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Natto: The Most Amazing Food You’re Not Eating

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Natto: The Most Amazing Food You’re Not Eating

Natto is by no means a new food. It’s been a traditional and popular, yet polarizing health food for centuries in Japan. About 7.5 billion packets of natto are sold each year. It’s clear that many people love it and eat it daily (it’s a popular breakfast staple), but some people just can’t stand the stuff. Natto is essentially steamed soybeans that have been fermented with a bacteria called Bacillus subtilis and then aged for about a week. The resulting product looks like the soybeans have been covered in some sort of stringy slime. This can be off-putting for some. The smell...

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6 Health Benefits of Cranberries

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6 Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries get a ton of press around the holidays, but for the rest of the year, we don't hear much about them. That is a shame, really, because cranberries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods, packing in more antioxidants ounce-for-ounce than other "superfoods" like spinach, blueberries, or even green tea. Part of the issue is that we don't really know what to do with them if they aren't canned, jellied, or dried. Fresh cranberries are super-tart, and can seem more cumbersome to add to our diets than other fruits like blueberries or blackberries. However, in addition having more phytonutrients...

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5 Healthy Stuffed Avocado Recipes

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5 Healthy Stuffed Avocado Recipes

If you’re only using avocados to make guacamole, you’re missing out on an equally delicious — and more filling — way to enjoy the superfood. When stuffed, avocados become a satisfying meal that work equally well for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not only are avocados a great replacement for bland sandwiches and your standard supper fare, but they’re also packed with noteworthy health benefits. We note that avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving. Among those is potassium, which helps control blood pressure, and folate, a vitamin that’s crucial for cell repair. Avocados are also low in sugar, filled with fiber,...

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5 Fantastic Bitter Melon Health Benefits

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5 Fantastic Bitter Melon Health Benefits

Bitter melon has been used for centuries in both traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, and its benefits, long ascribed to by these populations, have even been backed up by modern medical science. We have 5 good reasons to try it out in some delicious bitter melon recipes, but before adding bitter melon to your daily regimen, be sure to speak with a doctor about any unique health concerns. 1. Lower Blood Sugar Bitter melon is used by many with blood sugar issues, including diabetes, to manage blood sugar by increasing the metabolism of glucose. “Bitter melon contains a chemical that acts like...

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6 Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits

6 Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits

Not only are they zesty, juicy and delicious, but citrus fruits are also loaded with healthy goodness Fight Weight Gain A 2011 study from Western University in London, Ont, shows that nobiletin, a flavonoid that is extracted from tangerines, helps to prevent obesity and offers protection against type 2 diabetes. The study looked at mice that were fed a diet high in fat and simple sugars. One group became obese and developed the metabolic signs that increase type 2 diabetes risk. A second group, fed the same diet but with added nobiletin, gained weight normally and showed no changes in their...

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