Food

The mighty Avocado is Incredibly nutritious

What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana. This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole. These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties. There are many kinds of avocados, and the shape (from pear-shaped to round) and color (from green to black) can vary between

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Maca Considered Beneficial for Weight Loss?

Maca, a perennial plant that can resist adverse climatic conditions such as frost and strong winds grows extensively in the Andes Mountains of Peru at very high elevations. No other edible food crop grows at such high elevations of 14,500 ft. The root of the plant is used as a vegetable similar to radish by Peruvians. It serves as a rich source of nutrients. Chemicals such as alkaloids, terpenes and sterols present in the root serve to treat various diseases. Pharmacological benefits of the root are harnessed in treatment of hormone related diseases, sterility problems and for improving overall health.

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Blood orange salad with citrus basil dressing.

Like many citrus fruits, blood oranges are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, which aids in healing, strengthens your immune system, helps the body absorb iron, and helps reduce the risk of cancer. Another cool fact about the blood orange is that it contains the antioxidant anthocyanin, which gives the fruit its beautiful red pigmentation. Nutrition experts believe that anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties, and are also helpful in preventing cancer, diabetes and bacterial infections, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease (source). While I love just eating blood oranges plain and on their own, they were the perfect

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Nutritional Value And Benefits Of Mushrooms

Healthy Mushrooms

Mushrooms are usually called a “wooden meat” in some parts of Europe. They have been suggested to be a delicates since age of Pharaohs, may be earlier. Today, mushrooms are eaten by people, for their relish, texture as well as for the health benefits. So the health and taste benefits of mushrooms are widely known. On the average 100 grams of uncooked, white button mushrooms contain these nutrients: vitamin B2 – 0.4 – 0.5 mg, vitamin B1 – 0.1 – 0.2 mg, vitamin B6 – 0.1 mg, vitamin B9 – 16.0 mcg, vitamin B3) – 3.6 mg, pantothenic acid (vitamin

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Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Taste and nutrition as well as the health benefits of tomatoes have been highly valued. Enjoyed all over the world, they are essential ingredients in the diets of many cultures. Yet the plant has a spotty past, including myths, misconceptions and controversy, and the challenges of modern mass production of the tomato continue to spark debate. Yet there is no debate over the intrinsic health benefits and is treasured for its nutritional value as much as its delicious taste. History of the Tomato Peru is generally credited with first cultivating of the fruit now known as the tomato. The tomatoes

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Sweet And Tasty: The Health Enhancing Effects Of Eating Blueberries

It’s the summer blues season, and it is the perfect time to enjoy nature’s bountiful blueberry harvest in full swing. Prime blueberry season runs from mid June to mid August. In fact, New England hiking enthusiasts may happen to find a patch of smaller, wild blueberries on their off trail hiking treks. Blueberries are a nutritional bonanza of health enhancing compounds ranging from antioxidants, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, to phenolic acids. Researchers at Tufts University recently conducted an analysis of 60 fruits and vegetables, and rated the brightly colored blueberry with the highest antioxidant capacity to destroy free radicals. Concerned about

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5 Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

Here’s a scientific fact for you. High fructose corn syrup is a man made chemical that you should avoid at all costs if you’re striving for a healthy and attractive lifestyle. How’s this for unnatural. It is made by treating genetically modified corn with a variety of enzymes to extract the sugar glucose and then convert some of it into fructose. What this leaves you with is a mixture of fructose and glucose, which then finds its way into juices and sodas. Why do companies do this? Thre is only one reason. It’s cheaper than using good old-fashioned sugar. However,

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Habanero Chiles’ Health Benefits

There are many myths against the consumption of habanero chile. People ignore the numerous benefits they could have towards human health. Here are some of them: All chilli peppers contain phytochemicals substances called capsaicinoids that produce capsicum. The capsicum is the ingredient that gives heat intensity when habanero chili peppers are ingested or applied topically. When a habanero chile is consumed, it binds with the mouth and throat which are the pain receptors of the heat. Once it is transmitted to the brain, it responds to this burning sensation by increasing heart rate perspiration and releasing body’s natural endorphin. Researches

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Flavorful Basil Has Amazing Heart Healthy Benefits

Known as one of the main ingredients in pesto sauce and used often for its fragrant flavor, basil is one highly nutritious herb. Belonging to the mint family of Lamiaceae, basil first originated in India. Grown in India for more than 5,000 years, basil or sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is called as Saint Joseph’s Wort in few English-speaking countries. It is a culinary herb that is prominently used in Italian cuisine for making pesto sauce. It is also widely used in Thai cuisine, Indonesian, Vietnamese and many Southeast Asian cuisines. In India, basil leaves (tulsi) are used in making tea

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Fresh Roasted Jalapeño Infused Almond, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Mix

So I have decided that to get flavors I like I needed to start roasting nuts with my favorite seasonings, which for the most part I like a spicy kick, so I went with the best, Anthony Spices from Arizona. Not only are these spices full of flavor, they also offer a wide range of heat levels from 1-10. My favorites are the Arizona Hatch (heat level 7), Arizona Jalapeño (heat level 5), Arizona Chipotle (heat level 6) and finally the hottest one Arizona Habanero (heat level 10). All of their offerings are amazing and you cannot go wrong with

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