Enzymes are proteins that catalyze reactions with an organism. Even if you have the best nutritional plan around, and supplement your diet with a host of vitamin supplements, without enzymes, the vitamins will not be absorbed into your system. The best source of enzymes from your diet comes from raw food, eaten in its original state with no processing.

Making Cashew Milk

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 4

Making nut milk is a lot easier than you might have imagined. With just a tiny bit of planning (remembering to soak them), you’ll end up with fresh creamy nut milk. Even if you don’t soak your nuts overnight, it is totally achievable, though your cashew milk might be a bit grittier.

Poaching Fish

Though grilling and boiling is a tasty option to cook your meats, it’s not as healthy as cooking in water. A chemical process occurs when you cook proteins and sugar without water that produces AGE’s – or advanced glycated endproducts. It seems fitting to labeled them AGE since they cause DNA damage which is basically what happens when we age. Think of what happens to your food when you cook without water. They brown. AGE’s are concentrated in bread crust, browned meats, char-broiled fish, you get the point.

Does Your Olive Oil Come in a Dark Bottle?

A diet rich in olive oil has been long recognized for its benefits in cardiovascular health, joint health, cancer prevention, skin and cognitive function due to its anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant properties.

But is there a difference among the array of pretty-shaped, fancy-labeled bottles at the grocery store?

Which Oils are Safe to Cook With?

Because oils are susceptible to rancidity when exposed to heat, it is important not to cook with an oil with a low smoke point and not to cook over an oil’s smoke point – the temperature at which the oil starts to break down. At this point, the heat will cause oxidation in the oil, destroying the protective properties of the oil. Imagine the process of iron turning to rust and that playing out in your food and eventually damaging your cells. This would be counter-productive to eating good quality oils.