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What is the Difference between Chocolate and Cacao, or is it Cocoa?

What is the Difference between Chocolate and Cacao, or is it Cocoa?

In Dutch we have an expression, I can’t make chocolate out of it, which basically means I don’t get it. Well, I couldn’t make chocolate out of the difference between chocolate and cacao. And then I discovered there is also cocoa. Time for some investigation!

Women and chocolate are an infamous combination. It’s our favorite comfort food. And given all the rave articles in the women’s magazines in recent years, most of us no longer feel guilty about being addicted to chocolate.

In recent years, the properties of chocolate have also been scientifically researched. Sometimes it is said that you should eat more chocolate because of all the benefits. What are those benefits?

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Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen – Is there any Difference?

Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen - Is there any Difference?

I always thought it was collagen, just that one word. I hadn’t the faintest idea there is a difference between animal collagen vs plant collagen.

Moreover, collagen had a bad reputation in my mind because of the ads. You might know which ads I mean: Look 20 years younger by using our product with Collagen XXL. I distrusted the claims and I hated the implication I didn’t look good the way I was. 

The worst one was a promo on TV. Imagine the scene: a grandmother is happily playing with her grandson who is laughing and having fun as well. All of a sudden he stops in mid play, points an accusing finger at her face and says: Gran, why does your skin look so awkward?

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What is the Best Time for Supplements, Water and Food?

What is the Best Time for Supplements, Water and Food?

For a lot of habits we develop routines. That way we build in a control system so we don’t forget to do what we planned. Usually we take supplements when we have a meal. We won’t forget to take them then, and often the effect of supplements is better when they are taken with food. Is there a best time for supplements, water and food?

Much of this article is about how I handle supplements, food and water. Although my behavior is based on scientific research, you can say that these texts are my opinion.

As I often say on this website, for any scientific research that is positive about something, there is research that is negative. That’s why I try everything and see how my body reacts. I let that guide me in my decisions.

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Advantages of Watermelon, especially in a Hot Summer

Advantages of Watermelon, especially in a Hot Summer

When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

This also applies to Spain obviously. This is our second summer in our new homeland and I can assure you: it’s HOT in July and August. Pfff.

I didn’t like the at least 7 months of cold and rain in the Netherlands, but I have to admit, I don’t like those 2 months of intense heat in Spain either.

Although, calculating it is not such a wrong exchange, don’t you agree?

So, when in Spain, do as the Spaniards do, and that is eat watermelon. It’s their preferred choice of thirst quencher. Moreover, there are a lot of advantages to watermelon.

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5 + 10 Essential Supplements for Energy

Essential Supplements for Energy

Getting everything your body needs through food is the best way. For one of my other websites I wrote an article about the food that gives you energy. Yet there can be all kinds of reasons why you need more energy than food can deliver. In that case supplements are a practical and natural replacement for or an addition to food. What are the essential supplements for energy?

As with any advice – no matter in what area – for every wildly enthusiastic recommendation there are opinions that discourage or even deny it. I love coffee in the morning and had several warnings from friends that coffee is bad for me. And to some extent they were right. If I drink coffee after 1pm, surely I will have problems getting to sleep that night.

Nowadays those same friends tell me coffee is good for aging people. 🙂

My point always is: listen to your body carefully and you will know what product is best for you. What works for me might not have the same result for you. 

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How Healthy are Mushrooms? 7 Reasons to eat them.

Amanita muscaria; found in the Netherlands
Amanita muscaria: better not eat those!

If there is one thing I miss about the Netherlands in autumn, it is the sight of the many mushrooms during our forest walks. Over here in the south of Spain it is so dry, that seeing mushrooms is pretty rare.

We never picked them, by the way. We have heard too many stories of people who got sick from mushrooms, so we would rather not take any risks. So how healthy are mushrooms, if you obviously have to be that careful?

Well, don’t worry. If you buy mushrooms in the store or if you pick them under the guidance of a renowned forager, there are a lot of health benefits to gain. If you have a guide, you’ll also make sure you are allowed to pick mushrooms in that area. In some countries, like the Netherlands, it’s forbidden by law to pick mushrooms in some places!

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Review: Your Super – Superfood in a Cardboard Can?

Review: Your Super

Until a few years ago I had never heard of superfoods. Probably nobody had. 🙂 And all of a sudden they are the talk of the town. Are they really that super and what can be the benefits of superfood? 

This article will be about superfood, and is a review about Your Super that sells superfood in the form of powders.

Be aware that superfood is a marketing term. There is no scientific research to back up some of the claims that are made about superfood. A one-sided diet is never healthy. So I do eat superfoods myself, but always together with a variety of other (in my eyes) healthy food. 

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Nuts for our brain, and other health benefits

Nuts for our brain, and other health benefits

In the Netherlands we have a snack called Studentenhaver, which roughly translates as Student oats. This is a mix of walnuts, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins and sometimes other dried fruits. This mix is supposed to enhance intelligence, hence the name.

We supplement our food with lots of nuts, not because it would increase our intelligence, but because of all the benefits nuts contain. We rarely eat meat, which is another reason to eat nuts. Although the main reason is that they are delicious. We love nuts.

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Review of the Vegan Changers | How to change Lifestyle Habits

Review of the Vegan Changers | How to change Lifestyle Habits

In The Essential Nutrients to have a Balanced Diet I was talking about diets and lifestyles. Through the years my husband Tom and I have developed our own lifestyle, based on our preferences, experiences and (of lately) ailments.

We have to study and know a certain diet or lifestyle before we can decide if we will fully embrace it or take elements out of it. And most of the time we decide the latter. I am so happy that Tom and I both love to try new things and experiment. 

This article is a review of the Vegan Changers, go vegan challenge. If you have decided it is time to change your lifestyle habits, you need to know what you can expect from this program. Will it benefit you? Does the program give you enough handles to know what you can do best?

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Best Seeds to Eat for your Daily Dose of Healthy Supplements

Best Seeds to Eat for your Daily Dose of Healthy Supplements

If you open our kitchen cabinet, you would find many pots of seeds in addition to the spices. I really like seeds in my salads and bowls of almond yogurt. In my opinion, there are seeds that are better than others, and tastier. I will list the best seeds to eat.

Seeds are a magnificent source of minerals and vitamins:

  • Nutrient rich
  • Antioxidants
  • High Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fibers 
  • Proteins

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