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The cocoa bean, essentially chocolate in its raw form, is loaded with health benefits and nutrients. It’s not just marketing hype, there’s a lot of research on this (as if you needed an excuse!). In it’s pure form, cacao is higher in antioxidant flavonoids than green tea, red wine, and blueberries. Here’s what the raw, unprocessed stuff can do for you: Improve cardiovascular health- These flavonoids are hard at work in your body to reduce the risk of blood clots, decrease oxidation...
by on February 8th, 2010 at 10:02 am

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    Plants get all the glory for their impressive nutrient content and animal foods tend to go unnoticed. But what about the egg? Truly, it’s a superfood extraordinaire! Eggs are a great source of other vital nutrients...
    by at December 22nd, 2009 at 05:12 am
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    by at December 14th, 2009 at 08:12 am
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    by at December 7th, 2009 at 06:12 am
  • Superfood of the Week: Almonds
    Used as a substitute for conventional flour, almond flour can be a blessing to diabetics and people with celiac disease. There are lots of ways to enjoy almonds: spread some almond butter on a cracker or send your kids off...
    by at December 1st, 2009 at 09:12 am
  • Superfood of the Week: Chestnuts
    Although I have no childhood memories of roasting them over an open fire after a long day of sledding, I still feel quite nostalgic when it comes to chestnuts. In England, I was a big fan of schoolyard conker fights (if you...
    by at November 23rd, 2009 at 08:11 am
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    Superfood of the Week: Cranberries
    Tis’ the season for giving thanks, huddling around an open fire and feasting with friends and family. This Thanksgiving, when you’re going back for more turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, don’t forget the...
    by at November 16th, 2009 at 08:11 am
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    A hot bowl of leek soup on a chilly autumn day is a great way to warm the belly. Like most of nature’s edible goodies, this week’s superfood is loaded with nutrients that nourish your body including vitamin C, manganese,...
    by at November 9th, 2009 at 08:11 am
  • Superfood of the Week: Quince
    Not a lot of people eat this humble and unattractive fruit. Honestly, neither did I until a few years ago. Dr Igor introduced them to me one Thanksgiving when he showed up with an excited grin exclaiming, “quince!” I...
    by at November 3rd, 2009 at 08:11 am
  • Superfood of the Week: Pumpkin
    When I think of Halloween, I get a flash of orange in my mind’s eye: Pumpkin! Native American Indians have long treasured this dietary staple for its nutritional and medicinal qualities. These days pumpkin is a culinary...
    by at October 26th, 2009 at 08:10 am
  • Superfood of the Week: Grapes
    The Greeks knew it: grapes are the food of the gods. They even named a god, Dionysus, after this ambrosial fruit. Perhaps the Greeks knew what scientists and researchers are just discovering today: Grapes are loaded with...
    by at October 19th, 2009 at 07:10 am