Sweet Potato Proteins vs Cancer

 

Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and most inexpensive vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet, as NASA has chosen the sweet potato for space missions.) A study at the University of Washington aimed to identify which vegetables provided the most nutrients per dollar.

In my video, Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins, you can see a graph of affordability versus nutrition for different foods. The healthiest foods, like dark green leafy vegetables, may also be the cheapest, and the highest nutrient-rich food scores per dollar were obtained for sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are not just packed with nutrition but may also have special cancer-fighting properties. In 1931, a unique protein was discovered in sweet potatoes. It turns out that 80 percent of the protein in sweet potatoes is a type of protease inhibitor with potential anticancer effects. These proteins were originally tested against leukemia and appeared to suppress the growth of leukemia cells in a petri dish. Continue reading “Sweet Potato Proteins vs Cancer”

Do Flaxseeds Offer Sufficient Omega-3’s for Our Heart?

According to two of perhaps the most credible nutrition authorities, the World Health Organization and the European Food Safety Authority, we should get at least half of a percent of our calories from the essential omega-3 fat ALA. That’s easy: Just have about one tablespoon a day of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds and you’re all set.

Our body can then take the short-chain ALA from our diet and elongate it into the long-chain omega-3s, EPA and DHA. The question, however, has long been whether our bodies can make enough EPA and DHA for optimal health. How would one determine that? Continue reading “Do Flaxseeds Offer Sufficient Omega-3’s for Our Heart?”

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.

Soyfoods are nutrient dense and deliver on all of the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood! Soybeans are loaded with complete protein, antioxidants and phytochemicals and contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber… all of which have been credited with numerous health benefits. Continue reading “Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!”

Grilled Marinated Tofu on the Barbie

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Grilled Marinated Tofu is delicious with a great ‘meaty’ texture.  The key is  to use super firm tofu, or a pressing technique and our richly flavorful  marinade.

As you shop for this recipe look for fruit-sweetened organic BBQ sauce. Always read the label to avoid any animals products, such as honey or casein and chemical additives.

For really firm tofu that won’t fall apart on the grill, I always use super firm tofu, available at natural food grocers and Trader Joes in shrink wrapped packaging. It is really sturdy and has the best texture!

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Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying

Tempeh (tem-pay) is a delicious whole soyfood that is nothing like tofu. These tender cakes of cultured whole soybeans have a chewy texture and hearty consistency that even meat eaters like.

Rich in fiber and a nutrient dense source of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and unique phytonutrients, the mighty soybean delivers on all the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood.

According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator of the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health 1, soy foods are some of the healthiest foods you can put on the table. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls the ‘Big Five,’ heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure. Continue reading “Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying”

Top 10 Foods for Optimal Eye Health

 

Eating the right foods is essential for maintaining healthy eyes. Antioxidants have been credited with preventing illness and anti-aging protection from degenerative disease.

Foods rich in carotenoids, the antioxidant pigment that gives color to produce, have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60. 1 As a rule, fruits and vegetables with the most color have more antioxidants.

Studies show that a higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that often appear together, is related to a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related eye conditions.2 Continue reading “Top 10 Foods for Optimal Eye Health”

Plant Based Products Continue to Dominate New Offerings at Expo West

Tens of thousands of industry professionals, from retailers, brokers and  distributors  to food industry executives and potential investors converged on the Anaheim Convention Center in California in March for the 38th annual Natural Products Expo West.

Generally referred to as, Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event had another record setting year, hosting more than 85,000 attendees. Visitors from all over the world flocked to the show in the newly expanded Anaheim venue, which encompassed the entire Anaheim Convention Center.

Industry pioneers exhibited their latest and greatest alongside a new generation of innovators, shaping the future of healthy products. The show brought together more than 3,500 exhibiting companies that included over 600 first time exhibitors.  Continue reading “Plant Based Products Continue to Dominate New Offerings at Expo West”

Cauliflower Ranks Among CDC’s Top Powerhouse Vegetables

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, highly nutritious vegetables that include broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, arugula, boc choi and collard greens among others.

Cruciferous vegetables are an excellent source of beneficial biological compounds. These delicious superfoods are rich in antioxidants, contain high levels of phytochemicals, essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fiber. Cruciferous vegetables are also the best source of phenolic compounds, which confer strong antiseptic and antibacterial benefits. Continue reading “Cauliflower Ranks Among CDC’s Top Powerhouse Vegetables”

Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season

October: falling leaves, cool crisp air and pumpkins.

Winter squash are some of the oldest known vegetables in America. Among these hearty winter vegetables, pumpkins have become symbolic of the season and go hand-in-hand with Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are a delicious fruit to include in the diet and have a characteristic orange rind with orange flesh that is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Very nutritious, pumpkin is low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes. Continue reading “Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season”

Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs

Curry Spiced Cauliflower Medley

Turmeric is an ancient spice that adds pungent flavor and a lovely golden hue to many dishes, along with an abundance of health benefits.

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color has been shown to be an effective, nontoxic alternative for many pharmaceutical medications and has therapeutic properties for various systems within the body.1

Curcumin, the most active constituent of turmeric is credited with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties matching the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.Continue reading “Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs”