Grow And Eat Swiss Chard For Good Health

Grow And Eat Swiss Chard For Good Health

Swiss chard is a nutrient rich vegetable, containing high levels of essential minerals and vitamins like K, A and C and is a great source of phytonutrients. It has been specified as being one of the most healthful vegetables, coming in second to spinach. This leafy produce may get overlooked amidst other greens, but giving it a try will brighten up foods and give your diet a nutritional boost. The leaves, which have a sweeter flavor, are great for adding vibrant color to salads, pastas and other dishes. The stems can also be eaten and contain glutamine. This can aid… read more

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

There is nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handmade gift. Whether purchased from a Fair Trade supplier and made by a skilled artist or made right at home, the following are a few ideas for gifts that will be appreciated. Connected Fair Trade Goods & Gifts has beautiful artisan gift ideas to inspire some gift giving ideas. Giving someone a bit of relaxation is something that can always be used. Beautiful and fragrant soaps and bath supplies are always a good go-to present. Handcrafted jewelry, like this necklace made with cowry shells, would make a unique present. Cowry shells were actually a… read more

Top 12 Must-Read Foodie Books

Food Books

Here are 12 must-read books for those who are interested in food, health, and sustainability: 1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan – A fascinating investigation into the ways in which industrial, organic, and alternative foods are produced and distributed, and their social, moral, political, and economic implications. 2. Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare by F. Bailey Norwood and Jason L. Lusk – An exploration of ethical issues, the feasibility of various animal welfare measures, and what could be done to promote the health and happiness of farm animals…. read more

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Peppermint candy sticks have been around for centuries, though there is some uncertainty as to where they originated from. Many accounts point back to Germany, around the 16th and 17th century. The ones found on the shelves today are a bit different than the ones from 100’s of years ago, as the originals were likely to contain real peppermint oils and current varieties often have synthetic peppermint flavoring. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for ailments like stomach upset, to aid digestion and calm sore throats. Making your own peppermint stick candy or dressing up store… read more

What Really Happens To Food In The Microwave?

What Really Happens To Food In The Microwave?

Some experts say that microwave cooking is not a healthful way to heat foods. Some studies have even shown that using microwaves may decrease the nutritional value of foods. However, many households have one. So, what does microwave cooking really do to your food? First off, how do microwaves work? Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Magnetrons, found inside microwave ovens, produce microwave radiation by discharging pulses of microwaves which bounce off of things they come into contact with, yielding an amount of energy. The process affects the water molecules that are found inside of food and increases the temperature…. read more

Flu Fighting Foods

Flu Fighting Foods

With the flu season having started earlier than usual this year it is vital to stay healthy. These are a few foods to help your body ward off the bugs this time. Garlic: Garlic can be added to just about any dish and it will almost always enhance the flavor. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Yogurt: The digestive tract is one of your biggest immune organs, so keep disease-causing germs out with probiotics and prebiotics, found in naturally fermented foods like yogurt. Frozen yogurt is a great option also instead of the sugar loaded ice… read more

Not Just For Halloween

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The pumpkin is one of the most versatile of vegetables. It can be made into muffins, pie, soups, salads, and even as a sweet or savoury dish. It is classed as a superfood as it is fantastic for your skin containing Vitamins A, C, E and zinc which help to prevent wrinkles. It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and combined with its high levels of antioxidants, can prevent arthritis and joint inflammation. The phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. It is said to be beneficial to sufferers of depression, can prevent kidney stones, is a diuretic and is also used… read more

Tainted Turmeric

Tainted Turmeric

Spices can add flavor to dishes, and many are also sources of essential nutrients and can contain healthful properties. What has recently been discovered, however, is making consumers worldwide question the safety of their foods once again. The latest scare among the food supply lies within powdered spices. Turmeric, thought to be imported from Bangladesh, has just been recalled as it was found to contain high levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and can onset a myriad of health issues, especially in developing children. Levels that measured as high as 48 parts per million were found… read more

Growing Plants on Mars: The Future of Martian Agriculture

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For years we have been determined to stick our flag in Martian soil. There are even opportunities for future volunteers to be launched off to Mars by 2023 – with over 200,000 applicants vying for one of just 4 available (and permanent) slots. Perhaps the most critical factor in determining the likelihood of human colonization on Mars is whether we can successfully implement a self-sustaining agricultural system within the planet’s extreme climate. Ever since the Mars rover, “curiosity”, took to the red planet, there has been a steady spike in proposals for Martian agriculture. Most utilize the idea of hydro-… read more

Are Oats Really Gluten-Free?

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Often,  those who wish, by preference or necessity, to avoid wheat products seek out alternative grains that are feasible as a replacement. Usually, this includes rice, corn, and oats. However, while raw whole oats themselves do not possess wheat proteins (and thus, gluten), they are bound to acquire gluten through cross-contamination during commercial food processing. In addition to patients with Celiac disease, gluten can pose problems for those with diabetes, Hashimoto’s and other forms of hyperthyroidism, and to those with a general intolerance. Oats are not the only naturally wheat-free food to acquire gluten. Rice, corn, cocoa, and even coffee… read more