If you’re plagued with chronic inflammation, you may want to take a closer look at the foods you eat. Persistent inflammation of the cells has been linked to a variety of health conditions, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Here are six foods that may be contributing factors.
Every nutrient, it seems, gets to have its day in the sun (and its time in the doghouse). First fat was the enemy, then good fats suddenly became all the rage. High-protein diets have come and gone. And while carbs have been demonized by some, the high-fiber content of complex carbohydrates is predicted to be the next big thing on the dietary horizon. Read more
Since I’m a dietitian, I guess you could say that I know a thing or two about healthy eating. I also know all too well that it’s not humanly possible to eat perfectly 100 percent of the time. After all, food is meant to be celebrated, and I refuse to turn down my mother-in-law’s perfectly fried homemade dumplings at Christmastime or a scoop of creamy cinnamon ice cream during the brutal Texas summer. Having said that, I do keep balance and moderation at the forefront of my mind. Saying “yes” every time I pass by an ice cream shop will only foster a poor habit. I’ve definitely been there.
Whether you call them surplus, excess, seconds or just plain ugly, these are the fruits and vegetables that usually go to waste because they’re not considered perfect. Over 6 billion pounds of produce every year is thrown away — that’s about enough to fill four NFL stadiums. With 50 million people in America being food-insecure, there is a way to help reduce waste and feed more people. Read more
There’s a new type of packaging you may see your water come in — a box. But is drinking water from a box healthier than drinking good old bottled water?
One of Christopher Columbus’ many discoveries during his voyages was the pineapple, found on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean. They are low-growing plants whose hundreds of tiny flowers become fruitlets that join around the core to form the fruit. Pineapple has many health benefits. Its significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme, may help ease inflammation, aid in digestion and potentially even suppress coughs. Just beware if you eat the entire pineapple: Its acidity may leave you with a sore tongue!
Organic may be a good deal
If you pay the premium for pricey organic food when you shop for groceries, you may wonder if it’s worth it. A review study just published online in the journal Nature Plants has concluded that when it comes to sustainability — as measured by “productivity, environmental impact, economic viability and social wellbeing” — organic food is definitely worthwhile. Read more
What could be more romantic than the cold-pressed oil of a cacao bean — aka cacao butter? Maybe it’s the fact that cacao butter isn’t just an essential ingredient in chocolate, but also a healthy source of Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, antioxidants and, yes, mood-stimulating serotonin. Use cacao butter to make chocolate, or for melt-in-your-mouth cookie dough truffles and sexy raspberry chocolate leather.
Between pricey prix fixe menus and absurdly long wait times, dining out on Valentine’s Day is never what it’s cracked up to be. If you haven’t yet scored a reservation at that new brasserie people have been raving about, don’t sweat it. Instead, use the night as an opportunity to kick back with your date (or your best friend!) and toast Cupid’s handiwork with some homemade eats and a whole lot of chocolate. It might sound cliche, but this is the one day that we get a pass to indulge in all things sweet and chocolatey — so why wouldn’t we? Maybe you’re trying to avoid a post-meal sugar crash. We get that. But there are clever ways to tailor chocolate cheesecake, mousse and more for a romantic night at home.
As the latest Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting total added sugar to 10 percent of total daily calories, health-conscious people are on the lookout for ways to naturally sweeten food. Dates are one delicious way to sweeten all types of dishes.