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Does Black Pepper Stays in our Body for Many Years?

Healthy Food Tip

I’ve heard that black pepper stays in our body for many years and is a health hazard. Is that true?

No, it’s not true. First of all, black pepper is a complex food composed of many different substances. No complex food that we eat stays inside our body whole and intact. Complex foods don’t even get absorbed into our body as whole, intact foods. Instead, they are broken down into much smaller parts in our digestive tract before they ever get absorbed.

Therefore, at the very most, it would only be some isolated component of black pepper (not black pepper itself) that was absorbed into our body (via our bloodstream) and then stayed either in storage or in transit for a long period of time. However, this also is not the case. For example, one of the substances that can act as a type of irritant in black pepper (and provoke a sneeze, for example) is a well-studied alkaloid called piperine. In animal studies, researchers have found that it takes between 6-24 hours for over 90% of this substance to be cleared from the body. Other important substances found in black pepper, like the polysaccharides that have been shown to have potential immune-supportive properties, would also be readily metabolized.

For a food component to stay inside our body for any extended period of time, it would have to be stored inside some body tissue that kept it fairly strongly attached. Minerals found in food can sometimes be stored in this way when they become part of the bone matrix. It’s possible for the bone matrix to hold on to some of its mineral content throughout the course of a lifetime. However, the whole, intact foods that we eat only serve as the initial carriers of these minerals from the outside world into our body. The foods themselves do not stay inside us undigested.


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Bhat BG, Chandrasekhara N. Studies on the metabolism of piperine: absorption, tissue distribution and excretion of urinary conjugates in rats. Toxicology. 1986 Jul; 40(1):83-92.

4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok Choy

4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok Choy

4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok ChoyEnjoy this great tasting recipe and get 375% of your Daily Value for vitamin A, 318% DV for vitamin C, 188% DV for vitamin K and 69% for folate!

Prep and Cook Time:10 minutes


  • 1 lb bok choy, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 TBS low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 drops tamari soy sauce
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional:
  • 1 TBS grated ginger
  • 2 TBS tofu, cubed
  • toasted sesame seeds

  1. Chop bok choy and garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties.
  2. In a stainless steel heat broth. When it begins to steam add bok choy and healthy saute, Healthy Sauté for 4 minutes.
  3. Toss with garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste and any of the optional ingredients you would like to include.

Serves 2

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Melaleuca The Vitality Pack

Melaleuca The Vitality Pack

abtballet’s Full Review:

Melaleuca Vitality Pack

Melaleuca Vitality Pack

I have actually taken this product for one year. Prior to this I had believed that I was taking the very best supplement on the market as I was told at my local natural food store (Solgar). Until I found the vitality for life vitamins, I did not know what it was to feel optimum health. I am in my 50’s, and I have more energy now than
when I was in my 30s. I did not get sick the entire year (no colds, viruses, or anything). This is not hype. Melaleuca gives a 90 day money back guarantee if you don’t feel more energized and have a greater sense of overall wellness, return the empty bottles for a full refund. Their just that good, and Melaleuca can stand behind the promise. This is a Consumer Direct Marketing Company that
researches, develops and markets it’s own products. A highly credible company. Melaleuca is nothing like the MLMs out there, however it is often mistaken by those who are not customers. All of their products are unique and very effective.


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Food of the Week . . . Collard Greens

Food of the Week . . . Collard Greens

Collard greensDid you know that one cup of cooked collard greens will provide you with almost as much calcium as a cup of milk? Milk products are often considered the best source of calcium, so you may be surprised to find that while one cup of 2% milk provides 29% of the daily value (297 mg) for calcium, one cup of cooked collard greens contains almost as much: 23% of the daily value (226 mg)! And the collard greens have less than half the calories of the milk (50 calories compared to 121) with virtually no fat. Calcium is known primarily for its role in maintaining the strength and density of bones, but recent studies have shown that it is also important in helping to protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals, preventing migraine headaches, and reducing PMS symptoms during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Since the body tightly controls the amount of calcium in the blood, so sufficient calcium is always available for its many essential roles in our bodies, when dietary intake is too low, calcium is pulled out of the bones to maintain normal blood concentrations. This is why low dietary intake of calcium can, over many years, promote osteoporosis. So, next time you are wondering how to boost your calcium intake, don’t just think milk, think collard greens! Read More

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5-Minute Collard Greens

15-Minute Steamed Halibut with Bok Choy

15-Minute Steamed Halibut with Bok Choy

This dish is a great example of how you can prepare several foods at one time by steaming them all together. You come out with a great tasting meal in only takes a matter of minutes! The variety of foods also increases the number of nutrients you will derive from this meal. Enjoy!

15-Minute Steamed Halibut with Bok Choy15-Minute Steamed Halibut with Bok Choy

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 pieces of halibut filet, or steaks, about 5-6 oz each
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced medium thick
  • 5 cups chopped bok choy, cut into 1/2-inch slices (remove tips of leaves and discard)
  • 2 cups thickly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms, 1/2-inch thick), stems removed
  • Dressing
  • 1/3 cup minced scallion
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 TBS finely minced fresh ginger
  • 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBS tamari (soy sauce
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and white pepper to taste


  1. Slice onion, chop bok choy, and press garlic and let them sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties.
  2. Mix together dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add 2-inches of water to the bottom of a steamer and bring to a boil.
  4. Layer the onion, bok choy, mushrooms, and halibut, in this order, in the steamer basket. Cover, and steam for about 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt and white pepper over halibut before steaming.
  5. Serve on a platter with halibut nestled on top of vegetables and drizzle dressing over all of it.

Serves 4

Serving Suggestion: Serve with

  • Seaweed Rice

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SmartJava’s version of a Black Bean & Cheese Burrito

I tweaked this recipe originally from Prevention Magazine

1 8-inch flour tortilla
1/2 C black beans
1 oz low fat cheddar
3 tbsp diced tomato
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp salsa (I prefer chunky, hot salsa)
Dash or 2 of Tobasco Chipotle Pepper sauce (opt.)
Contents of SereniGy Fruit & Veggie Capsule

Mix all ingredients together.
Wrap tortilla shell in wax paper and warm for 10-15 seconds in microwave.
Roll beans, cheese, tomato, cilantro and salsa in tortilla.


Tito’s Restaurant and Wannawafel Recommended for Multiplex

Tito’s Restaurant and Wannawafel Recommended for Multiplex

Titos Restaurant
Three food court kiosks at the Multiplex have been assigned.

Tito’s Restaurant will occupy two spots with Wannawafel being the other successful vendor.

“Both will provide a unique cuisine flair in addition to our previous vendors Jugo Juice and Second Cup, filling out a nice selection for food services,” says Multiplex Marketing Co-ordinator Cheryl McKenzie, who presented the tenants at today’s Community Development Committee meeting.

“We have covered all points with breakfast, lunch and dinner, on the go, or eat in. There are some unique ethnic options as well as our standard western fare. I’m excited about the blend of menu variations that these four vendors will bring to the patrons of the Multiplex!”

Securing these two tenants now completes the food and beverage requirements of the facility, leaving two lease spaces available but with interested parties for both.

“I’m hoping to finalize deals on those two spaces within the next few weeks,” says McKenzie

The CDC will recommend to Council that both Tito’s and Wannawafel proceed for a leasing arrangement in the new Multiplex.

About The Multiplex

The Multiplex is the largest capital project that the City of Grande Prairie has ever undertaken, at 109 million dollars. This sports facility is a 250,000 sq.ft., complex comprised of an aquatics area, field house, fitness area, food and beverage, retail and community multipurpose rooms, and is slated to open in fall / winter of 2011. The facility will service the sporting and recreation community throughout the northern region, over 350,000 residents.

homemade cola syrup

homemade cola syrup I came across this recipe for homemade cola syrup in the New York Times, and I was intrigued. It’s adapted from the Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain I keep reading about. I adore ice cream sodas and the idea of the old fashioned soda fountain. I wouldn’t mind a new career as a full time soda jerk. Until we find a way to make that happen in Olympia, I will play around with homemade syrups and bump up bottling my own sodas on the agenda. This lis … Read More

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Miso Stir-Fry

Miso Stir-Fry

Miso is a great way to extra flavor and nutrition to your Healthiest Way of Eating. This versatile stir-fry recipe can be adapted to any of your favorite vegetables or whatever you may have on hand–in fact the more variety, the more nutritional value. Enjoy!

Miso Stir-FryMiso Stir-Fry

Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 TBS dried hijiki* or arame seaweed, soaked* in 3/4 cup warm water (save water)
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced thick
  • 1 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium sized carrot, peeled and sliced very thin
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets, about 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 4 oz firm light tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 TBS light miso
  • 2 TBS tamari (soy sauce)
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • *For more on safety issues regarding sea vegetables, see The safety factors regarding sea vegetables, such as hijiki


  1. Chop onion and press garlic and let sit for 5-10 minutes to bring out their health-promoting benefits.
  2. Rinse and soak hijiki or arame seaweed in about 3/4 cup hot water, and chop rest of the vegetables. After about 10 minutes squeeze hijiki to remove excess water. Save the water.
  3. Heat 1TBS of seaweed water in a stainless steel wok, or large skillet. Healthy Stir-Fry onion and carrots in seaweed water over medium-high heat, for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add garlic and ginger. Continue to stir constantly. Ginger may stick a little to the pan. Don’t worry about it. It will come up when liquid is added. After about 2 minutes add broccoli. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add cabbage, miso dissolved in 2 TBS seaweed water, tamari, rice vinegar, hijiki or arame, and tofu.
  6. Continue stir-frying for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Serves 6

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with Brown Rice

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Tito’s Restaurant

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Tito’s Restaurant

When you want to eat the gold-standard of food, “locally grown organic”!

10006 101 Grande Prairie, Alberta (780) 539-4881

10006 101 Grande Prairie, Alberta (780) 539-4881

Mazen Assaf’s reputation for a high Standard of Quality Food and Service at reasonable prices has made Tito’s Restaurant an enjoyable eatery at 101, 10006-101 Ave, Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Making each visit a delightful and satisfying experience is their goal. Both family and staff take great pride in serving people. This pride continues in their commitment to serve mouth-watering meals at reasonable prices – in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Home-style flavour – only better!

At Tito’s Restaurant, you are going to get locally grown food and you can connect with the growers if you choose, please ask.

  • Relaxed and down to earth.
  • What you are going to get is a mouthful of flavor – each time you bite!(Greek salad, kabobs, assorted souvlaki, Tabbouleh, semolina pasta, home made hummus, Falafel, chicken/beef Shawarma and much more.
  • People (of all ages, body guilders, weight watchers, health conscious, special dietary needs) come back with friends and family because they like to share the same great taste which will be there every next time they visit.
  • The consistency of flavour and use of locally grown and produced food items is what sets this restaurant apart.
  • You will not waste your money, you not only know you’ll ALWAYS get a great meal here, YOU also put money in the area’s local economy and support local farmers.

Part of our success is that we use locally grown fresh ingredients and take pride in creating our sauces, gravies, dressings and soups in the old tradition …. from scratch! – Mazen Assaf

  • Check out the menu and see the wide variety of choices available for your dining pleasure.
  • Choices range from the ever popular Mediterranean recipes and Daily Specials – Eastern, Western, Italian, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, to name a few.
  • The food isn’t all that you will enjoy at Tito’s Restaurant
  • The warm and friendly atmosphere welcomes you, your friends and new ones you may make at any evening function.
  • Whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast, lunch, an evening with friends and family, Tito’s Restaurant will prove a memorable and returnable experience.
  • Tito’s also offers catering and delivery. 780-539-4881

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