Why Massaging Kale is a Must

A bowl of kale salad

Kale has been a popular superfood recently, especially during the summer. Kale salad, kale chips, kale smoothies – these things are everywhere. It’s a fibrous, strong, bitter green that’s not just for salads; it holds up well to being baked, sautéed, and mixed in stews. It’s crazy dense with nutrients that are good for the … Read more

Washing Produce: How to Do it the Right Way

water splashes on two oranges

Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and other products is a great way to incorporate many essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, fibers, and antioxidants in your healthy, daily diet. Before the consumption of fresh produce, it is always advised to rinse them thoroughly with water. This helps remove any harmful residue from the surface. Many … Read more

Consuming for a Cause: National Non-GMO Month

Consuming for a Cause: National Non GMO Month

October is traditionally a month of harvest. This month, crops are brought in from fields and gardens, and we give thanks for another season of bounty. October is also National Non-GMO Month – a perfect time to reflect on the nation’s food supply. National Non-GMO Month is a celebration of transparency in agriculture and food … Read more

Forging Ahead on the Problem with Probiotics

If you have a gut problem, then you’ve probably heard these 2 pieces of dietary advice: eat more fiber and try probiotics. But GI disorders are highly personalized and vary from person-to-person, so what works for one doesn’t always work for another. This is certainly the case with probiotics – where ingesting probiotics can lead … Read more

Everything about Sprouted Grains

Mixed bean sprouts (shoots)

Healthy eating is a lifestyle: you start eating wholesome and healthy foods while also informing yourself on several things about organic food items and how they are grown. You start skimming down the list of ingredients in various packaged foods, such as bread. Of the numerous healthy items you can include in your diet is … Read more

Pelletized Fiber: Coming to Your Cereal Soon

Pelletized Fiber: Coming to Your Cereal Soon

General Mills announced recently that it has filed a patent on a technique to pelletize fiber and calcium for use in ready-to-eat (RTE) breakfast cereals. The process will use a gelatinized starch to coalesce calcium and fiber for the purpose of supplementing processed cereals. Mmmm… Is this a big deal? Well…General Mills thinks so. The … Read more

The Return of Pressure Cookers in the Household

A basic pressure cooker with a simple regulator and an oval lid

While pressure cookers are thoroughly loved in the cooking industry, there are a few reservations for their use in household purposes. Incidents of explosions and mishandling have put a question mark on the reliability of this cooking ware. But how this danger slogan got attached to the perfectly fine cooking device and why people run … Read more

International Year of Quinoa

International Year of Quinoa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa. Heralded for its unique nutritional properties and environmental adaptability, the UN is positioning this cereal-like grain as a key player in the global fight against hunger and food insecurity. With its tag line, “Quinoa, a future sewn … Read more

Fiber Math on the Fly

Fiber Math on the Fly

There’s no shortage of interest in dietary fiber. We know fiber is good for us, but we also know that most Americans are not getting enough fiber. While the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 recommend between 25-38 grams of fiber per day (for adult females and males, … Read more

The Lovely – and Potentially Lethal – Lupini Bean

The Lovely – and Potentially Lethal – Lupini Bean

If you’re looking for a legume to enlighten your life – check out the Lupini Beans. Lupini beans – also called lupin – were prolific in the ancient Roman diets and in the countries of the Mediterranean region. Today, because of the labor intense process required to soak and detoxify the bitter beans, lupini beans … Read more