The US vitamins market is valued at 30 billion dollars, and two-thirds of American adults take them. Are they really necessary, however? It turns out that the evidence is very mixed - vitamins can be good for some, bad for others, and useless to most.
Vitamins can be confusing, especially those of the B group - there are so many of them, and they are all essential... for something. Take B1, or thiamine, for example - what does it do, how much do you need, how do you get it? Read on for clear answers.
While having a well-balanced, fulfilling diet is a challenge itself for so many of us, especially those who live in everyday's hustle and bustle of big cities, it has become an even more controversial issue with debates around climate change, animal-friendly lifestyle, regular revision of foods' nutritional value by scientists and collision of numerous authoritative opinions on the matter. How does one find their best diet in all of it?
Isn't it amazing that glutathione - the key detoxifying agent in our body that is essential for healthy liver - is virtually unknown? The recent years have seen an explosion of research on glutathione, but the discoveries haven't reached the wide public yet. Let's remedy this!
Flaxseed has appeared on the healthy eaters' radar a few years ago but did not attract as much attention as chia seeds. And that's a shame, because much cheaper flaxseed is just as great for you: from lowering blood pressure to restoring your liver, flaxseed can do it all!
Doctors and grandmothers alike used to say that spicy food can give you ulcers. And while many still shy away from dishes with jalapenos and cayenne, the popularity of fiery Chinese, Indian, and Mexican food is on the rise. Are the heat-lovers risking their health?
We often write about rare conditions affecting one in a thousand. However, one of the most common chronic disorders - IBS - strikes as many as 20% of the population, and yet we rarely hear about it. It's time to shed some light on irritable bowel syndrome.
Most of us remember that we should breakfast as kings (and stick to a rather moderate portions at other meals). Right? It seems that the researches have found another proof to this point. If you skip breakfast, your are likely to deal with atherosclerosis, new study reveals. Here is more about the need of having a filling breakfast.
We are sure that everyone has heard the folk wisdom: "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dine like a pauper." But in the modern world not all but just a few respect this rule. Any bad consequences for health? Yes, especially in case of late and hearty dinners!
When we need to care for ourselves as a preventive measure or add something to our menu, herbs can be of a lot of help. Moreover, if one is interested, they can be easily planted and grown at home. In addition, growing them at home may become an enjoyable hobby for some people. So what herbs are good for our health and how do they work?
The majority of people cook. Often we cook on an everyday basis. Some of us like cooking and enjoy the process, some of us don’t. However, even for those who are truly devoted to it, making food sooner or later becomes a routine. Thus, we are most likely to stop being inquisitive about how exactly we do it and why, even though this area offers us a lot to think about and question.
Everyone snacks. Whenever we feel stressed, bored, or overwhelmed with work, we turn to snacks - cookies, chips, chocolate... Most of them are not great for us, but if you make yogurt your snack of choice, your body will thank you. What's more, you can easily make it at home!
For an average person, the phrase sous-vide sounds like something only a posh restaurant can do, a bit like molecular cuisine. And yet, this precise and innovative cooking method is surprisingly easy to master at home - you do not even need any special equipment! Let's see what it is and how it works.
Pasta is one of the most popular dishes in the world. This Italian garnish is traditionally made of wheat flour and water and it is really hard to imagine that such a tasty garnish may be dangerous for human body.
With the advent of mass-production agriculture, foodies have developed a taste (sometimes bordering on obsession) for everything seasonal, wild, hard-to-obtain - and usually expensive. In the past few years, ramp, or wild leek, seems to have become a veritable king of this market. Why such popularity?
In 2007, the Oxford Dictionary chose locavore as its US Word of the Year. Being a locavore means eating only locally-produced foods. Locavorism is claimed to be great for both your health and the environment. Is this lifestyle worth trying?
Some decades ago our grandmothers used to grow green onion in pots on window sills. Today the idea of such a mini-garden is not out-dated at all. On the contrary, people are getting more and more interested in it, and many who care about the quality of food try to organize their own kitchen garden. The world-famous chef Jamie Oliver always uses fresh greens from his garden when cooking his delicious dishes.
Beetroot is an amazing vegetable in all respects and it is especially valuable in terms of its influence on a human body. The latter fact has recently been confirmed by many scientific studies all over the world.
If you already know what a mangosteen is, it means one of two things: either you have spent your vacation in Thailand, where this delicious fruit is widely sold, or you keep track of the latest weight loss fads. In the West, mangosteen juice is promoted not just as a way to get slim, but as the next best cure for cancer. Can that possibly be true?
Which fruits native to the Americas do you know? Many will name papaya, pineapple, prickly pear, or persimmon. But what about the largest of them - the pawpaw? Most have never even heard of such a fruit. But this seems to be changing - soon we might witness a real pawpaw craze!