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Hit the Jack(fruit)pot!

The Folklore. If you don’t know jack—jackfruit, that is, it’s time you did! Jackfruit is the largest tree fruit in the world. A single jackfruit averages 35 inches long, 20 inches in diameter, and can weigh over 100 pounds! This southwest India native is a tropical fruit, cultivated around the

Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

Chia seeds are heating up on the “superfood” front due to their impressive nutrition profile. The seed known as the quirky sprout of Chia Pet fame has officially made a comeback, showing up in everything from beverages and snack foods to desserts and nutrition bars. Are chia seeds healthy? They

Antioxidants: Antidote to Disease

Antioxidants: Antidote to Disease

No doubt you’ve heard of antioxidants. They’ve been associated with everything from reduced cancer risk to slower aging. But what exactly are these powerful disease fighters, and how can you ensure you’re getting enough?
Radical Reactions
Atoms are constantly giving up and receiving electrons during chemical reactions in the body. If an

Allicin: Garlic’s Secret Weapon

Allicin: Garlic’s Secret Weapon

If garlic isn’t a staple in your kitchen, you might consider making it one: Scientists are uncovering more layers of fascinating medicinal benefits related to this potent member of the onion (Alliaceae) family. With biblical references and a history that dates back to Ancient Egypt and the infamous Greek physician

5 Fascinating Health Benefits of Cinnamon

5 Fascinating Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been highly prized since ancient times. You can find references to it in the Bible and on Egyptian papyri. And, at one time in ancient Rome, cinnamon was considered more precious than gold. In fact, this little spice was so treasured that wars were fought over it. Today,

4. A Variety of Vegetables

You’ve probably heard about so-called “superfoods” and may be wondering how these fit into a healthy dietary pattern. The answer starts with vegetables. Diane L. McKay, PhD, a professor and researcher at Tufts and the Tufts consulting editor for this report, explains: “They’re all super! Eating a variety of vegetables

Get Your Passion (Fruit) On!

The Folklore
It’s been said that after eating passion fruit, you’ll fall in love with the next person you see. Playful, or risqué as that may be, the historical passion behind this tropical Brazilian native is related to the passion of Christ, given by South American missionaries to educate converts. The

Healthy Eating Plan: How to Get Back on Track

Healthy Eating Plan: How to Get Back on Track

To gain the most health rewards from your diet, prepare the bulk of your foods yourself. By doing your own cooking and putting some thought into a healthy eating plan, you can control what goes into your food and what doesn’t.
Fast-food establishments and even upscale restaurants typically serve up

8. In The Kitchen

It’s much more difficult to fill your day with health-protective foods if you eat out frequently. To gain the most health rewards from a diet packed with nutrient-rich, disease-fighting foods, it’s best to prepare most of your foods yourself. Although there are plenty of prepared and packaged food products available

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