January 2017

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Subscribers Only - The health benefits of green tea, such as heart health and cancer protection due to its high antioxidant content, are well known and largely accepted, so it follows that matcha tea also has benefits. Green tea contains significant amounts of catechins, an antioxidant in the flavonoid family that also includes isoflavones found in soy and anthocyanins in blueberries. One study found that matcha tea had more than three times the catechin content of the next highest green tea, which is impressive.

Sugar Industry Downplays Role in Heart Disease

The sugar industry downplayed the dangers of sugar consumption, suggesting instead that dietary fat and cholesterol are to blame in heart disease, researchers say. The study, using historical documents and materials from the 1960s, suggests the Sugar Research Foundation (now the Sugar Association) kept early warning signs that sucrose consumption was a risk factor for coronary heart disease under wraps.

New Year, New Diet Habits

‘Tis the season to make resolutions for a better new year, and diet remains one of the most popular lifestyle changes. But instead of plunging into diet plans that preach unsustainable restriction, it’s better to touch up your menu with easy-to-follow tweaks that can make a big impact on your health. These research-backed diet fixes will make this year a nutritional winner.

Top Priority 2017: Cut Your Food Waste

Subscribers Only - More and more people put sustainability at the top of their list of concerns when it comes to the food supply. Yet one of the most powerful tools for lowering your impact on the planet is simple, and within your reach: just cut down on how much food goes into your trashcan. According to the National Resource Defense Council, about 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. goes to waste.

Fake Olive Oil; Matcha Tea Brews Benefits

Subscribers Only - Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on what the label says about your olive oil. While extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the finest, least refined category of the olive oils, research has found that almost 80 percent of imported EVOO sold in the U.S. may be diluted with substandard oils or contain artificial coloring, flavor and aroma. Matcha is a Japanese-style green tea made from tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder, which is then dissolved into hot water or milk.

Update: St. John's Wort and Depression

Subscribers Only - The herb St. John’s wort has a 2,000-year tradition of use for depression, pain, and insomnia. It started to become popular in the late 1990s, when studies showed the herb worked as well as antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) at treating mild-to-moderate depression. St. John’s wort also had fewer of the typical side effects seen with SSRIs.

Get Cooking with Cocoa Powder

Subscribers Only - The cocoa plant is named Theobroma, “food of the gods,” and rightfully so. Research reveals there’s health potential in cocoa beans, the bitter fruit that is the source of chocolate. Cocoa powder has been used medicinally for at least 500 years; perhaps it’s time you followed this health tradition in your kitchen, too.

Turmeric Buzz

Subscribers Only - The turmeric plant (Curcuma longa or Curcuma domestica) is a relative of ginger grown in India and Indonesia. This yellow-orange spice not only gives curries their rich color, it also has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. Research on some of the chemical compounds in turmeric is finding a wealth of potential health benefits, but does turmeric itself live up to the hype?

Sip Kombucha Well

Subscribers Only - You may just be seeing it on your grocery store shelves recently, but kombucha has been around for more than 2,000 years. For most of its existence, kombucha was brewed at home, but in the last two decades companies have begun mass producing it, making it readily available to everyone. Kombucha is a very simple beverage made from a combination of tea and sugar, juices for added flavors, and the magic ingredient.

Dairy Fat Debate

Subscribers Only - Is butter back? Should you be adding cream to your coffee and eating full-fat yogurt? Studies have long supported the benefits of dairy for promoting health, including healthy bones and blood pressure, and helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And newer research suggests that those benefits can come from a range of dairy products that includes fat-free, reduced fat, and whole fat dairy.

How to Drink Water Safely

“Don’t drink the water,” is not a warning typically heard in the U.S. Yet some of us may be drinking water that could cause harm. Major issues with contaminants, such as lead or bacteria, make news headlines, but more subtle issues may go undetected. Taking time to get informed about the water in your home is important for your health and safety.

Papaya Power!

Cut into a papaya and behold the spectacular shades of sunset in the tropics—rich pink, deep orange, and glowing yellow. A favorite tropical repast, it’s no surprise this fruit is native to warm, humid southern Mexico and Central America. Ancient Mayans, who both ate the fruit and used it to heal skin problems, called the papaya tree, “tree of life.”