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Super “Fruit”: Pichuberry

The very versatile Pichuberry has hit mainstream markets here in the United States. Originating in Peru and deemed as another amazing super “fruit” from the South Americas, the Pichuberry promises to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, weight controller, a powerful antioxidant, high in vitamin D, A, C and Niacin. It is very low glycemic and has a sweet/tart flavor. Pichuberries are a part of the eggplant and tomatoes family and has little seeds in the middle. The seeds are edible and the Pichuberries are being made in breads, muffins, nutrition bars, as juice, dessert, salad toppers, as jams, and a perfect pairing with cheese, as well as eaten raw and on its own.

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12 Top Foods For Pregnant Moms and Growing Peanuts

There are so many lists of foods that are on the “do not eat” list for pregnant women. I like to make expecting mothers’ lives a little easier and provide foods that are best for mom and baby in the belly consumption. Of course, a wide variety of whole and fresh foods is ideal, but below is a list of top foods to help growing baby develop best as well as keeping mommy healthy, energetic and well.

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Top 10 Nutrition Essentials for the Home

I get a lot of emails from people asking me what are the most healthy and essential foods that they should eat on a daily basis and what are examples of foods I eat at home. Though it may seem near impossible to many to incorporate superfoods in every meal, especially for a busy, (sometimes traveling) and picky household, there are easy staples to base your meals from. I turn to the following 10 nutrition essentials when designing a meal plan for myself and for my family. Not only are they all power foods, they are versatile, delicious and should be found in every healthy kitchen.

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Benefits of Mushrooms and Best Types to Eat

Mushrooms are a fabulous source of Vitamin D, antioxidants, immunity boosting vitamins and minerals and metabolism booster. There are many different types of mushrooms that yield various benefits. The following are the top 8 types of mushrooms and the greatness they provide the body once consumed. Eat mushrooms daily or as much as you can. It is also said to be an anti-aging and bladder detoxifying superfood!

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Best Foods That Pack Antioxidant Power

We are each made up of trillions of cells. These cells combine to form tissues, and those tissues combine to form organs. In order for these organs and organ systems to function optimally, food chemists figured out that specific vitamins that protect these cells from oxidative stress (which can lead to disease and illness) were found in antioxidants. Think of antioxidants as your body’s army against free radicals and toxins. When an antioxidant encounters a free radical, it annihilates it, protecting the other cells, tissues and organs. What are the top foods that contain this amazing antioxidant power? Read below for the super list.

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The Best Frozen Foods and Frozen Food Buying Guidelines

Most people who keep up with health and wellness are aware that eating “locally” and “in season” fresh produce foods will yield the highest amount of nutrients, taste sweeter and better, and that this practice is better for the environment due to low transportation and carbon footprint. But what if in our busy lives, we do not have the luxury or habit of taking daily trips to the market and buying local, organic and fresh produce is just not an option? What if we don’t have the monetary means to do so? Fresh is definitely best, but the second best option would be in the frozen aisles. If we must stray from the perimeter of the supermarket (a rule of thumb when shopping to gather healthiest essentials for the home and skip the processed “fun” foods that many times wreak havoc to a healthy functioning system), here is a list of the best frozen foods to buy, that will still provide a good source of nutrients for the family.

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Not So Good Afterall.

We have all heard and probably repeated the middle of the road saying, “Moderation is key” to ourselves and others when it comes to eating bad, eating well, engaging in risky behavior or even using habits that seem healthy. But can diving into cyclical habits of the far extreme (or just too much for one’s body to handle) always yield a positive reaction, when what we are doing seems at first good for us and healthy?

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Polyphenols Benefits and the Top Foods That Contain Them

Polyphenols is a powerful antioxidant that plays important roles in the prevention of degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and many types of cancers.

Polyphenols are the most abundant antioxidants in the diet. For perspective, they are 10 times higher in immunity boosting potency than the intake of vitamin C, 100 times higher that the intakes of vitamin E and carotenoids (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005). Main dietary sources are fruits and plant-derived beverages such as fruit juices, raw coconut water, tea, coffee, and red wine, but many vegetables, fortified cereals, cocoa, and dry legumes also contribute to the total polyphenol intake. With recent exposure (last 12 years) of the amazing effects that these flavonoids (sub class of polyphenols) and other polyphenols found in the plants and vegetable kingdoms, the health food market is packing in the spin on packaged foods with these miracle polyphenols in them. Know that the best way to enjoy such antioxidants and have them bioavailable in the body is to eat and drink them from organic, unrefined and raw sources.

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A Great Green Super Power: Purslane

Purslane, or Portulaca oleracea, is a plant that is eaten in Asia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. In the US, it’s classified as a weed, which may explain why it’s relatively unknown. Purslane is great for the skin, urinary and digestive systems, boosting the immune system and has a perfect combination between antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, calcium, magnesium and carotene.

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Optimal Nutrition and Healing Habits: What to Eat Post Surgery or Hospital Stay

An article from the Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition Journal and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that individuals/patients on a surgical, a medical, an accident service and an elective orthopedic ward were given foods that reflected a very low daily intake of iron and vitamins as compared to those recommended for healthy adults. When I worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Florida and in California, I noticed that people recovering from major surgery, those battling cancer, patients that were recovering from pneumonia and those in hospital beds for chronic illnesses were given white bread, canned (saturated with sodium) soups and canned (marinated in sugar water) fruits, and Jell-O. I questioned many times to myself and to the dietary staff, as well as hospital/rehabilitation management how people (most of them seniors) were supposed to recuperate when we are feeding them junk food that was essentially “dead”?

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