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Ancient Grains Making a Comeback

If you’re a home cook looking for new ways to conjure up wholesome food for your family, you can always look back into the deep past for a few ideas. No, we don’t mean grandma’s recipe book. We’re going back even further, to ancient grains. These cereals have been given a new lease of life, as research shows that 40 percent of shoppers want a greater variety of wholesome grains in their diets, and some 20 percent are willing to pay …

Made with Love Cafe: A Personal Journey of Weight Loss

For most of their lives, couple Rena Ridzwan and Adlin Azman never gave much thought to healthy eating. Both loved nothing more than tucking into a large meal of rich, decadent food. Over the years though this lifestyle began to take a toll on their health. At one point Rena was nearly 90 kilograms, while Adlin hit a peak of 95kg. Adlin suffered from painful gout, while Rena had high cholesterol, pre-diabetic risks and high blood pressure. These pre-diabetic risks …

Keto VS Atkins: The Diet Showdown

Time for a low-carb, fad diet smackdown! In this corner, we have the defending champion, buster of cards, lover of meat, the defining diet of the 20th century: The Atkins diet! And in the other corner, we have a newcomer to all those celebrity nutrition blogs, the carb-cutting diet of carb-cutting diets: Keto! Let’s get ready to rumble! (And by “rumble”, we’re mostly referring to the sound your stomach will make when it’s deprived of pizza and beer…) Round one: …

A Day In the Life of a Vegan

What does it mean to be vegan? How are vegans different than vegetarians, exactly? How do vegans get protein? And what the heck is riboflavin? If you’ve ever had these questions rattling around in your brain, grab your hemp backpack and organic granola, because we’re going vegan! At least for one day… You subscribe to the vegan philosophy As a vegan, you don’t just have a diet. You have a philosophy. As a vegan, you do not believe in the …

Getting Salty: Different Kinds of Salt and its Effect on You

Given the bad press around salt and its potential negative health impacts, it’s easy to overlook that it’s an indispensable ingredient in most kitchens. While most of us reach for table salt when cooking and baking, you can also find a range of gourmet salts in supermarket aisles, each with a different mineral make-up, sodium content and taste profile. Also known as sodium chloride, salt is a crystalline compound made up of two elements: sodium and chlorine. These elements are …

Vegan Alternatives to Honey

It’s well-known that vegans steer clear of animal products like meat, eggs, dairy and seafood. But what about honey? Within the vegan community, it’s a hotly debated topic. Some believe that they should avoid it, as honey is meant to be food for bees, keeping them alive over winter, while other vegans include honey in their plant-based diets. It’s not like bees are slaughtered during commercial honey production, or that honey is directly part of the reproductive process. The argument …