The Antioxidant Power of Vitamin E

almonds+hazelnutsAs we continue the series on Nutrients from A to Zinc, we now take a look at vitamin E and all its intricacies. Vitamin E may be one of the most complex of the fat soluble vitamins, as eight naturally occurring forms can be found, including four different tocopherols and four similar tocotrienols, each with alpha, beta, gamma and delta types. The most abundant, active and known form is alpha tocopherol, although each compound has its own unique strengths, biological activity and function.

Vitamin E protects vitamin A, carotene, and vitamin C in foods from oxidative destruction. Continue reading “The Antioxidant Power of Vitamin E”

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All About C

orangeIn our series about vitamins and minerals, we have looked at vitamin A and all the B vitamins. Today, it’s vitamin C’s turn. Vitamin C is one of the most commonly taken vitamins and it is also one of the easiest to get in your diet… if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many because of diets rich in processed foods and low on whole foods.

According to a report published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised, and we should all consume more foods rich in vitamin C. In fact, the scientists believe that the RDA of vitamin C should be more than doubled. Continue reading “All About C”

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Prostate Cancer Prevention

man-with-tomatoesOne in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. And although treatment and early detection are important, prostate cancer prevention is critical in slowing down the rate of this disease, as well as other male cancers.

Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in men over 75 years old. Age and family history are the primary risk factors. Prostate cancer rarely occurs in men under the age of 45-50 years old. It is also much more likely (double the risk) if you have a first-degree relative with prostate cancer, particularly a brother. Continue reading “Prostate Cancer Prevention”

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Breakfast Today: Flourless Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin-muffins_aI feel it wouldn’t be October without a pumpkin recipe. (There may be a few more in the weeks to come.) I have been making a similar one with overripe bananas all summer, but since it is fall, I thought why not try with pumpkin! They were a hit with my kids and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or thrown in a lunch box for an afternoon treat.

You won’t miss the flour, oil, or sugar in these flourless muffins. Both bananas and pumpkins provide so much sweetness that you don’t need any other added sugar. Okay… maybe a handful of chocolate chips.

They also provide protein, thanks to almond butter, but you can use any nut butter you like. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Flourless Pumpkin Muffins”

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Pass the Ketchup

ketchupFor the longest time, I feared ketchup would be the only source of fruit my children ingested. Unfortunately, most store-bought ketchups are laden with sugar (high-fructose corn syrup) and other ingredients that I shouldn’t want my kids ingesting at every meal (or any meal).

I found a recipe for homemade ketchup and I made a small batch to test it out. Truthfully, it did not go over well, but I continued to experiment and eventually found something that everyone likes. My kids now ask for my ketchup when we go out, as opposed to the regular stuff offered at restaurants.

And ketchup isn’t just a condiment used to hide the taste of food! It also has – or can have – many health benefits.  Continue reading “Pass the Ketchup”

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