a day is typically appropriate for those wanting to control carbohydrates for weight loss and overall health.   Bread, Grains, and Starchy Vegetables: 15 grams of carbohydrate per...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

Genetically-Modified Foods: Your Right to Know

As part of its job as a consumer protection agency, the Food and Drug Administration requires that food manufacturers label their products so consumers know just what they are getting. By law, all labels must clearly state what’s in the product—all ingredients, including artificial ingredients, preservatives, and additives—and how the food was processed. For instance, labels must state whether the food is “fresh” or “from concentrate,” and if the food has been irradiated or pasteurized. If there is concern about the safety of an ingredient, the label must carry a health warning stating so.[1] This “truth in labeling” philosophy does...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

“Genetic engineering presents our society with problems unprecedented not only in the history of science, but of life on Earth. It places in human hands the capacity to redesign living organisms, the products of some three billion years of evolution. The results will be essentially new organisms, self-perpetuating and hence permanent. Once created, they cannot be recalled. [Genetic engineering] presents probably the largest ethical problem that science has ever had to face.” –George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and former professor of Biology at Harvard University What is a gene? Every plant and animal is made of cells, each of...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Stephanie Briggs

Carotenoids are a class of phytochemicals that are largely responsible for the red, yellow, and orange color of fruits and vegetables, and are also found in many dark green vegetables. Carotenoids absorb blue light and in plants and algae, they serve two key roles: they absorb light energy for use in photosynthesis and they protect chlorophyll from photodamage.[1]They are divided into two classes: carotenes and xanthophylls. They are not considered essential nutrients, although some can be converted into vitamin A, an essential nutrient. Many exhibit important antioxidant functions. Beta-carotene, the best known of the carotenoids, is only one of more...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

The Sweet Life

The unmistakable smell of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, mingled together in just the right combination. The sound of grandmother’s humming as a spoon gently clanks against the bowl. The feeling of warmth that wafts over my face as I open the oven to check on a batch of gingerbread. Little fingers covered with batter, tested while no one is looking. These are a few of my favorite things and they create an unmistakable feeling of sweetness in my heart. As the holidays approach, willpowers will be tested as well-meaning friends and family supply a steady stream of sweet temptations like...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

Going Green for Great Vitality: Nutrient-Concentrated Green Foods

There’s no question green foods are essential for achieving good health. Just looking at kale, seaweed, and broccoli, it’s obvious they are loaded with life-giving nutrients. The real challenge is actually eating them on a regular basis. Luckily, concentrated nutrition in green food supplements is right at your fingertips. There are a number of different options - chlorophyll, algae, young grasses, and green food combinations.1 Their extravaganza of nutrients includes vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, which rightly bestows them the name of “superfoods.” These food supplements can encourage health in innumerable ways, including detoxification support, combating destructive free radicals...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

Uncovering the Mystery

Strolling down the oils aisle can be daunting, confusing at best. Media attention has blurred our understanding of which to choose – one day an oil is good, the next day it’s bad! In this article we will go into detail about the different choices, how to use them, and the unique benefits of each. For more information on the values of fats and oils, the use of traditional sources, and the concerns of a low-fat diet check out the Natural Grocers’ Customer Literature File Fats. Fats and Oil Processing How a fat is processed helps determine whether it is...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Patrick Earvolino

A challenge of living in the Information Age is learning how to distinguish good reporting from bad. While the Internet has granted access to unprecedented stores of knowledge, it has at the same time blurred the line between fact and fiction, as fanciful claims travel through cyberspace alongside credible contention. Few issues illustrate this point as well as the "controversy" over canola oil. While some of canola's criticisms deserve consideration, the majority of accusations against it are, quite simply, balderdash. But before we decipher canola's pros and cons, a little history is in order. What's a Canola? The story of...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

It is a rarity to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a nice dose of chocolate – at least once in a while. Then of course there are those, like me, who can’t seem to keep their paws off the rich dreamy delicacy. Good thing this food contains nutrients that are good for your heart, skin and brain! The latest addition to the “chocolate” family of foods is cacao nibs - pieces of real chocolate derived from the cacao bean – which are teeming with nutrients. From the Tree to the Edible Nib The accurate name for the tree that gives...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Patrick Earvolino

Currently there are two main methods being used to pasteurize the almonds. One uses steam to sanitize the nuts, while the other uses the chemical propylene oxide, aka PPO, which is considered a possible carcinogen. Most conventional almond growers pasteurize their almonds using PPO. This includes Blue Diamond Growers (BDG), the main supplier of conventional bulk raw almonds for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. However, thanks to a special deal between BDG and Natural Grocers, all bulk raw almonds sold at Vitamin Cottage are steam pasteurized. So, while you may hear that BDG uses PPO to pasteurize their almonds, you...

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