CoralTree Apple Cider Vinegar

CoralTree Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many nutritionists and influencers raving about their versatility and effectiveness in various areas. However, the numerous benefits of apple cider vinegar are not new to mankind. With so many brands out there, one may ask: what’s so special about CoralTree Apple Cider Vinegar? The answer lies in the fact that CoralTree uses fresh apples (yes you heard me right -- not apple juice concentrate) for all their apple cider vinegar, to bring you possibly the highest quality apple cider vinegar available on the market. Unfiltered, unpasteurised and unmessed with, this exquisite product is matured in oak barrels all the way in New Zealand and shipped fresh to Singapore.

Health Benefits

Apart from using it to cleanse our hair and sooth sunburns, this amazing product can bring about numerous health benefits as well.

1. Enhances Weight Loss

Studies have indicated that Apple Cider Vinegar can aid weight loss if taken consistently. Results from one particular study has shown that taking 2 tablespoons per day over 12 weeks resulted in nearly 4 pounds of weight loss, with no other modifications to diet or lifestyle. Studies have also indicated that consuming apple cider vinegar can help to increase satiety, thereby aiding weight loss.

2. Lowers Cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar helps to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. Adding on, apple cider vinegar contains the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which has been proven to prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidising, which is a crucial step to improve heart health.

3. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

Apple cider vinegar has been proven to have exceptional results in reducing blood sugar levels, and is commonly used by patients of Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Apple cider vinegar helps to improve insulin sensitivity and can significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals.

These benefits are enhanced further when the apple cider vinegar used is organic and unfiltered, like the one from CoralTree, as these vinegars still have their “mother” intact. 

Recipes

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

2. Slow-cooked Cider Beans 

 

References 

Kris, G. (2016, September 5). 6 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. Retrieved January 22, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2018, from http://www.coraltree.co.nz/organic-apple-cider-vinegar/

 

Rachael Link. (2018, January 06). 20 Unique #AppleCiderVinegar Uses and Remedies. Retrieved January 22, 2018, from https://draxe.com/apple-cider-vinegar-uses/

 

Written by: Jia Jia

Nutty Tahini

Nutty Tahini

Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are hulled, ground, and toasted. It is commonly used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is a major ingredient in hummus and baba ghanoush (a dip similar to hummus, made with eggplant rather than chickpeas).

 

 

Health Benefits of Tahini

Heart Health

Sesame seeds contain the unique lignans sesamin and sesamol, which have been shown to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that consuming these types of fats can lower harmful cholesterol levels as well as lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.The calcium and magnesium in tahini also work to decrease blood pressure naturally.

Cancer Prevention

Lignans, chemical compounds found in certain plants, have a similar structure to estrogen. The sesamin and sesamol lignans in tahini are able to bind to estrogen receptors, which can protect against hormone-related cancers.

Bone Health

The high magnesium content in tahini is beneficial for maintaining healthy bones. Adequate magnesium intakes are associated with a greater bone density and have been effective in decreasing the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

 

 

Tahini Recipes

Vegan Baba Ghanoush

This easy baba ghanoush recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and completely gluten-free!

 

Green Tahini Smoothie Bowl

Healthy bowl brings all the flavor blend up in this spinach-based tahini smoothie!

 

 Lydia Tan

 

References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/298585.php

 

 

Natural Dried Apricots

Apricots are one of the most well-known stone fruits in the world. Their bright yellow and orange colour causes many to confuse apricots with peaches. Apricot plantations thrive in cold, dry areas, such as Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The process of producing top quality dried apricots is certainly not an easy one. Traditionally, apricots are dried using sulfur dioxide. However, over the years, some companies have started to invest in more technologically advanced production processes due to health concerns surrounding the usage of sulfur dioxide in treatment processes. Organic dried apricots are dried through this process. Apricots that are dried sulfur dioxide free tend to have a darker and rougher appearance to them.

 

 

Health Benefits

Dried apricots have higher levels of most nutrients than their fresh counterparts

1. High dietary fibre

High levels of dietary fibre promotes healthy bowel movements and can play a part in reducing cholesterol levels.

2.High in Vitamin A

Vitamin A is highly sought after due to its ability to boost the immune system and protect the skin and eyes. On average, 100g of apricots can contribute to 12% of Vitamin A required by the body per day.

3. Large amounts of antioxidants

 Apricots contain a plethora of antioxidants, which is essential in our body as it helps to flush out toxins in our body and improves our heart health.

 

Recipes

 

1. Yellow Salad with Citrus-Date Vinaigrette

Sunny Yellow Salad to brighten up your day!

 

 

2. Coconut-Apricot Truffles

Sweet and crunchy treat, great for parties!

 

Written by: Jia Jia 

Making the Rye(d) Choice

Dark rye flour is traditionally milled from the outer tissue of the rye plant, which contains more colour pigments of the rye berry, giving dark rye flour its darker colour compared to the usual rye flour. Typically, dark rye flour, also known as whole rye flour, is obtained through a coarser grinding process. Dark rye flour is often crowned as the healthiest amongst all the different types of rye flours, due to its high content of bran and germ.

 

Health Benefits:

1. Assists in weight loss 

Rye flour has been proven to increase metabolism rate while suppressing weight gain and obesity. This makes rye flour a perfect alternative to other flour on the market (eg wheat flour) 

2. Regulates genes 

Studies have shown that it is indeed possible to modify our genes through our routine and diet. Conclusions drawn from research has shown that participants following the common oat-wheat-potato diet are more prone to down-regulation of genes compared to those that substituted the aforementioned ingredients with rye. 

3. Lowers risk of diabetes 

Dark rye flour has been known for being an excellent way to keep diabetes at bay, with its abilities to stabilise insulin response and improve glycaemic profiles. Furthermore, they are excellent gene modifiers, which positively reduces risks of diabetes. 

Recipes

1. Rye Crispbread 

Healthy and crispy, this delicious snack is sure to stand out when brought to parties!

2. Rye Bread 

This versatile bread tastes good with literally everything and anything! Ham, cheese, tuna, peanut butter, jam, you name it!

 

 

Written by: Jia Jia

You WALNUT believe how good they are for you

 

Walnuts - You WALNUT believe how good they are for you

Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree commonly used for the meat after fully ripening. Following full ripening, the removal of the husk reveals the double section wrinkly walnut shell, which encloses the walnut kernel. The myth that walnuts can help to increase one’s intellect stems from how they take after the shape of brains. While it is not completely true that they can boost one’s intellect, studies have shown that they do have numerous health (including brain) benefits. Apart from the innumerable health benefits, walnuts can also be used in many other areas, and can be used as cleaning agents, inks, dyes, etc.

In recent years, walnuts are getting increasingly recognised for their benefits and consumption has been increasing by leaps and bounds.

 

Health Benefits:

Walnuts have been known to be one of the healthiest nuts around since the 19th Century. It is also widely known to be one of the members of the “power food” category.

1. Improves bone health

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) help to maintain the bone health of the body. Apart from that, walnuts are also a rich source of copper, manganese and magnesium. These minerals help to increase bone density and increase ease of absorption of calcium in the body.

2. High antioxidant content and skincare properties

Compared to expensive skincare products, walnuts are a more affordable and natural way for you to take care of your skin! Walnuts have been found to be loaded with Vitamin E and exotic antioxidants that are rarely found in other food. These properties allow walnuts to slow down one’s rate of ageing.

3. Improves quality of sleep

If you’re looking for a healthier and more natural way to combat insomnia, look no further! Studies have shown that walnuts can help to induce and regulate sleep due to their tryptophan content, which helps to produce sleep regulating hormones such as melatonin and serotonin.

 

Recipes:

 

1. Spiced Walnut Fruit Loaf Recipe

Healthy way to start your day, perfect with a cup of tea. 

 

2. Roasted Chicken Salad with Ginger

Refreshing option for a quick and convenient lunch. 

 

Recipes too complicated and time consuming? Simply chop up some walnuts and mix them into your salad or have them by itself as a tasty snack!

Written by: Jia Jia

Organic Dates, The Natural Sweeteners!

The sweet date fruit is of oval-cylindrical shape, its color when ripe ranges from bright red to a light caramel color, depending on its variety. In Arabic, it is called “Tamr”, while the Greek call it “daktulos” which means ‘finger’, indicating the fruit’s shape. Dates have existed in the Middle Eastern culture for thousands of years – in fact, archaeologic evidence suggests that dates have been cultivated since 6,000 BC. Around 3,000 varieties of dates exist, and while they all possess almost the same types of nutrients and vitamins in them, the amounts of these nutrients and vitamins may differ! Continue reading to find out about its benefits!

 

 

Health Benefits of Organic Dates

Improves Digestive Health

Apart from aiding constipation, dates play a role in improving our overall digestive health. Fiber is imperative for cleaning our gastrointestinal intestines and detoxify the body. Dates helps avoid developing digestive problems such as colitis. Regular consumption of dates encourages the growth of good bacteria in the stomach, which improves digestion.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Magnesium, apart from healing inflammation, can also help control the body’s blood pressure levels. The high potassium content in dates also contributes to reducing blood pressure, as well ensure proper functioning of the heart.

Promotes Bone Health

Dates contain important vitamins and minerals which contribute to good bone health. They can help avoid bone diseases which occur with age, such as osteoporosis and promote healthy, strong bones.

Helps Cardiovascular Health

Heart health is also improved by consuming dates over time. This fruit is high in dietary fiber, which plays a key role in controlling and reducing cholesterol levels. Dates also contain potassium, which has been associated with lower heart diseases.

Provides an Energy Boost

Dates are high in natural sugars like fructose and sucrose and are perfect for an energy boost in the middle of the day to revitalize and energize the body. For this reason, Muslims eat dates when they break their fasts during Ramadan. Just don’t overdo it, as dates are high in calories and sugar, and can cause weight gain!

 

Organic Dates Recipes

Date Caramel

Tasty homemade date caramel to add on to your breakfast toast!

 

 

Date, Parsley and Sumac Quiche with Crushed Almonds

Dates add a surprising sweetness to a savory and rich quiche! Great for lunch and tea-time snack!

 

 

Lydia Tan

 

References

https://appreciategoods.com/dates-health-benefits/#Dates_Nutrition_Facts

 

Chia Seed, The Ancient Seed?

Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant, a member of the mint family which comes from Central and South America. Back in the past, the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds as a source of energy. Despite its size, chia seeds contain some important nutrients! Continue reading to find out on its benefits!

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Promote Better Bone Health

Chia seeds contain calcium content and other trace minerals known for their role in bone health. A 25g portion of chia contains 157mg of calcium, which is a significant source of calcium, more than that in 100ml of milk.

Heart Health

Increased fiber intake has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Recent studies have shown that dietary fiber may play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation. In this way, it may decrease the risk of inflammation-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

Defence Against Diabetes

High-fiber diets are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes. Eating high-fiber meals helps to keep blood sugar stable.

Helps Digestions

A diet with adequate fiber prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract. 

 

Chia Seeds Recipes

Strawberry Chia Jam

Looking for a healthy homemade spread? Want it to be simple and fast to prepare? Why not try out this strawberry chia jam for your breakfast and tea time spread!

 

 

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding with Star Anise Cherries

A maple syrup-kissed, velvety pudding, adorned with a luxuriously sweet cherry compote touched with star anise and topped with toasted almonds is an easy, healthy, and beyond awesome breakfast to begin your mornings!

 

Lydia Tan

References:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-chia-seeds

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/291334.php 

Walnuts - The Super Nut?

Walnuts come from the walnut tree, which is also one of the oldest tree dating back to history. In the past, the Romans called walnuts Juglans regia, "Jupiter's royal acorn." Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road route between Asia and the Middle East, eventually through sea trade, spreading the popularity of the walnuts around the world. Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading to find out on its benefits!

Health Benefits of Walnuts

Heart Health

They are full of nutrients that are particularly beneficial by improving the way your cardiovascular system functions and potentially reducing the risk of heart disease. High levels of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E to prevent cholesterol oxidation within arteries, and good levels of the amino acid arginine that has been shown to help improve blood circulation in the body.

Cancer Prevention

The rich array of antioxidants and other nutrition found in walnuts, such as gamma tocopherol, omega-3 fatty acids and phenolic compounds like ellagic and gallic acid, as well as minerals like selenium, attest to their cancer prevention potential and melatonin, which reduces oxidative stress that can lead to cancer.

Weight Loss

Dieting, counting calories and avoiding fat rarely helps you lose weight. However, despite walnut’s high fat content, the fat in walnuts is the healthy natural versions of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that our bodies need to operate effectively. There are also high levels of anti-inflammatory omega-3 alpha linolenic acid, protein and dietary fiber! Eating a handful of walnuts is a great way to satisfy your hunger.

Brain Health

Vitamin E and other powerful antioxidant compounds in walnuts would play a protective role, the primary walnut benefits for your brain comes from their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Low omega-3 fats in the diet are also a known risk factor for depression and other forms of mental illness.

Diabetes Protection

Diet high in walnuts may improve endothelial function and reduce a diabetic patient’s cardiac risk.

 

Walnut Recipes

Gingerbread Granola 

Irresistible spiced granola with a pack of walnut crunch to your Sunday’s breakfast!

 

 

Pork Escalope with Apples & Walnuts

An autumn treat to one’s lunch!

 

 

 Lydia Tan

References

https://www.walnuts.org/about-walnuts/walnut-history/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99

http://healthiestfoods.co.uk/health-benefits-of-walnut

Sesame Oil - The Queen of Oil

Sesame Oil, which is made from sesame seeds is a lesser known vegetable oil, but one of the healthiest option amongst the vegetable oi! Not only is sesame oil inexpensive to extract, it is also very versatile where it can be used in Asian cuisines, Japanese cuisines, Middle Eastern cuisines and many more, which explains its uprising popularity in the recent years. Continue reading for more benefits and their cooking recipes!

 

 

Health Benefits of Sesame Oil

Hair Health

Sesame oil is said to have hair improving benefits. It retains the natural hair colour and minimises hair loss. In addition, the anti-bacterial effects in sesame oil could eliminate the pathogens or foreign bodies that can potentially attack your scalp and hair.

Circulation and Metabolism

High levels of copper and zinc is required for the body to function at its optimal level. Copper aids in the production of red blood cells. So, having contained a significant amount of copper, sesame oil is able to get the right amount of blood flowing to the organs and tissues. Thus, this ensures a healthier lifestyle for all individuals.

Skin Health

Besides being rich in copper, sesame oil also contains high levels of zinc, which essentially is one of the most important minerals for our skin. Zinc increases the skin’s elasticity and smoothness, hence significantly reduces the appearance of age spots and eliminates bad skin conditions. Ever thought that sesame oil could be used as a sunscreen? By creating a protective layer on skin, sesame oil acts as a sunscreen, protecting the body from foreign substances or toxins that penetrates through our skin.

Prevents Cancer

Another benefit of sesame oil is that it contains an organic compound called phytate, which aids in reducing the development of cancer. Also, sesame oil contains an exceptionally high magnesium level and calcium content, in which these minerals are linked to lowered chances of contracting colorectal cancer (colon cancer).

Heart Health

Sesame oil owns a wide range of polyunsaturated fatty acids which keeps the cardiovascular system strong and cholesterol levels low that reduces risk of contracting atherosclerosis (disease that plagues up your arteries). Hence, by consuming sesame oil, the risk of suffering from heart attack and other heart related diseases will be significantly reduced!

Bone Growth

Minerals such as copper, zinc and calcium are crucial to a body’s bone growth. That is, by maintaining an appropriate level of sesame oil in your diet, it helps to increase the rate of bone growth and development as well as speed up healing! For older folks, sesame oil aids in the slowing down risk of suffering from osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.

Anti-Inflammatory

Having contained high levels of copper, a natural anti-inflammatory substance, sesame oil can reduce any inflammation and discomfort for conditions such as gout. Besides reducing swelling of joints and strengthens bones and blood vessels, sesame oil aids in keeping your body frame sturdy for many years, without any inflammation!

Oral Health

Not only have studies proven the benefits of sesame oil, dental professionals also highly recommend them! Because of a process known as oil pulling, whereby it involves putting oil in your mouth and then swishing it around before spitting it out. Result of it would be whiter teeth, lower levels of dental plague and protection against streptococcus mutants (significant contributor to tooth decay) that make us very ill. Being anti-bacterial in nature, sesame oil certainly boosts one’s dental health!

 

Sesame Oil Recipes

Five-Spice Nuts with Soy Sauce and Sesame

Spice things up with this amazing recipe! With the fragrance from the sesame oil and spices, it would add a taste to your conventional nuts! Feel free to try it out with a variety of nuts and treat your guests to this amazing appetizer.

 

Check out the recipe here: Five-Spice Nuts with Soy Sauce and Sesame

 

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

Thinking of preparing a different salad, instead of the usual ones? This dish is right for you. Though the preparation steps can be a little tedious, but the end will be worthwhile. Filled with an array of flavours, the combination of Western style steak mix with Thai sauce will be amazing!

Check out the recipe here: Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

 

Samantha Ngo

References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/17951-health-benefits-sesame-oil/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/sesame-oil.html

http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/benefits-sesame-seed-oil-for-skin/   

Avocado Oil - Everything You Avo Wanted

In the recent trend, many people are switching towards using healthier oil. An example of this would be avocado oil. Unlike many cooking oils, avocado oil is not derived from a seed. Instead, it is pressed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the avocado pit. Having originated from Mexico and Central America, avocado oil has been used by their natives for over 10,000 years and we import ours from Dipasa International, Mexico. Continue reading to find out on its benefits!

 

 

5 Fun facts about Avocados

1. Avocados are fruits that can technically be considered as berries.

2. Did you know that Avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility simply because they cannot self-pollinate and they grow in pairs!

3. In the past, avocados were a luxury and only royals could have access to it.

4. A surprise to many, there are a total of 1062 varieties of avocado and a single tree of avocado produces as many as 500 avocados per year.

5. Bananas are known for being rich in potassium. But, did you know that avocados contain more potassium than a banana? An entire avocado supply about 700mg of potassium! Wow, that’s a whole load of nutrients!

Benefits of Avocado Oil

Rich in Oleic Acid (Healthy Fat)

Almost 70% of avocado contains heart-healthy oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. This fatty acid is what makes it responsible for its health benefits such as reducing of blood pressure and increases fat burning that aids in weight loss.

Lowers Cholesterol, Improves Heart Health

Studies have shown that the avocado oil were found the most effective in increasing HDL, essentially being the “good” cholesterol. At the same time, it reduces the blood cholesterol levels in the human body.

High in Lutein

Avocados do contain lutein in them! Not only does Lutein functions as an antioxidant that improves your eye health, it also helps to protect one against atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in arteries), the disease that leads to most heart attacks.

Reduces Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis happen due to the painful inflammation of joint areas which is a common disease that many people face. Multiple studies have shown that avocado oil extracts can reduce pain and stiffness at the joints! 

Prevents Gum Disease

The combination of avocado and soybean extracts can essentially help in preventing of gum disease. Individuals suffering from gum disease may experience gum bleeding, bad breath and many more. Hence, avocado oil unsaponifiables can block a protein that is known to promote inflammation and the driver of tissue and bone loss.

Improves Skin Condition

Fatty acids present in avocado oil benefits the skin. Studies have shown that cream made from avocado oil is said to improve symptoms of psoriasis!

Neutralizes Free Radicals

Antioxidants are known to fight cellular damage caused by free radicals, which are waste products of metabolism. The ability to reduce the production of harmful free radicals reduces oxidative stress. This prevents type 2 diabetes and heart disease from occurring as well.

 

Avocado Oil Recipe

Avocado Oil Vinaigrette

Try out this 5min quick salad dressing. All you need are 4 ingredients, honey mustard, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil and salt and pepper. Mix well together before serving!

 

 

Check out the recipe over here: Avocado Oil Vinaigrette

 

Check out the sale of Avocado Oil over here and don’t hesitate to purchase one for yourself today!

 

Samantha Ngo

References:

https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/10-things-didnt-know-avocados

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-avocado-oil-benefits#section3

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