Mushrooms may be the easiest plant in the world to grow because they take very little care. There are over 10,000 varieties of mushrooms in North America, but not all are edible. In fact the largest part of them can make you sick. However there are a few varieties that are not only gourmet but also have medicinal properties and can be grown in your home.
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Food and Health
I grew up on table salt. You remember it, the old Morton salt in the navy cardboard container with a picture of a little girl in a yellow dress holding an umbrella. I even remember my mom ordering a Morton salt umbrella for me when I was a kid. But I digress.
Iodine deficiency remains one of the most important public health issues globally, and an estimated 2.2 billion people live in iodine-deficient areas.  Iodine is a mineral that is absolutely essential for every cell in the body to function, especially the thyroid. It is crucial for immune function, fetal development , neurocognitive function and prevents the formation of cancer cells.
Have you ever heard of ellagic acid or followed an ellagic acid weight loss diet plan? Probably not, unless you are a botanist, a chemist, or a health nut. Truth is most people just don’t care what’s in their food, even if they’re smarter than the average bear. They just want something healthy that tastes good. But knowing what foods contain ellagic acid and including them in our daily diet can be very beneficial to health.
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to put two and two together, and we all know when we’re not doing the right things to stay healthy. It’s not always easy but making small changes can make a big difference in health. If not you may eventually have one or more of the signs of metabolic syndrome and experience the associated complications including diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and an increased risk not only for stroke but cancer.
If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, then you may have been excited to notice another gluten-free item on the grocery store shelves. However, if that item was Herr's Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips, you will want to pay attention to the latest recall. Herr Foods Inc. is recalling specific lots of some of its Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips because they are mislabeled as gluten-free. These chips actually contain wheat and should not be consumed by people who are sensitive to wheat or allergic to it.
I majored in chemistry in college before I decided to get my nursing degrees. So, I think about everything I eat. I also read labels. In general, though I eat only fresh products and stay away from the inner aisles of the grocery store and processed meat products. So, for me, the recent news from the World Health Organization that processed meat and even red meat cause cancer is old news, about 30 years old to be exact.
For all of you who are looking for a natural, zero or low-calorie alternative to artificial sweeteners, monk fruit may be the answer. Is this relatively new addition to the sugar substitute market good for those with diabetes or who want to lose weight?
Several years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of medical school residents about nutrition. What I told them was this: “Whatever you do, don’t put your patients in the hospital and then starve them.”
For thousands of years, seaweed has been used in many cultures, especially those in coastal regions, not only as a food source, but for its health benefits. Many of these areas such as Japan are considered “blue zones” where people are known to live longer and with fewer health problems. In fact, Japan has the highest number of octogenarians, people who live to be over the age of 100, in the world. Other well known “blue zones” are Sardinia, Italy, Loma Linda, California, and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.(1)
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is true to its acronym. Unfortunately, the average American does not get enough vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. The popularity of empty-calorie fast food and imbalanced meals instead of home cooked and whole food has left the average American with several deficiencies in the diet.
Unless you have a nut or peanut allergy, new research findings suggest you may want to eat at least half a handful of nuts or peanuts every day. At least 10 grams of these foods, but not peanut butter, could reduce your risk of succumbing to several major causes of death.
Green tea and apples are both known to be healthy additions to our diet. Now researchers understand more about how apples and tea can protect us from heart disease and cancer.
Experts have been recommending that people drink more water for decades. Although most people are familiar with the usual benefits listed by doctors and nutritionists, there are unique advantages to adding more water to your daily routine. Hydration is essential for life, and your body requires water to function normally.
The pet food and treats sitting in your pantry, kitchen shelves or other parts of the house can affect your entire family’s health. It is not just your adorable poodle or Maine Coon who can suffer from medical issues. Pet food can affect people’s lives in more than one way.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a controversial food additive commonly used to enhance products by giving them a savory flavor. Although MSG is typically associated with Chinese restaurants, it can be found in a variety of items ranging from canned soup to processed sausages. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) labels MSG as generally recognized as safe, but there are reports of reactions to the flavor enhancer.
Would you will be willing to eat food that has been exposed to some of the same chemical components as the infamous and deadly Agent Orange defoliate used widely during the Viet Nam War? Well you may not be able to avoid doing just that, cautions Dr. Oz as he reveals to viewers his concern that the foods you buy tomorrow for your health may be more harmful than beneficial, and only President Obama has the power to prevent this from happening.
The evidence is in that good nutrition appears to help prevent and control type 2 diabetes. There has been a surge of type 2 diabetes due to poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyles and the associated obesity epidemic over the years. An understanding of the value of good nutrition to help control this serious health problem is therefore very important.
Bread is a diet staple, but people with celiac disease cannot grab the first fresh French baguettes they see in the stores. The bread must be gluten-free. Unfortunately, it is often much more expensive than the wheat, rye or barley versions, and taste is sometimes an issue. This is why some people have turned to making their own bread at home.
If you are looking for a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome known as IBS that could work, consider the FODMAP diet. What did researchers find in a study about how certain foods can significantly alleviate symptoms of IBS?
Smoothies are a great way to lose weight and keep it off. But who wants to take the time to clean a large, full-scale blender for one quick healthy drink? The solution is a personal mini-model blender that can save on cleanup time and help with your fight against belly fat.
A recent report from NPR highlighted the problems those with celiac disease often face if they are forced to use a food bank. Many food pantries are not aware of the condition and do not have the items necessary for someone with this disorder. However, there is a movement to change how food banks handle celiac disease sufferers.