Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies?

Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and dark green leafy vegetables lead the pack. Each of the top five so-called powerhouse fruits and vegetables are greens. If we blend them up in a smoothie, soup or sauce we’re taking food with the most nutrition and breaking cells and dumping that nutrition into the bloodstream.

Chewing is good, but blending is better in terms of digestive efficiency and nutrient absorption.

But, if we take in all that nutrition and it doesn’t all make it down to our colon, might we be starving our microbial selves? Why are intact grains, beans and nuts better than bread, hummus and nut butters?

No matter how well we chew, intact food particles make it down to the colon where they offer a smorgasbord for good bacteria. If grains, beans and nuts are finely ground into flour or paste, we may be leaving our gut flora high and dry. Would the same be true for fruits and vegetables? Continue reading “Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies?”

Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!

Spiced Tempeh with Confetti Vegetables

 

Superfoods, by definition are nutrient-dense and considered especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. A food that is rich in compounds, such as antioxidants, fiber or phytonutrients that can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and may help prevent cancer and other diseases is regarded as a superfood.

The mighty soybean delivers on all of the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood! Loaded with complete protein, antioxidants  and phytochemicals. Soybeans contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber… all of which have been credited with numerous health benefits.

For decades, scientists have produced numerous studies that demonstrate that soybeans are the source of complete protein, complex carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber and unique phytochemicals credited with the prevention of many chronic diseases. Continue reading “Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!”