We need to eat our vegetables, but information about how to prepare them can be conflicting. Cooking certain vegetables—winter squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, for example—can release more nutrients. Others, however, are better for us if they’re eaten raw. It’s the latter group we’ll discuss here: six top veggies to
You may be surprised to learn that kale and broccoli are cousins. They are part of the Brassica family, also known as cruciferous vegetables because their flower petals form the shape of a cross (cruciferae is Latin for “cross-bearing”). Many other popular vegetables come from this family as well, including
Too much estrogen isn’t a problem just for women, men can also experience high estrogen symptoms. If you find yourself asking the question, “is there estrogen in men?” the answer is yes. Men make estrogen, too, and levels can become elevated (or depressed).
Although research thus far has focused almost exclusively
Since the 1970s, America’s love affair with sushi has grown. With its simple combination of vinegar-flavored rice, fish, and vegetables, sushi has gone from being a trendy dish mainly found on the West Coast to a regular part of American cuisine. You’ll find it everywhere, from fancy restaurants to simple
Vegetables have always had a reputation for boosting our health. Research continues to support the long-held standard that a vegetable-rich diet is a key part of any complete nutrition plan—and a winning approach to optimal health and disease protection.
Research suggests that a vegetable-rich diet can lower your risk of certain
As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp and cool, some of Mother Nature’s most flavorful and colorful fruits and vegetables start to reach their peak. And even though technological advances allow us access to fall foods year-round, nothing beats the texture and flavor of these gems when
The Folklore. Despite a history as peasant food in ancient times, and later a reputation as the source of dinnertime revolt for many children, this bulbous root deserves a say—it has plenty to bring to the table! In fact, Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote that the turnip was one
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
Vegetables are excellent sources of nutrients packed into low-calorie bundles. Most vegetables provide about 25 calories per one-half cup cooked or one-cup raw serving, yet they offer a huge nutrition bang for their calorie buck; they contain slowly digested carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a wealth of phytochemicals that give
As the world’s population ages and the costs of health care continue to grow, many people are searching for steps they can take to prevent disease—and eating a healthful diet is at the top of the “to-do” list. Research has shown beyond a doubt that certain foods have the power