From sweet corn and snap peas to berries and beans, summer is a great time to enjoy a wide variety of delicious—and nutritious—produce. Fruits and vegetables reach their best flavor when freshly picked and in season. One of the best ways to find local produce at its peak is by shopping at your community farmers[…]
Eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, specifically complex carbs (starches) such as grains, beans, rice, pasta, and breads, can have both positive and negative effects on your health. The body needs carbs to function; they are its primary fuel source. But too many carbs can lead to increased weight gain.
Where was the lettuce on your sandwich grown? How about the green peppers in your omelet? You likely know which grocery store you bought it from, but where was it was grown? In many cases, large corporate farms on the other side of the country grow the vegetables you consume here in Wisconsin.
Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and related grains, has become a problem for the digestive system of many people. In the United States alone, an estimated 2 million people—about one out of every 141 people—have celiac disease. With this disorder, eating gluten can cause various health problems, from indigestion and bloating to fatigue and depression. Unfortunately, the only known treatment of celiac disease is consuming a gluten-free diet.
What can you eat on a gluten-free diet?
Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made strides toward eliminating trans fats in the marketplace. The FDA preliminarily determined that hydrogenated oils, a large component of trans fats, are no longer “generally recognized as safe.”
Are you looking for fresh fruits and vegetables to add to your dinner menu? Local farmers’ markets can offer the finest and freshest fruits, vegetables, plants, and artisan goods. The local market here in Madison is truly a sight to see, attracting thousands of people every Saturday; the entire capitol square is blocked off and lined with local vendors whose booths are full of the freshest products.
Like many of you, I don’t always have the time or energy to make healthy meals at home. Sure, I keep staple foods in the house, including instant brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, canned beans, and frozen vegetables. But my typical go-to meals have gotten so boring. What’s a health-conscious food lover to do?
Health care reform is bringing many changes to the market. One of them affects the basic coverage everyone will get. Today, insurance companies can place limits on how much coverage you get. By 2014, that will no longer be the case for essential health benefits. If you’re sick and you have insurance, you’re covered!
As I scoured my house looking for junk food last night, I couldn’t find any, so I was forced to eat an orange. It didn’t really have that sweet or salty factor that I was searching for, but it did have another factor – the healthy factor. At first, my brain was puzzled. What’s this? Something healthy? As I ate it section by section, something weird began happening. I actually felt … healthy.