TAG: Nutrition

Best Eat Your Oats

Eat Your Oats

  Oats are among the health-promoting superfoods. Study findings reported by the Whole Grains Council and the George Mateljan Foundation suggest that oats reduce the risk of many different illnesses, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight. Weight control: A study of 204 overweight adults found that eating whole-grain oat-based cereal twice a day helped subjects to reduce their waistlines. A control group eating the same number of calories did not achieve the same waist-circumference reduction. Other research has found that whole grains create a greater feeling of satiety than white bread (which reduces the likelihood of food… read more

Fennel Facts and Flavor

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Fennel is an attractive plant with a pale bulb and light feathery leaves. It is a member of the Umbellifereae family, which includes carrots, coriander, parsley, and dill. All three parts of the fennel plant – bulbs, leaves, and seeds – are edible. It provides fresh produce from fall through spring, a time when many other food plants have stopped producing. Fennel’s flavor contains hints of anise or licorice, and the texture of its bulb is similar to that of celery, though fennel is slightly sweet. Fennel is low in calories and high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and manganese,… read more

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Recent strikes have been occurring over the past few months and probably more are in the works for the restaurant industry. Fair wages are on the itinerary, and low wage workers are tired of waiting. If you have ever been employed in fast food production or know someone who has, this is a pertinent subject. Long hours, no benefits, and often irregular schedules can also come with a side of low pay for many food service workers. Fast food is no stranger to criticism over rising obesity levels and poor nutrition. However, healthy options offered or not, current society is… read more

Nutritious Molasses

Nutritious molasses

Molasses is a nutritionally concentrated by-product of the sugar refining process. The nutrients that white sugar loses during processing are retained in molasses. Molasses is a source of calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. In fact, it actually provides more iron than red meat with fewer calories and no fat. There are several different types of molasses. Light molasses (also known as Barbados), which is less viscous and higher in sugar, is produced the first time the sugar cane is boiled during processing. Dark molasses, a thicker molasses created during the second sugar cane boiling cycle, is darker in color and… read more

An Apple a Day

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Apples are a member of the rose plant family, a diverse group that also includes almonds, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and raspberries. Throughout the world, there are 75,000 varieties of apples grown. The results of numerous studies suggest that the old adage – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – has merit. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, apples provide a number of health benefits. As a good source of fiber and antioxidants, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. They also contain phytonutrients that assist in the regulation of blood sugar. In addition, studies… read more

Top 10 Vitamin B12 Rich Foods

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B-12 is the most complex vitamin. A slight deficiency of vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression. Whilst a long term deficiency can potentially cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system. Vitamin B-12 can only be manufactured by bacteria and can only be found naturally in animal products, however, synthetic forms are widely available and added to many foods like cereals. Vitamin B-12 can be consumed in large doses because excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce. Stores of B-12 can last for up to… read more

Organic Pantry Basics

Organic Pantry Basics

Sometimes we are so rushed we feel that we don’t have time to eat the healthiest foods. Having a few things on hand makes it easier to resist the not so good choices. Since the pantry is often the starting point for a home cooked meal or a wholesome snack, it is smart to keep it stocked with some quality basics so good food can be readily available. To start, organic. Whole wheat unbleached flours are a great alternative to white flours. White flours are bleached and refined, meaning they have been processed. This makes their shelf life longer, helps keeps… read more

Eating Well At School (in Los Angeles At Least)

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For students, the promotion of optimal eating habits dictated in health class are often undermined in the school cafeteria. Here, plastic tray compartments are filled with formless food that serves as the object of disconcerting contemplation. Home life clearly plays an influential  role in the development of healthy eating habits, however, from an early age children spend a majority of their day in the school environment. It is here that their choices are defined, with most kids eating lunch and even breakfast at school. While this can be seen as an opportunity for schools to promote nutritious decisions, most lunch programs are… read more

Marvellous Maple Syrup

Marvellous Maple Syrup

Obtained from the sap of red, black, silver, and sugar maple trees in certain regions of North America, maple syrup is less calorific and richer in minerals than honey and healthier than white sugar. Maple syrup provides important minerals such as manganese, which boosts antioxidant activity, and zinc, which promotes heart health and reproductive health (especially for men). Both minerals also aid immune function. There are several types of maple syrup. In the United States, they are categorized using U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grades. Grade A maple syrups include Light, Medium, and Dark Amber types. Lighter maple syrup has… read more

We’re Right To Be Crazy For Coconuts

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The coconut is one of the world’s most nutritious and health-promoting foods. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it has traditionally been used as both a food and a medicine to treat a broad array of illnesses. According to the Coconut Research Center (2004), recent research suggests that coconuts do indeed have many health promoting benefits, including: Helping to protect against disease-causing organisms (viruses, bacteria, and fungi); improving digestion and nutrient absorption; reducing the risk of osteoporosis, certain cancers, bladder and kidney problems, liver disease, and dental disease; reducing seizures among epileptics; supporting thyroid function; reducing skin problems associated with… read more