The chickpea—also widely known as garbanzo bean, chana (north India), Indian pea, ceci bean and Bengal gram—is a tasty and versatile legume. Perhaps you recognize it as the main ingredient in hummus? It is also the hearty protein in many popular dishes from numerous cuisines, including those of India, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, the Philippines, Israel and various other countries in the Middle East. Chickpea Facts 7,500-year-old remains of this ancient legume have been found in the Middle East.
newsletter_teaser: The chickpea—also widely known as garbanzo bean, chana (north India), Indian pea, ceci bean and Bengal gram—is a tasty and versatile legume. Perhaps you recognize it as the main ingredient in hummus?
Fresh figs are a summer treat in the United States, arriving in June and disappearing by September. Tree-ripened figs can be scored at some local farmers’ markets in California, where 100% of dried figs and about 98% of fresh figs are grown.
Coming to your supermarket this summer is a bevy of citrus fruits that should sweeten and surprise your palate. Here’s a look at five rising stars in the citrus family:
Buddha’s Hand Citron. This pale yellow, 6- to 12-inch fruit has a thick rind and is split into segments that
resemble fingers. But don’t be put off by its strange appearance; this sweet-smelling variety is used by
innovative chefs in marmalades and crème brûlées.
Did you know that there are more than 60 types of basil, all members of the mint family? This fresh herb is a powerhouse of flavor that can be used in myriad ethnic cooking styles, from Italian to Asian dishes. While sweet green basil is the most ubiquitous in markets, spicy purple and peppery Thai varieties are becoming more popular in America.
As an athlete, you want to make sure you fuel your body in a way that supports performance in your sport—and life. How much and what kind of protein is best?
Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, a registered dietitian and an American Council on Exercise master trainer, offers practical tips on how to choose protein sources.
Today, two out of three American adults are overweight or obese, and another 5.9% are now considered extremely obese (body mass index ≥ 40) (CDC). Excess weight increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, several cancers, gallbladder disease and more. To fight the extra weight, Americans spend billions of dollars a year on diets and products promising weight loss, only to fail along the way. Considering these facts, it’s not surprising that clients approach you with questions about how to shed pounds fast.
People who follow a conventional Mediterranean diet have reason to cheer: they are less likely to develop clinical depression, according to a report in
the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, which is published by the American Medical Association. The lifetime prevalence of mental disorders
is lower in the Mediterranean region compared with Northern Europe, presumably due at least in part to the diet now considered to be protective against
Many consumers have replaced their sweetener of choice with agave nectar, which is produced from the sap derived from the agave plant. Agave nectar has become popular because it is viewed as a healthful alternative sweetener largely due to its low glycemic index.
However, a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association may sour some on the health benefits of agave nectar.
It is probably safe to say that the terms rutin, hydroxytyrosol and limonene are not currently household words in America. However, news outlets will likely soon be reporting on emerging research that touts the health benefits of these and other plant-based “super nutrients.”
Recent public concerns about food quality, safety and the environment have sparked a major trend toward eating healthier foods and have introduced
the term sustainable farming into the American lexicon. Consumers are buying more organic foods grown locally by farmers using sustainable and socially
responsible practices in an effort to preserve the earth’s precious resources.