Peanut butter is not just for kids. The protein and healthy oils in peanut butter make it an excellent food for everyone, with the exception of the one percent of the population that is highly allergic to peanuts. Peanut butter can help with weight loss, diabetes, and can even lower your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin C was one of the first antioxidants to be discovered. In fact, it is known as the grandfather of antioxidants . For over twenty years, Dr. Ronald Hunninghake has conducted research on the administration of high doses of vitamin C for cancer patients. In the time since he began his work, other researchers have also completed important studies. A recent study demonstrated that vitamin C can help fight colorectal cancer.
In our last article, we cited 50 health advantages associated with using coconut oil. Even beyond those, coconut oil is believed to protect from breast. colon and other cancers; prevent premature aging; and protect against liver disease. It also kills the bacteria that causes pneumonia, as well as the bacteria implicated in earache, throat infection, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhea, ringworm, and diaper rash.
Millions of people throughout Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and Central America have been including coconuts as a significant food source in their diet for millennia. Before modern foods were introduced, some communities were almost entirely dependent upon coconut. In those cultures, diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and other degenerative disease were largely unknown.
Chronic inflammation has been implicated in ailments from depression to weight gain, cardiovascular disease to cancer. In her new book, How to Fight FATflammation, Dr. Lori Shemek offers tips for fighting inflammation. Here are the top fifteen:
Hunger is a problem in many areas of the world, but it is also important for us to remember that an estimated 50 million Americans face hunger every day. Yet a full 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten. Twenty pounds of food, per American, is wasted every month. That is a total of $165 billion of food, every year, that winds up in landfills and decays (adding to emissions from methane). If we could reduce that amount by even 15 percent, we could cut hunger among Americans by half.
Palm oil is the vegetable oil most commonly used throughout the world. Because of its versatility, it is used in the manufacture of products from snack foods to shampoo, and even biofuel. It is estimated palm oil is found in approximately half of the packaged items on supermarket shelves.
As Americans become more health-conscious, we gravitate to foods that are promoted as good for us. Responding to consumers, advertisers use “healthy” as one of their most common catchwords. Unfortunately, many of these so-called “health foods” are not particularly healthy. Some of them are downright unhealthy. One of the main drawbacks is sugar, which the food industry hides in nearly all processed foods.
A recent article on the PBS website covered some of the basic tenets of healthy eating. The information was presented in an easy-to-follow list format. Of course, the foundation of a healthy eating program is to consume most of your nutrition from farm-raised, organic protein (such as eggs, yogurt, fish and chicken), organic fruit, non-starchy vegetables, and organically farmed whole grains.