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    Raw Cacao v's Cocoa - What is the difference?

    They look the same and smell the same, so why are they different? Well, it is fair to say there is a difference in taste, nutritional content and cost. We give you the quick run down on the differences to help you make an informed decision when satisfying your sweet craving.

    Lets get a few things straight first, cacao is pronounced 'ca-cow', and cacao and cocoa in their rawest ...
    by Published on 9th June 2017 13:18
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    The Health Benefits of Quinoa

    Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) first became popular around 7000 years ago and was widely consumed in South America, it's popularity at the time may be due in part to the plants hardiness and ability to grow in all climates and altitudes. The largest commercial producer of quinoa in the world is Peru, producing 114.3 thousand metric tons annually, followed by Bolivia with 77.4 thousand metric tons.

    Quinoa is commonly referred to as a grain, however it is actually a seed and belongs to the same family as spinach and swiss chard.
    Quinoa has come under the spot light recently as an alternative 'grain' for wheat, with so many people trying to avoid ...
    by Published on 5th June 2017 15:31
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    The health and nutritional benefits of eating brown rice

    Rice is an ancient and well loved food, and it is estimated to have been consumed nearly 9000 years ago, originating in Asia. Today rice supplies half of the daily calories for half of the worlds population, and it comes as no surprise that the worlds largest producers are China, India and Indonesia.

    Although it may come as a surprise to know that there are over 8,000 varieties of rice, however, rice commonly gets narrowed down to three types, short, medium and long grain rice. Short grain has the greatest percentage of starch and as a result tends to be the stickiest, long grain tends to remain separated after cooking, while medium grain sits somewhere between the two types.

    Brown rice differs from white rice in that it has only the outermost layer ...
    by Published on 25th November 2016 16:15
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    The health Benefits of Chia.

    Chia seeds were first cultivated over 4,000 years ago in South and Central America. The seed was grown as a food crop for energy, endurance and wellbeing.
    Highly prized by the Aztec Emperors, chia was used as currency, and given as religious offerings and used at burial ceremonies.

    Ancient civilisations believed that chia seeds provided supernatural powers, and in Mayan the word 'chia' means strength. For a while this ancient grain disappeared from general use, but resurfaced in Argentina as a result of cultivation. Today Australia is fast becoming the main producer of chia.

    More recently chia is acknowledged for an array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids but, what sets this little beauty apart from other foods is that it packs a whopping 20% protein.
    Considered a modern day superfood, chia can help with weight control, improve digestion, benefit heart health and provide energy.

    Chia seeds absorb up to twelve times their weight in water, forming a gel capsule ...
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