Our Visit with Milk Street

By Liz Strauss
on September 12, 2019

Our Visit with Milk Street

Last fall, we partnered with Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. Culinary magazine, school, public television show, and podcast, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street has altered the way individuals have tackled their culinary endeavors. Through their innovative expertise and approach to the culinary world, the Milk Street team is dedicated to bringing ease to intimidating recipes.

After visiting the Milk Street studio in Boston last month, we were exposed to that very ease Christopher Kimball uncovered a few years back.

The key is making cooking as simple as possible, as Rosemary Gill, Milk Street’s Director of Education, explained to us. This compliments our business’ mission completely. We provide you with quality olive oils and vinegars, and even the tools necessary in making the most delicious meals you’ve ever cooked up yourself, and in the simplest manner. In fact, we wanted to make it just that much easier for you by getting an inside scoop on how the pros do it.

Cook Like a Pro

Contrast is the cornerstone of Milk Street’s culinary art. Gill stressed to us nothing but contrast, and for good reason. By this term, she means throwing together different flavors and different textures.

via Maggie Griffin

“You get a lot of meals that are sort of one note, you know, they are overwhelmingly soft or chewy,” she explains. For example, she suggests that for mashed potatoes you could throw in some chopped chives. “You get more dimension…” she reveals. “We’re using contrast in order to elevate and draw more attention to the main ingredient.”

One of the most important lessons Gill teaches her students is knowing how to analyze what’s missing, and knowing when you’ve put too much of something in a dish.


Let’s Get Started!

We all know that cooking can seem dreadful after a long day at work, or if you simply just don’t know where to start. This is precisely what Milk Street hopes to help individuals with through the “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights” cookbook. The cookbook is there for you to create outstanding meals in a reasonable amount of time, just perfect for the middle of the week. Starting off with meals such as those listed in the cookbook are a great starting point. Then, just keep cooking!

via Maggie Griffin

“You’ve got to make it a habit,” Gill advises to those who want to get into cooking. She also suggests that if you are interested in global cuisines, to choose one at a time and cook just from that region for a month or two. “You’re going to start seeing some similarities and you’re going to start understanding how flavors are put together… you’re just going to be building your library,” she says.

Using One of Our Favorite Ingredients: Olive Oil

One recipe that Gill loves herself is the Cantonese Steamed Fish from “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights,” because of the technique it requires. Sometimes, she’ll make it with a Mediterranean flavor profile, which is when she’ll utilize olive oil.

Gill also tells us her favorite ingredients to add to olive oil:

  1. Za’ atar
  2. Lightly crushed fennel & coriander seeds
  3. Cracked fennel seeds & thyme or oregano

 (Hint, hint: We sell some of these!)

We hope that our customers can utilize a variety of these tips to create new skills in the kitchen. Whether you cook up a new “Tuesday Night” dinner, or try one of our olive oils for the first time, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
We’d love to hear what you think!










Photos by Maggie Griffin

What is Rosé Balsamic Vinegar and How Do I Use It?

By Katie Shernan
on July 26, 2019

What is Rosé Balsamic Vinegar and How Do I Use It?


Rosé Balsamic Vinegar is a delicious treat that highlights everything we enjoy about rosé wine: bright acidity and soft, subtle aromas of crabapple, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, and wet stone. Unlike traditional balsamic vinegar which is typically made from a combination of Trebbiano, Lambrusco, and/or Sangiovese grades, Rosé Balsamic is made from the Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) grape variety. This grape produces earthy, but elegant wines that translate beautifully into a well-balanced, clean, cool, crisp and dry vinegar. For a delicious vinaigrette, combine it with your favorite olive oil and Dijon mustard. The velvety consistency will lovingly caress everything from salad greens to grill-bound asparagus and seafood.

Excellent Complements
Nicoise Salad
Light Vinaigrettes
Goat Cheese
White Asparagus
Mixed Drinks & Spritzers
Ideas for Use
Combine Rosé Balsamic with any suggested olive oil pairings for a great salad dressing.
Combine Rosé Balsamic with Chipotle, Harissa, or Mushroom & Sage olive oil for a pork or poultry marinade.
Serve Rosé Balsamic over ice with vodka or sparkling water.
Use Rosé Balsamic as a glaze on seafood.
Use Rosé Balsamic in a vinaigrette to dress warm fingerling potatoes or sautéed haricot verts and sprinkle with chopped chives.
Drizzle Rosé Balsamic over sautéed herbed zucchini.

Sweet Corn and Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi

By Katie Shernan
on July 23, 2019

Sweet Corn and Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi

This vegetarian dish celebrates some of our favorite summer farm stand vegetables in one light yet filling entrée! Sweet summer corn and tangy tomatoes play off the earthy, tender lentils. The salad is delicious served warm or cold.

Grilled halloumi cheese adds the perfect rich, salty finish to the fresh, bright flavors of the corn and lentil salad. Halloumi cheese (also know as Grilling Cheese) is a soft, curd-like cheese that, similarly to feta, does not melt. It was traditionally made in Cyprus using sheep's milk cheese. Halloumi is available at specialty markets and Whole Foods.

This dish is sure to become a summer favorite in your household!


Serves 4


1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

½ red onion, finely sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 lemon juiced

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 ¼ cups green lentils

½ cup cooked sweet corn, cut off the cob

1 pack halloumi cheese, cut into ¼” slices


Toss the tomatoes, red onion, 1 clove garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl with ½ tsp salt. Cook the lentils until just tender (around 15 minutes), drain and add to the tomato mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a frying pan over medium heat, grill the halloumi slices 2-3 minutes per side or until golden.

Optional: Serve with sauteed Swiss chard as pictured above.


This recipe is a modified version of: https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/vegetarian/warm-puy-lentil-cherry-tomato-and-halloumi-salad/

7 Ways to Use Citrus Mint White Balsamic

By Katie Shernan
on July 05, 2019

7 Ways to Use Citrus Mint White Balsamic

The new Citrus Mint White Balsamic is one of our favorite summer flavors!
The tangy, bright citrus notes complement the light and refreshing mint aroma.
Amp up the flavor at your next cookout with one of these 7 ways to use citrus mint balsamic vinegar.


Blend 1oz Citrus Mint White Balsamic + 2oz white rum + club soda to taste for a refreshing cocktail.

Mix with iced tea for a quick and delicious Arnold Palmer.


Pair with Roasted Onion & Cilantro Olive Oil and drizzle over grilled vegetables.

Toss with cubed watermelon and feta cheese.

Make this Moroccan Lemon Mint Couscous for a perfect hot weather side dish. 


Toss with toasted sesame oil, chicken, and veggies for a South Asian-flavored stir-fry.

Use as a shortcut in this recipe for Citrus Balsamic Salmon.


We also recommend pairing this summery balsamic with lemon olive oil, orange olive oil, lime olive oil, mint olive oil, basil olive oil, chipotle olive oil, Milanese gremolata olive oil, or harissa olive oil. Visit Flavor Infused Olive Oils to check them all out!

Savory Bread Pudding with Ham, Asparagus and Brie

By Katie Shernan
on April 07, 2019

Savory Bread Pudding with Ham, Asparagus and Brie

An indulgent, filling breakfast entree that checks all the boxes and it couldn't be easier to put together! We've got carbs, melty cheese, flavorful ham, and green veggies for good measure. 

Add a fresh fruit salad and you have the perfect Easter brunch menu! 


Printable: Savory Bread Pudding with Asparagus, Ham, and Brie

Savory Bread Pudding with Asparagus, Ham, and Brie

Recipe Adapted from The Harvest Baker by Ken Haedrich

Serves 8


6 cups leftover (stale) cubed yeast bread

½ lb fresh asparagus

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ large onion, finely chopped,

2 garlic cloves, minced

5 large eggs

2 cups half and half

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or ¼ tsp dried thyme)

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

6-8 ounces brie cheese with rind, cut into small chunks

1 cup grated sharp cheddar or fontina cheese

1 cup diced cooked ham or smoked sausage


  1. Butter a medium-size shallow casserole dish. Spread the cubed bread out in the casserole dish while you’re doing your prep, to help it dry out.
  2. Peel the lower third of each asparagus spear with a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. Cut off the tender tips and slice the remainder of the spears into 1-inch sections.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 6 to 7 minutes, stirring often. Add the asparagus tips and chopped spears along with the garlic and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the asparagus is not quite tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Add the half and half, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper. Whisk well.
  5. Spoon the cooked vegetables evenly over the bread, then distribute the brie, cheddar, and ham over that. Whisk the custard briefly and pour it slowly over everything. Using a large spoon, gently press on the solids so they’re submerged by the custard. Cover the dish loosely with foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours; overnight is fine.
  6. When you’re ready to bake the pudding, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the foil from the dish and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. When the pudding is done, it will have puffed nicely, and the surface will be golden brown. To check the center, carefully – so you don’t leave a big crater – dig into it with a spoon or butter knife and see how it looks. It should not be soupy or look like there’s a lot of uncooked custard. Transfer the pudding to a cooling rack and cool briefly before serving.


Printable: Fresh Fruit Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Fresh Fruit Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Serves 4-6


3 tablespoons fruity white balsamic vinegar (we love White Raspberry, Coconut, and Peach but any of the fruity white balsamics will work nicely)

1 tablespoon honey (optional)

1 cup cantaloupe, cubed

½ cup blueberries

½ cup raspberries or strawberries

1 cup fresh pineapple

1 cup green grapes

Fresh mint leaves (optional)


Mix balsamic vinegar and honey (if using). Drizzle over fresh fruit and toss gently. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.


Can You Cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

By Katie Shernan
on March 23, 2019

Can You Cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil?


Extra Virgin is often used in its raw form and commonly misconstrued as a poor choice for cooking. This is because it's flavor will dissipate somewhat when heat is applied and it has a lower smoke point than refined olive oil. However, the smoke point of high quality EVOO is much higher than conventionally thought. Our EVOOs typically have a smoke point of 420-430 degrees. America's Test Kitchen reports 410 degrees as the smoke point while Milk Street found it to be as high as 446 degrees. In general, extra virgin olive oil is a good choice for cooking over low and medium to medium-high temperatures. It's especially good for sauteeing and roasting. But of course, the complex flavors and health benefits of extra virgin olive oil can be most fully enjoyed in its fresh, raw form as a salad dressing, finished oil, dip, or whatever else your heart desires!

Smoke Point

The smoke point of a fat is the temperature at which it begins to chemically break down. Visually, it occurs when a heated fat stops shimmering and begins to release smoke. This temperature can vary dramatically depending on the oil and how it has been processed. For example, refined oils tend to have a much higher smoke point than their virgin counterparts.

For more information on smoke points (and why smoking oil isn't always a bad thing!) check out this article: Cooking Fats 101: What's a Smoke Point and Why Does it Matter? 


Strawberry Upside Down Cake

By Katie Shernan
on February 04, 2019

Strawberry Upside Down Cake

I love to bake! It's a pretty common sentiment - especially amongst our Foodie Friends at Port Plums! So when a good friend asked me about making a Strawberry Upside Down Cake for a family get-together this month, I couldn't resist. 

This cake is fantastic for summer when strawberries are in season but it also makes for a lovely valentine's dessert. Just look at the sweet little strawberry hearts dotting the top! Serve with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or ice cream.

The original recipe comes from Five Heart Home. I found that I went through more than 12oz of strawberries when picking pretty ones for the top of the cake so I increased the volume 1lb. Extras can be used for garnish or a snack!

I used a 9" spring form pan for this cake and it came out beautifully but a regular 9" round or square cake pan will do the trick. 



For the Strawberry Layer:

  • 1lb strawberries, washed, hulled, & sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
For the Cake Batter:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Generously grease the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Cut the 3 tablespoons butter into small pieces and place in the cake pan. Place the pan in the oven for a minute or two until the butter is just melted.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and swirl the melted butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the melted butter to form a thin layer at the bottom of the pan. Arrange the sliced strawberries in a single layer over the brown sugar, making sure the slices are touching or slightly overlapping.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the softened butter and sugar until fluffy. Scrape the bowl and blend in the egg and vanilla. Beat on high for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. With the mixer on low speed, gradually blend the flour mixture into the wet mixture, alternating with the milk until just combined.
  5. Scrape the batter into the pan and carefully spread over the strawberries. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Set the cake pan on a cooling rack and cool the cake in the pan for 3 minutes. Carefully run a thin knife or spatula around the edge of the cake pan, then lay a cake platter on top of it. Pressing down on the platter, quickly invert the pan so that it's upside-down on the platter. Wait for 1 minute and then slowly and carefully lift the cake pan from the top of the cake. If any berries stick to the pan, place them back on the top of the cake. Serve cake warm or at room temperature. Cool completely before covering and storing leftovers at room temperature for up to three days.

Cooking with Pistachio Oil

By Katie Shernan
on January 21, 2019

Cooking with Pistachio Oil

Pistachio oil is a new addition to our offerings - one that many people have never encountered! So here is a little introduction to one of our new favorites! 


Cooking with Pistachio Oil

Pistachio oil is a rich, nutty, emerald-green oil extracted from the Pistachio Nut. Pistachio oil is high in vitamin E and healthy fats – much like avocados! There are countless ways to use it in your cooking:

Dress with it! Pistachio oil makes a wonderful dressing when mixed with a sweet acid (balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and honey, other fruit juices, pomegranate molasses) and complements bitter greens (arugula, endive, watercress, rocket) particularly well. You can also add a neutral oil or mild olive oil to reduce the flavor intensity. It also dresses a fruit salad very nicely like this one:

pistachio oil dressing fruit salad

Fruit Salad with Mint and Pistachio Oil Recipe

Bake with it! Replace 1/3 or less of the fat (olive oil, butter, shortening, etc.)  in a baked good recipe with pistachio oil for extra rich, nutty flavor.

Pistachio Oil and White Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Pistachio Yogurt Lemon Cake Recipe

Brush it! A few minutes before cooking is complete, brush pistachio oil on chicken or oily fish like salmon or trout. Brush peaches or nectarines with pistachio oil before grilling and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Try replacing the olive oil in these recipes with Pistachio Oil:

pistachio crusted salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe

peaches with pistachios and ricotta

Peaches with Pistachios, Ricotta, and Honey Recipe

Drizzle it! Drizzle over steamed or lightly boiled vegetables for an extra burst of flavor and a very healthy dish. Drizzle over pasta with grated parmesan cheese.

Toast it! Drizzle over your avocado toast (especially with pumpernickel bread!), brush on bread and toast for a crispy sandwich or crostini with brie and fig jam.

Try replacing the olive oil in this recipe for Pistachio Oil:

Avocado Toast with Pistachios Recipe 

Whip it! Use it to make a rich pistachio mousse like this one:

Pistachio Oil Mousse Recipe


Learn more about our California Pistachio Oil

Introducing: Beach Plum White Balsamic

By Katie Shernan
on December 09, 2018

Introducing: Beach Plum White Balsamic

We are thrilled to introduce our very own Beach Plum Balsamic Vinegar!

Beach Plums, the namesake of the local Plum Island, are a wild fruit native to the East Coast from Maine to Maryland. Featuring a sweet-tart flavor, Beach Plums are most often used in jams and baked goods.

After a particularly beautiful walk in the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, we were inspired to create Beach Plum Balsamic Vinegar. We found an expert in Beach Plums who combined his own whole fruit with high quality White Balsamic Vinegar and allowed it to age for 3 months. The result is a unique, fruited, white balsamic vinegar with notes of ripe cherry, cranberry, and plum.

This exclusive and unique balsamic can be used to add flavor and zest to all sorts of dishes.

  • Combine with lemon or blood orange olive oil and mustard for a delicious salad dressing
  • Brush it on pork or chicken
  • Add to roasted squash or Brussels sprouts
  • Drizzle over fresh fruit, yogurt, and ice cream
  • Mix with club soda and vodka for a fabulous holiday cocktail!

Guest Blogger: Food Sensitivity and How It Can Affect Us

By Maggie Griffin
on November 14, 2018

Guest Blogger: Food Sensitivity and How It Can Affect Us

At Port Plums, we often receive a lot of questions about how olive oil and vinegar can be included in certain diets, thus impacting different ailments and allergies. In her article, Dr. Alia Elias explains how recognizing food sensitivities can improve our health and help us understand what our bodies truly need to remain strong.


Food sensitivities and resulting conditions affect at least 100 million people worldwide. In the US about 50 million people suffer from food sensitivities and the prevalence has increased to more than 50% in adults and more than 70% in children in the past years. These numbers continue to be on the rise.

Food sensitivities are the underlying cause of endless chronic conditions including digestive issues such as IBS, Crohn’s, or Ulcerative Colitis, hormonal imbalances, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, skin conditions, arthritic conditions, autoimmune disease, low energy, fatigue, migraines, anxiety, depression and blood sugar issues. Any health issue with increased inflammation can be exacerbated by exposure to foods that negatively affect your immune system. This is because the vast majority of disease can be boiled down to one thing - inflammation.

Inflammation is a general term that refers to the actions of the immune system that includes various cell types and specific proteins that work together to fight infection or any potential “invaders”. There are different potential ways that your body can have an immune response to a food. This can be confusing, but basically food “allergies” and food “sensitivities” are completely different reactions.

Our immune system produces antibodies, or immunoglobulins (IgM, IgA, IgG, IgE and IgD) in response to food, food additives and chemicals, as well as environmental substances (which are all called antigens). When outside antigens enter our body, our immune system has to decide if they can stay or if they should be attacked. It does this by labelling proteins on the surface of the antigens so that certain immune cells can be called into action. It is this protein marker that elicits an overreaction by a specific immune compound. The specific type of immune compound called into play is what determines the type of reaction that is going to happen.

In the case of a food allergy, there is an overreaction to a particular food by the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) that occurs typically within seconds or minutes from the time of exposure to a couple of hours later. This is called an immediate reaction. Anything can be a food allergy, however common ones are eggs, shellfish, milk and tree nuts. The resulting reaction can be mild or severe; mild can look like allergies with congestion, itchiness or mild swelling of face or lips or wheezing, or there can be abdominal cramping and diarrhea or vomiting. In severe reactions, there can be more severe swelling, including the throat, and in worst cases a respiratory reaction in life-threatening anaphylaxis.

 Food sensitivity reactions, on the other hand, are mediated by IgG antibodies and a compound called Complement which are bound to immune complexes. A significant action of Complement is to recruit inflammatory cells to the area. Therefore, it contributes to tissue inflammation and symptomatology. These reactions, mediated by IgG, are called delayed hypersensitivity reactions because they can occur anywhere from hours to days after ingestion. Because the result isn’t immediate, the symptoms are more difficult to discern. These insidious symptoms such as a slow onset of lethargy or fatigue can be nearly impossible to pair with a previously ingested food. Since food sensitivities aren’t immediately life threatening like food allergies, they are often dismissed and not readily recognized, especially conventionally. However, these food sensitivities that are often ignored can have a great impact on your long-term health.

If we are eating several foods that are causing this IgG reaction on a regular basis, there will always be an underlying level of inflammation in the body. These foods are not only uncommon allergens, but they can be anything at all. The healthiest foods, with an example of wild salmon or broccoli, can cause this reaction as any other food can. Over time, this inflammation will reach a sort of threshold that will result in tissue damage and symptomatology.

The digestive system is integral to all of this inflammation because a large percentage of the body’s immune system resides within the tissues surrounding the gut. This is because the gut is a very essential barrier between the inside of the body and the outside world. The entire gastrointestinal tract from beginning to end is essentially one continuous tunnel. Nutrient absorption occurs at the level of the small intestine and the barrier is what allows nutrients to come in and all else to stay out of the gut.

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, occurs when the integrity of the lining of the intestinal tract is compromised. In a healthy state, the gut lining, made up of enterocytes, has a tight barrier that controls what is able to be absorbed. When enterocytes or the proteins that form bonds between them are damaged, microscopic holes are formed. Then bacteria, viruses, toxins and partially digested food from the gut are able to penetrate the tissues and escape into your bloodstream and also to the immune cells of the gut. These “foreign objects, or invaders”  are marked by the immune system as pathogens and attacked. More immune cells from the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (the immune system in the gut) are recruited. When large amounts of pathogens escape, other parts of the body such as the liver contribute to the response, increasing the systemic inflammation and gearing up the immune system. Bacteria particles and toxins cause generalized inflammation by stimulating the release of chemical messengers that travel in the blood and tell white blood cells to attack. These chemical messengers are called inflammatory cytokines and are responsible for widespread inflammation because there is not a specific target tissue. This resulting immune activation with immune complexes being formed causes further destruction to the gut barrier. Now a vicious cycle is occurring where more and more food proteins and pathogens are going in and the gut is getting more damaged. This in turn causes further food sensitivities, or reactions to more and more foods, as the immune system is working overtime. Probiotics play a role here, as growing evidence suggests that the gut microbiome is a key factor of the gut barrier. Probiotics may be able to reverse leaky gut by enhancing the production of proteins in the gut lining.

How can this scenario affect the rest of the body and cause any number of chronic conditions? These immune complexes won’t just stay local to the gut but will also travel in the bloodstream to distant areas including joints, skin, nervous tissue or endocrine tissue. They can travel virtually anywhere in the body, causing tissue damage. In individuals with a genetic predisposition, a leaky gut may allow environmental factors to enter the body and trigger the initiation and development of autoimmune disease. This is because a leaky gut provides the trigger to the body to produce antibodies as well as an extra stimulus to the immune system. These two factors, in addition to the third factor of which is genetics, are the necessary elements for autoimmune disease to develop.

The scenario painted above does indeed appear to be grim. The ongoing end result for many is enduring years of chronic illness or symptomatology without knowing that certain foods have caused or contributed to these conditions. However, you don’t have to continue with your symptoms, wondering which foods are causing what, or periodically avoiding certain foods thinking they might be the culprit. If you experience any ongoing symptoms, consider being tested for food sensitivities. Almost any food can be a sensitivity, and genetics as well as other factors control the immune response, so the types of foods reacted to vary quite a bit for each person.

There is one test on the market facilitated by health professionals that measures both IgG and Complement. The test utilizes methods that yield the most complete profiles of the causative agents in food sensitivities. The methods used detect both IgG antibody and Complement antigen together in order to determine the reactivity of each sample against a wide variety of food antigens. This test stands out over others because it includes the necessary component of Complement. As mentioned above, Complement is even more important that the IgG response to food. Even if there are several foods with a significant IgG reaction, the foods that bring Complement into play are the ones that significantly boost the immune response and have the potential to do the most tissue damage. Most testing only looks at IgG, which is only part of the picture, and leaves out the sensitivity and specificity that Complement provides. This test is the most sensitive test available clinically and measures 132 foods, colorings and additives. It also tests for leaky gut, so there is a tremendous amount of information obtained from the results.

Undergoing food sensitivity testing is just the beginning step for gut healing to take place. The offending foods causing an immune reaction, or an IgG and Complement response, need to be eliminated for a period of time. Then, a gut healing protocol has to be put into place. Based on the test results, we design a 12 week elimination of the inflammatory foods, followed by a systematic reintroduction to check for reactions. During this time, if a gut healing regimen is closely followed, antibody production in response to a given food will decrease or be eliminated within that time. If this is the case, you will most likely be able to reintroduce the food again without symptoms. The testing is a huge opportunity to identify the offending foods that have been causing inflammation in your body and to finally address the problem. It is not enough, however, to just identify the offending foods. Removing the foods to reduce the inflammation and give the gut a reprieve provides a window of opportunity to actually put in the work to heal the gut without the stimulus of those foods. Therefore, both of these factors are critical. If the above is effectively done, there is enormous potential for healing to take place, to be able to enjoy the foods again, and best of all, for symptomatology to be alleviated and even eliminated.


Dr. Alia Elias, N.D., M.S.O.M.



 Learn more about Dr. Alia and her business, Your RX Meals at her website: http://www.yourrxmeals.com/what-we-do/

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