Bananas

Bananas (Musa acuminata, M. sapientum) are native to Malaysia, India, tropical Africa and Australia. Technically, bananas are not from a tree, but from a large perennial herb. They are members of the...

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Cucumber

Cucumbers (Curcumis sativus, C. melo, C. citrullus) are members of the Curcurbitaceae (Gourd) Family, making them relatives of zucchini and melons. The genus name Curcumis is from the Latin word for...

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What’s Eating You

Perhaps nowhere has the environmental, social justice movement managed to grab the consciences of consumers so effectively than in the food aisles of America. Whether you buy organic or conventional...

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Rutabagas

Rutabagas (Brassica napus) are believed to be a mutation of a wild cabbage and turnip, all members of the Brassicaceae (Mustard) Family. Rutabagas are believed, native to Siberia and Russia and grow...

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Melanocortin System and Obesity

You can’t just dive in and lose weight? Having trouble with being a little overweight? It seems so simple. Eat less and exercise more! Well, not so easy. Which is why we are all getting fatter. Have you ever heard of the melanocortin system? I...

Elements of a Strong Foundation – Part 2

Continuing on from last month’s column, "Elements of a Strong Foundation - Part 1", let's look at three more foundational pieces that are essential to not only feeling well, but truly being well and healthy: Reaching and maintaining an ideal weight;...

Balance Your Diet, Control Your Weight

Our Standard American Diet (SAD for short!) is anything but nourishing. High in carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, sugars, preservatives and other toxic chemicals, this diet virtually guarantees obesity and ill health. We’ve actually sacrificed our...

The Scary Truth About Sugar

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate found naturally in many foods, including fruits and grains. If the only sugar we consumed were in natural, whole foods, we’d all be just fine. But the average American diet is full of refined, nutrient-depleted foods...

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