Friday, January 5, 2018

As Sweet As Honey...

                            
    Truth is, few foods in the word can rival honey

I thought we would start the year with one of my favorite super-food powerhouses, honey. As an all natural food, and health aid, the product of that relentless little bee, that everyone is so dreadfully afraid of,  results in one of the worlds true super-foods, honey. A food that never spoils. I know that many of my friends and a lot of my readers are sick with colds, and flu. Honey is antibacterial, antiviral, and will keep your immune system strong. It's been used on cuts, and burns for thousands of years. Honey will promote healing, and deter scarring. Honey is also an age old beauty product that will keep you skin and hair looking young and beautiful. These days people are turning to alternative medicines for treatment of diseases despite the modern advances in synthetic drugs. We are finally looking to nature for safe, healthy, time tested remedies. Honey is one of nature's purest foods for promoting general health. There are so many health benefits to honey, it truly is one of nature's super foods.
Let's see first off you might be surprised to learn that it's a natural antimicrobial, and antioxidant. Now I think it's kinda funny that most people go to the drug store for cough, cold and flu remedies, seeking a product that often has honey, and lemon as the main ingredients, when a glass of warm water with raw honey, and fresh lemon juice is far more effective. Raw honey contains the anti-oxidants we need in our daily diets to mop up those free radicals which are so harmful to our health. In fact honey contains far more anti-oxidants than some fruits and vegetables. However the combination of the two is an excellent way to stay healthy. Raw honey also has the enzymes that boost the immune system. In terms of antioxidants, darker is better when it comes to honey. Processed honey ( in the little bear)  is heated and filtered, robbing it of all natural nutrients. Only buy raw unfiltered honey. You can still fill your little bear squeeze bottle with it.
 
Honey has also been used throughout the ages as an all natural beauty product. Honey is a powerful booster to the immune system. Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast or cereal is all that is needed to reap these benefits. Honey is also great for cuts and wounds. Honey has been used to treat wounds for thousands of years. The antiseptic properties of honey will clean wounds and inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts and burns. It promotes healing, reduces swelling, and prevents infections. Unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins, and minerals. Refined sugars are void of vitamins, and minerals. The body must utilize it's store of valuable nutrients to digest refined sugar. This process depletes the supply of minerals essential to dissolve cholesterol, and fats. Honey helps metabolize cholesterol, and fatty acid preventing obesity. In fact you can make a simple diet drink by adding honey, and lemon to a glass of water.

Cleopatra, queen of Egypt was no stranger to the skin enhancing properties of honey. She regularly took milk and honey baths to maintain her youthful appearance. In fact she supposedly is the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Honey as a natural beauty product has unlimited possibilities. It can be used as a facial mask, hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, and more. If you read the labels of most commercial skin care products the almost all contain honey, and coconut. Honey has natural humectants, with the ability to replenish the moisture level in skin without adding oil. Honey is a popular anti aging skin care ingredient in many commercial moisturizers. Using honey as a facial mask will exfoliate, clarify, and unclog pores.

Honey is a wonderful deep conditioning treatment for dry hair. Smooth honey through your hair from root to tip, once a month. Be sure to rinse it out completely. Your hair will be soft, and full of shine. Eating honey can be a fun, erotic experience. You see it really doesn't matter how you get your honey, in your food, tea, or off your lover. You can't go wrong.
The best way to buy honey is locally from a beekeeper or a local farmer's market. This is likely raw honey. Raw unrefined honey can prevent hay fever-type symptoms, because of the pollen spores it contains. It actually de-sensitizes you. Only spend your money on the best, organic honey. The bees are not subjected to any form of pollution. Always read the labels on the jar, nothing added, nothing blended, just pure honey is what you should look for and buy.

Honey use is widespread in hospitals around the world for wound care. Modern hospitals today use "Honey Dressings" called Medi-Honey. These are applied to all kinds of skin infections such as bedsores, burns, and even babies ass rash with spectacular results. In fact honey heals these infections faster than any chemical medications. Even after major operations honey is the preferred dressing in today’s hospitals. Apart from being sweet, aromatic, and tasting nice, honey cures ailments with its ability to eat away, and destroy bad bacteria (stomach ulcers are caused by these bacteria) without destroying the good bacteria we need in our digestive systems and on our skin, to promote healing.
Can you think of a more versatile food source than good ole pure honey? Honey can be used in cooking and baking, can be mixed with fruits to naturally sweeten a delicious smoothie. It will calm a nasty cough so you can sleep. It can be used as a beauty product for the skin, and is an amazing natural medicine just to name a few of its benefits. Now, Don't give your baby any honey before he/she's a year old, even if it's to treat a cough. This is because honey can, very occasionally, contain a spore of a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. This can cause a rare form of food poisoning (botulism) in babies.

So thank the honey bees, the only insects that produce food, for human consumption. New Year's resolution, dump the refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners this new year, and add some raw honey to your diet. You'll be healthier I promise. Happy New Year, &  Good Luck...





If you are sick get well soon, hope the honey helps, try it in a...

Hot Toddy:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 fluid ounces boiling water
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg  


Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and put in the slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and serve with a good book...





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Sunday, December 31, 2017


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Don't Forget The Cranberry Sauce!


If you love cranberry sauce, you might be wondering if it is healthy for you or nothing but a sweet sugar-filled treat.

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It is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, and a diet which is rich in cranberries can help you lose weight

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Cranberry sauce good for you , can of sugar not good.

t is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, and a diet which is rich in cranberries can help you lose weight.

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It is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, a

Read more: http://notecook.com/desserts/fruits/is-cranberry-sauce-good-for-you/#ixzz2CpKa0kWl
It is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, a

Read more: http://notecook.com/desserts/fruits/is-cranberry-sauce-good-for-you/#ixzz2CpKa0kWl
Well let me first say the cranberry sauce I'll be talking about here is homemade, not mass produced sugar jelly in BPA lined cans. On the health side, recent research shows that cranberry could become a possible cure for stomach infections. Animals with stomach viruses that were given cranberry, and had results that were overwhelmingly positive. The virus didn't spread nor did it latch on to red blood cells.



While cranberries were known throughout Northern Europe, it is commonly accepted that the Pilgrims were introduced to cranberries by Native Americans

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While cranberries were known throughout Northern Europe, it is commonly accepted that the Pilgrims were introduced to cranberries by Native Americans

Read more: About Cranberry Sauce | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_4679280_cranberry-sauce.html#ixzz2CtntnIyT
While cranberries were known throughout northern Europe,
cranberry sauces and juices were first made by American settlers in 1683. The Pilgrims learned all about cranberries from the Native Americans, who recognized the natural preservative power (benzoic acid) in the berries, and often mixed them into pemmican a dried meat mixture to extend its shelf life.They also used the berries for wound medicine, and dye. Calling the red berries Sassamanash, natives introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts. General Ulysses S. Grant ordered it served to the troops during the seige of Petersburg in 1864. Cranberry sauce was first commercially canned in 1912 by the Cape Cod Cranberry Company which marketed the product as "Ocean Spray Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce."  Cranberries have a number of health benefits, and especially for all of you that have some excess fat to lose. Cranberries contains high levels of organic acids, which have an emulsifying effect upon fat deposits. When it comes to urinary tract infections caused by a strain of E coli bacteria, cranberries and cranberry juice have proved effective for relief. Some of the compounds in the cranberries block the bacteria from sticking to the cells in the body, so that the body can more easily flush the bacteria out.

According to researchers at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Results in a 2002 study suggest that cranberries  may inhibit a type of bacteria that is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children. In this study it was found that cranberries can inhibit certain strains of Haemophilus Influenzae, a type of bacteria found in the nose and throat of 75% of healthy children and adults. The bacteria can also cause infections, and may be responsible for up to 40% of bacterially-derived middle ear infection. Cranberries are a good source of polyphenol antioxidants and phytochemicals, both of which are possible deterrents against cancer, and disorders of the cardiovascular and immune systems. That's a lot of benefits coming from a small fruit. Preservatives in foods, and beverages,  contribute to the rise in urinary tract infection cases these days. Cranberry's anti-adhesion properties caused by the minerals found in the fruit help clense the body. Cranberries and it's unsweetened juice, have nothing but good news for the teeth and gums.
Experts say cranberry inhibits the growth of mouth bacteria that causes plaque. So eat up. A healthy dose of cranberry juice about two 16oz. glasses a day (about the size of a small bottled water) ensures your teeth are fresh and clean all the time. The presence of quinic acid have experts saying it is possible for cranberry to help prevent the development of kidney stones. It makes sense since cranberry can rid the body of wastes and bacteria. While cranberries are a natural diuretic they don't deplete your body of potassium like pharmaceutical diuretics, which can be very dangerous. So whatever you do this christmas don't pass on the Cranberry sauce. Good Luck..





Just in-case Bart's cranberry sauce wasn't good for you (and I hope it wasn't) try my favorite recipe...


It is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, and a diet which is rich in cranberries can help you lose weight

Read more: http://notecook.com/desserts/fruits/is-cranberry-sauce-good-for-you/#ixzz2CpL8yAqp
Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger                                               
  • 1 tsp minced orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:
  1. Bring orange juice, ginger, zest and cinnamon to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Rinse cranberries and add once boiling liquid. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add crushed pineapple and honey. Remove from heat and cool.

Now That's What I'm Talken About!!





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Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Party Double Dipping

               Are You Guilty; Of Holiday Double Dipping !!

This behavior was nationally revealed after a Seinfeld episode aired many years ago, in which the character George Costanza was caught in the act of double-dipping. So now you're at a party. You grab a big crunchy taco chip and dip it into a dish salsa. Now you're left with half of a chip with no salsa on it. You look at the half eaten chip. You glance around the room to see if anyone is watching...

Before you give in to the temptation to double dip that chip, consider the findings of a study done by Prof. Paul L. Dawson, a food microbiologist at Clemson University, published in the Journal of Food Safety on the effect of pre-biting a chip on bacterial transfer to the dip, a.k.a. "double dipping". Eight volunteer "chip dippers" dipped chips and crackers into different dipping solutions three to six times. Half the dippers bit the chip once between dips, the others re dipped unbitten chips or crackers. Dips included cups of sterile water as well as commercial dips of different consistencies and with different common ingredients, like nacho cheese, chocolate, and salsa. Without question, double dipping significantly contaminated the dip with oral bacteria. After three dips of an unbitten chip or cracker there were fewer than 800 bacteria in the dip, after three dips by a pre bitten chip, the bacterial levels in the dip shot up to 500,000 per cup! Several factors contributed to just how much bacteria ended up in the dip. Higher acid dips inhibited bacteria initially, but after sitting for two hours the acidic dip was just as high in bacteria as the more neutral dips were. Dip viscosity also influenced bacteria transfer. Thicker, stickier dips meant that more of the dip that touched the bitten end of the chip stayed stuck to the chip, rather than remaining in the bowl.
 
Guess what hepatitis A and other communicable diseases can be transmitted through a fecal-oral route, so if the person who indulged in some of the almonds from that nut bowl skipped washing their hands after a trip to the bathroom, you could get more than you bargained for in your next bite. Make sure there is a spoon tongs or some other way to grab some nuts other than with your hands. This is where you have to be particularly vigilant of the children if they are present at the gathering you are attending. The little crumb snatchers are germ incubators with no bathroom manners, and notorious double dippers, hand dippers, etc. 
 
So while we always knew double dipping at public gatherings is seriously anti-social and rude. We now can confirm it's quite unsanitary also. If you're the party host and have a shared chip bowl at your next gathering, here are a few tips to prevent double-dipping:
  • Cut up foods into one-bite sized pieces so that guests will not get the urge to double-dip.
  • Place the food into the center of the room rather than the corner so that guests will be less likely to double-dip.
  • Provide a spoon for each dip, and small plates to encourage guests to portion out some dip onto their own separate plate.
When attending gatherings this season with a buffet, remember food that's left out on a buffet table for hours has plenty of time to turn ugly. Make sure foods you eat that need to stay warm are kept warm, like meat dishes. Also foods that need to be kept cold are kept cold like shrimp and eggnog. If you get to the party late, skip the cooked foods and stick with the cheese and crackers, and you'll be ok.

The real truth is that most dips, store-bought or homemade already contain some bacteria. Double-dipping however will add significantly more microbes than the ones swimming in your salsa to begin with. So, if you wouldn't french kiss everyone at the party, keep an eye out for double dippers. If you want to avoid being embarrassed by getting publicly busted and want keep your germs to yourself, your best bet is to just double dip off of your own plate. The moral of the story, enjoy the parties but resist the urge, don't be a double dipper! Good Luck...
 





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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sweets For The Holiday Season...


If you think now's the time of year to lay off the sweets, you've absolutely gone MAD !!

This time of year has always been my favorite not for it religious reasons, but for it's sinful reckless confection consumption. The holiday season just brings out the sweet-tooth in all of us. If you don't agree, you're reading the wrong article. Have a carrot and we'll see you on next week with a health tip. For the rest of us here we go with my favorites...

Candy Canes 

For me the holiday season starts with the first sightings of candy canes. I mean whats holidays without candy canes? In its early form, the candy cane began as a simple white stick of sugar for children to eat. There was no "cane" shape or stripes to speak of. While it is uncertain where the first canes originated, it is clear that by the mid-17th century, the candy had already become widespread across Europe. To silence or reward children. These sticks were made by confectioners who had to pull, cut, twist, and in later years bend the sugar sticks by hand, making it a time-intensive process. Candy cane production had to be done locally, since they were easily damaged and vulnerable to moisture. The labor required, and difficulty of storage, combined to make these candies relatively hard to get, although popular. The distinctive hook shape associated with candy canes is traditionally credited to a choir-master at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, as legend has it, in 1670 bent straight candy sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's crook, and gave them to children at church services. The candy cane machine wasn't invented until the 1950's. This machine made it possible to produce and wrap the candy canes, which made the distribution of the traditional holiday treat a lot easier. In North America, the first documented example of the use of candy canes to celebrate the holidays occurred in 1847, when a German-Swedish immigrant by the name of August Imgard, hung the candy canes from the branches of a pine tree. The signature stripes did not become part of the candy cane until the 19th century. It is uncertain who first started using the stripes, but evidence of their use only appears after the turn of the century. At around this time, candy makers also began using peppermint as the candy cane's  flavor.
   
Egg Nog 

Now I must admit when I was young one way I knew the holiday season was beginning was when the egg nog began to appear in the market. Also, back then, I used to drink the nog like they weren't going to make any more, and although that creamy craving has tapered since childhood, I'll still enjoy a quart or two during the season. Our egg-nog in California comes fresh from the dairy in old fashioned glass milk bottles. It's thick creamy and with a bit of help from Capt. Morgan to make it interesting, it's a holiday home run. Eggnog developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with eggs and hot milk. In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy, as dairy products and eggs were rarely consumed by the lower classes due to their high cost and the lack of refrigeration. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America. When the supply of rum to the newly-founded United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolutionary War, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute. Traditional eggnog typically consists of milk or cream, sugar, and raw eggs. Vanilla is also a common flavoring, with grated nutmeg sprinkled on top. Eggnog is high in fat, not to worry though it's only a seasonal drink and you don't really drink that much to really matter. However, low-fat and no-sugar formulations are available using skimmed or low-fat milk. Some North American manufacturers even offer rice or coconut milk-based alternatives for vegans and those with dairy allergies. I just finished a quart of chocolate coconut milk who needs dairy milk? Not me, except for once a year. Now don't be fooled by these pseudo eggnog's in the supermarket. READ the ingredient's. Most of them are a little milk and eggs water, sugar and high fructose corn syrup, malto-dextrin, 2 or 3 different preservative salts, and sucralose or some other artificial sweetener thrown in to make it even more irresistible. Yuck !! bad news, if you can't get your eggnog from the dairy like we do here in southern California, and those pseudo eggnog's are your only options, make your own. It's a simple, fun easy family thing to do. I've done it with friends, and I can tell you, all you have to do if find a recipe on line that you want to try and go to the market and get the ingredient's, make your own substitutions according to taste, and you on you way to drinking a healthy holiday traditional drink. 

Gingerbread Men

 The holidays brings out the bakers,and I'm well aware everyone has their favorite cookie or cake treats that remind them of the season. For me it is butter cookies, and gingerbread men. Just the smell of ginger baking to me, is so intoxicating it immediately transports me to a childhood time. With an instant recall of all those holiday memories. Gingerbread itself dates back to the 15th century, and gingerbread man biscuit making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was in the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests. In design, gingerbread men are roughly a humanoid shape. Most gingerbread men have a face, made with candies or icing. Icing decorations are common, hair, shirt cuffs, and shoes are sometimes applied, but by far the most popular decoration are shirt buttons, which are traditionally represented by gum drops or icing. The man itself is a simple combination of flour, butter, baking soda, ginger, some brown sugar and eggs, and a lot of childhood memories. Gingerbread men are good dunking cookies they are firm and can stand up to a good dunking in your favorite warm beverage. In my experience they will stay fresh for a considerable length of time if they are kept in a Tupperware type container.


There you have it !!  Three of my favorites. The ones that bring the holidays home for me, and I'm sure you're contemplating your favorites right now. Now we are a nutrition website, and sugar isn't very nutritious. Keep in mind that sugar is an inflammatory agent, so the moderation rule applies here. Also always bake with organic sugar, in moderation, of course. Good Luck...

Now when it comes to cocktails here's one of my favorite holiday cocktails to start off your holiday season, and don't forget Santa's milk & cookies...


Candy Cane Tini

3 ounces half & half
2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce chilled vanilla vodka
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
White chocolate
Peppermint flavored hard candy (preferably red)
Crushed ice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously!  Melt white chocolate and dip rim of a Martini glass into it.  Immediately dip rim of glass into plate of crushed red peppermint candy.  Garnish with a candy cane! 





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Monday, October 30, 2017

Is Your Cinnamon Real Or Fake ??

Cinnamon is an evergreen, that originates in Sir-Lanka...

Cinnamon is a tropical evergreen tree whose leaves and inner bark is used to make Cinnamon oil and cinnamon sticks. Leaves from a wild cinnamon tree are harvested by growing the tree for two years then coppicing it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots. The branches harvested this way are processed by scraping off the outer bark, then beating the branch evenly with a hammer to loosen the inner bark. The inner bark is then pried out in long rolls. The cinnamon that we buy in our supermarkets is actually fake, either sold as sticks or ground into a powder. That's right most of you have never even tasted real cinnamon. The two most recognized types of cinnamon are Ceylon (real) and Cassia (fake), which come from different trees. Cinnamon is the fine inner skin of fragrant tree bark, of the cinnamon and cassia trees, which grow wild throughout Asia. To the western consumer, cassia bark is cinnamon, it's not. Real cinnamon has extremely high anti-oxidant activity, and the oil of real cinnamon has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. As a result, it has been used as an effective home remedy for, reducing blood sugar levels, and treating type 2 diabetes, lowering cholesterol, aiding digestion, treating diarrhea, curing the common cold, reducing arthritis pain, boosting memory, and cognitive function, treating toothaches, cooking, eliminating bad breath, curing headaches, and migraine pain. First a little history...

Spices were rare in antiquity, because they came from distant lands and travel was difficult. They were regarded as gifts, fit for royalty. While native only to the island of Ceylon now called Sri Lanka, off the coast of India. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years. It was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BC, the Hebrew Bible makes specific mention of the spice many times. Though ancient writers have left no records of cooking with cinnamon. It's source was kept mysterious in the Mediterranean world for centuries by the middlemen who handled the spice trade, to protect their monopoly as suppliers. Indonesian rafts transported cinnamon known in Indonesia as kayu manis- literally "sweet wood" on a cinnamon route directly from the Moluccas to East Africa, where local traders then carried it north to the Roman market.
 
Arab traders brought the spice via overland trade routes to Alexandria in Egypt, where it was bought by Venetian traders from Italy who held a monopoly on the spice trade in Europe. Portuguese traders finally landed in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the beginning of the sixteenth century and restructured the traditional production. The Portuguese established a fort on the island in 1518 and protected their own monopoly for over a hundred years. Dutch traders finally dislodged the Portuguese. They established a trading post in 1638, took control of the factories by 1640, and expelled all remaining Portuguese by 1658. The British took control of the island from the Dutch in 1796. However, the importance of the monopoly was declining, because cultivation of the cinnamon tree spread to other areas.

Phyto-chemicals have been discovered in cinnamon. Chalcone polymers that increase glucose metabolism in cells by an astounding twenty times or more. In one human study, daily amounts as low as ¼ to ½ teaspoon per day produced a 20% drop in blood sugar. So cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. A 2003 study at National Institutes of Health shows benefits of cinnamon in the diet of type 2 diabetics. Showing cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Some studies have also shown that consuming small amounts of cinnamon can help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad one). Simply eat half a teaspoon of real cinnamon powder daily. The cinnamon can be added as a mild sweetener to coffee,tea, smoothie, hot cocoa or food. On toast or bagel in the morning like my mom used to do. Chinese medicine has long used cinnamon as a natural remedy for coughs and the common cold. or treating a sore throat.  You can add a cinnamon stick to boiling water. Let boil for 2 minutes, remove the cinnamon stick. Then use the cinnamon water to make any herbal, white or green tea. Drink this tea two times per day. For a quick fix cinnamon has been known to help relieve toothache pain. For this you make a paste using 2 teaspoons of honey mixed with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply a small amount of this paste directly onto the aching tooth 2 or 3 times daily until the pain is relieved. Cinnamon contains compounds that may help reduce the pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. It has been shown to lower the release of arachidonic acid from cell membranes, lessening inflammation.
 
As shown in a study conducted at Copenhagen University, consuming just half a teaspoon of cinnamon in one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast relieves arthritis pain. Cinnamon bark, a component of the traditional Japanese medicine called Mao-to, and  has been shown in a 2008 study published in the Journal of General Virology to have an antiviral therapeutic effect. The compound eugenol is a major component of the essential oil from the leaves of the cinnamon tree has shown antiviral properties in vitro, specifically against both the HSV-1 and HSV-2 (Oral and Genital Herpes) viruses according to a study published in the journal, Phytotherapy Research. A study conducted in 2007 and published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry suggests that specific plant terpenoids contained within cinnamon have potent antiviral properties. If you're fighting yeast infections  cinnamon oil can help.  The eugenol and geraniol in cinnamon can help combat candida. Growth of yeasts in laboratory tests that were resistant to the anti-fungal medication fluconazole, were often stopped by cinnamon extracts. Since cinnamon has an thinning and anti-clotting effect on the blood, be careful about using it with other blood-thinning products like aspirin, of if you have ulcers. Anyone that is currently taking medication for controlling blood sugar levels or blood thinners should consult their doctor before using cinnamon as a regular supplement.

The powdered cinnamon that we commonly use as a spice is Cassia, and can be found in most grocery stores. It can also be purchased in stick form. Ceylon Cinnamon is typically more expensive than Cassia, and is therefore usually only available in specialty stores. It is usually only available in stick form. True Ceylon cinnamon has a much different flavor, a less sweet, more complex, citrus flavor. While cassia and true cinnamon share some health benefits, cassia has a dark side. Coumarin is a natural plant compound that is harmful to the liver and kidneys. Due to the presence of this moderately toxic component called coumarin, European health agencies have recently warned against consuming large amounts of cassia. Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) contains hardly any coumarin 2-5 ppm, but Chinese cinnamon Cassia, is known to contain high levels 2,000-5,000 ppm. So Ceylon cinnamon has negligible amounts of coumarin. The barks, when whole, are easily distinguished, and their microscopic characteristics are also quite distinct. The special flavors of English and Mexican sweets comes from Ceylon cinnamon.

Real Ceylon cinnamon also has a higher oil content, and a sweeter flavor than cassia. The bark is peeled from the tree, and the outer bark is removed, unlike cassia, which uses both the thick outer bark and the thin inner bark. So real cinnamon has a finer, less dense and more crumbly texture. Ceylon cinnamon sticks (or quills) have many thin layers and can easily be made into powder using a coffee or spice grinder, whereas cassia sticks are much harder. Indonesian cinnamon is often sold in neat quills made up of one thick layer, capable of damaging a spice or coffee grinder. Saigon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon are always sold as broken pieces of thick bark, as the bark is not supple enough to be rolled into quills.

Spices are the richest known source of antioxidants, based on ORAC value, and cinnamon is ranked among the top. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) assessment was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of a substance to disarm harmful free radicals in cells. Free radical damage within cells has been linked to many disorders. Antioxidants have been shown to prevent damage to cells caused by harmful free radicals.

Source  Serving Size           ORAC        
  Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp.    6,956
  Pomegranate Juice 8 oz.    5,853
  Blueberries 1/2 cup    4,848


 



So in addition to the potent antioxidant benefits of cinnamon, there are more and more scientific studies showing cinnamon's amazing ability to support glucose metabolism, lower cholesterol, and reduce joint pain. Although most scientific research has focused on cinnamon's ability to lower blood sugar levels,  because researchers have identified compounds in cinnamon that increase insulin sensitivity by activating enzymes that stimulate insulin receptors. People inflicted by asthma suffer from symptoms such as repeated episodes of cough, chest congestion, wheezing, sinus irritation, and shortness of breaths. Honey and cinnamon is a well-known home remedy for asthmatic symptoms. Mix one teaspoon of honey with half teaspoon of cinnamon powder and take the concoction just before going to sleep at night and first thing in the morning. It is not meant to be a rescue or quick-relief medication, but with repeated dosage, many have found to be an effective asthma treatment. So, if you know if anyone who is looking alternative medicine for asthma, tell them about it.


I also read a study where just sniffing, deep smelling but not snorting cinnamon resulted in a group performing better on standardized tests. That's fairly promising as a non-pharmacological solution for the elderly, and others with diseases which involve cognitive decline, or even people with imbalances like "test" anxiety. You know I added some to my tea this morning and I'm feeling absolutely brilliant as I'm writing this morning. You can add cinnamon to just about anything you drink or eat from breakfast to dinner meals for added flavor. Try it, real Ceylon cinnamon that is. If you can't find it locally it is relatively inexpensive online. You'll love it I promise, and if you're looking for something to do with those cassia sticks or ground cassia cinnamon. Boil some water and add some thin apple slices and cassia cinnamon for a great winter fragrance in your home. Good Luck..


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

It's Good To Be The King...


Basil is considered the "King of Herbs" by many chef's.

The round, often pointed leaves of the basil plant looks a lot like peppermint to which it is related. Its highly fragrant leaves are used as a seasoning herb for a variety of foods like the main ingredient in pesto, the mixture of basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. I for one, can't imagine cooking a meal in my kitchen with out fresh basil. I grow sweet, lemon and Thai. Basil is an easy herb to grow. It will grow both inside and outdoors, but does better outside. Basil thrives in the sunshine. Bottom leaves that become yellow is an indication that the plant either needs less fertilizer or more sunlight. First a little history. Basil is originally native to India and other tropical regions of Asia, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years.

 The word basil comes from the Greek "basileus", meaning "king", as it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and his mother St. Helen discovered the Holy Cross. This is the reason that it is now being used in the preparation of the holy water in Greek Orthodox Churches. Pots of basil are kept around the alter for their religious healing that the Greeks believe will take place. Basil was also used by the Greek and English royalty for their baths, and medicine. Basil is still referred to as "the king of herbs" from world-renowned chefs. In India where it grew originally, it was held in great admiration and was actually used in courtrooms to have the Indians swear their oaths upon. In Italy however, basil symbolizes love. When an Italian suitor wanted to show his love he would place a sprig of basil in his hair to win his hearts desire. It is the same in Mexico where people would keep basil in their pockets in hopes that the man or woman that they loved would return their love forever. In Romanina, they followed much of the same legend, where the man would give basil to his love and they would officially be engaged. In ancient Rome basil has also long been revered.

They called it Basilescus, which refers to the Basilisk, the fire-breathing dragon. The legend says, if you took basil every day then it would ward off attacks from the beast. On the Greek island of Crete, basil was considered an emblem of the devil and was placed on most window-ledges as a charm against his influence. For many cultures, and countries basil was  much more than an herb to eat.  It was a way of life. Basil was not introduced in Britain until the 16th century, and the British in turn brought it to North America, via the Massachusetts Bay Colony where it was introduced in 1621. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes speculations that basil may have been used in "some royal bath, or as a  medicine."

Today mostly basil is commonly used fresh in cooking. In general it's spice added at the last moment, as over-cooking destroys the flavor. The dried herb in jars resembling hay has lost most of its flavor. It's mostly aroma,and what little flavor remains tastes very different, a weak flavor. I say don't use it, your only cheating your meals of this sensational herb. There are over 160 varieties of this herb. Here are some of the more popular. I've highlighted in blue the flavors that I grow, and cook with;


Common name Species and cultivars Description
Sweet basil O. basilicum With a strong clove scent when fresh.
Lettuce leaf basil O. basilicum 'Lettuce Leaf' Has leaves so large they are sometimes used in salads.
Mammoth basil O. basilicum 'Mammoth' Another large-leaf variety, stronger flavor than sweet Genovese.
Genovese basil O. basilicum 'Genovese Gigante' Almost as popular as sweet basil, with similar flavor.
Nufar basil O. basilicum 'Nufar F1' Variety of Genovese resistant to fusarium wilt.
Spicy globe basil O. basilicum 'Spicy Globe' Grows in a bush form, very small leaves, strong flavor.
Greek Yevani basil O. basilicum 'Greek Yevani' Organically grown version of Spicy globe basil.
Fino verde basil O. basilicum piccolo Small, narrow leaves, sweeter, less pungent smell than larger leaved varieties.
Boxwood basil O. basilicum 'Boxwood' Grows tightly like boxwood, very small leaves, strong flavor, great for pestos.
Purple ruffles basil O. basilicum 'Purple Ruffles' Solid purple, rich and spicy and a little more anise-like than the flavor of Genovese Basil.
Magical Michael O. basilicum 'Magical Michael' Award-winning hybrid with an uncommon degree of uniformity, and nice flavor for culinary use.
Dark opal basil O. basilicum 'Purpurascens' Award-winning variety, developed at the University of Connecticut in the 1950s.
Red rubin basil O. basilicum 'Red Rubin' Strong magenta color, similar flavor to sweet basil, also called Opal basil.
Osmin purple basil O. basilicum 'Osmin Purple' Dark shiny purple with a jagged edge on the leaves, smaller leaves than red rubin.
Cuban basil O. basilicum Similar to sweet basil, with smaller leaves and stronger flavor, grown from cuttings.
Thai basil O. basilicum var. thyrsiflorum Called Ho-ra-pa  in Thai, gets its scent of licorice from estragole.
'Siam Queen' O. basilicum var. thyrsiflorum 'Siam Queen'[2 A named cultivar of Thai Basil
Cinnamon basil O. basilicum 'Cinnamon' Also called Mexican spice basil, with a strong scent of cinnamate, the same chemical as in cinnamon. Has purple flowers.
Licorice basil O. basilicum 'Licorice' Also known as Anise basil or Persian basil, silvery leaves, spicy licorice smell comes from the same chemical as in anise, anethole. Thai basil is also sometimes called Licorice basil.
Mrs. Burns lemon basil O. basilicum var. citriodora 'Mrs. Burns' Clean, aromatic lemon scent, similar to lemon basil.


Research studies on basil have shown unique health-protecting effects in two basic areas, basil's flavonoids and volatile oils. The unique array of active constituents called flavonoids found in basil provide protection at the cellular level. Orientin and Vicenin are two water-soluble flavonoids that have been of particular interest in basil, and in studies on human white blood cells, these components of basil protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage. In addition, basil has been shown to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth. These anti-bacterial properties of basil are not associated with its unique flavonoids, but instead with its volatile oils, which contain estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene. Lab studies show the effectiveness of basil in restricting growth of numerous bacteria, including : Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli O:157:H7, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Essential oil of basil, obtained from its leaves, has demonstrated the ability to inhibit several species of pathogenic bacteria that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs. In a study published in the July 2003 issue of the Journal of Microbiology Methods, essential oil of basil was even found to inhibit strains of bacteria from the genera Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Pseudomonas, all of which are not only widespread, but now pose serious treatment difficulties because they have developed a high level of resistance to treatment with antibiotic drugs.

Studies published in the February 2004 issue of Food Microbiology, have shown that washing produce in solution containing  basil or essential oil (at the very low concentration of just 1%) resulted in dropping the number of Shigella, an infectious bacteria that triggers diarrhea and may cause significant intestinal damage, below the point at which it could be detected. While scientists use this research to try to develop natural food preservatives, it makes good sense to include basil in more of your recipes, particularly for foods that are not cooked such as salads. So adding basil to your next vinaigrette will not only enhance the flavor of your fresh greens, but will help ensure that the fresh produce you consume is safe to eat.
 
The eugenol component of basil's volatile oils has been the subject of extensive study, since this substance can block the activity of an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (COX), like many non-steriodal over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID'S), including aspirin and ibuprofen. This enzyme-inhibiting effect of the eugenol in basil qualifies basil as an "anti-inflammatory" food that can provide important healing benefits along with symptomatic relief for individuals with inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel conditions. Basil is a very good source of Vitamin A, through its concentration of carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant, and not only protects epithelial cells (the cells that form the lining of numerous body structures including the blood vessels) from free radical damage, but also helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the blood stream. Only after it has been oxidized does cholesterol build up in blood vessel walls, initiating the development of atherosclerosis, whose end result can be a heart attack or stroke. Free radical damage is a contributing factor in many other conditions as well, including asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The beta-carotene found in basil may help to lessen the progression of these conditions while protecting cells from further damage. Basil is also a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, thus improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms or a spasming of the heart muscle or a blood vessel. Basil is also excellent source of vitamin K and a very good source of iron, and calcium. In addition, basil is a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.

Basil is a great plant as you can see to have in your garden or even potted in your house. Plants are easily available at your local grocery store or neighborhood garden nursery. Don't miss out, spice your meals with some fresh basil today. Good Luck...



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