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Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
July 11, 2017
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Salads, Vegan

Baby Spinach Salad with Light and Lovely Cilantro Macadamia Dressing

Healthy oils have a number of benefits associated with them, including heart and circulatory system support, skin health and mental function

Olive oil is heart heathy, due to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats that help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. However, olive oil is not the only heart healthy culinary oil with extraordinary health benefits. …read more of Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil? here

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Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 10, 2017
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Kale, White Bean and Potato Soup

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and part of the cabbage family.

This dark leafy green vegetable is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming kale provides an abundance of nutrients that support healthy bones, skin, hair and healthy digestion and can also reduce the risk of heart disease. …read more of Kale, Leafy Green Superfood! here

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The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret?

By Michael Greger M.D.
January 30, 2017
File under: Fruit, Greens, Healthy Eating, Legumes, Nuts, Vegan

The Mediterranean Diet is an “in” topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it good? Merits are rarely detailed; possible downsides are never mentioned.” So, let’s dig in….

After World War II, the government of Greece asked the Rockefeller foundation to come in and assess the situation. Impressed by the low rates of heart disease in the region, nutrition scientist Ancel Keys – after which “K” rations were named – initiated his famous seven countries study.

In this study, he found the rate of fatal heart disease on the Greek isle of Crete was 20 times lower than in the United States. They also had the lowest cancer rates and fewest deaths overall. What were they eating? …read more of The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret? here

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How Eating Plants May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

By Michael Greger M.D.
November 3, 2016
File under: Diet, Greens, Healthy Eating

The Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet is linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Plant-derived foods contain thousands of compounds with antioxidant properties, some of which can traverse the blood-brain barrier and may have neuroprotective effects by assisting with antioxidant defense.

The concept of “brain rust” is that neurodegenerative diseases arise from excess oxidative stress. Nature has gifted humankind with a plethora of plants, fruits, vegetables and nuts, and the diverse array of bioactive nutrients present in these natural products may play a pivotal role in prevention and one day, perhaps, even the cure of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Evidence suggests that naturally occurring plant compounds may potentially hinder neurodegeneration, and even improve memory and cognitive function. …read more of How Eating Plants May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease here

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Are Microgreens Healthier?

By Michael Greger M.D.
June 5, 2013
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants.[1]

Just a few inches tall, these microgreens boast intense flavors and vivid colors, but what about their nutritional content? No one knew until now.

For instance, we’ve known for quite some time that baby spinach leaves have higher levels of phytonutrients than mature spinach leaves.[2] What about really baby spinach that may be just a week or two old? …read more of Are Microgreens Healthier? here

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