For years, conventional wisdom has been that dairy is the king when it comes to foods rich in calcium. And while it is undeniable that milk, cheese, and yogurt are jampacked with this important mineral, they are not the only game in town! Consider, for example, the common and humble cabbage.
In our book, Minerals-The Forgotten Nutrient, we use credible research to highlight the importance of many minerals to our general health and wellbeing. Each week we will identify one food source which is rich in minerals so you can consider whether to incorporate it into your diet. This week we highlight Chia.
Flavonoids – phytochemicals commonly found in plant foods that help give strawberries, blueberries, peppers and other plant products their brilliant colors – could slow the process of cognitive decline. For most people, this decline begins in their 20s or 30s.
Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I come across stories such as the following. Apparently, popular pizza chain Domino’s attempted to create a watermelon pizza that actually tastes good. Yes, you read that correctly, and not surprisingly they failed! Watermelon has been quite the popular food lately on social media. For example, there was a recent TikTok trend where people were putting mustard on watermelon and eating it. Even Lizzo tried it. Again, unsurprisingly she did not find it very appetizing.
If you hop on Instagram and do a search with #keto, you will come across more than 23 million posts. Many of these posts feature beautiful, fit people showcasing appetizing looking low carb, high fat meals with animal protein such as chicken, steak and even processed meats such as bacon and salami. Bread and high sugar fruits such as pineapple are pretty much forbidden, and full-fat dairy is more than welcome.
I bet if I asked what is the most important role of fiber, many of you would say to help you go to the bathroom! And that is one of the reasons why dietary fiber is so important. But there’s also a lot more to fiber.
There are many famous people who endorse intermittent fasting. Apparently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey skips breakfast and lunch and only eats dinner (between the hours of 6:30pm and 9pm). "During the day, I feel so much more focused," he said during a podcast, according to People Magazine. "You have this very focused point of mind in terms of this drive. The time back from breakfast and lunch allowed me to focus more on what my day is."
Vitamin K (not to be confused with the cereal of a similar name!), was discovered in 1929 and got its moniker of vitamin K from the German word "Koagulationsvitamin" since it was originally identified as having an important role in our blood’s ability to clot after an injury like a cut. (Clotting prevents excessive internal or external bleeding).
We all know that consuming too much sugar is not good for us. For example, you probably realize that eating a lot of sugar increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Despite this, it’s hard for many of us to reduce the amount of sugar from our daily diets. It tastes good, delivers a jolt of energy, is readily available in so many foods and is very addicting (some doctors say just as addicting as drugs).
If I sound like a broken record, I’m sorry. It is, however, always worth mentioning that heart disease is the leading killer of both American men and women. Until this fact changes, I honestly do not think that I can discuss heart disease prevention enough.
It can be difficult to keep up with all the food products that are readily accessible to us. Although it is great that we have so many options, we really need to do our research and make sure that we are getting the nutritional value we expect.
Cottage cheese is not the prettiest looking food out there. If I’m being completely transparent, this type of cheese reminds me of those not-so-sexy, back-in-the-day salad bars that also offered jello. But a recent study provided evidence suggesting that I may want to give cottage cheese a chance in my regular diet.
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