The authors of a new study conclude that healthful food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid would be more cost-effective after 5 years than preventive drug treatments. As the cost of healthcare rises, could prescription vegetables save money? Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare programs in the United States. Approximately 57 million people received coverage from Medicare plans in … Continue reading Could Prescription Vegetables be the Future of Healthcare?
Some plants can be started indoors early in the season, before soil and air temperatures are warm enough to plant outdoors. From a seed-starting perspective, most of our common vegetable plants fall into one of three categories. Don't do well direct-seeded outdoors - these plants seem to do better if they are started in a … Continue reading Starting Plants: Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants
Juicing has become a popular way to boost energy and lose weight. You may have heard juice cleansing radio ads, seen (or bought) expensive juices in the store, or maybe you've even made juice from scratch. But does juicing for weight loss work? Juicing refers to using a juicer or blender to liquefy fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading All About Your Heart; 6 Weight-Friendly Juice Recipes
Research, published this week in Thorax, finds a link between eating greater quantities of fruits and vegetables and lung health. They found it lowered the risk of developing a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in former and current smokers. Consuming more fruit and veg might stave off lung disease. The health benefits of eating a range … Continue reading Eating Fruits and Vegetables Reduces Lung Disease Risk
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
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
Traditionally, Western Europe has two broad nutritional approaches - the Northern European and Southern European. The Mediterranean Diet is Southern European, and more specifically focuses on the eating habits of the people of Crete, much of Greece, and southern Italy. Today, Spain, southern France, and Portugal are also included; even though Portugal does not have … Continue reading Mediterranean Diet: Facts and Health Benefits
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?
Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. You were probably told to "eat your carrots" by your parents and you probably tell your kids the same thing, and when asked why, you explain, "Because they're good for you!" But how did the carrot get such a good reputation and why exactly are … Continue reading Carrots: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information
Zesty Zucchini Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and dig into a plateful of succulent zucchini instead? A member of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), zucchini is … Continue reading What Is Zucchini Good For?