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Figs

While Fig Newton cookies might be loaded with sugar (not to mention partially hydrogenated oil), actual figs are a different story entirely. Figs grow on the fig tree, which is native to the Middle East. These small fruits may be eaten fresh or dried. Fresh figs have a chewy, sweet flesh. Figs also [...]

By | 2012-02-24T10:20:44+00:00 February 24th, 2012|Diet Dictionary|0 Comments

Pumpkin

A pumpkin is a squash with a very thick, bright orange skin. While it is traditionally associated with Thanksgiving and Halloween, this tasty gourd is good for more than just carving into Jack-o’-lanterns. Its bright orange color reveals its antioxidant power; pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, which may help prevent cancer. Just half [...]

By | 2012-02-24T10:15:14+00:00 February 24th, 2012|Diet Dictionary|0 Comments

High-Protein Vegetarian Foods

“Vegetarians don’t get enough protein.” This is one of the most common myths regarding the vegetarian lifestyle. Ask any celebrity vegetarian (Shania Twain and Alyssa Milano come to mind) and they’ll tell you that not only does the average omnivore likely eat too much protein, but that protein abounds in plant-based foods. Furthermore, [...]

By | 2012-02-23T22:30:47+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Food List|0 Comments

Healthiest Soup Ingredients for Weight Loss

A great tool for weight loss is broth-based soup simmered with lots of veggies and lean proteins. Despite being low-cal, broth-based soup fills up your stomach to help curb your appetite. In fact, some diet services that deliver gourmet meals to celebrities like Sela Ward offer soup before dinner to help prevent overeating. [...]

By | 2012-02-23T14:05:26+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Food List|0 Comments

Best Foods for High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is over 120/80, your doctor may recommend lowering it with lifestyle changes and possibly medication. Altering your diet to include low-sodium foods that are high in potassium, magnesium, and fiber can also help lower your blood pressure. Plus, using a healthy diet instead of medication can help you avoid [...]

By | 2012-02-23T11:45:13+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Food List|0 Comments

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the most popular fruits in the U.S.; only strawberries rank higher. They’re also insanely nutritious and make a great snack for kids. According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, a cup of blueberries will add a mere 80 calories to your daily calorie count while providing important nutrients like [...]

By | 2012-02-22T21:42:55+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Diet Dictionary, Diet Resources|0 Comments

Asparagus

Asparagus is a fleshy, spear-shaped vegetable that offers antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin E, as well as glutathione, which is an antioxidant that contains three amino acids. Asparagus also contains saponins, which are anti-inflammatory nutrients, along with flavonoids like quercetin and rutin. Dieters who munch on asparagus also obtain [...]

By | 2012-02-22T21:12:47+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Diet Dictionary, Diet Resources|0 Comments

Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes might be a common dieting pitfall (particularly when eaten fried), but sweet potatoes are another matter. In fact, country singer Wynonna Judd lost 55 pounds by eating healthier foods like sweet potatoes. The sweet potato is a starchy root vegetable that offers complex carbohydrates, which are superior to simple carbohydrates in that [...]

By | 2012-02-22T10:24:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Diet Dictionary, Diet Resources|0 Comments

Spelt

Spelt is an ancient whole grain that is known to have been cultivated as early as 5,000 to 6,000 B.C.E. in modern-day Iran. North Americans jumped on the spelt bandwagon much, much later, only starting to grow the crop about 100 years ago. Like quinoa, spelt has a nutty flavor and more protein [...]

By | 2012-02-22T10:18:55+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Diet Dictionary, Diet Resources|0 Comments

Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a whole grain that is slowly nudging its way into American pantries. Labeled “the gold of the Incas,” this ancient grain was eaten over 6,000 years ago by Inca tribes in South America. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, check your local health food store. […]

By | 2012-02-22T10:13:16+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Diet Dictionary, Diet Resources|0 Comments