From chicken feed to detoxifier of heavy metals, people have found tremendous value in wheatgrass over the centuries. Wheatgrass can be traced back over 5000 years to ancient Egypt where it was priced for its effect on health and vitality. It came to the west in the 1930’s when agricultural chemist Charles F. Schnabel began experimenting with young grasses. He fed them to sick hens, discovering they not only healed quickly, but increased their egg production. Today, you can find wheatgrass in many health foods stores and cafes.
Most families today are on the move. Even though 93% of Americans feel that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, only 44% of us actually eat it and 1/3 of us who do wolf it down on the go. According to an article in the Washington Post, the home-cooked meal is dying a slow death. Less than 60% of dinners served at home were actually prepared at home. More and more Americans are opting for healthy convenience foods, partially prepared and packaged to go, and why shouldn’t they?
Research out of UC Davis shows that eating two apples a day or drinking an equivalent amount of apple juice had a significant slowing of LDL oxidation. In high-cholesterol rats, an apple diet over 3 weeks reduced LDL (bad cholesterol) by 70%. Florida State University researchers conducted a 6-month study on women. An apple-a-day resulted in a 23% reduction in LDL, but equally significant was the 4% increase of HDL (good cholesterol).
It seems like a good time to write about some fantastic foods that fights signs of aging. It’s not that juicing these items is healthier than eating the whole versions, it’s just a lot more convenient than trying to find the time to fit them into your cooking routine.
Why is potassium important enough to earn a spot on the new nutrition labels anyway? Potassium is a mineral that, together with sodium, regulates your body’s fluid levels. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, increasing potassium intake lowers the risk of stroke by 21%. In addition to delivering oxygen to the brain, potassium is key to heart health, managing blood pressure, assisting the nervous system, and metabolizing carbohydrates. Potassium becomes even more important as you age, reducing your risk of kidney stones and bone loss.
It turns out, one of the disadvantages of eating healthier is that you really begin to notice how crummy food affects your entire system. Sadly, many people eat poorly with such regularity, that they’ve come to accept the fatigue, bloat, inflammation and mood disorders as normal. Here is a list of some of the top foods that weigh us down and why.
There is a huge difference between added sugar and natural sugar. We don’t hear much about naturally occurring sugars, which are found in vegetables, fruit, dairy and whole grains, or how much you should consume. But we’ve all heard an apple a day…which has 19g of natural sugars. (And 4g of fiber.)
Last week, Ned from Green Tractor Farms uttered the words “no more cucumbers, the frost got them.” My heart sank a little, knowing that the amazing seasonal bounty of New Mexico was slowly coming to an end. It got me thinking about local, and what is truly means to us as consumers.
We take for granted the thousands of products available to us all the time in our groceries stores and markets. In fact, the average supermarket in 2013 carried 43,844 products! It is amazing that we’ve come so far in the last 150 years. Even my Grandmother can recall how only a few items were available during the cold Pennsylvania winters.