TAG: Nuts

Food Straight From The Trash

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Growing fruits and vegetables from seeds is one way to grow your own, but another way to cultivate your own plants can be done with the parts of food that is normally thrown away. This process is simple and can definitely extend a grocery budget, as applying this economical way of gardening utilizes all of the plant. DIY-n-Crafts has a resource guide and instructions on how to grow 25 different foods from scraps. Consider the climate and indoor temperature when choosing which items to grow. Ideas for produce that grows well this way are fruits and vegetables like pineapples, avocados, carrots,… read more

Food For The Future

Food For The Future

In 2011, the Environmental Working Group released a report comparing the environmental impacts of various protein sources. The study found that lamb, beef, cheese, pork, and farmed salmon are the worst for the environment in terms of greenhouse gases produced. With the exception of farmed salmon, they also require the most inputs (feed, fuel, water, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc.) and generate the most manure. Turkey, chicken, canned tuna, and eggs also scored highly for greenhouse gas emissions. Where do all these greenhouse gas emissions come from? A lot of this pollution is caused by feed production and the nitrogen dioxide… read more

Top Ten Nuts To Eat

Top 10 Nuts to Eat

Nuts are high in protein and ‘good’ fats that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Here are the specific benefits of commonly sourced nuts which should be included in your daily diet. Macadamia – High in monounsaturated fat, which also makes them high in calories. Macadamias are a great source of protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fibre and are low in sodium. Pecan – Pecans are a good source of thiamin, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin E. They also contain fibre and anti-antioxidants. Hazelnut – Hazelnuts contain Tontain, the plant enzyme, which helps to lower cholesterol. Hazelnuts have… read more

Why We Should Be Nutty for Nuts

Nutty for Nuts

Nuts have had a roller-coaster of a time in the last few years. They are in fashion one minute, then out the next. As they are a high-fat food, health concious people commonly avoid them. However, they are actually packed with good fats which are necessary for your metabolism and heart function. Apparently a handful of nuts a day can rapidly reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. They provide a balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which help manage cholesterol and body weight. They contain high levels of Plant Omega-3’s which have heart health properties and anti-aging benefits…. read more

Anti-inflammatory Foods

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Inflammation is one way that the body defends itself against illness-causing microbes (viruses, bacteria, and fungi), as well as assisting in the repair of damage to muscles and other tissues. However, for many people, the inflammatory process becomes chronic, at which point it can trigger a broad array of health problems including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. There are a number of risk factors for chronic inflammation, including smoking, lack of exercise, exposure to toxins, stress, and a diet high in fast foods or processed snack foods. Many of these risk factors have become more common in… read more

Top 10 Antioxidant Foods

Blueberries and Cherry Tomatoes, Jennifer Copley

Antioxidants may help to protect against many diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration, by neutralizing the free radicals that damage cells. Research indicates that it’s far better to get these nutrients from whole foods than supplements. Top antioxidant food sources include: Spices: Cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, ginger, and mustard power are particularly high in antioxidants. Nuts: Walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, and hazelnuts are top nut choices for antioxidant content. Herbs: Oregano takes the top spot for antioxidant power, though peppermint, dill, rosemary, thyme, winter savory, and Vietnamese coriander are good as well. Berries: All colorful berries… read more

Walnuts: A Healthy Choice

Walnuts

Walnuts are nutritional powerhouses, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, antioxidants, and other beneficial ingredients. Nutrients found in walnuts help to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. Although all nuts provide health benefits, a recent study found that walnuts are the richest in antioxidants (American Chemical Society, 2011). According to the George Mateljan Foundation (2012), nearly 95% of people don’t eat any tree nuts at all, which is unfortunate because those who do eat nuts consume significantly more fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium than their nut-avoiding counterparts. Research indicates that… read more

Calcium Other Than Dairy

Calcium rich foods

I don’t know about you, but when I have dairy something strange happens. It’s not a major upset, just an un-ease. A little queasy and, well, mucous-y. Gross, I know! I’m not positive that I am lactose (milk sugar) intolerant, just perhaps a tad sensitive to it. Frankly, I feel better when I don’t eat dairy and I know a fair amount of people in the same boat. Concerning, as this is the food group where we are supposed to get our intake of calcium, right? Well, there are many food sources rich in calcium, just not as heavily publicized… read more