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Nut Consumption and the Relationship to Inflammation

If ingredients in Cobblestone's soups are examined, you will see powerhouse foods that support good health and longevity.  Making Cobblestone vegan soups with nuts rather than dairy or thickening agents (such as gluten) is not by accident.  Much scholarly research has been done on the health benefits of nuts. 

In the July Issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2016), study findings revealed an association between nut consumption and inflammation.  Using 5013 participants that included men and women in the United States, the study investigated habitual nut consumption and the relationship to inflammation; subjects substituted 3 servings of nuts/wk for 3 servings of red meat, processed meat, eggs, or refined grains/wk. Findings revealed that a greater intake of nuts was associated with lower amounts of inflammation.  

Source: Am J Clin Nutr ajcn134205; First published online July 27, 2016. doi:10.3945/ajcn.116.134205. Accessed 7/28/16 from

Nuts linked with lower pancreatic cancer risk

Posted: 11/10/2013 10:38 am EST

“Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found an association between nut consumption and decreased risk of pancreatic cancer in women. Specifically, eating a one-ounce serving of nuts at least twice a week was associated with a lower risk of pancreatic cancer; the "reduction in risk was independent of established or suspected risk factors for pancreatic cancer including age, height, obesity, physical activity, smoking, diabetes and dietary factors," study researcher Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., from the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said in a statement.… The study is based on data from 75,680 women … Researchers analyzed their nut consumption, including tree nuts such as hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and almonds. In addition to the decreased cancer risk, nut-eaters also tended to weigh less than the non-nut-eaters, researchers found. Tree nut consumption has also been associated with decreased risks for heart disease, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes….”  

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Lowering Heart Risk - nuts could reduce heart disease risk by nearly a third according to an HSPH study

A Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study has found that replacing just one serving of red meat a day with a packet of nuts could reduce heart disease risk by nearly a third.

Kit Chellel and Todd Datz

September 3, 2010

Replacing just one serving of red meat a day with a packet of nuts could reduce your risk of heart disease by nearly a third. Researchers at HSPH have found that women who consumed higher amounts of red meat had a greater risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), but those who replaced red meat with protein-rich foods like fish, poultry or nuts had a lower risk of developing the condition. Eating one serving per day of nuts in place of red meat was linked to a 30 percent lower risk of CHD; substituting a serving of fish showed a 24 percent lower risk; poultry, a 19 percent lower risk; and low-fat dairy, a 13 percent lower risk.

“The few previous studies of red meat and heart disease largely looked at increasing red meat intake while decreasing all other, or at least unspecified, foods,” said Adam Bernstein, a researcher in the HSPH Department of Nutrition and lead author of the study. “We used a different approach to understand how replacing one protein-rich food with another was associated with heart disease risk.”

The findings, which appeared online Aug. 16 in Circulation, are the result of following more than 84,136 women in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital–based Nurses’ Health Study for 26 years. The women, aged 30 to 55, filled out a questionnaire every four years about what sort of food they ate and how often.

After adjusting for age, smoking and other known cardiovascular-disease risk factors, the researchers found that higher intakes of red meat that is processed (such as bacon and salami) and unprocessed (such as steak and pork) and high-fat dairy were significantly associated with an elevated risk of CHD. Higher consumption of fish, poultry and low-fat dairy was significantly associated with a lower risk of CHD.

Several factors may account for the link between red meat intake and higher risk of heart disease.

“When we eat red meat, we get a large dose of saturated fat, cholesterol and a form of iron that can override our control mechanisms,” said Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and senior author of the study. “If instead we eat nuts as a protein source, for example, we get unsaturated fats that reduce our blood cholesterol, no cholesterol itself, and lots of fiber, minerals and vitamins.”

The researchers say the findings are likely to apply to men, as well.

“Our research adds to the growing and convincing body of evidence that red meat intake should be minimized or excluded from the diet in order to maintain cardiovascular health,” said Bernstein.

For more information, students may contact Adam Bernstein at

Conflict Disclosure: Co-author Frank Hu reported receiving an unrestricted research grant from the California Walnut Commission.

Funding Sources: The National Institutes of Health; co-author Qi Sun was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from Unilever Inc.; the authors are solely responsible for the content of this work.

Reference: Harvard Medical School,, accessed 6/20/14

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The spice of life - Organic Turmeric Root

Cobblestone Food's Healthy Soups are reduced sodium and they taste great.  The secret is lots of organic spices and herbs; our vegan bouillon base is made from scratch so we can control the quality and freshness.  One of our most prized spices is organic Turmeric root – it’s in every soup; not only does it add to the flavor and color of our soups, but Turmeric has amazing health benefits as discussed in the article below.
Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:1-75.

Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.


"Turmeric, derived from the plant Curcuma longa, is a gold-colored spice commonly used in the Indian subcontinent, not only for health care but also for the preservation of food and as a yellow dye for textiles. Curcumin, which gives the yellow color to turmeric, was first isolated almost two centuries ago, and its structure as diferuloylmethane was determined in 1910. Since the time of Ayurveda (1900 Bc) numerous therapeutic activities have been assigned to turmeric for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. Extensive research within the last half century has proven that most of these activities, once associated with turmeric, are due to curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses. These effects are mediated through the regulation of various transcription factors, growth factors, inflammatory cytokines, protein kinases, and other enzymes. Curcumin exhibits activities similar to recently discovered tumor necrosis factor blockers (e.g., HUMIRA, REMICADE, and ENBREL), a vascular endothelial cell growth factor blocker (e.g., AVASTIN), human epidermal growth factor receptor blockers (e.g., ERBITUX, ERLOTINIB, and GEFTINIB), and a HER2 blocker (e.g., HERCEPTIN). Considering the recent scientific bandwagon that multitargeted therapy is better than monotargeted therapy for most diseases, curcumin can be considered an ideal "Spice for Life"."

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Reference:, accessed 6/12/14

Nutritional Food Yeast - why we add it to our healthy soups

Inquiries are common about the use of Nutritional Food Yeast in our seasoning and soups.  The article below explains a little about Nutritional Food Yeast and why you may consider adding it to your diet. 

Nutritional Yeast

"Just the name of this ingredient will most likely cause you to instantaneously dismiss it. Nutritional yeast doesn't sound like something you want to willingly eat; and it doesn't sound like it could possibly contribute to a tasty meal. But despite your first reaction to this little known ingredient (outside of the vegetarian and vegan world, that is), you should know about nutritional yeast. Trust us, you'll want to buy it and eat it, and you'll most likely love it.

Nutritional yeast doesn't taste like yeast (you know, that strong, beer-like flavor). It comes in both powdered and flaked forms, and tastes nutty, cheesy and delightfully creamy. Many vegans use it as a cheese flavoring substitute, adding it to gravies, sauces, and mac n' cheese dishes. Vegetarians also take advantage of its great nutritional profile.

Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein, containing essential amino acids; it's full of vitamins, especially B-complex vitamins (and is often times fortified with vitamin B-12), and it's low in fat and sodium."

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Garlic in our Healthy Soups

Garlic is used in all of our soups.   Not only does it add incredible flavor, but health benefits have been associated with garlic for centuries.  Lucky for us, California produces some of the best garlic in the world. 


Chris Ramirez from the New York Times shares his findings on what makes garlic good for you.


"Garlic has long been touted as a health booster, but it’s never been clear why the herb might be good for you. Now new research is beginning to unlock the secrets of the odoriferous bulb. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that eating garlic appears to boost our natural supply of hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is actually poisonous at high concentrations — it’s the same noxious byproduct of oil refining that smells like rotten eggs. But the body makes its own supply of the stuff, which acts as an antioxidant and transmits cellular signals that relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. In the latest study, performed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers extracted juice from supermarket garlic and added small amounts to human red blood cells. The cells immediately began emitting hydrogen sulfide, the scientists found. The power to boost hydrogen sulfide production may help explain why a garlic-rich diet appears to protect against various cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancer, say the study authors. Higher hydrogen sulfide might also protect the heart, according to other experts. Although garlic has not consistently been shown to lower cholesterol levels, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine earlier this year found that injecting hydrogen sulfide into mice almost completely prevented the damage to heart muscle caused by a heart attack. “People have known garlic was important and has health benefits for centuries,” said Dr. David W. Kraus, associate professor of environmental science and biology at the University of Alabama. “Even the Greeks would feed garlic to their athletes before they competed in the Olympic games.”

"Many home chefs mistakenly cook garlic immediately after crushing or chopping it, added Dr. Kraus. To maximize the health benefits, you should crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. That triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in garlic."


Cardiovascular Disease - Disease Prevention


Cardiovascular Disease - Disease Prevention

Coronary Heart Disease from the Linus Pauling Institute, Micronutrient Research for Optimum Health

"In large prospective cohort studies, regular nut consumption has been consistently associated with significant reductions in the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) (3). One of the first studies to observe a protective effect of nut consumption was the Adventist Health Study, which followed more than 30,000 Seventh Day Adventists over 12 years (4). In general, the dietary and lifestyle habits of Seventh Day Adventists are closer to those recommended for cardiovascular disease prevention than those of average Americans. Few of those who participated in the Adventist Health Study smoked, and most consumed a diet lower in saturated fat than the average American. In this healthy group, those who consumed nuts at least five times weekly had a 48% lower risk of death from CHD and a 51% lower risk of a nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) compared to those who consumed nuts less than once weekly (4). In Seventh Day Adventists who were older than 83 years of age, those who ate nuts at least five times weekly had a risk of death from CHD that was 39% lower than those who consumed nuts less than once weekly (5). A smaller prospective study of more than 3,000 Black men and women reported similar results (6). Those who consumed nuts at least five times weekly had a risk of death from CHD that was 44% lower than those who consumed nuts less than once weekly (6)."

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Healthy soups for Lactose Intolerance

Comfort food less the discomfort!

For many people, being lactose intolerant is such a bummer because dairy is what we often think of as “comfort food”; if you are lactose intolerant, eating dairy is anything but comforting.   Cobblestone offers the “comfort food” feeling in its healthy soups less the discomfort related to dairy.  Creamy Soups are made with cashews rather than dairy, are low sodium, no gluten, soy, or MSG.  So you have the creamy texture, great flavor, high protein, and the added bonus of no discomfort.


If you think you have a problem, but are not sure of the symptoms, read what the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) has to say about Lactose Intolerance.

What is lactose intolerance? 

"Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar called glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream."

Who is at risk for lactose intolerance?

"Lactose intolerance is a common condition that is more likely to occur in adulthood, with a higher incidence in older adults. Some ethnic and racial populations are more affected than others, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The condition is least common among Americans of northern European descent."

Infants born prematurely are more likely to have lactase deficiency because an infant’s lactase levels do not increase until the third trimester of pregnancy.


What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?

"People with lactose intolerance may feel uncomfortable 30 minutes to 2 hours after consuming milk and milk products. Symptoms range from mild to severe, based on the amount of lactose consumed and the amount a person can tolerate."


Is a Gluten and Dairy Free (GF/CF) diet really necessary?

Is a Gluten and Dairy Free (GF/CF) diet really necessary?

Dr. Jerry Kartzinel on 31 October 2011 wrote,
I am often asked if the Gluten and Dairy Free (GF/CF) diet is really necessary.  While that answer really depends on each individual child, in my practice up to 80% of the children I see clearly benefit from removing foods that contain dairy and gluten!
....The potential problem for children on the spectrum of Autistic Disorders is that they are often unable to substantially break down gluten during the process of digestion.  Instead, they end up with gliadorphins, also known as gluteomorphins.  These gliadorphins can act as opiates and cause a range of potential behavioral modifications in children, the same range of behaviors that the casomorphins found in dairy can cause.  These behaviors include:

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  • Cravings
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleepless nights
  • Hyperactivity
  • Bed-wetting
  • Resistance to potty training
  • Hyperactivity Aggressive behaviors
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Bloated belly
  • Flatulence (lots of gas being passed)
  • Irritability
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Severe self imposed dietary restriction (craving only milk containing products)

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The GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free) Diet for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free) Diet for Autism Spectrum Disorders

"What on earth are gluten and casein? Can removing them from my child's diet really improve the symptoms of autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome?"

"Gluten and casein are getting a lot of attention in the autism community and from doctors in the "Defeat Autism Now!" biomedical movement. Some parents, doctors and researchers say that children have shown mild to dramatic improvements in speech and/or behavior after these substances were removed from their diet. Some also report that their children have experienced fewer bouts of constipation and diarrhea since starting a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet."



Cancer and Superfoods

As Featured on Dr. Oz: Cancer and Superfoods

By Susan Evans, MD

What IS a Superfood? A Superfood is the newest name scientists, nutritionists, and doctors have tagged onto foods with an especially “good for you” reputation! Most superfoods are in the fruits, vegetables, and nuts/seeds categories. They have extremely high nutritional values, and some of their chemicals have been found to reduce the effect of certain disease processes.

Do Superfoods really help prevent cancer? It gives me great pleasure tell you that many superfoods do indeed prevent cancer.

Below is only a partial list; see full list on the website:

Top superfoods and how they affect cancer in humans:

  Broccoli, Broccoli Sprouts, Cruciferous vegetables – Men who eat broccoli 4 times a week have proven that their prostate cancer diminishes. Similar effects have been found when cabbage, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts are eaten. Of note, broccoli sprouts have been shown to demonstrate 20 times the cancer fighting properties of plain broccoli!

  Tomatoes – Lycopene is the key ingredient in tomatoes and its benefits are even greater when tomatoes are cooked, so pasta sauces, pizza sauces, etc. are especially good. Studies have identified progress in the areas of prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer. The FDA is currently disputing these studies (all 72 of them), but most experts believe that the FDA's study is flawed.

   Tumeric – This yellow spice found mainly in Indian curries is curcumin that is considered to be a very powerful antioxidant. It has been proven to prevent and slow tumor growth, and it only takes about 1 teaspoon a day to have an effect. Try adding this to dressings, soups, and your main dishes. A word of warning, if you already have cancer, talk to your doctor before adding tumeric to your diet as it can make your anti-cancer drugs less effective.

Turmeric is used in all of the soups made by Cobblestone Foods as it is one of the ingredients in our vegetarian seasoning.  Broccoli is our most popular soup, and we have two tomato soups – Tomato Asparagus and Tomato and Black olive.



Effect of eating nuts on cardiovascular health

BOSTON, MA — Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health have examined the effect of eating nuts on cardiovascular health, reports the Harvard Men's Health Watch. "Their work shows that nuts really are healthy, especially for men at risk for heart disease," says Dr. Harvey B. Simon, editor.

Studies show that healthy men, and those who have already suffered a heart attack, can reduce cardiovascular risk by eating nuts regularly, reports the Harvard Men's Health Watch. Doctors theorize that:

  • nuts may help lower cholesterol, partly by replacing less healthy foods in the diet
  • nuts contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats known to benefit the heart
  • the omega-3 fats found in walnuts may protect against irregular heart rhythms
  • nuts are rich in arginine, a substance that may improve blood vessel function
  • other nutrients in nuts (such as fiber and vitamin E) may also help lower cardiovascular risk.

Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, but high in calories. The Harvard Men's Health Watch cautions that if you add nuts to your diet, you'll want to cut back on something else. Substitute nuts for chips or cookies, and avoid nuts that are fried in oil or loaded with salt. As little as two ounces of nuts a week appears to help lower heart disease risk. Healthful choices include:

  • almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • cashews
  • filberts
  • peanuts
  • pistachios
  • walnuts

By themselves, nuts seem to produce modest declines in cholesterol, but when they are combined with other healthful foods, the results can be spectacular. "Nuts may not be the key to cardiovascular health, but adding nuts to a balanced, healthful diet can take you one step away from heart disease," says Dr. Simon. Benefits of eating nuts

If you have tried Cobblestone soups (, you know that cashews is one of the main ingredients in our soups.  

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