Tag Archives: Flavonoids

Too much of a good thing: why choose food over supplements

  You once had to be involved in science in some way to know the term polyphenol but in the past decade, these compounds have received more and more attention in nutrition circles. Polyphenols are a class of substances, found in plant foods (phytochemicals), that offer a wide range of disease-fighting properties. Name a plant […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Baby versus regular spinach

“I would like to know how ‘baby’ spinach is grown and whether it is nutritionally equivalent to “grown-up” spinach. It certainly does not have a real spinach taste.” says Enlightened Eater Facebook fan, Betty Fleet. Betty, baby spinach is exactly that –  spinach that is harvested at an early stage –  anytime  from 21 to […]

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6 top reasons to eat kiwis

Kiwis may be small but they certainly  pack a mighty nutritional punch.  While they were originally known as a Chinese gooseberry, they were first grown commercially in New Zealand. These fuzzy little fruits were then named after New Zealand’s  national bird, the kiwi.  It’s hard to believe but they only started appearing  in most North […]

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Supplements: More is not better

Does it seem to you that when scientists identify a particular substance in food with  disease-fighting power,  it becomes a hot commodity in the form of a supplement?   Consider that we are spending billions on dietary supplements but somehow we keep forgetting what they really are. Many believe that what’s in a pill  bottle  can  […]

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Do you give herbs the respect they deserve?

When you cook, do you use herbs such as parsley and basil simply as a garnish to dress up your creations? If so, it’s time to give them the respect they deserve. According to accumulating research, herbs offer a wealth of disease-fighting power including anti-cancer action and an assortment of heart healthy perks.  Ounce for […]

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The wisdom of mothers

This weekend marks Mother’s Day, a time when we pay tribute to those women who have always known best. Sorry Robert Young and those who were fans of his old TV show, Father Knows Best. This is all about Mom. The wisdom of the ages – just how is it that mothers were so smart […]

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5 smart strategies for a healthy endothelium

  Maintaining a healthy endothelium may indeed be the foundation to keeping your arteries in good shape yet it’s a tactic that’s all too frequently left out of the discussion about heart health. Here are  5 smart strategies  that may arm your endothelium with weaponry to fight off assaults: •    Go for healthy fats Research […]

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Buyer beware: green tea extracts

Are you already contemplating waist management strategies for the new year, even  as you’re  still  partaking  of the season’s decadent delights? If so, here’s one to scratch off your list of possible options: green tea extract. While those interested in waist management may have followed the increasing number of studies  linking green tea with elevated […]

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