Quinoa is Perfect Grain Substitute

(Health Secrets Newsletter) Whole grains have been praised for their many health benefits, however many people who are gluten intolerant have found their whole grain choices limited. Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is an increasingly popular gluten free grain-like vegetable that offers the same benefits as whole grains and then some. Quinoa is a species of goosefoot…

Nutritional Delights: Mollusks Explained

The Mollusca is the largest marine phylum, featuring about 85,000 species that are alive today (and which the term extant denotes).  Nearly one in four of the known organisms in the ocean are mollusks, and many live in freshwater as well.  This highly diverse phylum is divided into ten categories.  Seven phyla are alive, one…

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…