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Unwanted Consequences of High Heat Cooking

Unwanted Consequences of High Heat Cooking

High heat cooking is problematic because it creates toxic substances as well as causes the loss of nutrients. Virtually all nutrients in food are susceptible to damage from heat. Of course, whether a particular nutrient gets damaged depends on the ex...

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Practice Mindful Eating

I have read articles about practicing mindful eating, but I'd like to expand on that term.

Mindful eating can take on more than one meaning and can have some positive results. Mindful eating should be practiced at every meal and every snack. Indeed, with every bite.

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What Are Pomegranates Good For?

What Are Pomegranates Good For?

Pomegranate Nutrition Facts


From ancient Persia to the Himalayas and beyond, tangy pomegranates are mentioned several times in the Bible, and are one of the world's most popular and cultivated fruits today. After being introduced in California by Spa...

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What Are Plums and Prunes Good For?

What Are Plums and Prunes Good For?


Plums and Prunes Nutrition Facts


Alexander the Great cultivated plum trees in Mediterranean regions as early as 65 BC, although the first plum trees are thought to have originated in China. Plums are a member of the rose family (Rosacea) and ...

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Can how you peel your avocado really have impact on your health?

Can how you peel your avocado really have impact on your health?

The method you use to peel an avocado might make a difference to your health. Research on avocado shows that the greatest phytonutrient concentrations occur in portions of the food that we do not typically eat, namely, the peel ...

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Quick Pear Salad Pick-up

I remember my mom making this for me as a kid, like it was a special treat. We didn't get it very often (she used canned pears and they were expensive, as was good cheese.). As time went on and I bought into the "no-fat" dietary thing being "healthier" in the 1970's-80's, I quit eating it, because i...

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What Are Persimmons Good For?

What Are Persimmons Good For?


Persimmon Nutrition Facts


It's too bad Americans aren't more familiar with persimmons, since the Latin word for it means “food of the gods.” A fruit most often grown in warm, dry climates, those found in larger grocery stores are most likely Japane...

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What Is Pineapple Good For?

What Is Pineapple Good For?



Pineapple Nutrition Facts

Reportedly the second favorite fruit in America right after another tropical fruit - bananas - the pineapple is unique among fruits. The drought-tolerant pineapple plant grows five to eight feet tall, and bears fruit with...

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Blueberries: health benefits

Blueberries: health benefits

In the popular press, blueberries have reached superstar status in terms of their unique health benefits. While we prefer to think of all the World's Healthiest Foods as rightful superstars, we can understand many of the special accolades being given to this wonde...

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What Are Pears Good For?

What Are Pears Good For?


Pears Nutrition Facts


While there are nearly 4,000 recorded types of pear trees, the majority are strictly ornamental, leaving only 30 or so as edible. From the Rosacea family, which includes many other fruits (some which seem completely unlike pears) s...

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