How does a shortage of food change the way one thinks about diet? Are fat people "bad" or "weak-willed"? See "Is Overeating Natural?"
Here's some links and thoughts about the importance of fiber in the diet: What About Fiber?
11-year old Jazmine wants to be a chef, and asks for advice.
* Kidney beans may have the highest and most beneficial fiber of any of the peas, beans and other legumes. Each 1/2 cup serving of kidney beans has 7 grams of healthy fiber! This fiber can fill you up, lowers cholesterol, prevent constipation, offer protection from stroke and heart disease, and help regulate your blood sugar/insulin levels. Beans, including Kidneys, contain high amounts of folate, plus valuable antioxidants that protect against plaque and clogged arteries. Try Kidney Bean Salad and Chili con Carne for delicious starters.
* A relative used to intone, when as a child I complained about my problems, "Into each life some rain must fall." Eventually I learned to look on the bright side despite stormy weather, as does Karen Danielson. She hears voices in the rain, too; discover what they tell her and see her great newly posted recipe.
* Have you ever wondered if avocado was a valuable addition to the diet? Or a dietary disaster? You'll be pleased to know that this delicious buttery-green "fruit" does great things for your body. See Dr. Weil's take on "alligator pears", as they are sometimes called in the South, in Advocating Avocados?
* Boron is a trace mineral that is important in the diet; among other things it helps keep your brain awake and alert, and may help protect against arteriosclerosis. Sources of boron include apples, peaches, bananas and pears, parsley, nuts and raisins. These snacks make a positive contribution to the diet, unlike cookies, candy and chips, which can add on calories without giving anything back. See Dr. Weil's "Should I Bother with Boron" for more info.
* Selenium is a mineral that can improve your mood and brain function, leaving you more alert. It's also an antioxidant, fighting the aging process and chances of cancer and other diseases. But too much can be highly toxic! The best way to get the right amount is by eating healthy foods. Good sources are tuna, chicken, turkey, lean beef, brazil nuts, and whole-grain breads, side dishes and cereals. If you take a supplement, keep it below 200 micrograms daily for safety.
* Fat-free or 1% milk isn't just for kids. Each glass of milk contains almost 1/3 of the minimum calcium needed daily, helping to protect you against osteoporosis or brittle bones. Combined with a low-salt diet high in fruits and veggies, it sometimes can help lower blood pressure almost as well as a prescription drug. Milk is usually fortified with vitamins A, C and D. For richer taste and a healthier gut, look for acidophilus milk.
A visitor has a bumper crop of peas and wants to dry them. Split Peas, Anyone? Instructions and a bit of nostalgia.
The health benefits of greens cannot be over-estimated. Here's some facts, hints and recipes: Powerhouse Greens.
Do you like tea? See the Tea Museum.
A visitor asks which juices are the healthiest ones. Here's some ideas and suggestions.
Here's a note forwarded from Jon F., who lives in Central Illinois, about the Illinois Gas Tax.
Ever wonder about ketchup? Here's everything you wanted to know.
Freeze your smoothies? Here's a letter from Nancy.
Christine Della Maggiora gives a little constructive criticism and asks a question: What About Water?
A request from Debra S. Here's a delicious and refreshing collection of smoothies just in time for summer. Lots of papaya, strawberries, blueberries, and even an odd one from the Dominican Republic, Morir So˝ando.
David asks about papayas. Here's more than he wanted to know.
Here's more than you ever wanted to know about cucumbers. C'mon, read it anyway!
It's that season again; berries! See new recipes at the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association. These little blue vitamin- and antioxidant-packed orbs aren't just for desserts. Try the main dishes, too.
If you enjoyed the recent articles on chilies, see the Bites of Asia newsletter; Bring on the Fire!! Hot & Spicy Inroads to the USA. There's more than you ever imagined to these hot little treasures.
Worried because you are showing signs of aging? Forget expensive "miracle" remedies, risky plastic surgery and extra cosmetics and supports.
Jessica, I'm so glad you cleared that up. I guess that means we either have to eat less desserts or eat them colder, right? Thanks for your kind words.