People Who Eat High Fiber Diets Live Longer and Have Less Disease

Last night I heard a radio newscast that said that people who eat high fiber diets live longer and have less heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This is good news because food fiber is readily available, inexpensive, satisfying and can help with weight loss because it’s filling. How can we get more fiber? Fill your refrigerator with fresh carrots, apples, potatoes, sprouted wheatberry bread, broccoli, cabbage, grapes and other fruits and vegetables. Go to the natural foods store and purchase wheat bran and wheat germ. Add the wheat bran to your cornbread recipe and add the wheat germ to your favorite yogurt. Cook a lot of brown rice and stock up your cupboard with other grains like quinoa and polenta. Keep a wide variety of beans in your cupboard so you can make tasty vegetable soups. When you choose breakfast cereals, choose oats and if you go for packaged cereals, read the labels and only buy those with 100 percent whole grains and no added sugars or chemicals. These high fiber foods will leave you feeling full, give your body energy, and according to the radio newscaster… give you many more years of life.

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Preparing Acorns For Food… Which Acorns Did the Indians Use and Still Use Today?

Native Americans used and still use today, acorns from oak trees that grew around them. In the past, some Native American families ate hundreds of pounds of acorns every year. In the valleys of California there is a large oak with large acorns, the tree is called the Valley Oak. Of course, it was and still is a fine acorn and those living close to it have benefited from all the meat in these large acorns. But another acorn, a tiny one so bitter the Latin name is Quercus Revoltus, was probably used by Indians who lived in it’s habitat because they utilized the food that grew around them. One tribe buried their acorns in the wet ground until they turned pink because that made them sweeter. What was happening was the acorn was sprouting in the wet soil, turning it from a starch to a sugar state, making it much more palatable.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here:–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973