Nutrition

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumber

fresh cucumbers

Cucumbers immediately bring to mind the idea of coolness and refreshment (as in “as cool as a … ) but their high water content and occasional seediness seems to imply that they’re not stellar in the nutrition area. While it’s true that cucumbers don’t rank high in nutrient density, their high water content actually contains some valuable substances (notably silica) that make them better for you than you might have thought: more→

Vitamin D and the Vegan Diet

mushrooms provide vitamin-D

Excerpted with permission from Guide to Vegan Supplementing by Mike Kamo, on Nutrition Secrets.It’s not just vegans who need to worry about vitamin D – we all do! In my article on “The Sunshine Vitamin’, we see how vitamin D plays very important roles in the body such as:

  • contributing to the formation and preservation of strong and healthy bones
  • lung & brain development and function
  • boosting immunity
  • muscle function
  • circulation and heart health

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6 Health Benefits of Carrots

Baby carrots

Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the U.S. after potatoes, but somehow, their benefits seem to be underappreciated, as rarely are they referred to as a “superfood.” Yet, carrots have significant health benefits. Fortunately, they’re abundant, familiar, inexpensive, and versatile, whether you use them in salads or cooked dishes, or just snack on them raw. Here are a few benefits of making them part of your daily repertoire. Carrots are known to: more→

Vegetables: Natural Born Cancer Killers

Different vegetables background.Healthy eating.

The war on cancer continues with newer technologies in its arsenal. While biological and gene therapy get a lot of attention in the press, there’s another, less expensive approach that’s attracting research support for its cancer-fighting properties: vegetables, specifically the cruciferous kind.

Vegans Are Right: Certain Vegetables Curb Cancer

It’s been known for some time that many processed foods, particularly meats, have been linked to cancer. It’s among the many reasons people reduce their meat intake and turn to vegan diets to avoid any animal-based food. Evidence is mounting that cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage, can actually contain cancer by interfering with cancer cell development. more→

5 Ways to Healthfully Gain Weight on a Vegan Diet

mocha maca banana smoothie

So many vegans cite the benefit of the diet as a way to lose weight, which is great for those who need to. But what about those of us looking to maintain the same physique, or with health problems that make it dangerous to slim down? You don’t have to sacrifice your tastes, ethics, or health to gain weight. more→

Top 10 Uses Of Frankincense Oil

Top 10 uses for frankincense

When you read the story of one of the three wise men bringing the gift of frankincense to Jesus, you probably thought of it just as a precious stone. But that is not all. Surprised? Frankincense is replete with health benefits that most people are unaware of. Here is a list of some of the benefits that you can take complete advantage of. more→

Natural Antibiotics, Foods to Heal Yourself

(Infographic) Natural Antibiotics, Foods to Heal Yourself

Contributed by Evoke. 

5 Pasta Myths Debunked 

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

At VegKitchen, we sure do love our pasta and noodles! After a brief demotion in the food world due to concerns about wheat in general and gluten specifically, pastas and noodles have made a roaring comeback. That said, if you do avoid gluten by necessity or choice, GF pastas have become much better over the past few years. And several Asian noodles — bean threads, rice vermicelli, and soba (buckwheat noodles) are naturally gluten-free. To celebrate World Pasta Day, October 25, the International Pasta Organisation and Oldways Preservation Trust would like to debunk the following five pasta myths: more→

Top Protein Sources for the Plant-Based Diet

Pantry staples -grains, beans, pasta

“How do you get your protein?” is a question asked of those following plant-based diets (whether vegetarian or vegan) that just won’t go away. It’s often dismissed as unimportant, but it is possible that any sort of poorly planned regimen might be sub-optimal for your health. The myth is that vegan diets can’t and don’t provide adequate protein is tenacious. For more on the subject, see Protein for Plant-Based Diets.  more→

Turmeric: Research-Backed Health Benefits & Uses

Fresh and ground Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most well researched natural substances that we have access to. Its effects are unparalleled in nearly all domains to do with wellness and healing. This root is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants; its anti-inflammatory uses are unparalleled in the world of medicinal substances. Contributed by Chantelle Zakariasen of Roots and Sprouts. more→

6 Top Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds in a bowl

Almonds are one of the world’s most nutritious and versatile nuts, perfect for snacking as well as in tasty recipes, renowned for their many health benefits and culinary uses. Here are just a few:

Reduce Blood Sugar Levels: Eating almonds may be a great option for diabetics looking to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Findings from a 2007 study published in the journal Metabolism found that consuming almonds alongside white bread regulates spikes in blood sugar and significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal. more→

Eating the Plant-Based Rainbow

rainbow of fresh vegetables

Excerpted from The Vegiterranean Diet: The New and Improved Mediterranean Eating Plan — with Deliciously Satisfying Vegan Recipes for Optimal Healthby Julianna Hever © 2014 Da Capo Lifelong Book, reprinted by permission.

A rainbow a day keeps the doctor away and our bodies humming. Vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods provide a broad spectrum of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and abundant vitamins, minerals, and fibers. We get the most nutritional bang for our caloric buck with colorful plant foods—especially vegetables and fruits. Nutrients are considered essential when we cannot produce them in our bodies on our own and require consuming them from our diet.  more→

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