But they should! Give beans and other legumes a try Plants that produce beans occur in the legume plant family. Beans are seeds and, as such, contain everything a sprouting plant needs (except water and sunlight) to germinate and create a new plant. The seeds of legumes occur in pods of various sizes and shapes.…more
What Exactly Are Whole Grains and Whole Grain Foods?
Confused about what these terms mean? What to look for in a bread label In 1999, the Whole Grains Working Group of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International defined “whole grains” as “intact, ground, cracked or flaked fruit of the grain whose principal components, the starchy endosperm, germ and bran, are present in the…more
A painful and threatening intestinal condition Eat more fiber each day to keep the doctor away Decades ago, I lived downstairs from an older couple. Both of them suffered from a painful intestinal condition called diverticulitis. In the evening, I often heard my friends moaning from the pain in their bellies. Believe me, you don’t…more
More Fiber, More Benefits
People typically respond to calls to eat more fiber the way they respond to calls to exercise more: Yawn! But don't be short-sighted. Eating more fiber predicts a host of impressive benefits. The average American eats about 15 grams of fiber per day. That’s about half of the recommended minimum amount of about 30 grams…more