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Autism and Poo Transplants

Studies on autism show promise In a study published in 2017, it was found that a different approach to treatment may lower symptoms commonly experienced in autism. Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often suffer gastrointestinal (GI) problems, such as constipation or diarrhea. Often, how severe the GI symptoms are, relate to how extreme the ASD symptoms are. The trial,…

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Kimchi Fermentation Workshops

Kimchi + a Surprise Ferment If you’ve wanted to learn how to ferment foods (and why) then join this workshop. Looking for a gift for a friend, but not sure what? Take a lazy weekend day and turn it into a fun afternoon! You’ll get to take home a pot of your own kimchi and recipe booklet. Here’s what you’ll…

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Lavender as an Anti-depressant?

What is Lavender? This shrubby member of the mint family has been used for centuries for its odour-masking scent and health properties. Used in the public baths by Greeks and Romans, the word lavender is derived from the Latin word lavare, or to wash. The essential oils and the dried flowers are most often used, but occasionally lavender is used…

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Linseed vs Flaxseed

What are Linseeds (or is it flaxseeds)? Linseeds (Linum usitatissiumum) are shaped like sesame seeds, but are a little larger and have a harder, shinier shell. They are a dark brown or sometimes a reddish-brown colour, but the golden linseeds are, well…a golden colour. ūüėČ Nomenclature Have you noticed that North Americans tend to call it flaxseed while Europeans call…

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We’re Mentha for Peppermint!

What is Peppermint? Peppermint is actually a cross between spearmint and water mint and is one of the 25 species of mints. Spearmint and peppermint are the most commonly used. You would be surprised to know what other foods belong to the mint family, can you guess? They include basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, spearmint, thyme, peppermint, marjoram and lemon balm…

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Cinnamon: a Cure for the Common Cold?

What is Cinnamon? Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of a tree and is one of the oldest known spices in the world. ¬†Historically grown in Asia, Sri Lanka and southern India, it now can be found in Egypt, Brazil, the Carribean and Madagascar. Peeled away from the trunks of evergreen trees, this dark brown bark curls up into tubes…

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Why Rye?

What is Rye? Used in bread so prolifically, the rye grain is second only to wheat. It resembles the wheat grain, but is longer, more slender and may be more of a light brown or a greyish-green. It’s the tastiest grain and is usually eaten in a more whole form than it’s cousin wheat as it’s labour-intensive to process. This…

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[:en]Olives and Happy Hearts[:]

[:en] Olive Oyl or Olive Oil? We’re not talking about Popeye’s sweetheart Olive Oyl, but the delicious fruit of the olive tree. Yep, technically olives are considered a fruit, although we often refer to them as a vegetable. Green and black olives are actually the same fruit, but are picked at different points in their development. Green olives are younger…