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Vitamin D Vitamin D is a vital fat-soluble vitamin that is produced in the skin when exposed to UVB rays for just 10 to 15 minutes a couple of times a week. It is also found in fungi and fish oil with just a few other viable food sources. Vitamin Ds main function is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, helping to build strong bones.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 12:29:49

Buckwheat Buckwheat, often considered a grain in the kitchen, is actually a fruit seed. It is a good source of fiber with a high quality protein and a good source of other nutrients. Buckwheat is a good alternative to rice and can be made into porridge or sprouted and uses as a vegetable green.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 15:45:39

Summer squash There are two groups of squash, the summer, which includes zucchini and the winter squash that includes pumpkin. The summer squash is picked immature and entire vegetable can be eaten with no need to cook. They are cooling for those hot summer days and a very good source of nutrients.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 17:26:11

Tomato Tomatoes are a wonderful sweet and juicy summer vegetable that can be found all year around. They are usually a red fruit but also come in many other colors from yellow to purple. They are cooling and cleansing having strong antioxidants qualities with a high level of Vitamin C and A. The tomato is versatile in the kitchen being used in everything from sauces to salads.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 17:14:40

Calorie Burn calories, cut calories, low calorie diet, you hear about calories all the time in the news, from your friends and in all sorts or TV and magazine stories. So what is a calorie and what can you do with it?
Posted on: 2012-04-19 12:16:43

Mushrooms Mushrooms are part of fungus family. There are thousands of edible varieties, many were eaten by ancient cultures all over the world. Mushrooms are high in fiber and contain many nutrients. They can give substance and a meaty texture to many meals.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 18:13:21

Meat Meat is the tissue of animals eaten as food, that of mammals and birds, not seafood as it is not usually referred to as meat. Meat is a complete protein food containing all the essential amino acids and many other nutrients. Many people avoided meat for health, ethical and religious reasons. For meat eaters, eat meat in moderation as eating too much can lead to many health problems.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 12:17:00

Black Bean The black bean is a legume that originates from Mexico and is one of the most favored beans in much of Latin America. It is a meaty textured bean with a flavor reminiscent of mushroom. Black beans are rich in nutrients and fiber and great cooked in chilies and soups.
Posted on: 2012-04-23 12:12:37

Mushroom, Shiitake Shiitake mushroom are an Asian mushroom that is brown in color with strong health properties. Shiitake have been used as a food and medicine for over 6000 years in china. They have a protein that gives a similar flavor to meats and cheeses. Mushrooms, meat for vegetarians.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 18:18:03

Overview of Dietary Minerals Dietary minerals are elements from the earth that are needed by the body to be healthy. There are two types of minerals, those that are essential in relatively large quantities, like Calcium and sodium, and those trace minerals, like zinc and selenium, still necessary but only needed in relatively small quantities. The best way to get all the minerals your body needs is to eat a well balanced diet of a variety of whole foods.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 13:40:59