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.
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.
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.
The shelves of the average supermarket house over 42,000 different items. No wonder we find it challenging deciding what to buy! That means 42,000 nutrition panels, 42,000 ingredient lists, and 42,000 changes for your kids to whine, “Get that!” while you are trying to read.
Dr. Joseph Mercola argues that depression is not a “disease.” Instead, he considers depression “a sign that your body and your life are out of balance.” While he acknowledges drugs may occasionally be appropriate, he believes antidepressant medications are seldom the best answer to depression. Instead, he recommends diet and general lifestyle changes to resolve this common mental health issue.
We are constantly bombarded by advertising and magazine articles touting the benefits of products we can apply topically to give us smooth, younger looking skin. In the United States, skin care is a multi-billion dollar market. What many consumers do not realize, however, is that nutrition is by far the most important factor in healthy, lovely skin.
The Huffington Post recently invited readers to submit their most vexing health questions to be answered by the site’s team of doctors. Here are some of the questions most often asked: