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Much controversy exists on the topic of soy today. Is it an ancient food or modern menace? Or a bit of both? Beyond the known problems of soy proper, does soy protein bring any additional dangers to the dietary table? This is important because many food manufacturers stealthily replace part of their meat based processed foods …

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Chances are, if you glance through your pantry, you will find numerous foods that contain yeast extract. This ingredient is particularly prevalent in crackers and other carb-based food with a savory flavor. Given the positive reputation of nutritional yeast and the widespread use of baker’s yeast in breads and pastries, most people never give this ubiquitous …

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Several years ago, I wrote an article about why we ditched traditional health insurance for health care sharing. It’s been almost five years now since I called Humana, canceled our family’s longstanding health insurance policy and switched to Samaritan Ministries to cover our family’s medical needs. If you are fed up with how broken health …

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Gum additives are everywhere in our food supply today. Xanthan and guar gum are by far the most common. But there are many others too, such as locust bean gum (carob gum), gellen gum, cellulose gum, and relative newcomer tara gum. The savvy shopper is clued into which gum additives to avoid and which are …

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Pork is one of the most controversial meats on the planet. On one hand you have healthy ancestral cultures from the Middle East which forbid eating meat from pigs, deeming it unclean and unfit for human consumption. On the other hand, Dr. Weston A. Price observed, photographed, and wrote about healthy traditional societies from the …

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Like many people, I got suckered onto the “soy is good for you” train back in the 1990’s. I drank soy milk nearly every day for several years thinking it was a healthy and nutritious alternative to processed dairy. This favorable opinion of soy milk abruptly changed when I became pregnant with my first child …

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Over Spring Break, my tween and a neighbor friend completed the online course Kids Cook Real Food. This amazingly thorough class was created by my friend Katie of Kitchen Stewardship. It recently opened back up for registrations on April 1 and will stay open through Labor Day. These young gals very much enjoyed the experience and …