From a young age, we have been taught to drink milk to grow strong and healthy bones. This is because milk and other dairy products tend to be a rich source of calcium, a necessary mineral for bone health...
While both maple syrup and honey are thought to be similar because they're natural sweeteners, they actually vary greatly in their nutritional makeup. Once you understand just what the breakdown of nutrients, sugars, and fat is for maple syrup...
Known for its tart, cranberry-like flavor, hibiscus tea was rumored to be the preferred beverage of the ancient Pharaohs who lived in the Nile Valley and drank the tea to help fight the desert heat. Now in today's day and age, hibiscus is used to help maintain normal blood pressure, support heart health, and encourage fluid balance.
If you see someone drinking steaming liquid from a mug, don't assume it's coffee or tea anymore. Thanks to its wild popularity, bone broth is becoming the new go-to hot beverage to drink, and when you find out why,...
Known as Lady's Finger in the U.K., okra is a green vegetable that goes by multiple names, and comes with multiple health benefits. Originating in South Asian, West African and Ethiopian regions, this edible hibiscus has become a popular ingredient in many recipes. According...
One medium avocado provides 33 percent of your daily recommended fiber intake. What's more, avocados are the only fruit that contain monounsaturated fats (MUFAs). Fear not, dear readers—MUFAs are heart-healthy fats that you do want more of in your diet. In fact, MUFAs are proven to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels when used in place of saturated fats like donuts or your favorite creamy casserole. Is avocado toast calling your name yet? Read on to learn more about how this hearty, versatile fruit can benefit you.
If you didn't grow up eating Swiss chard, chances are you know very little about what this colorful green tastes like (let alone which types of nutrients it contains). In recent years, all the rage has been surrounding kale, another popular superfood. Although it seems that most health-conscious folks are kale connoisseurs (kale chips, anyone?), the taste of this superfood can be a bit bitter to some. Known for its slightly milder flavor and brightly colored celery-like stalks (think red, pink, yellow, and orange), Swiss chard is chock-full of healthy antioxidants that play a key role in lowering blood sugar. Now that's worth learning more about.
Not only do blueberries make a tasty snack, more and more research confirms the nutrients, antioxidants, and special compounds found in this flavorful berry protect the body from several health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and inflammatory diseases.
For centuries, cauliflower has been overshadowed by its more colorful cousin, broccoli. While it may be white, rest assured that cauliflower—unlike the potato—is a non-starchy vegetable that you can feel guilt-free about eating. Loaded with healthful vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and containing very few calories, eating a diet rich in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, can actually reduce your cancer risk.
Figs—along with wheat, barley, grapes, pomegranates, olives, and date honey—are considered one of the seven ancient foods that contribute to a healthy diet rich in whole grains, nutrient-dense fruits, and oils (now coined the Mediterranean diet). Researchers believe that following such a diet has several health advantages, including a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic health problems.