No matter where you live, what country you’re from, or what your economic status is, legumes most likely a play a significant role in your family’s daily diet. And no wonder—legumes are abundant, easy to find, economical, and, most importantly, very healthy. What’s not so well known is what the
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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has garnered a great deal of attention from diet and nutrition experts in recent years due to its nutrition profile. Quinoa is actually a seed, although it’s commonly referred to as a grain for obvious reasons (quinoa seeds are grain-like in size, texture, and consistency when cooked).
Grains and legumes sometimes get a bad rap. For some, it’s because of the belief that carbohydrates cause weight gain. For others, it’s because of the idea that humans didn’t evolve to eat agriculture-based foods like grains and legumes. Yes, whole grains and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, and soybeans) contain
Most people know that fiber is important but do they really know what it is and why? Fiber is the non-digestible carbohydrate portion of food. The digestive system breaks down other carbohydrates, protein and fat for energy and growth but is unable to digest fiber in the small intestine. Instead,
Grains—even whole grains—are commonly disparaged in the news, Internet, and social gatherings. Popular fad diets like Paleo, Whole30, and ketogenic forbid followers from eating grains. Supporters of these diets claim that grains make you fat and cause chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. They argue that eating grains leads
Bowel movements may not be a common topic of polite conversation, but most people suffer from constipation from time to time. Constipation, which is usually defined as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week, is a problem that is often linked to diet and hydration issues, but sometimes,
Q. I was recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. Should I be eating more or less fiber?
A. Your confusion is understandable. Any health condition that affects the digestive tract raises questions about fiber, a nutrient that plays an important role in digestive health.
While it’s true that some gastrointestinal conditions, such as Crohn’s
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat two cups of fruit each day, and there is much evidence of the health benefits that can accrue if you follow this advice. A large six-year study (Age and Aging, Feb. 10) found that eating at least
Ancient grains have steadily been making their way into crackers, breads, and other commercially-made products. Unlike corn, wheat, and rice, which have been selectively bred and modified, these grains remain unchanged for the thousands of years they have been around, and many are gluten-free. Their nutrient value is high; containing
The heart muscle thrives on a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood from arteries on its surface, called coronary arteries. When cholesterol builds up in the arteries, blood flow slows down, and the result can be chest pain, or angina.
The accumulated cholesterol in the arterial walls are called plaques. These plaques