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A 24% drop in 7 years, Americans are definitely on the right track

According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the purchase of prepackaged, grain-based cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts and pastries in the U.S. fell 24% between 2005 and 2012.

Wide-scale efforts by public health officials and manufacturers are still necessary to shift consumer purchases toward healthier options with lower energy, sugar and saturated fat content.

Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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There’s a lot of research to back the idea that vegetarians generally have a lower body weight compared to those who eat meat. However, weight changes that occur when a meat eater is prescribed a vegetarian diet has not been looked at thoroughly.

Vegetarian Diet and Weight Loss

A team of researchers from the Physicians Committee reviewed 15 studies from 6 countries—the United States, Spain, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and Norway. These studies had a total of 755 participants, and the length of each study varied between 1 month and 2 years. Though the quality of the studies varied, the overall message was clear. Vegetarian diets can improve weight loss efforts, even in the absence of exercise or calorie counting.

In fact, people lost an average of 7½ to 10 pounds when they stuck to a vegetarian or vegan diet for at least a month.

The review found people who were heavier to start with lost more weight when they chose a vegetarian diet, and great weight loss is reported among men and older parti...

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5 Reasons to Love Brazil Nuts

5/13/2015 8:00 AM

1. Not Your Average Nut

Stouter than its nutty counterparts, Brazil nuts have an earthy taste and buttery texture. They’re great for filling up quickly and the perfect addition to trail mix; just six nuts comprise a 1 ounce serving.

2. Beneficial Nutrients & Fats  

High in selenium, zinc, iron and copper, all necessary for a healthy immune system, Brazil nuts also contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

3. Thyroid Friendly

Brazil nuts are high in selenium, a trace mineral crucial for thyroid function. One 1 ounce serving offers 774% of the daily recommended value. The thyroid gland has the highest selenium content per gram of tissue in the body.

4. Hello, Beautiful Skin

Selenium, vitamin A and vitamin E act as powerful antioxidants for the skin. Luxurious Brazil nut oil is often used as an emulsifier for body creams and butters, and adds moisture to soaps, lip balms and massage oils.

5. Raw Brazil Nut Milk

Tired of plant-based milk from almonds, cashews and hemp seeds? Give Brazil nuts a shot; ...

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 5 Reasons to Love Brazil Nuts

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Live Superfoods is thrilled to announce the return of Morrocco Method Hennas to our site!

Available In The Following Shades:

  • Neutral (colorless)
  • Light blonde
  • Light brown
  • Medium brown
  • Dark brown
  • Black
  • Red

What is Henna?

Henna comes from the lawsonia inermis plant, indigenous to the hot climates of North Africa, the Middle East, and India. It imparts sheen, body, and color to the hair without chemically-altering its structure.

Unlike traditional dyes that weaken the hair shaft, henna binds with the keratin of the hair, preventing brittleness and breakage. It wears off gradually over 8-12 weeks, eliminating the "dye line" we've all seen (or experienced).

While there are many imposters on the market, Morrocco Method Henna is 100% pure plant material. No metallic salts, ammonia, PPD or other chemicals.

For an in-depth look at henna, see our blog "All About Henna" here.

Isn't Henna Red? How Are So Many Different Colors Available?

Lawsonia inermis is naturally a red-orange dye, but Morrocco Method is able t...

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Growing up, I loved getting the giant round carving pumpkins that showed up for a month or two prior to Halloween and carving some crude faces into it, and then they'd be forgotten until the next year. Sometimes,though, my grandmother would help me pull the seeds from the copious gooey pulp and roast them for a tasty treat.

Little did I know then that those chewy morsels, much like the flesh of the pumpkin, were miniature nutritional powerhouses, and today, unlike their vessels, pumpkin seeds are available year round.

America's Catching On

In America, we're just now catching up with other cultures in enjoying the taste and nutrition of the pumpkin seed. In Mexico, pepitas are eaten as a snack, or used in mole sauces and garnishes. In Russia and the Ukraine, roasted pumpkin seeds are as common as sunflower seeds.

Super Nutritious

Pumpkin seeds are rich in B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Unshelled pumpkin seeds are one of the highest v...

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