Ingredient Reviews

Why is broccoli so good for you?


Broccoli is a green vegetable from Brassica family (also called cruciferous vegetables) that also includes cabbage, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts. For me, broccoli is the first thing that I subconsciously associate with healthy eating and I wanted to look a bit deeper into this ingredient. It often comes up on the lists of “superfoods” and most nutritious foods so I wanted to understand what makes broccoli so special and how does it compare with other vegetables. Are these claims exaggerated or is there any scientific basis to them?

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Ingredient Reviews

Is vinegar good for you?


When we try to eat healthier it usually means eating more of the foods that we don’t necessarily love. It would be good to be able to find a way to make these food taste better without compromising the benefits of healthy eating. Sauces and dressing is the first thing that comes to mind, but many of them are full of fat, sugar and calories. And then I thought of vinegar. Is it healthy? Is it harmful? Is it better than other types of dressings? What is the difference between different kinds of vinegars? Should I use it to make my vegetables and salads more palatable? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Is vinegar good for you?”

Ingredient Reviews

Are chilli peppers good for you?

Chilli Peppers
I’m not a big fan of spicy food myself but I know a few people who love that burning sensation that chilli peppers provide. I have heard some contradicting information regarding chillies, ranging from destroying your stomach to curing cancer. This made me curious whether I should start building up tolerance to spicy food or succumb to ridicule from my chilli-eating friends as they watch my eyes water.

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Ingredient Reviews

Is cholesterol good for you?


It seems common knowledge that cholesterol is bad for you and that we should avoid foods that contain it. I wanted to understand what exactly is bad about it, what foods cause the most harm and whether there is a safe amount that can be consumed as a part of a healthy diet. My research proved interesting yet again as it revealed some of the misconceptions that exist on this topic. Continue reading “Is cholesterol good for you?”

Ingredient Reviews

Is coffee good for you?


I’m not a big coffee drinker myself but I do enjoy a latte every now and again. Coffee has been known to be a vice – after all, it’s a stimulant, it’s addictive and is even sometimes referred to as a “legal drug”. I wanted to explore this in a bit more detail to understand how harmful coffee actually is and what makes it so.

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Ingredient Reviews

What type of fat is good for you?


Fat is one of three macronutrients (the other two being protein and carbohydrates) and is a major source of energy. Fats make up cell membranes, nerve coating and help your body absorb some vitamins. It’s a vital ingredient of a healthy diet, yet it has a very bad reputation. Does fat make you fat? What kind of fat is healthier? How much should you consume in order to stay healthy?

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