Nutrition

Benefits of Using Stevia Instead of Sugar and Sugar Substitutes

Stevia Leaf

Many people have stopped using sugar and have switched to stevia because it’s healthier, and not chemically processed like artificial sweeteners. Stevia is an herb that comes from the same family as lettuce and marigolds and is native to the rain forests in Paraguay; although now it is grown all over the world. Stevia has been used for over 1500 years by the native indians of Paraguay.  more→

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Health Benefits of Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds

Chia seeds - varieties

Chia, hemp, and flaxseeds seem to be everywhere these days! This trio of tiny seeds offers an abundance of health benefits, not the least of which are the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds aren’t just for those following plant-based diets, but anyone who wants to boost their intake of nutrients. Read on for a brief introduction to these small but mighty super foods, their comparative benefits, and some ways to use them in your daily fare. more→

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6 Basic Guidelines for the Nutritarian Diet

Healthy Ingredients

Excerpted from The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life* by Joel Fuhrman, MD. © 2014 HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Everybody can do this, and here’s the plan. But remember: These are just general guidelines; you don’t have to follow them precisely. For example, you can go above or below the general serving recommendations depending on your height and degree of physical activity or exercise. A world-class athlete may need triple the calories of a sedentary office worker. To call yourself a nutritarian, follow these six basic guidelines:

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Great Health Benefits from Berries and Pomegranates

Berries and cherries

Excerpted from End of Dieting: How to Live for Life* by Joel Fuhrman, MD. © 2014 HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are vibrantly colored with antioxidant phytochemicals, and they are some of the highest antioxidant foods in existence. The deep red, blue, and purple pigments of berries are produced by anthocyanins, which are concentrated in the skins of the fruits. more→

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Every Woman’s Favorite Weight-Loss, Cancer-Prevention Diet

Green Vegetables and leafy greens

Contributed by Racheal L. Whitaker, M.D, excerpted from Rethink Food: 100+ Doctors Can’t Be Wrong.* My gastric reflux was so bad it would wake me at night. I had been having episodes of reflux off and on for years, and accepted it as par for the course. As a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, I knew the rules—typical foods to avoid (coffee, citrus foods, alcohol) as well as the medications to take. However, despite following these guidelines my discomfort and symptoms only worsened.  more→

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Animal Protein vs. Plant-Based Protein

Beans, lentils, and nuts in bowls

Excerpted from Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free* by Joel Fuhrman, @2011 HarperOne, reprinted by permission.The nutrition-related educational materials used in most schools have been provided “gratis” by the meat, dairy, and egg industries for over seventy years. Those industries have successfully lobbied and influenced the government, resulting in favorable laws and subsidies—and resulting in advertising propaganda being fed to every child. They have been selling the mistaken idea that we need meat, dairy, and eggs in order to be properly nourished. We have thus been programmed with incorrect and dangerous information. more→

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Vegan Running: What to Eat and How to Do It

marathon runners

Running—whether for a purpose or for sport—can be intense on the body, and such intensity comes the demand for fuel; in other words, nutrition. Whether you’re running track in high school, or competing in a major San Diego Marathon such as the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the task of proper fueling can be quite daunting. This is especially true for those in the vegan community who do not rely on traditional dietary staples such as lean meats and fish. more→

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Top Health Benefits of Quinoa

This article is courtesy of The Whole Grains Council and Oldways.

Quinoa Offers Antioxidants for Gluten-Free Diets
Researchers suggest that adding quinoa or buckwheat to gluten-free products significantly increases their polyphenol content, as compared to typical gluten-free products made with rice, corn, and potato flour. Products made with quinoa or buckwheat contained more antioxidants compared with both wheat products and the control gluten-free products. Also of note: antioxidant activity increased with sprouting, and decreased with breadmaking. (Food Chemistry, March 2010; 119 (2): 770-778.)

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