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April 2, 2012

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Researchers recently discovered that popcorn may be a new superfood.

According to findings reported by ScienceDaily, popcorn contains a large concentration of polyphenols—even more so than fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants are thought to reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease. The hulls of popcorn (the seed coverings that tend to get stuck in our teeth) have the highest concentration of these polyphenols, as well as high amounts of fiber. While popcorn could never replace fruits and vegetables, especially in regard to other important nutrients, this certainly supports promoting popcorn as a healthy snack.

At a National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Diego on March 25, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who led the research, stated,  “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cerea...

June 15, 2011

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You may have noticed that herbs and spices have recently received a lot of attention when it comes to talking about diet and nutrition.  More and more, we are encouraged to eat and prepare foods that are seasoned with herbs and spices.

That’s because herbs and spices provide a number of important benefits.  But first, how do we classify herbs and spices?  What are they exactly?

Herbs and spices are actually parts of plants.  The main differences between them are the type of plant an herb or spice comes from and the part of the plant that is used.  Most herbs come from the green parts of a plant such as the stem and leaves, while most spices come from the bark, root, seeds or flowers of a plant. Cinnamon, for example, is a spice made from the bark of the cinnamon tree.  Ginger spice is made from roots while nutmeg is made from seeds.  Also, spices tend to come from plants grown in warmer or tropical climates while herbal plants can be grown in many cl...

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