8 Types of squash, a delicious superfood

Squash, literally meaning “eaten raw or uncooked,” is a fruit that typically grows on vines. It is native to North America and belongs to the genus of plants called Cucurbita. Although technically classified as a fruit, it is often treated as a vegetable in cooking.Squash comes in different shapes, colors and tastes. Two general varieties are the summer squash and the winter … Continue reading 8 Types of squash, a delicious superfood

5 Health benefits of muskmelon, a sweet superfood that’s rich in vitamin C

Muskmelon is a sweet and nutritious fruit with a variety of culinary uses and health benefits. It belongs to the gourd family and is related to other fruits that are often confused as vegetables, such as squash, pumpkin and zucchini. There are several varieties of muskmelon. There are netted types like cantaloupe and smooth-skinned types like honeydew and casaba melon. These fruits differ … Continue reading 5 Health benefits of muskmelon, a sweet superfood that’s rich in vitamin C

Functional foods are healthy, but why?

A recent article published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness discussed the potential of functional foods as a preventive or supplementary therapy for chronic or metabolic diseases. Numerous studies have found that functional foods promoting autophagy — a regulated mechanism that enables the removal of dysfunctional or unnecessary cell components — can prevent or treat chronic diseases, as well as support … Continue reading Functional foods are healthy, but why?

Pear necessities: 8 Health benefits of eating pears

The humble pear may not be as popular or as extensively studied as its close “cousin” the apple, but both fruits have a lot in common in terms of their nutrition profile and reported health benefits. In fact, Nathan O’Callaghan, a researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), found that pears offer a surprisingly good amount … Continue reading Pear necessities: 8 Health benefits of eating pears

Superfoods in your backyard: 5 Root crops to plant for an amazing fall harvest

It’s best to grow root crops in early spring, but did you know that fall is also a suitable growing season? In fact, gardeners who didn’t have access to modern food preservation methods often planted crops during fall so they had enough to fill their root cellars once it was time to harvest. If you … Continue reading Superfoods in your backyard: 5 Root crops to plant for an amazing fall harvest

The sweet and the sour: Health benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar starts life as an apple juice. It is then fermented twice with yeast. It is most notable for its strong, sour flavor, which is due to its main ingredient acetic acid. In turn, this substance is said to be responsible for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Meanwhile, honey is a sweet and viscous substance … Continue reading The sweet and the sour: Health benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar

Consuming alliums like onions and garlic found to lower colorectal cancer risk by 79 percent

Garlic and onions are a cook’s best friend. Besides the fact that they complement most dishes, these ingredients are staples in different cuisines because of their intense and unique tastes. But there’s another compelling reason to start eating more of these foods. In a recent study published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chinese researchers found that eating high amounts … Continue reading Consuming alliums like onions and garlic found to lower colorectal cancer risk by 79 percent

Phenolic-enriched raspberry extract can decrease weight gain – even when eating a high-fat diet

There are many health benefits associated with eating raspberries (Rubus idaeus). These brightly colored fruits from the rose family are rich in essential nutrients and compounds that boost brain, heart and eye health and help with various health problems, such as diabetes, cancer and digestive issues. Notable micronutrients that can be found in raspberries include vitamins B9 (folate), … Continue reading Phenolic-enriched raspberry extract can decrease weight gain – even when eating a high-fat diet

Go nuts for nuts: Long-term nut consumption can reduce your risk of obesity and reduce weight gain

Nutritionists have been hyping the health benefits of eating nuts for years — and for good reason. Numerous studies have found strong evidence of the ability of nuts (and seeds) to lower the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Besides disease prevention, nuts also provide plenty of nutrients which the body needs … Continue reading Go nuts for nuts: Long-term nut consumption can reduce your risk of obesity and reduce weight gain

Healthy prepping: 7 Superfoods you should add to your garden and stockpile

It’s important to prepare for emergencies, as these can happen without a moment’s notice. For most people, that means stockpiling enough food to keep themselves fed in the event an emergency happens. But as you fill up your storage spaces with quick fixes like rice, spaghetti and survival rations, why not balance it out by adding nutritious … Continue reading Healthy prepping: 7 Superfoods you should add to your garden and stockpile