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Cassava Flour: The Best Grain-Free Baking Alternative?

Thinking of giving up gluten? Cassava flour just may be what you're looking for to help. What is cassava flour? It's a type of wheat-free, gluten-free flour alternative that's made by grating and drying the fibrous cassava root (yuca). Otto's Naturals, one of the leading suppliers of cassava flour, calls this product the "next generation…

Jicama: Full of Prebiotic Fiber, It Helps Weight Loss

Jicama (also called yambean) is a type of bulbous root vegetable that many people describe as being a cross between an apple and a turnip. Originally from the Mexican peninsula, jicama has played an important part in traditional cuisines of populations living in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia from thousands of years.…

Nanotechnology in Food Science: What You Need to Know

While the food industry has been using various sources of technology for decades to improve the appeal and shelf life of their products, nanotechnology in food is still a concept that's in its infancy. Whether you realize it or not, you may already consume foods and drinks that use this technology, such as certain beers,…

What Is Silicon Dioxide and Is It Safe?

In order to improve the texture and shelf life of granular and powdered food products, such as protein powders and seasonings, anti-caking additives are often used. One such additive is silicon dioxide, which the ability to help prevent ingredients from becoming moist and clumping together. What is silicon dioxide exactly, and is it safe? Also…

Is Ezekiel Bread a “Superbread”? Learn How to Make

What is the healthiest bread you can eat? That can depend upon your health status, health goals and food allergies, but Ezekiel bread may just be a healthier choice for you than your current go-to loaf. Ezekiel bread is a type of sprouted grain bread that is prepared using traditional methods of soaking, sprouting and baking.…

Amaranth: A Gluten-Free, Protein-Rich Grain Full of Benefits

If you're on the lookout for gluten-free grains that pack a nutritional punch, you'll definitely want to try amaranth. The grain is gaining popularity today because of its startling health benefits. It has an earthy and nutty flavor, helps you to feel full because of its fiber content, and like quinoa, serves as an excellent…

6 Natural Ways to Reduce the Peanut Allergy

  In the U.S., approximately 1 to 2 percent (or more) of the population has a peanut allergy — about 3 million people — a percentage that continues to rise. In the past two decades, the prevalence of peanut allergies has more than quadrupled, up from 0.4 percent of the U.S. population in 1997 to…

How Leeks Can Protect You from Both Cancer & Heart Disease

The leek is a sister plant to onion and garlic, and like those incredible nutrient-rich foods, leeks offer a whole host of health benefits. The list of what leeks can do is a long one. From preventing inflammation — the root of most diseases — to protecting the body from cancer, heart disease and everything…

Imitation Crab Meat May Be Even Worse Than You Think

Have you ever eaten at a sushi restaurant or ordered Chinese takeout? If so, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve tried imitation crab meat at one point or another, regardless of whether you knew it or not. Thanks to its versatility, ease of preparation and budget-friendly benefits, imitation crab has become a prominent ingredient…