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Kitchens everywhere are having a love affair with farro. This ancient grain is starting to compete for space in the hippest recipe books with the reigning health food wunderkind, quinoa. But does farro, and all the other ancient grains, live up to the hype? In a word: Yes.
In recent years, carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap for causing weight gain, but they are vital to your health. Carbs provide energy, boost immunity, and can actually control weight. The trick is to focus on eating “good” carbohydrates (also called natural or complex carbs) and avoid the “bad” (or simple) carbs.
Rice is a mainstay for many dinners, either served as a side, underneath teriyaki chicken, or in soups. White rice has little nutritional value compared to the superfood quinoa. Quinoa is a complete protein packed with vitamins and minerals. Instead of using rice during your next meal, replace it with quinoa for a healthier alternative.
There are many different brands of olive oil on the market today. With so many options, it's difficult to know which particular kind of olive oil is the best one to buy, especially when they are all labeled similarly. The grade of olive oil is not determined by the olive, but by the amount of defects within the oil. The highest grade of olive oil is Extra Virgin. By definition extra virgin olive oil must be free from defects (along with passing a large panel of chemical tests). Virgin olive oil is the 2nd highest grade and does contain some minor defects within the oil. It has been tested and proven that most of the olive oil currently sold in this country labeled as extra virgin is in fact not. By far the majority of olive oil labeled extra virgin on store shelves are defective and thus not extra virgin. A few years ago, the regulations and definitions of olive oil were updated in the federal government to better reflect the current state of the industry. California even instituted a new law for its producers with even stricter standards. One of the results of the updated regulations has been food fraud lawsuits being filed against companies selling these mislabeled products. It is very important to educate yourself and be aware of what you are buying.