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  • Dr. Mark Hyman's New Book: "Food. What the Heck Should I Eat?"

    by Village Green Admin | January 8, 2018

    This blog was written by Dr. Mark Hyman about his new book, Food. What the Heck Should I Eat? (Article reposted with permission from Dr. Mark Hyman.)
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    food-what-the-heck-should-i-eatEating healthy is more confusing than ever. I’ve been studying nutrition for 35 years and found that even experts are confused by the science. If the people we look to for nutritional guidance keep changing their views, no wonder the rest of us are so overwhelmed!

    You know what I’m talking about. One day eggs are unhealthy, then the next day they are a miracle food. One year the government tells us to eat bread, pasta, and other carbohydrates as the foundation of our diet, and the next it tells us to cut carbs. The US Dietary Guidelines told us 35 years ago that all our health problems were derived from eating fat and recommended we eat fat “only sparingly.” Over three decades later, they suddenly learned fat wasn’t so bad for us.

    Then you’ve got the dogmatists who believe you must adhere 100% to a particular plan to be lean and healthy, whether that plan be vegan, Paleo, vegetarian, Mediterranean, raw food, ketogenic, high-fat, low-fat or omnivore. Read more

  • Move Over Quinoa, There's a New Grain in Town: Freekeh

    by Paula Gallagher | January 3, 2018

    freekehI stumbled over this grain in my local grocery store while I was checking quinoa off my list. To be honest, the name caught my eye first and then I read the side label. High fiber, great source of protein and easy to prepare. I was sold!

    Freekeh, also known as farik, is a whole grain harvested while young and green. It's roasted over an open fire, then the straw and chaff are burned and rubbed off. The grain on the inside is too young and moist to burn, so what you're left with is a firm, slightly chewy grain with a distinct flavor that's earthy and nutty. Read more

  • Stop Sugar Coating the Leading Causes of Obesity

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | November 21, 2017

    meat + cheeseAmericans are drinking less soda. According to a new study, about half of American adults now drink sugary beverages on any given day – down from 61.5% in 2003. That’s good news for Americans’ health. But it’s not enough to stop our worsening obesity epidemic.

    Per capita sugar consumption has been steadily falling since 1999. Yet, obesity rates continue to climb. Last month, the CDC reported that obesity among adults in the United States reached an all-time high of 39.8% in 2016.

    So what happened?

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  • Cozy Up With a Cup of Tea

    by Paula Gallagher | November 14, 2017

    cup-of-teaAlthough I love a cup (or three) of coffee in the morning, there is something about a cup of hot tea on a cold morning that I find so soothing. And I am not the only one! According to the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and it can be found in almost 80% of all households in the United States.

    And although Earl Grey is still the most popular, more robust teas are gaining popularity. Keep the chamomile and the peppermint tea in stock, but add these teas to your tea repertoire for different flavors and health benefits. Read more

  • Nut Butters and Alternatives

    by Paula Gallagher | October 23, 2017

    nut-buttersGrowing up, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was a staple in my lunch box. But as awareness of the danger of peanut allergies increases, many schools have become peanut-free. Luckily for parents who like quick-to-make lunches, there are many alternatives to peanut butter.

    Because peanuts are actually a legume and not a nut, not all people with peanut allergies are allergic to tree nuts, and vice versa. While some classrooms and schools have gone nut-free entirely, others may still allow tree nuts and tree nut spreads.

    Generally speaking, nut butters are high in protein and healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Read more

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