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Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

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Supplements to Replace Fresh Foods? No Way!

TV commercials, Food and Drug stores all publicize endless list of nutritional supplements. Recently I attended a lecture by a visiting scientist at a local university. He talked about the great health benefits of cruciferous vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts) and how they can prevent a host of diseases including cancer. I was so excited that he was talking my language until I found out that he has a company that takes the nutrients from these vegetables and makes supplements for sale!

Do we really want to pop nutritional pills when we can get the nutrients from real fresh foods? Should we really replace fresh fruits and vegetable with supplements? No way!

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