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Coke’s Original Recipe: Was There Really Cocaine in It?

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Coca-Cola is an absolute giant when it comes to marketing. Few brands are so well recognized across the globe and the company has done a brilliant job in making itself hip, cool and even apparently healthy! (Despite the fact that Coca-Cola is anything but…)

If you need any more proof that this is a company that knows how to handle its marketing, then look no further than the modern depiction of Father Christmas. Santa used to be green! It is only thanks to Coca-Cola that he looks the way he does today…

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Or at least that’s what some people believe. Other sources say this isn’t true. But if it isn’t true and Coca-Cola have led us to believe that they invented Santa’s look… then isn’t that even more impressive?

But while Coke might be great at crafting an image and spreading the word, there is one persistent rumor that they have had a hard time quashing. That rumor is that the original recipe included cocaine and that this is what gave rise to the name.

It sounds like playground logic but as it turns out, there may just be some truth to it…

 

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3 Health Benefits of Decaf Coffee You Should Know.

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Decaf is short for decaffeinated coffee. It is coffee from coffee beans that have had at least 97% of their caffeine removed. There are many ways to remove caffeine from coffee beans. Most of them include water, organic solvents or carbon dioxide.

Coffee beans are washed in the solvent until the caffeine has been extracted into it, then the solvent is removed.

The beans are decaffeinated before they are roasted and ground. The nutritional value of decaf coffee should be almost identical to regular coffee, apart from the caffeine content.

However, the taste and smell may become a little milder and the color may change, depending on the method used. This can make decaf coffee more pleasing to those who are sensitive to the bitter taste and smell of regular coffee.

Despite having been demonized in the past, the truth is that coffee is mostly good for you. It is linked with numerous health benefits, which are mainly attributed to its antioxidant content and other active substances.

However, the specific health effects of decaf coffee can be hard to determine. This is because most studies assess coffee intake without distinguishing between regular and decaf coffee, and some don’t even include decaf coffee.

Also, most of these studies are observational. They cannot prove that coffee caused the benefits, only that drinking coffee is associated with them.

 

  1. Type 2 Diabetes, Liver Function and Premature Death

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Drinking coffee, both regular and decaf, has been linked with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Each daily cup may reduce the risk up to 7%.

This suggests that elements other than caffeine may be responsible for these protective effects.

The effects of decaf coffee on liver function are not as well studied as those of regular coffee. However, one large observational study linked decaf coffee with reduced liver enzyme levels, which suggests a protective effect. Drinking decaf coffee has also been linked with a small but significant reduction in the risk of premature death, as well as death from stroke or heart disease.

 

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5 Reasons You Should Include Olive Oil in your Cooking

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Quality extra virgin olive oil is a super healthy fat that retains its beneficial qualities during cooking. The main reason you may not want to use it, is that heating it too much can have adverse effects on the flavor.

The belief that olive oil oxidizes and goes rancid during cooking is a harmful myth that scares people from using this incredibly healthy fat.

Here are 5 reasons you should include olive oil in your cooking.

  1. Olive Oil is High in Monounsaturated Fats, Which Are Stable When Heated

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Each fat molecule (triglyceride) consists of a glycerol molecule linked to three fatty acids. All glycerol molecules are the same… but there are hundreds of different fatty acids in nature and the health effects vary between them.

Fatty acids can be either saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. Saturated fatty acids have no double bonds, monounsaturated have one (mono = one) and polyunsaturated fatty acids have many double bonds (poly = many).

Here’s the important part… the double bonds are unstable when heated and they tend to react with oxygen. Therefore, the more double bonds a fatty acid molecule has, the more unstable it will be when used for cooking. This is the reason saturated fats (zero double bonds) like coconut oil are very resistant to heat.

Although most vegetable oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids with many double bonds, olive oil contains mostly monounsaturated fatty acids with one double bond. As it turns out… having one double bond in the fatty acid molecule is not a bad thing. It’s only the polyunsaturated fatty acids (like those in soybean and canola oils) that are harmful.

Of course… oils are usually a mix of different types of fatty acids. Olive oil, for example, is 73% monounsaturated, 11% polyunsaturated and 14% saturated. In other words, the heat resistant monounsaturated and saturated fats make up 87% of olive oil.

 

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5 health Benefits of Farro You Should know.

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Farro is an ancient grain that has been around for thousands of years. More recently, it has grown in popularity. Not only does it taste great — it’s also good for your health. It’s packed full of fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Farro is also a great alternative to refined grains and can easily be added to your diet.

Without further ado, here are the top 5 health benefits of farro.

  1. It Is Very Nutritious

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Farro is an extremely nutritious grain. It’s an excellent source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins.

It’s a much healthier alternative to white rice or other refined grains.

One-fourth cup (47 grams) of organic, whole grain emmer farro contains:

  • Calories: 170
  • Carbs: 34 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 20% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 15% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 15% of the RDI
  • Iron: 4% of the RDI

Adding some farro to your diet will give you a healthy dose of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B3 (niacin), all of which play important roles in your body. Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system and wound healing, as well as breaking down carbs during digestion.

Magnesium is needed for strong bones, optimum immunity, healthy nerve and muscle function and to keep your heartbeat regular

Also, it helps regulate blood glucose levels and is linked to improved insulin sensitivity. Vitamin B3 (niacin), along with other B vitamins, helps break down and convert food into energy. It also helps keep your hair, skin and eyes healthy, along with other functions.

 

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2017 Nutrition; Maple Syrup or Refined Sugar? You Decide.

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Even though maple syrup does contain some nutrients and antioxidants, it is also very high in sugar. Calorie for calorie (and sugar gram for sugar gram), maple syrup is a very poor source of nutrients compared to “real” foods like vegetables, fruits and unprocessed animal foods.

Replacing refined sugar with pure, quality maple syrup is likely to yield a net health benefit, but adding it to your diet will just make things worse. Maple syrup is a “less bad” version of sugar… kind of like honey and coconut sugar. That does NOT make it healthy.

Same as with all sugar-based sweeteners, if you’re going to eat it, make sure to do so in moderation only.

 

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5 Benefits of Raw Organic Cacao You Should Know.

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Raw organic cacao has been dubbed the newest trendy “superfood.” It is a healthy, unprocessed product from the same cocoa plant that chocolate comes from.

Nutrient-rich raw cacao is available in the form of crushed “nibs” or powder, and both can be used a natural sweetener or added to smoothies, oatmeal, acai bowls, and vegan baked treats. We’ve listed five health benefits you’ll experience by adding this powerful superfood to your diet, with information aggregated from Be Good Organics and Women’s Health UK.

 

  1. Heart Health

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Hundreds of years ago, the Aztecs reportedly knew the cardiac benefits of cacao. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website, they dubbed the plant “yollotl eztli,” which means “heart blood.”

A 2009 study found that eating cocoa is associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. The superfood is bursting with magnesium, which is important for a healthy heart and helps turn glucose into energy.

 

  1. Cholesterol

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Raw organic cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. These antioxidants come from the plant’s surplus of flavonoids and can result in increased good cholesterol — called HDL — in the blood.

 

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10 Foods to Eat for Breakfast

10 Foods to Eat for Breakfast

10 Foods to Eat for Breakfast

“You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein,” says Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, in New York City. Luckily, your options are plenty. Here’s a look at some of our favorite breakfast foods, along with expert tips for making them even healthier.

Oatmeal
You may have noticed a heart-shaped seal on your box of oatmeal recently. The seal’s there because oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Need another reason to dig in? Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium.

Steel-cut oats, which take about 15 minutes to cook, contain more fiber than rolled oats or instant varieties, but any type of oatmeal is a healthy choice. Just avoid the flavored kinds, which can be packed with sugar. Instead, sweeten your bowl with milk and a bit of honey, and top with fruit and nuts.

Greek yogurt
This tangy, creamy yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of protein—nearly twice as much as regular yogurt—to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: Choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavor (and a dose of added nutrition).

“I love Greek yogurt because it’s really quick and easy,” Giovinazzo says. “You can always take it with you on your way out the door.”

Wheat germ
A little wheat germ goes a long way. Just two tablespoons provides about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and 10% of your daily folate. “Vitamin E is often a little low in people’s diets, so this is a good way to add in some extra—especially if you don’t eat a lot of nuts or seeds, two other big sources,” Giovinazzo says.

It’s easy to incorporate wheat germ into almost any meal, including your go-to breakfasts: Sprinkle it over cereal, stir it into yogurt, or mix it into a smoothie.

Grapefruit
Trying to lose weight? According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit’s fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Grapefruit is also hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants.

For a well-rounded breakfast, pair it with protein—such as yogurt or an egg, Giovinazzo suggests. But check with your doctor first if you take any medications, as grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with some prescription drugs.

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5 Muscle Nutrients Found Only in Animal Foods

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Muscles are important. The more you have, the greater your quality of life. Muscles carry out many vital functions, such as breathing, walking, talking and lifting boxes. They burn calories, allowing you to eat a little bit more without getting fat.

Plus… having a respectable amount of muscle mass can help you look great naked. If you want to build and maintain muscle, you somehow need to ingest the building blocks that they are made of. Makes sense, right? Well… the best way to ingest the building blocks of muscle is to eat muscle. In other words, eat meat.

Here are 5 nutrients in animal foods that are important for muscle mass, that can’t be obtained from plants.

 

  1. Creatine

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Creatine is the most popular muscle building supplement in the world. A plethora of scientific studies show that it can improve strength and increase muscle mass. The way creatine works, is that it forms an energy reserve in the muscles.

The energy currency of every cell on the planet is called ATP, or Adenosine Triphosphate. I don’t want to get into the complex biochemistry, but ATP produces energy by donating a phosphate molecule. When it does that, energy is released. The problem is that cells only have a finite amount of ATP in them and it doesn’t last very long if you’re doing tough exercises like squats.

That’s where creatine steps in. Creatine carries phosphate in the muscle cells and donates them to ATP so the cell can continue to produce energy. This is particularly important during high intensity anaerobic work like lifting weights or sprinting.

The body can produce its own creatine, but this process is inefficient. About 95% of the creatine in the body is stored in muscle cells and the only good dietary sources of creatine are animal products.

Studies show that vegetarians are deficient in creatine. This group can see dramatic improvements in physical performance by supplementing.

Creatine is also concentrated in the brain. Studies show that vegetarians, but not meat eaters, see improvements in brain function with creatine supplementation. This is another indicator of creatine deficiency in vegetarians.

 

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4 Reasons Bread is Bad For Your Health

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It has been known for a long time that white bread and refined grains in general aren’t particularly nutritious. Nutritionists and dietitians all around the world have encouraged us to eat whole grains instead.

But grains, especially gluten grains like wheat, have been under intense scrutiny in recent years. Many respected health professionals now claim that bread and other sources of gluten grains are unnecessary at best and potentially harmful.

 

  1. Bread is High in Carbs and Can Spike Blood Sugar Levels

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Even whole grain bread usually isn’t made with actual “whole” grains. They are grains that have been pulverized into very fine flour. Even though this process reserves the nutrients, it causes these products to be digested rapidly.

The starches in bread get broken down quickly in the digestive tract and enter the bloodstream as glucose. This causes a rapid spike in blood sugar and insulin levels. Even whole wheat bread spikes blood sugar faster than many candy bars.

When blood sugar goes up rapidly, it tends to go down just as quickly. When blood sugar goes down, we become hungry. This is the blood sugar roller coaster that is familiar to people on high carb diets. Soon after eating, they become hungry again, which calls for another high-carb snack.

 

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2017 Recipe; You Don’t Have to Be King to Make Caprese Burger

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Feel like giving yourself the royal treatment, try caprese burger. Need a recipe? We got you covered. Try this recipe. You are gonna love it, we promise.

This is what you need;

 

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 thick slices tomato
  • 1 1/3 pounds’ lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces’ fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 4 hamburger buns, split

 

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