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Linseed vs Flaxseed

What are Linseeds (or is it Flaxseeds)? A linseed (Linum usitatissiumum) is shaped like a sesame seed, but is a little larger and has a harder, shinier shell. It is a dark brown or sometimes a reddish-brown colour, but golden linseed is, well…a golden colour. 😉 Nomenclature of Linseed vs Flaxseed Have you noticed that North Americans tend to call…

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Olives and Happy Hearts

Olive Oyl or Olive Oil? We’re not talking about Popeye’s sweetheart Olive Oyl, but the delicious fruit of the olive tree. Yep, technically olives are considered a fruit, although we often refer to them as a vegetable. Green and black olives are actually the same fruit, but are picked at different points in their development. Green olives are younger and…

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The Pistachio: Heart Healthy Nuts

What are Pistachios? Similar to mangoes, the pistachio is a member of the cashew family. Although now grown in California, it originates from the Middle East and is native to Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the Caucausus Mountains (southern Afghanistan and Russia). It’s the seed of a very hardy tree that grows in dry, stoney, nutrient-poor soil under a hot sun….

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Garlic: The Magic Pill?

What is Garlic? A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. –Yiddish proverb The Stinking Rose or Russian penicillin, as garlic is also called, is a member of the lily family. The bulb, which grows underground, is the most used part of the plant, but the leaves, called scapes, are also edible and…

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Two Peas in a Pod

[When you have two people that are similar, we say, “Those two are just like two peas in a pod!”. I have that with my BFF and I’d like to think that a lot of the vegetables we’re talking about are also very similar to each other. Some good examples include turmeric and ginger, which both have strong anti-inflammatory properties….

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Why You Need Vitamin D. A Lot More.

Is vitamin D really that important? I just couldn’t resist posting this article as it’s a great summary of the research and comments on the health benefits of vitamin D. Last month, the Orthomolecular Medicine New Service published an article that called vitamin D the nutrient of the decade. William B Grant PhD, from the the director of the Sunlight,…