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What Food Labels Really Mean

The food store can sometimes be a confusing place. We’re all trying to eat healthily but sometimes it can be hard to know what’s healthy and what’s not. This infographic from HappyCleans looks at confusing food labels can be and will hopefully help you to make informed choices on your next trip to the store. For example, the world natural on food labels helps you to sell $40 billion worth of food every year.

Organic is what you should be looking for as these products must contain 95% organically produced ingredients. However, any guidelines relating to the word natural are only recommended and there are no official FDA guidelines.

Another confusing aisle at the store can be the bread aisle as the labels can be a bit misleading. For example, multigrain only means that the bread contains more than one grain and it does not mean it is more nutritional. 100% whole grain is what you should look for as it means every nutrient in the grain is accounted for in the bread. See the full infographic now! Continue reading

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Sugar – The Bitter Sweet Truth

What is sugar?

Sugar is the general term for a class of molecules known as carbohydrates.

The white granular form of sugar that we know is also known as sucrose which is made up of two smaller molecules: fructose and glucose. Continue reading

health benefits of matcha

Spotlight on Superfoods : Health Benefits of Matcha

INFORMATION ON ThE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA

Matcha : Origin and background information

Just like all true teas (including black, yellow, oolong, pu-erth and white) green tea comes from the evergreen, native to Southern China, shrub “Camellia Sinensis”.

Matcha green tea literally translated as ‘powdered tea’ (in Japanese ‘Cha’ means tea and ‘ma’ powder) was first introduced to Japan around 1191 A.D by the Buddhist monk Eisai, who also became the founder of Zen Buddhism. He brought green tea seeds from China and is believed to be the first person to grind and consume green tea leaves in powdered form. Matcha became and continues to be the focal point of tea ceremonies in Japan as it not only stimulates mental alertness, sustained energy, and presence of mind, but also a meditative state and a sense of calm. Continue reading

Bee Propolis – The Great Healer

 

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“For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.”
~ William Shakespeare

Bees are fascinating creatures that form an essential part of earth’s ecosystem. They not only help to pollinate flowers and produce honey, but also provide humans with health supplements such as bee pollen and propolis. The latter, also referred to as bee glue, has been known for its healing properties for centuries, and has been used as medicine by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Continue reading

health benefits of kale

Health Benefits of Kale

 Kale Health Benefits, Recipes and more

Many of you might have heard about kale and how beneficial its consumption can be for your health. So let’s learn more about this superfood and explore its nutritional content and various health benefits. Recipe suggestions are also included to inspire and inform you about the different ways in which you can prepare and cook this leafy vegetable.

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