Tidbits

For Good Health: Eat some type of Tree Nuts everyday….that is, Pistachios, Almonds, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Cashews and Pine Nuts for starters. According to Lindsay Allen, PHD Director of USDA Western Nutrition Center, a minimum of 1.5 ounces of nuts per day reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes approximately 35%. And at the top of the list for best nutritional value, Walnuts & Almonds get the nod. Try not to eat the smoked versions as the food value lessens when smoked.

Do you eat lots of Chinese takeout? Be careful to order without MSG. The more we learn about it, the more we find out that this additive is BAD for us. According to a NY Times report, people who eat MSG regularly, were almost 3X likely to be overweight than those who eat none!

Blueberries, strawberries, spinach, oranges, mustard greens, and broccoli are among the super foods with the highest nutrient density, according to a measurement system developed by Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. The system ranks foods on a numeric scale and those six received 100, the highest score possible, reported California Farm Bureau.
Flavanol-rich chocolate may increase blood flow in the brain and reduce the risk of dementia and stroke, according to Boston-based researchers. The study, funded by Mars, supports previous studies linking consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products to improved cardiovascular health, reported Food Navigator Europe.