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JUICE CLEANSE OR BLEND?

By Kurt Wilson

Juice Cleanse versus Blending. What is the difference?

Blending fresh fruit is good, but why is it different from a juice cleanse...

We started out a humble Juice Bar in Liverpool City Centre and we offered a range of products including our ever popular juice cleanse packages, individual detox juices, diet plans and also blended smoothies.

The question we were hit with day in & day out, “Juice vs Smoothie, what’s the difference?”. Well here is a little more information on what the difference is.

 

Juicing

Juices are the fundamental part of our juice detox / juice cleanse packages. In simple terms juicing extracts all the nutrients (vitamins, photogenes etc.) from the fruit & veg but leaves behinds the difficult to digest fibre.

Without the presence of fibre within a juice, your body (digestive system) can break down and absorb the nutrients quickly as your body doesn’t have to work as hard. This is why they are perfect as part of a juice cleanse programme as the body can grab the nutrients quickly but without having to work too hard.

We are also asked which is the best juicer to buy? On a domestic level our recommendation are Angel Juicers, now although they may seem a little pricey, we’d say they are worth every penny. But of course we are famous for our 3 & day detoxes...

 

Blending

Now smoothies are different as they are produced with the whole fruit & vegetable produce. As the fibre is still broken down when it is blended it can be absorbed quickly by the body, but it’s mere presence means the digestive system has to work a little harder and therefore the smoothie takes longer to digest.

Both blending and juicing are really healthy ways of consuming more fruit & vegetables, they just have slightly different effects.

Our recommendation on the best blender HAS to be the Vitamix, again a little pricey but this baby can produce smoothies, frozen yoghurts and hot soup!
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WHY SHOULD WE DETOX?

By Kurt Wilson

Are you thinking about trying to detox but are unsure exactly what the benefits may be? When done correctly — that is to say, in a healthy, safe and controlled environment —getting your body clean and healthy can result in a wide range of positive effects.

Still not convinced? Under the right circumstances, detoxing can help you...

1. Remove toxins from the body.

Long-term exposure to toxins (environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste) affects our metabolism, behavior, immune system, and leads to disease. They are stored in tissues and cells throughout the body, including the brain, often for years – yikes!

2. Prevent chronic disease.

Environmental toxins are responsible for many cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes... you name it. Our bodies do have a built-in detox function to deal with these dangers, but those systems are constantly overloaded! Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.

3. Enhance immune system function.

A compromised immune system makes us vulnerable to colds and flus, affecting our quality of life and productivity. Regular detoxing helps strengthen immune system functioning and fights off infection.

4. Lose weight.

Toxins affect the body's natural ability to burn fat, leading to weight gain. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are directly linked to weight issues. Detoxing rids the body of toxins stored in fat cells and increases metabolism.

5. Slow premature aging.

Detoxing rids the body of free radicals and heavy metals partially responsible for aging. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that help fight oxidative stress.

6. Improve quality of life.

Simply put, our bodies don't function very well when they're loaded with toxins. We may have joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and lack of energy. Depression may be eased and memory may be improved as a result of detoxification!

7. Increase energy.

You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxing. People tend to sleep better and need less of it.

8. Improve skin quality.

Diet and environmental toxins undeniably affect skin. Detoxing improves acne, and strengthens hair and nails, and gives us a natural, healthy glow.

9. Mental and emotional clarity.

When the body's systems are aligned, a shift also occurs with our mental and emotional states. We can deal with more when we're clear and grounded. We can make better decisions, analyze accurately, and see things differently.

10. Restore balance to our body's systems.

Our digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems were designed to work together to achieve optimum health. This is what our bodies want to do! When we overload them with toxins and unhealthy foods, these systems don't work as well as they should and we get sick.

Detoxing brings balance back and helps our systems function properly again.

 

this article is a repost from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8404/top-10-reasons-to-detox-when-you-do-it-right.html

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JUICE CLEANSE? JUICE DETOX? WHAT ARE THEY?

By Kurt Wilson

Juice Cleanse UK

A juice cleanse? A juice detox? Whatever you call it and for whatever reason you are doing it these are our most popular products. Every day we receive e-mails, tweets and phone calls about how good our customers feel and how much weight they’ve lost. We’ve been told it has helped them focus in work and for some it becomes a mental thing. A way for them to cleanse their mind as well as their body. Should we be selling a brain detox?!

 

But here at Fuel Station we never advocate a quick fix. Your Juice Cleanse or Juice Detox should be the start of your journey. You can file us under ‘lifestyle choice’. A lot of our customers schedule in their detox every few weeks. And in between? Well they eat clean. Yep, another one of ‘those’ terms. It just so happens that this is one we really believe in.

 

It is at least 70% nutrition 30% exercise to achieve the body you want. Some experts have it as high at 80%. I know that’s what Alex Cannon believes, one of our brand ambassadors. He and many others take full advantage of our flexible food delivery service across the UK. Simply pick the number of meals you want and we’ll send them to you. Or have a look at our meal packages like Project Abs which combines meals with protein shakes or our popular 5:2 diet – 5 days of food and 2 days of juice (See this BBC article from Dr Michael Mosley - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19112549)

 

With our food being prepared by Michelin experienced Chefs you know you are on to a winner. Our meals will help you plan your diet, eating the right thing at the right time as you will always have something available. Whether male or female, we’d recommend starting your day with a low release carbohydrate and a protein. That leads us nicely to our no sugar, no flour protein pancakes! These never fail to impress and with our meal packages you can have 7 stacks sitting in your fridge/freezer waiting for you each morning. Talk about getting your day off to a good start!

 

Calories, of course, are important. Eat more than you burn off and you’re going to put on weight. However you need to look at how your calories are made up. How much protein are you getting? Are you eating enough good fat? Yes it’s essential your body gets to consume fat so we’ll blog about that soon. Have a scan through our meals available UK wide and see the macro-nutrient profiles to help you choose what’s right for you.

 

Eat clean and stay lean.

 

Plus if you have any questions just get in touch – info@fuel-station.co.uk

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EAT YOUR WAY TO FABULOUS SKIN - BBC GOOD FOOD

By Kurt Wilson

If you want radiant skin, the old adage 'you are what you eat' has never been more true. Our nutritionist tips will help you nourish your skin from the inside out.

Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of micronutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. Eat the correct balance of foods and you'll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

Eat your five-a-day

Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are caused by smoking, pollution and sunlight and can cause wrinkling and age spots. Eat a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables and aim for at least five portions a day. Betacarotene, found in pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes, and lutein, found in kale, papaya and spinach are potent antioxidants, important for normal skin cell development and healthy skin tone.
Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. They all help to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.

Cut out crash diets

Repeatedly losing and regaining weight can take its toll on your skin, causing sagging, wrinkles and stretch marks. Crash diets are often short in essential vitamins too. Over long periods of time this type of dieting will reflect on your skin.
Stock up on selenium

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant. It works alongside other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and is essential for the immune system. Studies suggest that a selenium-rich diet can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. One way to boost your intake is to eat Brazil nuts. Just four nuts will provide the recommended daily amount (RDA). Mix Brazil nuts with other seeds rich in vitamin E as a snack or salad sprinkle. Other good sources are fish, shellfish, eggs, wheatgerm, tomatoes and broccoli.
Vitamin E

Vitamin E protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage and supports healthy skin growth. Foods high in vitamin E include almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower and corn oils.
Drink up

Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, tired and slightly grey. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day - all fluids count towards your daily allowance, but water is the best. If you work in an office, keep a large bottle of water on your desk to remind you to drink. Herbal, caffeine-free teas are good too. Try to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, both can age the skin.

Don't be afraid of fat

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats - the types found in avocados, fish, nuts and seeds - provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple. These fats also come packaged with a healthy dose of vitamin E (a vitamin many of us lack), which will help protect against free radical damage.
Eat more phyto-estrogens

Phyto-estrogens are natural chemicals found in plant foods (phyto meaning plant). They have a similar structure to the female sex hormone oestrogen and have been found to help keep our natural hormones in balance. There are different types, some are found in soya bean products (isoflavones), whereas others are found in the fibre of wholegrains, fruit, vegetables and flax seeds (lignans). Include phyto-estrogen rich soya, wholegrains, fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet.

Opt for omega-3
Make sure you get enough omega-3 and omega-6 fats. These are essential fatty acids which mean they cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through the diet. You will find omega-3s in oily fish and plant sources such as flaxseed oil, linseeds, walnut and rapeseed oil. Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help skin, particularly inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psorasis.

Go for low-GI carbs

Eat plenty of beans, pulses, porridge and other slow-releasing carbohydrates. These release sugar into the blood stream gradually, providing you with a steady supply of energy and leaving you feeling satisfied for longer and therefore less likely to snack. Avoid high GI carbohydrates like biscuits and sugary drinks, as they lead to production of insulin, which may damage collagen and accelerate wrinkles.

Don't forget zinc

Zinc is involved in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands in the skin (which produce oil) and helps to repair skin damage and keep skin soft and supple. Zinc-rich foods include fish, lean red meat, wholegrains, poultry, nuts, seeds and shellfish.
Common skin problems

As much as we try to resist it, our skin does age. Wrinkles and age spots are the result of gradual, accumulated damage from the sun, strong soaps, chemicals and poor nutrition. Make sure you follow the guidelines above and try to include antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables containing beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.

Acne...

...is caused by inflammation and infection of the sebaceous glands of the skin. Sebaceous glands are stimulated by hormones (particularly androgens). To avoid acne, cut back on saturated and hydrogenated fats in margarines and processed foods. Also cut down on junk food as well as foods high in sugar, such as cakes and biscuits. Eat more raw vegetables, wholegrains, fresh fruit and fish. Try to include selenium-rich foods, such as Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, fresh tuna, sunflower seeds, walnuts and wholemeal bread.

Psorasis...

...appears as red skin patches with silvery scales, most commonly on the elbows and knees. The patches are caused by rapid growth and proliferation of cells in the outer skin layers. Patches can be itchy and sore and in severe cases, the skin may crack and bleed. Some people find outbreaks occur when they feel rundown. Sunburn, alcohol, smoking, obesity and stress are also implicated and there may be trigger foods which you will have to identify using an exclusion diet, though always check with your GP before cutting out food groups. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) from fish oil or cold-pressed nut and seed oils are important to include in the diet. It should also be low in saturated fat and include anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, red pepper, ginger, cumin, fennel, rosemary and garlic.

Eczema...

...is a skin condition that usually begins as patchy redness, often on the hands by can appear anywhere on the skin. Although there are many triggers, one of the most common is food sensitivity. The most common offending foods are milk, eggs, fish, cheese, nuts and food additives. Omega-3 fats, zinc and vitamin E may help reduce symptoms.

Finally...

...once you make changes to your diet, don't expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. For persistent skin conditions, talk to your GP or consider seeing a dermatologist.

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BENEFITS OF A JUICE CLEANSE DETOX WITH RECIPE - REPOST FROM DR. ROBYNNE CHUTKAN

By Kurt Wilson

"Am I the only one that is baffled by the continuing popularity of colon cleanses? I’ve always thought that our bodies naturally eliminate all that we ingest. But maybe there’s more to this than I thought because, on a recent visit to my local Whole Foods Store, I counted 17 different brands of colon cleanses meant to “purify, capture and remove.” And just like toothpaste and feminine pads, this isn’t a one size fits all type of product. There are a lot of cleansing “styles” to choose from depending on your personal requirements.

For example, some body-cleansing products are made for daily use, while others are designed for 7-day “quick”, or longer, 14-day, regimens. You can cleanse “smart,” “raw,” “complete,” and “perfect.” Some are for first-time users, and still others are blended with probiotics. Maybe we’ll soon see ads for “cleansing coaches” to help us sort through all of this.

I must say, the idea of a colon cleanse doesn’t sound too appealing. But the purported health benefits certainly do. Some producers claim that clearing the colon of toxins will boost your energy, enhance your immune system, improve your mental outlook, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Some physicians don’t recommend colon cleansing for detoxification arguing that the digestive system naturally eliminates waste and bacteria. But others do, believing that proactively removing toxins from your GI tract can improve your health by promoting healthy intestinal bacteria.

Last week, I asked one GI specialist, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, founder and Medical Director of The Digestive Center for Women in Chevy Chase, Md., what she thinks about colon cleanses. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation:

What is the purpose of a colon cleanse? The colon really doesn't need "cleansing" since it's not dirty. The term refers more generally to the concept of giving your body a break from all the unhealthy processed foods (and drinks) many of us consume on a daily basis. We are cleaning out the junk not so much by cleaning out our colons with the juice but by substituting the juice for the junk.

What exactly are we cleansing? And is this necessary for good GI Health? A juice cleanse is by no means necessary for good digestive health. If you eat a nutritious plant-based diet and avoid unhealthy processed foods you should be just fine.

If you recommend this, how often is necessary? A cleanse isn’t really “necessary” in anyone to begin with. That being said, it can be helpful even if you already eat a lot of fiber. Many people find that doing a short cleanse at the change of each season (four times a year) is a good schedule. The length of time can vary but anything more than a day or two should be with medical supervision.

Who would be a good candidate for cleansing? Anyone can benefit but particularly if you are constipated, bloated, eating a lot of heavy or processed foods (meat, cheese, dairy, soy, wheat), drinking a lot of caffeine or alcohol. Dr. Chutkan told me that when she is feeling sluggish from over-eating and stress, she’ll make herself a green smoothie for dinner that she finds refreshing and revitalizing. She was kind to share the recipe with me ...and now you. Here it is:"

Dr. Chutkan’s Smoothie Ingredients: 1 small container Greek Yogurt (optional) 1 ripe banana 2 cups mixed berries (Blueberries and strawberries/fresh or frozen) 1 cup raw greens (spinach, collards of kale/fresh or frozen) 1 TBS psyllium husk 1 TBS ground flax seed 2 cups crushed ice 2 cups water Blend well and drink immediately after blending Makes four servings.

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KURT WILSON ON FUEL STATION AND CLIENTS HOLLY HAGAN & MICHELLE KEEGAN - REVEAL MAGAZINE

By Kurt Wilson

Meet Kurt Wilson, a health drink entrepreneur and celebrity health guru, who also starred on the ninth series of The Apprentice.

Kurt was shortlisted along with other business-savvy individuals to take part in Lord Alan Sugar's BBC One show in 2013. The series was won by Dr Leah Totton, but the show gave Kurt the stepping stone he needed to expand his business.

 

The Apprentice star Kurt Wilson talks about his healthy eating brand Fuel Station - 13 March 2015.

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In 2012, Kurt and his brother Jay founded healthy eating brand Fuel Station after finding there was "nowhere to go to get a proper healthy lunch".

Last year, the brothers launched Fuel Station Kitchen - Liverpool's first fitness-based eatery - which specialises in a range of meals, snacks and shakes to help people meet their health and fitness targets.

Now boasting celebrity clients including Michelle Keegan, Alex Gerrard and several high-profile sports stars, we grabbed a quick chat with Kurt, who tells Reveal about his time on The Apprentice, the secret behind his success and how he's transforming celebrity diets....

How do you think staring on The Apprentice helped you to develop your business?

It was a bit of a door opener and a bit of a confidence booster. It gets a little bit easier now. Instead of me having to introduce myself as a business, people have already got a bit of an understanding of it, and I suppose The Apprentice puts you through such rigmarole, you're not really scared about anything anymore. I've already made an idiot out of myself on national television, so I'm not really worried about going into a room with people and making an idiot out of myself!

The Apprentice in Dubai - 28 May 2013

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Kurt on The Apprentice in 2013.

What did you learn most from the show?

I would say just to really go for it and give everything 100%. Like any business, it could go two ways and at any point it could disappear, but at the same time it could be something brilliant. I just had to put my head down and go for it.

Since launching Fuel Station, have you found there to be a huge demand for healthy eating alternatives?

It's increasing all the time. Three years ago we would have to educate people, but in the last couple of years we have noticed a massive change. I think it's quite 'in' at the moment to be fit and be healthy. Now, people are coming to us rather than us having to go to them. There has definitely been a massive increase in the last two years.

Your client list includes Michelle Keegan, how has Fuel Station helped to transform her diet?

Well, we make everything easy for them. The most important thing is, if you're trying to change your body by losing weight or gaining muscle, or whether you've got a wedding in sight or you've got a holiday, the most important part is eating the right food at the right time. It's 70% nutrition and 30% exercise. At Fuel Station we take the complication out of having to measure and prep your own food. You tell us what you like and then we provide it for you. We just make it easy, nutrition is most important, as well as exercise.

Michelle Keegan at The Brit Awards 2015 (Brits) held at the O2 - Arrivals: 02/25/2015 London, United Kingdom

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Michelle Keegan.

Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan promotes Pro Blo hair products at intu Metrocentre - 02/14/2015 - Newcastle, United Kingdom.

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Holly Hagan.

What other celebrity clients do you have?

We've got quite a few at the moment, Holly Hagan from Geordie Shore, Alex Gerrard, a fewHollyoaks girls and some footballers too.

How often do your clients have these meal plans?

It's a continuous thing, and you notice a difference the longer you do it, but the most important thing is that you're eating well. Michelle was doing it for three months and Alex Gerrard was doing it for about two months. We sent Alex some juice just recently.

What meal options would you recommend for someone who wants to increase their stamina?

Definitely protein pancakes for breakfast. Instead of using flour you use oats because it's perfect for performance - its slow release of energy will keep your energy levels sustained throughout the morning. And, of course, the protein is really important for endurance. For lunch, you want something that's got a good carbohydrate, so beef noodle salad will work well. Swap the white noodles for brown whole-wheat noodles.

For more information, please visit: www.fuel-station.co.uk.

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ALEX GERRARD AND X FACTOR STAR RAY QUINN SIGN UP FOR HEALTHY DETOX CREATED BY LIVERPOOL'S APPRENTICE STAR

By Kurt Wilson

Alex Gerrard and X Factor star Ray Quinn sign up for healthy detox created by Liverpool's Apprentice star

Ray Quinn with his Fuel Station order

Liverpool FC WAG Alex Gerrard is known for her gorgeous body and keeping up her motivation the mum-of-three has signed up to Fuel Station's brand new 'delivered diet' ahead of Christmas.

Fuel Station was founded by Liverpool's Apprentice star Kurt Wilson and his brother Jay, and the brothers have now launched their cafe on Button Street serving up healthy shakes, juices and meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alex took to Twitter to tell her 195,000 followers that she's signed up to Fuel Station's diet plan and said, "Thankyou @FuelShakes for my new healthy diet plan".

Their brand new delivered diet has been created by the London Carriage Works Head Chef Dave Critchley, who has proven healthy eating doesn't have to be boring.

Liverpool's X Factor singer Ray Quinn has also got on board with the healthy eating programme and told his fans all about it.

 

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The Dancing On Ice champion said, "Ahh !! Just received my @FuelShakes kit! #eatclean thank you so soooo much guys!! Let's get fit! #GO".

And after starting his delivered diet plan, the 26-year-old told his 75,000 Twitter followers that he was "feeling fresher already! and encouraged others to do the same telling them "you won't regret it #EatFit #BeFit"

A number of Hollyoaks’ and TOWIE stars are also known to be using the delivered diet by Fuel Station. It is also popular with athletes including Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle after she visited the store for it's official launch last month.

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BENEFITS OF CASHEW NUTS

By Kurt Wilson

The health benefits of cashews are many, maybe even surprising, so when you eat raw cashews know that you are doing something very positive for your body and mind.

All nuts are heart-healthy and full of important antioxidants and minerals. Cashew nutrition is similar to that of many nuts. Perhaps one of the main health benefits of cashews is their touted ability to help with depression. In the vegan diet, meats are excluded and all food is plant-based. Therefore, the role of nuts is very important, sometimes being regarded as a meat substitute.

Cashews are a tasty snack and much more if you are following a vegan eating plan. In fact, knowing a bit about cashew nutrition may have you reaching for those raw cashews with a smile on your face.

Cashews are often used in raw food recipes. Their mild sweetness and smooth texture add flavor and body to many raw food dishes. The facts of cashew nutrition is even superior to their properties of taste and texture. The health benefits of cashews may hold a clue as to why the raw diet is so healthy.

Ever hear that the shape of fruits and vegetables gives a clue as to what it is good for? Well, the little cashew nut is shaped like a “smile.” Yes, cashew nuts are potentially good for for helping to boost your moods and stabilize your thoughts.

Cashew Nutrition

Popping that handful of cashews will not only boost your tryptophan levels, it is just the start of the health benefits of cashews. A single ounce of raw, unsalted cashews showcases an impressive array of raw minerals, ready to nourish the cells of your body. These minerals are potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, manganese, zinc, copper and selenium. Cashews are also rich in folate and vitamin K. This array of minerals offers far superior and genuine health benefits that far exceed conventional drug therapy. It is no wonder that the cashews nut is shaped like smile.

Health Benefits of Cashews Involve Weight Loss

Eating nuts, cashews included, may be one of the reasons that raw food and weight loss are linked. The SUN study showed that individuals who consumed nuts of any type on a regular basis were actually at a reduced risk of weight gain. Like coconut oil and nuts in general, cashews are no exception, they are high in fat— very good fat. The fat content of nuts, including cashews, helps to satisfy your hunger and fills you up while helping to keep the weight off.

Go Nuts About Your Heart

Cashews contains oleic acid, which is the heart-healthy fat found in olive oil. This fat can also help reduce triglyceride levels in diabetics. Diabetics are not the only ones who may benefit from eating cashews and other nuts.

A study linking nuts to a lower risk of coronary heart disease showed that the more nuts consumed, the better the chance of reduced heart disease.

Buying Raw Cashews

Obviously you want your cashews raw, so avoid the roasted ones in the can. You will always find them shelled since the shell of the cashew nut contains a caustic resin called cashew balm, which is not fit for consumption. This resin is used to produce varnishes and insecticides.

Look for plump, ivory-colored nuts that are free of spots, mold, shriveling or pitting. If possible, smell the cashews to make sure that are not rancid.

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