Seven Slimming Superfoods

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A key principle of successful and lasting weight loss is to teach your body to burn fat instead of sugar and to do that, it is helpful to replace non-vegetable carbohydrates with healthy fats Continue reading

10 Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers

Babies and toddlers do not eat much food because their tummies are tiny. That is why it is important to feed them foods that are packed with nutrients. Superfoods are natural foods that are high in nutrients and antioxidants packed with health giving properties. They are easily digestible and keep the body and mind healthy and working great. These 10 superfoods are essential for babies’ and toddlers’ growing bodies. Continue reading

This Breakfast Food Fights Heart Disease and Diabetes

Here’s some health advice that shouldn’t be too hard to follow, as it involves eating a delicious breakfast food: whole-grain cereal. Why should you start your day by eating a bowl of cereal?

Whole grains contain a number of special ingredients that could help lower the risk for Continue reading

‘Wheat-Belly’ 101 – Five Clues that your Excess Weight Is Caused by Gluten

Wheat today is not what it used to be. It is more of a hybrid version of 19th century and earlier versions of wheat our ancestors relied on for their daily bread. The same is true for a few other grains.

Today’s wheat is Continue reading

Ecuadorian Research into Ancient Diets Unveils a New Super Food

The contemporary American diet can greatly benefit from the innumerable centuries of experience that many cultures have in food science. Stretching back through generations of home cooking and healing, many of these dietary choices can claim tenure as part of a health positive diet. The successful proliferation of these ancient cultural groups stands as a testament to Continue reading

When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the Americas, they forbade the Cultivation of Two of the World’s Best Sources of Vegetable Protein

The indigenous peoples of the Americas domesticated a variety of superfoods that took on important roles in their culture. Two of these are starting to gain worldwide recognition today as foods packed with protein and other essential nutrients: quinoa and amaranth. Both were banned by Spaniards who were scornful of their use in native religious ceremonies. Continue reading

The Top 10 Feel-good Foods

The definitive list of healing foods that will leave you feeling great mentally and physically. Not only are these foods chock full of essential nutrients, but they also act like alternative cures for all sorts of conditions from heart disease to diabetes. So here goes — the top 10 list! Continue reading

Try These Wonderful Nutritious Vegetarian Sources of Protein

We all need protein to survive. But there’s a common misconception that we need all our protein from meat, milk, and other animal-based sources. Past studies have shown that relying too heavily on red meat as a source of protein can impair your vision and shorten your lifespan, and new research published this week out of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has found that it can also increase your risk of colon diseases.

According to a different study, also published this week, choosing vegetarian sources of protein can help you lose weight. Belgian researchers studied the diets of just over 3,000 adults and found that men and women who ate more plant proteins had lower BMIs  Continue reading

Is Gluten Making Us Fat?

Avoiding gluten has become big business. Sales of gluten-free products grew about 30 percent a year from 2006 to 2010, and will hit $3.9 billion by next year, according to the market research company Packaged Facts. Supermarket shelves are filled with gluten-free breads, soups, and cake mixes—even gluten-free ketchup and soy sauce. According to market research firm Mintel, 10 percent of new foods launched in 2010 featured a “gluten-free” claim, up from only 2 percent 5 years earlier.

NFL quarterback Drew Brees won a Super Bowl while on a gluten-free diet. Cyclist Tom Danielson, a record-breaking member of the Garmin-Transitions team, says his training and racing have improved since he and his teammates went gluten-free over a year ago.

Have most common whole grains been acting as insidious nutritional double agents all these years? Or are they essential components of a healthy diet? Let’s separate the wheat from the chaff. Continue reading