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Soybean Oil

Published on Apr 16, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

In Asian countries, the soybean is a traditional protein staple. Soybeans contain high amounts of isoflavones, which are beneficial to health. Isoflavones are compounds derived from plants that give estrogenic activity. 

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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

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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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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The Clear Truth About Beta Carotene

Published on Aug 3, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Carotenoids are a group of nutrients in the vitamin A family. Carotenoids are the yellow- orange pigment mostly found in fruits and vegetables., but there are also some carotenoids in animal products such as egg yolks. Carotenoids contribute to about 68% of vitamin A that is consumed in the diet.

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Eye Spy Lutein!

Published on Aug 1, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Carotenoids are a group of fat soluble pigments that provide a red, orange, or yellow color to many fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids can be classified into two groups: pro vitamin A and non provitamin A compounds. Lutein is a non pro vitamin A compound belonging to a cluster of carotenoids called xanthophylls. Xanthophylls are pigments typically found in plants that display photosynthetic properties. Lutein is a conditionally essential nutrient, thus it normally produced in the body is sufficient amounts, except when the body is in a state of stress. Since lutein is a pigment, it can be used as a natural coloring agent. It gives a yellow color at low concentrations and an orange color at high concentrations. In fact, the word lutein comes from the latin word, lutea, meaning yellow. In plants, lutein protects the plants from excess sunlight by absorbing light.

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Go the Long Distance with MCTs

Published on Jul 31, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood and a source of energy for the body. The structure of triglycerides includes a glyceride molecule with three fatty acids attached. Triglycerides can be divided into three different types, depending on the chain length of the fatty acid chain. Short chain fatty acids triglycerides have less than six carbons, medium chain triglycerides have 6-12 carbons, and long chain triglycerides have 13-21 carbons. Long chain triglycerides are the most common triglyceride found in the diet. In this blog, we will focus on medium chain triglycerides.

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Red About Lycopene?

Published on Jul 20, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

CAROTENOIDS

There are over 600 types of carotenoids in nature. However, only 50 carotenoids are sustained in food, typically fruits and vegetables. And around 25 carotenoids are actually absorbed into the human system. Carotenoids are pigments, which provide many fruits and vegetables with color. The pigments of carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red. Carotenoids are not only beneficial for the color it brings to foods, but also have nutraceutical properties. Carotenoids are antioxidants which neutralize free radicals in the body (1).

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Chia – The Super Seed

Published on Jul 19, 2017 By: Callie Pillsbury

Chia seeds are becoming a huge part of the health food scene. Food products such as peanut butter, granola bars, smoothies, and yogurts are products marketed with added chia seeds to gain consumer attention.

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