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Occasionally, we'll post blog articles on the health aspects of our ingredients. Eating well for your body type should always be a priority. 


The father of medicine, Hippocrates once said "Let food be thy medicine". Sound advice indeed! It is hard to argue with, for if eating is essential to life, then correct eating is essential to the quality of that life. 

When speaking of medicine, then the role of food in healing is significant. None can be more so than mushrooms, as they contain some of the most powerful natural medicinal ingredients on the planet! What a pleasure, then, that eating mushrooms is nothing like taking medicine, as they are without a doubt a true culinary delight!

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Macadamia nuts are South Africa's pride and joy, as we are currently the worlds largest producer of these little balls of gold. Although originally hailing from Australian’s north east territories, macadamias are now grown all over the world where you would find tropical climates as climates such as this provide the ideal setting for these fast-growing trees. 

South Africa has a total of 3,700 acres under cultivation!Macadamias are by any measure hard nuts to crack! Indeed, they are considered to possess the world’s toughest shells. Did you know that commercial rollers must exert 21kg per square cm of the shell in order to cause them to crack without damaging the precious kernels. This means the most standard nut cracking tools simply would not do the job!  [read more]


Raw nuts are an excellent source of healthy fat, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber; contrary to popular belief, eating healthy fat actually helps you to lose weight. What is far more frequently the cause of weight gain is the excessive consumption of sugar and non-vegetable fiber carbs. 

What modern scientific studies are increasingly demonstrating is that a high-fat, moderate protein, and low-carb diet is one of the most effective ways to shed stubborn weight as it helps shift your body from burning sugar to burning fat as its primary fuel.

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The full scope of the benefits provided by Walnuts is astounding! They impact so many aspects of human health, well beyond the scope of what we hope to achieve in this brief article. We will therefore limit ourselves to highlighting what we at The Great Cape Trading Company believe to be some of the more salient benefits that go with regularly including walnuts in your diet.

Firstly, walnuts contain the highest levels of antioxidants of all nuts. To understand why this is relevant, one must begin by considering what the impact of having an excess of free radicals has on our health. 

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