Butter pear is the other nickname of avocado, which is probably the reason why a lot of people have the misconception that this lush fruit is extremely fattening and try to avoid them as much as possible.
All the vegetarians out there are surely familiar with tempeh. This close cousin of tofu is a staple food in Indonesia as a healthy protein source. If you are looking for a better-tasting alternative to tofu, then look for tempeh in specialty supermarkets, Asian food stalls and health stores.
For centuries now, tofu has played a major role in the Asian food market. It is only these past few years that it has penetrated the Western market, when vegetarians began using as a protein substitute.
Pecans may be a popular ingredient in pies but to fully enjoy the benefits of this type of nuts, they are best enjoyed as snacks. A handful of pecans are a great source of protein and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats work towards lowering the ‘bad’ cholesterol to keep the heart healthy.
Cauliflower may be tagged as the ‘white’ version of broccoli, and they are from the same vegetable species. White may be the common variety of cauliflower, but there are also orange, purple and green variants. The green variety is called broccoflower.
You may have always heard about how the body needs vitamin B12 but do you really know what it is? Basically, vitamin B12 is a compound which is essential for normal brain function, nervous system function and cell regeneration. This vitamin is needed to maintain healthy red blood cells and nerves.
Crunchy, nutritious and tangy – these are the words which best describe bell peppers. They come in a rainbow of different colors like red, yellow, white, blue, green, purple, orange, brown and black.
Putting beans on top of your favorite foods list may sound boring, but there are a lot of ways that they can be enjoyed. Navy beans taste great in Mexican bean burritos, Italian pasta, chili, bean soup and baked beans.
As a member of the whole grains family, spelt may not be as popular as whole, wheat, rye or barley. However, the health benefits of this ancient grain cannot beat that of its ‘cousins’, plus people who are allergic to wheat can use spelt as their alternative whole grain source.
Although vitamin K is the less ‘popular’ among the line of essential vitamins and nutrients, this does not necessarily mean that it is any less important. Vitamin K is basically the body’s problem fixer: this fat-soluble vitamin prevents hemorrhaging or unchecked bleeding throughout the body, which also allows wound and cuts to heal much faster. The name is actually derived from the term coagulation, which is the primary function of vitamin K.