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The World's Healthiest Foods
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The World's Healthiest Foods
  • Food of the Week: Spinach
    Spinach is generally regarded as being native to the Middle East and appears to have been cultivated there for well over a thousand years. Trading between the Middle East and Asia is believed to have been responsible for the migration of spinach to ...

  • Recipe of the Week: 1-Minute "Quick Boiled" Spinach
    This way of preparing Spinach has the best flavor because it helps remove some of the acids found in Spinach and brings out its sweetness. Make sure the water is at a rapid boil before adding Spinach. Taken from page 417 of the 2nd Edition of the ...

  • Best sources of Mangnesium
    Magnesium is a key mineral in human metabolism, and found in small to medium amounts in many of the World's Healthiest Foods. Vegetables (especially green leafy ones), nuts and seeds, and legumes are your best WHFoods sources for magnesium. We like ...

  • From the kitchen: Tips for Preparing Spinach
    Spinach should be washed very well since the leaves and stems tend to collect sand and soil. Before washing, trim off the roots and separate the leaves. Place the spinach in a large bowl of tepid water and swish the leaves around with your hands as ...

  • Is it possible to eat too many vegetables?
    A sound dietary principle to follow is "Moderation in all things, except vegetables!" Most foods that are considered vegetables are extremely nutrient dense, providing lots of nutrients in a relatively small number of calories, so there is no need ...

  • Can you tell me about oxalates, including the foods that contain them and how are they related to nutrition and health?
    Introduction While many people think about oxalates as some rare and undesirable component of food, oxalates are naturally-occurring substances found in a wide variety of foods and they play a supportive role in the metabolism of many plants and ...

  • How Much of a Problem is Iron in a Vegetarian Diet?
    Based on our review of the research, we do not believe that vegetarians typically have problems in getting the iron that they need. In large scale studies like the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), over three-fourths of ...

  • Can you tell me more about chlorophyll?
    This article is the first part of our four-article series about chlorophyll, including its [role in health:george,432], its [concentration in different foods:george,431], and its [stability in cookinggeorge,433]. This undervalued nutrient can make ...

  • The World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan Is Overflowing With Carotenoids
    Our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan is exceptional in nutrient-richness. And sometimes it pays to look a little more closely "under the hood" to see how remarkable this nutrient-richness truly is. The wealth and diversity of carotenoids in our ...

  • What Nutrients Are Most Likely to be Deficient in a Vegetarian Diet?
    If you look at all types of vegetarian diets as a group, and all research studies of these diets, vitamin B12 is the nutrient most likely to be deficient in this type of eating plan. Adequate B12 intake can be and is a genuine concern if a ...


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