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What is a Spiralizer and What are the Benefits of Spiralizing?

The spiralizer might sound like something from a child’s playroom, but this culinary gadget has quickly become a must have in kitchens all around the world. Put simply, the spiralizer is a tool that allows users to turn vegetables into noodles. With a razor sharp blade mechanism, the spiralizer allows you to feed any kind of vegetable through a rotary blade system that leaves your vegetables sliced up into long thin noodle shapes. So how exactly does it work? The mechanism is simple. Take your vegetable or fruit of choice (long, solid veggies like carrots or courgettes work particularly well) and stick it to the holding disc. Then, using nothing more than gentle pressure, turn the handle and gently slide...

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What Does "Natural" Really Mean on Food Labels?

We have been led to believe by health organizations, and even food manufacturers, that the word "natural" means a particular food item is healthy and good for us. You probably believe this yourself, right? However, viruses and other debilitating, even deadly, microorganisms are natural. But that does not make them good for us. So what does natural really mean anyway? If you see the word natural on a food label, is that good news? According to the consumer advocate magazine Consumer Reports, this can be a very misleading term. While not too many food manufacturers will put the term "unnatural" on their foods, food described as natural can be healthy, unhealthy or have no effect on you at all. Consumer...

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What Are Complex Carbs and Why Do We Need Them?

Have you heard someone mention "complex carbs", and you wondered what they were talking about? Basically, carbohydrates are either simple or complex. At first glance, you may think that simple carbohydrates are better for your body. They are broken down simply, so doesn't it make sense that these would be healthy for you? Actually, the opposite is true. The Difference Between Complex (Good) and Simple (Bad) Carbohydrates Complex and simple carbohydrates very differ in how they are absorbed into your body. They are also digested differently. Think of simple carbohydrates as simple sugars. Simple carbohydrates are broken down quickly, and deliver no nutrition, just energy. Complex carbohydrates deliver lots of nutrients and minerals, as well as energy.   Complex carbohydrates...

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Want To Lose Weight? Then Watch What You're Drinking!

Everyone knows that losing weight means cutting down on your calorie intake and burning more calories through exercise. However, many people fail to consider the impact that their drinks have on their weight loss goals. Drinks contain calories just like food, but some drinks can even hinder your weight loss efforts in other ways! Here's a guide to the main drink categories you need to watch while losing weight. Alcohol Many people are good at looking at their diet and knowing what they should and shouldn't eat, but don't take time to look at their alcohol consumption in the same way. Alcohol should be accounted for as part of your daily calorie allowance, so a couple for drinks a day...

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5 Health Benefits of Eating Nuts

Whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying that nuts are great for your body. They come with plenty of health benefits, and they are super easy for keeping in the cupboard for a quick snack, so here are some of the main things you can expect when you add nuts to your diet. 1. They help you to lose weight When you look at the calories in nuts, you might be surprised, shocked and even put off the idea. However, not only do they have plenty of protein that will help you feel fuller for longer, the fats they contain are actually good fats that won't do your body any harm when consumed in moderation. Rather than...

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