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Vegan superfoods you should add to your diet

sweet-potato-1241696No, veganism is not just another food fad. It’s a way of life, and has been practiced in many different cultures for centuries. However, there has clearly been a significant rise in the number of people around the world who have switched to a vegan diet in the recent years for a number of reasons. Whether it’s for personal wellness, for the animals or for the environment, this shift in behavior has contributed to an organic products phenomenon.

The thought of giving up meat can be daunting as it is not an easy feat. Thankfully, there are lots of materials and communities that can help with transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. But if you’re not ready to make that commitment (or are just simply set with being an omnivore), Foodfacts.com recommends these vegan superfoods to incorporate in your daily meals.

Lemons

It doesn’t get any simpler than these bright yellow fruits! Enjoy them as a lemonade drink or squeeze them in everything! Lemons are rich in vitamin C and adds a zesty, citrusy flavor to your dish. In addition, lemon juice can enhance the body’s ability to absorb iron from plant sources, making lemon vinaigrette the perfect dressing to your salad!

Dark Chocolate

Who can say no to chocolates? Just be sure to avoid the sugary, dairy-filled milk chocolates. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants. It can improve blood flow, and lower blood pressure and the risk of heart diseases.

Walnuts

Walnuts are essential sources of Omega-3 that helps in keeping your heart and brain functioning. Eat them as a standalone snack, add as an ingredient to your meals, or as a topping to your salad and ice cream!

Nooch

Nooch is short for nutritional yeast. This superfood is rich in B vitamins, protein and fiber. The best part about nooch is that it is the ultimate add-on. Sprinkle it on salad, soup, popcorn or whathaveyou to make them all taste better.

Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6, C and D, and potassium, magnesium  and iron. They are a good source of beta carotene, which not only helps improve eyesight and immune system, but also fights cancer.

Disclaimer: Although these superfoods generally offer great health benefits, they may not all be right for everyone. We highly recommend that you discuss your plans to make dietary changes with a nutritionist or your doctor.

 

February is National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day – honor both with some red wine and dark chocolate!

FoodFacts.com wants to acknowledge that February is National Heart Month! And Valentine’s Day – the holiday of hearts – is this coming Thursday. So we felt that it would be appropriate to inform our community tonight that you can celebrate both with some dark chocolate and red wine while knowing that, in moderation, you’re actually making good choices for your heart health!

Susan Ofria, a registered dietitian at the Loyola University Health System in Melrose Park confirms that both are actually good health choices. In moderation, both have positive components that are actually beneficial for your heart. Both red wine and dark chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher contain resveratrol. This has been found to lower blood sugar. Red wine also contains catechins which may help to boost “good” HDL cholesterol.

So this Valentine’s Day, give yourself permission to enjoy both and give your romantic heart and your physical heart the benefits of your own enjoyment!

Ofria also makes some recommendations for heart-healthy foods you can enjoy during National Heart Month – and all year long!

Red Wine – all varieties of red wines contain resveratrol and catechins. Enjoy them in moderation.

Dark chocolate, 70 percent or higher cocoa content – as long as it’s dark chocolate with the specified cocoa content, it contains resveratrol and flavonoids.

Salmon and tuna – specifically white, albacore tuna, are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Flaxseeds – brown or yellow ground flaxseeds are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytoestrogens.

Oatmeal – it’s good source of soluble fiber, niacin, folate and potassium.

Black or kidney beans – both are a good source of niacin, folate, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, soluble fiber.

Walnuts and almonds – additional sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats.

Blueberries/cranberries/raspberries/strawberries – berries are high in beta carotene and lutein, anthocyanin, ellagic acid (a polyphenol), vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber.

Don’t you just love it when we get healthy permission to indulge in food and drink? FoodFacts.com certainly does!  This Valentine’s Day, make sure your chocolate is dark and your wine is red and share a romantic moment with your loved one. And then, after that, remember to incorporate this great list of heart-healthy foods into your diet. Not just during National Heart month, but all year long to play an active role in your own good heart health!

Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130211134742.htm

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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Foodfacts.com is pleased to report that chocolate is not just a tasty treat. Chocolate is actually healthy for you in small quantities. Researchers have spent many years studying this delicious food. These researchers have found that dark chocolate, which is bitterer in taste than milk chocolate or other forms of chocolate, has a number of benefits to health. Dark chocolate, red wine and green tea have all been shown to share many of the same health benefits. Continue reading

Prevent Cardiac Deaths With Chocolate? Sounds Too Good To Be True!

Foodfacts.com research indicates that, for people who have had a first heart attack, chocolate consumption dramatically reduces the odds of dying from a future heart attack, according to new research out of Stockholm, Sweden.  Read further for the right “dose” of chocolate.

Stockholm and Boston-based researchers investigated over a thousand people who had suffered a first heart attack, surveying them about chocolate consumption over the year prior to the heart attack, then followed their course over the next eight years. Continue reading