Posts Tagged ‘Fruit’

Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

So the larger question remains: does eating fruits and vegetables that are high in flavonoids affect those clinical precursors to heart disease? Or even more simply, can eating fruits and vegetables directly affect your risk of heart disease?

It would appear so …

via Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites.

We love this particular mailing list, produced by a chef who is a physician — how cool is that — it’s always full of information, especially if have a particular diet because of a medical issue, or a concern, or a potential drug interaction with food.


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Pesticides in produce: why seasonal, organic matters | PCC Natural Markets

American fruit and vegetable farmers have made impressive progress in reducing reliance on high-risk pesticides since passage of the Food Quality Protection Act FQPA in 1996. Average pesticide dietary risks in conventional apples grown in Washington have fallen 10-fold since 1996, based on the pesticide residue data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Pesticide Data Program PDP.Much less impressive reductions have been achieved by fruit and vegetable farmers abroad. For some imported foods, risks actually have increased in recent years.

via Pesticides in produce: why seasonal, organic matters | PCC Natural Markets.

It’s Chilean fruit season. Right now, if you see fresh fruit, chances are, it’s from there, where the seasons are cooperative with, for example, fresh grapes in March.

It’s also safe to say that imported fruit is going to have more pesticides.  If you want fresh, and can only find imported, you may seriously want to look at organic for right now.

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Eat some vegetables

English: veggies

One of our most popular questions is “do I have to eat vegetables to be healthy?”

Pretty much, yes.  You could try a really comprehensive supplementation routine but it’s going to be very expensive.  Not to mention there’s more and more evidence that supplementation with nutrients does not actually produce a health effect, with the limited and obvious exception of if you’ve got scurvy or rickets or some other directly attributable single nutrient shortage effect.

You can do it with vegetable juice if you must, but it’s going to be a caloric issue for weight loss, since you’re removing the fiber which gets you full and leaving just the juice which does not.  The calories get concentrated but the fullness gets vastly diminished.

It’s better, if you really don’t like vegetables, to  learn to tolerate vegetable soup, and make sure to make it yourself so you can control the sodium and make sure you’re getting a variety of green, yellow, and red vegetables so you’ll know you’re getting a good variety of nutrients.

Or perhaps you can tolerate a tossed salad with low calorie dressing.

Or perhaps you can just man up and eat your vegetables and not go on expecting all your food to taste like Twinkies.



Eat some fruit

Fruit Breakfast

The level of your fruit consumption is directly associated with the level of your health.  Not surprisingly, because fruit is one of the markers we look first for when evalutating your diet — if you’re eating fruits, chances are you’re not just commercializing your way through the day on a steady diet of junk.

There are perhaps as many as 20,000 different varieties of fruit, of only a very small fraction may be in your grocer’s produce aisle at any one time.  But they’ll rotate throughout the year as crops come available.

To get your fruit consumption up, aim for at least one serving per day, ideally  two to four.

And to get the variety up and add some interest, find and try some new fruit or fruit variety every week.

How to Store Avocados :: How to Freeze Avocados, How to Prevent Avocados from Turning Brown

How to Store Avocados :: How to Freeze Avocados, How to Prevent Avocados from Turning Brown.

Nice resource on what to do with avacados.  How to store them unripe and ripe, how to keep them  once you cut into them … lots of interesting knowledge here.

Nectresse review

There’s another new sweetener on the block … this one, from the Splenda folks, is fruit-based (monk fruit) like Splenda  is (banana).  The departure is that this is a purportedly natural extract, whereas Splenda involves chlorine-based extraction.

There’s another difference, though.  Nectresse is Erythritol (sugar alcohol) + Sugar + Monk Fruit Extract + Molasses.  Thus it takes the “natural” claim on the front of the box to mean, natural in the current federal standards, not natural as in, containing stuff that grows out of the ground.  Sugar alcohol is legally a natural product since it occurs naturally in fruits even though this is not a natural sweetener because if it was, you could go outdoors in the right spot and gather some up for yourself.    I’m far past weary of this kind of legal tap dance.

Beyond that, it does taste pretty good.  Maybe a little fruity, maybe a little citrus-y aftertaste that’s a little chemical.

It bakes reasonably well, not great.

It comes in a box the size of an 80-count box of other sweeteners for about $1-2 less … but, alas, it’s pretty bulky so there’s only 40 packages in there.

This is a market that’s already crowded and very saturated – people who are going to use alternative sweeteners already do.  So to get in, you have to take share from somebody else, and we can’t see this product pushing anybody out.   Likely the manufacturer, now that Splenda’s protection period has run out and is available in a very satisfactory generic, is looking to make up some of those lost Splenda sales by giving us something new to try.  But it doesn’t present any definitive newness other than its claim to being natural, which is clearly legally true and clearly practically speaking, a stretch.  We’ll leave it at that.

All in all, we’re not feeling the nectresse love here.    B minus.

What should you use for your artificial sweetener?  The answer is … here it comes … wait for it … NOTHING.  God made things as sweet as he intended for them to be.  If you want sweet, eat naturally sweet things.  If you have a sweet tooth, stop eating unnaturally sweet things, and the sweet tooth will go away.    Having a sweet tooth is our colloquial way of saying your a supertaster of sweet — your taste buds and your wiring of those into your pleasure centers and your memories are extremely efficient.   The one and only way to eliminate that is to train yourself to appreciate natural sweetness by totally eliminating unnatural sweetness.   Products like this really just perpetuate the problem.

Pomegranate juice linked to significant blood pressure reduction

Research by Anthony Lynn et al. published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that pomegranate juice supplementation had short-term benefits for blood pressure after 51 healthy adults showed a large fall in blood pressure after drinking the juice for four weeks.

via Pomegranate juice linked to significant blood pressure reduction.

Have you seen this?  You can add yet one more possible benefit of drinking pomegranate juice.

Pomegranate is one of the first foods we have evidence of medical uses for — all the way back to Egypt.  In fact it’s possibly  that pomegranate is the fruit, or the descendant of the fruit, referred to in the story in Genesis of Adam and Eve and the fruit of good and evil.  Not that you’re wondering, but when asked if we think Adam and Eve was a real human event or an allegory story, we’d say, both.  They were the real first two people, the human progenetors, and it’s also used as a way of showing the larger path of sin and redemption.  But I digress.

Pomegranate is a wonderfully sweet yet astringent tasting food that I’ve found to be more than a little trouble to eat seeds and all.  It appears the juice, in this case, has benefits in and of itself, and you can buy the juice already ready to drink, perhaps more accessibly than buying the fruit.

Have some.