According to a recent survey, many American children go days without eating a single vegetable! And sadly, statistics show that bad eating habits are affecting our children’s health. The incidence of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Mental health has been a major topic of discussion lately, especially with the shocking deaths by suicide of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
I grew up eating tons of tropical fruits, like ackee, guinep, guava and dragon fruit. But I don’t recall ever trying star fruit. So I decided to learn more about this fruit which is now in season but can be obtained year round.
Many people love savory, salty foods like French fries. But we all know this is not the healthiest way to eat potatoes. One great alternative to standard fries is making oven-baked sweet potato fries at home. But if you want to get more adventurous in the kitchen, perhaps you should consider making jicama fries.
“Today, more than 160,000 fast- food restaurants feed more than 50 million Americans each and every day, generating sales of more than $110 billion dollars annually,” according to one source.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men!
In order to shed her baby weight, iconic singer Mariah Carey followed a “Purple Diet.” This diet only includes “lilac produce” such as grapes, certain berries, purple carrots, plums and eggplant.
Nearly half of all American adults - 117 million people - have chronic diseases which are related to poor diet and physical inactivity. And one of these diseases is heart failure.
Cranberries are native to North America. They were reportedly called “crane berries” by pilgrims because of the cranberry flower’s resemblance to the head and bill of a crane. Pilgrims and other early settlers ate cranberries to help fight off scurvy. Native Americans are reported to have used cranberries for a variety of reasons, including for wound medicine and dye.
The apple is probably one of the most popular fruits. You can find them in most grocery stores you visit. This delicious, crunchy fruit comes in more than 2,000 varieties: Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith to name a few.
The cucumber, a regular visitor in your side salad, is actually considered a fruit. But whether you call cucumbers fruits or veggies, is beside the point. They are packed with a ton of nutrients, so it is well worth our while to make the effort to include them in our diet.
I’m always growing tomatoes in my garden. It’s one of my go-to fruits (yes, tomatoes are fruits) for adding extra freshness and flavor to salads, pastas, sandwiches, sauces and more.
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