ORAC Values

The ORAC value of clove powder is off the chart, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to incorporate it into my diet, as the taste is not very appetizing.  I suppose I could put it into smoothies.

With all the attention on free radicals, it is surprising to me that more people don’t seek out foods with high ORAC values.

The last thing I eat every day, without fail, is an apple cut in half with both halves sprinkled with cinnamon — another ORAC all star.

What are your ORAC all stars?

ORAC Values

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For as long as I can remember, my triglycerides number has been very troubling.  Always in the 300+ range and usually generally well into the 300s.  I think I actually had a number in the 400s at one point.

Try as I might, I could never get that number down to even a half way reasonable level.  Never.

But now I’ve been doing 18:6 intermittent fasting for about 12 months.  The entire purpose is to get the body to use ketones (body fat) and not just glucose.  The theory is that after 12 hours from your most recent meal, the body begins to use stored fat in addition to glucose, so with a 18:6 regimen, you get 6 hours with the body burning some stored fat. 

And surprise surprise my most recent triglycerides number is 103.  I did a double take when I saw the number — couldn’t believe it.  But it makes perfect sense — triglycerides measures fat in the blood, and the IF goal is to burn body fat.


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How much fruit do you eat each day?  This was the fruit I ate today:

1 apple with cinnamon sprinkled on each half

1 orange

1 nectarine

1 banana

4 prunes

3 figs

1 small can (Doles) of crushed pineapple

blueberries covering the crushed pineapple

7 large strawberries

slices of cantaloupe

dried cranberries and goji berries sprinkled in a salad

This was a pretty typical kind of day for me fruit wise.  I might have 2 apples instead of 1 or 2 oranges.  But the above is typical for quantity and variety.  How about you?

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Salt in Canned Soups

Some people will make these compromises with salty canned soup, while others won’t.  I decide this kind of thing on a case by case basis.  Sometimes I do compromise, while other times I don’t.  As for canned soup, I’ll accept some salt but not massive amounts of it — while there are those people who won’t compromise on salt at all and make their own soups.  I use Amy’s organic soups because I like the organic ingredients but her soups do have a significant amount of salt.  Then again I don’t have the ordeal (for me an ordeal) of having to make my own soups.

Mind you, I am in the camp that says one should totally avoid all additional salt, as we get enough of the stuff embedded in the foods we eat, so extra salt is unnecessary and clearly unhealthy.  But if I tolerate the extra salt in Amy’s soups, I don’t want to have to make my own soups, and I also take advantage of how great her soups taste.  Mine would be pretty miserable at best taste-wise.

Then again, if you are handy with food and enjoy making your own soup, you are in the cat bird’s seat, and can scoff at all these commercial canned soups with their sky-high salt content.

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