Is Coconut Oil Healthful Or Unhealthful?

Coconut oil has been all the rage for some time. Endorsed by a number of celebrities as a superfood, this tropical-smelling fat — often liberally applied to our skin and scalps — is a favorite of many. But the question remains: is it healthful or not? Are the health claims that adorn coconut oil based … Continue reading Is Coconut Oil Healthful Or Unhealthful?

Eating 10 Portions of Fruits and Vegetables Daily Best for Health

Eating five portions of fruits and vegetables daily is considered sufficient for good health. But according to a new study, the greatest benefits come from eating 10 portions a day. Researchers say eating 10 portions of fruits and vegetables daily is best for preventing disease and premature death. From an analysis of 95 studies assessing … Continue reading Eating 10 Portions of Fruits and Vegetables Daily Best for Health

Your 12 Best Organic Bets

When considering your produce, remember that nine out of ten Americans do not eat the recommended 2 portions of fruit and 2 1/2 portions of vegetables each day. So your first step might be to simply incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. However, with all the headlines about pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and other … Continue reading Your 12 Best Organic Bets

What is Healthy Eating? What is a Healthy Diet?

Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life. Diet is often referred to as some dietary regimen for losing weight. However, diet simply means what food we eat in the course of a 24-hour, one week, or one month, etc. period. A good … Continue reading What is Healthy Eating? What is a Healthy Diet?

What is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits of Beta-Carotene?

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek "beta" and Latin "carota" (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors. H. Wachenroder crystallized beta-carotene from carrot roots in 1831, and came up with the name … Continue reading What is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits of Beta-Carotene?

Food as Medicine: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, Malvaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a naturalized tropical and subtropical annual grown extensively in Asia and Africa. Growing up to 6 feet in height, okra plants have sturdy stems, long, broad, serrated, deeply-lobed leaves, and delicate yellow flowers marked with red or purple color toward the base.1,2 The edible … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, Malvaceae)

Medicinal Rich Tomatoes

The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have a very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Medicinal Rich Tomatoes

In The Raw: To Cook Or Not To Cook?

Imagine never again savoring the smell of baking cakes or charbroiled steak. Could you? Why would you? Yet some people worldwide are turning away not only from meat and processed food but also from cooking. Fresh fruit and vegetables...why spoil them with cooking? Welcome to the raw food diet. As the Standard American Diet becomes … Continue reading In The Raw: To Cook Or Not To Cook?

Food as Medicine: Rutabaga (Brassica napus subsp. rapifera, Brassicaceae)

Rutabaga (Brassica napus subsp. rapifera, Brassicaceae), also known as “swede” or “Swedish turnip,” is a natural hybrid between cabbage (B. oleracea) and turnip (B. rapa).1 It can also be found under the subspecies “napobrassica.” Considered a root vegetable, the rutabaga is actually the enlarged base of the stem of the plant.2 Most commonly, rutabagas have … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Rutabaga (Brassica napus subsp. rapifera, Brassicaceae)

Food as Medicine: Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae) is, botanically, a fruit. Nevertheless, in the 1893 Nix v. Hedden decision, the United States Supreme Court classified tomatoes as a vegetable, which created an economic advantage for US producers, because taxes were levied on vegetables, but not fruits, imported into the US.1 The … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae)