TAG: Protein

Whole Bean Flour Highs

Whole bean flour

While most of us know how nutrient dense beans are, you wouldn’t often think of beans as being the main ingredient in classic baked goods. However, bean flours work surprisingly well when used to make traditional fare like cookies, lemon squares, and pancakes in place of wheat flour. Only bean flours can do (and offer) a little bit more than wheat flours. Most bean flours are made by pulverizing dried or over-ripe beans until very fine and, as is the goal, of a flour-like consistency. Unlike wheat flours, beans do not oxidize, nor are they bleached as is often the… read more

Soy What?

Soy And Human Health

Some studies indicate that soy is a superfood while others have linked it to health problems. Why has research yielded such conflicting results? Many of the studies supporting soy’s health benefits have taken place in Asian countries where people eat more fermented soy products (miso, tempeh, etc.). Those in Europe and North America tend to consume unfermented and highly processed soy products, many of which contain trans fats and artificial additives, and to eat soy protein in larger quantities, so health outcomes are bound to differ. Soy is considered a health food for a number of reasons. One cup of… read more

Peanut Butter – Healthy?

Peanut butter

Peanuts, often consumed in the form of peanut butter, are not actually nuts; they’re highly nutritious legumes (a group that includes peas, beans, and lentils). Despite its fat and sodium content, peanut butter can be considered a health food for a number of reasons: Peanut butter contains fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients. Peanut butter has a similar ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat as olive oil, which is considered to be among the healthiest foods (saturated fat is fine in moderation; it only becomes a problem when people eat too much of it, which is common with modern… read more

Free Range Eggs Are Best

Benefits of free range eggs

In addition to being a great source of protein, eggs contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other health-promoting substances. However, recent studies have shown that not all eggs are created equal. There are many types of eggs available, including organic, free range, free run, and regular eggs with no special classification. Free range hens are not kept in cages and they have outdoor access at least part of the time. Eggs labeled “organic” are also free range because to obtain the organic label, the hens that produce them must be allowed to go outdoors. However, there are much stricter guidelines… read more

Meat vs Plant Diets

Animal based diet vs plant based diet

Increasing amounts of meat are consumed annually across the globe. The consumption of meat is associated with higher obesity rates, bad cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. Animal protein is one of the main risk factors for cancer and 23 percent of global water usage is used to raise livestock.  This includes 80 percent of freshwater in the U.S. These numbers can be overwhelming and you may wonder where you fit within all these statistics, but there is great deal that can be achieved by one person. It can start with a change in diet. First we must realize that vegan and… read more