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The Kombucha Boost

Published on Jan 31, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Recently a new tart, sour, bubbly drink called Kombucha has been all the rave. This drink that resembles cider has been claimed to have many health and possibly curative properties.

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6 Flax Facts

Published on Jan 29, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

1. The Difference between Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed

Flaxseeds, also known as linseed, are seeds from the plant Linum usitatissimum. Historically, flaxseed has been woven into linen to make fabric and clothing. Actually, this is how we got the word linen, meaning cloth woven from Linum usitatissimum or flaxseed (1). 

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Cheese Please!

Published on Jan 24, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Cheese is ubiquitous! From pizza and pasta to cheesy enchiladas, everywhere we look there is cheese on our plate. Cheese is produced from milk. The curd (milk solids) is removed from the whey (milk liquid) and then the curd is processed for ripening. The flavor and texture of cheese depend on the time of ripening, also known as aging. The longer the aging process, the more brittle the cheese and the sharper the taste. In the US, the home of cheese is Green County, Wisconsin, where cheese production settled from Europe. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, 1/3 of milk produced in the United States each year is used to produce cheese and 10.6 billion pounds of cheese were produced in 2011 (1).

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From C to Shining C!

Published on Jan 22, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin. Vitamin C is water soluble vitamin, thus if an excess is consumed it is merely excreted from the body without any toxic effects. Because vitamin C is relatively unstable on exposure to heat, air, and light, it is oxidized and lost from the food item. 

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Grape Seed Oil: As Good as Wine and Roses

Published on Jan 18, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Grapes are a round, sweet berry found in clusters from the flowering plant, Vitis. There are three different categories of grapes. Table grapes are those commonly eaten in fruit salads, for a snack, or are used in a recipe. Raisin are dried grapes that can be eaten raw or used in baking. Wine grapes are smaller, sweeter grapes used in viniculture to make wine. 

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Guide to Choline

Published on Oct 20, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

A recent study discovered that 90% of Americans are not consuming adequate choline in their diets (1). Thus, a new daily value for choline has been set. The new recommended daily intake for choline is 550 mg for men and 425 mg for women per day. Additionally, nutrient content claims are now available for choline. These include labels such as “contains choline” or “high in choline” on food items (2). Many people do not understand the vital impacts of choline. The importance of this critical vitamin is discussed below.

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Grape Seed Oil

Published on Aug 28, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Grapes are a round, sweet berry found in clusters from the flowering plant, Vitis. There are three different categories of grapes. Table grapes are those commonly eaten in fruit salads, for a snack, or are used in a recipe. Raisin are dried grapes that can be eaten raw or used in baking. Wine grapes are smaller, sweeter grapes used in viniculture to make wine. 

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Forage Through Borage Seed Oil

Published on Aug 23, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

An old folk tale exclaims that if a woman wants a man to propose, she should slip some borage into the the man’s tea to give him the courage to propose. Let’s see if borage can give you the same boldness.

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Vitamin D- You Are My Sunshine

Published on Aug 21, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Vitamin D is a combination of many nutrients called sterols. There are two types of vitamin D found in food. Vitamin D2, ergocalciferol, and vitamin D3, cholecalciferol. Ergocalciferol is used in fortified foods and supplements such as the vitamin D in fortified orange juice. Cholecalciferol is the natural form of vitamin D, and is found animal foods such as egg yolk and butter.

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Go Crazy For Cranberries and Cranberry Seed Oil!

Published on Aug 16, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Cranberries are not just a fruit for the holidays, but they are a superfood that should be encouraged to be consumed all year around! Try to eat more cranberries by putting them in your muffins, oatmeal, or even put cranberry seed oil on your salad!

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