Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shocking News Every Cinnamon Lover Should Know

is your cinnamon toxic
Cinnamon is a traditional, popular spice that has been used for centuries for food and medicinal purposes, as well as for home remedies (repel ants with cinnamon!). I believe it's a must-have spice to have in your kitchen at all times. It provides amazing health benefits (short list of benefits listed below), however, not all cinnamon is healthy. Just because its 'cinnamon' doesn't mean it's healthy and the right cinnamon variety. What you may not know about your favorite spice is, it has an evil cousin and it could be one of the many causes to your health problems.

Is Your Cinnamon Genuine?
There are multiple different varieties of cinnamon, but the two commonly used varieties are cassia (a.k.a “saigon”) and ceylon. The difference between the two are: one is real and one is fake. Do you know which one is real and which one is fake? Which one are you using? If your cinnamon is just labeled, “cinnamon”, chances are, it's fake cinnamon. 

cassia cinnamon vs ceylon cinnamon madagascar cinnamon vs ceylon cinnamon

Cassia Cinnamon vs. Ceylon Cinnamon
Don't think cassia cinnamon and ceylon cinnamon won't have much of a difference? Think again, because there IS a difference. Cassia cinnamon is fake (a.k.a “false cinnamon”), and ceylon cinnamon is real (a.k.a “true cinnamon”). Ceylon is native to Sri Lanka. Ceylon cinnamon is not normally sold at your local supermarket's spice section. It's usually sold at health food stores. If can't find ceylon cinnamon at your local health food store, simply order online. Ceylon costs more than cassia cinnamon because of it's high-quality (it's real cinnamon), sweet flavor and aroma.

The cinnamon that you normally see sold in every supermarket's spice section is, cassia cinnamonthe “false/fake cinnamon” (cassia cinnamon is cheaper than ceylon, as ceylon cinnamon). Cassia cinnamon is relative to ceylon (cassia is known as ceylon's cousin), and both varieties are taken from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree. Cassia cinnamon is darker in color and it has a very strong/bitter flavor, unlike ceylon, that has a sweet flavor and lighter in color. When you're shopping for cinnamon sticks, look for the light-colored and sweet aroma sticks; it's ceylon.

Does It Matter Which Cinnamon I Use?
Yes, it matters! If you don't think buying cassia cinnamon makes much of a difference, think again! If you think you're eating healthy when you sprinkle cinnamon on your cookies, breads, cereals, brownies, and other sweet treatsyou've been duped, because the fake cinnamon is sure NOT healthy.

The different cinnamon varieties can have an major impact on your health. Cassia cinnamon is quite toxic, as it's one of the largest sources of coumadin. Coumadin is a toxic substance that's toxic to the liver and kidneys, and is a carcinogen that causes cancerous tumors in humans. So, the cinnamon that you normally buy at your regular supermarket may be giving you cancer. Ceylon cinnamon on the other hand, does not contain coumadin. When buying products that contain cinnamon, make sure the company wasn't using fake cinnamon, as that can be hazardous.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon that is):
Cinnamon provides an array of powerful benefits, however, to reap all its benefits, make sure you buy the real cinnamon. See for yourself below.

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Reduces your risk of cancer, diabetes and your chances of getting sick
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-clotting
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Anti-microbial
  • helps with type 2 diabetes
  • helps lower your cholesterol
  • Controls blood sugar levels
  • High in nutrients, like manganese, magnesium, dietary fiber, iron, and calcium. The combinations of the calcium and fiber helps to remove bile, prevent damage to colon cells and helps to prevent colon cancer.
  • The fiber present in cinnamon help to relieve constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Helps with yeast infections
  • Boosts brain activity, helps to remove nervous tensions and improves memory
  • Prevents cancer
  • Relieves headaches, migraines and arthritis
  • Just smelling cinnamon alone boosts your cognitive function and memory!
  • A great e. coli fighter
  • Serves as a natural preservative
  • Reduces muscle and joint pain, along with muscle stiffness
  • Effective for indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, gas, inflammation, and upset stomach
  • Fights ulcers and head lice
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Fights colds/flues/sickness/disease
  • and many more amazing health benefits! There are so many reasons why you should include cinnamon in your diet; no reason not too, really. Cinnamon is a superfood spice that everyone should be eating on a daily basis (the real cinnamon, of course).

Hope this post has helped you! Please share with everyone you know, especially cinnamon lovers! :)

If you buy the fake cinnamon, do you plan to switch to the real cinnamon? Are you dashing sprinkles of cinnamon on your food? What are your thoughts about this topic? 'Natural' doesn't make it safe. Choose ceylon cinnamon the next time you're cinnamon shopping. 

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Is Soy REALLY Healthy??? Unraveling the Propaganda About Soy

Soy is a very controversial topic in the health community. So many people, including doctors and health nutritionists, “claim” that soy is a healthy food, while research clearly shows otherwise. The soy industry has fed us propaganda about soy for decades, and now it's time to unravel the propaganda about soy. 

When I first transitioned to vegan/raw foods, I used to consume tofu almost everyday, in large quantities. I used to make tofu dates pudding, tofu scramble, tofu dates cheesecake (recipe in my desserts ebook) and enjoyed it plain inside salads, wraps or as a pizza topping. I heard lots of controversies about soy, but to be honest, I was naive back then when it came to the topic of soy. I'll admit, I enjoyed eating tofu, and I didn't want to eliminate it from my diet.

Why Did I Stop Eating Soy & Dangers of Soy
When I used to consume soy, I began to gain weight and feel tired afterwards. Sometimes, I would experience headaches. Now, I really don't miss soy, especially if it has no real nutritional value for my body and cells. Personally, my body doesn't feel and perform it's best when I consume soy, anyway. Soy is highly processed and refined (not a wholefood!), so that explains it.

Here are 7 (out of the many!) Dangers of Soy and Why You Should Avoid it in your Diet:
  • Soy is high in estrogen, a chemical (a group of steroid hormones that promote the development and maintenance of female characteristics of the body. Such hormones are also produced artificially for use in oral contraceptives or to treat menopausal and menstrual disorders) that causes infertility in woman (and birth defects) and gives men breasts. Estrogen disables males the ability to be males and females to be women's. Estrogen is also known as a hormone steroid. Every wonder why it's found in most body-building protein shakes and powders?! The estrogen found in soybeans causes young girls to have early childhood puberty. The estrogen found in soybeans causes breast cancer in both men and women. Soy is found in instant baby formula, which is loaded with corn syrup and sugar.
  • Soy promotes weight gain, leading to obesity and helps to maintain weight. If you're looking to lose weight, soy is not a good food to include in your diet.
  • Causes blurred vision, increases bad cholesterol and raises high blood pressure
  • Soy naturally contains MSG, which is naturally found in Bragg's liquid aminos (a soy sauce) and namu soyu, a raw, unpasteurized soy sauce
  • Soy promotes a gut; it makes you bloated, causes inflammation and causes constipation
  • Soybeans are a big GMO crop. Consuming genetically modified soy is very dangers, as it can causes all sorts of health conditions. A post on RVL coming soon about GMOs.
  • Soybeans are high in phytic acid (a.k.a 'phytoestrogens'), which causes infertility and other health complications. Phytic acid is found in unsoaked nuts, seeds and grains, which is undigestible and causes discomforts in the stomach. That's one of the reasons why it's important to soak your nuts and seeds thoroughly.

There are SO many more reasons why you should avoid soy, above are just 8. So many people praise tofu as a "health food", but I look and see soy as toxic. I'm not being biased nor am I against those who consume soy, I'm just stating the true facts and unraveling the soy propaganda. You have the facts; make your own decision on whether or not you want soy in your diet. Although soy is found in mostly all foods on the supermarkets today, it's very easy to avoid it.

If you're interested in learning more about the TRUTH about soy, check out the useful resources below, where you'll see for yourself. 


So, if you're hesitant about whether or not you should consume soy, my recommendation to you would be, to simply avoid it. It's the safest and healthiest choice. Avoid soy all together, whatever form it's in (soy, tofu, namu shoyu, tempeh, etc...). Even organic, non-GMO soy is unhealthy. You will experience the same effects listed above like I did. How about in moderation? No. I wouldn't recommend it AT ALL!

I hope this has enlightened you and has helped you make a better decision towards your health. Please feel free to share this post, especially those you know who eat soy in their diets.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Is Nutritional Yeast Really Nutritious?

The Truth About Nutritional Yeast & Why I No Longer Eat It.

nutritional yeastHave you ever heard of nutritional yeast? When I first transitioned to vegan and raw foods, I didn't hear about it until I started getting into raw vegan cheese recipes. At the time, I wasn't aware of nutritional yeasts' dirty little secret, so it was part of my diet. I truly thought it was healthy, not realizing it was not as healthy as I thought it was...

Is nutritional yeast really 'nutritious' yeast? Is nutritional yeast healthy? Maybe on the 'nutritious' side, but not on the health/healthy side...

What is Nutritional Yeast?

nutritional value Nutritional yeast (a.k.a 'nooch') is a deactivated yeast (and fungus) that is grown on sugarcane or beet molasses in a carefully controlled environment. It comes from a single-celled organism of fungi called, saccharomyces cerevisiae. The yeast is made by culturing it in a nutrient medium for 7 days. After the 7 days of culturing, the yeast is ready. At this point, the yeast is killed (deactivated) with heat (heated above 115 degrees, which is not considered raw), then its harvested, washed, dried, and packaged. The yeast is killed (deactivated) to release any microorganisms and bacteria it may contain. 

Nutritional Yeast Benefits
Nutritional yeast is packed with vital nutrients. It's an excellent source of protein (it contains 18 of the 22 amino acids), vitamin B12 (which is why most vegans love it), vitamin A, (beta-carotene to improve eyesight), great source of folic acid, and high in 15 different minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium, and selenium. Nutritional yeast gets its yellow color from the b12 vitamins it contains.

So, if nutritional yeast is a superfood, providing powerful benefits....

Why Did I Stop Eating Nutritional Yeast?
I eliminated nutritional yeast from my diet 2 years ago, after finding out that it naturally contains MSG. For those of you who've never heard of this toxic killer ingredient, MSG is short for 'MonoSodium Glutamate'.

Here are some of the MANY dangers of MSG. It doesn't take a 'health expert' to know MSG is dangerous. Just look at the dangers...
  • causes blindness (instead of improving eyesight, MSG damages the retinal cells that help improve eyesight!)
  • causes headaches
  • damages the brain and brain cells
  • leaves to nervous disorders
  • depression
  • obesity
  • fatigue and disorientation 
  • nausea
  • weakness
  • chest pains
  • tiredness
  • short of breathe
  • inflammation
  • sweating
  • burning 
  • numbness
  • rapid heartbeat
  • upset stomach
  • sadly, the list goes on and on! 
You should avoid MSG at all costs! Be aware because MSG is hidden in most of your foods!

When I found out that nutritional yeast naturally contains MSG, I quite disappointed. Nutritional yeast was my favorite. The good news is, you can replace
nutritional yeast with turmeric powder! I've been using turmeric powder in my cheese recipes ever since eliminating nutritional yeast from my diet. Nutritional yeast is a neurotoxin that converts into MSG in the body. How healthy is that so-called 'superfood'?

When shopping for turmeric powder, make sure it is pure, real, raw, organic, and non-GMO. There are some turmeric powders out there that contain added fillers, preservatives and turmeric copy-cats, so consider yourself warned. Turmeric powder makes a great nutritional yeast replacement, not only because it's healthy and free from MSG, but because it has that nice yellow color... just like nutritional yeast! Read about the benefits of turmeric here! Did I mention, that turmeric powder tastes cheesy, making a perfect addition to my rawesome cheese recipe!

Most vegans love to use nutritional yeast for both its flavor and benefits; I used to be one of them. It tastes cheesy, nutty and it's a great source of vitamin b12. Nutritional yeast is not a health food I recommend consuming.

Like always, I encourage you to do your own research on this, so you can see for yourself. If you consume nutritional yeast or know anyone who does, please share with them this post.

What are your thoughts about this? How do you see nutritional yeast? Post your comments below!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Raw Vegan Chili Recipe

raw vegan chili
Raw vegan chili with cabbage, tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomatoes, chopped celery, chopped kale, chopped cucumber.

This is my dads raw vegan chili recipe. He's been making a different chili recipe lately for dinner. My dad is an awesome raw foods chef. He prepares all of his food with love. I've posted his recipes on the blog before.

beautiful bowl of raw vegan chili
Raw vegan chili with cabbage, tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomatoes, chopped kale, chopped sweet bell pepper, sliced cucumber, red beet root, raisins, and avocado.
raw vegan vegge chili
Raw vegan chili with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sweet bell peppers, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, raisins, lettuce, and sliced cucumber.

Get excited because today I'm sharing with you his rawesome chili recipes! You can customize the chili recipe to your liking, taste and consistency. You can make this completely oil-free and fat-free, by leaving out the oils, avocado and raisins.

Each night you can make a different chili recipe, it's awesome! All made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. There are so many ways to make this chili, have fun and enjoy all the different flavors!

raw vegan chili bowl
Raw vegan chili made with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, chopped celery, chopped brazil nuts, and mushrooms.
full bowl of chili
Raw vegan chili with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sprouted raw quinoa, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and marinated mushrooms (when I used to eat it).

raw chili
Raw chili made with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, chopped sweet bell peppers, raisins, chopped cucumber, chopped lettuce
Serves 4 or more 

Epic Tomato Sauce
  • 6 (or more) beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot or 1/4 piece of red onion 
  • 1 large red bell pepper (or any sweet bell pepper you like)
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp of each Simply Organic seasonings, as you desire: all-purpose seasonings, paprika, turmeric, cayenne (spicy), chili powder (spicy), coriander, italian seasonings, & dill weed
  • 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil or Hemp Oil (if desired)

Add whichever veggies you desire. Here's a list of veggies we added into our chili. 
  • Celery, chopped into pieces
  • Kale, finely chopped
  • Red Beet Root, sliced 
  • Cucumbers, chopped into slices
  • Lettuce, chopped into pieces
  • Cabbage (place inside the bowl and pour all your veggies in or chop finely and add into the chili)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
  • Desire amount of Red Onion, Shallots or Scallions, chopped finely into pieces
  • 1 whole or 1/2 avocado, sliced into slices
  • 1 cup Sprouted Raw Quinoa (soak in filtered water for 2 hours or overnight to soften)
  • Sweet Bell Peppers, chopped 
Additional Add-Ins
  • Heaping handful of Raisins
  • Chopped Brazil Nuts or Walnut "Meat"
  • 2 cups TruRoots Sprouted Mung Beans 
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp of each Simply Organic seasonings, as you desire: All-Purpose Seasonings, Paprika, Turmeric, Cayenne (spicy), chili powder (spicy), Coriander, Italian Seasonings, & Dill Weed
  • 1-2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil or Hemp Oil 

Marinate the Mung Beans
  1. In a bowl, fill the bowl with filtered water to soak to the beans. Give them a nice, quick rinse. 
  2. Drain the water from the beans and pour the beans into a mixing bowl. 
  3. In the bowl of beans, add the seasonings, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar. 
  4. Stir the beans around and adjust the seasonings to your flavor. 
  5. Marinate the beans for 10 minutes. 
  6. Store leftover beans in the firdge, covered. By the next day, it will be soft like corn! 
Make the Tomato Sauce
  1. Pour all the ingredients in the blender, blending until creamy and smooth. If you have a Vitamix blender, blend on high for a few minutes, until warm. 
  2. Adjust the sauce to your taste. 
Make the Chili
  1. Chop all your desired veggies and pour them into your serving bowl. 
  2. Add in the marinated mung beans and tomato sauce. 
  3. Enjoy! 
raw vegan chili bowls
Raw vegan chili tomato sauce served in cabbage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Top 12 Raw Foods and Recipes for Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Many people suffer from acne, eczema, itchy skin and other unnatural skin conditions. The majority of people want clear, soft, beautiful, healthy skin. Using chemical-filled products will NOT improve your skin conditions. My face has improved greatly on a raw foods diet, as you may already know from reading my face transformation story.

Miliany Bonet's before and after face photo

Believe it or not, but achieving healthy skin is really quite simple—and it starts with your diet and the products you use on a daily basis. If you want healthy, clear, beautiful skin, my new post on 0medz0 may interest you. I share the top 12 raw foods to help give you glowing and healthy skin! 

These 12 recipes below are great if you have acne, eczema and other unnatural skin conditions. Consume daily for beautiful skin!

Top 12 Favorite Juice and Smoothie Recipes for healthy, clear, radiant, beautiful skin! If you drink it daily, you will have glowing skin.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014