The Magical Food That Cures Many Ailments Without Side Effects

Here’s a very interesting article a facebook friend sent me a little while back that I’d like to pass on for others to potentially benefit from………………. 

Did you know that you may have the magical combination to cure many ailments in your kitchen right now? No need for harmful prescriptions drugs or over-the-counter-drugs that may have adverse interactions.
Take advantage of some helpful tips & information I’d like to pass on to you.

What are the magical ingrdients I’m making refernece to?

Cinnamon and RAW Honey

………………………….. Just remember I emphasized the key word….. R A W  honey!

Drug companies probably wouldn’t like this one getting around.

Here are a few facts on RAW Honey and Cinnamon:honey-cinnamon-benefits

It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon CURES most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey isin fact very effective medicine for many kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a major plus.

Let me break it down for you……………………….


Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from a heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.


Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people that were treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.


Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?


Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.


Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough-type colds AND clear the sinuses too! Another small  perk – it’s delicious!!


Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.


According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.


Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.


Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.


A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.


Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Lifespans will actually increase and even it make possible that someone who may be 100 years old will start performing the chores of  someone half their age.


When one’s throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.


Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste – Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.


Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.


Once daily in the morning ,one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and then once again at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.


Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.


Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.


People in South America gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.


Taken twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.


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Best Immune Boosting Foods For Your Body To Fight The Flu

immunity-booster-foodsAs the cold and flu season is drawing close again, now is the time for doing all that you can to protect yourself properly. And one of the best places to start is by properly feeding your immune system so you can boost it’s power to fight off those unwanted pesky ‘bugs’ that can drag you down. This season, more than ever, with the H1N1 Virus (aka Swine Flu) promising to wreck havoc on large numbers of the world’s population, you need to give your body the best possible opportunity along with the recommended flu vaccines to be strong enough to fight off  the effects of colds and flu that will be present all around you in your everyday life.

Read on as the top immune boosting foods and nutrients will be revealed to you to incorporate into your diet to help keep you healthy.

  • Vitamin C:

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is a water-soluable  vitamin which is essential for normal functioning of the body. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against infection and enhances immunity.  Vitamin C works by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fight off infection.  It also works by increasing the production of antibodies and in particular, raises levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses.

Vitamin C  sources include citrus fruits (oranges-grapefruits), broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers (red-yellow-orange-green), strawberries, kiwi, papaya, mango and pineapple.

  • Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is important to a healthy immune system. One function of vitamin E is that it enhances the production of B-cells, the immune cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. In fact, research shows that people who eat foods that are rich in vitamin E tend to have a higher immunity.

Vitamin E  rich foods are seeds, vegetable oils and grains.

  • Beta-carotene:

Beta Carotene enhances the functioning of your immune system.  Beta Carotene works by increasing the number of infection fighting cells, natural killer cells and helper T cells. To enhance the availability of the beta-carotene in these foods, they should be eaten raw or lightly steamed.  Getting the recommended 5-10 servings a day of fruits and vegetables will provide you with about 3-6 milligrams of beta-carotene.

Foods rich in beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro and fresh thyme.

  • Zinc:

Zinc helps to prevent a weakened immune system. Studies have shown that a zinc deficiency can impair a number of white blood cells and platelets (blood cells involved in clotting), and can increase susceptibility to infection.  Excessive zinc intake, however, may impair immunity and increase infections.

Get an adequate amount of zinc in your diet by eating zinc rich foods such as oysters, liver, lean beef, pork, turkey, lamb, lentils, pumpkin and sesame seeds, garbanzo beans and yogurt.

  • Garlic:

Garlic is known for its cold-fighting abilities.  It increases the potency of two important cells of the immune system: T-lymphocytes and macrophages.  The immune-boosting properties of garlic appear to be due to its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and sulfides.

You can eat it raw or cooked – so start adding it to your favorite foods today!

  • Omega-3 fats:

The all important omega-3 fats are essential immune boosters, as they work by increasing the activity of phagocytes, the white blood cells that eat up bacteria. These fats also help strengthen cell membranes, thereby speeding up healing and strengthening resistance to infection in the body.  To boost omega-3 in your diet, try adding ground flax-seed to yogurt, baked goods, cereals or smoothies or use unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil as a salad dressing.

Omega-3 fats can be found in foods such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna), flax oil and flax-seeds, omega-3 eggs, nuts and seeds.


Immune Drainers ~~~

Some foods or unhealthy lifestyle behaviors can make a person more susceptible to colds and flu.  Avoid high-fat, high-sugar junk foods, as they can decrease the activity of the immune system.  It’s also best to avoid too much caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate) as caffeine can undermine your body’s immune system and act as a diuretic, which will deplete your body of water. Also — DON’T SMOKE! —  Smoking can impair your resistance as well as injure the respiratory tract, which makes you more susceptible to the flu.

As a reminder…..

Fatty and oily foods can interfere with immunity. It affects the white blood cells directly and reduces the immune strength.


Limit your intake of high proteins, high fat diet, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sweet foods to avoid weakening your immune system.



Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Here you will find a small sampling of bizarre or odd things that people eat from around the world. Now every culture tends to invent or savor food that is weird or disgusting – but only to those ‘outsiders’ from other parts of the globe. Many of these culinary delights are very normal to the locals and probably have been passed down from generation to generation. However, most of us here in America, as well as Canada and Great Britain, consider these strange foods as abnormal or disgusting and give many of us a ‘gag-reflex’ to even look at them, let alone to see or smell them up close. If you’re weak-of-heart or easily upset, you may not want to view the pictures below – You have been warned!

Ortolan Bunting

ortolan-buntingOnly 16 centimeters in length, this pretty songbird has a striking yellow body with a greenish-gray head. The Ortolan has a special mention in Larousse Gastromonique, the world famous French food gospel. Though it is illegal to sell these little birdies, it isn’t against the law to relish them. Traditionally the bird is caught and kept in a cage for about four days, where it is overfed to make it three times its size. After stuffing it to the brim, the Ortolan is drowned in cognac and roasted to make it crunchy.


Sugar Ants and Kangaroo Tail

sugar-antThe home of the Great Barrier Reef, great surfing and snorkeling, the home of Koala Bears and Kangaroos – That is what comes to mind when thinking of the land down-under, Australia. But did you know that Australians absolutely delight to gulping down sugar ants and kangaroo tails? Known to taste like sugary candies, these ants are often eaten during special occasions in Aussie land. A recent report by Greenpeace suggested that eating kangaroo meat will help Australia in controlling its carbon footprint. In addition, it is considered to be a delicious ‘superfood’. Now all you need to do is muster up some courage…


Canned Monkey Meat

monkey-meatJudging by the evolution theory (if that is your belief), eating our ancestors may not sound like the best idea. But that doesn’t stop Africans from having canned monkey meat every now and then. Some eateries in Africa, also dish out smoked monkey meat in various sauces; tomato sauce, peanut sauce, etc. Take your pick – Mmmmmm!


Calf Brains

calf-brainsIf you thought kangaroo’s tail was weird – this one will blow your mind! Savored in France and Mexico, baby cow brains  (aka calf brains) can be labeled a very controversial dish. A lot of locals refrain from trying it out because they fear getting the infamous “Mad Cow Disease”.


Horse Meat

horse-meat-packagedIf you happen to be a horse-lover or if riding a galloping horse is one of your favorite hobbies, then you probably are not going to like this one. Horse meat is actually lean and delicious. Served all over Europe, this one definitely gets thumbs up.


Here are a few more images from around the world…..





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Freaky Fried Fair Foods

It seems lately that food creations are only limited by one’s own imagination and creativity. Consider this – Is there anyone out there that hasn’t either marveled or shuddered over accounts of deep-fried Twinkies? or Deep-fried Snickers? or Deep-fried bacon?

Well, brace yourself one more time, because a new deep-fried item has been created that’s so bold, so audacious, so brazen, that it’s bound to take your breath away. The invention is none other than…

Deep-fried butter…..


Deep-fried Butterballs

That’s right. This artery-clogging, heart-stopping dish is among eight new deep-fried concoctions that were unveiled to the public at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas this past summer. Every year, fair concessionaires try to outdo themselves, as well as their competition, by dreaming up recipes that could send you racing to your cardiologist if they ever became regular staples of your diet. The friendly competition has become so intense that fair officials have dubbed the fairgrounds… the “Fried Food Capital of Texas.”

fried coca cola

Deep-fried Coke

This year’s fried butter entry was the brainchild of 39-year-old Dallas resident Abel Gonzales Jr., winner of past state fair competitions for his Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich and Fried Coke recipes.

You heard right ….. Fried Coke (see picture at right)

To make fried butter, the butter itself needs to have an outer coating, or shell, if you will — something that can withstand the bubbling cauldron of the deep fryer.

“I mean, butter by itself does not taste good,” Gonzales said. “Nobody just grabs a stick of butter and eats it. That would be gross.”


garlic-grape-cherry Butterballs

Now for purists who simply want the unaltered taste of butter, Gonzales serves up plain-butter versions of his creation. For others who want a little more pizzazz, he offers three additional versions with flavored butters…  garlic, grape or cherry.

“When you taste it, it really does taste like a hot roll with butter,” said Sue Gooding, spokeswoman for the State Fair of Texas. “It tastes great.”

“It’s like a mix between a biscuit or a croissant that is just stuffed to the gills with butter on the inside,” Gonzales said. “I think that’s the best way to describe it.”

If you place an order from Gonzales for fried butter at the fair you would get three or four pieces of piping-hot dough in a small cardboard boat. “Any more than that and I think it would be a little bit too much,” Gonzales said. “A little bit too rich.”

Other deep-fried creations that were showcased at this year’s Texas State Fair included:

  • Green Goblins >> Cherry peppers stuffed with spicy shredded chicken and guacamole, battered, deep-fried and topped with queso.
  • Twisted Yam on a Stick >> A spiral-cut sweet potato, fried on a skewer, then rolled in butter and dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream >> Served with a side of vanilla buttercream icing for dipping.
  • Texas Fried Pecan Pie >> A mini-pecan pie battered, deep fried and served with caramel sauce, whipping cream and chopped candied pecans.
  • Country Fried Pork Chips >> Battered, thin-sliced pork loin deep fried and served with sides of ketchup or cream gravy.
  • Sweet Jalapeno Corn Dog Shrimp >> Shrimp on a stick, coated with a sweet and spicy cornmeal batter, deep fried and served with a spicy glaze.
  • Fried Peanut Butter Cup Macaroon >> A peanut butter cup wrapped inside a coconut macaroon, fried and then dusted with powdered sugar.

On Labor Day, all eight creations were judged in the categories of Best Taste and Most Creative. Gonzales bagged a trophy for Most Creative for deep-fried butter, and Christi Erpillo won the Best Taste award for her peaches-and-cream creation.

Image: Deep-fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich
State Fair of Texas
Gonzales won the 2005 State Fair of Texas’ Best Taste competition for his fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich. (For the record, Elvis pan-fried his legendary peanut butter and banana sandwiches; Gonzales deep-fried his.)

Now in it’s 5th year, the annual competition has prompted concessionaires to push limits and become ever more imaginative and daring with their entries. Previous competitions saw the debut of deep-fried lattés, fried banana splits and chicken-fried bacon.

Top 20 Incredible Edible Fair Foods – If You Dare

10 Most Unusual Foods In The World For Adventurous Appetites

Hungry? Craving Something Different?

How about some Durian, Witchetty Grubs, Sannakji, Lutefisk or Pig’s Blood Cake?

bugsStrictly for Adventurous Appetites…

Let Your Taste Buds Run Wild…

Here are a few more Incredible Edibles…

If you ever have the opportunity at some point to travel abroad, part of the fun and adventure is experiencing something new and enjoying local culture and cuisine. With that being said, even the most daring explorer and purveyor of the best the local culture has to offer may draw the line when it comes to taste testing certain foods.

The issue may extend far beyond the price of a certain local delicacy, rather visually seeing or smelling certain foods may be enough to turn your head or experience a “gag-reflex”. Perhaps you may even gather enough “gumption” from within to take a little nibble before making your mind up. Either way, here you will find a list of 10 of the world’s most unusual foods, in no particular order other than alphabetically by country. Please don’t take this as a personal endorsement as I would hate to become responsible for the after-effects. 🙂


1st) – Australia >>> Witchetty Grubs –

grubsThese high-in-protein, white snacks are in actuality the larvae of moths and an important insect food of the desert, once considered a staple in the diets of some Aborigines. These are edible either raw or lightly cooked in hot ashes, they are sought out as a high-protein food by Indigenous Australians. The raw “witchetty” (meaning hooked stick) grub tastes like almonds and when cooked the skin becomes crisp like roast chicken while the inside becomes light yellow, like a fried egg.


2nd) – France >>> Pigeon (Squab) –

Squab_at_French_restaurantThe term “Squab” is the meat from a young domestic pigeon. The meat is dark, very lean, tender, fine-grained and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. While considered a dirty street animal by many, this poultry dish is an expensive and much-loved delicacy that graces the plates of some of the country’s finest restaurants. Considered to have a robust flavor, it still struggles to gain culinary acceptance in much of the world.


3rd) – Italy >>> Donkey


The Italian name for “Donkey” is “asino” or “asinello” and the various regions have different ways of preparing donkey meat, with which they make stews or even salami. Sliced and eaten much like prosciutto, this sandwich meat can be found — and accidentally ordered — rather easily in the country’s bars. In different regions of Italy they might call it by another name in the local dialect, so you would not be able to recognize it on menus… or at the local butcher.


4th) – Malaysia >>> Durian –

durian_fruitSome Malaysian hotels put up signs banning the Durian. The ultra-strong aroma of this spiky fruit may turn off tourists, but many Malaysians love its doughy taste. Durian Fruit can best be described as having a succulent, creamy filling but smelling like stinky socks… but don’t let that dissuade you from trying it.


5th) – Norway >>> Lutefisk –

lutefiskA traditional dish (made from dried whitefish) of the Nordic countries, this gummy fish marinated in lye, takes days to prepare and is described as one of the most vile-tasting foodstuffs ever created. In spite of this less-than-tasty reputation, it remains hugely popular in this part of the world.


6th) – South Africa >>> Ostrich –

ostrich-meatLow in cholesterol and considered healthier than other meats, the ostrich is becoming more and more popular all over the world. It is lower in fat grams per serving compared to chicken and turkey, and much lower in fat and cholesterol than beef. Everything from ostrich burgers to omelets made from the bird’s eggs are turning up on menus.


7th) – South Korea >>> Live Octopus (Sannakji)  –

octopus-SannakjiSannakji is the native term for live baby octopus. Unlike calamari which is dead and still, octopus in South Korea often arrives at the table alive and moving. The tentacles are slice up, seasoned with sesame oil, and delivered to your plate still squirming. If you think you’re up to the challenge – Beware – If you don’t chew it up carefully, those tiny suction cups can stick to your mouth or throat. Connoisseurs of the dish say it’s best to eat it quickly.


8th) – Taiwan >>> Pig’s Blood Cake (Ti-hoeh-koe) –

pigs_blood_cakeIn Taiwan, pig’s blood cake is a very common local favorite that is eaten just like ice cream. It is commonly dipped in ground peanuts and served on a wooden stick. Easily found at street markets, it’s a sweet treat made from pig’s blood and sticky rice. It can be found also in local resteraunts served fried or steamed as a snack or cooked in a hot pot.


9th) – Uganda >>> Grasshopper –

grasshoppers-friedCaught during the rainy season, they can be eaten either cooked or raw. Grasshoppers, full of minerals, proteins, fats and vitamins, are a perennial favorite and relished as a local delicacy. Sold with or without wings and legs, they are easily found at the local markets. The locals catch these insects at dusk, place them in water for 24 hours after which they fry, boil or add them to soups. They can even be eaten raw as snacks, however visitors are discouraged from doing so because there is a risk of contracting tape worms.


10th) – Vietnam >>> Snake Wine –

snake-wineSaid to have medicinal properties, this strong cocktail is best downed quickly. Not only is it made from snake blood, it’s bottled with a snake inside and occasionally other creatures, like scorpions. There are two varieties of snake wine… 1st) Steeped – A large venomous snake can be placed into a glass jar of rice wine, often with many smaller snakes, turtles, insects, or birds, and left to steep for many months. The wine is then drunk as a restorative in small shots… 2nd) Mixed – Body fluids of snake are mixed into wine and consumed immediately in the form of a shot. Snake blood wine is prepared by slicing a snake along its belly and draining its blood into a mixing vat with rice wine or grain alcohol. Snake bile wine is done through a similar method by using the contents of the gall bladder.


SURPRISE BONUS >>> South Korea >>> Beondegi –

BeondegiBeondegi are a popular snack food in Korean cuisine. Literally meaning “chrysalis” or “pupa” in Korean, Beondegi are steamed or boiled silkworm pupae which are seasoned and eaten as a snack. Beondegi are often served by street vendors, as well as in restaurants and drinking establishments. They are also sold in cans in grocery stores and convenience stores.


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Nutritional Benefits of The 10 Most Important Vegetables

When it comes to vegetables, there are so many choices out there to choose from. All of them have their nutrient benefits. It’s just that some are more beneficial than others. The following should help you decide which ones to include more of in your diet.

Why Are Vegetables So Important?

vegetables_mixedSome veggies are loaded with nutrients and even have anti aging properties. According to the latest scientific studies, five servings a day of the most nutritious vegetables can not only help you to stay young, healthy and trim, they can also give you spectacular protection against cancer and heart disease.

So scientists keep telling us to eat more fruits and vegetables – five to nine a day. But the vast majority of the population aren’t even getting three, much less nine.

While most vegetables are low in calories and good for your body and overall health, some are definitely a whole lot better than others and offer many more vegetable nutrients.

The Most Nutritious Vegetables

Usually the best way to get your vegetable nutrients is to buy organically grown veggies and eat them raw, lightly steamed or in nutritious soups or stir-fries.

So here is that list of the top 10 most important and nutritious vegetables — in no particular order:

~ The Top 10 List ~

1st) – Green Leafy Vegetables

green-leafy-vegetablesLeafy green vegetables are ideal for weight management as they are typically low in calories. They are useful in reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease since they are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as containing a host of phytochemicals, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. Because of their high magnesium content and low glycemic index, green leafy vegetables are also valuable for persons with type-2 diabetes. An increase of 1 serving/day of green leafy vegetables was associated with a 9 percent lower risk of diabetes. The high level of vitamin K in greens makes them important for the production of osteocalcin, a protein essential for bone health.

Green leafy vegetables such as kale, chard, collard greens, spinach, parsley and dark green and red leaf lettuce are high in carotenoids and best eaten raw in salads, on healthy sandwiches, lightly steamed or in nutritious soups.


2nd) – Broccoli

BroccoliBroccoli has a growing reputation as a nutritional powerhouse. It is not only rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, but is loaded with antioxidants. It also contains generous amounts of folic acid, which may prevent some birth defects and be beneficial in warding off heart disease, strokes and some cancers. Broccoli also contains some of the highest levels of vitamins A and C of any food. It’s high levels of vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene provide us with a good intake of antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It’s also rich in iron as well as folic acid that helps to combat anemia. Broccoli is good steamed, raw (as a snack or in salads) and cooked in soups, stir-fries and other dishes. Both the green flower heads and stalks are nutritious.


3rd) – Brussels Sprouts –

brussels-sproutsOnly about 10 calories each, Brussels Sprouts are low in fat and sodium, high in dietary fiber and are cholesterol-free. They also contain high levels of naturally occurring vitamin C and specific health-promoting compounds called glucosinolates with antioxidant properties, and proven health benefits in the area of cancer prevention. Brussels Sprouts have three times the level of vitamin C of an orange. Unlike most vegetables, Brussels Sprouts are rather high in protein, accounting for more than a quarter of their calories. Four-to-six sprouts contain the adult daily requirements for vitamin C. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy. Brussels Sprouts are best quickly steamed to preserve nutritional values and avoid releasing sulfur smells caused by excess cooking.


4th) – Cauliflower –

cauliflowerAn excellent source of vitamin C, cauliflower also provides vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, vitamin E, carbohydrates, protein, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and dietary fiber. It’s low in calories (only 25 per serving), very low in sodium and has no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol. Including Cauliflower regularly in meals and snacks may help prevent cancer, heart disease and hypertension. Cauliflower, because of its bland flavor, can be eaten as a raw snack or added inconspicuously to dishes like soups and chili to boost nutritional values.


5th) – Red, Green, Orange & Yellow Peppers

bell_peppersBrightly colored bell peppers, whether green, red, orange or yellow, are rich sources of some of the best nutrients available. To start, peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C and vitamin A (through its concentration of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), two very powerful antioxidants. Bell peppers also contain folic acid and provide fiber that can help lower high cholesterol levels, another risk factor for heart attack and stroke. For people worried about colon cancer, the fiber found in peppers can help to reduce the amount of contact that colon cells have with cancer-causing toxins found in certain foods or produced by certain gut bacteria. In addition, consumption of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid, all found in bell peppers, is associated with a significantly reduced risk of colon cancer. Red, Green, Orange and Yellow Peppers are great in salads and healthy stir-fries.


6th) – Garlic and Onions

garlic-&-onionsGarlic contains the amino acid, alliin, which scientists say has antibiotic and bactericidal effects. It is believed to promote cardiovascular activity and a beneficial, soothing action on the respiratory system.

Onion may be a useful herb for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, especially since they diminish the risk of blood clots. Onion also protects against stomach and other cancers, as well as protecting against certain infections. Onion can improve lung function, especially in asthmatics.

Garlic and Onions are most nutritious eaten raw in salads or healthy dips. But they also make great flavorings for just about any cooked dish.


7th) – Sweet Potatoes –

sweet_potatoSweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which is important for vision as well as skin, nail, and hair health. It also helps the body fend off bacterial infections. The orange veggie is also high in potassium, which helps heart and kidney function and facilitates muscle contractions. Potassium also regulates blood pressure and keeps body fluids in balance. Vitamin C is also found in high levels in this vegetable. Vitamin C promotes healing and helps the body fight infection; it also keeps blood vessel walls and gums healthy. Sweet potatoes contain calcium as well, which helps build strong bones and teeth and is necessary for healthy muscle and nerve functions. Vitamin B6, which helps the body metabolize carbohydrates and proteins, is also found in high levels in sweet potatoes. Vitamin B6 also promotes healthy nerves and helps the body form red blood cells. Sweet potatoes are good sources of fiber, copper, and many other vitamins and minerals. In addition, sweet potatoes are low in calories, are fat-free, and have a low glycemic load, meaning they are digested slowly (making the consumer feel fuller for longer). Sweet Potatoes are delicious when baked and eaten plain (without butter). They can also be used in soups and stir-fries.


8th) – Tomatoes –

tomatoesThe presence of antioxidants in tomatoes is said to be helpful in cleansing toxic compounds from the body. Lycopene, present in tomatoes, has been known to neutralize free radicals in the body and cut the risk of prostate cancer. Those who eat raw tomatoes have been found to be at a much lesser risk of developing rectal, colon or stomach cancer. It is believed that tomatoes block the effects of nitrosamines and thus, reduce the risk of lung cancer. Researches have suggested that eating tomatoes might help reduce the risk of heart attack. The vitamin K present in tomatoes helps in keeping the bones strong and healthy. It also helps prevent hemorrhages. Consuming raw tomato on a regular basis can help improve the texture of your skin and add glow. Tomatoes have been recognized throughout the world, for their blood purifying properties. If you are suffering from congestion of the liver, having tomatoes will prove to be quite beneficial. Tomatoes are known to help protect the liver from cirrhosis and can dissolve gallstones as well. Being a natural antiseptic, tomatoes can help protect the body against various common infections. The nicotinic acid in tomatoes is credited with reducing blood cholesterol, which in turn helps keep heart diseases at bay. Studies have shown that consumption of tomatoes and tomato-based products may prevent serum lipid oxidation and reduce the risk of macular degenerative disease. When applied topically, tomato pulp can help heal sunburn, wounds and sores. Tomatoes can also help the body prevent diarrhea and soothe eye irritation as well. Tomatoes have been found to have positive effects in case of ailments like constipation, diabetes, indigestion, intestinal disorders and jaundice. Pregnant women, suffering from morning sickness, will benefit from tomato consumption. If you are suffering from liver disorders, night blindness, obesity and urinary tract infection, try having tomatoes everyday. Tomatoes , which are actually fruit, are good in salads and on sandwiches. Cherry tomatoes make great raw snacks. And pasta sauce is a good source of tomato nutrients.


9th) – Green Peas –

green-peasPeas are rich in protein and carbohydrates but low in fats. They are a good source of fiber and iron as well as vitamins A and C.  Peas are rich in water-soluble fiber which helps promote good intestinal health and, by binding with cholesterol, helps excrete it. They are also very rich in thiamin (vitamin B1). This vitamin is essential for energy productions, nerve function and carbohydrate metabolism. Green Peas are best eaten raw (especially snow peas) or lightly steamed. Add fresh peas to salads (including chicken and pasta salad), soups and stir-fries.


10th) – Carrots –

carrotsIt is one of the foods richest in beta-carotene, which is a vitamin A precursor. Our body transforms it into vitamin A. The carotene has an antioxidant property which may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Carrots help keep your skin healthy and improve your eyesight, especially night vision. Carrots also help maintain our intestinal tracts. They are rich in fiber which helps to protect against colon cancer. This vegetable will help boost your immune system and lower your risk of lung cancer. Carrots will also assist in lowering blood cholesterol levels. Carrots are naturally sweet and ideal for grating into salads. Baby carrots also make good raw snacks.


Making The Right Fruit & Vegetable Choices



Studies show certain veggies can make you healthier.

Research clearly proves healthy veggies can extend both the length and the overall quality of your life. Numerous studies have proven that by increasing your daily intake (mainly from the “A” list), you can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other chronic illnesses.

The list of healthy veggie benefits is almost as long as the “A” category list. So pick some winners, learn how to prepare them and start eating and enjoying “A” category veggies now and for the rest of your long healthy life.


Alfalfa sprouts
Bean sprouts
Beet Greens
Bell Peppers
Bok choy
Brussels sprouts
Chard (Swiss & red)
Chinese cabbage
Collard greens
Green onions
Green peas
Lettuce, red or green
Mustard Greens
Snow Peas
Soy beans
Summer squash
Sweet potato & yam
Tomato, cherry
Turnip greens
Winter squash


Artichoke Hearts
Chile peppers
Green beans
Kidney beans
Lemon grass
Lentil beans
Navy Beans
Split Peas


Bamboo shoots
Lettuce (iceberg)
Lima beans
Potato (white)
Water chestnuts

Here are a few beneficial, healthy tips you definitely want to consider…..

  • When shopping for produce, to get maximum benefits, buy organic whenever possible.
  • Choose fresh or frozen rather than canned, since canned is generally extremely high in sodium.
  • To avoid extra calories from fat and a high sodium intake, use herbs, spices, lemon or vinegar, rather than salt, butter or oil for seasoning.
  • Now that you know what’s good for you, it’s time to shop (or plant your garden), and get busy eating and enjoying these extra healthy foods!

Top 10 Most Important Vegetables: Nutritional Benefits


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The following alphabetical fruit list has important fruit facts arranged in order.

For example, in the list of all fruits, if a fruit has a particularly high level of carotenoids and a moderate level of vitamin C, the higher nutrient found in the fruit (carotenoids) will be listed before the nutrient that’s only found in moderation (vitamin C).

Any concerns are in parenthesis. For instance, if the fruit has a high glycemic index rating, which might negatively affect blood sugar levels, you’ll see (glycemic).

And if preservatives, such as sulfites, are commonly used on a conventionally grown fruit or if it’s highly sprayed or waxed, you’ll see (preservatives), (pesticides) or (wax coating). In that case, it’s important to buy organically grown varieties of that particular fruit.

Alphabetical Fruit List with Nutritional Values (in order)

Apples flavonoids, fiber, C (pesticides, wax coating)
Apricots carotenoids, A, C, fiber (preservatives)
Bananas B6, C, potassium (glycemic)
Blackberries flavonoids, fiber, C, K, manganese
Blueberries flavonoids, C, manganese, fiber
Cantaloupe carotenoids, C, A, potassium
Cherries flavonoids (pesticides)
Cranberries flavonoids, fiber, C, manganese
Dates (glycemic)
Dried fruit (glycemic, preservatives)
Figs (preservatives)
Fruit juices (glycemic)
Grapefruit carotenoids in pink, flavonoids, C
Grapes flavonoids, manganese (pesticides)
Guava carotenoids, fiber, C
Kiwifruit C, fiber (glycemic)
Lemons flavonoids, C (wax coating)
Limes flavonoids, C (wax coating)
Mangoes carotenoids, A, C (glycemic)
Nectarines carotenoids, C (glycemic, pesticides)
Oranges carotenoids, flavonoids, C, fiber (glycemic)
Papayas carotenoids, C, folate, potassium
Peaches carotenoids, C (pesticides)
Pears flavonoids (pesticides)
Persimmons C (glycemic)
Pineapple C, manganese (glycemic)
Plums carotenoids, C
Raspberries flavonoids, fiber, manganese, C
Raisins (glycemic, pesticides, preservatives)
Strawberries carotenoids, flavonoids, C, fiber (pesticides)
Tangerines carotenoids, A, C (glycemic)
Watermelon carotenoids, C, A, B6 (glycemic)

Importance of the Fruit List

This list of all types of fruits is a great source of high fiber foods and many essential nutrients. Especially important are the phytonutrient-rich carotenoid and flavonoid foods high in antioxidents, plus vitamins A and C, folate, manganese and potassium.

Research shows people who regularly eat fresh fruit have a lower risk of many chronic diseases. And since fruit is delicious, nutritious and generally low in fat, sodium and calories, most fruit can play an important role in healthy weight loss and maintenance.

Raw fruit is also high in enzymes and high fiber carbohydrates which are important for good digestion, healthy bowel function and relieving constipation.

So let’s face the fruit facts, making the right fruit choices gives you the get up and go to get up and go!