Olive Oil … Good for your health...

Feb 15, 2013 by

Olive oil has always been placed somewhere between food and medicine. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recommended the juices of fresh olives as a cure for mental illness and poultices of macerated olives for ulcers. In the Middle Ages, it was used to treat gynecological complaints and in the Mediterranean country side was used as a treatment for ear aches, as a purgative, especially for children, as a treatment for stomach aches, gastritis, gastro duodenal ulcers and to soften calluses. Olive oil was thought to have a very positive effect on atrophy of the gallbladder and to inhibit hepatobiliary secretion during gallbladder emptying time. Today, research has shown the scientific basis for many of these beliefs. Here’s what the experts say: “New Italian research finds olive oil contains antioxidants, similar to those in...

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Seafood Marinade

Feb 15, 2013 by

Marinades are commonly used with seafood because they enrich the flesh helping to retain its moisture during cooking – over the intense heat of a charcoal fire, frying or baking. At the same time marinades add lots of flavour. Marinade recipes can include so many different ingredients – coconut milk, citrus juices, herbs, wine, curry powder, even crushed raspberries. The addition of oil or melted butter helps conserve the moisture and succulence of the fish as it cooks. In general, any marinade should include an acid ingredient (wine, citrus juice, yogurt, vinegar, spirits), a fatty ingredient (oil, butter, coconut milk) and flavourings (spices, herbs, fruit, garlic, mustard). You could play around with favourite ingredients and create your own unique...

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Do you eat enough … Fiber?...

Feb 11, 2013 by

Fiber comes from plants, not animal foods. It is highest in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and dried beans and peas. Nuts and seeds contain fiber, but are also high in fat and calories so be careful with these. A high fiber diet has a variety of health benefits including preventing constipation, colon cancer and helping to lower cholesterol, to name a few. For these benefits, 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day is recommended. Most people who eat a high fat, high meat diet or who rely on processed foods do not get enough. In fact, 10 to 11 grams is the estimated daily fiber intake of typical Westernised diets. Source:...

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