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  • Does Fermentation Increase the Nutritional Value of Food?

    Many years ago, I read a study from Stanford University about the depletion of nutrients in our soils which results in a depletion of nutrients in our food. At that point in time, I started taking supplements daily. Fortunately, because fermentation increases the nutritional value of food, there is a less-expensive way to improve your nutrition.
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  • Do Fermented Foods Help You Lose Weight?

    A modern concern we all seem to have is maintaining a healthy weight. Our ancestors somehow lived without obesity but for some reason, it plagues us even with our modern conveniences and inventions. What gives? One possibility is that the way our ancestors ate was very different than the way we eat today—specifically, the inclusion of fermented foods at many meals.
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  • How Does Alcohol Fermentation Work?

    We often take nature for granted—the leaves that drop from trees compost to feed the trees, manure from animals feeds the earth on which it falls, water evaporates from lakes and rivers to create rain which feeds the lakes and rivers, and so forth. We know things work, but we don't necessarily ask why or how. In our series on how fermentation works, Andrew continues with alcoholic fermentation.
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  • Do Fermented Foods Cause Cancer?

    Some research has been floating around the web that shows a connection between fermented foods and esophageal cancer. If you enjoy fermented foods, this can be very disappointing news to hear. There are many health benefits to eating fermented foods. But if they also cause cancer, do we really want to be eating them?
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  • How Does Lactic Acid Fermentation Work?

    Some folks are foodies. They love to cook and eat food from all over the world, often using rare and exotic ingredients. Other folks are food nerds. These folks want to know all the why's and wherefore's of cooking. What makes milk turn into cheese? How does beating cream make a meringue? And, pertinent to this post, how does lactic acid fermentation work? If you're one of those food nerds and get high on science, this post is for you.
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  • What is Modified Food Starch?

    To continue our series on food additives to avoid, Andrew continues with a look at modified food starch. "What is modified food starch?" you may ask. For a thorough explanation on what it is, and why you might not want it in your daily diet, keep reading.
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  • Food Additives to Avoid #3

    In our quest to find common food additives that should be avoided, we have taken a look at MSG and food coloring. Our journey continues today with a look at those things that have directly replaced fermentation in modern American life. Keep reading as Andrew enlightens us on other harmful, yet ubiquitous, food additives.
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  • How to Ferment without Whey or Starter

    Ever need to adjust a recipe for your needs? Maybe cut it in half, or substitute an ingredient that you are missing? Some folks advocate that you have whey, or a starter culture, to ferment foods. Guess what? Not so. Read on for Sarah's great explanation on how to ferment without whey or starter.
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  • Should I Avoid Artificial Food Coloring?

    My son was kicked out of Sunday School. Shocking, I know. His behavoir was so bizarre the teacher told me, "I don't know what to do with him." And she only had him for one hour each week! Turns out, my little boy had a sensitivity to food coloring. Once we discovered the problem, and eliminated it from our home and his diet, he was a new person. So, when you ask yourself, "Should I avoid artificial food coloring?" answer with a resounding, "Yes!" Keep reading and Andrew will tell you why.
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  • Should I Avoid MSG?

    To continue our series on food additives, Andrew covers everything you probably didn't want to know about monosodium glutamate—also known as MSG—including what it is, where it is found, and why you should avoid it.
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