ONE YEAR ON – COOKIES FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS!)

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Happy Birthday to us! Kale & Cocoa is a year old today and we’d like to thank our 1000 followers for all their support. You’ve made all the hard work worthwhile! But our first birthday has got me thinking. During the last twelve months, we’ve immersed ourselves in hundreds of research reports, medical studies, blogs,… 

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SHOULD YOU EAT ORGANIC? HOT NICOISE SALAD WITH TUNA

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When my children were babies I tried to buy organic food wherever possible.  But then austerity struck and the cost of organic food suddenly seemed prohibitive – and along came a Government report saying organic food had no more nutrients than non-organic food.  I carried on growing (organically of course!) as many of our fruit… 

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GET FAT TO BEAT DEMENTIA, REALLY? VITAMIN E AND A CRUMBLE RECIPE

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This is bonkers, but fat and obese people are less likely to get dementia. Yes, really. Recent research published in The Lancet suggests that being overweight has an 18% reduction in dementia risk and being obese a staggering 24% reduction. It’s brilliant news if you are overweight of course, but it flies in the face… 

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IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT – EAT MORE FREEKEH!

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Have you noticed your eyesight isn’t what it used to be? Irritating isn’t it? Frightening even. Following the horrific crash of the Germanwings plane in the Alps two weeks ago, it turned out the 27-year old co-pilot responsible was suffering serious sight problems and had already lost 30 percent of his vision – possibly a… 

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THE MIND DIET, BLUE ZONES AND EASTER LAMB

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There’s nothing we like better at Kale & Cocoa than more evidence that a healthy, plant-based diet significantly reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. And when that diet includes a daily glass of wine we’re even happier! Researchers at Chicago’s Rush University have revealed a pattern of eating – christened (rather brilliantly) the MIND… 

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IS SUGAR THE NEW TOBACCO? DATES ON TOAST

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A few weeks ago, the World Health Organisation cut its recommendated daily sugar intake by 50%.  Whoa! If that’s not an acknowledgment of the dangers of sugar, please can someone tell me what is? The WHO now recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 g) of sugar a day.  To put this in context, a… 

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MEAT-FREE WEEK AND THE BEST VEGAN BLACK BEAN CHILLI

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Why does the world of nutrition have to be so polarised? On one hand, the hard-core vegans (or near vegan) like Dr Joel Fuhrman (SuperImmunity) and Dr Neal Barnard (Power Foods For The Brain) and on the other, the low carb carnivores like David Perlmutter (Grain Brain) and William Davis (Wheat Belly). At Kale &… 

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