Food Facts (125)

17 Aug
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. 
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. 
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to...
15 Aug
You might be inclined to keep your distance from those gnarly looking tomatoes with the quirky names showing up more often in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets, but as a nutritionist I encourage you to give heritage tomatoes a try. Heritage tomatoes are loaded with health benefits that can, among many other things, reduce stress and strengthen your bones. And don’t be afraid of the heritage’s odd shapes and diverse colours as these are the result of their rich genetic...
09 Aug
Every year in the summer, my husband skips the flowers and brings home a bushel basket of basil from the farmers’ market for only $25. I’m always able to turn that gift into a freezer full of delicious homemade pesto. (Click here for my recipe.) You see, while basil is native to Asia and Africa, it’s Italy that has instilled this herb into our hearts ever since pesto became one of the world’s most loved sauces. No surprise then that in Italy (and in my home!), basil is a symbol of...
08 Aug
Concord grapes actually have the power to keep us youthful because they contain high concentrations of antioxidants that protect our skin, brain and heart from inflammation and aging. The healthiest part of the grape is the skin, which is packed with not one but 19 different types of health-supporting nutrients.   Here are five big reasons to enjoy concord grapes:

 1. Decrease blood pressure with concord grapes: Concord grapes contain many flavonoids, including...
07 Aug
It’s a scientifically-proven fact that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are to the body, the way rust-proof works on a car – they have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you looking younger, longer. Thus, dark foods with a purple pigment, such as purple onions, concord grapes, purple cabbage, black mission figs, prunes and blackberries, are known for having amazing healing powers. The purple pigment in all of these fruits and...
04 Aug
  Bok Choy may be a recent addition to North America, but like many new residents, it seems to thrive on Northern soil. This popular Chinese green vegetable is a member of the cabbage family, but resembles romaine lettuce more than the standard coleslaw ingredient. Local bok choy is available late in the season as it grows fast and is fairly frost resistant making it a perfect planting choice for farmers dealing with the short growing season of more Northern...
31 Jul
Spirulina could be called the “King of the Superfoods”. It has some of the most concentrated nutrients you can find per ounce than almost any other food on the planet. But before jumping on the Spirulina bandwagon, there are a few things you should know. Spirulina grows naturally in a few alkaline lakes around the world and has been harvested for thousands of years. The Aztecs & Mayans harvested it from lakes in the Central and South American regions. It is still grown and...
26 Jul
  Broccoli consumption has increased over 940 percent over the last 25 years. It could be because broccoli contains a good amount of protein and is one of the richest vegetable sources of calcium, iron and magnesium. Moreover, broccoli also boasts good amounts of vitamins A and contains more vitamin C than an orange!   Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body’s detoxification system. The dynamic trio of nutrients, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and...
24 Jul
  The avocado, nicknamed the alligator pear (due to its shape and textured skin), is truly a magical food. Native to Central and South America, avocados are loaded with nutrients and healing properties, and are often referred to as the most nutritious of all fruits! The diversity of methods in which to prepare it makes it perfect for just about any meal or snack.
   Over the years, misconceptions have formed claiming avocados are high in fat and therefore should be...
19 Jul
  You already know about the potential benefits of a diet that is rich in omega-3—but aside from taking an omega-3 supplement, how can you incorporate more of this essential nutrient in your diet?   There are plenty of delicious foods that are naturally high in omega-3. Some of them you may know already, others may surprise you! Below you will find some of our favourite foods that are contain omega-3. We’ll outline the best ways to prepare them to preserve their omega-3...

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