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Wasabi, The Green Taste You Crave (Or You Should)

Wasabia japonica is an amazing root. I have no clue how the Japanese figured out you could actually eat the stuff. I suppose some starving peasant was digging around looking for something, anything, edible, and wasabi was what he brought home to the wife. No word on whether he recovered fully from the beating, but […]

Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

The Congress is at it again. They want to be able to count pizza and French fries as vegetables on school lunch menus. Well, even that’s not entirely true; it’s the tomato sauce on the pizza that would count.  (Everybody knows that no self-respecting kid, […]

Cilantro: Love It or Hate It? There’s a Reason, You See…

Coriander. Chinese Parsley. Cilantro. Yan Shi. Whatever you know it by, this herb is widely used in many cuisines. Some folks love it, some hate it…

Growing up in central Texas, I was a teenager before I realized there was such a thing as “Tex-Mex” or Mexican foods. It was part of the standard meal […]

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. […]

Brain Food: Closing Shots

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Time to close the Brain Food Series with some final thoughts…

Your brain is the biggest consumer of glucose you have. This is true even for many athletes. The brain needs just the right amount of glucose, though; not too little, which will drag you down, […]

Brain Food: Honorable Mentions

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

In the course of this Series, we’ve covered a lot of tasty food items and seen how they help us be healthy, especially good brain health. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. “If it’s Blue it’s good for You.”

A lot of your favorite foods didn’t make […]