Organic foods are widely available in supermarkets as well as specialty health food stores and farmer’s markets. People purchase organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats for a variety of reasons—among them the perceived benefits of organic food. Some studies suggest that organic produce and meat contain higher levels of nutrients
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Of all the dietary plans available, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is considered one of the best. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends it as the best diet to lower blood pressure, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls it the best diet to
The Folklore. Tiny as they are, limes play it large when it comes to culinary prowess and versatility around the globe. Just think of Thai coconut-lime stir-fry, Mexican ceviche, and American key lime pie. This smallest of the citrus fruits is native to Southeast Asia and is thought to have
Moderation in all things, the proverb advises—except fruits and vegetables. You’d be hard-pressed to find a nutritionist who speaks ill of plant foods. They are the bedrock of a heart-healthy diet, whatever its form. And the more the better, with few exceptions. If you want to live a longer, healthier
The Folklore. Native to the Mediterranean and the Near East, leeks have been cultivated for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans used them for food, and medicinally, for nosebleeds and sore throat. Roman Emperor Nero ate them to improve his singing voice, earning him the nickname Porophagus, or leek
Don’t Overlook Calories Added to Coffee and Tea
You may not give much thought to adding a splash of cream and a spoonful of sugar to your coffee or tea, but these add-ins can add up in calories. A study published in Public Health aimed to figure out just how much.
Grapefruit No Miracle for Weight Loss
Grapefruit as a weight loss wonder is a bit of an urban legend, and scientific evidence to support it is scarce. A recent systematic review on the topic included three moderate-quality clinical trials with a total of 250 obese men and women. Grapefruit was taken
Should you choose instant, flavored oatmeal fortified with eight vitamins and minerals or traditional rolled oats? Canned pasta with added calcium or unfortified whole wheat spaghetti? At first glance, it may appear fortified foods offer more nu-trition for your dollar, but some experts warn that the added vitamins and minerals
The folklore. A bite of tart, a burst of tang, and then a subtly sweet finish can only describe the grapefruit. A relative new-comer among citrus fruits, the grapefruit wasn’t discovered until the 18th century, in Barbados. Though its origins were a mystery for years, many historians agree that it
The many health benefits of avocado include better nutrient absorption, healthy aging (DNA protection), decreased risk of cancer and more. It should certainly be on everyone’s personal top five “super food” list!