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Eating Peppers is Good for You, Maybe: News on Parkinson’s Disease

The Elves here at the Chile Underground have ben espousing increased consumption of peppers of all types for years now. (They’ve also been espousing massive consumption of beer and meat-on-a-stick, but that’s for another article.) Now there’s scientific evidence that their push to get everyone to eat chiles is well-founded. Actually, it’s not their push […]

These Foods Have Bad Reputations; They Aren’t Really Bad for You…

Here’s a short picture-article online that lists nearly a dozen foods that have developed a bad reputation over the years, but are in fact quite healthy. How did they get the bad rap? I’ll go out on a limb here and say it’s usually bad science, or worse yet, fair science that gets mangled […]

“Healthy” on the Package Doesn’t Guarantee It’s Good for You

Of course the headline’s true. We’re none of us so naïve as to believe differently. However, with almost every box, tin, can,  or bottle of food we buy there are messages that tell us, loudly or in a whisper, that this one’s the Real Deal, oh so healthy and good for you. From “fat […]

Foods That Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis (Good, Bad and Tasty)

Arthritis is no laughing matter. Oh, if you’re like me and have an occasional twinge due to osteoarthritis, then you can smile while you grimace. Wear and tear is expected at some level as you age. Yes, osteoarthritis can become more than a nuisance too. But one that scares people more is rheumatoid arthritis. […]

It's Not Food Poisoning If You Ate What She Ate

Brought low by a microscopic brute. Humbling; not that I need that much humility in my life. At first I thought maybe it was food poisoning, but there were no candidates. Or maybe just a simple stomach bug, one that comes and goes quickly.

Not this one. Oh no.

THIS unwelcome harbinger of doom pesky microscopic […]

Brain Food: Oatmeal, It's Not Just for Kiddies Anymore

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

When I was kid growing up (yes, I was one, once upon a time) we had lots of hot cereal for breakfast. We seldom had the boxed cold cereal; it was too expensive, even back then. Oatmeal, though, that was cheap and plentiful. Also Cream […]

Brain Food: When Life Hands You Lemons, Ask for Oranges Instead

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Maybe the first thing you can say about oranges is, they taste good. Most of you will find oranges easier to add to your diet (or use more of) than, say, spinach or kale. We already know that oranges bring a good dose of vitamin […]

Brain Food: If It's Blue, It's Good for You

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

There aren’t a lot of brain superfoods out there, and most of them are highly colored. Blueberries are one such food. What does the blue fruit bring to the party?

Antioxidants. Lots and lots of antioxidants.

A study at Tufts University (in conjuction with the USDA) showed […]