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When we start using recipes, we may want to get some information about the ingredients we are using. This Glossary offers some of that information. Hover over the slightly highlighted Keywords to see an Image, a Description and a link to a related website for detailed information.

  • Almond~Milk

    At its most basic, almond milk is a drink made from ground almonds and water. It is a popular plant-based alternative to cow’s milk or an addition to it. Almond milk is not dairy. It is a tasty dairy-free, soy-free lactose-free product. Almond milk is made by blending almonds with water and straining them. Sweeteners or salts may then be added.

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  • Almonds

    Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds, approximately 1 ounce, contains one-eighth of our daily protein needs. Almonds may be eaten on their own, raw, or toasted; they are available sliced, flaked, slivered, as flour, oil, butter, or almond milk. The health benefits of almonds have been documented for centuries, and modern research is backing up many of these claims - there any many goods reasons for people to include them in their diet.

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  • Apple

    Apples are one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and they are also low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol.

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  • Avocado

    1. Avocados are a Heart-Healthy Nutrient Dense Food. Nutrient dense foods are those that provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories. One-third of a medium avocado (50g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient dense food choice.  2. Contains Good Fats. 3. Naturally Sodium, Sugar and Cholesterol Free.  4. Helps increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, K and E. 5. Great for Babies and Kids. Has a creamy consistency.

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  • Bananas

    Bananas are a rich source of carbohydrates, mainly starch in unripe bananas and sugars in ripe bananas. Bananas are a significant source of several vitamins and minerals, especially potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Its fiber - resistant starch and pectin - appears to have beneficial effects on intestinal health. They moderate the rise in blood sugar after a meal.

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  • Bitter Guord

    Although this Guord has a bitter taste, this vegetable is enriched with several nutritious benefits that improve overall health. Check out some useful information about bitter gourds in the website mentioned below.

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  • Black pepper

    Black pepper is used everywhere in the world in different ways depending upon the recipes. It adds flavor and taste and is good for health. Visit this site for more information about Black Pepper. Black-Pepper Green Peppercorns
  • Cardamom

    Cardamom is a very flavorful spice usually used for desserts in India. There are numerous health benefits by using Cardamom.

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    Cardamom

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  • Carrots

    The health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, lower risk of heart attacks, warding off of certain cancers, improved vision and reduced signs of premature aging. Furthermore, carrots have the ability to increase the health of your skin, boost the immune system, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular health, detoxify the body, and boost oral health in a variety of ways. They also provide a well-rounded influx of vitamins and minerals.

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  • Cashews

    Cashews are heart-protective, anti-oxidant, magnesium rich, prevent gall stones, lower risk of weight gain etc.

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    Cashews

  • Cayenne

    Cayenne Pepper adds spice, color and taste to any savory dish. Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments.

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  • Channa Dahl

    Channa dahl is delicious, nutritious and easily digested. High in fiber; lowers cholesterol, good for diabetes, and a great source of vitamins and nutrients.

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    Channa Dahl

    Channa Dahl

  • Chayote Squash

    Chayote like pumpkin is one of the vegetables which is very low calories; provide just 16 calories per 100 g and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. However, it is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Being a low-calorie and fiber-rich vegetable; the dieticians often recommend it in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

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  • Cilantro

    Cilantro is widely employed in savory dishes in almost all parts of the world. The herb carries many notable plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. Plant coriander is quite similar to dill in terms of utility where both its leaves as well as seeds can be used in cuisine. Cilantro & Coriander have a long history of Anti~Inflammatory properties. It’s been shown to lower cholesterol, help with Anxiety, be Anti~Microbal & Anti~Diabetic. It is also been shown to be helpful in removing Heavy Metals from the body, especially Mercury.

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  • Coconut

    Coconut is a very versatile and indispensable food item for most people under the tropical belt. It is a complete food rich in calories, vitamins, and minerals. A medium-sized nut carrying 400 g edible food and some 30-150 ml of water may provide almost all the daily-required essential minerals, vitamins, and energy of an average-sized individual.

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  • Coriander

    Coriander, commonly known as Dhania in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the Americas is an herb used around the world as a condiment with a pleasant aroma, raw or dried and powdered. Its health benefits are too many to specify here.

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  • Cumin

    Cumin seeds have great taste, add wonderful taste and flavor to any food. It has great health benefits too. It has Iron for Energy and Immune Function, and great for digestion, cancer prevention and many more great qualities.

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  • Curry Leaves

    Kadi patta, or Karuvepillai, or curry leaves is a staple in Indian dishes. Commonly used as seasoning, this leaf adds a special flavour to every dish. But there is more to the humble curry leaf than simply flavour. Packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality. Here are few health benefits of kadi patta.

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  • Daikon

    Daikon is the long and white Asian variety of Radish. One benefit that you can get from daikon is its ability to improve digestion, thanks to an enzyme called diastase, which helps relieve indigestion, heartburn and may even curb hangovers. Discover the many benefits and culinary uses of daikon, and why you will not regret adding it to your diet.

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  • Dairy~Milk

    Cow's milk is the best source of calcium and vitamin D in the diet. Milk is a rich source of protein too. This nutritious drink is perfect for balancing a meal or as a snack. Depending on the type of cow's milk you select, the nutrition facts will vary accordingly, especially regarding the calories and fat content.

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  • Fenugreek

    Fenugreek seeds are tiny, bitter seeds of herb fenugreek. However, when you use a little bit in the recipes that call for it, their bitterness disappears. Toasted gently, they exhibit strongly aromatic flavor. Traditionally, fenugreeks have been found use to cure digestive problems along with other wonderful benefits.

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    Fungreek Seeds
  • Fresh Broccoli

    Broccoli is green and beautiful. It is related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These vegetables are known for their beneficial health effects, and are sometimes referred to as the “super veggies.” Broccoli is high in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron and potassium. Broccoli also contains more protein than most other vegetables.

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  • Garlic

    Garlic is closely related to onions, shallots and leeks. It is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste. However, the main use of garlic has been also for its health and medicinal properties. Calorie for calorie, garlic is incredibly nutritious. Garlic contains: Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, Fiber, decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1. Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need. This is coming with 42 calories, with 1.8 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbs. Click here for nutritional information about Garlic

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  • Green Chillies

    Although this Guord has a bitter taste, this vegetable is enriched with several nutritious benefits that improve overall health. Check out some useful information about bitter gourds in the website mentioned below.

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  • Green Peas

    Many people think peas are just a poor man’s food or a cheap restaurant side-dish that puts ‘green’ on your plate.

    Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for your health and the whole planet. Here are some of the benefits : Weight Management, Stomach cancer prevention, Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy, Prevention of wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis and candida, Blood sugar regulation, Heart disease prevention, Prevent constipation, Healthy bones, Reduces bad cholesterol and Healthy for the environment.

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  • Hing

    Asafoetida (Hing) has amazing medicinal properties, especially good for reactions from allergies or insect stings. Someone had such a severe reaction and the face puffed up. When 3 or four small, raw Asafoetida pieces were inserted into small banana pieces and swallowed, it gradually reduced the puffiness and was cured in about 30 minutes. Given its numerous therapeutic and curative powers, this spice is also referred to as the ‘Food of the Gods’.

    By itself, Asafoetida has a strong smell. But when cooked the smell disappears or adds a nice subtle flavor. It is an acquired taste, but worth it. It is called "Perungayam" in Tamil.

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  • Honeydew Melon

    Honeydew melon makes a refreshing treat on a hot summer day, but it’s also a low-calorie and healthy choice any time you need to feed a craving for sweets. Whether enjoyed fresh or added to a fruit salad, honeydew delivers iron, B vitamins and essential nutrients.

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  • Japanese Eggplant

    Japanese eggplants are long and slender with an oblong shape. Its glossy skin has a purple-black hue and does not require peeling prior to use. Japanese eggplants are known to maintain their skin color even when cooked. Their interior cream colored flesh is spongy and nearly seedless. Japanese eggplant's flavor is mild and it is nearly seedless Japanese eggplant is available year-round. Eggplant skin contains 'nasunin,' a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that protects cell membranes of the brain from damage. Eggplants also contain vitamin C, potassium, folate and dietary fiber, particularly in the eggplants skin. When a thin-skinned eggplant is desired, Japanese eggplant is the ideal variety. The eggplant's sponge-like texture qualities allow it to easily take on flavorings. Japanese eggplants are amenable to a variety of cooking methods including sautéing, pan-frying, deep frying, grilling, pickling, and especially baking. Click here for nutritional information about Japanese Eggplants Japanese Eggplants

  • Large Mangoes

    In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The Dietary Guidelines recommend that healthy adults consume 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (based on a daily consumption of 1,200 to 3,200 total calories). That’s where mangos come in! The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet.

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  • Lemons

    The health benefits of lemon include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, while it also benefits your hair and skin. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemons help to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood purifier. Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. It is well known as a useful treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes and lowering body temperature. As a refreshing drink, lemonade helps you to stay calm and cool.

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  • Lentils

    Lentils are a high-protein, high-fiber member of the legume family. Like a mini version of a bean, lentils grow in pods and come in red, brown, black, and green varieties. They are relatively quick and easy to prepare compared with dried beans, and their low cost makes them an accessible form of high-quality protein for many people around the world. Lentils are an excellent source of molybdenum and folate. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus and manganese. Additionally they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6.

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  • Mangoes

    In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that healthy adults consume 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (based on a daily consumption of 1,200 to 3,200 total calories). That’s where mangos come in! The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. The following statements have been reviewed and approved by USDA following FDA guidelines for nutrition statements.

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  • Marjoram

    Marjoram has delicate sweet flavor, and subtle pungent taste. The herb composes many notable phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness. The herb parts contain certain chemical constituents that are known to work as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Fresh herb has high levels of vitamin-C, beta-carotene, vitamin-A, vitamin-K and other compounds that play a protective role in aging and various disease processes. Marjoram herb carries a good amount of minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium. Furthermore, its dry leaves are an excellent source of iron.

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  • Mexican Chili Powder

    This spice adds a piquant and flavorful taste to any delicacy. Tt is widely used in Indian dishes, Tex-Mex recipes, Chinese cuisines and Thai foods. Just a dash or two of chili powder can kick up the taste of your palate! It is also a powerhouse of tremendous medicinal and health benefiting properties.

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    Mexican Chili Peppers

    Mexican Chili Peppers

  • Mung Dahl

    Mung beans are colorful and tasty. Prevent sepsis, low in calories, sodium and fat, have powerful antitioxidant properties that fight disease and protect your body. Fight bad LDL cholesterol, inhibit cancerous tumors, regulate hormones, have anti-aging properties, low gycemic load, weight loss,and has a bunch of vitamins.

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    Yellow Split Mung Dahl

    Yellow Split Mung Dahl

  • Mushrooms

    Often grouped with vegetables, mushrooms provide many of the nutritional attributes of produce, as well as attributes more commonly found in meat, beans or grains. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more. Click here for nutritional information about Mushroom Mushrooms Sliced

  • Mustard Seeds

    Mustard Seeds add flavor to a dish. It is popular especially in South India. They have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory qualities.

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    Mustard Seeds

    Mustard Seeds

  • Nutmeg

    Pleasantly aromatic, nutmeg is actually seed kernel of fruit-nutmeg. It is one of the highly prized spices known since antiquity for its aromatic, aphrodisiac, and curative properties. Nutmeg Click here for further information about Nutmeg Click here for another Site {Click and hold on the Keyword, then move the cursor over the tool tip, then click on the Site Link above.}
  • Olive Oil

    Extra virgin olive oil is one of the best edible oils with its pleasant flavor, antioxidant properties and health benefits. It also has one of the highest level of monounsaturated fatty acids of all oils, which studies have shown may help lower your risk of heart disease by improving related risk factors, and is also rich in fat-soluble vitamin K and vitamin E.

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  • Oregano

    Not only does oregano provide food flavor, there are also a substantial number of health claims associated with its potent antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. To know about its multitude of health benefits, please click on the link below.

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  • Pepperoncini Peppers

    These pickled peppers are usually bought canned. Typically used for salads.

    Pepperoncini Peppers
  • Pineapples

    Pineapples are one of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. They are a good source of many nutrients, such as vitamin C, manganese, copper and folate. Pineapples are also the only source of the plant compound bromelain. Bromelain is associated with many health benefits, such as enhanced immune function, cancer prevention, improved wound healing and better gut health. Pineapples are delicious when consumed fresh, but they can also be enjoyed as juice, dried, canned, or as an ingredient in various recipes.

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  • Raisins

    Raisins are anti-oxidant, has anti-inflammatory anti-cancer, blood cholesterol lowering properties. They are free of gluten toxin.

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    Raisins

  • Red Chillies

    Red Chili Peppers add zest to flavorful dishes. A dried Chili Pepper has excellent nutritional values, including a long list of Vitamins and Nutrients. It is really very good for health, taken in moderate quantity.

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    Red Chili Peppers

    Red Chili Peppers

  • Red Radish

    Offering a peppery, satisfying crunch with every bite, radishes have a unique place in the hearts of veggie lovers. Radishes are a very good source of vitamin C – 25% of the daily recommended value. There are several other benefits too.

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  • Rice

    Rice is beneficial for cholesterol-free diet, blood pressure management, cancer prevention, skin care, and great source of energy.

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  • Scallions

    Scallion, commonly known as green onion, spring onion, or salad onion, is a small onion with long leaves that are considered a necessity in many recipes. The green onion's medicinal part is its stem. It works as well as an antipyretic, expectorant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It is effective against colds, headaches, chills to the stomach, indigestion, and also for insomnia. The white stem contains a lot of glucose and allyl sulfides. Use it is a raw condiment to many foods by finely chopping the fresh white stem. 

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  • Serrano Peppers

    Serrano Peppers are used as a chili pepper. They add flavor and taste to a food item when balanced with the right amount of salt.

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  • Spinach

    Spinach is a green, leafy vegetable that is cheap and affordable for everyone. It is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients. All of these together make spinach very beneficial for a number of vital processes. Due to the vast range of benefits from this vegetable, it is advisable to consume spinach on a regular basis. Visit this Site for information about Spinach. SpinachSpinach Spinach CookedSpinach Cooked

  • Strawberries

    Delicious, rich-red, sweet, yet gently tangy strawberries are among the most popular berries. These berries are native to Europe, however, nowadays cultivated in many temperate regions all over the world.

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  • Tamarind

    Many individuals add tamarind to their vegetarian cuisines to enhance their taste and offer a tangy taste. Also, tamarind offers many nutritional benefits.

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  • Tomatoes

    Tomato is considered both, a fruit and vegetable and forms an integral part of cuisines all across the globe. Daily consumption of tomatoes provides a great boost to health, along with improving the flavor of food. You find them in countless different foods in every possible cuisine, from breakfast to dinner.  Tomatoes are also an excellent source vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E and phosphorus.

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  • Toor Dahl

    Toor Dahl is used a lot in India, and almost daily in South India. It is a great source of protein. It is used as a base in Sambar, which is a sauce or stew or vegetarian gravy (for lack of a better term), that is eaten mixed with cooked Rice, or as a side dish for Idli's (sort of muffins) and Dosa's (sort of crispy pancakes). It is also used as the base for a soup-like dish called Rasam (which actually means essence). While Rasam is used in a regular meal, since it has spices and herbs that have medicinal properties, it is also used with a little bit of rice when someone is sick and their digestive system is weak, or some prefer to drink it from a cup.

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  • Turmeric

    Turmeric has a beautiful bright yellow color and great flavor. It is an anti-inflammatory and relief from so many diseases. Its benefits are too many to be listed here.

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    Turmeric Powder

    Turmeric Powder

  • Urad Dahl

    Urad dahl has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which are required by the body. This dahl is a very rich source of proteins and Vitamin B.

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    Urad Dahl

  • Walnuts

    Walnuts are rich source of energy and hold several health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness.

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  • Yoghurt

    Yoghurt is considered an essential food for health. It is made from milk, but much more easily digestible. It is really good for healthy skin. Helps with cancer intestinal maladies, prevents osteoporosis, depression, allergies, immune system. Helps cases with anorexia and bulimia, drug addiction, alcoholics etc. etc.

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    Mountain High Yoghurt

  • Zucchini

    A favorite among low-carb dieters and anyone who wants to lose weight fast, zucchini has a very low score on the glycemic index. Due to its high water percentage, zucchini is low in calories, carbs and sugars, but high in essential nutrients like potassium, manganese, and antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A. To add more filling volume to your meals with little extra calories, you can use zucchini in a variety of different cuisines and recipes: a healthy raw snack, dip, side dish or even vegetarian entrée.

     

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