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Are Cashews Nuts, Legumes, or Drupes?

Louise Hendon | April 16

Cashews are a fascinating food.

Botanically, they are a master of disguise.

They split in half like a legume, but they are not a legume.

They look sort of like a nut and grow on a tree, but they are not a tree nut.

And the red juicy pear looking thing that grows on the same tree as them looks like a fruit, but it’s not actually a fruit.

Mmm.

From a culinary standpoint, they are also fascinating.

Sure, you can grind them into a flour like other nuts. You can also use them whole in various dishes. But what’s most interesting is the fact you can grind them and mix them with water to form a cream cheese like substance that you can then put on top of pizzas or use as cake icing! It’s one of the foods loved by both vegans and Paleo-eaters!

I hope you’re also getting fascinated about this fake-nut…

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Coconut Sugar vs Coconut Palm Sugar

Louise Hendon | February 19

With so many different names floating around, it can be tough when you’re out shopping to ensure you buy the right products.

So, what’s the deal with coconut sugar? Is coconut palm sugar the same thing as coconut sugar? And is palm sugar different to coconut palm sugar? What about coconut nectar and coconut crystals?

Yes, I agree…it’s really annoyingly confusing. So read on to discover exactly what is what as well as which sugar is Paleo.

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Are Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | 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?

Jeremy Hendon | 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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6 Things You MUST Know About Bacon

Jeremy Hendon | 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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3 Reasons This Seafood Is Your New Best Friend

Jeremy Hendon | July 24

Nori. Dulse. Gim.

Whatever you call it, seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse.

Although seaweed is eaten around the world, Japan is the country most commonly associated with seaweed consumption. In fact, recent research indicates that the average Japanese citizen’s gut bacteria is specifically adapted to be able to digest more seaweed than most other folks around the world.

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Spotlight on Garlic

Jeremy Hendon | June 28

We all know that the foods we like can change throughout our lives, but one thing I can say for sure is that I grew up loving garlic and just never stopped! As a seasoning and ingredient in soups and on meats, my family always made sure to have that extra pinch; even the smell of cooking garlic was enough to lure me into the kitchen.

Mom had no problem getting me to eat garlic, and that’s a good thing, because this unassuming little bulb of flavor really packs some amazing boosts for your health. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used since before ancient Egyptian times as a seasoning all around the world. However, even more than as a delicious food, garlic has been prized for thousands of years for its medicinal effects, many of which come from antibacterial sulfur compounds (like allicin) that appear when garlic is chewed or crushed. It’s also what gives garlic that delightfully pungent smell.

What’s great about garlic:

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Are Sardines Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | June 10

One of my most vivid memories of elementary school is of sitting in one of our incredibly cramped, 20-person classrooms and eating lunch with friends. They’d be munching on zebra cakes and I would, with an excited smile, pop the lid off my little bin of sardines.

Apparently the smell of fish was less favorable to the 8-year-olds than the sweet aroma of those zebra cakes, because more often than not, I’d look up from my sardines to find myself sitting all alone.

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What are Sardines?

I think part of the problem was that no one really knew what a sardine was—a small, whole fish also known as a pilchard. Belonging to the herring family, sardines are rather tiny, oily fish that you can buy fresh or in a can.
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List of Nightshades Foods and Why You Might Want To Avoid Them

Louise Hendon | February 4

What Are Nightshades?

When I hear the word nightshade, my first thought is generally that it’s poisonous (since deadly nightshade, also known as atropa belladonna, is often mentioned as a poison in the mystery books I used to read as a child).

But, nightshades (also known as Solanaceae) encompasses a whole family of flowering plants that includes many very popular fruits and vegetables that you probably eat daily.

(There’s a whole section below on why you might want to avoid nightshades for health reasons as well so keep on reading!)  

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The Most Common Nightshades

Some of the most popular nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers. But because various spices and spice mixes are made from chili peppers, nightshades can be found in a whole host of processed foods!

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Here’s a more complete list of nightshades that you might be eating (some of them may be rare in the US):
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Are Beans Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | November 8

Pinto, lima, garbanzo, pea, kidney, lentil…no doubt you recognize at least some of these popular names for people’s favorite legumes.

But exactly what is it about beans that manages to capture everyone’s attention? Many tout the protein and fiber content of legumes as a major benefit, not to mention the variety of tastes and options that beans provide. Since they’re so popular, should those following a Paleo lifestyle hop on the bean bandwagon?

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Types of Sweet Potatoes (With Images) and Why You Should Eat Each

Louise Hendon | November 2

Confused about the types of sweet potatoes?

I lived on this island off the Southern coast of China for 3 months, and I partially survived on sweet potatoes (in addition to salted duck eggs, roasted duck, and fresh fish!).

One of the things that always bothered me when living in China was I couldn’t tell what type of sweet potato I was buying. My friend, who is living in Okinawa, expressed the same problem. So, when we discussed our favorite sweet potatoes (I know, it’s the sort of geeky conversation foodies indulge in!), we’d result to laborious descriptions of what the skin looked like, what color the flesh was, how sweet it was, etc.

So, when I spotted these 5 types of sweet potatoes in Whole Foods the other day, I decided to document these sweet potatoes with photographs and notes!

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Here are the results (note accurate nutritional data on each type of sweet potato was difficult to obtain so please use it with a grain of salt):
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