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The Remarkable Radish is Full of Health Benefits

By |July 25th, 2017|

The radish with its crispiness and the peppery taste makes a perfect finger food and adds a tasty crunch. Raw radishes are great in salads.  Also, they make tasty pickles and even are tasty in a stir fry or soup.  Juicy radishes can be long or round and colorfully red, black, white,  purple, or black. And they are packed with health benefits. […]

Why Romaine Lettuce is the Best!

By |July 18th, 2017|

The most nourishing lettuce is Romaine lettuce because it is full of health benefits!  An ordinary salad becomes very tasty with crispy and refreshing Romaine lettuce.  Each American consumed almost 11 pounds of Romaine lettuce in 2014 and 14 pounds of other lettuce. Obviously, they did not know that Romaine lettuce is the best! It certainly is my favourite lettuce.  […]

Papaya, Sweet and Delicious is Good for You

By |February 26th, 2017|

Are you ready to learn about delicious sweet papaya, ‘the fruit of the angels’ which Christopher Columbus called it?

Cornmeal, the Comfort Food That is Good for You

By |February 17th, 2017|

Cornmeal is a delicious gluten free grain that has been around for centuries. So many recipes from grits and polenta to porridge and tortillas. A common breakfast in Louisiana always includes a dish of grits.

The Mushroom Advantage Infographic

By |February 1st, 2017|

So many wonderful benefits from eating tasty mushrooms.  Here is a wonderful infographic and for more good information read Time to enjoy Tasty Mushrooms with Amazing Health Benefits. […]

Fabulous Delicious Nutritious Figs

By |January 11th, 2017|

Fresh juicy exotic figs are delicious and are also powerfoods that have been around since 8,000 BC. Dried figs are tasty too and filled with even more nutrients than the fresh ones.

Red, White, Orange and Brown Pulses Are Powerfoods

By |November 11th, 2016|

So, what are pulses?  Pulses are part of the legume family; they are the dried seed of the legume plants. Pulses come in many shapes, sizes, and colours such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans to name a few.  They are full of so many health benefits and are environmentally friendly too.

6 Health Benefits of Pulses […]

Small Sunflower Seeds Are Packed With Nutrition

By |September 22nd, 2016|

Delicious nutty sunflower seeds are a popular snack which is undervalued.  They may be small but sunflower seeds are a dense source of nutrients and full of extraordinary health benefits.  Also, the sunflowers are beautiful flowers with an abundance of nutrition.

6 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

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The Thrill of Dill:  Healing and Taste Extraordinaire

By |August 4th, 2016|

A sprig of delicious dill adds a unique flavor to your food and it is full of health benefits.

Dill’s name comes from the Norwegian word ‘dilla,’ meaning to soothe. Dill has been valued for its many health benefits as early as 1500 B.C. In ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, it was documented as a remedy to soothe flatulence, relieve pain and act as a laxative and a diuretic.

Dill tastes delicious and is also nutritious!

6 Health Benefits of Dill […]

Pecans are Heart Healthy and Delicious

By |April 2nd, 2016|

Pecans are gourmet nuts with a delicious buttery taste and not just in a pecan pie. Also, pecans have an abundance of health benefits making them a great powerfood  addition to our meals and even our snacks!

‘Pecan’ means ‘a nut requiring a stone to crack’ it in Algonquian.  They are technically a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk, not really a nut.

6 Health Benefits of the Pecan

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5 Reasons To Love Brussels Sprouts and 7 Tips To Make Them Taste Better

By |December 12th, 2015|

If you’ve already decided you don’t like Brussels sprouts, it’s probably because at some point in your life someone served you some where their tasty, nutty, sweet flavor was boiled away. When you learn how to cook them properly, you may find them totally yummy!

Brussels sprouts look like mini cabbages and are in fact in the same family.

5 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

1. Keeps Bones Strong and Healthy

Brussels sprouts are full of vitamin K, which is responsible for good bone health.  One cup of Brussels sprouts has over 270 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement. Studies have found vitamin K to be helpful in increasing bone density  and reducing fractures in osteoporosis patients.

2. Helps Fight Cancer

The research for how Brussels sprouts helps fight cancer is vast. Here are a few highlights.

  • Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, which have been shown to lower overall cancer risk according to research at Oregon State University.
  • It was found that people who ate greater amounts of Brussels sprouts had a lower risk of cancer, as stated at the National Cancer Institute fact page.
  • Cruciferous vegetables have been found to help inhibit and regulate cancer-causing genes. Cruciferous vegetables are “key to eliminating cancer” according to research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Also, Brussels sprouts are a glucosinolate-containing cruciferous vegetable, which a 1995 study found reduces colon cancer.

 3. Lowers Cholesterol

When Brussels sprouts are steamed, the fiber components bind with intestinal bile acids, helping them to pass out of the body. This creates a need in the body to replenish lost bile acids, using the existing supply of cholesterol, thus reducing it. Uncooked Brussels sprouts do have some ability to lower cholesterol, but it’s low compared to the process of steaming, according to the Western Regional Research Center.

4. Provides A Good Source of Protein When Combined with a Whole Grain

Brussels sprouts contain a good quantity of protein. There’s 4 grams of protein in one cup of Brussels sprouts. You will get the most protein when you eat them with a whole grain as they need the balance of other amino acids.

5. Promotes Weight loss

One cup of Brussels sprouts has only 56 calories. They are low in fat and have 4 grams of fiber. This fiber has many benefits for your digestive system and gives you that ‘full’ feeling. They are nutrient dense so your body is also satisfied long term.

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Brussels Sprouts Trivia

  • They are spelled Brussels sprouts, NOT Brussel sprouts and NOT brussel sprouts.
  •  A team of scientists with local schoolchildren lit a Christmas tree in London, England from the energy of 1,000 Brussels sprouts!
  • Brussels sprouts are used in Chinese medicine to improve digestion.
  • Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in Britain and America!

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Brussels Sprout Nutrition

One serving of Brussels sprouts will meet your needs for vitamin C and vitamin K for the day. Brussels sprouts are one of the top 20 most nutritious foods as scored by the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.

One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provides:

56 calories
274 percent vitamin K
162 percent vitamin C
24 percent vitamin A
24 percent folate
18 percent manganese
14 percent potassium
14 percent vitamin B6
12 percent thiamine vitamin B1
10 percent iron
4 grams protein
4 grams fiber
270 mg of omega-3 fatty acids

Brussels sprouts also contribute to your daily need for calcium, providing 37 milligrams in one cup.

History of Brussels Sprouts

  • The name Brussels sprouts comes from Brussels, Belgium where they were first grown in quantity in the sixteenth century.
  • Brussels sprouts are said to have been developed from wild cabbages in the […]

Surprising Benefits of Sweet Potatoes & Tips For Cooking Them Right

By |December 10th, 2015|

You can mash them or bake them, or give them a quick fry and sweet potatoes are always delicious!

This starchy superstar is a delicious treat and has become a sentimental staple at Thanksgiving dinners. The good news is that sweet potatoes are actually very nutritious as well as being exceptionally delicious. Read on to discover their health benefits, their history and trivia, and tips for cooking them just right.

Don’t let the ‘sweet’ in sweet potatoes scare you.
They actually have a lower glycemic index then white potatoes. That means they are less likely to produce insulin resistance and its accompanying health problems, including weight gain. Sweet potatoes are a smart carb, very rich in carotenoids, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, iron and fiber. They provide a wealth of health benefits and are a great addition to your meals.

Did you know that sweet potatoes were cultivated and consumed before the white (Irish) potato?

13 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

1.  Maintains Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Yes, sweet potatoes are sweet, but they have a low glycemic index meaning the sugar is released slowly into the bloodstream. Most consumed starchy foods raise blood sugar rapidly; with sweet potato you will not get a blood sugar spike, but you will get a steady amount of energy. Research at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the Beauregard sweet potato to be a low-glycemic index food.

2. Treatment for Diabetes

A study of 61 people with type 2 diabetes saw that those who took the extract, Caiapo, from the sweet potato daily for 3 months had their blood sugar drop with no significant adverse effects.

Caiapo has been used without medical prescription for years in Japan as a food additive for prevention and treatment for diabetes.

“We’re hoping that diet, particularly the consumption of sweet potatoes, will become a more widely used tool in the treatment of diabetes. It has the potential to be more cost-effective than drugs.” – Dr. Jon Allen, CALS professor of food science.baked sweet potato-443x295

3.  Immune System is Strengthened

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, Beta Carotene and vitamin E that support a healthy immune system and are powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

4. Helps Keep the Heart Healthy

They are a great source of B6 vitamins, which break down homocysteine, a substance that contributes to the hardening of blood vessels and arteries. – Harvard University School of Public Health.

Also, being a good source of potassium, they help the heart by lowering blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. Potassium is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate your heartbeat.

5. Reduce the Chances of Stomach Ulcers

Functional Foods in Health and Disease did a study in 2012 on how effective sweet potatoes were in healing an ulcer. The sweet potato had a potent ulcer healing effect!

6. Good for Weight Loss

Sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which slows down digestion so you eat less. This also helps with regular bowel movements.

7. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Sweet Potato

A study found the extract of the purple sweet potato to be anti-inflammatory.

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Sweet Potatoes are High in Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A)

1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin = 769 percent daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals believed to contribute to some chronic diseases.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Beta-Carotene also […]