Coconut Oil May Reduce White Rice Calories 50-60%

coconut_rice_healthier_caloriesWhite rice is far from a health food, the excessive consumption of which contributes to overweight, obesity and blood sugar disorders, but new research indicates adding coconut oil while cooking it can dramatically alter its nutritional structure and function.

The way that a food will affect your blood sugar depends on a wide range of factors.

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A Natural Way to Fight the Blues

Depression is a major topic in the health news these days, as the veil is being lifted and people are feeling more and more comfortable disclosing their issues. Here is an introduction to SAMe and depression. It is one of the top natural supplements in the fight against depression.

Over in Europe, a supplement has been routinely prescribed by doctors for at least 33 years. Its full name is S-adenosyl- L-methionine, or SAMe for short. In the United States, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that SAMe was released as a dietary supplement. Since then, it’s been widely used and promoted for the treatment of depression, liver disease, and osteoarthritis. Its annual sales exceed $45.0 million, making SAMe one of the most popular items in health food stores.

What is SAMe? Our body makes it from adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and the amino acid, L- methionine. The latter depends on enough folate and vitamin B12 to work; two vitamins that can also lead to depression if you don’t have them in adequate amounts. Continue reading

Recipe for a Delicious Healthy Granola Bar with Chocolate

This granola recipe is inspired by a recipe from “Good to the Grain,” by Kim Boyce, with a few changes.

This is food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and a pleasure to eat.

Recipe ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or canola oil, plus additional for the pan and for your hands

2 cups mixed flaked grain cereal or rolled oats

1/2 cup flaxseed meal Continue reading