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What is Robin Dulce?
Robin Dulce is perfect for hikers, backpackers, athletes, pregnant women and anyone who wants to take good care of their health.
• An excellent source of protein (30% with 8 essential amino acids) • Has five times the calcium as a glass of milk.
• One of the largest sources of Essential Fatty Acids
• Made with raw and soaked seeds for better absorption of nutrients
Chia, Flaxseed, Sunflower, Amaranth, Coconut Oil and piloncillo with additional flavors of Ginger, Anise, Orange Peel, Cranberry, Cinnamon, Apricot, Apple, Pineapple, and more!
Some surprising facts about Robin Dulce:
Robin Dulce is a delicious energy bar made from raw soaked seeds, organic coconut oil, piloncillo and natural flavorings. Below you can learn about the health benefits of Robin Dulce, from the method of preparation to the ingredients themselves!
Why soak seeds?
Here are some excerpts from Sally Fallon's Book, "Nourishing Traditions" on Soaking Grains:
Sally Fallon's approach is to duplicate the food preparation methods of our ancestors, the cooking practices of traditional, pre-industrial societies, whose health was superior to ours in industrialized countries.
Phosphorus in the bran of whole grains is tied up in a substance called phytic acid. Phytic acid combines with iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc in the intestinal tract, blocking their absorption. Whole grains also contain enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with digestion. Traditional societies usually soak or ferment their grains before eating them, processes that neutralize phytates and enzyme inhibitors and, in effect, predigest grains so that all their nutrients are more available...Many people who are allergic to grains will tolerate them well when they are prepared according to these procedures.
With the increase in grain consumption, there has been an increase in the number of people complaining of difficulty in digesting grain, but when properly soaked and fermented, these people report less or no problems.
This makes sense as you consider a seed that needs to protect itself from germination until the conditions are proper. Conditions necessary for sprouting are water, warmth, and an acidic environment. Soaking grains using traditional cooking methods simulates these conditions and allows the seed to be activated toward growth. This active, live seed is nutritionally superior to one that is "closed up".
How to soak grainsThe basic method of soaking grains is to use 2 tablespoons of an acid (see below) per 1 cup of grain. Then add the same amount of warm water you would need to cook that particular grain. Let all this sit in the cooking vessel you plan to use to cook the grain, for a minimum of 7 hours and up to as long as 24 hours. Then cook as usual.
For the acid, you can use yogurt, whey, kefir, buttermilk, vinegar, or lemon juice. The cultured products--yogurt, whey, kefir, and buttermilk--are most highly recommended as they give the added benefit of providing the beneficial bacteria, like lactobacilli, which can, in essence, begin to pre-digest the grain for you. As Fallon states, this is what the first and second stomachs do in the four-stomached herbivores.
The vinegar and lemon juice offer an alternative acid in a pinch and give lactose-intolerant individuals an option. All acid choices serve to discourage spoilage from unfriendly bacteria, a more important consideration during a longer soak.
Grains should be cooked in the soaking water, but cooking beans in their soaking water can cause stomach upset and gassiness.
Health Benefits of Ingredients Used in Robin Dulce
Amaranth, unlike other grains, is a good source of protein, containing anywhere from 15-17% protein by weight. It is rich in the amino acids lysine, methionine, and cycteine, with a higher content of lysine than any other grain. It is also high in fiber, with three times the fiber of wheat. In terms of nutrition, amaranth is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It has more than 20% of the recommended daily amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, and folate. Amaranth is also a good source of potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E. It is a cholesterol-lowering food, with both tocotrienols and phytosterols, two natural compounds known to help the body eliminate bad cholesterol. With such a potent nutritional content, amaranth is an ideal addition to any health-conscious diet
Amaranth is a great source of protein, minerals, and vitamins which contribute to high energy levels, healthy cell growth, strong bones, an improved immune system, and proper muscle and nerve function. It is also 90% digestible which makes it a good food for those recovering from illness because the body will absorb most of its nutrients
Flax Fights Cholesterol
The consumption of flaxseed is associated with a reduction in total cholesterol, including the LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. Study after study has shown a positive response to eating ground flax seed daily. Eating low fat foods, increasing your exercise, limiting the salt, sugar and eating flax seed daily are a few ways that you can win the battle against high cholesterol.
Flax Fights Diabetes
Nutritionists are instructing their diabetic patients to eat flax daily. It has been discovered that the omega-3 fat and high fiber in flax may play a role in the fight against diabetes. In a study conducted by the University of Toronto, participants who ate flaxseed bread had blood sugar levels 28% lower an hour after eating than their counterparts who ate bread made with wheat flour!
Flax Fights Cancer
Flaxseed is high in lignans, up to 800 times the amount as in any tested plant food. Lignans (a phytoestrogen) have been called by H. Adlercreutz (in his article “Phytoestrogens: Epidemiology and a Possible Role in Cancer Protection”), natural cancer-protective compounds. Flax seed is also high in alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which has been found to be promising as a cancer fighting agent. The American National Cancer Institute has singled out flaxseed as one of six foods that deserve special study. Flax seed's high fiber aspect is also beneficial in the fight against colon cancer. Epidemiological studies note that diet plays a major role in the incidence of colon cancer. Research has shown that increasing the amount of fiber in your diet reduces your colon-cancer risk. Flax seed, high in fiber, lignans, alpha linolenic acid, is a key player in the fight against cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer.
Flax Fights Constipation
Flax is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. One ounce of flax provides 32% of the USDA’s reference daily intake of fiber. Flax promotes regular bowel movements because it is high in insoluble fiber. Flaxseed's all natural fiber helps to absorb water, thereby softening the stool and allowing it to pass through the colon quickly. When adding fiber to your diet, it is important to make sure that you are drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. Without enough liquids, fiber can actually cause constipation! In the fight against constipation exercise, eat fruits and vegetables, drink eight glasses of water daily and add two to four tablespoons of flax to your daily regime!
Flax Fights Inflammation
Flax is high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. That’s good news for people who suffer from inflammatory disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Health experts, such as former Surgeon General C. Evertt Koop, recommend eating foods high in Omega 3’s for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It is the inflammation within the joints that cause so much of the pain associated with arthritis. The January 1996 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that the participants in a study that took flax oil daily reduced inflammatory responses by as much as 30%.
Flax Fights Menopausal Symptoms
Hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, moodiness…ah, the joys of menopause. Can flax really help? Yes it can! Flax, like soy, is a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like substances that are found in plants. Flax is the richest known plant source of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens act as a natural hormone therapy and help to stabilize hormonal levels. This stabilization of hormonal levels helps to lesson the symptoms of menopause.
Flax fights Heart Disease
Heart disease, the number one killer in America, has claimed the lives of too many of our family and friends. Years of a sedentary lifestyle, super size meals and processed foods has finally caught up with us. Can flax help? Yes it can. Numerous studies have been done on the effect of flax on heart disease, yielding many positive findings. Flax has been found to help reduce total cholesterol, LDL levels (the bad cholesterol), triglycerides. Flax helps to reduce clotting time and thereby reduces the chance for heart attacks and strokes. Regular intake of flax protects against arrhythmias and helps keep the arteries clear and pliable!
Flax and the Immune System
Across the table, your co-worker sneezes, no tissue in sight, you feel a light spray hit your face and shudder. Standing in a crowded elevator, in a busy mall, or in an airplane, you sometimes feel like you can’t escape getting at least one or two colds each year…or can you? Research has found that eating flax daily favorably affects immunity, the body’s ability to defend itself successfully against bacteria and viruses. Two components of flax, lignans and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), have been found to affect immune cells and compounds that control immune reaction.
Flax fights “The Blues”. It’s that tired feeling that a good night's rest won’t shake… that listless down in the dumps feeling that you just can’t get rid of. We call it “the blues”, otherwise known as atypical depression, the most common form of depression. Preliminary research suggests that eating a diet rich in flax could slash your risk of ever feeling “down in the dumps”. Follow up studies show that just 2-3 tablespoons of flax daily can help up to 2/3rds of severely depressed women bounce back within eight weeks. Flax, says Udo Erasmus, PhD, has a mood boosting ingredient: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that is essential for the proper function of brain cells, yet up to 85% of women aren’t getting enough of it. Early research conducted by Dr. Martha Clare Morris of Chicago’s Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center notes that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is believed to be important for brain development. She stated that some participants in the study saw a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s from eating a diet high in Omege-3 fatty acids(Flax is the richest source of Omega 3’s in the plant kingdom). More research is needed in the area of flax and its relation to depression and brain function, however preliminary research is very promising.
Sunflower seeds are highly nutritious food that we often supply to our parrots and chickens, yet neglect it in our own diets. Sunflower seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals - all important to the nutritional quality of the diet and of fundamental importance to human health. They can be eaten raw or roasted and are available both hulled and unhulled.
There are many health benefits of sunflower seeds. They contain high levels of vitamin E, choline, betaine, and phenolic acids. Vitamin E may protect against cardiovascular disease, lignans may protect against some cancers, and choline has been shown to play a role in memory and cognitive functions. They are also among the best foods you can eat to get cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.
Salvia rhyacophila F. Lamiaceae Constituents:
linolenic and linoleic acid; antioxidants chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and flavonol glycosides; mucin, fibre, protein 30% with 8 essential amino acids (amino acid score 115, making chia an excellent protein source)
A, B1. B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, B17, C, D, E, K, choline, folic acid, inositol, PABA
boron, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulphur, zinc
antifatigue, antihyperglycaemic, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, cardiotonic, demulcent, laxative, nervine, neuromuscular stimulant, nutritive, tonic, vulnerary
Chia seeds sprouting on a bag, chia leaves garnishing a plate of chia honey chews and chia seeds and seed heads.
Chia seeds sprouting on a bag, chia leaves garnishing a plate of chia honey chews and chia seeds and seed heads.
In the native habitat of chia, in South West America, it was a highly valued food plant of the local Indians. In Mexico, it was used as money and to pay taxes. One tablespoon of seed and plenty of water supplied energy and sustenance, for an Indian traveling for 24 hours: it is said that an Indian can exist on it for many days, if necessary. Several USA universities have researched the endurance properties of chia and found that a tablespoon of seed could sustain a person for 24 hours, with hard labour. Richard Lucas, in his book, ‘Common and uncommon uses of herbs for healthy living’, encourages anyone to try it, and discover its unique ability to provide the go power to get through a busy day with a hop, skip and a jump.
The calcium content of chia seed is 5 times that of milk. Chia seeds contain the trace mineral strontium, which acts as a catalyst in the assimilation of protein and production of energy. A greyhound breeder read of the energy boosting power of chia, and rang to see if he could buy the seed in large quantities, to give his dogs a winning edge! Researchers find that strontium has a strengthening benefit to cartilage, teeth and bones. Enzymes in chia, act as catalysts to aid the digestion of food.
The seeds contain one of the highest known sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) as linolenic acid (LNA) 30-60%, and linoleic acid (LA) 30%. EFA’s carry a slightly negative charge and spread out as a thin layer over surfaces and do not form aggregations; this makes cell membranes soft, fluid and flexible, allowing nutrients to flow in and wastes out. Researcher, Linus Pauling, found that energy charged by EFA’s produced measurable, bioelectrical currents. These currents make possible the vast number of chemical reactions in the body, which are important in nerve, muscle and membrane function. EFA’s absorb sunlight and attract oxygen. A bounteous supply of oxygen, carried with the blood to the cells, is vital for vitality, pain relief and healing. The oxygen, is able, to be held by the action of EFA, at the cell membranes, making a barrier against viruses and bacteria. EFA’s are important in immune function and metabolic reactions in the body resulting in fat burn, food absorption, mental health and the process of oxidation and growth. They can substantially shorten the time required for recovery of fatigued muscles after exercise or physical work.
EFA’s are the highest source of energy in nutrition and govern every life process in the body. Life without EFA’s is impossible. When EFA’s are deficient, a diversity of health problems may follow (see EFA’s p 105) Due to high refining and processing of many natural foods, EFA’s may be low or non-existent, therefore, we need to look at what we can grow to give us these essentials, daily. Chia seeds provide a rich source of EFA’s, and many other seeds that we use for sprouting are also a good source.
The mucilaginous properties of the seeds, have a swelling action, similar to guar or psyllium as a bulking agent and fibre source, and are valuable for cleansing and soothing the colon. Chia acts like a sponge, absorbing toxins, lubricating the colon and strengthening the peristaltic action. Considering the high incidence of bowel cancer, diverticulitis, colitis, chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome, in our country, we need to share the knowledge of this healing plant with our fellow man. Chia seeds come to the rescue when the tummy is upset and will not tolerate other foods; or to fortify the body against the exhaustive effects of extreme summer temperatures. The seed helps to quench the thirst, if added to a glass of water, a very practical benefit in our hot summers. It is an appetite satisfier and, therefore, useful to dieters. Chia is valued for calming the nerves and is said to strengthen the memory: use 1 teasp. chia seed to 1 cup of boiling water, steep 5-10 minutes, take 2-3 cups a day. A poultice made of soaked seed is used as a wound healer. The early American settlers used chia for gunshot wounds.
Chia belongs to the salvia family, with the name coming from the Latin ‘salare’ which means to save, referring to its curative properties. Chia leaves (fresh or dried) steeped in boiling water, make a therapeutic tea. Use the tea as a blood cleanser and tonic, also for fevers, pain relief, arthritis, respiratory problems, mouth ulcers, diabetes, diarrhoea, gargle for inflamed throats, to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to strengthen the nervous system. Try the tea sweetened with honey and a few drops of lemon juice added. Women who suffer with hot flushes may find relief, by drinking chia leaf tea, regularly.
A recent TV program highlighted the benefit of chia tea, made with a few, freshly chopped leaves, for anyone feeling lethargic or lacking energy. As chia contains a number of strong antioxidants: in chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and flavonol glycosides, no doubt all these work to remove toxins from the body, which then give a feeling of improved health.
The human body is able to digest chia seed, easily. As the seeds are able to absorb more than 7 times their weight, in water, and form a thick gel, this causes a slow release of carbohydrate; facilitating an equally slow conversion of carbohydrates, into glucose (blood sugar), for energy. The outer layer of the seeds are rich in mucilloid soluble fibre and, when mixed with water or stomach juices, a gel forms that creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrate foods eaten and the digestive enzymes that break them down. This means that the carbohydrates are digested slower and at a more uniform rate. There is no insulin surge needed to lower the blood sugar level, after eating chia. The chia gel is able to hold moisture, which also retains electrolyte balance.
Chia sprouts can come to the rescue for digestive problems, particularly when ‘windy’. Passing gas may be relieved by slowly chewing 1-2 tablesp. of chia sprouts, making sure that plenty of saliva is mixed with them. Together with the nutrients, chlorophyll, and enzymes from the saliva, the combination can act to relieve and prevent flatulence.
A tea made with chia seeds is used, as a wash, for removing foreign particles in the eye; also for relieving inflammation, eyestrain and conjunctivitis. Simmer 1 teasp. chia seed in 1/2 cup of water 5 minutes, cool, strain, use the liquid as a wash in an eye-bath. Seed soaked in water makes a thick, creamy mush, to use as a drawing poultice on infected cuts, wounds or inflammation.
Chia seeds are very tasty, with a nutty flavour, when sprinkled over meals. However, as it is difficult for the body to digest small, whole, dry seeds, unless chewed very well, it is recommended that seed be soaked in a little water (for several hours or overnight, to start the seed germination process) giving better assimilation, when eaten. Soaking is also beneficial, since vitamin C will start to be manufactured. When seeds are sprouted, the vitamin content multiplies considerably and they can add a spicy, warm flavour to meals. Sprinkle soaked seed over breakfast cereal or tossed salads.
Try chia as a refreshing breakfast drink. Mix 1 teasp. seeds (rich in soluble fibre), in a glass of orange juice and let the seed soak for 10 minutes, before drinking. The drink will give a feeling of satisfaction and fullness for a number of hours. It has been found that chia can help to regulate sugar metabolism. Research has found that enzymes in chia act as a catalyst, to aid the digestion of food. As chia has a low glycaemic index, it is an ideal food to add to our daily diet (information on GI p 22) Experiment using chia seeds added to different foods and drinks. For a refreshing chia beverage, soak 1 teasp. chia seed in 1 cup of hot water and 1/2 teasp. apple-cider vinegar, 1 teasp. honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder.
Add seed to cooked or baked goods. A small amount of seeds added, when making bread, will make bread lighter, with less leavening needed, as well as improving the keeping qualities. Note: as essential fatty acids (EFA) are not heat stable, to get the benefits of EFA in chia, the seeds are best used unheated. Many foods are said to be more flavoursome, with chia added; bitter foods become more palatable, sharp cheese, at maturity, will taste more like cottage cheese. Chia is useful for enriching baby foods, infant formulas, health foods, energy bars, snacks, breakfast cereals, etc. I like to chew on chia and fennel seeds (p 112) as I sit, research and write, long hours into the night.
As oxidation of chia seed is minimal to non-existent, it holds excellent potential within the food industry compared to other alpha-linolenic fatty acid sources, such as flax, which exhibits rapid decomposition due to lack of antioxidants. Chia does not need artificial antioxidant stabilisers and stores well, without deterioration. Chia seed can be stored for later use. I have observed that weevils and other pests never bother the seeds. This fact, together with the rich source of EFA’s, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, makes chia a valuable survival food.
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
How is Lauric Acid Used by our body?
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system.
Before we move on to the benefits of coconut oil in detail, let us understand its composition.
Composition of Coconut Oil: Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats (Don’t panic! First read to the last word. Your opinion may change), with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin Coconut Oil is no different from this. Let us have a bit detailed study of this.
* The Saturated Fatty Acids: Most of them are Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well. Lauric Acid is the chief contributor, with more than forty percent of the share, followed by Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic.
* The Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Linoleic Acid.
* The Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: Oleic Acid.
* The Poly-phenols: Gallic Acid, which is phenolic acid. These poly-phenols are supposed to be responsible for the fragrance and the taste of Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these poly-phenols.
* Certain derivatives of fatty acid like Betaines, Ethanolamide, Ethoxylates, Fatty Esters, Fatty Polysorbates, Monoglycerides and Polyol Esters.
* Fatty Chlorides, Fatty Alcohol Sulphate and Fatty Alcohol Ether Sulphate, all of which are derivatives of Fatty Alcohols.
* Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron.
Let us now explore the benefits of coconut oil in detail:Hair Care: Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shinny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.
Stress Relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue.
Skin Care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Further, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care.
Premature Aging: Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.
Heart Diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.
Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.
Digestion: Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Immunity: Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Healing: When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.
Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.
Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases as they substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.
Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.
Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.
Dental Care: Calcium is an important element present in teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in getting strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.
HIV and Cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients.
Finally, coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.
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Piloncillo; (panela raspadura, chancaca or piloncillo, muscovado sugar, gur, jaggery, khandsari) is raw, unrefined, non-centrifugal cane sugar with a high molasses content. it contains what sugar producers call impurities. It turns out that these so-called impurities are essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, and iron, as well as small amounts of fluorine and selenium. Piloncillo is pure natural cane sugar concentrated by boiling. There are no additives. In addition to being a food source as rich as honey. Piloncillo has been discovered to have some unique medicinal properties. It has the reputation of being a medicinal sugar and is prescribed for use in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Ancient Medical scriptures dating back to 2500 years state how piloncillo [also known as Jaggery in the Ayurvedic] purifies the blood, prevents rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile and possesses nutritive properties.
A paper presented at the Workshop on Biopersistence of Respirable Synthetic Fibers and Minerals held 7-9 September 1992 in Lyon, France showed that industrial workers in dusty or smoky environments seemed to experience no discomfort if they consumed the sugar cane product Panela after experimental studies were undertaken to observe the effects of it on dust-exposed rats. The enhanced translocation of coal particles from lungs to tracheobronchial lymph nodes was observed in jaggery-treated rats. Moreover, the jaggery reduced the coal-induced histological lesions and hydroxyproline contents of lungs. The lesions induced in omental tissue and regional lymph nodes by a single intraperitoneal injection of 50 mg each of coal and silica dust were modified by jaggery (0.5 g/rat, 5 days/week for 30 days). These findings along with the preventive action of Panela on smoke-induced lung lesions suggest the potential of jaggery as protective agent for workers in dusty and smoky environments. Source Anand P. Sahu and Ashok K. Saxena, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. Published in the Environ Health Perspect. 1994 Oct;102 Suppl 5:211-4.
It also prevents tooth decay being a natural energy replacement for refined sugar. Constipation (in babies), which is very frequent with white sugar, disappears. It prevents nutritious anaemia and rickets. Thrush or aphthae rarely returns. Children are more alive and full of vitality. Source Dr. N.H. Beguin, Pronatec S.A. - Switzerland.
Did you read Lord of the Rings? Remember how the elves have these sort of meals/crackers that are small and yet wonderfully nutritious and they give them to the hobbits for a very long and difficult part of their trip? That´s how I see Robin Dulce.
Now, what can I say: They´re delicious, super healthy and so complete and high in protein that you can skip a meal (even me, who gets crazy and dangerous if I do), and still feel satisfied and back in balance. Most power or energy bars are so sweet that they end up intensifying the discomfort from low sugar levels. Robin Dulce has the perfect amount of sweet obtained from piloncillo.
Robin Dulce is the best snack I have found. I am hypoglaecemic, so my snacks are very important to me. (I need complex carbohydrates and protein that enter my bloodstream at a steady, even pace) It is often challenging to find something nutritious to have between meals and Robin Dulce is the easiest and best alternative for me.
I feel fortunate to have recently incorporated Robin Dulce into my diet!!!
Difficult dietary sensitivities and a desire to be strong and healthy have led me to truly appreciate unprocessed foods, nuts and seeds. Robin’s healthy, sweet, nut and seed energy bars are delicious, as well as, amazingly healthy.
I use them for snack and my experience is that they serve as a very balancing, nourishing treat. They freeze well so I have many bars stored in my freezer for a quick pick me up when needed; or I grab one if away from home for a long day.
If you desire a healthy, filling food source with balancing energy effects, I invite you to try Robin Dulce! I thank Robin for creating this dulce and deeply appreciate the loving energy that she integrates into this healthful food.
The energy bars are very satisfying and sustaining. I can feel nourished with a small piece. Many thanks!
I am lavishing my 'energy bars', they taste so fresh and healthy, just what I need!!