Soy has become the wonder food of the decade. A healthy source of protein, soy doesn't contain the saturated fat that is found in many animal proteins. Studies show that eating four servings of soy a day reduces cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart disease.
by Elizabeth Kelly
"Come on. Just one bite won't hurt you."
"Ewww. It's gross!"
It's a scene that plays out at dinnertime in thousands of households across the country. But if you're picturing a frustrated mother and her rebellious five-year-old, think again. The truth is that many adults turn up their noses at certain foods, and no amount of... Read More
Vegetarianism has come a long way, baby. With more people going meatless - at least for some meals - the options for replacing meat have become tastier and more varied. White, flabby tofu isn't the only protein option for people who are looking to reduce or eliminate meat in their diet. Other tasty plant-based proteins can help reduce your grocery bill and your dependence on meat.
Lentils are a... Read More
Hungry for Chinese food? Wok this way. When most people think of healthy cuisine, Chinese food isn't the first thing that comes to mind, which is ironic. Traditional Asian fare actually is chock-full of vegetables, and meat and chicken are treated almost like condiments. Asian cuisine draws upon rice, beans, fish, nuts, grains and seeds as its main protein sources. Another key component is soy, such as tofu, miso and tempeh, which helps... Read More
Make sure you're getting enough calcium. Of all the minerals the body absorbs, you're most likely to come up short in your supply of calcium. Unfortunately, this mineral is essential as far as strengthening bones, helping muscles contract and regulating contractions of the heart. Most surprisingly, calcium plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight. The recommended daily calcium intake is 1,200 milligrams a day for most adults. Pregnant... Read More
You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a meat-free day every now and then. Try to set aside one or two days a week to substitute meat with something healthier. Eating this way once a week or more can add up to a lot in the long run.
Diets high in saturated fat, found mainly in meat and high-fat dairy products, increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Going meatless for a day... Read More
Much has been said about the health benefits of soy. Soy is a complete protein -- the only non-animal product to boast that claim -- and it benefits cholesterol, lowering levels of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, and raising HDL, or "good" cholesterol. Its high calcium levels contribute to bone health, and isoflavones (the main phytochemical present in soy), magnesium and boron strengthen bones. Soy is heart healthy, lowering blood pressure,... Read More