Kiwis

Kiwifruits (Actinida chinensis), are a member of the Actinidiaceae (Kiwi) Family, and developed from a smaller, less flavorful Chinese gooseberry. The genus name Actinida is from the Greek aktin...

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Chives

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are members of the Liliaceae (Lily) Family, which makes them closely related to garlic and onions. The species name schoenoprasum is derived from two Greek words:...

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Endive and Escarole

Endive (Cichorium endiva) and escarole (Cichorium species) are members of the Asteraceae (Daisy) Family and native to Eurasia and northern Africa. Colonists brought the plants to North America and...

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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...

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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