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Edible Aging Secrets from Natural Food Chefs

May 15, 2011 12:02PM ● By Summer Bethea

Katherine Harrold, of Chez Katherine's Fine Foods ( says, “Coconut oil, once thought to be our enemy, stimulates the metabolism, aids in weight loss, reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol. It can be used in place of other oils, butter, margarine or shortening to help release fat cells and improve digestion.

“Another food that has been very beneficial to me personally is pomegranate juice. I take two to four ounces a day, It is full of antioxidants and enzymes, is a wonderful anti-inflammatory food, aids digestion and reduces the risk of heart disease.”

Jeanette Prasifka, executive chef and owner of Crosby Catering & Coffee, (, says, “Berries of all hues are chocked full of antioxidants and vitamin C which help repair the damage done to our skin and bodies by free radicals. Fresh berries are now available year-round. By always keeping a bowl full of berries in your refrigerator, you will not only have a quick, healthy snack at your fingertips, you'll also be helping to keep your complexion looking smooth at the same time.

“With so many varieties to choose from: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, black and red grapes, strawberries, raspberries and even gogi berries, you can enjoy a different berry each season. Always eat your fresh berries plain without adding any additional sugar or sweeteners.”

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