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Is Internal 911 a Scam Supplement or Does It Work? – Review

Internal 911 is a colon cleansing/detoxification supplement sold by Phytage Labs… But is it any good and is it worth the money?

Is it possible that Internal 911 is just another scam that isn’t going to do anything for you?

In this review I’ll be answering all you need to know…

They call it the “emergency flush system” and say that it has “triple action” colon cleansing power to scrape the walls of your colon clean from waste and debris, but of course you can’t always believe what you hear or read online.

There is a good chance you came across this video presentation for this product…

video presentation

And if you didn’t that is okay. Basically the video presentation made Internal 911 sound like the greatest thing ever and to be honest, it raised my suspicion because it sounded too good to be true… a bit scammy.

The purpose of Internal 911 is to clean your colon, which is something that is often overlooked and is and underlying problem to many different health problems.

On the bottle of Internal 911 it says that it has the benefits of…

  • Detoxification
  • Energy restoration
  • Improved skin

And to be honest this is far from an exaggeration. In fact, colon cleansing can be incredibly important and can provide a heck of a lot more benefits than just that.

Why Is This Important?

The colon is the large intestine, which has the function of absorbing water, minerals, vitamins etc.

Over time the walls of the colon can become encrusted with waste, which can seriously hinder nutrient absorption and also slow down digestion. This can lead to a lack of nutrients as well as energy, which can lead to a number of other problems.

There are a lot of people out there that probably feel sluggish and unhealthy throughout the day, thinking that they are just getting old, when in reality much of this problem can be attributed to an unclean colon.

So yes, keeping your colon clean can be incredibly important, and this is more true when you get older and your body starts to slow down.

But anyways…. Yeah it is important, but is Internal 911 actually a good supplement to do the job? Let’s find out…

Internal 911 Review

  • Name: Internal 911
  • Product Type: Natural cleansing/detox supplement
  • Manufacturer: Phytage Labs
  • Recommended?: Somewhat, more on this
  • Where to Buy: Official Website Here

As you already know, Internal 911 is a cleansing/detoxification supplement that is sold by Phytage Labs, who I am familiar with because I have also reviewed other products by them such as Eagle Eye 911 and Tinnitus 911. All of their products are 100% natural, so I knew what to expect when I first started looking into this one.

Overall Internal 911 isn’t that bad and definitely does have potential to get the job done, but I do question its effectiveness and you will see why.

Do The Ingredients Actually Work?

Internal 911 Ingredients

Psyllium – This is a great source of soluble fiber, which is the type of fiber that absorbes water and turns into a soft gel-like substance when doing so. It helps prevent diarrhea and keeps stools soft. It is widely used for cleansing the colon and is also considered a laxative, which can help with constipation.

It’s also worth noting that this might be one of the most safe oral laxatives out there.

Black Walnut – The outer covering of the nut from black walnut trees are used to treat parasitic worm infections. This has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and besides helping get rid of parasitic infections that could be sucking prescious nutrition out of your digestion, it is also a well known laxative.

According to ParasiteTesting.com, black walnut husk helps to oxygenate your blood which then helps kill off parasites.

Bentonite Clay – This is another commonly found ingredient in cleans and detox products and is also used for skin care among other things. The reason it is so good for cleaning/detoxing is because it absorbs toxins, heavy metals, impurities, etc and makes it easy for your body to get rid of them.

According to some sources it can also help restore a healthy balance of bacteria in your guy, killing off bad baceria and promoting the growth of good bacteria.

I know it may sound weird, and maybe even harmful, to eat clay, but the amount included in this supplement is nothing to worry about by any means.

Oat Bran – Oat bran is another good healthy source of soluble fiber, which is good for restoring healthy bowel movements, which is the reason you may have seen it included in many cleanse/detox supplements out there. It is made from the inner husk part of whole oat grains. In addition to this it is also a good source of antioxidants, which are good for overall health in general.

Apple PectinPectin is a type of soluble fiber that is found in fruits, and in this particular case it comes from apples. Yet another good source of soluble fiber to help soften stools if constipated and absorb water if you have diarrhea.

And then some more ingredients, some of which I’m sure you have heard of before, that are included in Internal 911 are…

  • Flaxseed
  • Prune
  • Aloe Vera
  • L. Acidophilus
  • Glucomannan Powder

Will This Formula Actually Work?

There is no doubt that these ingredients are good for digestion and could help with a number of problems. Pretty much no matter what type of problem you are expriencing, these could help restore normal bowel movements as well as cleanse your colon even if you are having normal bowel movements.

They are pretty well known to help cleanse and support health digestion.

HOWEVER, there really isn’t that much to this supplement. The entire blend consists of 1500mg.

If you take an apple, for example, 1 cup of sliced apple contains about 654mg of pectin according to LiveStrong.com. And I’m sure many of you reading this already consume apples on a regular basis and get much more pectin than this supplement will provide you with.

That said, you are getting psyllium, black walnut, bentonite clay and oat bran which most people don’t consume on a daily basis, and maybe have never even had. 

So there is definitely some potential benefit from taking this, but the amount it will help is questionable.

*It’s also worth mentioning that the wide variety of ingredients here has the potential to work from a number of different angles.

Side Effects

One of the great things about a natural supplement such as this is that there are no side effects that you have to worry about. None of the ingredients are dosed too high and you should have no problem.

But of course it is always recommended that you consult with a doctor first.

The Cost

The price you pay per bottle depends on how many bottles you purchase, as you can see…

  • 1 bottle – $69.95
  • 2 bottles – $59.95/bottle
  • 4 bottles – $49.95/bottle
  • 6 bottles – $39.95/bottle

How long do you have to take it?

They say that you should take this supplement for at least 7 days to start noticing positive effects. However, this is the type of supplement you might want to take for months on months at a time.

It all depends on the person. Some people may need to be pretty much constantly cleansing/detoxing their body to help keep in tip top shape, while others’ bodies may do the job perfectly fine on their own.

What I Like/ Don’t Like About It

What I Like

  • Natural
  • No Side effects
  • Wide variety of ingredients; can help from many angles
  • Tackles an important problem that most people don’t know they have (an unclean colon)

What I Don’t Like

  • Amount of each specific ingredient is not listed
  • Dose is small per serving
  • Expensive

Conclusion – Worth The Price or Not?

Well first off, Internal 911 is definitely not a scam. The marketing around this product may be a little bit over-hyped, but I don’t see any reason to call it a scam. The ingredients that it includes are natural, known to work and won’t give you any bad side effects.

But is it worth buying? This is an entirely different questions and the answer is that… Well… It might be.

The thing about cleansing your colon and detoxification is that it is hard to know when it needs done. You might be feeling sluggish because you need a cleanse/detox or you might be feeling sluggish because of allergies or something like that. It is hard to say for certain, but it could very well be worth a try.

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful at the very least. If interested, you can purchase Internal 911 on the official website here

Please leave any comments or questions down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Digestive Freedom PLUS scam

Is Digestive Freedom Plus a Scam? – What You Should Know

Is Digestive Freedom Plus really as good as people are claiming it is? Is it really the cure to just about any digestive issue? Or is this all a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money?

It seems that everyone out there is claiming that this product is amazing. I've read through several reviews and most of them have nothing bad to say.

However, doesn't it sound a little bit too good to be true?

Anyways… I thought it did so I decided to do a little more research and find out whether or not Digestive Freedom Plus really is as good as people were saying.

In this review I'll be going over what exactly Digestive Freedom Plus is, the ingredients and whether or not they actually work, complaints and more.

If you are thinking about buying this supplement, you are definitely going to want to read this over first.

But before I get into the review, I first want to go over the sales pitch that I came across for this product and some red flags I noticed, which made me suspicious that it might be a scam.

The Sales Pitch:

There are probably a bunch of different promotional materials out there, but what I came across had a headline which I took a screenshot of here…

Digestive Freedom Plus Sales Pitch

In the sales pitch they tell you that some "renegade" doctor discovered some new remedy for the entire digestive system.

You are told that antacids, laxatives, fiber… that none of this works. HOWEVER, I beg to differ. All 3... antacids, laxatives, and fiber are well proven to work and can be extremely helpful for a number of digestive issues.

Are they going to work for every single digestive issue out there? Of course not, but they definitely DO WORK, contrary to what they tell you in the sales pitch.

The sales pitch then goes on to claim that there are 4 lies that are preventing your stomach problems from getting better…

Digestive Freedom Plus Sales Pitch
  • Lie 1 - "Heartburn is caused by too much acid in your stomach"
  • Lie 2 - "Fiber and laxatives are good for constipation"
  • Lie 3 - "A good probiotic will solve your digestive problems"
  • Lie 4 - "Your digestive problems are because you don't watch what you eat"

But are these really lies?

Again... This is misleading.

These are definitely NOT lies as they tell you.

Basically what this sales pitch is doing is trying to make you believe that the entire medical establishment is out to get you. They are painting the medical establishment as the bad guys and of course they (Patriot Health Alliance which is the company behind this product) are the good guys.

They try to prove that these are 4 "lies" by citing some research studies that appear to suggest such… HOWEVER, it is very easy to find information online that would prove these are not lies as well.

You always find varying information. One research study may suggest that heartburn is caused by too much of stomach acid, while another may suggest otherwise.

In the sales pitch they are taking advantage of this and acting as if you are being lied to, which is simply not true.

Other Red Flags:

Some other red flags that I came across in the sales pitch include the fact that the testimonial images they show are not real, meaning they are not the people who they claim they are.

For example: The woman pictured below is supposedly named "Cindy G". And supposedly her "acid reflux… has improved". However... As you can see below I was able to find that the image they use for her is not actually her. It is a stock photo that anyone can purchase and use online…

And this testimonial image is also a fake. I was able to find it on some random website as you can see here…

testimonial

* By the way, I was able to find this out by doing a reverse Google image search, not that it's important.

But anyways… Let's get on to the review. Sure, there are some red flags in the sales pitch that make me a bit suspicious, but this definitely does not mean it is a scam.

Digestive Freedom Plus Review

  • Name: Digestive Freedom Plus
  • Type: Digestive aid supplement
  • Manufacturer: Patriot Health Alliance
  • Recommended?: Somewhat. More on this.
  • Where to Buy: Click Here

Digestive Freedom Plus is a digestive aid supplement, mainly for people over the age of 50. It it is promoted as "not a one trick pony" and can...

  • Help your body digest food
  • Help get your bowels moving
  • Help promote healthy gut bacteria
  • And more

... which can lead to higher energy levels and overall better health.

Although I was suspicious beforehand, and the sales pitch made me more suspicious, this supplement seems to decent. It attacks digestive problems from multiple angles and definitely has some potential.

The company behind it, Patriot Health Alliance, is located in Nashville Tennessee and supposedly donates a portion of their earnings to aid our troops and veterans. They also make the popular Patriot Power Greens as well as Patriot Flex

Do The Ingredients Really Work?

So obviously if we want to find out if the supplement actually works, we have to take a look at the ingredients that are in it.

  • Angelica
    • Claim - Good for constipation
    • I was able to find information backing up this claim. Apparently this herb has been used for medicinal reasons for thousands of years.
    • According to WebMD it is also used for treating heartburn, flatulence, and thing very different such as arthritis, insomnia and more.
  • Peppermint
    • Claim - Stops gas and bloating
    • This is also true. Peppermint has a known soothing effect and is even used by people suffering from IBS. It can sooth inflammation and lessen problems such as gas and bloating.
    • There is a good 2016 study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences that found peppermint to provide safe and rapid relief of IBS symptoms.
  • Milk Thistle
    • Claim  - Stops heartburn
    • While there is a lack of evidence, milk thistle has been used as a traditional medicine for treating things like heartburn for many years. 
  • Curcumin
    • Claim - Fights free radicals that can lead to diarrhea and constipation
    • This is an ingredient that I am very familiar with. It comes from turmeric which has grown increasingly popular for health reasons. Curcumin is high in antioxidants that fight off free radicals.
  • Marshmallow Root
    • Claim - Soothes digestive tract
    • This can sooth irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract.
    • A 2010 study in Journal of Ethnopharmacology provided evidence backing its traditional use of treating irritated mucous membranes.
  • Caraway
    • Claim - Stops bloating
    • This is used for everything from heartburn, bloating, gas, stomach cramps and more. It is even used in mouthwashes and likely can help with IBS symptoms. The use of this dates back thousands of years in traditional Persian medicine.

And the following ingredients also have proven benefits. I'm not going to go into detail on all of them, but you are more than welcome to look them up for yourself.

  • Lemon Balm
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile
  • Gentian
  • Fennel
  • Iberis Amara
  • Licorice

Proven Ingredients? Yes

However, I will still say that I do think this product is "over-hyped" a bit. Yes, many of the ingredients are "proven" but there is also a lack of hard scientific evidence backing some of the claims.

Also... there is a problem.

The Problem:

One of the problems that I see with this supplement, which I think you should know, is the fact that they do not state the amount of each ingredient included. They simply state that it contains a "proprietary blend".

Digestive Freedom PLUS Ingredients

This is a pretty big deal because, while many of these ingredients "can" be effective, they need to be taken at the right dosage.

Hopefully we can trust the manufacturer to put in the right amounts of each ingredient.

Also, this "proprietary blend" thing is something that you see quite often. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are trying to hide information from customers. Often times they just don't want to reveal their "secret formula" because then other companies can copy it.

What I Like About Digestive Freedom Plus

No Side Effects

One of the big upsides to a product like this is that it is 100% natural and is very unlikely to produce any negative side effects. Now of course it is always recommended that you consult with your doctor, but generally speaking the majority of people are not going to have any problem taking this.

Also, they made sure not to include things that commonly cause allergies. There is…

  • No gluten
  • No diary
  • No wheat
  • No soy
  • No egg
  • No fish
  • No shellfish
  • No nuts
  • No artificial ingredients or dyes

Very Easy to Take

Another upside is that Digestive Freedom Plus is extremely easy to take. It comes in a dropper bottle and you can easily add a few drops to a glass of water, some juice, and so on. Or you can put the drops on your tongue directly.

You don't have to worry about swallowing large pills or anything like that, which I know many people have trouble with.

Attacks Problems from Multiple Angles

This supplement attacks digestive issues from many different angles, which is the reason it is "not a one trick pony" as they say. It has many ingredients that can benefit the digestive system in many ways.

It could provide relief to someone who has constipation, someone who has diarrhea, someone who has acid reflux, etc. Now of course there is no guarantee that it is going to work for you, but it could very well be possible.

The Cost

The cost depends on how many bottles you buy. Right now you can buy one bottle for $49.95 or they also have a special going where you can buy 5 bottles for $149, which is obviously the better deal...

Digestive Freedom PLUS checkout page

But who knows… This could just be a marketing stunt.

200% Money-back Guarantee

They claim to offer a whopping 200% money back guarantee. Yes, a 200% moneyback guarantee!

How is this even possible? I have no idea.

I guess they must really believe in their product or else they make it very difficult for you to get your money back. They state on the website that in order to get a 200% moneyback guarantee you have to mail back the unused bottles and send a one page note explaining why you want your money back.

Conclusion - Scam or Not?

Digestive Freedom Plus is not a scam the way I see it. While the promotional material out there is a little bit "over-hyped" and makes it seem like the greatest thing that has ever blessed this earth, it definitely does have potential to treat a variety of digestive issues.

I still have concerns with the fact that the amounts of each ingredient are not listed, but like I said, hopefully you can trust the company behind it.

If you do want to purchase Digestive Freedom Plus you can do so on the official website here.

You should also know that there may be cheaper alternative digestion aids. Amazon is a good place to find other options.

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Nettle Root for Testosterone

Nettle Root for Testosterone – Scam or Does It Actually Work?

Is taking nettle root for testosterone effective? Or is this just another un-backed claim that is going to be a waste of your money?

Lets find out…

Nettle is often called "stinging nettle" because, well, it stings. It belongs to the Urticaceae family which has other members that sting as well. As far as its history goes, it has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back to at least the 10th century where it is one of the nine plants in the pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm.

But nowadays it has many different uses, one of them being a way to increase testosterone levels, which of course is the focus of this article.

Every part of the nettle plant is consumed for one reason or another... the roots, leaves, and stem. It is commonly sold in capsules and also sold as dried leaves which can easily be made into tea.

Testosterone:

Testosterone is a sex hormone that is produced in both men and women. Yes, testosterone is also produced in women, just not as much as it is in men.

This hormone is most well-known for regulating sexual behavior and for helping increase muscle mass. Professional bodybuilders and other athletes that are required to pack on muscle often inject themselves with steroids that boost testosterone levels.

However, besides that this hormone is important for a number of other reasons, such as that it affects the mood and boosts energy.

But unfortunately levels drop as we age. This is just part of the natural aging process. And the side effects are not pretty… less energy, less ability to perform in a number of ways, etc. 

Nettle's Affect on Testosterone

It Doesn't Look Good for humans...

If you are a member of the human species looking to boost your testosterone with nettle root, unfortunately things aren't looking too good.

A study published in the Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy of 558 patients focused on prostate health, but also measured testosterone in the process. The study lasted for 6 months in which patients took 120 mg of nettle 3 times per day. While the nettle supplementation did show positive effects on prostate health, which was the focus of the study, testosterone levels went "unchanged".

And another study published in Urologiia (Russian Journal) showed the same type of results. In this study patients took 120 mg 2 times a day for 48 weeks and this resulted in no effect on testosterone levels.

In the one study people supplemented nettle for 6 months and in the other study they supplemented it for 48 weeks… With no effect shown on testosterone in either… Not good.

However, there is still hope.

If you're a rat there might be some hope...

Most people reading this probably are humans and not rats, but I can't be completely certain. If you are a rat, you might be in luck.

Nettle seems to prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in rats. The reason this is important is because it means an increase in free testosterone that is moving around in the body and is readily available.

It is thought that it accomplishes this feat by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase, but all of this is largely based on theory.

And in theory it still seems that it could potentially increase test levels in humans althought tests have come back negative.

DHT occurs naturally and is thought to be a main cause of male pattern baldness and prostate tissue growth. This all makes sense because, in the study above that was conducted with 558 patients, nettle was shown to be able to reduce the size of the prostate.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that there is no good evidence showing that nettle root increases testosterone in humans… or any animal, although from the looks of it might be a little bit more promising if you are a rat.

The rat study that has propelled this whole nettle testosterone boosting myth forward wasn't even focused on measuring nettle's effect on test and is not a good study to reference.

There is no debate going on… The stuff does not boost testosterone. There is no good evidence and because of that there is no debate.

ALSO, all of the studies have been performed used extracts and the leaves of the nettle plant, not the roots. I was not able to find any specifically using roots to test it's effectiveness. There likely is some carryover and similar benefits but you never know for sure.

Is It Good for Anything?

There are many reported benefits to consuming nettle. These include things like…

  • May decrease inflammation
  • Shown to be at least somewhat effective at treating benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • May lower blood pressure
  • May be beneficial as a respiratory aid
  • May help protect body against irritants in the environment

But as you can see there is a lot of the use of "may" (do this) and "may" (do that). The benefits are understudied and there is much room for more research.

Adding It To Your Diet

If you are going to add it to your diet there are a variety of ways to go about doing so.

You can buy nettle in a variety of different forms, such as in capsules, raw leaves, and extract.

Raw leaves can be steeped in hot water to make tea or cooked into soups/stews. Capsules can be consumed at any time easily and extract can be mixed in with drinks or dripped onto the tongue for consumption.

Dosage:

There doesn't seem to be any standard dosage.

Based on the suggested serving sizes for products available on the market, it can range a great deal.

I have seen softgel capsules that suggest anywhere from 300 mg to 900 mg per day, raw nettle leaf products that suggest adding 1 teaspoon per cup of water when making tea, and leaf extract that is not comparable to the other forms.

Potential Side Effects

Nettle root is generally safe when consumed.

However, if you are handling the raw plant you might want to be careful. As mentioned earlier, it is called "stinging nettle" for a reason. On the underside of the leaves there are tiny barbs that can prick the skin. This causes different chemicals to be injected and may result in rashes, bumps, hives etc.

That said, even if this does happen it likely will not be anything to concerning, although it could potentially cause a severe allergic reaction.

Worth a Try?

There is no way that it is worth a try if you are looking to boost testosterone. Sure, there are benefits, as there are with any food, but boosting testosterone is not one of them.

This seems to be another case of an "ancient herb" that has been over-hyped by various companies just looking to turn a profit.

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The 7 Day Vegan Challenge

What Is The 7 Day Vegan Challenge? – Read Before Starting

If you’ve been looking into going vegan or just veganism in general, you may have come across The 7 Day Vegan Challenge.

But what is The 7 Day Vegan Challenge? What is it, how does it work, what’s the point, what are its benefits…??

These are all important questions that should be answered before getting into it, and in this short post I’m going to tell you all you need to know about this challenge.

It’s completely free to do and just takes a little bit of willpower on your part.

What Is It Exactly?

Well first let me point out that there are many different variations to this challenge. But, on the official website (7dayvegan.com) it is described as a “easy challenge for the planet, for compassion, for your health”, but of course that really doesn’t tell you much.

In a nutshell, The 7 Day Vegan Challenge is a fun and easy way to get into veganism. Becoming a vegan is often seen as being complicated and overall just too darn difficult to do. This challenge is a simple way to immerse yourself with an all vegan diet.

But you may be wondering, what’s the point of all this? Why create a challenge around becoming a vegan?

What’s The Point?

There our a lot of different points to going vegan. Everyone has their own reasons, but generally speaking it seems that there are 3 main reasons that people decide to go this route… Environmental reasons, for better health, and for the love of animals. 

  • Environmental Reasons – There are lots of ways veganism is good for the planet. One of the most notable being that you aren’t supporting the ridiculous amount of cattle being raised throughout the world for beef. Cows produce a greenhouse gas called methane that is actually more of a problem than carbon dioxide and is increasingly a concern in the fight against global warming.
  • For Better Health – Veganism isn’t necessarily healthier than regular eating, but generally speaking it is. Vegan diets are associated with lower levels of diabetes, heart problems, some forms of cancer, obesity and more. You just need to make sure you eat a well-balanced vegan diet.
  • Love of Animals – And then of course a lot of people go vegan because they are animal lovers. Cows, pigs, chickens, goats… they all have feelings. Sure, some animals’ brains are a lot more ‘evolved’ and the pain can have a bigger impact on some, but pain is still pain. There is no doubt that (especially in the US) livestock is grossly mistreated. Factory farms offer animals little to no space to even move around before getting killed and sold for their meat. When you go vegan you obviously aren’t eating animals or contributing to their mistreatment.

For many people veganism is more than just a diet, it is a lifestyle. However, with this challenge, it is only about your diet. You do not have to change your entire lifestyle around. This is good because it is intended to give beginners an easy way to get started. A way that isn’t too intimidating.

The challenge part of it all is to spread awareness.

How It Works Is Simple

So how does the challenge work?

Well… It’s pretty simple. For the most part you just simply do not eat any meat, poultry, seafood, dairy or eggs for 7 days in a row.

Simple as that!

And yes… They don’t want you to be eating any eggs. I know this is a bit of a controversial topic amongst vegans, some eat eggs and some don’t. But here, for this challenge, eggs are not to be eaten.

It’s a Challenge

And besides the eating part you are also supposed add your name to the list of challengers and to announce this challenge to your friends, to get as many people to do it as possible. This is what makes it more of a challenge and a little more fun to do.

You can add your name to the list of challengers here.

Should You Stop Wearing Leather Shoes and Sell That Leather Purse/Wallet?

As mentioned above, this challenge is only dealing with a vegan diet. It is nothing too crazy and you don’t have to stop buying leather products and other animal based things, although you should still think about it.

How Do The Challenge Without Killing Yourself

It is no secret that being a vegan makes it more difficult to get a well-rounded meal. While a lot more restaurants and stores are starting to accommodate for vegan diets, it still can be a pain, especially when it comes to getting good sources of protein.

And… As we all know… Protein is absolutely essential for living.

So to help you out, if you do think you’re going to give the challenge a try, below is a list of some good protein sources that you will be able to eat…

  • Legumes – These include chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, black-eyed peas and more. They are excellent sources of protein and can be used in many different tasty dishes.
  • Chia seeds and flax seed – Throw em in a smoothie, in yogurt, bake them into bread, etc. These seeds are good sources of well balanced protein.
  • Quinoa – Quinoa is a great source of protein because you can make tons of different dishes with this as the base ingredient. It can be used as somewhat of a rice substitute, and is higher in protein.
  • Spinach – Pop-eye was a strong mean, but spinach might not have as much protein as you would think after seeing a picture of him. That said, it is still a good and healthy source.
  • Peanut and almond butter – Do you like PB & J sandwiches? Then you are in luck. Peanut butter as well as almond butter provide good amounts of protein. Almond butter is going to be the healthier choice of the two.
  • Seeds and Nuts – I know I already talked about some seed and nut foods. Both seeds and nuts (think pumkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, etc) are generally very high in protein… and they make for a nice snack.
  • Seitan – Made from cooked wheat gluten, this high protein source is popular among vegans and vegetarieans alike.
  • Tofu – This is often used as a meat substitute in many dishes. It provides a whole source of protein and is made from bean curds.

Meal Plans:

There are also a lot of meal plans out there to help you get through the challenge. If you don’t feel like coming up with your own meals multiple times a day, then following a simple meal plan makes things a lot more easy.

There is a list of a bunch of different recipes you can take a look at on the main website here.

Also, there are 3rd party sites that have some good meal plans as well. There is a pretty tasty looking 7 day meal plan on eatingwell.com that you can use for this challenge if you want to lose some weight in the process.

You can also Google vegan meal plans and you will find tons of good results.

Conclusion

Just to reiterate, The 7 Day Vegan Challenge is a free challenge that was created to help people go vegan and spread vegan awareness. It is simple, easy to follow, and makes things a little bit more fun so that you don’t end up quitting after only a couple days. Participants are encouraged to spread the word and get others to join.

So if you were ever thinking about going vegan but didn’t really feel like it, now is the time. Take the challenge and see how you like it. After all, it is only 7 days.

Hemp Plant and CBD Molecule

CBD Oil for Toenail Fungus – Cure or Waste of Money?

Is CBD oil worth giving a try when it comes to fighting off toenail fungus? Could this be a miracle cure? Or is it something that is just going to be a waste of time and money?

CBD oil has been on an absolute surge of popularity recently. More and more scientific studies are being published showing the many benefits of this incredible compound and is being used for everything from epilepsy, to depression, anxiety, inflammation, pain relief, appetite, memory, acne and so on… So why not for toenail fungus as well?

Well… Unfortunately this is probably not the best choice to fight off that nasty unwanted fungus that has been plaguing your toenails. While it may be somewhat effective, at this point it is still a gamble and you will understand what I mean by this in a bit.

What is CBD oil in the first place?

Lets first start off by discussing what exactly CBD oil is. In a nutshell, it is a strong extract from the cannabis sativa plant. It can be extracted from either the marijuana or the hemp plants, because both are in the same species, but is usually taken from hemp plants since they are less modified.

CBD is just one of over 100 cannabidoids in cannabis. Some other popular ones you may have heard of include THC, CBG, CBC and CBN. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes the "high", yet CBD is non-psychoactive and you don't have to worry about anything like that.

Antimicrobial properties

While doing research into the antimicrobial powers of the cannabis plant, I read an interesting article that brought up the point of how the plant is often referred to as "weed" due to its ability to grow rapidly and very easily, which is at least in part due to its resistance to microbes such as bacteria, fungi, etc.

Compare this two bamboo for example, which is the fastest growing plant on earth and is well known to have strong antimicrobial properties.

And when it comes to the resistance against microbes that the cannabis plant presents, there is scientific proof to back up such claims. For example, as an antibacterial it has been shown to even be effective against antibiotic resistant MRSA.

However, there is a problem…

The problem with this theory

While the cannabis plant in all of its entirety may hold some very strong antimicrobial properties, and antifungal properties in particular, there are so many different compounds in the plant that you cannot simply attribute them to the CBD cannabinoid just for the heck of it.

In fact, according to an article in the British Journal of Pharmacology CBG and CBC have been proven to be mildly antifungal, yet there was no information regarding CBD's antifungal properties.

Limited Info

The bottom line here is that when it comes to the effects of CBD on fungal infections, there is limited information.

It could very well be true that CBD oil is effective at treating such infections, such as those dealing with the nails, but there just isn't enough proof as of yet.

That said, 

it can generally be said that cannabinoid compounds do show antifungal activity.

Alternative approachs

However, there is still some promise that CBD oil could potentially be a cure due to its immune system boosting ability.

Boosts Immune System

Well… When I say "immune system boosting" is actually quite the opposite. In fact, CBD has actually been shown to suppress the immune system.

However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It sounds like it would be the opposite of what you want, but often times unwanted conditions are the result of an overactive immune system, an immune system doing too much and attacking your own body.

Worth giving a try?

May be in the future this will be a recommendation for treating nail fungus, but as of now I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are very desperate and have tried just about everything else. The fact of the matter is that there just hasn't been enough research into it to show whether or not it is effective.

Out of all the information I could find, there was only one article I came across that reported some patient getting rid of nail fungus with cannabis oil, but could be due to the other cannabinoids it contains, like CBG and CBC which are known to have some antifungal effects. But even these cannabinoids are very understudied and not well proven for such treatments.

My best recommendation at this point would be to use something that has been well proven for its effectiveness against nail fungal infections, like Emuaid MAX.

Is Hemp Oil a Scam

Is Hemp Oil a Scam? – What You Should Know

Hemp oil is becoming increasingly popular across the world for a variety of reasons, mainly due to the said health benefits of consuming this oil. But is it all hype? Is hemp oil a scam… Just another overhyped fad?

With all the new hemp oil products coming out onto market, many of which are extremely overpriced, these questions are perfectly logical to ask.

That said, hemp oil is definitely not a scam. There are many scientifically proven benefits to consuming hemp oil, some of which I will discuss. Sure, there may be somewhat “scammy” products out there that are capitalizing on all the popularity of these products and charging much more than they should be, but hemp oil itself is in no way a scam.

What Is Hemp Oil Exactly?

Hemp oil is exactly what it sounds like… Oil that comes from the hemp plant, which is the same species as cannabis sativa, a.k.a. marijuana.

There is a lot of misinformation out there but based on what I have found after digging around, hemp and marijuana plants are the same except for the difference in levels of THC, which is the psychoactive drug of marijuana. Hemp plans have low in significant levels that if consumed, would be completely unnoticeable.

It is also important to distinguish between the different types of hemp oil. There is regular old hemp oil and then there is hemp seed oil. These oils are coldpressed out of the plant, the hemp seed oil coming from cold pressing the seeds and the hemp oil coming from cold pressing the stalks.

Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are terms that are used interchangeably. For example you may see a product that says hemp oil, but it may really be hemp seed oil. It can be difficult knowing what you are really getting at times.

What Is In Hemp Oil That Is So Special?

Okay… So what is all the hype about? Why is hemp oil becoming so popular? Is it really that good for your health?

Well, yes it is… It’s pretty good for your health. Hemp oil’s contents contain a lot, including essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytochemicals, and more.

If you look up the health benefits of hemp oil on Google you will likely find a lot of information about the essential fatty acids (EFA’s) that it contains, which include omega 6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are considered “essential” because your body cannot synthesize them on its own and they need to be included in your diet.

There is a long list of different health benefits that EFA’s have, but here are just a few…

  • A healthier heart – EFA’s have shown to improve blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels. Taking adequate doses is assosiated with decreases in hypertension, heart disease, and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Better skin, hair & nails – EFA’s are important for the cell membrane of your skin and other cells. They also help produce the oil barrier of the skin. This is important for skin hydration and gives your skin that “plump” healthy look according to WebMD.
  • Less inflammation – A 2006 study compared the anti-inflammatory effects of the omega 3 fatty acid to that of common NSAIDs, like ibuprofen for example, and found that its effects are comparable, making it a healthier and safer alternative for reducing inflammation. It has even been shown to help treat severe cases of inflammation such as those associated with arthritis.

But why hemp oil? After all, there are many other sources that you can get your EFA’s from. Well… Not all sources or equally as good. Take flaxseed oil for example. This is commonly consumed for essential fatty acids by health enthusiasts, but may not be the best choice. Why? Because flaxseed oil can lead to an imbalance in essential fatty acids whereas hemp oil can be taken continuously without any such imbalance occurring.

Other Benefits:

Everything discussed above is a benefit of consuming the essential fatty acids that hemp oil provides. But besides this, there are also many benefits from its other contents, which include…

  • Vitamin B1 – Vitamin B1, a.k.a. thiamine, has been shown to have a number of benefits including boosting energy production, slowing the aging process due to its antioxidant effect, helping with digestion, and even improving memory.
  • Vitamin B2 – Aka riboflavin, also aids in digestion and is known to help improve energy levels by playing a role in producing ATP from carbohydrates.
  • Vitamin B6 – Aka pyridoxine, supports healthy skin, also helps improve memory, plays a role in detoxification, supports healthy eyes, and has anti-inflammatory properties among many others.
  • Vitamin D – This is very important if you want strong healthy bones. Vitamin D is involved in the regulation of calcium, which we all know is needed for strong bones.
  • Vitamin E – Among the many health benefits that vitamin E has, its antioxidant properties are some of the most notable. As an antioxidant it helps fight off free radicals that damage cells and speed up the aging process.
  • Iron – Iron has a broad range of benefits including boosting the immune system, helping oxygen circulation in the blood, treating anemia, improving brain function, etc.
  • Zinc – Zinc it is important for normal growth, can help speed up the healing of wounds, boost the immune system, and is important for hair health.
  • Calcium – Going along with vitamin D, we all know that calcium is very important for the health of our skeletal structure.
  • Magnesium – Magnesium actually improves calcium absorption, which means it is good for bone health, and also has been shown to help with diabetes as well as to relieve anxiety.
  • Chlorophyll – Chlorophyll is a phytochemical that is responsible for absorbing light during the photosynthesis of plants. It has tons of different health benefits including skin healing benefits, reducing inflammation, detoxification, weight loss, and has even been shown to help prevent diseases as extreme as cancer. Moringa, which I talk about a lot on this site, is another good source of this.

Scam?? Definitely Not

So as I said, hemp oil is definitely no scam. The oil itself has a lot of benefits, many of which there has been extensive scientific research on as proof.

The only scammy part about hemp oil is how it is marketed. It is often overhyped and its health benefits are often exaggerated to make it seem better than it really is.

So if you are going to buy hemp oil just make sure you are getting a good price for it. On the flipside however, you don’t want to buy the cheapest stuff out there because it likely isn’t as good as the better quality more expensive oil. Everything affects the quality of the hemp oil, from how the hemp plants are grown to how the hemp oil is extracted, and how it is packaged up and sold. So what you want to do is try to find a happy medium between price and quality. You want to pay the lowest price for the best quality of course.

Please leave any questions, comments, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found it helpful.

Coconut Oil for Blood Sugar – Will It Actually Help?

Coconut Oil For Blood Sugar

Coconut oil seems to be used for an increasing number of things these days. We see it in lotions, conditioners, soaps, people added to their cups of coffee and some even in just a spoonful of it plain. It is known to have a lot of health benefits but can you really take coconut oil for blood sugar? Will it help?

In this article I am reviewing that possibility. There is a lot of information out there on the topic, both for and against it, so I’m going to try to sift through it all and tell you what you need to know.

What’s All The Hype About?

The reason coconut oil gets much of its attention is due to the medium-chain triglycerides, or MCT’s, that it contains. These MCT’s have fatty acid tails hanging off of their structures, and we all have heard about the health benefits of fatty acids.

If you do additional research on coconut oil you are bound to come across articles talking about these MCT’s and how amazing they are. However, while there is scientific evidence showing that they are beneficial for blood sugar, there is more research needed.

Show Me The Proof

One study that was published in 2009 showed MCT’s can help balance out blood sugar levels. They were shown to combat insulin resistance, which if you have type II diabetes you are well aware that insulin resistance is a big cause for excess weight which leads to diabetes.

And there is more where that came from. A 2016 study showed it successful in suppressing body fat accumulation, insulin resistance, and inflammation.

And yet another study showed that it can raise HDL cholesterol, which is often referred to as the “good cholesterol”.

There was even a study conducted in 2008 that tested coconut oil’s versus olive oil’s potential aid with weight loss. To sum it up, they were testing out two different weight loss diets to see which was better. The results of the study showed a big difference and the MCT’s, such as coconut oil, leading to a higher amount of weight lost.

Oh no… What is this?…

And just when you thought that you are good to go, that coconut oil was the answer… There is another study I came across that showed greater fat buildup and higher insulin resistance in the liver with MCT’s… Which of course is exactly the opposite of all the other studies I just mentioned above and is what you do not want.

There are definitely more studies showing that coconut oil is beneficial in this round, rather than harmful, but the bottom line is that there is more research needed.

Why Coconut Oil Might Help

One theory as to why coconut oil might help with blood sugar levels is due to your body’s ability to metabolize MCT’s. MCT’s are known to be easy to metabolize, thus providing quicker fuel and being less likely to be stored as fat.

So of course since they are less likely to be stored as fat, then someone eating them would be less likely to gain weight and less likely to develop diabetes.

Beware of Saturated Fat

If you our thinking about taking coconut oil on a regular basis, or already do, you should be aware that it is important to take in moderation, mainly because of its saturated fat content.

We have all heard that saturated fat is bad… It is not good for cholesterol levels and can lead to heart disease, which people with diabetes are already at a higher risk of developing.

Coconut oil happens to be about 85% saturated fat so you don’t just want to go eat/drink a whole tub of it (depending on if it is melted or not).

The American diabetes Association warns people to limit their saturated fat intake. As a guideline they say that you should consume no more than 10% of your total calories from saturated fats. Now there is no reason to panic, 10% is no small number… But you should keep this in mind and maybe run a few simple calculations if you are worried.

The Bottom Line

I’m sorry I can’t really give you a very straightforward answer on this… Coconut oil may or may not be beneficial for blood sugar levels. There is more research pointing to it being beneficial than harmful, but there is definitely room for more research.

If you are going to take coconut oil then just do so without going overboard. Don’t overdo it. As with anything… If you eat too much of it can be harmful.

Something else you may want to think about is it calorie content. Coconut oil actually contains about 20% more calories than butter of the same serving size. So if you are currently using coconut oil as a substitute for butter because you thought it was a good alternative that could benefit your blood sugar levels, you may want to think again. Research showing that coconut oil benefits blood sugar levels is not conclusive and there are a number of reasons why butter might be better, although of course there are plenty of reasons you wouldn’t want to use butter.

In closing, coconut oil is definitely healthy and I am not telling anyone to stop consuming it… Just do so moderately.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 Also, if you found this article helpful it would really help me out if you shared it!

Related: Moringa for Blood Sugar

Best Rice Cookers

Best Rice Cookers 2018 – For Those Who Love Rice!

If you are looking for a rice cooker then you probably love rice like me, or at least I’m assuming you do. My own quest for finding a good rice cooker has lead all over and throughout this journey I have read and learned a heck of a lot. Because of this I decided to take the time to write up this of the best rice cookers of 2018.

Whether you are a serious rice enthusiast who eats this delicious grain multiple times per day or you just want a rice cooker for the rice meal you plan on making once a month, this list is for you.

Don’t Know What to Look for? I’ll Help You Choose

The first thing that you need to know, and that I’m assuming you already know since you are reading this, is that not all rice cookers are created equally. Cooking rice is not as easy as it may seem. Although it is one of the easier dishes to whip up in the kitchen, it takes skill to really make some good quality rice. And as you can imagine… it takes a good rice cooker to make some really good quality rice.

There are many things you have to consider when choosing a rice cooker. Besides the obvious, such as how much a rice cooker costs and how much rice it can cook, there are things that you might not think of right away, for example the cooking timer technology  or the heating method used that help to ensure a perfect cook.

In this list I’ll be going over what I consider to be the 10 best rice cookers on the market right now. Some important features that I’ll be taking a close look at include the following…

  • Cooking Settings – Can you cook different rices or even different food?
    • Some rice cookers are only good for cooking certain kinds of rice while others can cook all rices as well as beans, steam vegetables, soups, etc.
  • Capacity – How much rice can you cook & what is optimal?
    • You don’t want to get a massive rice cooker if you are only going to be cooking small portions, as this will lead to a decreased quality in finished product. And vice versa.. you don’t want a rice cooker that is too small where you have to cook multiple times for one family meal.
  • Pot Quality – Will rice stick to the pot after cooking?
    • This is pretty self explanatory and is very important. Of course you don’t want a rice cooker that has a cheap cooking pot. Not only should it be made of quality metal to conduct heat properly but it also needs to have a good coating that is non-stick. A cheap non-stick coating will flake off with use and lead to problems.
  • Ease of Cleaning – Is this rice cooker going to be easy to clean?
    • Everyone is going to have to clean their cooker so its ideal to have one that doesn’t cause a hassle. You want one that has a pot and lid that are able to be taken out to clean separately.
  • Cooking Quality – What cooking method does it use & how well will it cook your rice?
    • The capability to prepare a well cooked dish of rice is of the utmost importance. The quality of the cooked rice depends on many things such as the method the rice cooker uses to do the cooking (does it use Induction Heating? This is a good thing)
  • Easy of Use – Can You Just Throw Some Rice In Let It Do Its Thing?
    • The better rice cookers use what is called “fuzzy logic”, which to put in simple terms, means that they can “guestimate” when the rice (or whatever food you are cooking) is done cooking and can adjust heat accordingly. This is why with some rice cookers you can cook a variety of foods, because they have their own brain, in a way, and don’t rely on set cooking times.
  • Customer Ratings – What are other people saying about this?
    • You better believe that I take other customer’s opinions into consideration. I like to form my own opinion of things also but its always good to see what other people are saying about the cookers.

And The 10 Best Rice Cookers of 2018 Begins…

To start off the list I have several of the more basic rice cookers out there that are well worth looking at. Then I’ll go over a few of the “do-it-all” rice cookers that can do a lot more than just cook rice. Lastly I’ll go over the rice cookers that bring quality cooked rice to an entire new level.

Starting off the list at #10 I bring to you ….

Basic Rice Cookers

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Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBDAroma Housewares Digital Rice Cooker & Steamer ARC-914SBD

  • Good for individual or small family
  • Can cook rices and steam veggies
  • Has a delay timer function for easy meal timing
  • Very affordable

This digital rice cooker by Aroma is best suited for someone that is looking for an easy way to cook decent rice. Its far from the best quality rice cooker out there but it gets the job done and its very affordable.

This ARC-914SBD model comes in a nice shiny stainless steal exterior with digital cook setting buttons. It recommended capacity is 2-8 cups of cooked rice, which make it a good choice for a small family or someone that is just going to be cooking for themselves. Along with it being on the medium/small side, it has a convenient handle on top that makes it very easy to move about.

With different cook settings, this cooker is suitable for cooking brown and white rice. It also has a “flash cook” function which is good for cooking rice at a faster speed or for cooking tougher grains. And if you want to make a complete meal there is a handy little steamer tray that you can place over top of your rice to steam veggies/meats inside the pot along with it. The delay timer is also something worth mentioning. You can set the delay up to 15 hours so that you can perfectly time a meal from much earlier in the day.

When it comes to the quality of the cooking there is more to be desired, as you can imagine…. but I guess you get what you pay for right? There are number of complaints on Amazon.com about rice not cooking thoroughly and it just being too difficult to cook the perfect rice.

As far as cleaning goes its pretty good. The pot has a non-stick Teflon coating and there is a removable lid. However, rice & rice juice tends to get in hard to clean areas as this sometimes leak/bubble out as its cooking.

All in all this model is good for the price you pay. It is low in price but comes with its fare share of complaints ranging from durability issues, to not fully cooking rice, to being difficult to clean and more. If you are looking for a good rice cooker that will last you years to come then you are going to want to avoid this one.

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Tiger JPN-0550Tiger JNP-S10U-HU

  • Very basic
  • Flat heating method
  • Single button setting
  • Automatic keep warm after cooking
  • 5.5 cup (uncooked rice) capacity
  • Retractable cord
  • Great quality & very durable

This Tiger rice cooker is great for someone that is looking for something that will last a long time but aren’t needing anything fancy. Its has a very basic design with one simple button that you click down to cook, which then flips up to warm automatically after the cooking is complete. With a retractable cord, there really isn’t much too this thing if you were to see it sitting on the counter.

But if you are looking for quality and simplicity then this might be the one for you. Just don’t expect to just through in any kind of rice and have it cooked to perfection. It is not equipped with fuzzy logic technology or anything like that. This one does have its limitations.

However, durability is not one of its limitations. Durability is something that is a staple to this cooker and the entire Tiger brand. Its built firm and solid, with quality material. Everything from the outer to the inner is build to last and should do so for years to come.

Customer reviews for this cooker are very good. Its a bit pricier than most of your basic rice cookers out there but the way I see it you are paying for the quality and durability that the Tiger JNP-S10U brings. Personally I think its a great choice for someone that is looking for a simple rice cooker that is built to last.

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Zojirushi NSRNC10FZ Automatic Rice CookerZojirushi NSRNC10FZ

  • Very Basic
  • Flat heating method
  • Single cook button with automatic keep warm setting
  • Available in 1L & 1.8L (uncooked) rice capacities
  • Retractable cord

The Zojirushi NSRNC10FZ is made by Zojirushi, which is a Japanese brand that is well known in the world of rice cookers as producing quality products.

This NSRNC10FZ model is one of its most basic and lowest priced models. You have all the basics that you absolutely need in a rice cooker, but not much more. With this cooker you only have one switch to touch… just push it down and the rice will cook after which it will keep it warm.

Of course this cooker comes with the necessary non-stick coating on its pot, a detachable lid for easy cleaning, a condensation collector so that when you open the lid water doesn’t drip everywhere.. and so on. The retractable cord is something nice that I believe all Zojirushi’s have, along with the Tiger rice cooker (above), which allows for less clutter on your counter when you are not using it.

All in all this cooker is great if you are looking for something durable that will last, but you aren’t in need or rice cooked to absolute perfection. This model has your typical flat-heater, as do the other basic cookers I went over above, so its not going to give you great rice… but it will give you good rice. I’ll be going over some of the more top-notch rice cookers soon.

 

“Do It All” Rice Cookers

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Instant Pot DUO PlusInstant Pot DUO Plus 6

  • 9 in 1! – slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, saute, steamer, warmer, sterilizer, and cake maker!
  • 6 quart capacity, good for small family
  • High quality stainless steel pot
  • Steam control (contains steem)
  • Large LCD display
  • 10 different safety mechanisms

The Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 is one heck of an amazing invention. This cooker’s claim to fame is that it does just about everything.  Out of this single cooker comes 9 different uses including: rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, pressure cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, warmer, sterilizer, and cake cooker! So while the price is on the higher side, if you consider all the other appliances it could replace… its a good deal.

Durability is nothing to worry about with this one. It has a nice solid design with the common stainless steel outer. The cooking pot is excellent. With a 3 ply bottom, its made from food grade stainless steel and has to be good because of the pressure cooking feature. And don’t worry about safety. This fine piece of cooking excellence comes with 10 different safety features in place to avoid all potential harm.

When I first came across this model I was pleasantly surprised by the reviews. You would expect the quality of cooked rice that it produces to decrease because it isn’t entirely focused on rice cooking, however, it does a pretty good job with just about everything. You can get quality cooked rice, perfectly cooked eggs, and even slow cooked ribs in this thing.

If you are looking for a rice cooker that can do it all then this is probably your best bet. The rice cooked in the Instant Pot Duo 6 Plus won’t be quite as good as that of the Zojirushi NS-TSC (went over above), but it does a good job overall. This 9 in 1 pot is lives up to its name and owners of it really seem to love it. There have been several reviews I’ve seen that were buyers have received defective ones that don’t seal properly, but with the thousands of reviews out there this is bound to happen.

Besides cooking just about everything, another feature that caught my eye with this one is that it does not release steam when cooking. This means it can give you a nice, and almost unnoticeable cooking experience.

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Mueller 10 in 1 Pro Series Rice CookerMueller 10-in-1 Pro Series

  • 10 in 1!
  • 18 cooking settings… you can cook just about anything
  • German “ThermaV” Even Heat Technology
  • Microprocessor adjusts heat & pressure accordingly
  • 6 qt capacity, good for small family
  • Stainless steel 3 ply pot
  • Steam trap

If the Instant Pot DUA is a bit too pricey for you then the Mueller 10-in-1 Pro Series rice cooker is an excellent alternative. The main difference I see between the two is the price.

Mueller is an Austrian brand but this cooker is made in Germany, which would probably make you think that its good quality. And if you would think this you would be right.

This model is a great choice for you if you are looking to save time, money, & counter space. It has and abundance of functions while means you don’t need all the appliances you normally world, with its pressure cooking capability it can save you a bunch of time when cooking, and like I said… its less expensive than the Instant Pot.

With 18 different pre-calculated cooking settings and it performing 10 different functions, the Meuller 10-in-1 Pro Series cooker does it all. Whether you are looking pressure cook some rice, bake a cake, steam vegetables, cook some eggs or make soup, this cooker has you covered. Its microprocessor chip senses whats going on and is able to adjust heat & pressure accordingly. It is also equipped with something called “ThermaV” technology which applies more evenly for a more thorough cooking experience.

Since a pressure cooking is one of its many capabilities you can bet it is durable and well made, with a high quality 3 ply stainless steel pot. And like the Instant Pot DUO (above), it is well equipped with safety features.

 

Top-Notch Rice Cookers

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Zojirushi NS-TSCZojirushi NS-TSC

  • Good size for a family (available in 2 sizes)
  • Fuzzy logic technology for perfect & easy cooking of a variety of foods
  • Extended keep warm and reheat cycle
  • Retractable power cord

The Zojirushi NS-TSC is a great addition to this Japanese brand’s lineup of rice cookers. It has a somewhat strange design compared to your typical rice cooker but don’t let that fool you.

This model is great for cooking family sized meals of perfectly cooked rice. Being available in both 1 Liter and 1.8 Liter sizes, which can cook from around 10 – 20 cups of rice, you can get a size that is a good fit for your household.

Some of the nice exterior features of this cooker include a sleek stainless steel outer, a flip down handle for easy carrying, a retractable cord, and a digital timer that allows you to see the cooking time. But the inside is what matters most right? And this isn’t lacking at all. With fuzzy logic technology it can adjust the heat and timing according to what you are cooking… without you doing a thing. It does this on top of the pre-programmed cooking settings that it already has available on the button menu.

The delayed timer and extended keep warm + reheating cycle make this one of the better choices for someone cooking on a busy schedule.

The overall rating of this cooker is very good. Durability is great, the rice cooking is excellent (and you can cook a variety of meals including everything from rice to beans to cakes…yes cakes), cleaning the unit is simple, and out of the 1,000+ reviews on Amazon there really isn’t any major downside to it.

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Panasonic One Touch Fuzzy Logic Rice CookerPanasonic One Touch SR-DF101

  • Fuzzy logic technology
  • 4 pre-programmed cook settings
  • Steam tray
  • 5 cup or 10 cup (uncooked rice) sizes
  • Detachable power cord & lid

 

The Panasonic One Touch SR-DF101 is one of the most affordable rice cookers on the market that is equipped with fuzzy logic technology. While the durability of this products is somewhat questionable, it is nonetheless a good choice if you are looking for perfectly cooked rice but don’t want to spend too much on a rice cooker.

This cooker is available in two sizes, that with a 5 cup (uncooked) rice capacity and one with a 10 cup capacity, making it the right size for a small or medium sized family. Its basic, smooth design along with the fact that it has a detachable cord allow it to look nice & neat on any counter top.

There really isn’t all that much to this Panasonic cooker. It’s fairly basic with only 4 pre-programmed cook settings and does not have a LED display or timer that you can read. The fuzzy logic technology is this product’s famed feature.

The durability is questionable, as I mentioned. Overall customer reviews for this cooker were good but I do have concerns about its durability. There were multiple reviews that I came across on Amazon from customers complaining about pieces cracking or breaking, such as the lid. This is somewhat expected in my opinion. Its a low priced rice cooker that has fuzzy logic technology… this means something has to be lacking right?

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Zojirushi NS-ZCC10Zojirushi NS-ZCC10

  • Available in 1 or 1.8L sizes
  • Fuzzy logic technology
  • Retractable cord
  • Extended keep warm and reheating cycle
  • Retractable cord
  • Spherical cooking pot with cool touch handles

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC is similar to its brother model, the NS-TSC, that I just went over. It is yet another great choice for those looking to spend a bit of extra money to get perfectly cooked rice every time. One of the main differences this one brings is its appearance. With a rounded smooth shape this model might be more appealing depending on your taste.

Other than looking great it also performs great. This cooker also comes equipped with fuzzy logic technology which means you can cook many different things and it will do the guesswork of how long to cook and what heat levels to use. There is talk that this model actually has additional heat sensors compared to the previous model, which would mean even more perfectly cooked rice, but I can’t verify this 100%.

One slight advantage this one has is its cooking pot. Because of the rounded shape of the cooker, the bottom of the pot has a spherical shape to it, which allows for better heat distribution and better cooking. The pot also has cool-touch handles which means that you can take it right out after cooking to serve it.

Reviews for the Zojirushi NS-ZCC are great as expected. Overall I would give the edge to this model but not by all that much. 

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Cuckoo CR

Cuckoo Electric Heating Rice Cooker CR-0655F

  • Fuzzy logic
  • 6 cups uncooked rice capacity
  • Good for individuals or small family
  • 8 cooking functions
  • Auto cleaning (steam cleaning)
  • Low price for Cuckoo brand cooker

Cuckoo, is a Korean brand and like Zojirushi it is very well known for bringing quality rice cookers to the market. This particular model is on the cheaper side but it still good quality, which is why it made the list.

It comes with 8 different pre-programmed cooking functions and uses the famous fuzzy logic technology (I think all Cuckoo’s do) which of course means that you can cook a variety of different rices and foods with little effort.

One feature that I found interesting is that it has an auto-cleaning setting that uses steam to clean the inner pot and lid. This could be useful if you don’t clean the rice out right away and it begins to dry and become hard, in turn making it difficult to clean.

Other than that everything else seems pretty good…. no complaints about it being difficult to clean, not cooking rice thoroughly, etc. Durability is somewhat of a concern though. This is one of their cheaper models as I mentioned so this comes with the territory.

Due to the size and price of this this Cuckoo model I would say its best suited for an individual or small family that is on a budget but isn’t willing to sacrifice cooked rice quality.

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Cuckoo Electric IH Pressure Rice Cooker CRP-HY1083FCuckoo Electric Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker CRP-HY1083F

  • Fuzzy logic technology
  • Induction heating
  • Pressure cooker
  • 10 cup uncooked rice capacity
  • Voice guide (Korean & English)
  • 21 safety features

If you are looking for a top of the line rice cooker then this is definitely worth considering. I will warn you that it is rather expensive though.

The Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F model is part of the “Black Pebble” series of Cuckoo’s, as you can tell by its rounded shape and shiny black appearance. It has a look that gives it somewhat of a modern style appeal. Yes I know it looks like an alarm clock but I assure you this is a fully functional rice cooking beast.

When it comes to the rice cooking it doesn’t get any better. This model combines fuzzy logic technology, pressure cooking, and induction heating all in one. This is the first cooker I’ve talked about with induction heating (IH) and basically what you need to know here is that this heating method leads to a more evenly distributed cook. With the fuzzy logic technology you are pretty much assured that the the timing and heating will be set accordingly and with the pressurized cooking you are able to cook things faster and foods that you normally wouldn’t be able to. In fact, I was reading through reviews of this product and found that some people use it to make mashed potatoes.

As if the cooking potential isn’t enough, this Cuckoo has voice controls for easier operation. It can be set to English or Korean. I can’t imagine why you (or anyone) wouldn’t love this feature.

Just about everything with this model is designed to perfection…which you can tell by the price. But hey… if you are want the best quality rice you get what you pay for. The reviews on Amazon reflect how good this cooker really is.

What to Consider

There are so many different options on the market and many people don’t even realize it. There is much more than just was is at your local Walmart, and if you want a good fit for you and your lifestyle you need to do some looking around.

Of course I always suggest doing some of your own research but the list I compiled above can serve as guidance. When it comes to doing research, comparing prices, overall selection, and lowest prices for rice cookers, there is no better option than Amazon.com.

Anyways… I hope you enjoyed this and before you go make sure to share this if you did and leave a comment below if you have any questions, comments or concerns 🙂