Basil: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Basil (Ocimum basilicum), also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is a herb belonging to the mint family - Lamiaceae. It is often used as a seasoning in cooking. Basil is native to India and other tropical areas of Asia. The herb is well known for its use in Italian cuisine - it is one of the primary … Continue reading Basil: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Prune Juice: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Prune juice is commonly used to ease constipation, but the benefits do not stop there. Prune juice has a wide array of health benefits. It is a common misconception that a prune is its own specific fruit. A prune is the dried version of any type of plum. There are many different types of plums, … Continue reading Prune Juice: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Vegetarian Diets Best For Health And The Environment, Say Nutritionists

A new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics highlights the health benefits of vegetarian diets, claiming they can reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer, compared with non-vegetarian diets. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics say vegetarian diets pose a wealth of health benefits. Updating their … Continue reading Vegetarian Diets Best For Health And The Environment, Say Nutritionists

Matcha: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Matcha is a form of powdered green tea. Matcha literally means "powdered tea." In traditional green tea, the tea leaves are steeped in hot water before being discarded. With matcha, the tea is ground into powder and mixed with hot water. As a result, the leaves are consumed. Traditionally, a teaspoon of matcha powder is … Continue reading Matcha: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

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

A Better Nutritional Facts Panel

The ubiquitous nutrition facts panel has graced food packages for many years. But can it be improved? Results from a study led by Michigan State University and featured in a recent issue of the journal Food Policy indicates the answer is, "Yes." Obesity is a serious and growing global health crisis. According to the World … Continue reading A Better Nutritional Facts Panel