Ward off disease and slow the aging process with the nutrition in citrus fruit
February 7, 2016
Once upon a time, back in the Victorian era, citrus fruits were rare and expensive, a delicacy to be enjoyed only on special occasions. Earlier still, for sailors suffering from scurvy on long voyages, limes or lemons literally could make the difference between life and death. Today, we take...
The Mediterranean Diet can help you stay healthy and maintain your weight
May 8, 2014
Do you enjoy homemade tomato sauces, olive oil, berries, and salads fresh from the garden? If so, you might already be eating the Mediterranean way. Unlike many other diets, the Mediterranean eating pattern focuses on what you can eat and not what you should limit. Followers of the Mediterranean...
Cocoa solids have greatest health benefits
April 18, 2014
Although word on the street is that chocolate is good for you, most people are a little sketchy on the details. Does all chocolate have health benefits? How much is enough? And what exactly are the benefits? For those of us who love chocolate, the latest research findings are encouraging. Any...
Herbs and spices add more than just flavor
March 24, 2014
For thousands of years, spices have been sought after for their flavor, medicinal qualities, status, and novelty. And while spices no longer inspire the kind of exploration, trade, and wars they did in the 15th Century, researchers are now finding a different kind of value in these substances. Many...
How safe are energy drinks and tonics?
December 16, 2013
I’m so tired of people telling me they’re so tired. We’re all tired, right? It’s a cyber speed world where we all work long hours, juggle family duties, and stay jacked into social media and Internet news around the clock. So it’s awfully seductive when you see a little plastic bottle offering...
Getting enough vitamin D in winter
November 18, 2013
As the days get shorter, we tend to spend more time indoors. Festive though they are, candles, holiday lights, and fireplaces can’t make up for the sunlight we lack this time of year. And the sun’s cheerful light and warmth aren’t the only things we miss through the winter: our bodies need...
Study contradicts decades of sodium recommendations
October 22, 2013
For decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies have advised us to consume less sodium. Too much salt in our bodies causes high blood pressure and puts us at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and other conditions. On average, Americans eat 3,400 mg...
Vegans abstain from all animal products
July 23, 2013
“Mom, let’s go vegan.” These are words that can strike fear into any parent’s heart. I first heard them last fall from my 13-year-old daughter Sage. I blame the magazine VegNews, a publication that has been arriving at my house for several years, a hang-over from a previous career. The nation’s...
Berries are summer’s antioxidant powerhouses
July 9, 2012
Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and...
Understanding sugar in fruit
June 12, 2012
Recently I overheard someone at the gym recommending green apples over red ones because they supposedly contain less sugar. This seemed a strange idea, since sugar in fruit isn’t like added sugar in processed foods, so I decided to dig deeper. Is sugar in fruit bad for us? Do green apples have less...