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Avocado Oil

Are you using avocado oil in your cooking? If not,you should be! Avocado oil is one of the richest sources of monounsaturated fats known. Monounsaturated fats are best know for their anti-inflammatory action and beneficial effects on the metabolism - where they help to target unsightly and dangerous belly fat. How To Use Avocado Oil This golden-green oil is great for drizzling and salads … [Read more...]

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Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is popular throughout Southeast Asia, and is made from various mixtures based on the liquid from salted, fermented fish. Extremely pungent and strong-flavored, fish sauce can range in color from ochre to deep brown.  Fish sauce is used as a condiment and flavoring, similar to the way soy sauce is used. Traditional varieties of fish sauce include: nam pla (Thai), nuoc nam  … [Read more...]

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Wasabi

True wasabi - Wasabia japonica- is a member of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables which includes cabbages, horseradish and mustard. Packed with powerful cancer-fighters called isothiocyanates, wasabi helps to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in your liver that disarm free-radicals and carcinogens. HEALING TIP: Be sure to look for real wasabi, which comes powdered in a can or fresh in … [Read more...]

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the copra - or dried inner flesh of coconuts. It consists of about 90% saturated fat, and because of this, is slow to oxidize and resistant to rancidity. While coconut oil has been the subject of much controversy in the last few decades, research continues to mount on the health benefits of this delicious ingredient. Coconut oil is a rich source … [Read more...]

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Sauce

In simple terms, sauce is a flavored, thickened liquid designed to accompany food and enhance its flavor. As many things culinary, the French are credited to have created the "sauce" . In the 19th century, Chef Antonin Carême devised a method that classified hundreds of sauces into one of five "mother sauces". The "mother sauces" include: espagnole - a brown stock-based sauce; veloute - a light … [Read more...]

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Tamari

Soy sauce - a staple in Asian cooking - is a made by fermenting boiled soybeans and roasted barley or wheat. While there is essentially one main type of soy sauce produced in the United States, China and Japan produce a number of varieties with a diverse range in color and flavor. Light soy sauce is thinner and saltier than dark soy sauce. Japanese tamari is thick, rich and extremely … [Read more...]

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Vinegar

Vinegar, meaning "sour wine" in French, is made by fermenting wine, beer or cider into a weak solution of acetic acid. A multitude of varieties of vinegar are available today including: apple cider vinegar (made from fermented apple cider), distilled white vinegar (made from a grain-alcohol mixture), wine vinegars (made from either red or white wine), malt vinegar (made from malted barley), … [Read more...]

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Ketchup

Ketchup, or catsup, is a thick, spicy sauce is a traditional American accompaniment for French fries, hamburgers and many other foods. While the primary ingredient in the ketchup we know is tomatoes, this popular sauce is believed to have originated from a spicy pickled-fish condiment popular in 17th-century China. Because tomatoes are a heavily pesticided crop, it is important to choose … [Read more...]

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Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is an emulsion of vegetable oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar. Because most mayonnaises are made with soybean oil and contain additives, your best bet is to learn how to make healthy mayonnaise. But if you're looking for a quick alternative, enjoy coconut mayonnaise made by Wilderness Family Naturals. Widely used as a spread or dressing, mayonnaise is also used as the base … [Read more...]

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Oils

Culinary oils have a myriad of cooking uses and health benefits. From carmelizing onions to adding richness and texture to a variety of foods, oils provide a source of flavor and healthy fats. The most healthful culinary oils to choose provide heart healthy monounsaturated fats that are not easily oxidized.  Choose organic, cold-pressed oils which are less refined and provide more nutrients … [Read more...]

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