Is Buckwheat a Healthy Alternative to Wheat?

What is Buckwheat?   First of all it is not related to wheat at all and is not a grain in the normal sense of the word. It is a relative of rhubarb and has been grown for 8,000 years all around the world. So a lot of people like it! Buckwheat starts off with a super advantage over wheat – it is gluten free. So although you can be allergic to just about any food with protein in itSee More… Is Buckwheat a Healthy Alternative to Wheat?

Barley – a Traditional Grain and a Health Powerhouse

This is post number 2 in our series of grains we can turn to if eating wheat is a problem, as it is for so many people. Part 1 of this series on Wheat and Grains is here Whether you have wheat allergy or wheat intolerance it is best not to continue eating wheat which just stresses the body and diverts the body’s resources and energy. Why feel lousy and suffer indigestion and worse from wheat when you can easilySee More… Barley – a Traditional Grain and a Health Powerhouse

Sea Buckthorn – The Health Benefits of the Omega 7 Bush

Sea buckthorn is not a well known plant and yet it is receiving attention from scientists all round the world and has even been on television!  To see what is causing the flurry and research we only need to glance at the amount of vitamin C and E and carotenoids – all inpressively high and then we see the oil content and see that it is the richest source of omega 7 oil in the world…so this is a seriouslySee More… Sea Buckthorn – The Health Benefits of the Omega 7 Bush

Health Benefits of Yogurt

Ours was a yogurt free household. Growing up in the UK in the fifties a lot of what we now call superfoods were in short supply if they were available at all. Yogurt is not a modern or trendy superfood. It is an ancient food probably widespread in all nomadic and farming communities that kept sheep, goats, water buffalo or horses  or other milk bearing animals. In my mind I associate yogurt with Bulgaria which gave its name to theSee More… Health Benefits of Yogurt

Aloe Vera – Health Benefits of a Controversial Plant

Aloe Vera is one of the superfoods that is a combo of food and herbal remedy or medicine. Garlic is another example and Dandelion yet another. Strangely Aloe Vera seems to attract more than its fair share of criticism from the establishment and maybe that means it’s worth looking deeper at it! Aloe Vera 101 First a few basics; Aloe Vera seems to have originated in Africa although it is widespread in desert conditions throughout the world and grows inSee More… Aloe Vera – Health Benefits of a Controversial Plant

Is Stevia Safe: The Controversial Sweetener?

The search for low calorie sweeteners goes back a long way. I remember giving up sugar when I read that Professor John Yudkin was quoted as saying that he, “Would rather have his family face the possible dangers of cyclamates than the certain dangers of sugar”. Other sweeteners Cyclamates and saccharin were under scrutiny at the time for possible health problems but sugar was not and the casual saying by the Prof prompted me to stop putting sugar in mySee More… Is Stevia Safe: The Controversial Sweetener?

Health Benefits Of Cauliflower: Powerful Detoxer, Cancer Fighter and More

Today we focus on a powerful and ancient family with branches all over the world from the New world right through to the Near East. The family is avoided by many and thought of with horror by others! This powerful family is not the Camorra or the Mafiosi but the Brassicas! Yup, it is the Brassica family – Cauliflower and its cousins Broccoli, Cabbage Kale and others. They are all wonderful superfoods and closely related but right now cauliflower isSee More… Health Benefits Of Cauliflower: Powerful Detoxer, Cancer Fighter and More

Beetroot Juice Benefits For Heart and Head!

When my local health shop has to increase its stock of beetroot juice due to customer demand, I knew something was going on. Beetroot had clearly been “Discovered”. Not discovered to be a great salad vegetable or to be great – well, grated or sliced or in soups or in sandwiches – yes really I love sliced beetroot and cheese sandwiches! But great as a news story… The newspapers had rumbled beetroot and found that they were an easy andSee More… Beetroot Juice Benefits For Heart and Head!