The beauty of home cooking is that there is no one right way to do it. Whether you lean on culinary shortcuts like salad kits to make easy and flavorful meals or if you’ve been baking up a storm – there may be a silver lining to it all, especially when it comes to our health.
If we made a list of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, it’s safe to say – it would be very long! From living longer to helping achieve and maintain a healthy weight, all forms of fruits and vegetables offer consistently positive nutrition benefits, but a new study suggests our produce friends can also help with anxiety.
Citrus is seasonal, grown in warm to hot climates and is gathered between Dec and May. Harvest varies by variety, but the general consensus is that it tastes it’s sweetest during the seasonal picking window.
A study gives the phrase “an apple a day” a whole new meaning. Researchers from Penn State found that organizations offering free fruit such as apples and bananas at lunchtime resulted in a significant reduction in depression and improved confidence at work!
Spinach and avocadoes have been getting all the love lately! The buzz goes way beyond staying physically fit; we’re talking about staying cognitively fit too! New research suggests that people who had higher lutein stores had neural responses that were more on par with younger individuals than with peers.
There is ongoing controversy over whether or not drinking tea contributes to osteoporosis. Currently it’s recommended to consume tea and other caffeine containing beverages in moderation as they may decrease calcium absorption which contributes to bone loss. However, an updated meta-analysis may poke holes in that recommendation.
When you hear the word “nitrate,” it probably has a negative connotation. According to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, naturally occurring nitrates may be helpful in reducing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Peanuts pack a powerful punch. According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, you may be able to duck cognitive decline with nuts – think walnuts, peanuts, or almonds. Resveratrol, a naturally occurring bioactive compound is believed to improve blood flow to brain and may also be responsible for cognitive improvement.
Winter means dropping temperatures outside but warming up with satisfying one pot dishes, holiday specialties and comfort foods inside! With the increased pace and endless opportunities to celebrate with confections and cocktails, winter is prime time for weight gain. The DNI’s registered dietitian, Melanie Dwornik, offers us some helpful advice to making this season a success.
Zinc is a mineral found in oysters, lentils, clams, cashews and pumpkin seeds! It’s an important nutrient, supporting immunity, healthy skin, cell structure, reproduction and new research suggests zinc levels may help the heart handle damage from free radicals.