Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Cacao vs Chocolate: Is there a difference?

 “Cacao vs Chocolate: Is there a difference?”   Chocolate comes from a tree? Cacao is a bean, but it’s also a fruit, a pulp and a tree. Chocolate is a treat made of cacao, and if it’s like most of the candy we ate as kids, it doesn’t have all the nutritional benefits you get from cacao. Don’t be confused. Here’s a basic rundown of what makes cacao cacao, and what makes it wonderful! Cacao beans come from a species of the theobroma, a small evergreen tree found in the tropical areas of Central and South America. The tree itself […]

Raw Cacao "Chocolate"

7 Ways Pomegranates Help Your Skin

In Praise of Pomegranates

In Praise of Pomegranates It’s astonishing that some Americans have never eaten a pomegranate in their lives when pomegranates have perhaps more historical significance than any other fruit. They crop up in mythologies and cultural traditions around the world, and for good reason: They’re chock full of so many nutrients and antioxidants, they were destined to become a symbol for fertility and long life. Pomegranate basics:   Typically, fresh pomegranates disappear from stores from February through August, and then reappear at the fall harvest, remaining available until midway through winter because of their long shelf-life. With their tough, inedible skin, […]

What Are Antioxidants?

“What Are Antioxidants?” Free Radicals: Radicals and free radicals are the same thing, and in your body, they’re the enemies of antioxidants. Radicals aren’t a dangerous political element inside you, or indeed inside your food. They’re simply molecules, atoms or ions with an open electron “shell,” an empty space that makes them volatile in the sense that they’re eager to bond with another molecule or atom, and produce a new chemical, which, when it happens in your cells, can do some damage.   Oxidative stress: Oxidative stress is a condition in which reactive oxygen is eagerly swept up and carried […]

What are antioxidants