There are many different types of mushrooms. I’m most interested in the potential health benefits of these fungi that people either love to love or love to hate.
Edamame, which are young soybeans (so they are legumes and not veggies) that are usually still in the pod (but can also be bought shelled), are a great plant-based source of protein. And protein is one of the six nutrients we need to stay healthy. (The other nutrients are water, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals). Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues and make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals.
Apparently, when Eve convinced Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, it may not have been an apple.
Fat. We all have it, and we all need it. Actually, many people tend to fear fat. But fat is important and serves many purposes for our bodies. These include storing energy, absorbing fat-soluble nutrients (such as vitamins A, E, D and K), keeping us warm and protecting our vital organs.
Recently, a certain brand of dishware served up more than just the latest home cooked meal. And to some, it wasn’t too appetizing. In fact, some considered it downright insulting.
It is usually cause for concern when security identifies an abandoned bag at the airport. And recently, a bag without an owner was found in the baggage claim area of an airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. It didn’t contain any weapons, bombs or items that could hurt people. What it did contain was a type of fruit that has a strong scent. Because the scent of this fruit is so strong, it is not allowed in some hotels in Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong and is banned on the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit.
We are in the thick of summer, which means grilling and barbeques are pretty popular these days. If you’re a meat eater, you may be consuming a lot of red meat as of lately. It’s hard to resist that juicy, mouthwatering burger.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) did not recognize choline as an essential nutrient until 1998. But there’s no denying choline’s important role in keeping us healthy. This nutrient is involved in a large number of very important physiological functions which affect various organs such as the brain, heart and liver. Simply put, the body needs choline to function normally and optimally.
Back in 1997 when Tiger Woods was just 21-years-old, he won the Masters Tournament. It was a big deal! Woods was the youngest player ever to win the Masters. He also made history as the first African-American to win this major golf tournament.
I frequently take my own blood pressure readings at home, because I am getting older and I have a family history of hypertension. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), which half of all adults in the United States do (according to the American Heart Association), monitoring your blood pressure at home is a great way to be proactive about lowering your blood pressure if you need to. If you know where you stand, that’s half the battle.
There is an old adage that you should follow: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
For most of us, cactus may not be a staple food in our diets. Some people may not know that cactus is even edible. But it is!
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