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4 Great Benefits of Eating Plantains

A plantain is a banana, right?

I don’t think anyone would blame you if you thought the two were one in the same. But really, you’d only be about half-right. Yes, it is true that in botany there really isn’t a formal distinction to be made between the plantain and the banana, but cooking-wise, the two are pretty unique. Continue reading 4 Great Benefits of Eating Plantains

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Moringa

You’ve probably never heard of moringa before. Or maybe you have, but you’ve only heard a little here and a little there.

To give you the quick scoop, moringa is — well — a plant. One that comes from the sub-Himalayan parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Oh, and the tropics, too. Continue reading The Amazing Health Benefits of Moringa

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Does a Good Diet Help the Environment?

We all want to do good for the environment. With stuff like climate change and the pretty dire warnings coming out of the scientific community because of it, a lot of us are left wondering what the world is going to look like in 20 or 30 years. And what that might mean for our kids — and their kids. Continue reading Does a Good Diet Help the Environment?

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Jackfruit is the Fruit You’ve Never Heard of But Seriously Should Try

I’ve never been a big fan of the term ‘miracle food.’ For one, I’m just not the type of guy who thinks that a food can have magical, transitive properties to fix anything — and if somebody told me that they knew of something that could do that, I’d be pretty skeptical.

But I do get that there are certain properties in a piece of food that make it good for you, and that’s part of the reason why I’m so enamored by this so-called “jackfruit.” You see, jackfruit really is a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ food — in case you were wondering, no, I don’t think that’s where its name comes from. And while I’d be hesitant to call it a miracle food, it does provide a surprising amount of protein, potassium, calcium, and iron, all nutrients we don’t get enough. It also is crazy versatile in what you can do with it. Continue reading Jackfruit is the Fruit You’ve Never Heard of But Seriously Should Try

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A Magical Little Grain Called Quinoa

Hey, we won’t judge you if you don’t know how to say it — it’s pronounced “KEEN-wah”, by the way — but you should probably know about this magical, little grain.

“Quinoa”, as it’s spelled, belongs to a family of grains called “ancient grains”, ancient because its composition has remained unchanged for a really, really long time and because it’s believed to have been first cultivated some five to seven thousand years ago somewhere in the Andes. Cool, huh?  Continue reading A Magical Little Grain Called Quinoa