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Chicory for Improved Vision

As early as 5000 years ago the Egyptians cultivated chicory (Chichorium intybus) as a medicinal plant. Ancient Greeks and Romans used edible chicory leaves as a vegetable and in salads. Chicory was widely used by the early American pioneers as a substitute for coffee and is still used today for its flavor which is similar to coffee. But, chicory does not contain caffeine and it works as a sedative for the central nervous system. Chicory is very popular, especially in New Orleans, where the roasted ground chicory roots are blended with coffee to create a Louisiana favorite, “café au lait” along with other coffee flavored drinks. Chicory is also used as a food additive, a flavoring agent, a sweetener and it is used to improves the texture of processed foods. Chicory … Read entire article »

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