Health Secrets of Popcorn

(Health Secrets Newsletter) Few foods are more popular than popcorn, but it’s important to know that all popcorn is not created equal. When it’s prepared the right way, popcorn is the most nutritious snack of all according to researchers. When it’s prepared the wrong way, it’s a death-dealing toxin.   The wrong way to eat popcorn is…

Agave: The Wonder Sweetener

(Health Secrets Newsletter) As we look at the agave plant, some interesting things emerge that would make it fun and healthful to live near one of the more sugar-rich species (there are many species of agave).  What comes from the agave plant has truly amazing properties.   Agave nectar is gathered by cutting its flower stalk right before…

Medicinal Mushrooms Explained

Many types of mushrooms have been cultivated as both food and medicine for thousands of years.  Neither animal nor vegetable, mushrooms are a type of fungus. Mushrooms are saprophytes, which means they survive on decaying matter, such as logs, while improving soil quality. Mushrooms can be cultivated at home and do not require light to…

Mangoes Join the Clean 15

The delicious, succulent mango has less pesticides involved in its production than many other fruits and vegetables, and it now has a proud place on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Clean 15, the list of conventionally grown produce that is safe to eat.  Fewer than 10 percent of mangoes, pineapples, and avocados they tested showed detectable pesticide residue, and…

Potatoes are King of Survival Foods

The commonly held conception that potatoes are fattening and unhealthy is false. Their health promoting properties are simply unknown or ignored. Aside from French fries and potato chips, potatoes are even considered super foods by some. At a time of concerns about potential food shortages resulting from this free fall economy, potatoes are easily grown year round in small lots, and can…

Honey and Cinnamon Treat Cancer and Arthritis

  The combination of honey and cinnamon is useful for treating cancer and arthritis. Is this a stretch, a rumor, or what? Not according to a January 17, 1995 issue of Canadian magazine Weekly World News. It listed combined honey and cinnamon’s healing properties as clinically proven, effective and safe for several health issues, including cancer and arthritis. But for…