With all the attention paid to whole wheat and oats, barley remains the odd child of the grain family. But new research shows that regular consumption of barley can significantly lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol. No wonder the Egyptians buried their mummies
with necklaces of barley!
Now ubiquitous at salad bars around the world, the root
vegetable called jicama was originally grown in Central America and Mexico, where it is sometimes called a Mexican turnip or yam bean. Pronounced HEE-kah-ma, this veggie resembles a turnip but is a member of the bean family.
Long a symbol of the dog days of summer, water-
melon may now be a precursor to summer romance. Researchers for the USDA report that certain
compounds found in watermelon can mimic the
effects of Viagra, a drug commonly used to treat
erectile dysfunction in men.
Watermelon contains citrulline, a compound that can trigger production of an amino acid called arginine. Arginine, in turn, boosts nitric oxide levels, which relax blood vessels and produce an effect similar to Viagra.
So do be careful where you spit those watermelon seeds!
With its pointy, prickly leaves, the artichoke is a rather daunting-looking plant. But don’t let its odd looks deter you; getting to the heart of this plant may take some extra effort, but it’s worth the wait.
On the heels of the recent pistachio nut recalls, a new government report says there has been little progress in protecting our nation’s food supply over the past decade. The report was a collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The data used for the report was from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which each year compares current incidences of food infections to those of the previous 3 years.
Want to up the nutrients in your diet this summer? Make sure you store your watermelons on your kitchen counter instead of in the refrigerator. Melons stored at room temperature retain as much as 40% more lycopene than those stored in the fridge, according to the editors at Cooking Light.
The term heirloom is used to describe any tomato plant that is naturally pollinated by wind and bees and has been cultivated for more than 50 years. Growers save the seeds from these tomatoes at the end of each growing season for use the next year.
Health Benefits. Like regular tomatoes, heirlooms are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that may protect against cancers of the prostate, pancreas, breast and intestines. Tomatoes are also high in vitamins C, A and K.
Have you seen this ad on TV? Two moms are standing in a kitchen, where Mom Number 1 is pouring juice for a gaggle of kids in the background. Mom Number 2 looks shocked and warns her that the juice in question contains high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Mom 1 looks up and says, “So?” Cut to Mom 2, who suddenly realizes that she can’t defend her objection to HFCS. Mom 1 then goes on to assure everyone that HFCS is “natural and safe” for the children, who all presumably go on to live happily and healthily ever after.
No wonder kids hate cauliflower: most cooks boil the vegetable within a mushy inch of its life. (This is not pork, people!)
Try roasting cauliflower instead of steaming or boiling it. Simply separate the florets, and mix them in a bowl with 2
tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and an 1/8 teaspoon salt. Roast in the oven
at 450°F on a large baking sheet, turning over once or twice during cooking, until the florets are tender and golden (approximately 30 minutes).
Readers who have traveled to the Grecian islands may recall seeing villagers selling yogurt out of clay pots or
in goatskin bags. While we may all pine to see the ancient landmarks of Greece, we no longer have to journey there to enjoy the country’s famous yogurt, which is now available in most American supermarkets.
Greek yogurt is gaining popularity among foodies because it has a stronger flavor and thicker texture than