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What Is Zucchini Good For?

What Is Zucchini Good For?


Zucchini Nutrition Facts


For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and dig into a plateful of succul...

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What Are Yams Good For?

What Are Yams Good For?


Yam Nutrition Facts


While yams appear very similar to sweet potatoes, they're quite different. In fact, they're not even related. Yams belong to the Dioscoreae or morning glory family, while sweet potatoes are from the genus Convolvulaceae. Yams (from th...

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What are some of the health benefits provided by bok choy?

What are some of the health benefits provided by bok choy?

Antioxidant Benefits

As an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), and manganese, and a good source of zinc, bok choy provides us with a concentration of these core conventional antioxidants. Yet,...

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How to avoid the lure of junk food

My sister is morbidly obese and she is also a Registered Dietitian. She teaches other people how to eat healthfully to improve their health yet she is slave to the junk food trap! Her house has bags of chips, boxes of cookies, and mounds of nutritionless snacks in every cupboard. Why?
She g...

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What Are Tomatillos Good For?

What Are Tomatillos Good For?



Tomatillos Nutrition Facts


It's ironic that even though the Aztecs probably used them as one of their staple crops, it may have been Spanish conquistadors who introduced tomatillos (which translates to "little tomatoes" in Spanish) to the New ...

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What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For?

What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For?

Sweet Potatoes Nutrition Facts


Cultivation of sweet potatoes, which are native to Peru, dates back to 750 BCE. Discovered by Columbus, sweet potatoes, often (wrongly) called yams, belong to the Convolvulaceae, or morning glory plant family. Yams (f...

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Summer Squash: best way to select, store, prepare and cook

Summer Squash: best way to select, store, prepare and cook

When purchasing summer squash, look for ones that are heavy for their size and have shiny, unblemished rinds. Additionally, the rinds should not be very hard since this indicates that the squash are over-mature and will have hard seed...

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What Is Star Fruit Good For?

What Is Star Fruit Good For?


Star Fruit Nutrition Facts


The five-angled star fruit, also known as carambola, is a waxy, yellow-green fruit that originated in the sultry, tropical area of Sri Lanka. The fruit grows on a small, bushy evergreen tree, first bearing clusters of smal...

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The Silly Mistake We’re Making When Washing Lettuce

The Silly Mistake We’re Making When Washing Lettuce

Seriously, how did we not think of this before?

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What is Spinach Good For?

What is Spinach Good For?

Spinach Nutrition Facts


Obscurely referred to for years in England as "the Spanish vegetable," the name of this leafy green veggie was later shortened to the name we call it today. It’s thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Spinach cultivation spre...

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