Cooking For Health

Coconut Oil: From Food to Medicine and Back

By Kristen Schepker | Contributing Writer - Vol. 15, No. 2. , 2014

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples in tropical regions have recognized the vast nutritional and medicinal value of the coconut palm. Referred to as the “tree of life” among tropical cultures, virtually all parts of the coconut palm have found use in traditional foods and medicines.

In Praise of Alligator Pears

By Erik Goldman

There are many reasons to love avocados: they’re tasty and satisfying; they’re packed with healthy fats, B vitamins, potassium. lutein and zeaxanthin; and they fit nicely into a wide range of culinary styles. But did you know that inclusion of half an avocado in one’s lunch can markedly increase satiety and reduce the desire to […]

Meet the Meatles(s)–A Guide to Vegetarian Meat Substitutes

By Kristen Schepker, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2012

From the now common veggie burgers, “not dogs,” and “chicken” nuggets to innovations like meatless buffalo wings and scallops, the selection of faux-flesh delicacies is almost as wide as that of an actual meat market. With such a great diversity of options, how can vegetarians and other meat-conscious consumers make informed, nutritionally-sound choices?

How Healthful Are Raw Food Diets?

By Kristen Schepker, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2012

As the blossoming raw foods movement spreads throughout the US, it raises many questions. How can healthcare providers best guide patients interested in exploring a raw foods lifestyle?

A Culinary Favorite, Oregano Shows its Antimicrobial Muster

By Janet Gulland - Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2011

Oregano has a long legacy in traditional medicine from Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Hippocrates recommended it as an antiseptic and a treatment for gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments. A spate of recent research shows that the herb can inhibit a number of human pathogens including Staphylococcus, Salmonella and Aspergillus.

The Cure for “Listeria Hysteria?” Strengthening Innate Defenses!

By Roby Mitchell, MD (aka "Dr. Fitt")

All this “Listeria Hysteria” that followed the reports of contaminated cantaloupe reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. We’re destroying a relatively healthy food by the ton, and scaring an already scared public, without taking stock of what’s really going on. Blaming cantaloupe is an example of shooting the messenger, if ever I saw one.

Got Flax?

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. , 2011

FlaxMilk, the latest entry into the growing market for non-dairy “milk” products, provides a convenient and delicious way for patients (and their doctors, of course!) to get the healthful benefits of milled flax seed into their diets.

Flax Seed: A Woman’s “Breast Friend Forever”

By Robert Pendergrast, MD - Vol. 12, No. 3. , 2011

There are many foods that can contribute to a breast-healthy diet. In his effort to help family members and patients dealing with breast cancer, Dr. Robert Pendergrast has reviewed them all. His conclusion? Flax seed is one of the best. It’s a cornerstone for breast cancer prevention, and should become every woman’s “BFF” (“Breast Friend Forever”).

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