Healthy Alternatives To Potato Chips

Ah, the classic potato chip. Invented in Saratoga Springs in the late 1850s, this now-iconic snack actually started out as a fluke: A chef sliced his potatoes too thin and loved the crispy, salty result. Nearly one hundred years later, Lay’s made the potato chip iconic with its slogan “Betcha can’t eat just one.” Like the best catch phrases, it rang true. However, snacking on potato chips can quickly turn into “mindless eating,” according to Michael Moss, author Continue reading Healthy Alternatives To Potato Chips

4 Alternatives For Butter In Dessert

Sometimes, you just need to indulge – and fortunately, there are smart ways to enjoy your guilty-pleasure desserts. One strategy is to replace the butter in baked goods with healthier alternatives. Here are four substitutions for butter when making desserts: Coconut oil  Coconut oil has a similar consistency to butter, which makes it a great alternative ingredient in baked goods. There is research that shows coconut oil may contain heart-healthy fats, and the oil adds Continue reading 4 Alternatives For Butter In Dessert

Olive Oil vs Coconut Oil: Which Is Better?

It’s not hard to notice that coconut oil has become the big, trendy It product for health, cooking and beauty purposes. From moisturizing hair and skin to being a sweetener in desserts, a look at social media would make you think that there isn’t anything coconut oil can’t do. More recently, coconut oil is being pitted against that kitchen staple, olive oil. This important oil of the Mediterranean diet has long been applauded as part Continue reading Olive Oil vs Coconut Oil: Which Is Better?

Red Dye No. 40: Good Or Bad For You?

Looking at a long list of ingredients for foods like Holiday Oreos, Pop Tarts and Nutrigrain strawberry bars is an exhausting exercise. Which ingredients are okay to eat and which aren’t? Compared with all-natural food ingredients, food dyes like red dye no. 40 seem unhealthy. Is it as bad as it seems? The results are mixed. Red dye: The good, the bad and the unhealthy It’s worth noting that we haven’t been using food dye in Continue reading Red Dye No. 40: Good Or Bad For You?

Not All Fat Is Bad! (Good Fat vs Bad Fat)

We’ve been conditioned to associate the word “fat” with “unhealthy”. We’re on such a fat-free or low-fat craze, influenced to buy any label that showcases these terms. We build diets around them. We can be tempted into overeating, simply because it’s “fat-free” or “low fat”. At the risk of being the bearer of bad news, this is one of the greatest nutrition misconceptions. It must be emphasized that when something comes out, something must go Continue reading Not All Fat Is Bad! (Good Fat vs Bad Fat)

The Health Benefits Of A Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten free – it’s a common diet-related phrase that’s been unavoidable the last few years. But what exactly does it mean? For some people it’s a choice whereas others, who suffer from celiac disease, have less of an option. Celiac disease means your immune system rejects and reacts to any products with traces of gluten. When a person suffers from celiac disease and consumes gluten-laden foods, it will eventually result in the gut lining becoming Continue reading The Health Benefits Of A Gluten-Free Diet

The Real Sugar Addiction

A box of Oreos in the office is a dangerous thing. Ever sworn to yourself that you would eat just one but look down half an hour later to find your desk covered in crumbs? As it turns out, binging on cookies and other sugary foods may not just be a matter of weak willpower – it might be an addiction. Irresistible Oreos As LiveScience explained, the concept of sugar addiction stems from a study Continue reading The Real Sugar Addiction

Hidden Sugar In Common Foods

You could probably guess that a slice of cake or a can of Coca-Cola has a high sugar content: The cake has 30 grams of the sweet stuff, while the soda contains even more at 39 grams. You know the usual suspects, but do you know that many innocent-looking foods are actually guilty of packing loads of sugar? To support weight loss and a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to know that the top sugar culprits. Continue reading Hidden Sugar In Common Foods

How Sugar Affects Your Entire Body

It’s poured into coffee, baked into desserts and sprinkled on everything from breads and meats to fruits and vegetables. It seems like a staple of modern life – and is even used as a term of endearment for loved ones. But as it turns out, sugar can be lot more scary than sweet. While it’s undeniable that sugar makes every food under the sun taste better, research is mounting that it actually wreaks havoc on your body. Continue reading How Sugar Affects Your Entire Body

How Amazing Aquafaba Can Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

What if there was a way to make decadent cakes, brownies and chocolate mousse healthier, without sacrificing flavor? The newest star of the health food world, the exotically named aquafaba, promises to do just that. One of the biggest food trends in 2016, aquafaba is being hailed as vegan-friendly substitute for egg whites that can be whisked and whipped into soft, fluffy peaks that rival the work of the most skilled French bakers – without affecting taste. Continue reading How Amazing Aquafaba Can Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

4 Unusual Fruits And Veggies To Add To Your Diet

Apples and carrots are trustworthy standbys, but why not expand your palette by trying some more exotic fruits and vegetables? Not only will off-the-beaten path produce shakeup your meals, but it will also add extra nutrients and other fantastic health benefits to your diet. Here are 4 unusual fruits and vegetables you should try: Pitaya You may have seen bottled drinks sporting “Dragon fruit” on the label. Pitaya is the alias of this bright pink Continue reading 4 Unusual Fruits And Veggies To Add To Your Diet

Should You Try Fermented Foods

Do fermented foods call to mind dusty old jars of pickles in your grandmother’s basement? If they do, your attitude toward preserved products needs an update. Fermented foods may be months old, but this trend is anything but stale. Pickled foods are the new darlings of the culinary world for their sustainability, eco- and cost-consciousness and surprising health benefits. Fermented foods topped Whole Foods Market’s Top 10 Food Trends for 2016 list, along with the Continue reading Should You Try Fermented Foods

Get The Facts On Three Popular Natural Supplements

It seems like every day there’s a new natural supplement making the rounds on the grocery store shelves or social media feeds. While some manufacturers may make false claims, other supplements have real benefits. However, it’s important not to start adding natural supplements to your lifestyle on a whim. You should spend time researching and learning the facts about different supplements before you make a decision. Above all, though, you should consult with your doctor before Continue reading Get The Facts On Three Popular Natural Supplements