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Spring is just around the corner, and if—like me—you live where
there is still snow on the ground, the excitement is building. This
is often the time when you start to feel the effects of toxins that
have accumulated in your body over the winter, which can affect
your overall energy. If so, a springtime cleanse is in order!
The cool thing about this cleanse is that you get to make it
yourself! If you look around, you’ll notice dandelions starting to
peek up around your neighborhood. These
young, electrolyte-rich “weeds” are
just what you need. Dandelion is the
ultimate superfood with diuretic
properties that cool and flush the
kidneys, gallbladder, and liver. The
key is to pick the roots of plants
that haven’t yet flowered, because
dandelions become bitter as they flower.
I first learned about this springtime cleansing tonic
when I was going to school to become an herbalist. To start,
harvest about 30 dandelion roots. Boil them to make a strong
dandelion decoction or tea. Combine with a concentrated hibiscus
tea, and add honey as a sweetener. Place the concentrated
dandelion hibiscus tea into ice cube trays and freeze. Soon you will
have electrolyte- and nutrient-rich treats that taste great and help
get you on your way this spring.
If you don’t have the energy for a do-it-yourself cleanse, there
are also many great herbal cleansing blends available. I like the
Bupleurum Liver Cleanse from Planitary Herbals. This formula
combines Chinese and western herbs for an overall cleansing and
tonifying effect on the liver.
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Director of Natural Living
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Bupleurum Liver Cleanse is a unique
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March 2015
16 Is the Paleo Diet for You?
This modern attempt to recreate the eating habits of
our ancient ancestors is getting a lot of press these
days. But is it really a good idea? For a lot of people,
the answer is “yes.” Here’s what you need to know
about this new take on a (very) old diet plan.
20 Spring Beauty Guide
Winter weather and indoor heating can wreak havoc
on skin and hair. But the good news is that the effects
are far from irreversible. With these 5 simple do-ityourself treatments—and the right natural beauty
products—you can restore that springtime radiance
and shine, and leave your winter woes behind.
The latest word on natural health and nutrition.
How the antioxidant-rich açai berry has become one
of our most potent superfoods.
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, offers advice on how to kick
the sugar habit for good.
Invigorating essential oil blends that pack an
energy-boosting punch.
Nourish your hair, skin, and nails the natural way with
wholesome, plant-derived beauty oils.
The foundation of any healthy regimen is a high-quality
multivitamin. Here’s a look at some of our favorites, plus tips
for picking the one that’s right for you.
Give your body a refreshing spring boost with these
cleansing herbs.
Want to make food choices that are good for you—and the
planet? It’s easier than you think.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we take a look at the
humble potato, a surprisingly nutritious veggie that deserves
an honored place on any healthy table. Recipes included.
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be well
At the University of California, Berkeley, researchers were so surprised with
their findings that they rechecked their results several times. In a study of animals
fed a high-fat diet, grapefruit juice reduced weight gain by 18 percent, compared to
water. Plus, it lowered unhealthy levels of blood sugar as effectively as a prescription diabetes drug. With a low-fat diet, the juice had no effect on weight but it did
improve insulin function, which could reduce risk for diabetes.
Low bone density can make a man get shorter, and look and feel
older than he is. But resveratrol, the beneficial nutrient in red
wine, can help to prevent and even reverse the condition. In
a study of 66 middle-aged men with belly fat and elevated
risk for heart disease, Danish researchers found that
during a period of four months, resveratrol increased
bone density in the spine and improved a marker of
overall bone formation. The effective dose
used in the study, which was
published in the Journal of
Clinical Endocrinology
& Metabolism,
was 500 mg of
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A special mushroom extract, AHCC (active
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is associated with more than 99 percent of
cervical cancers; at least half of anal,
oropharyngeal, vaginal, and vulvar cancers;
and 35 percent of penile cancers. There is
no effective drug to treat it. In the study,
researchers gave 10 HPV-positive women
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Glucosamine is popular as a supplement
for warding off joint problems. But it
turns out that it may also improve colon
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inflammatory bowel diseases. Although
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added to sports drinks, other beverages,
nutrition bars, and other foods.
Tiny particles in air pollution
are bad for the heart, but
eating lots of fruits and
veggies has a therapeutic
effect, according to a
Harvard School of
Public Health study. For
11 years, researchers
tracked 573 elderly men
and measured their heart
rate variability, which is a
predictor of heart attacks and
death from heart malfunctions.
Men who ate the most veggies and
fruit had the least reaction to pollution.
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supplement savvy
By Vera Tweed
açai: the real story
How this antioxidant-rich berry became a superfood
çai (pronounced “a-sigh-eeh”)
has been a dietary staple in
Brazil for centuries. However,
due to its short shelf life (the nutrients
perish in less than 24 hours after
harvesting), it wasn’t available outside
that region until relatively recently, when
the Gracie family, founders and legendary masters of Brazilian Jiujitsu, opened
an academy in Rio and brought the fruit,
in the form of frozen pulp, to the city.
Açai’s popularity soon spread, as it
became a staple in the juice bars of Rio,
and then grew from there. In 2000, açai
landed in North America and has since
found its way into juices, foods, beauty
products, and dietary supplements.
Açai Power
Açai packs an antioxidant wallop.
Researchers at Texas A&M University,
whose study was published in the Journal
of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
found that açai juice raised blood
antioxidant levels by 2.3 times, and açai
pulp tripled them. Other human trials,
published in Alternative Therapies in
Health and Medicine, found that açai
reduces inflammation, relieving joint
pain in people with fibromyalgia and
other autoimmune diseases.
Animal research has found additional
benefits: At Tufts University in Boston,
researchers found that açai protects the
brain against aging and neurological
diseases. And the National Institute on
Aging found that it may reduce damage
from high-fat meals and extend lifespan.
Tradition and Innovation
A dark purple berry that grows 30–50
feet above ground on very skinny palm
trees, açai looks somewhat like a grape.
After being harvested, the berries are
soaked, and the skin is removed and
made into a pulp. Amazon natives mix
the pulp with water to make juice. But
to be shipped outside its native growing
regions, the pure pulp has to be frozen
or freeze-dried into powder.
In Brazil, frozen açai pulp is blended
with juice or coconut water, and other
frozen fruits, syrup, or honey, and
served in a bowl. This delicious concoction delivers the most complete form of
açai, with healthful fats (including
omega-3s), fiber, loads of antioxidants,
a variety of vitamins and minerals, and
amino acids. Some suggestions for
making your own version:
Keep a variety of fruit in your freezer.
Slice and freeze bananas, melons,
apples, pears, oranges, and other fruit
you enjoy.
For each bowl, combine one or two
packets of pure frozen açai pulp (3.5
oz. per packet) and a few slices of other
frozen fruits with a little juice, coconut
water, or “milk” of your choice, such as
soy, almond or hemp, and blend to the
consistency of soft ice cream.
Frozen banana slices, apple juice, and/
or a touch of agave syrup or honey will
add sweetness.
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Freeze dried to preserve
more nutrients, this potent
powder is wild harvested,
contains no fillers or
additives, and is made from
whole berries—not an
extract or concentrate.
Scoop the contents into a bowl and top
with a sprinkling of fresh (unfrozen)
fruit and/or granola. Enjoy!
Protein powder can also be blended
in with açai pulp. And the fruit’s
pulp, powder, or juice can be added
to salad dressings, sauces (after
cooking, to retain nutrients), puddings, and cake toppings. For recipes,
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natural remedy
cleansing herbs
Revive, recharge, and renew with these beneficial botanicals
iving our bodies an occasional cleanse is much like
spring cleaning a home. Some parts may need more
attention than others. In your house, the garage or a
spare bedroom may be too cluttered to serve its original
purpose—or maybe the attic or basement pose bigger problems.
In a human body, the liver, blood, and colon are key areas that
tend to accumulate “stuff ” that interferes with their function,
and the degree of clutter in each area varies from one individual
to another.
The ideal cleanse would be customized by a holistic health
professional to address your individual situation. But for a
do-it-yourself approach, it makes sense to use a commercially
available formula that includes a combination of different
ingredients. Here are some of the most effective herbs
found in these cleansing formulas:
For the Liver:
Milk thistle has been used for
more than 2,000 years as a
remedy for liver, kidney, and
gallbladder issues. The
main active ingredient,
which is found in the seeds, is
silymarin. Studies show that
silymarin extracts protect liver
cells against destruction by toxins,
and also help to repair damage.
Silymarin is also an antioxidant
and reduces inflammation.
Oregon grape supports the
action of milk thistle and
purifies the blood. These are typically used
short-term for cleansing, and longer-term for
anyone with fatty liver disease or hepatitis.
For Regularity:
Efficient elimination of waste is vital when cleansing.
Effective herbal laxatives include senna and cascara
sagrada, which irritate the intestine to help trigger
muscle contractions; These should be used only
temporarily, until you have bowel
movements once or twice daily.
Fenugreek, which lubricates the
intestine, can be taken longerterm to help balance blood
sugar and relieve asthma.
Along with herbs, adequate
fiber is absolutely essential
for healthy regularity.
For the Blood:
Chronic inflammation, fevers, sore joints and
muscles, and skin disorders are signs of blood
impurities. Red clover is traditionally used to cleanse
the blood, and to relieve skin and liver disorders. Consult
a knowledgeable professional before taking red clover.
For Relief from Bloating:
Flushing out stagnant fluids is a part of
the overall cleansing process, and
diuretics, along with drinking
plenty of water, can help. Diuretic
herbs include uva ursi, which
also helps keep the bladder
healthy. Gotu kola and dandelion leaf are also diuretics, as
well as blood cleansers.
For Better Digestion:
A healthy gastrointestinal tract
is essential for eliminating
toxins. Licorice improves
circulation in the lining
of the digestive
tract; helps keep
intestinal cells in good shape; and is traditionally included in Chinese cleansing formulas.
It can cause blood pressure to rise, and
if that is a concern, deglycyrrhizinated
licorice (DGL), which doesn’t affect blood
pressure, can be used. Taking a chewable
form of DGL about 20 minutes before meals can also prevent
stomach indigestion.
Final Thoughts:
Other cleansing herbs that benefit multiple organs include
blessed thistle (not related to milk thistle) and slippery elm bark.
And cranberry is known to improve bladder health.
In addition to herbs, cleansing formulas may include
detoxifying nutrients such as chlorophyll; algae such as
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By Steven Rosenblatt, MD, PhD
chlorella or kelp that help to remove
metals and other toxins; and vitamins
and minerals to support detoxification
and healing.
Of course, an herbal formula is only
one part of an overall healthy cleanse.
Another key ingredient is fiber, which
is found in most cleansing formulas in
one type or another. I also advise my
patients to make flax seed a regular
part of their diets, as most of today’s
popular foods tend to be low in fiber.
And during a cleanse, I also recommend
abstaining from alcohol and drinking
plenty of water.
Most often, a cleanse should last for
7–10 days. Some products or programs
are designed to be used longer, but you
should never use them beyond the
specified time period.
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one to two weeks: Mix 1 Tbs. of high-quality olive oil with the juice of
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Açai Blueberry
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TRAChealth’s Açai Blueberry Pomegranate
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same benefits as traditional kombucha.
Daily Cleanse
Daily Cleanse Fiber is a proprietary blend of
plant based fibers and herbs to help support
healthy digestion and elimination.
TONIC helps move the
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experts take
sweet relief
ugar addiction is a rapidly growing epidemic. If you,
like many Americans, regularly consume processed
foods, one third of your calories may be coming from
sugar and white flour. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, a frequent
guest on programs such as Good Morning America and the
Dr. Oz Show has a plan to help you overcome your potentially deadly sweet tooth. A leading medical authority in the
field of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia—one of
the problems associated with sugar addiction—Teitelbaum
discusses his plan in depth in his book, Beat Sugar Addiction
NOW! Here are a few of his thoughts.
How Do People
Become Addicted to Sugar?
One hundred fifty pounds of sugar per person per year is
added to our diet in food processing. Our bodies simply were
not designed to handle this massive load. Many of you have
already noticed that although sugar gives you an initial
high, you crash several hours later, and this leaves you
wanting more sugar.
Sugar Addiction Checklist
The following symptoms indicate sugar addiction:
Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Chronic sinusitis
Irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colon
Metabolic syndrome with high cholesterol
and hypertension
Heart disease
Hormonal problems
Candida and yeast infections
Sugar Blues
By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
How kicking the sugar habit can help us
shed unwanted pounds and feel great
There are four key types of sugar addiction:
Type 1 is “Hooked on ‘Energy Loan Shark’ Drinks.”
These types are chronically exhausted and hooked
on caffeine and sugar.
Type 2 is “Feed Me Now or I’ll Kill You.” Life’s stress
has exhausted this type’s adrenal glands.
Type 3 is “The Happy Twinkie Hunter.” Their sugar
cravings are caused by yeast/candida overgrowth.
Type 4 is “Depressed and Craving Carbs.” Their sugar
cravings are caused by their period, menopause,
or andropause.
A simple quiz (see my book Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!) tells you
which type you are. The good news is, once you break your sugar
addiction, your body will usually be able to handle sugar in moderation. This means saving sugar for dessert or snacks where it belongs,
and going for quality, not quantity. Dark chocolate is especially okay!
MEET OUR EXPERT: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is the director of the
Practitioners Alliance Network (PAN), creator of the popular free
iPhone app, Cures A–Z, and author of bestselling books such as From
Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free 1-2-3—A Proven Program for
Eliminating Chronic Pain Now, Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!, and Real
Cause, Real Cure. He is lead author on four studies involving effective
natural treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome,
as well as a study on the effectiveness of NAET
in the treatment of autism.
Teitelbaum has been featured
on Good Morning America,
CNN, Fox News Channel, the
Dr. Oz Show, and Oprah &
Friends. He lives in Kona,
Hawaii. Visit him online
It’s common for sugar-addicted individuals to suffer
from ADHD, anxiety and depression, and fatigue.
Eating sugar also triggers the release of excess
insulin, which turns calories into fat.
Getting Off Sugar
First, come off the sugar using the tools in Beat
Sugar Addiction NOW! and see how you feel after
1–2 months on the program. It’s important to treat the
underlying problems causing your sugar cravings
in order to eliminate the cravings and to help
you feel much better.
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know aromatherapy
energize with aromatherapy
Wake up and face the day with these invigorating essential oil blends
waken your senses with clean, refreshing
scents. Citrus aromas are naturally cleansing
and energizing—try lemon, grapefruit,
or sweet orange—or a mix of all three. Bergamot,
peppermint, tangerine, lime, ginger, eucalyptus, and
rosemary scents, to name a few, are all used to uplift
the spirit and recharge the mind and body.
Look for pure essential oils that can be added to a
bath, mister, or carrier oil. Or try candles, soaps, room
sprays, and other products made with pure essential
oils. Don’t use synthetic fragrance—only pure oils
retain the healing properties of the plants from which
they are derived. Here are some scent-sational ways
you can tap into the rejuvenating powers of aromatherapy, excerpted from The Spa Deck: 50 Recipes for
Relaxation & Rejuvenation by Barbara Close.
blends to match your mood
Ruby Grapefruit Exfoliating Paste
Grapefruit, lemon, lime, cardamom
Massage this paste vigorously over the
entire body in the bath or shower to
enhance circulation, exfoliate dull skin,
and get going in the morning.
oz. glass jar
oz. almond oil
Vetivert, sandalwood, chamomile, pine
Bergamot, mandarin, lemon verbena
Rose maroc, lavender, marjoram
18 drops grapefruit essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
14 drops tangerine essential oil
Small glass bowl
oz. coarse sea salt
1. Combine almond oil and essential oils in
glass jar; shake vigorously. Pour oil mixture
into a glass bowl and add the sea salts a
little at a time, stirring until you have a
thick pate. Let mixture sit for one hour.
Pour into glass jar. This paste will last for
six months if covered and stored in a dark
glass container.
Rosemary-Citron Sea Salt Foot Smoother
Want happy feet? Try this after wearing uncomfortable shoes or standing for long periods.
It works its magic in part by helping to break up lactic acid deposits that cause feet to ache.
½ cup sea salts, coarsely ground (try a coffee grinder)
10 drops grapefruit essential oil
drops lemon essential oil
drops lime essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
oz. carrier oil (such as almond)
sprig rosemary leaves, chopped finely
1. Mix all ingredients together
in a bowl; set aside. Soak feet
in warm water for 10 minutes
to soften the skin. Rub mixture
onto feet, concentrating on the
rough patches. Wrap feet in
plastic and swaddle in a towel.
Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse
with warm water.
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bath oil
TALK blends peppermint,
Herbal Bath Infusion
orange, and lemon oils with
a hint of spicy cardamom.
Spray it in any room (or
your car!).
This bath is perfect for the weekend
warrior or fitness aficionado. The warming and stimulating properties of basil,
rosemary, sage, and citrus are not only
uplifting, but also help to ease the soreness of overexerted muscles.
Tbs. carrier oil
(such as almond oil)
drops marjoram essential oil
½ cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup fresh rosemary leaves
½ cup fresh sage leaves
cups boiling water
1. Combine carrier oil and marjoram
essential oil in a French press. Gently
bruise or tear the leaves of the herbs
to release their aromatic oils. Place
leaves in French press and add 4 cups of
boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes.
Fill bathtub, pour infusion into the bath,
and soak for 30 minutes. Take advantage
of the solitary moment to cleanse both
body and mind.
Lucky’s Market
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used for centuries as a
topical agent for the skin. An amazing natural oil
derived from the Australian Melaleuca tree.
body oil
Stimulant Formula
Dab onto skin after a shower for an
energizing uplift. You can also use this as
a stimulating body oil, making sure to keep
it away from the eyes and sensitive areas,
as it contains some hot oils. Recipe by
Kathi Keville.
drops lemon
drops eucalyptus
drops peppermint
drop cinnamon
oz. vegetable oil
1. Combine the essential oils with
the vegetable oil.
Now Essential Oils
Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil remains a favorite among aromatherapists and casual users alike, based on its
strong, woody, and medicinal aroma. Popular in
many vapor rubs, it emits an essence of cleanliness when diffused for aromatherapy.
ALMOND OIL Nourishing
and reviving for any skin type,
almond oil has been used since
Biblical times, when it was
mixed with fragrant herbs to
create ointments.
CANDLES Featuring
a stimulating blend of
eucalyptus, peppermint,
and rosemary that
opens the mind and
encourages focus.
Available in pillar, votive,
tealights, and travel tins.
Aura Cacia
Lavender Oil
Lavender’s perfectly balanced floral-herbaceous
aroma provides an unmatched array of
attributes—calming, relaxing, refreshing,
toning, and cleansing—making it the most
popular oil in aromatherapy.
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Paleo Diet
The healthiest diet for today and
tomorrow may very well be the
eating habits of the past
t goes by a variety of names—the
Paleolithic, Stone Age, Caveman,
Hunter-Gatherer, and Ancient diet.
In a nutshell, it’s a modern attempt to
replicate the diet of our earliest ancestors.
You don’t have to eat exactly the way
cavemen did—the key is picking and
choosing contemporary foods that are
comparable to what people ate back then.
If you’re overweight or you’ve got
health problems, adopting a Paleo diet
can lead to dramatic improvements. In a
Swedish study, researchers asked people
to follow either a Paleo diet or a Mediterranean diet for three months. All of the
subjects had advanced heart disease,
plus either type 2 diabetes or some other
form of glucose intolerance. By the end of
the study, subjects on the Paleo diet
averaged a 26 percent decrease in blood
sugar levels, compared with only a 7
percent decrease among those on the
Mediterranean diet. Paleo dieters also
had an average 2-inch decrease in their
waistlines, compared with a 1-inch
decrease in the Mediterranean group.
Origins of the Paleo Diet
S. Boyd Eaton, MD, of Emory University,
wasn’t the first person to think about the
benefits of ancient diets, but he was the
first to give it scientific credibility with a
1985 article published in the New
England Journal of Medicine. Eaton
made the argument that human genes
coevolved with their surrounding
nutritional environment. In the process,
our genes and biochemistry became
dependent on the nutrients in those
foods. Colorado State University’s Loren
Cordain, PhD, author of The Paleo
Answer, expanded on Eaton’s work.
Both Eaton and Cordain explain that
modern eating habits—heavy on sugarand carb-rich convenience foods—are
incompatible with our genetic heritage.
As modern foods crash into our ancient
genes, we run a high risk of becoming
overweight and developing health issues
such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer,
and other degenerative diseases.
Eaton and Cordain base their research
largely on anthropological surveys of
229 different pretechnological huntergatherer societies and 50 20th century
hunter-gatherer societies who ate much
as their ancient ancestors did. These
societies were free of modern diseases,
often called the “diseases of civilization.”
Granted, ancient eating habits varied
by geography and season. The members
of landlocked societies hunted for game,
whereas those near the ocean caught
seafood. In addition, they all ate plants
native to their habitat. The ratio of
animal-to-plant foods varied, with some
societies consuming more animal foods
and others more plant foods. It might
come as a surprise that none of the
societies was completely vegetarian,
according to both Eaton and Cordain.
The Original Organic Diet
In effect, the Paleo diet was the original
whole foods diet. Notably absent was the
consumption of grains and sugars, with
the exception of honey, which was
difficult to obtain. Early people didn’t eat
muffins, pasta, pizza, candy, or soft
drinks—no junk foods at all.
Our diets started changing around
10,000 years ago with the advent of
agriculture and the consumption of large
amounts of grain products—including
flour, bread, sugar, and alcohol. Because
human teeth can’t effectively chew hard
grains, the seeds had to be pulverized
before consumption. Such processing
boosts the glycemic effect of grains,
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Plants. Ancient peoples consumed an
average of 100 types of vegetables and
fruits over the course of a year, providing
a diversity of nutrients and antioxidants.
Most modern people consume a much
narrower range of plant foods.
Carbohydrates. Early humans’ carb
intake came from whole foods, including
roots, nuts, and seeds. Because these
carbs were part of an overall fibrous
matrix, our ancestors actually absorbed
only small amounts of them. Today,
refined carbs (including sugars) account
for 80 percent of calories consumed.
Fiber. Ancient people consumed more
than 100 grams of plant fiber daily,
compared to less than 20 grams today.
Vitamins and minerals. On
average, the amount of vitamins and
minerals in ancient diets was several
times higher than today’s governmental
“recommended” amounts. Because foods
weren’t processed (other than sometimes
being cooked), nutrient density was far
higher than in today’s foods.
Sodium-potassium imbalance.
Both minerals are essential for normal
heart function. In ancient times, people
consumed far more potassium than
sodium—roughly 7,000 mg of potassium
and 600 mg of sodium daily. The typical
adult American now consumes about
4,000 mg of sodium daily, most of which
is added during food processing. Potas-
Modern eating habits are
incompatible with our genetic heritage
leading to a higher risk of weight gain,
diabetes, and heart disease.
There are other problems with wheat.
In Wheat Belly, William Davis, MD, notes
that modern wheat is a different plant
from ancient wheat, known as einkorn.
Einkorn has only 14 chromosomes
(containing genetic material), whereas
modern wheat contains 42.
Diet Composition
Eaton, Cordain, and other advocates of
the Paleo diet believe that we can
maintain a healthy weight and reduce
our risk of disease by eating more like
our ancestors. So how does the average
Paleo diet stack up to the average
American diet today?
Protein. Animal protein in Paleolithic times provided 19–35 percent of
total calories, compared with 16 percent
today. However, most Paleo meat came
from grass-eating animals, so it was
lean and comparable to grass-fed beef
or venison.
According to Eaton, most of the fiber in
ancient diets came from roots, nuts, and
fruits; it did not contain the mineralinhibiting phytic acid found in grains.
Grains. As they foraged, ancient
peoples likely consumed small amounts of
seeds that were the ancestors of modern
grains. However, they didn’t consume
substantial amounts of grains that were
originally the seeds of wild grasses.
Fats. Paleolithic humans didn’t use
cooking oil, so they consumed only the
fats naturally found in meat, fi sh, and
vegetables. That resulted in a relative
balance of pro-inflammatory omega-6
and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
Today’s grain-fed cattle contain a higher
percentage of omega-6 and saturated
fats. With the widespread consumption
of oils from cereal grains (e.g., corn and
soy), the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is at
least 20:1, which is both pro-inflammatory and disease-promoting.
Dairy. With the exception of infants
who were breast-fed, ancient humans
did not consume dairy foods. Humans
today are the only species on Earth that
consumes the milk of other species. Many
people are sensitive to casein, one of the
proteins in cow’s milk.
sium consumption, on the other hand, is
lower than in the past—about 3,000 mg
daily—mainly because most people eat
fewer vegetables than our ancestors did.
Acid-alkaline balance. The body’s
acid-alkaline balance, or pH, affects
kidney function and the integrity of bone
and muscle. Vegetables and fruits help
create a neutral to slightly alkaline body
pH, which is healthy. Most other foods
create an acidic pH, which leads to the
breakdown of bone and muscle to buffer
the acidity. Ancient diets contained 35
percent or more plant foods, which
Cordain believes helped maintain a
normal pH.
The Paleo Payoff
Adopting a modern version of the Paleo
diet can lead to improvements in health.
Here are some general guidelines. The
Paleo diet is a moderately high-protein
diet that includes lots of fruits and
vegetables. In general, you want to eat
at least two to three times more
vegetables than protein.
For your protein, try fi sh, grass-fed
meat, and eggs rich in omega-3 fats.
For fruits and vegetables, the keys are
fiber and diversity.
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Limit your intake of grain-based
products, particularly those that
contain gluten. Many people are
sensitive to gluten, which is also found
in many processed vegetarian and
vegan foods.
Minimize your intake of dairy foods,
especially if you are sensitive to them.
Although both whey and casein come
from dairy, the former is much less
allergenic than the latter.
Olive oil and butter are better than
grain-based oils such as corn, soybean,
and safflower oils. But as a general rule,
use as little cooking oil as possible.
Awesome Fudge Brownies YIELDS: 20 BROWNIES
These brownies will satisfy even the most serious chocolate cravings. Do not overbake: they may seem wet, but they continue to bake after
you take them out of the oven. Recipe by Jane Barthelemy, author of Paleo Desserts.
1½ cups walnuts or pecans
3 cups Just Like Sugar Table Top natural chicory
root sweetener, divided
1 cup medium-shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
¾ cup pure cacao powder
1 Tbs. roasted carob powder (optional)
1½ tsp. coffee powder
½ tsp. unprocessed salt
½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
½ cup warm water (or unsweetened coconut milk)
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1½ tsp. chocolate extract (optional)
1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract
½ cup roasted almond butter
2 Tbs. raw yacon syrup (optional)
⅓ cup coconut oil
Powdered Organic Zero Erythritol, for dusting (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. Chop nuts
coarsely in food processor, and place in large mixing bowl.
2. In dry food processor fitted with “S” blade, grind 1 cup Just Like Sugar to fine
powder. Add shredded coconut. Spin 1 minute until mixture forms fine powder. Stir,
and grind again until powder is uniformly fine.
Limit your intake of refined sugars,
including processed foods and drinks.
Like any successful diet, the Paleo
diet requires some discipline. The
toughest part may be eating fewer
sugary and carb-rich beverages and
foods. Odds are, however, that you’ll
begin to see the payoff in just a few
days—you’ll simply start to feel better.
And after several weeks, your blood
sugar will likely improve and you’ll see
some weight loss. And there are plenty
of recipes, from cookbooks and online,
to help you enjoy all of the wonderful
foods that are allowed on a Paleo diet.
3. Add cacao powder, roasted carob powder, coffee powder, salt, baking powder,
and nutritional yeast. Mix well, place in bowl with nuts, and mix again.
4. Place remaining 2 cups of Just Like Sugar in empty food processor, and grind
to a fine powder. Add ½ cup warm filtered water (or coconut milk). Mix until the
sweetener is dissolved. Add eggs, chocolate extract (if using), vanilla, almond
butter, yacon syrup (if using), and coconut oil. Mix until all ingredients have been
totally incorporated.
5. Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture. Stir briefly. The batter will be very thick.
Spoon batter into prepared baking pan, and spread evenly.
6. Bake 24–25 minutes, and remove from oven. Allow to cool completely, 1–2
hours, in pan on a rack. Use paper handles to lift cake onto a cutting board. Dust
with powdered erythritol, if using. Cut into 20 squares, and enjoy!
PER SERVING: 203 cal; 6g pro; 17g total fat (8g sat fat); 35g carb; 28mg chol; 86mg sod;
32g fiber; 1g sugars
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Reverse winter’s harsh effects on skin and hair
with these five nourishing and all-natural beauty tricks
ake a good look in the mirror: Has your complexion
lost that fresh glow? Is your hair dull, frizzy, or flat?
Do you feel like your makeup could use an overhaul?
Then, it’s time for a head-to-toe makeover. A few simple
beauty tricks and tips, including DIY beauty treatments you
Beauty Trick No. 1:
can do at home, can help refresh tired skin and hair, revealing
a more youthful appearance. And best of all, these natural
products (translucent powders, clarifying hair elixirs) and
homemade scrubs and masks are guaranteed to leave you
feeling more confident and radiant.
Keep Skin Fresh, & Dewy
Spring is the season to start scaling back on foundations and powders. As the weather grows warmer, foundations can feel heavy on
your face. Thicker foundations also sink into pores and clog them, which can lead to breakouts and congested skin. Opting for lighter
coverage in the form of a tinted moisturizer or a BB or CC cream is a much skin-friendlier idea.
Another option: Forgo foundation altogether and simply spot-conceal blemishes with a light but creamy concealer. Then apply
a light dust of loose colored or translucent powder to keep everything in place and absorb any excess oil. Finish with a few spritzes
of rosewater to hydrate, set, and impart a healthy glow.
Beauty Trick No. 2: Rethink Eyes and Cheeks
To continue a light, fresh spring makeup theme, the eyes and cheeks shouldn’t look heavy or overdone. To make eyes pop and add some
dimension, use a soft, dome-shaped blending eye brush and apply a shimmery light brown or bronze shadow right into the crease of
the eye, just below the brow bone. Blend well. Give the lashes a good two or three passes with an eyelash curler, and apply two coats
of thickening and lengthening mascara on both the top and lower lashes. This will really give the eyes a bright-eyed look. For the
cheeks, a light pink or rose-colored cream blush or stain is a great way to impart a natural flush of color on the apple of the cheeks.
Beauty Trick No. 3: Give Your Hair a Little TLC
It’s time for a bit of pampering, and this at-home hair mask does the trick to leave you feeling like a million bucks.
Restoring and Nourishing Coconut Milk and Honey Hair Mask
We all know that coconut oil has a number of miracle-worthy uses and benefits, but coconut milk is also a great resource
that seems to be robbed of the limelight. Coconut is full of essential fats and protein; it promotes hair growth and can
help maintain healthy hair and restore moisture and strength. This mask will work wonders for anyone suff ering from
brittle, dry ends. It makes a great weekly pick-me-up to maintain the moisture and softness of hair. This creamy, nourishing coconut milk and honey mask smells delicious and will leave your hair silky and shiny.
½ can coconut milk
4–6 Tbs. organic honey
1 empty hand soap container or squirt bottle
Combine coconut milk and organic honey in a glass bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until frothy and pour into an
empty hand soap container or squirt bottle. Apply it to your hair, starting at the scalp and working your way to the ends.
After hair is thoroughly drenched, massage into scalp for 2 minutes. Let treatment soak into hair for 30 minutes to one hour.
Rinse and shampoo as normal.
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spring BEAUTY GUIDE, cont.
A Good
Habit to
little pampering can bring out
the best in your skin and give you
a new and improved, natural
glow. “A lot of people neglect to do things
that are actually quite enjoyable,” says
Adina Diaz, a holistic aesthetician in Los
Angeles who is passionate about using
organic ingredients wherever possible,
rather than more invasive, chemical
beauty treatments.
Masks, once or twice a week, are a
habit Diaz highly recommends. They take
only a few minutes to apply and can be
left on while you read, answer email, feed
the baby, or do other tasks. These are her
top picks for mask ingredients:
BENTONITE CLAY: It detoxifies,
purifies, and leaves skin squeaky
clean. Instead of mixing it with
water, combine equal parts of
honey and clay. Honey hydrates,
softens, and smooths skin, and helps
control breakouts because it’s
antibacterial. Don’t use honey if you’re
allergic to bee products.
KELP: Especially good for
mature skin, kelp improves
circulation and prevents the
breakdown of collagen
while boosting its production.
KOJIC ACID: Derived from a Japanese
mushroom, it lightens and brightens
skin and reduces brown spots by
inhibiting the production of
melanin. Kojic acid is also found in
brightening creams and serums.
extract, CoQ10, papaya,
honey, hyaluronic acid, and
chamomile to calm irritation.
Choose a mask that matches your
personal objectives and look for a
product with clear instructions (or try
our exfoliating Papaya Enzyme Face
Mask recipe on p. 23). For more tips
from Diaz, visit
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Beauty Trick No. 4:
Clear Your Complexion
Clear, glowing skin is something that we all want, and is the best
canvas for beautiful makeup application. Exfoliation is the key to
kick-starting cell renewal and keeping skin bright. The following
gentle exfoliating mask is made with papaya, which is rich in vitamins
A, C, and E. Papaya also contains naturally occurring enzymes and
alpha hydroxy acids, which break down dull, dead skin and help to
increase cell turnover. This process brings oxygen to new, healthy skin.
Using this mask once or twice per week will awaken a new, smooth
layer of skin, leaving you with the kind of radiant complexion you’ve
always dreamed of having.
Papaya Enzyme Face Mask
Clear, glowing skin is something
that we all want, and is the best
canvas for beautiful makeup
application. Exfoliation is the key
to kick-starting cell renewal and
keeping skin bright. The following gentle exfoliating mask is
made with papaya, which is rich
in vitamins A, C, and E. Papaya
also contains naturally occurring enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids,
which break down dull, dead skin and help to increase cell turnover.
This process brings oxygen to new, healthy skin. Using this mask
once or twice per week will awaken a new, smooth layer of skin,
leaving you with the kind of radiant complexion you’ve always
dreamed of having.
½ cup fresh organic papaya, mashed
1 egg white, whipped
1–2 tsp. honey
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix. Thoroughly cleanse skin, and
then apply mask. Leave on for 5–8 minutes, allowing the papaya
enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin. Rinse with warm water.
Beauty Trick No. 5:
Enrich Your Beauty with Probioitics
When you think of beauty nutrients, probiotics might not come to mind.
But they should. These good-for-you bacteria help reduce inflammation
and deter bacteria—two key factors for clear skin. Many skin-care
experts recommend probiotics to their clients. “Look for probiotic products
that have been backed by scientific research,” says best-selling author
Fred Pescatore, MD. One to try: Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s
Probiotics, which has been used in university studies .
Black Soap
Authentic Black Soap is an “all in
one” option for cleaning, and is
gentle enough for faces, babies,
shaving, shampooing, and as a
general hand and body wash.
Active CoQ10
These vegetarian softgels provide
50 mg of the active form of CoQ10
(ubiquinol) rather than ubiquinone,
which must be converted to
ubiquinol in the body.
Dead Sea Warehouse
Original Salt
Face &
Body Bar
Feel better, look better, be better
with this natural face & body bar.
Unlike any other Dead Sea salt
soap in the marketplace!
This probiotic superstar (voted
a Best of Supplements winner
by Better Nutrition magazine) is
designed specifically with adults
in mind.
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off the shelf
By Kim Erickson and Ann Nix
multiply your defenses
It’s virtually impossible to get all of the vitamins
and minerals you need through diet alone
aking a multivitamin helps fill in nutritional gaps and provides extra antioxidant support. A multi also helps your body convert the food you eat into better,
more stable energy. But taking a daily multi can also have a direct impact on
immunity, especially in middle-aged and older individuals. One yearlong study found
that baby boomers taking a multi experienced 53 percent fewer sick days than those
taking a placebo. And a new study just out found that men taking a daily multi had
lower rates of cancer. Here are five multivitamins that boast the highest-quality
vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and superfoods.
MEGAFOOD VEGAN DAILY This relatively new whole-foodsourced multivitamin and mineral formula includes B-complex
vitamins, iron, chromium, and magnesium. It’s specially formulated to support a vegan diet with body-balancing herbs that
help promote energy levels and strengthen the body’s resistance
and response to daily stress. The once-daily tablet is gluten-free
and can be taken on an empty stomach.
MEN’S ONE includes ingredients
specific to men’s health, such as saw
palmetto and lycopene, plus enzymes
and probiotics for digestive support,
and essential vitamins and minerals.
Promotes heart, prostate, and sexual
health for men, while providing all of
the basic nutrients that guys need.
Gluten- and soy-free.
contains raw, food-created nutrients, including a comprehensive
range of essential vitamins and minerals, live probiotics and
enzymes, and fruits and vegetables. The Women’s formula is
designed to support breast health, reproductive health, heart
health, bone strength, healthy skin, and optimal digestion. This
multi is also gluten-free and made with organic ingredients. Take
with or without food.
IRON Ideal for men and post-menopausal women, this multi
provides 100 percent of the RDA for most vitamins and minerals,
as well as antioxidants, a blend of trace-minerals, omega-3s,
green superfoods, and 1,000 IU of vitamin D3. Also available with
iron (not pictured)—containing the same great combination of
nutrients—for pre-menopausal women or those with anemia.
whole-foods supplement made from
40 USDA organic fruits, vegetables,
grains, sprouts, legumes, other organic
foods, and even superfood açai. With
just 2 easy-to-swallow tablets, you get
the equivalent of four servings of fruits
and vegetables.
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real radiance
beauty oils
Natural nourishment for hair, skin, and nails
il is the new all-over beauty treatment. Derived
from nuts, berries, leaves, and herbs sourced from
the far corners of the earth, oils are ideal for those
times when your hair, skin, and nails crave moisture and
more. Treatment oils are packed with essential nutrients to
repair, nourish, and protect your hair, skin, and nails. They
replenish lost moisture and create a barrier that locks
hydration in.
Argan Oil
Argan oil has been around for a long time, but has only recently
grown a reputation for the magic it works on skin and hair.
Made from the kernels of argan trees, which can only be found
in Morocco, argan oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty
acids, which hydrate and repair dry skin and hair.
Only one group of women is allowed to harvest the nuts and
make the oil—the Berber women of Morocco. Not only are
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By Sherrie Strausfogel
these women part of a fair trade cooperative, the argan forests are
kept alive and protected by an ecosystem reforestation project. In
fact, UNESCO has designated the 10,000-square-mile argan-growing region as a biosphere reserve.
High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows
a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather and altitudes.
The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by
producing powerful nutrients. With more than 190 bioactive
compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of omegas 3, 6,
and 9, which improve the turnover of skin cells and protect new
ones. And it’s a rich source of the elusive omega-7, an essential fatty
acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair, and nails.
For centuries, the Europeans have treated their hair with rosemary. Used in shampoos and hair rinses, rosemary oil conditions and
prevents frizz. Rubbed into the scalp, it treats dryness, itch, and
flakes; and it may stimulate hair follicles into producing new hair.
Neem, a tree native to India and Southeast Asia, is known as “the
village pharmacy” for its ability to treat a variety of conditions. It is
an important herb used in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest
medical systems, and has been used as a medicinal herb for nearly
5,000 years. Neem oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty
acids, and has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and
antiviral properties. It’s also used to heal and protect skin, scalp,
hair, and nails.
OIL utilizes the
whole fruit powder
to provide the full
spectrum of nutrients
to promote skin
nourishment. Vegan
and gluten-free.
OIL is a secret
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spots so you may
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It also aids in the
relief of eczema,
acne, and rosacea.
features essential
fatty acids and
proteins that help
fight lines, repair
imperfections, and
minimize scars.
Sustainably harvested
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Neem capsules are used
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the fit foodie
eco-friendly eating
Simple and clear-cut ways to choose foods that go easy on the earth
o to most any natural foods
store, and you’ll find a huge
number of environmentally
conscious packaged goods. The aisles are
awash in sustainable, organic, GMO-free,
fair-trade, grass-fed, and responsibly
sourced products. But what do all those
terms really mean?
Here’s a guide to choosing the most
eco-friendly foods—not only for your body’s
health, but also for the health of the planet.
Certified Organic
The most common of the earth-friendly
designations, organic refers to growing
methods that eliminate synthetic pesticides
and fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation,
and genetically modified organisms
(GMOs). Instead, organic producers
emphasize soil and water conservation and
renewable resources. On average, organic
farms use about 70 percent less energy
than industrial farms.
Sustainable products are produced using
techniques that don’t harm the environment and preserve agricultural land. Not
the same thing as organic, sustainable
methods are sometimes even more
earth-friendly. For example, organic
raspberries grown in South America
and shipped to Idaho aren’t sustainable.
On the other hand, there’s no guarantee
that sustainable products are also organic.
GMOs can cause organ damage and reproductive abnormalities
in animals; pollute water; and reduce diversity. Because there
are no labeling requirements for GMO products, some manufacturers opt for verification through a non-profit group called the
Non-GMO Project. The organization offers the “Non-GMO
Project Verified” label for GMO-free products tested at accredited labs.
On average, food travels about 1,500 miles from farm to
consumer. By contrast, local foods travel an average of about
45 miles. However, some studies show that food transportation
uses a fraction of the energy that’s used by farming equipment.
And food traveling cross-country by train may account for fewer
greenhouse gas emissions than foods trucked across a state.
And keep in mind that “local” doesn’t necessarily mean “organic.”
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By Lisa Turner
If you eat meat or dairy, look for sustainable products. Cattle, poultry, and fish eat
80 percent of the corn grown in the
United States—more than humans do—
and producing that corn uses enormous
resources. “Grass-fed” means the animals
receive natural forage, including grass,
hay, leaves, and tender stems of plants.
Grass-fed animals, however, may be kept
indoors for much of their lives. “Pastured”
or “pasture-raised” means animals roam
freely outdoors and receive a diet of
natural forage.
Fair Trade Certified
Under fair trade programs, farmers are
given financial incentives and resources
to use only organic and sustainable
growing methods, including reforestation
and water conservation. Additionally,
bird habitats are preserved.
Marine Stewardship
Council (MSC)
According to some estimates, wildcaught fish could become a thing of the
past in less than 35 years, thanks to
overfishing and pollution. To help combat
this problem, the Marine Stewardship
Council offers the “MSC Ecolabel,” a
voluntary labeling system. The label
ensures that the seafood was caught
without endangering the species or
harming local ecosystems.
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Dr. Bronner’s
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Eco-friendly is about more than just food. The organic
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small South Asian tree Acacia concinna. It has been used
for millennia in India as a gentle conditioning cleanser for
both skin and hair.
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ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood
sugar, boost energy, lose weight, and look great.
In 2010, an estimated 75 million tons
of packaging waste ended up in landfills
across the United States alone. Additionally, some food packaging contains
toxins, such as bisphenol-A (BPA), that
leech into the environment (and your
body) and cause damage. Plastics are
the worst, but canned foods can contain
BPA in the lining. Look for minimally
packaged products, compostable or
recyclable packages, and BPA-free or
reusable glass containers.
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Featuring a balanced ratio of FoodState Nutrients and a protective
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whole foods to support optimum health and well-being. This easyto-digest formula can be taken on an empty stomach without
upset. Gluten- and GMO-free.
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peak season
By Neil Zevnik
hot potatoes
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, let us pay the noble spud its
due respect as part of a well-balanced and health-giving menu
always remember my Irish grandfather looking down
at his plate and plaintively asking in his delightful Irish
brogue, “Where are the potatoes?”
In his view, if potatoes weren’t on the plate, it wasn’t
dinner. Turns out that he was more astute than any of us
knew at the time.
Pity the poor potato. It’s gotten a terrible rap in recent
times, and most undeservedly. It’s the oh-so wicked things that
we heap upon it and beat into it and fry it in that make it less
than its brilliantly nutritious self. Consider these facts: one
average potato contains a quarter of the daily minimum
requirement of vitamin C and 20 percent of the daily value
of vitamin B 6. It has more potassium than a banana (almost
1 gram) and possesses cancer-fighting phenols that rival those
in broccoli and spinach. It’s also the No. 1 vegetable crop in the
world, and the second-most-consumed food in the world after
milk. Hardly an inauspicious profile!
Way Back When
It all began roughly 7,000 years ago on the shores of Lake
Titicaca, high in the Andes Mountains in South America. The
hunter-gatherer community living there began to cultivate
the numerous varieties of wild potatoes that thrived in the
rigorous climate, and soon it was their
staple crop. In fact, potatoes were
central to their worldview—they
Some varieties of potatoes have
even measured time by how long it
took to cook a pot of potatoes!
more starch than others. Russets, for
By the time of the Incas, the
example, rank high in starch, whereas
potato was fundamental to the
red-skinned ones have less starch.
food security of the nation. Alas,
the potato could provide no defense
against the invading Spaniards in
1532, and the Incan Empire ceased to exist. The only bright note
was to be found in the Spaniards’ adoption of the potato—they fed
disease-resistant and productive strains became prized, and
it to their sailors at sea, as its vitamin C helped to ward off scurvy.
the basis for modern commercial production was established.
The Spaniards then introduced the potato to Europe, where it
Nowadays, Americans consume an average of 136.5 pounds
was mostly shunned for a few centuries due to superstition and
of potatoes a year—more than a spud a day!
ignorance. But by the start of the 1800s, the potato was
becoming a staple crop across much of Northern Europe, and
Why We Need Them
especially in Ireland, whose climate was uniquely suited to this
The benefits of that 25 percent daily value of vitamin C are
delectable tuber. It was, in fact, after the Great Irish Potato
well-known, ranging from boosting the immune system to
Famine of 1845 (caused by a mold disease in the crops) that more
combating cancer to contributing to heart health. Even more
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hot potatoes, cont.
impressive are the effects of vitamin B 6: its integral role
in the nervous system contributes to mood elevation,
better sleep, and normal brain function; it’s critically
important role in methylation (the way we control our
genes) leads to increased cardiovascular health, and it
is essential for the formation of virtually all new cells
in the body.
As if that weren’t enough, recent studies have
identified numerous phenols and flavonoids in the skin
and flesh of potatoes that protect against respiratory
problems, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
Researchers even found two compounds, quercetin and
the rare kukoamines, the latter of which is found
elsewhere only in goji berries. Both of these compounds
appear to have blood pressure–lowering potential.
Bringing It Home
Choose potatoes that are firm, relatively smooth, and free
of moisture or dry rot. They should have no “sprouting” on
the surface, and if there’s a green tinge to the skin, toss ’em
back—that’s an indicator of the presence of the toxic
alkaloid solanine, and it can make you sick.
Store potatoes in a paper sack (not plastic) in a cool
dark place (try the back of a pantry). Don’t store them in
the fridge, as the starch will turn to sugar, resulting in a
very unpleasant taste. Properly stored, they will last for
several weeks. Use them regularly!
“Wearin’ O’ the Green” Potato Canapes MAKES 24 CANAPES
This green-flecked, tummy-filling hors d’oeuvre provides perfect fortification
for the chilly rigors of a St. Paddy’s Day parade.
lb. red rose potatoes (4
medium) cut into ¼-inch slices
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley,
plus extra leaves for garnish
Tbs. olive oil, divided
Tbs. chopped chives
tsp. ground black pepper
tsp. ground fennel seed
oz. mild feta cheese,
at room temperature
Tbs. toasted pine nuts
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Toss potato slices with 3 Tbs. olive oil. Set potatoes on large baking
sheet, sprinkle with pepper and fennel. Roast in oven 14 minutes, turning
once. Remove potatoes from baking sheet, and cool on rack.
3. Mash together herbs, feta, and remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil; then stir in
pine nuts. Keep at room temperature.
4. Mound 1 scant Tbs. feta mixture on top of each potato slice. Garnish
each with single parsley leaf. Set on platter, and serve.
Irish Potato Champ SERVES 4
This classic dish was one of my Irish mom’s favorite “meatless Friday”
dishes. I’ve lightened it up with 2 percent milk instead of whole and replaced
some of the butter with olive oil, but the dish remains comfort food at its
most satisfying. Traditionally, this is a meal in itself. But if you want to
cut your carbs a bit, platter the champ with a couple of crisp, juicy grilled
turkey sausages and a passel of green peas, and you’ll still have an ultimate
comfort food dinner.
3½ lb. russet potatoes, peeled and halved
1½ cups organic 2 percent milk
Tbs. unsalted butter
½ cup chopped green onions
Tbs. olive oil
hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
Parsley leaves for garnish
1. Cover potatoes with cold water in heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, then
reduce heat, and cook until tender. Drain, return to heat 1 minute to dry.
2. Meanwhile, combine milk, butter, and green onions in small saucepan (or
microwaveable dish); heat until just bubbling.
3. Place potatoes in metal or other heat-proof bowl, and add hot milk and
olive oil. Beat potatoes with hand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in
sliced eggs, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Get a jump start on spring cleaning today. Read page one of this issue for a
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