Avena sativa is the name for the common oat, a common ingredient in many common foods. Oats are grown around the world and are a dietary staple for many, many people and with good reason. Oats are very nutritionally sound and are a “good fuel” for the body; they help to stimulate the immune system and promote balanced blood sugar. 
I received an email from my friends at The Corse Farm in Whitingham, Vermont. They’ve been in operation since 1868 and have been using responsible, sustainable methods for a number of years. As you probably know, many organic farms are small, family run operations that do not have the deep pockets that the large, corporate-conglomerate farming operations do. They are organizing a trip to Washington to join Environmental Working Group and Organic Valley to fight for a farm bill that’s about expanding access to healthy, affordable food for everyone.
We hear a lot about the importance of eating food that’s organically grown and free of pesticides and other harmful toxins. That’s often where the conversation stops. However, should we also give consideration to the cookware we use to prepare the food we eat? Of course nobody wants to eat food with a high aluminum content, but what about preparing food in aluminum cookware? Does that present safety concerns? What about stainless steel cookware? Much research indicates that we need to be as deliberate in the cookware we use as [...]
If you’re not familiar with the TED Talks video series, I highly recommend checking them out. TED Talks are informational lectures (on a HUGE variety of topics described as “ideas worth spreading”) given by experts in the field. It’s nearly impossible to watch them and not be smarter afterward. I recently saw a TED Talk featuring ancient diet researcher Dr. Christina Warinner. In her presentation, she sets the record straight about the paleo diet and the myths that surround it, and there are many.
Cloves are the dried, flower bud of the evergreen tree, Eugenia aromatica. While the tree is indigenous to the Maluka Islands of Indonesia, cloves also grow naturally in India, the West Indies, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Madagascar. For over 2,000 years, Indian and Chinese traditional medicine has made extensive use of cloves and clove oil. Arabic traders brought the buds to Europe in the 4th century. During the 7th and 8th centuries in Europe, cloves became popular as a food preservative. Today, cloves are in the spice rack of [...]