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What Is Gac Fruit? And Is Gac Fruit Healthy?

Written by Louise Hendon on January 19

I found this strange fruit while traveling through Thailand a few weeks ago. It’s so odd looking that I was worried it was fake and plastic at first!

As the sign I saw pointed out, gac fruit juice is often known as a fruit from heaven and it is a pretty rare fruit.

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So, what is gac fruit? And is gac fruit healthy to eat?
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Pastured Eggs from Free-Range Chickens: Are They Healthier?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on January 6

Eggs are a huge part of modern diets, but the ways we raise chickens has changed a lot over the past 100 years.

To be fair, egg consumption has probably been a big part of our diets as long as humans have been…well…human. Imagine carrying home a whopping 19-inch egg from the prehistoric dinosaur segnosaurus, who laid the biggest eggs we’ve ever seen! (Just kidding, of course – humans never existed anywhere near the same time as any yummy dinosaur eggs.)

Nowadays, egg consumption around the world is unfortunately dinosaur-free, so we’re left with what makes up the bulk of the world’s modern egg diet—quail eggs in Asia, ostrich eggs in Africa, and of course, chicken eggs pretty much everywhere else.
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Are Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on December 30

I don’t remember ever eating a sweet potato as a kid. And that makes me a little bit sad.

Since I’ve gone Paleo – and particularly if I’m doing any sort of intense exercise or training (Muay Thai, CrossFit, etc.), I’ve fallen in love with sweet potatoes.

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I used to get adventurous and make all sorts of different sweet potato dishes, but recently, boiling or baking and then eating seems much simpler and just as yummy.
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Is Luo Han Guo Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on December 18

Luo Han Guo (aka Monk Fruit) has been all the rage lately as a low calorie “natural” sweetener.

Fantastic!

But…is Luo Han Guo Paleo?

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What is Luo Han Guo?

Luo Han Guo, also sometimes known as monk fruit, is the fruit of Siraitiagrosvenorii, a plant native to China and some other parts of Asia. Its odd name comes from the phonetic Chinese name for the fruit, which in turncomes from the Buddhist Luo Han monks, who were some of the first to cultivate the fruit hundreds of years ago.

What’s so special about this fruit is the fact that its extract is highly sweet and yet low in calories.
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Is Coffee Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on December 4

For many people, the morning isn’t fueled by the excitement of a great day—it’s fueled by coffee.

And when the 3pm blues comes around, guess who’s up for coffee round 2 (or round 5 or 6)? With coffee houses popping up everywhere and coffee pots just getting easier (and cheaper) to use, it’s no wonder that this energizing drink has quickly risen to claim a spot as one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.

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But should you run off and pour yourself another mug, or is it time to shut the kitchen coffeemaker down for good?

Is Coffee Healthy?

Perhaps not surprisingly, a good bit of research has been done into how coffee affects the human body.
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Are Whole Grains Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 25

If there’s one characteristic that most modern diets share, it’s the push for whole grains.

Major organizations like Mayo Clinic and the American Diabetes Association insist that opting for whole grains is a more nutritious, heart-healthy option for managing weight and insulin resistance.

However, we know that most diets have gotten a few things wrong…

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What is a Whole Grain?

When a cereal grain (wheat, corn, barley, rye, etc.) is growing in the field, it already counts as a “whole grain”—that is, it has all of its parts intact. The parts of a grain—the bran (skin), germ (seed embryo), and endosperm (the germ’s food source)—are all kept together when they are harvested and turned into food.

This is different from refined grains, where only the endosperm is kept. If you think about refined grains, then, you’ll notice that we’re not actually eating the actual grain (the germ) at all!

Are Whole Grains Healthy?

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7 Reasons and Ways to Love Butternut Squash

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 20

Apparently, Native Americans used bury their dead along with Butternut Squash in order to provide nourishment to the deceased on their final journey.

I don’t think that happens too often any more, but if you’re not very familiar with butternut squash, I’d encourage you to work on changing that.

In Paleo-land, sweet potatoes are hugely popular, and I completely understand why. I love sweet potatoes, after all. But if you want a bit of variety from your starchy tubers, one excellent choice is butternut squash.

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When Louise and I roast veggies, butternut squash is usually one of the first veggies we choose. It’s sweet (but not too sweet) and subtly complex.

In addition, Butternut Squash is versatile and can be prepared many ways, and it’s relatively inexpensive.

However, there are many other reasons that butternut squash is an amazing addition to a healthy diet—its nutrient profile is well-rounded, for instance.
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Is Kefir Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 18

As recently as 3 years ago, I had zero idea what kefir was.

You may or may not be in the same boat, but I couldn’t even pronounce the word. (If you’re wondering, it’s pronounced kuh-FEER.)

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a type of carbonated dairy product that has been around for a very long time.

Evidence shows that people have been fermenting drinks for thousands of years (around 5000 BC for the Babylonians), and kefir is one such drink.

Heralded around Europe and Asia for its healing properties in centuries past, kefir can be made from the milk of any ruminant (any animal that does not completely chew the vegetation that it eats, including goats, cows, sheep, and other milk-producing animals).

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6 Things You MUST Know About Bacon

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 4

Meat Candy.

You can stuff bacon into practically any food and end up with a more delicious version of that food. From chocolate to skewered chicken, bacon makes almost everything better (bacon jam, anyone?).

And yet, you’ve probably heard for most of your life that bacon is a heart attack waiting to happen. Luckily, we now know that’s just not true.

But the real question…

Is Bacon Actually Healthy?

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Is Canola Oil Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on October 30

If food were a game of hide and seek, canola oil would be just about the worst player ever.

Canola oil is absolutely everywhere you look. From mayonnaise to nuts to cooked vegetables – canola oil is in just about every food you can imagine. [We found this new mayo that uses avocado oil instead of canola oil – it’s sold here.]

Canola oil is a bit of a unique substance. We know that sunflower oil comes from sunflower seeds and olive oil from olives, so naturally, canola oil comes from canola seeds, right? As it turns out, there is no such thing as a canola seed. Canola oil is made from rapeseed (a very bright, yellow flower), and its name comes from a hybrid of the phrase “Canada oil.” It used to be called LEAR (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed).

Is Canola Oil Healthy

Many mainstream scientists tout the benefits of canola oil for lowering the risk for heart disease. They often point to its 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which is a fairly good ratio.

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However, that’s a bit misleading.
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The Alligator Pear – or How to Love an Avocado

Written by Jeremy Hendon on October 21

Fun fact: The avocado was at one time called an “alligator pear” for its dark, rough skin.

Another fun fact: Later, sailors began using the creamy insides of the avocado as a kind of topping on biscuits called “midshipman’s butter.”

Regardless of what you choose to call it, there’s no doubt that the avocado is an awesome addition to any meal.

So What is an Avocado?

It seems like a silly question, right? But it’s an interesting one, nonetheless.

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5 Ways to Deal With A Sweet Tooth On A Paleo Diet

Written by Jeremy Hendon on October 16

This is a guest post from our friend Joel Runyon, who runs ImpossibleHQ.com. You can find the original article here.

Sugar.

You can’t escape it.

Even after you cut out the usual culprits – desserts, candy, and simple carbohydrates – there are still plenty of places sugars manage to sneak into.

It’s simply everywhere.

A good Paleo diet cuts out most processed foods and sugars, which sounds fairly straightforward, but when you realize how prevalent sugar is in different types of food, it’s not always easy – especially if you have a penchant for it. After all, sugar has some of the addictive properties of crack.

The question that comes up a lot is:

How do you deal with a sweet tooth on a Paleo diet?

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Is Deli Meat Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on October 14

When it comes to convenience, it’s tough to beat deli meat.

Ham, turkey, salami, prosciutto, roast beef, and dozens of other options are sold in almost every grocery store, and they require no preparation whatsoever to eat.

Traditionally, lunches and sandwiches rely heavily on such cold cuts, but there are a ton of popular news articles that paint these meats as incredibly unhealthy.

Are Deli Meats Healthy?

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There are a lot of reasons bandied about as to why deli meats may be unhealthy. I’ll quickly look at them one-by-one:

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on October 7

Let’s face it—sweet things taste good.

Really good.

And that’s no surprise; primal humans often found that sweet things like fruits were packed with vitamins and minerals that gave them the energy to survive. In addition, sweet usually meant “safe” when it came to food in the wild.

Because of this, people are somewhat hard-wired to enjoy a sweet treat.

Nowadays, the Western diet is jam packed with sugar in every food you can think of. The difference, though, is that where there’s sugar now, there’s not necessarily nourishment (nor is most processed food safe if you take a long-term view).

But what about artificial sweeteners? No or very few calories, so what’s the harm, right?
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