Black raspberry improves cardiovascular risk in metabolic syndrome

A new study shows that black raspberry extract can significantly lower a key measure of arterial stiffness-an indicator of cardiovascular disease. Black raspberry intake was also associated with increased levels of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which help repair and regenerate damaged arteries, according to the study published in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed … Continue reading Black raspberry improves cardiovascular risk in metabolic syndrome

Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease

Could a doctor's visit one day result in a prescription for chocolate? According to a new study, it is possible. Researchers suggest that consuming a small amount of chocolate every day may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Eating chocolate every day could lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, say, researchers. … Continue reading Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease

What Are Trees Worth to Cities?

Meet the U.S. Forest Service scientist putting a dollar value on urban forests. David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city. After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer … Continue reading What Are Trees Worth to Cities?

Consumers Of Tree Nuts More Likely To Eat Healthier

A new study* , in the open access journal Nutrients, compares the nutrient adequacy and diet quality of those who consume tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts), and non-tree nut consumers in a nationally representative population. Tree nut consumption was associated with better nutrient adequacy for most … Continue reading Consumers Of Tree Nuts More Likely To Eat Healthier

Almonds: Health Benefits, Facts, Research

Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds, approximately one ounce, contains one-eighth of our necessary daily protein. Almonds may be eaten on their own, raw or toasted. They are also the ingredients of several different dishes. Almonds are available … Continue reading Almonds: Health Benefits, Facts, Research

Pumpkin Seeds: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Pumpkin seeds are an edible seed typically roasted for consumption. They are a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine and are also often eaten as an individual snack. The seeds of the pumpkin are also commonly referred to as pepitas, Spanish for "little seed of squash." Nutritional breakdown of pumpkin seeds According to the US Department … Continue reading Pumpkin Seeds: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Walnuts Are Tops For Your Diet

So you never met a nut you didn't like. You love your cashews and pistachios, your Brazilians and pecans. Did you know, however, that walnuts are the best source of antioxidants and bad chemical element defenders made by nature on the planet? "Walnuts rank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts. A handful of … Continue reading Walnuts Are Tops For Your Diet

Cashews: Nutritional Information, Health Benefits

Cashews are a type of nut with a soft consistency and sweet flavor. They are native to South America, specifically Brazil, and were introduced by colonists to Africa and India; these regions are the largest producers of cashews today. Cashews are sold both raw or roasted, and salted or unsalted. Cashews have recently been used … Continue reading Cashews: Nutritional Information, Health Benefits

Eating Chocolate During Pregnancy May Benefit Fetal Growth, Development

Good news for all you expectant mothers out there: eating 30 g of chocolate every day during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development. This is the conclusion of a new study recently presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Eating 30 g of chocolate daily during … Continue reading Eating Chocolate During Pregnancy May Benefit Fetal Growth, Development

Chocolate May Boost Cognitive Function

If you're looking for an excuse to chomp that bar of chocolate calling your name, then look no further; a new study suggests eating chocolate at least once weekly may boost cognitive function. Eating chocolate at least once weekly may benefit cognitive function, new research suggests. Dr. Georgie Crichton, of the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre … Continue reading Chocolate May Boost Cognitive Function