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Month: November 2018

Tea versus Coffee . . . Put Down that Mug!

The most consumed beverage on the planet second to water is tea (then third is beer, if you’re wondering). As for Coffee, which was brought into the European scene by the Dutch shortly after the Battle of Vienna (where it played a prominent role), it’s dominant in the Americas and continental Europe. Tea, on the other hand, is preferred across Asia, Russia, and its historical territories. Worldwide “three cups of tea are consumed for every one cup of coffee.” A little about the history of coffee and . . . While both beverages have been around for a long...

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Carob versus Cacao and Chocolate

In addition to cacao, carob is another popular natural additive for juice, and especially teas or coffee. While looking into learning more about chocolate (link), you will undoubtedly somewhere along the way run into a discussion about carob and how it’s “healthier for you than chocolate”. But, when you look at the specifics, you discover that that the ‘real’ answer is: ‘it depends.’ But first, if you don’t know what carob is, let’s start with a quick introduction, or refresher for those who were tormented with it by well-meaning moms in the 70’s and 80’s. While cacao is made...

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Chocolate and Cacao – Which is Best For You?

In the early 2000s, cacao became ‘the rage’ of the raw food movement. Already, there was a mountain of evidence that it’s better for you than chocolate Cacao and Cocoa are Different So, let’s start with the basics.  Cacao is the juice (or dried powder form) of cold-pressed cacao beans.  By contrast cocoa is made from toasted-and-crushed cacao beans. Sometimes, chocolate is made from raw cacao, while at other times chocolate is made from the toasted-and-crushed beans. What do these differences mean to you? Bernardino de Sahagún, a Spanish missionary, compared Aztec chocolate to hallucinogenic mushrooms (that’s a little...

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Coffee: Your Friend or Foe?

There are a lot of new studies coming out about coffee (maybe you’ve noticed): its advantages, its health benefits, and its plethora of antioxidants. It has a romantic bevvy of devotees and just as many nay-sayers that avoid it for its acidity and effects on the nervous system. So who’s right? Is coffee a friend or foe? Well, let’s look at some of the key science studies that have been making waves in the past five years about this little roasted coffea berry seed. Why Coffee is A Friend The American Diabetes Association published a study that showed that...

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