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Healthy and Easy Bouillon Cubes Recipe

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

healthy homemade bouillon cubes

People new to traditional cooking are frequently surprised to learn that bouillon cubes from the store are a heavily processed food that without exception contain large amounts of neurotoxic MSG.  Even organic bouillon cubes or stock cubes should be avoided!

Take a look at the ingredients of this popular brand of organic chicken bouillon cubes from the healthfood store that falsely proclaims “No MSG Added” on the label:

Organic Chicken Bouillon Cube Ingredients:
yeast extract, corn starch*, non hydrogenated palm oil*, mineral salt, natural chicken and rosemary flavouring, chicken fat*, lovage*, turmeric*, parsley*, chicken meat powder*. *organic

What’s the very first ingredient?

Yeast extract which is just another name for MSG. Note that there are dozens of aliases for neurotoxic MSG (1) used in food labeling that while misleading, is completely legal. It is essentially a cat and mouse game food manufacturers play with consumers. As soon as consumers wise up to one name, they change to another then another.

Note that avoidance of MSG in processed foods is important not only to keep frequent headaches at bay, but also to maintain a healthy weight. MSG damages and kills neurons in the hypothalamus in the brain stem and can contribute to obesity over time by damaging metabolism (2).

How companies get away with these labeling shenanigans is shocking. As a consumer, you really need to be on your toes to keep from falling for these processed food scams.

The good news is that it is simple to make your own healthy bouillon cubes to liven up the flavor of homemade broth or to add to filtered water along with some veggies, legumes or meat to make a super fast soup in a pinch.

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Einkorn Sourdough Crackers with Nut Butter

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

sourdough crackers with peanut butter

Nut butter crackers are a favorite snack food for many children. For my family, peanut butter crackers are the fave with sunbutter crackers the distant second place winner.

Unfortunately, the commercial options for nut butter crackers even from organic brands leave much to be desired in the ingredients department. Check out the ingredients list for one highly popular brand of certified USDA Organic peanut butter crackers:

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Power Shot: Best Green Juice for Congestion

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

best green juice for congestion

Green juice is a popular food for detoxification and with good reason. Fresh green juice prepared from organic, preferably biodynamic, high brix vegetables is a great way to get lots of easy to absorb minerals quickly without any estrogen disrupting pesticide load.

In addition, plain green juice eliminates the fiber that can sometimes cause issues for those with weakened digestion or reflux.

While some green juices need to be used with caution particularly if there is a thyroid problem, history of kidney stones, or candida issues, others like cucumber, celery, zucchini, and wheatgrass are safe to consumer regularly without risk.

When it comes to green juice, my personal favorite is wheatgrass. Nutritional pioneer Ann Wigmore is credited with discovering the health benefits of fresh (never pasteurized!) wheatgrass juice preferably grown under natural conditions. She incorporated its use for detoxification for many years with great results.

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The 5 Reasons Why Grains Are The Hardest Food to Digest

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

grains are hard to digest

By Monica Corrado, MA, CNC

If you’ve heard of the GAPS Diet, Autoimmune Protocol, or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), you know that elimination of grains is a major step in reclaiming the health of your gut.

But why?

Grains have been consumed for thousands of years by many healthy, degenerative disease free ancestral cultures without an issue. Why all of a sudden do folks need to stop eating them in order to arrest symptoms of autoimmune disease?

Isn’t there an easier way?  The foundation of the Food Pyramid is “heart healthy” whole grains after all. Can’t a person even eat rice when on a gut healing protocol?

Let’s delve into this controversial subject and discuss what it is about grains that makes them so hard to digest for humans especially when there is any sort of compromise in gut function.

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