How to Make Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

You probably know that washing fruits and vegetables is important for your health. Not only does it remove dirt and germs (from the harvest and handling), but it can help remove wax coatings and pesticide residue too. Think a quick rinse under running water will do the trick? Not so fast. Very little residue is removed with water alone, leaving waxy film and contaminants behind. While … [Read more...]

How to Make Healthy Mayonnaise

In many posts on the Healing Gourmet website, we discuss the importance of optimizing your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. This is one of the most important things you can do to guard against degenerative disease. And while this might sound like an easy thing to do, the truth is that most commercially-prepared foods are rife with omega-6 fatty acids... and devoid of omega-3 fatty acids. The result … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Dairy-Free Buttermilk

If you're a baker (or just a pancake or biscuit lover!), you know how a little buttermilk adds moisture, tenderness and tangy richness to your favorite baked goods. But how does buttermilk work its magic? The acids in buttermilk relax the protein gluten. This makes dough and batters more tender. Buttermilk also reacts with baking soda to make carbon dioxide bubbles. This helps to lift … [Read more...]

Bone Broth: The Superfood In Your Slow Cooker

It’s the time of year for merriment. And for most people, holiday indulgences can leave you feeling sluggish and dull as you ring in the New Year. But it’s not just holiday overindulgences that tax our liver and leave us feeling low. Every day we’re exposed to a barrage of assaults from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the chemicals we come into contact with. Our modern world a … [Read more...]

Fake Olive Oil? 4 Ways to Tell If Your Olive Oil is Legit

Olive oil has long been prized for the rich flavor it provides to a wide variety of foods - from meats and fish to vegetables and even baked goods. And in recent years, scientists have discovered that the benefits of olive oil go far beyond culinary. Rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidant nutrients called polyphenols, olive oil has been found to: Increase levels of beneficial HDL … [Read more...]

How to Get More Carnitine (with Your Slow Cooker!)

When you think of "superfoods" and "comfort foods", you might imagine two very different things. Perhaps a plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes... as opposed to a smoothie made with acai berries and spirulina. But comfort foods and superfoods don't have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, some of the most powerful superfoods are the ones your grandma used to bring to the table... like … [Read more...]

Don’t AGE Yourself With Your Cooking

The way you cook you food may be just as important to your health as the food itself, new research suggests. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are a class of toxins that have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, physical aging and Alzheimer's disease. And they are absorbed into your body by eating foods cooked or processed at high … [Read more...]

Cooking Oils Smoke Points (And The Danger to Your Health!)

The next time you see oil smoking in the frying pan, take notice and start over. Heating oils beyond their flash point - the point at which they oxidize and begin to smoke - gives rise to unpleasant flavors (and smells). More important, cooking oils at their smoke points creates lipid oxidation products (LOPs) - dangerous byproducts that cause free radical damage to cells. To eliminate these … [Read more...]

Steaming Vegetables Boosts Antioxidants (Up to 467%!)

Concerned about aging? Then pay special attention to how you you're cooking your food. Some cooking methods can release disease-causing toxins called AGEs (advanced glycation end products). While other methods can maximize the antioxidant ability of certain foods, unleashing their anti-aging potential. Steaming Vegetables: A Simple Way to Get More Free-Radical Power A recent study published … [Read more...]

How to Make Paleo Stuffing

Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away. As many of our readers have begun planning for the holidays, you have written in, asking for recipes for that blend the traditional with your personal style of healthy eating... Paleo stuffing. Gluten-free pies. Low-sugar cranberry sauce. Well, we've got 'em (check out the featured recipe below)! And many of you have offered up your own healthy … [Read more...]

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