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Big Chickens, Little Nutrition

Most people would agree with the assessment “you are what you eat,” yet many overlook the fact that this holds true for the food you eat, too. If the chicken on your dinner plate was fed an unnatural diet of genetically engineered (GE) soy and grains (or worse) — what essentially boils down to junk food for birds — it can’t be expected to be optimally healthy, nor optimally nutritious. Because most poultry in the U.S. comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), The Guardian went so far as to…

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Childhood Obesity Up Worldwide Almost 10-Fold

Childhood obesity has increased more than 10-fold worldwide since 1975, a new study reports. But even more children are underweight than severely overweight, according to the analysis of data from 200 countries. Researchers found that by 2016 overall obesity rates had jumped from less than 1 percent to almost 6 percent for girls and nearly 8 percent for boys — with rates at 20 percent or higher in the United States, Egypt and some Polynesian islands. A two-pronged strategy is needed to improve nutrition and reduce excessive weight gain, according…

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Onions — A Powerful Anti-Cancer Food Staple

If you’re interested in using food to lower your risk of cancer, remember to eat lots of onions. Research shows that people with the highest consumption of onions (as well as other allium vegetables) have a lower risk of several types of cancer, including: Liver, colon and renal cell (kidney) Esophageal and laryngeal Prostate and colorectal Breast Ovarian and endometrial Onions contain several anti-cancer compounds, including quercetin, anthocyanins, organosulfur compounds such as diallyl disulfide (DDS), S-allylcysteine (SAC) and S-methylcysteine (SMC) and onionin A (ONA). Onion Compound Suppresses Ovarian Cancer Starting…

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Why Curry Will Surprise You

As a meat-and-potatoes nation for the better part of three centuries, to go so far as to choose authentic Indian, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine is a milestone for many. Throughout the U.S., more and more people have begun embracing the idea of using an exotic curry to spice up their food. In the above-listed cuisines, curry is practically fundamental. In India, for instance, while there are more than a billion people who speak around 122 different languages and often have vastly diverse cultural differences, all of them love curry….

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Coconut Oil vs. Coconut Butter: What’s the Difference?

Most people are familiar with coconut oil. It’s frequently in the health and wellness spotlight. Coconut butter isn’t as well-known. The two products look and smell similar, but each has different characteristics. Here’s a look at the benefits of each. What’s the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter? Coconut oil is made by cold-pressing oil from coconut meat. It’s solid at room temperature, and becomes liquid when heated. It has an oily, mild to medium intensity coconut flavor and odor. Coconut butter is arguably the peanut butter of the…

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Quinoa vs. Rice: The Health Benefits of Each Grain

There was a time rice was the only grain in town. Not anymore. Quinoa has emerged as a healthy alternative. It has already taken rice’s place in many recipes. But if you love rice, the news isn’t all bad. Both grains have health benefits. What is quinoa? You could argue that comparing quinoa with rice isn’t fair, because quinoa isn’t actually a grain. It’s the seed of the goosefoot plant and a relative of beets and spinach. But quinoa is known as a pseudocereal because it’s cooked and eaten like…

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Choline: Why You Should Eat Your Egg Yolks and Take Krill

Nearly two decades ago, scientists unveiled the potential of a nutrient that had been all but forgotten: choline, first discovered in 1862.1 In 1998, the Institute of Medicine revealed that choline is actually essential for optimal health, meaning it can’t be produced by your body but must come from an outside source. Although a small amount of choline is produced by your liver, the rest must come through what you eat. Unfortunately, an estimated 90 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in choline. According to Netherlands-based health information authority…

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Top Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer

It’s happened before. You brought home too many fresh carrots, cucumbers and fancy mesclun lettuce, didn’t get to them as quickly as you thought you would and they spoiled. Rubbery carrots, slimy cucumbers and rusty lettuce can definitely make you lose your sense of humor. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) says Americans dispose of 19 percent of the vegetables and around 14 percent of the fruits they buy due to spoilage.1 What can you do to keep this from happening? There are a few tricks, some of them…

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Why it’s so hard to kick your sugar habit

It seems like we’re always being told to cut down on sugar — but for many of us, that’s easier said than done. Sugar is hard to avoid, even for people who don’t consider themselves to have a sweet tooth. Even if you ignore the copious amount present where we expect to find it, like in a soda, sugar is hiding in many of our foods — even those that aren’t especially sweet. According to says Lisa Drayer, nutritionist and author of “The Beauty Diet,” some breads can contain six…

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Super-spaghetti of enriched pasta could help reduce risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) and the Research and Development of Functional Food Centre (CIDAF, for its initials in Spanish) along with two Italian universities, have developed a ‘super-spaghetti’ of enriched pasta, elaborated with functional flours, which contains more fibre and proteins than normal pasta and that helps reducing the risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases. The researchers, who published part of their results in Food Research International magazine, have proven that new green technologies (such as the so called ‘air classification’) allow us to obtain functional flours using…

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