Have a Healthier Side Dish for Thanksgiving with Green Beans

For many, Thanksgiving Day is not the day to watch calories or even think about eating veggies. But I want people to stop looking at eating healthy foods as a punishment. We should not use the holidays as an opportunity to take a break from eating healthily. If purchased fresh and prepared properly (or sometimes simply eaten raw), plant foods, like fruits, vegetables and legumes, are delicious and foods you can look forward to eating.

You’re Not Too Young to Get Colorectal Cancer!

If you do a simple Google search of “colorectal cancer and young people,” you will see far too many recent stories about people under the age of 40 afflicted by this type of cancer. It is reportedly the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American people, according to the American Cancer Society.

Peas, Please!

Peas and carrots just go together. You might recall Forrest Gump describe his unbreakable friendship as follows: “Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.”

Chard! This Healthy Food May Deserve a Place on Your Plate

Swiss chard is sometimes described as one of the healthiest foods in the world.

Make Your Age Just A Number With Green Leafy Vegetables

If you needed yet another reason to have more “salad days,” researchers have just confirmed that eating green leafy vegetables can help keep your brain younger for longer.

6 Healthy Reasons To Eat Arugula!

Arugula is one of those magical plants that is usually touted as being good for male fertility. It has been used as a natural aphrodisiac as early as the first century and is associated with the Roman god of fertility.

If You Can Only Do One Green, Make it Spinach

If you do not already follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, make today a #MeatlessMonday. If you go meatless every Monday for a year (52 days total), you may reduce your risk for certain diseases, including cancer, heart disease and more.

Watercress Can Make You Healthier (Especially if You Smoke)

Watercress is an aquatic plant with succulent leaves. It is native to Europe and Asia and is among one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. Traditional English tea sandwiches usually have watercress, and in Britain watercress was often referred to as “poor man’s bread.” It was inexpensive to eat plain watercress between two pieces of bread.

I Used to Think Dandelion was a Pest, Until I Discovered its Many Health Benefits

Dandelion, also known as “lion’s tooth” and part of the daisy flower family, is often the biggest nuisance to gardeners and people trying to keep their lawns clear of this rapidly growing yellow flower.

Be proactive about uterine fibroids

My friend looked four months pregnant. "Congrat--" was all I could utter, before she interrupted me. "Fibroid." Instead of a baby, a fibroid, or leiomyoma, was stretching out her uterus in noticeable fashion. She had the most common pelvic tumor, one that's seen in 12-25 percent of reproductive-age women. Hers wasn't symptomatic, but many women who have fibroids notice lower abdominal pain, heavy and long menstrual bleeding, or problems getting pregnant.

Green bananas: a diabetes-friendly snack

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits around. In fact, they seem to be America’s favorite fruit, according to the USDA. The average American eats 27 pounds of bananas a year, and it’s no wonder! They're high in potassium, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins B6 and C. But what you may not know about bananas is that you don't have to wait for them to turn yellow to enjoy them.

What you need to know about Crohn's disease

In a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases, which includes ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease distinguishes itself by its autoimmune attack on the full thickness of the intestine. That is, the body turns against its own delicate tissues, resulting in bleeding, swelling, abscesses, fistulas (abnormal connections between internal organs), perforations and more.

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