Veggies Against the (Common) Cold: Mother Nature’s Best Defense

The picture of health might look a lot like a broccoli floret. Lots of veggies pack a high dose of immunity-building vitamin C. Here’s a look at some of the best C-rich veggies for cold season.

We’ll tell you one thing Peter Piper never picked: his nose.

And thanks to all of those peppers he picked, he probably didn’t have to blow it much, either.

This is because peppers,

Menu, Unmasked! Learning the True Identify of Superfood

Super Foods for Super Tasters, Veggy Vita

Superfoods have gained an unexpected super power – the ability to shift shapes from one form to another. With the focus on healthy eating expanding the superfood family, consumers are increasingly unsure, or misled, about what qualifies. We explore what makes a food super.

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Wish as we might, we couldn’t simply slip a cape onto a Twinkie and claim that it is super.

This may be how some of us feel,

Troubleshooting Gluten: When to Go Against the Grain

Veggie Vita A Gluten Free Snack that tastes good

An old TV commercial advised that if we want to perform our best, we better eat our Wheaties. These days, a whole lot of people are cutting back on their family’s wheat eating, but the reasons are not well understood, at best.

The culprit behind this wheat avoidance is gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. While generally nutritious for most of us, gluten can cause an inflammatory intestinal condition,

GMOs: Hype, or Ripe for Scrutiny?

GMO Free Foods - Hype or Health

There are many things about our children’s future we have yet to know, but do we really want any of them to involve what we put on their plates?

We speak here of three simple letters that are capturing increasing amounts of attention, yet are still misunderstood: GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. You’ve likely seen the letters, but what do they mean, and why should we care?

We care because of the unknowns.

Live Your Life In Vivid Color – Just Don’t Eat It

Make Vegetables Taste Good

The old saying goes that we eat with our eyes first. And when it comes to catching our eyes, especially our kids’ eyes, few things work as well as color.

Perhaps this is why Americans today consume five times more synthetic food dye than they did in 1955. Artificial dye is to foods, beverages and cosmetics what Technicolor was to Oz, a burst of manufactured vibrancy that is hard to resist. Synthetic dyes in fact give products an edge: Their brilliant appeal has tremendous influence on our food and drink preferences – this goes especially for children.

Preserving Good Health With a Pinch of Salt – Not Sodium Benzoate

Butylated hydroxytoluene, butylated hydroxyanisole, sodium nitrate and erythorbic acid. Who’s hungry? These preservatives and many others exist in the foods we purchase and feed our families every day.

If they sound synthetic, it is because they are – at least in comparison to natural preservatives such as sugars, salt, vinegar and citrus.

These hard-to-pronounce preservatives are created in laboratories and may contribute to health and behavioral problems ranging from hyperactivity to cancer,

Et Tu Veggie Burger? Kicking the MSG Habit With Know-How

If the quest for all-natural foods is a journey toward good health, then consider the search for MSG-free meals as a process to escape the processed.

The foods most likely to contain MSG are just that – processed. Salad dressings, frozen meals and soy sauce. Still, some of the products that contain MSG may surprise you – it is in many foods we consider healthy, including veggie burgers and chicken soup.