It woud be hard to invent a healthier food than the humble bean. Oounce for ounce beans are 22% protein, more than any other plant food. Cholesterol free, salt free, gluten free and high in fiber, beans also deliver an impressive payload of B vitamins, zinc and potassium. But wait there’s more. Beans have almost as much calcium as skin milk.This profile– high in protein and fiber and low in fat –is exactly what researchers found when they looked at the links between diet and skin aging. And while prime beef is now $10-20/pound, one pound of dried beans is less than $2– which works out to less than 30 cents per serving. Seriously. .
There is something elegant about green beans. Sweet and dainty they seem to the perfect companion to a crisp roast chicken or juicy pink steak. Green beans are used in a wide range of cuisines including french, chinese, italian, english and indian– and I like all of them. Restaurants and banquets love green beans because they can be cooked in advance without going limp and grey.
I was psyched to learn that for such a tastie veggie, green beans had a very respectable anti-aging profile. One cup clocks in at just 31 calories . While they are not high in fiber, the folacin and skin friendly vitamin C levels are impressive. Add about 20% the RDA for vitamin A and a daily serving of green beans adds genuine anti-aging nutrition … Continue Reading… →
I so wish there was a nutritional supplement I could take that would make my skin smooth, soft and radiant. But the links between beautiful skin and nutrition are more complex than that. The NHANES study looked at the relationship between health and diet and found that people whose diets were higher in vitamin C, fiber, protein and linoleic acid looked younger and had fewer wrinkles. But these benefits were only there when the nutrients were from actual food– not where people took supplements. I know first hand how hard it is to find healthy food in a world dominated by burgers, tacos, pizza and take-out chinese food. At lunchtime, I’ve walked for blocks with a rumbling tummy trying to find a quick bite that wouldn’t shorten my lifespan. A multi-vitamin supplement can cover my dietary shortfalls but won’t really give me the … Continue Reading… →
With spring just weeks away, the vegestable stands are piled high with perfect green artichokes. These round petaled beauties are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. For centuries most Europeans viewed green foods as poisonous but arichokes were already popular in 15th century Italy and France. In the 19th century, European immigrants brought them to Northern California where they flourished in the cool, foggy climate.
I love artichokes and was delighted to learn they are nutritional superstars. Rich in vitamin C ( the anti-wrinkle vitamin) folacin, and magnesium, a big beautiful artichoke has just 60 calories. But their real payload is fiber with one whole artichoke clocking in at 6.5 grams of fiber at just 60 calories. Awesome! By comparison, 1/2 cup of cooked beans has more than triple the calories ( 150) for … Continue Reading… →