Food + Health

Got Tummy Troubles? Try Giving Up Dairy.

Got Tummy Troubles? Try Giving Up Dairy.

Classic symptoms of dairy sensitivity are mucus, respiratory problems, digestive problems (such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation), fatigue, joint pains, and skin problems from rashes to acne. About 10% of adults are lactose intolerant and many others have difficulty digesting casein from cow’s milk. When casein is not properly digested, it gets into your bloodstream, and the immune system reacts, causing inflammation.

Is it Safe for Me to Eat Eggs?

Is it Safe for Me to Eat Eggs?

For many thousands of years, humans have enjoyed eggs, probably one of nature’s most convenient and nutritious foods. Many feel that eggs are one of nature’s perfect foods as they are one of the few foods containing all the essential amino acids. With these, our bodies can make whatever non-essential proteins they need. Eggs are relatively low in calories and contain many other healthy nutrients, including vitamins B12, C, D, E, and K, as well as the minerals iron and zinc. They’re also a rich source of choline, important for brain functioning in particular but actually essential for the functioning of all cells. They are also a rich source methionine, which is important for detoxification function and the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are helpful for eye function.

Easy Secrets to Healthy Eating for Kids

Easy Secrets to Healthy Eating for Kids

Everyone wants their kids to eat healthy, right? We have all seen the new food plate instead of pyramid. We all want them to eat a ton of veggies, fruits and whole grains, and no sugar, artificial stuff or white foods. But how exactly do we achieve that? When I first had my daughter Liv, I truly had no clue. I read SUPER BABY FOODS and was completely overwhelmed. But I was willing to do anything for my babe, so I joined a CSA, started cooking more, experimenting more and here is what I learned:

How to Prepare For Your Cleanse

How to Prepare For Your Cleanse

I often speak with people who know that their health needs a boost, and they want to embark on a cleanse. The only problem is that they can’t find the right time to start. They may have a wedding coming up, or a birthday, business trip or holiday. My recommendation is that if there’s one event standing in the way, just go ahead and start your cleanse. There will always be some special occasion on the calendar, and part of the process of improving your eating habits is learning how to stay on track during these special occasions.

Chia Seeds – Nature’s Little Powerhouse

Chia Seeds – Nature’s Little Powerhouse

The first time I heard of Chia was when Chia pets were popular in the 80’s – remember those “adorable” green leafy creatures that you grew by watering an animal shaped terracotta pot. Who knew then that beyond their ability to grow animals, Chia seeds are actually a dynamo superfood. Turns out that the Aztecs and Mayans in pre-Columbian times did! Chia was an important part of their diet and legend has it that a single tablespoon could sustain Aztec warriors all day.The seeds, which come from a plant called Salvia Hispanica are loaded with many healthy benefits.

The Secrets to Healthy Chocolate

The Secrets to Healthy Chocolate

Though we’ve all heard by now that chocolate is good for us, most people, no matter how welcome that information is, still have some doubt about accepting it whole-heartedly. And rightly so. Let’s get to the bottom of this so we can all enjoy our chocolate freely yet consciously, and reap the many rewards.

Sugar, Not Fat, Affirmed as Top Heart-Attacker

Sugar, Not Fat, Affirmed as Top Heart-Attacker

Gary Taubes is the bestselling author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, and he covers the diet-health beat for The New York Times. While we don’t agree with everything he concludes about diets, we think most of what he says about foods and diet is accurate. We do think he performed a public service by penning the recent article, “Is Sugar Toxic?” for the paper’s Sunday magazine.

A Big Fat Mistake

A Big Fat Mistake

New research has weakened the perceived link between saturated fat and heart disease. Today, many experts agree that refined carbs pose a much greater danger. Is it possible — even imaginable — that nearly everyone has been wrong about saturated fat and its connection to heart disease? Brace yourself. Based on a wave of new research, all the dietary admonitions about saturated fat could end up being little more than a huge mistake.

Sweet Treats and Sensible Snacks

Sweet Treats and Sensible Snacks

Summer is in full swing, and with it, farm stands and stores packed with fresh summer produce. The vivid colors, the tastes and variety of offerings make summer the season of edible earthly delights – and who among us can’t wait to dig in? So we snack on lots of fresh fruit thinking, “Oh, it’s fruit. It’s good for me,” and wind up over-indulging, thinking that the sugars from fruit “don’t count". By August, a few pesky pounds may have crept onto the scale, and the next question becomes “what happened?” The likely culprit? Those hidden sugar in your favorite summer fruits. So how can a fruit fanatic keep sugar in check without missing out on fruit’s nutritional benefits?