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Your handy “flu shots” and what research says about using this fruit to recover from the flu

Your handy “flu shots” and what research says about using this fruit to recover from the flu

Home remedies for common illnesses such as the flu are exciting by all counts, but this fruit may be particularly exciting because, in our case, it grows wild near us. We can harvest it easily and for free. We use it in elderberry syrup and elderberry tea. Is elderberry really effective against the flu? In… Continue Reading

A Fat-Fighting Fat May Be Lurking in Your Butter

A Fat-Fighting Fat May Be Lurking in Your Butter

Your glass of milk and pat of butter may have more beneficial fats if the cow that produced them grazed on grass. Milk, butter, and cream from grass fed cows are high in the heart-healthy, cancer-fighting, and lean muscle-building conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that a… Continue Reading

Pesticide in Produce: Does Organic Matter?

Pesticide in Produce: Does Organic Matter?

As you bite into a fresh apple, are you getting more than you bargained for? Do apples and other fruits and vegetables actually have pesticide residue? In 2002, researchers examined pesticide residue on common fruits and vegetables comparing conventionally-produced crops to those produced using an integrated pest management system and those that were certified organic… Continue Reading

Grass Fed Beef: An Omega 3 Fats Super Food?

Grass Fed Beef: An Omega 3 Fats Super Food?

This post was last updated on November 10th, 2013 at 10:24 pm Beef cattle spend the first nine months of their lives grazing on grass and nursing with their mother. It is the second half of their lives, however, that is key in the nutritional value of your hamburger. Off pasture for a year before… Continue Reading

Is Lard a Vitamin D Super Food?

Is Lard a Vitamin D Super Food?

As more research rolls out on the importance of vitamin D to optimal health, foodies are looking to food sources to meet their needs. Lard (yes, pig fat) is one food that many point to as packed with vitamin D. Is lard your vitamin D ticket? No. Lard has very small levels of vitamin D… Continue Reading