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LunaGrown nutritional information and general health benefits of jam in ones diet.

Summer Heat Health with LunaGrown 馃攰

Summer Heat Health with LunaGrown 馃攰

Summer heat health

Beating the Heat with LunaGrown

Please, no more complaints about the heat! A little common sense goes along way! Yes it’s summer, and yes there are bound to be heatwaves. Somehow though it gets hotter the more people complain and being crabby聽about something you can’t change isn’t that good for your health.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of working in a kitchen, in construction, doing road work, lawn care, or factory work, or farm work to name a few, can tell you straight out how unbearable it can get. They can also tell you the best ways to keep your body prepared for the heat. It is of course very important to keep yourself hydrated.

When your body perspires excessively, many things happen at the same time. You lose valuable water as well as potassium and sodium. Your body needs potassium and sodium for proper function of the muscle tissue as well as the central nervous system. Also when one perspires a great deal there is a risk to changes in blood glucose levels.

For those with blood sugar concerns, and even those who may not know if they should be concerned. Blood sugar is controlled by the pancreas, when you are not properly hydrated the pancreas can’t do it’s job too well, this can lead to a spike in blood sugar. One may notice frequent urination and become lightheaded.

Be aware of these possibilities when you are out in the heat. However if you are a person that skips meals and is out in this heat you run the risk of experiencing a drop in blood sugar levels. Please remember to eat properly and if you find yourself experiencing faintness, nausea, muscle cramps, or muscle tremors please seek medical attention immediately.

Fresh fruit is one of the best ways to replenish potassium levels, and one of the safest (avoiding supplements) there is usually enough sodium in your daily meals naturally that adding salt is not necessary to replenish what you’ve lost. Those with blood sugar concerns as well as the elderly and the very young, should be aware and take proper care throughout the day.

Summer is one of the best times of the year! Even the heat should be enjoyed! LunaGrown hopes you find a comfortable, healthy way to enjoy it! If you are inclined, check out our suggestions for non-alcoholic summer drinks, or Ice pops made with jam, you know you’ll be getting whole fruits and just a bit of sugar with LunaGrown.

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Jam, Jelly, Preserves, What’s the Difference

Jam, Jelly, Preserves, What’s the Difference

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Jam, Jelly, Preserves, What’s the Difference

Jam,聽jelly,聽preserves and conserves;聽fruit聽spreads and butters and Marmalades, oh my! These are just some of the terms associated with preserved聽fruit聽products. It’s a real wonder that something as simple as preserved聽fruit聽could be so complicated.

According to convention and common knowledge…

Jelly: Just the juice, nothing but the juice. And聽sugar. No seeds, whole berries or chunks of聽fruit. Clear and well-jelled.

Jam: Crushed, pur茅ed or chopped聽fruit聽cooked down with聽sugar. A soft, chunk-free pulp.

Preserve: Chopped or whole聽fruit聽cooked with聽sugar聽until a syrupy base able to suspend the聽fruit聽chunks develops.

Conserve: A preserve made with more than one聽fruit, often including raisins and nuts. Sometimes a conserve refers to a more thickly-stewed preserve.

Fruit Spread
: A recent addition to the jam aisle,聽fruit聽spreads began as reduced-calorie products made with alternative sweeteners and聽fruit聽juice concentrates.

Fruit Butter: Fruit pur茅es slowly cooked down with聽sugar, lemon juices and spices to a smooth, soft consistency.

Marmalade: A soft, typically citrus-based jelly. The sweet jelly balances the bitterness of the citrus peels, which are included along with the聽fruit聽pulp.

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According to the FDA…

In the United States, some jam and jelly related terms are regulated and some are not.

Regulated products and product names include Jam, Preserve, Jelly and Fruit Butter:

This means that products with these names have to conform to certain specifications and recipes. For instance, a product called “Jelly” must contain at least 65 percent water soluble solids (sugar) and must be made with聽fruit聽juices or concentrates. “Preserves” and “Jams” (interchangeable聽FDA聽terms), must contain at least 65 percent聽sugar聽and 45 percent聽fruit. If a product does not meet these requirements, it must be called by another name. For example, some Fruit Spreads are only 44 percent聽sugar, so the cannot be labeled “Jams” or “Preserves.”

A Matter of Sugar:聽One of the defining specifications for jams and related products is the total聽sugar聽content. This includes the聽sugar聽present in the聽fruit聽and the聽sugar聽added through cane聽sugar聽or concentrates and syrups.聽 This is often referred to as “soluble solids” or “Brix.” For example, if 10 grams of聽sugar聽are added to 90 grams of water, the resulting 100 grams of聽sugar聽solution are said to have a Brix of 10 or a soluble solids content of 10% (i.e. 10%聽sugar聽by weight). Similarly, a聽fruit聽preserve should have a Brix measurement of 65 (or 65%聽sugar聽by weight = 65 grams of聽sugar聽in 100 grams of preserve).

More on sugar:

CANE SUGAR vs. GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE
Organic cane聽sugar聽is obtained from the juice of a聽sugar聽cane plant. The sugarcane is harvested and once the plant juice is pressed out of the stalks and heated to a boil, the resulting syrup is then processed into granular聽sugar. Granulated organic cane聽sugar聽contains about 99.6 percent聽sugar. Similarly, grape juice concentrate is made from the juice of white grapes which have been pressed. Once the pressed juice is boiled to evaporate the remaining water, the resulting syrup contains 68 -70 percent sugars.
SUCROSE, FRUCTOSE, GLUCOSE
Organic cane聽sugar聽consists primarily of sucrose. Sucrose, in turn is made of one half glucose and one half fructose – two molecules stuck together. When cane聽sugar聽is heated during the process of making a conserve, almost all of the sucrose splits apart into single molecules of fructose and glucose. White grape concentrate consists mainly of a mixture of fructose and glucose, and this does not change during the cooking process. Ultimately, this means that the 44 percent soluble solids content in both conserves and spreads is made of virtually the same amount and kinds of sugars!

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Goodness In Seeds 馃攰

Goodness In Seeds 馃攰

Goodness in seeds

Seeds and Nutrition in Jam and Preserves

Quite often people ask if LunaGrown Jam’s contain the seeds or skins of the fruits used. The answer is always Yes, whenever possible.

Realizing that some need to avoid seeds due to diverticulitis, and others may have ill fitting dentures which can be troublesome. To these folks we offer a variety which does not contain seeds such as Apple, Mango or other stone fruit varieties.

LunaGrown utilizes聽the seeds and the skins as part of the cooking process. This helps to retain nutritional聽value and keep our jam high in natural fiber. Both are important for a healthy diet.

From our perspective, seedless raspberry jam is nothing more than jelly.

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Apple:The skins of apples are a good source of vitamin A but are extremely high vitamin C. As much as 50% of the vitamin C in the fruit can be found in the skin. The skin also contains fiber, antioxidants, and quercetin, a flavonoid that is purported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Apple seeds, on the other hand, contain amygdalin, a molecule which produces cyanide once ingested.

Apricot: Apricot skins are good sources of vitamin C and beta-carotene.Their seeds, though, are similar in properties to apples.

Blackberry: Blackberry seeds are good sources of omega-3 oils, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

Blueberry:聽Blueberry skins may well be the most valuable聽nutrient the fruit has to offer. The pigments in blueberries are powerful聽antioxidants. They have been determined to be a much-heralded chemical warrior against heart disease and also cancer.聽Blueberries actually have the highest antioxidant capacity because of their large anthocyanin concentration.

Cherry: Consumption of cherries including the skin has proven to be effective against chronic, painful episodes of gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition) and sports injuries.

Kiwi:聽 Kiwi seeds have always generally been considered edible. They are great sources of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. The skin contains flavonoids and insoluble fiber.

Lemon: Lemon peels are edible but non-organic ones are often waxed prior to shipping to protect the fruit from bruising. Just underneath the peel is the pith which is white in color. The pith is extremely high in vitamin C and contains vitamin B6 and fiber, too. Trace amounts of salicylic acid (the main ingredient in aspirin) are found in lemon seeds.

Lime: The lime is similar to lemon in terms of the nutritive properties of its peel and seeds.

Orange: 聽Only trace amounts of anti-fungal properties and vitamin B-17, a cancer fighter, have been discovered in orange seeds. There is, however, as much vitamin C in its pith as the rest of the fruit, as well as fiber, pectin, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants.

Peach: The peach pit contains amygdalin, just as apples do. It’s probably best to avoid it. The skin, though, is very nutritious, containing vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants.

Pear: There are numerous pear varieties in the United States.聽 The seeds in this pear have similar properties to the apple seed. The skin is a good source of vitamin C and chlorogenic acid, an important antioxidant.

Pineapple:聽 The healthiest part of a pineapple is its core which is loaded with bromelain, an enzyme which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Vitamin C, fiber, manganese, and copper can all be found in the core as well. Pineapple skin is also nutritious, containing vitamin C and bromelain.

Plum: Plum skins contain fiber, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. The seed or pit, however, contains the same properties as apple seeds.

Raspberry:聽The antioxidants in raspberry seeds may lower levels of cholesterol to promote the health of blood vessels and reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

Strawberry
:聽 Strawberry “seeds” are actually tiny fruits, themselves, and are fairly good sources of fiber.

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Jam Ingredients Explained! What’s really In My Jam?

Jam Ingredients Explained! What’s really In My Jam?

Jam Ingredients

What聽Ingredients Are聽Really In My Jam?

Do ingredients really make that much of a difference when it comes to flavor or nutritional value? During our research we were surprised at the ingredients of some products on the market. Below is what we learned.

One of the main reasons LunaGrown came into being was the lack of good tasting jam available at the markets. I tried every brand on the shelf, from cheap to not so cheap and they all left me with a聽disappointed聽pallet. Some even left a chemical like aftertaste, so I wondered about the ingredients, could they differ that greatly from one brand to the next?

I tried many products on the market, some mass produced and some from small batch production. The difference in taste and ingredients was eyeopening!

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Which brings me to why some tasted great and some not so great. What was in them that made a difference? What I discovered was that most of the products I enjoyed were made the same way my grandmother made them (yes I know everyone says that but it’s true) Fruit, sugar, pectin and citric acid (or Lemon Juice). Some ingredient information to consider when you are purchasing your Jam and Jellies. Here are some popular ingredient聽labels聽below.

Smucker’s Simply Fruit
Fruit Syrup, Strawberries, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Fruit Pectin, Red Grape Juice Concentrate added for Color, Natural Flavors.
Smucker’s Strawberry Jam
Strawberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid.
Smucker’s Strawberry Preserves
Strawberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid.
Kraft Strawberry Jam
Sugar, strawberries, water, citric acid, fruit pectin
Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves
Strawberries, Sugar, Cane Sugar, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Fruit Pectin.
Homemade jam ingredients
Fruit, sugar, pectin, lemon juice.

From聽Dr. Wendy.

“I have to say that I am highly disappointed in Smucker’s. When you watch their commercials on television, it sounds and looks like Smucker’s preserves are a good wholesome food. That is not the case. The Simply Fruit label begins with fruit syrup – what is that? What is in fruit syrup? Due to the word “syrup”, I am assuming there most likely contains some type of corn syrup. What kind of fruit? Since jams/jellies/preserves are sweet, I can guarantee there is a lot of sweetener in fruit syrup. And, what are natural flavors? I am fairly certain it is not fruit or it would be clearly stated on the label. On to the Jam and Preserves. Did you notice that the ingredients are exactly the same? What is the difference between Smucker’s Jam and Preserves? I do not know. Both products contain both high fructose corn syrup (which we should NEVER eat) and corn syrup (listed twice on each product on the Smucker’s website) and sugar. That is a lot of sweetener. After looking at these labels I felt the need to continue my search.

Kraft Strawberry Jam was the next item in my search. The ingredients looked fairly straight forward. I can pronounce all the ingredients – which is a good thing. The citric acid is laboratory created substitute for lemon juice. I would have preferred to see lemon juice on the label, but after looking at Kraft compared to Smucker’s I know which of the two I would pick.

I went to Bonne Maman’s website and again, I can pronounce all of the ingredients and they do use lemon juice.

Please remember: If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If you don’t understand the ingredients, don’t eat it. And, if it contains high fructose corn syrup, don’t eat it.”

Dr. Wendy has some good points and I agree with her. However truth be told we buy what we can afford and what we want now, not what we want later, with a few exceptions. Also most consumers don’t look at the labels and consider the heath implications, we just trust the food companies. So I have defined most of those terms above for you. 聽Now you’ll know what’s in your Jam!

Some of you might purchase your Jams for the flavor and some might be Jam connoisseurs while others will be satisfied with a good old jar of Welch’s Concord Grape slapped on some Wonder Bread with Peanut Butter, either way you have a right to know what’s in the product you are putting into your body.

Definitions of Some Jam Ingredients

Fruit syrup – as a food ingredient is usually a concentrated juice from a less-expensive fruit (apple, pear, or pineapple) used to sweeten and extend the quantity of more expensive products. A typical use would be for an “‘all-fruit’ strawberry spread” to include apple juice, as well as strawberry.

Natural flavor聽–聽You can read the “Formal” definition if you want below. To make this easier to understand the term ‘natural flavor’ is used to describe added flavor to your product made from naturally occurring things such as tree bark, insects, animal parts (beaver anus glands).

The United States Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR 101.22, and 21 CFR 182.10) gives the following definition: “The term ‘natural flavor’ or ‘natural flavoring’ means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. Natural flavors include the natural essence or extractives obtained from plants listed in sections 182.10, 182.20, 182.40, and 182.50 and part 184 of this chapter, and the substances listed in section 172.510 of this chapter.” Frontier follows the CFR definition.

Meaning there has been a substance derived from what is considered a natural source, added to a product to enhance or add flavor.

Pectin聽– any of various water-soluble colloidal carbohydrates that occur in ripe fruit and vegetables; used in making fruit jellies and jams.聽Found in ripe fruits, such as apples, plums, and grapefruit.

There are different types of pectin and different chemical make ups. The main differences are fruit pectin made with dextrose as an ingredient (usually relying on sugar as an activator) or ‘all purpose’ fruit pectin that has no additional ingredients, often used for low or no sugar recipes but can be used for all purposes (this type usually relies on Calcium as an activator) if you are uncertain please read the ingredient label. 聽These different fruit pectin also have different processing聽procedures聽 聽You may find that some Jams or Jellies do not use pectin at all. Most聽marmalade’s will not have added pectin in them if they are processed over a long period of time. Thus allowing the natural pectin of the fruit to solidify the product.

  • At LunaGrown Jam we add聽pectin to our product, our pectin contains the following:聽100% pure citrus pectin, which is vegan, gluten free, and GMO free. There are no additives, preservatives,聽sugar, or dextrose. There are no corn or apple by-products.

There currently is no tested or approved USDA Certified Organic Pectin available. Meaning that no pectin is 100% organic. Please also note that not all pectin is gluten free. An important consideration for those avoiding gluten in their diets.

Lemon Juice – I guess the first question would be why? Well Lemon juice not only enhances the flavor of the jam by balancing the sweet with the bitter, but also assists in color retention. 聽(if you slice apples they turn brown, but if you sprinkle lemon juice on them they don’t). 聽If you are thinking that a jam containing Lemon juice happened because someone squeezed a lemon over the pot, you might be a bit dismayed to find out that isn’t how it works on a commercial scale. Also the acid from the fruit juice is used as a natural preservative.

Lemon Juice, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid :聽

Lemon Juice – 100% pure lemon juice, also聽containing聽Lemon oil and Potassium Metabisulfite.

Lemon Juice Concentrate –聽is a natural product obtained by partly evaporating the water from the freshly squeezed juice of naturally matured lemons. The juice is pasteurized and then concentrated and frozen.. It contains no artificial sweeteners or other additives.

Citric acid聽is a聽weak聽organic acid derived from citric fruits such as lemons, limes or oranges. It is a natural聽preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic, or聽sour, taste to foods and聽soft drinks. In聽biochemistry, the conjugate base of citric acid, citrate, is important as an intermediate in the聽citric acid cycle, and therefore occurs in the聽metabolism聽of virtually all聽living things. It is important to note that Citric Acid will not add a ‘lemony’ flavor as lemon juice will to some jams. 聽Even the slightest bit of lemon can become overpowering when working with certain fruits.

Sugars – Oh boy here we go! Pure Cane Sugar (made from sugar canes), will be the purest one can find (with the exception of organic and unprocessed, or Raw sugars) and it will say “Pure Cane Sugar” on the package. The term “Sugar” refers to all sugars that are not “Pure Cane” These would be mainly Beet sugar or Corn Sugar. There are slight molecular differences in the sugars that assist or don’t assist when making Jams and Jellies. Most people that make jam from home or small batch processors聽use聽Pure Cane Sugar.

There are many arguments against Corn Syrup or High Fructose Corn Syrup, one could spend hours doing research on this product. I will give you one fact about HFCS (and sadly what is becoming of Beet Sugar) it is a聽genetically聽modified product. Almost all聽commercially聽grown corn is these days (note this does not include popcorn, or corn from your local farmer usually). You may come to your own conclusions regarding HFCS and your diet.

The main reason for using different types of sugars in jams, boils down to the cost of the sweetener and the time consumed for it to reach it’s processing point. Pure cane sugar being the most expensive down to the High Fructose Corn Syrup being the least expensive, only to be pushed aside by juice concentrates (used for flavor and sweetening). So you get what you pay for. For more information about Sugar please follow this link to Myths and Facts: Sweetener Myths

So, that’s what is really in your jam! There is one difference worth mentioning. Large manufacturing companies fall under the FDA, small businesses such as home processors or state licensed also fall under state and local inspection codes. Meaning there are certain loop holes not allowed to us. Such as impurities that may or may not go into commercial products. Those of us that are Home or State Processors would lose our license if we were not聽meticulous聽in the聽cleanliness聽of our kitchens. Large corporations have considerable leeway. Please follow the link to find out what the FDA allows big business to put in your Jam. 聽FDA –Levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods

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Pectin The Wonder Nutrient

Pectin The Wonder Nutrient

Pectin in jam

Pectin The Wonder Nutrient

Pectin is abundantly contained in apples and citrus fruits. It can be used to produce jams and jelly.

Few people have attached great importance to this nutrient. This is because it聽plays a tiny role in nourishing the human body. According to medical research, it聽is known to slow the activity of enzymes that break down starches and sugar. The absorption of carbohydrates and sugars is slowed because of pectin’s fiber content; this helps prevent blood sugar spikes, which cause glucose intolerance, weight gain, and diabetes

Pectin聽can also lower the levels of cholesterol and improve the intestinal viscidity in our bodies. The improved viscidity can decrease the cholesterol of bile and food, which can further lower the cholesterol in our bodies. What’s more, it聽can effectively clean our body tissues. This is because pectin contains high fibers. The experts have already proved that the absorption of high fibers can help us decrease the chances of getting colon cancer and gastric cancer.

Pectin can be used to produce jams and jelly. During the production process, it聽is mainly employed to keep jelly and jam solid.

Many fruits contain pectin. Take apple as an example. An apple usually contains 1% to 1.5% of the nutrient. The medical research has found that irritable bowel syndrome can be effectively alleviated if the patients eat apples moderately every day.

In our daily life, we can also eat apples frequently to keep ourselves healthy. At present, many people like to store fruits in their refrigerators so as to keep the fruits fresh. Before we put the fruits in the refrigerators, we should add pectin powder to protect the freshness and nutrition of fruits.

Pectin may help promote healthy cholesterol levels, according to a study published in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” Livestrong

Nowadays, pectin can even be used to produce bread. Extracted from the dried skin of oranges, it聽can effectively increase the volume of bread, enhance the absorption to water and increase the weight of the dough. At the same time, it can improve the freshness, softness, and stability of the dough. In addition, it can also prolong the quality guarantee period of bread.

Many factors can affect the quality guarantee period. The most important factor is the crystallization of starch. The addition of pectin can adjust the softness of bread to prolong the quality guarantee period. It聽can also be used to produce towelettes for babies to protect their skin, woundplasts for normal people to accelerate the recovery of wounds and cosmetics for women to resist radiation caused by ultraviolet rays. It is also added into ink to prevent sedimentation.

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7 Truths You’ll Want to Know About Fruit Jams 馃攰

7 Truths You’ll Want to Know About Fruit Jams 馃攰

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Fruit Jams: Make Your Body Healthier

Knowledge is power. By knowing the truth about fruit jams you will be able聽to make positive, healthy decisions, and choices when it comes to your diet. The choices you make today for yourself and your family will define their eating habits for generations.

How can Jam make my body healthier? It’s loaded with sugar, and聽corn syrup聽and HFCS, and stuff I can’t even pronounce. All Jams are not created the same.聽Not聽all jams have the same amount of sugar, some don’t have corn syrup in them, nor do they all have HFCS.

Higher quality jam is not made with HFCS most use real Pure Cane Sugar. Many high-quality jams are GMO-free, gluten-free, loaded with fiber and may contain less sugar than conventional jams, jellies, and preserves.

Of course, there is the common sense approach that everything in moderation is the best way to go. Fresh fruit is always a healthy choice for you but trying to spread a whole apple across a piece of toast just isn’t the same as a nice teaspoon of fresh jam.

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There are many聽health benefits聽provided by fruit jams.

  1. Unlike butter, margarine, Nutella, and cheese, Jams do not contribute to the cholesterol and fat content of your body. Jam helps maintain a healthy weight when following recommended serving sizes.
  2. Pectin is a substance contained in all fruits. During the heating process of making jams, this substance gets modified. The modified pectin can help reduce your chance of developing cancer, as well as:聽Improve the health of hair, skin, and fingernails,聽decrease bone loss,聽reduce constipation and聽diverticulitis and聽help the body form red blood cells. (caution to those suffering from diverticulitis, seeds in jams may irritate this condition, please consult your doctor before consuming jams聽containing聽seeds.)
  3. Jams are rich in sugar and a great source of Energy and Fiber. They curb hunger, helping us to eat less and be satisfied without cravings (please note this is not the case when consuming Jam made with High Fructose Corn Syrup). By doing so they also reduce the risk聽of developing type 2 diabetes.
  4. Since they are high in calories, the weight loss seekers and those diagnosed with diabetes should use jams sparingly. For more information about Diabetes and your Diet please read Eating Well With Diabetes. 聽It is important that we know the Truths and the Myths regarding Sugar and how it affects our bodies.
  5. Jam made with chunks of healthy fruit can help reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and all other potential cardiovascular diseases.
  6. Jam has most of the health benefits of fruit, most notably, heart-healthy, cancer fighting antioxidant power. It can help聽reduce the risk of聽developing various cancers, particularly mouth, stomach, and colon-rectum cancer. In pregnant women, reduce risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
  7. Jam is a concentrated source of nutrition when made with fully ripened fruits.

Preparation of mixed fruit preserves generally聽involves the use of added pectin as a gelling agent, although most fruits contain a degree of pectin, added pectin helps ensure a nice gel and healthy shelf life.

There are various types of mixed fruit jams made globally.聽Fruit jam聽can be made from sweet or savory ingredients. Properly, the term mixed fruit jam refers to a product made with a blend of whole fruit, cut into pieces or crushed. The different fruits used in mixed fruit jam usually vary. Fruits are heated with water and sugar to activate the pectin in the fruit. The mixture is then put into containers. It comes in myriad varieties.

The nutritional value of today’s Jams is not 100% lost as they were when our grandmothers stood over a stove cooking down fruit for hours and聽inadvertently聽cooking out all the wonderful nutrients.

By adding聽sugar and pectin (depending on the type of pectin) some jams only have to cook at boiling for as little as ten minutes instead of two and a half hours. This helps retain the natural nutritional value of the fruit while ensuring shelf stability. This is why choosing a jam that utilizes fresh fruits, healthy ingredients and proper production is an important health decision.

Knowing that choosing the right fruit jam as a main staple in your life, and indulging in a health-conscious lifestyle will not only give you great peace of mind, but also a healthy happy future to embrace.

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