CategoryFood/Drink

What Is Torula Yeast?

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Torula yeast is a specific type of yeast that is more technically known as candida utilis. This is now a popular food additive but has also been the subject of some controversy… What Is Torula? Yeasts are a type of fungi, which means that they’re actually living single cell organisms. As you likely know from drinking alcohol, yeasts are useful for converting starches and sugars into other things...

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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When looking for and preparing vegetables for meals, many people overlook the spaghetti squash. This large oblong-shaped member of the winter squash family looks a bit intimidating and without some help, many people would cut it open and then wonder what to do with it. The reality is that spaghetti squash is a very simple vegetable to cook and can be prepared in a variety of ways. The squash can...

Baking Soda or Baking Powder?

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Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is usually used in baking for leavening purposes. The baking soda reacts with acidic ingredients in the recipe to help the product rise. This occurs because baking soda is on the basic side of the ph scale, and when it combines with an ingredient on the acidic side of the ph scale, it bubbles and causes the food to rise. Recipes that call for baking soda...

How to Cook and Store Ruby Red Swiss Chard for Health Benefits

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Red ruby Swiss chard is a dark green leafy vegetable similar to spinach with a bright red stem. It has an earthy and bitter flavor but is also salty because it is naturally high in sodium. Although consumers should be aware of its sodium content, Swiss chard is loaded with multiple vitamins and minerals. It would be a smart addition to almost anyone’s diet. Each serving has seven times the...

What Is a TBHQ Preservative?

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TBHQ is the considerably more memorable and catchy name for tertiary butylhydroquinone. This is a fat preservative that can be added to dog food in order to improve its shelf life. Unfortunately though, it may be somewhat unhealthy for your pup and many experts now recommend avoiding it where possible. What’s worse is that it also finds itself in a number of human foods where it is no less...

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

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When many of us think of tea, we will think in terms of either black tea or green tea. However, there are actually many ‘shades’ of tea that don’t fall so neatly into either of these camps and one of these is ‘Oolong tea’. Oolong tea finds itself somewhere between green and black tea as it is only partially fermented. Don’t pigeon hole tea! The result is a tea that has less of the ‘grassy’ taste...

What Are the Health Benefits of Thyme Tea?

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It’s tea time! Thyme tea time! About time for thyme tea time! Fun homonyms aside, thyme tea has a number of health benefits that’s earning itself a place in an increasing number of mugs. Thyme is a herb you’re likely familiar with from cooking. It comes from the mint family and can be used to complement poultry, lamb, veal, fish, chowders and more. But it’s far more versatile than even its range...

Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?

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Green tea has many impressive health benefits, is used as a key ingredient in ‘fat burners’ and is generally lauded for its antioxidant effects. One of the biggest reasons that green tea is so popular though, is that it is widely thought to be caffeine free. As it happens though, this isn’t actually entirely accurate… Types of Green Tea For starters, there is far more than one type of green tea...

The Truth About Caffeine: How it Really Affects Your Brain and Body

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It seems that the vast majority of the Earth’s population – myself included – have been content to consume large quantities of a neuroactive drug without really knowing what it’s doing or how it works. All of us are hooked, to the extent that we often roll out of bed experiencing withdrawal and can’t function until we get it. It sounds like something out of science fiction, but...

What's the Healthiest Way to Have Your Coffee?

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The effects of caffeine on our health for better or worse is a topic that is hotly debated and somewhat controversial. While many people still swear on their morning coffee to get them going, some are now saying that caffeine is only good for combating a caffeine withdrawal and that we’d actually be more alert and creative without it (1). But putting the effects of caffeine on our brain to...

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