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Largely unknown in the English-speaking world, the supposed health benefits of canary seeds are famous in the Spanish-speaking world. Traditionally used to feed pet canaries, canary seeds are the main ingredient in a drink called leche alpiste (Spanish for "milk of canary seeds"). The drink is supposed to be great for improving internal health. Some even claim that the drink can heal diabetes. Whatever the health benefits, drink preparation is easy.

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Soak five tbsp. of the seeds overnight in water. Soak them in a bowl, glass, or jar. Use clean water.

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Drain the seeds in the morning.

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Put the seeds in a blender. Add water, about 1 liter, and blend. You can also add milk or rice milk and honey.

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Drink a big glass when you wake up and another before bed.

Warning

Don't add fruit or sugar. Refined sugar will destroy the enzymes, and so will the acids in fruit. Consumption of canary seeds has been linked to esophageal cancer.

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Bob Romanov has been writing since 1990, specializing in music technology and video games. He makes music professionally and has built several of his own electronic instruments. He is an authority on all kinds of video games, from vintage Atari 2600 to the newest generation of console and PC games. Romanov holds a bachelor's degree from Goddard College.