Archive for September, 2011
What is it?
Rosemary, often found in spice or garnish form, is usually an afterthought in terms of important foods. However, this piny, pungent herb is both extremely nutritious and extremely healthy. If you’ve never thought rosemary could be an integral part of improving your long-term health, maybe you should look a little closer at what this wonderful herb can do for you.
What makes rosemary so healthy?
Rosemary is often used in small amounts because it is so strong both in flavor and aroma. Even in the tiny amounts in which we use it, rosemary is still a good source of vitamins A, C and B6, as well as minerals calcium, iron and manganese. Rosemary has been traditionally used therapeutically to stimulate memory and learning. The flowery herb was placed in the hair or behind the ears of students in Ancient Greece as an aromatic way to [...]
What is it?
We all know how delicious and sweet chocolate is, but the hidden truth about chocolate, or rather the cacao beans that make chocolate, is how nutritious and good for you they actually are. Cacao beans have been eaten and used to provide health benefits for centuries in South America, but it wasn’t until the early 16th century (after Christopher Columbus landed in what he named Hispaniola) that cacao entered the western palette. By adding sugar to the South American cacao recipe, chocolate became all the rage in Europe, what the western world didn’t know until recently was that the cacao bean is much healthier than it’s processed cousin.
Cacao beans are technically seeds from the South American cacao tree. Cacao beans, refined and processed into cacao butter, are the basis for chocolate and chocolate products, however much of the amazing health benefits of cacao beans are [...]
Spinach is one of the oldest recorded cultivated vegetables in the world. The name itself dates all the way back to the early 16th century. Spinach has provided important nutritious benefits for so long to so many people that it’s no wonder it can be classified as a superfood.
What’s makes spinach so healthy?
Spinach is a great vegetable that can benefit you in nearly every facet of life. It is great for weight loss being low in calories and high in fiber and also provides protection against heart inflammation. Spinach can also be a great source for vital nutrients and minerals. One cup (about 30g) of spinach is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, thiamin and riboflavin. In terms of minerals, spinach is a rich source of manganese, iron, calcium, and magnesium. One of the most abundant nutrients in spinach is iron. [...]
What is it?
Flax seed is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Originating in the Eastern Mediterranean, flax seed is harvested from plants from the Linum family. Flax seed is extremely versatile in nutritional merit: it is a great source of dietary fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acids. There is also continuing research that suggests the antioxidant lignans found in flax seed can help in preventing heart disease and certain types of cancers. Flax seed has long been known to be a nutritional powerhouse in parts of Eurasia. Think about incorporating flax seed into your diet today to both improve health and prevent disease.
What makes it so good?
Flax seed comes in two varieties, brown and gold, that are equivalent in terms of nutritional value. One-hundred grams of flax seed (which is about 3/5 of a cup) yields significant values in almost every major [...]
Redefining how we view sweet potatoes
It’s easy to write sweet potatoes off as the potato’s sweeter, orange cousin but sweet potatoes should not be written off so easily. In fact, in terms of long-term health, sweet potatoes should be much more prized than potatoes. They rae far healthier than regular golden potatoes and provide a huge array of health benefits, especially for your heart.
What health benefits can I get from eating sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are an amazing source for vitamin A and vitamin C. They are also good sources for vitamin E, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, maganese, potassium, and copper.
This orange tuber is absolutely packed with vitamins and nutrients, making it the preferred tuber for the health-conscious. Speaking of its orange hue, one of the distinct things that give it its color is a prized antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, like all antioxidants, helps [...]