Phytic Acid & Phytase

Phytic Acid & Phytase

This is the second of two articles about phytic acid (also referred to as phytates).  I wrote two articles because it is a fairly large subject and one article was simply too long.  The first article can be found here. What is Phytase? Phytase is an enzyme that neutralizes phytic acid, making the phosphorous bioavailable to us.  Phytase …read more

Phytic Acid - The Anti-Nutrient

Phytic Acid – The Anti-Nutrient

Phytic acid has been referred to as “the anti-nutrient”.  This phrase intrigued me, so I decided to do some digging to find out exactly what an “anti-nutrient” is, and more specifically, what phytic acid is.  In doing research, I found this to be a fairly large topic, so I have written 2 articles on the subject. …read more

Hemp Seeds - Big on Nutrition!

Hemp Seeds – Big on Nutrition!

What thought comes to your mind when you think of hemp seeds?  A scene from the sixties, pot-smoking and all, perhaps?  That was my first thought a little over a year ago when I first heard about hemp seeds, and I think that many people have a similar thought.  I finally decided to investigate the …read more

Ginger - a Powerful Spice

Ginger – a Powerful Spice

    Most people think of ginger only as a fragrant and delicious spice used in Asian cooking. But ginger really is much more than that – it is a very powerful spice with many health benefits. Ginger has its origins in southeastern Asia and it has been used for thousands of years in China, …read more

An Apple a Day...

An Apple a Day…

  …. keeps the Doctor away.  An old adage that refers to the high quality of nutrition in an apple, one of the most widely consumed fruits all around the world.  Indeed, it is a very healthy, whole food. The apple tree is part of the Rosaceae or rose family of plants – a very …read more

Feed Your Skin

Feed Your Skin

When it comes to nourishing and protecting your skin, what you eat is as important—if not more so—than what you put on it. Assuming you don’t smoke, a well-rounded, healthy diet that steers clear of many of the staples in the Standard American Diet should repay you with a fresh, glowing complexion that makes you …read more

The Amazing Peach

The Amazing Peach

Peaches – a wonderful sweet treat in the middle of summer!  We’ve been enjoying peaches from our neighboring province of B.C. via the local Farmer’s Market – such a blessing!  As I was enjoying a peach at breakfast, I started to wonder what exactly a peach is all about, nutritionally.  I was fairly sure that …read more

Foods With High Water Content

Foods With High Water Content

  Wondering which foods are best to eat on a hot summer day to help you stay hydrated? Since water is one of the most important substances that our body needs to maintain equilibrium and good health, it is very important to drink enough water and/or eat high water content foods to avoid dehydration. Dehydration …read more

The Importance of Protein

The Importance of Protein

  Protein is something we all know that we need, but do we really know just how important protein is?  What is protein’s function in our bodies? How much protein do we need?  What are the best sources of protein?  Can vegetarians get enough protein from plants?  What happens if we don’t get enough protein?  …read more

Apricots - Great Nutrition, Fresh or Dried

Apricots – Great Nutrition, Fresh or Dried

I love summertime with all the fresh fruits! Our local farmer’s market has plenty of fresh local produce (more vegetables than fruit) as well as wonderful fresh fruit from growers in our neighboring Province of B.C.  This past weekend I picked up a case of apricots…..YUM!  Such a treat!  Most of those apricots are destined …read more