Day: September 19, 2015

Spice up Your Life!

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The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND

Not only does cinnamon taste great, it also contains many health benefits such as: anti-clot formation, anti-microbial action, it helps maintain normal blood sugar, helps with weight control and it boosts brain function.

Cinnamon has calcium and fiber that protect against heart disease and improve colon health, among other things. It also has a high ORAC value, which is a measurement of antioxidant activity.

So add some cinnamon to your morning smoothie or your hot cereal, spice up your coffee or herbal tea with some extra cinnamon or add it to your raspberry vinaigrette; there are endless ways to spice up your life with cinnamon. But for the health benefits, be sure to eat the cinnamon without the bun attached to it 😉

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Juicing: Not a Fan

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Juicing

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND

This post falls into the “frequently asked questions” category:

What do you think of juicing?

Personally I think it’s much better to throw either whole fruit or lightly cooked veggies into the blender and blend them up into a smoothie or a hot/cold soup or veggie drink. That way you keep all of the goodies in your drink like fibre, bioflavonoids and polyphenols and you reduce the waste.  The fibre helps you feel full and nourishes the lining of the digestive tract, the bioflavonoids help your body make use of the vitamins in your drink and the polyphenols are antioxidants.

At home, I have a blender, not a juicer.
Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants found in the seeds of fruits like grapes. People pay big bucks for grape seed extract, but why not just purée organic seeded grapes instead and enjoy drinking your grape seed extract?

Juicing fruits, even if you juice it yourself and add no sugar, is still a fair bit of sugar and water and not much else.

Or, go really old school and eat whole fruits and veggies by chewing them and swallowing them 😉