From the March 2018 Issue

Antioxidants: Antidote to Disease

No doubt you’ve heard of antioxidants. They’ve been associated with everything from reduced cancer risk to slower aging. But what exactly are these powerful disease fighters, and how can you ensure you’re getting enough?


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Exploring the Benefits of Maca Root and DHEA

Maca is a plant that is a relative of the cruciferous family, and is native to South America. Its root has been consumed for centuries to boost endurance and energy, enhance fertility, and as an aphrodisiac. Traditionally, the root has been cooked and added to soups, turned into porridge, or prepared as a beverage. Today, maca root is frequently found in pill form, or as a powder supplement that is commonly added to oatmeal, smoothies, or juice

Is Coffee Bad for You?

The once maligned beverage has emerged in recent years as a sort of health food, or rather drink. The public is taking notice as coffee consumption is on the rise. According to the National Coffee Association in 2017, 62 percent of Americans reported daily consumption, compared to 57 percent in 2016.

Know When to Go Organic

The health value of organic food is a frequent topic of debate, heating up each time a research study suggests that organic foods are no more nutritious than “conventional” foods. The news last year that imported organic foods may not actually be organic added more fuel to the fire. In spite of this, a recent Organic Trade Association report found that 82 percent of American homes stock organic food and that organic food sales hit the $40 billion mark in 2016. EN reviews a few points to consider when making your own food decisions.

U.S. Falls Short on Fruit and Vegetable Intake

Most Americans are not eating the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, says the CDC.

The Future of Protein

Protein in our food supply was the hot topic at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Kansas City in November 2017. In our ancient past, animal protein sources came from wild roaming animals, game, and seafood.

The Keto Diet: More Fad than Long Term

The ketogenic (keto) diet is an extremely low-carbohydrate, very high-fat diet that originated as a treatment for pediatric epilepsy. It has gained popularity recently among athletes and as a weight loss diet. Much stricter than an Atkins-style low-carb diet, an adherent to the keto diet consumes fewer than 35 grams of carbohydrates daily—less than seven percent (140 calories) of a standard 2000 calorie diet. Unlike other low carbohydrate diets, it is not high in protein, which is only eaten in moderation.

Smart Swaps for Meat

People are changing their diets—they’re eating less meat. Whether to improve health, the environment, or the economy, movements aimed to reduce meat intake, such as Meatless Monday and flexitarianism are gaining traction. More of us are interested in limiting or eliminating meat from our diets. With today’s multitude of meat alternative possibilities, from “Harmless Ham” and “Benevolent Bacon” to “Chick’n,” it’s easy to find a plant-based meat replacement to satisfy almost any taste. But how do they stack up nutritionally? Are they on par for protein? Can their calories, saturated fat, and sodium fit into a healthy eating plan?

Foods That Help Lower Blood Pressure

Here’s some news that we should all take to heart: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered the definition of high blood pressure to 130/80 milliliters of mercury (from 140/90). This means millions more people will have high blood pressure, increasing their risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the country.

Cut the Saturated Fats

Chances are, nothing good comes to mind when you hear those words. That’s because research has proven again and again that diets high in saturated fats increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association began recommending in 1961 that we cut back on saturated fat intake to reduce risk. That recommendation still stands almost 60 years later.

Our Pick: Pecans!

The Folklore. A true American nut, pecans first took root in North America, where they were a highly valued food source of Native Americans and the first colonists back in the 16th century. Its name comes from the Algonquin Indian word “pacane,” which means a nut that must be cracked with a stone. There may not be agreement between “pee-can” or “pi-con,” around the country, but there’s no contesting the popularity of this nut. A favorite in desserts like pralines and pecan pie, the nutrient dense pecan is a treat all on its own.

Research Roundup: March 2018

Food Combats Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms. Regularly eating foods like blueberries, whole grains, ginger, and specific oils and teas can help patients with RA manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease, researchers say. The review of several studies focused on the dietary components and plant compounds in foods that have proven beneficial for RA by reducing inflammation, joint stiffness and pain, and lowering oxidative stress. Changing from omnivorous diets to a Mediterranean, vegan, or elimination diet is also recommended.

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Along with eating foods rich in antioxidants, cut back or eliminate foods that have been associated with the creation of free radicals, such as refined carbohydrates, sugars, processed meats (like sausage, bacon and salami), red meat, deep-fried foods, and too much alcohol. It’s also wise to avoid smoking.

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