Author - Azia Weisz

The Best Natural Sweeteners (Including Sugar!)

You might be horrified to find out that the average American consumes approximately 66 pounds of added sugar a year! This translates into a whopping 19.5 teaspoons or 82 grams of sugar every day! And it seems that the consumption of refined sugar is increasing every year. But that’s not all that’s on the rise. So is the rate at which we consume artificial sweeteners. They seem to be everywhere, and not just in so-called ‘diet’ products either. Although the safety of some artificial sweeteners has been debated for many years, the FDA technically classifies them as ‘safe’ for [...]

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7 Quick Tips for Vegetarian Health

Being a vegetarian is often a choice people make for a more healthy and ethical lifestyle. Following a vegetarian diet can be nutritionally superior to the other way of eating. It can also be one of the healthiest ways to eat. Plants are full of nutrients, which protect our health. But there are several things to consider in a vegetarian diet and the most important, is the amount of nutrients you are getting from your diet. Of course, a healthy diet has the same basis for everyone. With a well-balanced diet, you can improve your health and your waistline. [...]

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A Diabetic’s Cup of Tea (Or Coffee)

In order to understand the effects of tea and coffee on a person with diabetes, we need to know what Diabetes is. A common misconception that a diabetic person consumes too much sugar, is pure myth, as this is not the case.   What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease, where the body is unable to produce, or respond to insulin. Due to this, the ability to metabolize sugar, and carbohydrates, becomes problematic. The purpose of insulin is to lower blood sugar.   When insulin is not being produced, it results in elevated blood sugar/glucose readings.  The most common is Type 1, [...]

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When It’s Okay to Buy Non-Organic

Organic or not, we all know food is just not what it used to be. Our great grandparents used to eat vegetables that had been grown in small farms and came home from the shop in a wicker basket or paper bags. The fruit and vegetables that were available were in season, and the meat didn’t have antibiotics in it. Most of the foods we eat now are full of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides.  The meat has growth hormones and antibiotics, and none of these foods have the same level of vitamin, minerals, and nutrients that fresh produce [...]

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Should I Store Coffee in the Freezer?

Coffee, that ubiquitous drink that is enjoyed the world over. Who has not woken up to that delicious smell off freshly brewed coffee or warmed their hands on a mug on a chilly winter’s evening? We all enjoy our coffee, whether hot or cold, sweet or bitter, black or white or anything in between but how do we store coffee to keep it as fresh and delicious as when we bought it? If you are a coffee aficionado then correct method for storing coffee is second nature, but to most of us who simply enjoy this delicious brew, the correct [...]

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Factors Influencing Caffeine Levels in Tea

Who doesn’t enjoy a great cup of tea? How many of us wonder about the factors that influence the caffeine levels, and quality of different tea varieties? What is Caffeine? It is a stimulant, which naturally occurs in several different plants. Since it is water soluble, it can be extracted into a cup when brewing tea, coffee, or other beverages that contain caffeine. Various factors influence the caffeine levels in tea They include but are not limited to: climate, geographic location, preparation, blends, and environmental changes. For example, tea harvested during peak season tends to have a higher caffeine content than tea harvested [...]

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Foods guaranteed to help you sleep at night

Sometimes getting to sleep easily at night can be difficult but good sleep is incredibly important for your overall health. Ideally, you should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. A good sleep could keep your brain and digestion healthy and boost your immune system. There are many strategies you can use to promote good sleep. The most important of them is to include making changes to your diet. There are many foods that contain naturally occurring substances that bring on sleep. If you are having problems with falling asleep and staying asleep, you can help [...]

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