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No Sugar Added Alternatives for Fall

The harvest is a traditional time of celebration. Though most of us no longer mark the season by storing our own grain, salting meat and preserving fruits and vegetables, it’s still a joyous time of year, when eating and socializing top the charts. The only problem? Sometimes surrounding yourself with food presents problems for your diet. Especially if you have a sugar sensitivity – which often results in not feeling well when...

What is Collagen and How Does It Benefit Health?

What is collagen? If you’ve been scratching your head and asking this question, you are not alone. Collagen is beginning to pop up everywhere, and for good reason. More than the latest health or beauty trend, collagen protein and collagen peptides are an easy yet powerful addition to your smoothies, baked goods, soups and juices. You’ll also be happy to know that collagen delivers plenty of the benefits you want in a...

What Is Erythritol, and What Are Its Dangers and Side Effects?

It’s the 21st century, and we no longer have an excuse to eat sugar like it’s going out of style. The white stuff has been linked to all kinds of awful diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer, so it goes without saying that we simply must find ways to eat less of it. Of course, that doesn’t have to mean ditching sweetness altogether. One of the most promising sugar...

Pearl Buck Center & NuNaturals

Since its humble beginnings in 1953, Pearl Buck Center Inc of Eugene and Springfield dedicates themselves to providing educational, recreational and career-focused opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Celebrating its 60th year, Pearl Buck Center operates three successful programs: Working for a Better life, Pearl Buck Preschool and the Life Enhancing Activities Program (LEAP). Working for a Better Life allows adults with developmental disabilities to earn a living wage and gain vocational...

Healthy Treats For Our Furry Friends

We know that adding gelatin to our diets helps benefit our bones, joints, skin and other connective tissues. But did you know that it can help our furry friends reap these same benefits? How Gelatin Helps Dogs When gelatin is incorporated into a dog’s diet it has the power to reduce inflammation and protect properties in the brain. In fact, according to an article by Geeks of Pets, using unflavored gelatin in...

The Scoop on Gelatin & Collagen

So what's the big deal with bone broth these days? The answer has to do with gelatin and collagen... here's the scoop. What exactly is collagen and gelatin? Raw collagen is the primary protein that makes up most of the connective tissues in the body, like ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints, skin, and bones. When you cook collagen, say when you simmer bones to make broth, you are turning the collagen from the bones...

All About Green Banana Flour

In the world of alternative and gluten free flours, we think Banana Flour may just take the cake. Mmmmm cake.... What is Banana Flour? Banana flour is made from green bananas that are peeled, chopped, dried, and then ground. It takes about 8-10 kilo's of raw green banana to produce 1 kilo of banana flour. A surprising percentage of green bananas are disposed of for being unusable in export or sale, but...

5 Benefits Of Fiber

How much fiber are you getting in each day? According to the Institute of Medicine, women need at least 25 grams of fiber per day and men need 38 grams, while studies show that the average adult is only getting about 15 grams per day. So where does fiber come from? It comes from plants! You can get fiber from foods like grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans. When we eat fiber...

5 Ways To Stay Hydrated This Spring

Got Water? Did you know every body needs as much as 2 to 3 quarts of water per day to be used for all major bodily functions? Everything from nutrient absorption to regulating body temperature requires a mighty dose of hydration to help keep us operating at our full potential. Even though this vital life source seems so simple, you may be surprised to know that several studies reveal as much as half...