The use of artificial dyes in food products has been a common practice since the days of ancient Egypt. As far back as 1500 B.C. substances such as red wine and mustard have been used to help improve the color of foods and fabrics, and the trade of such colors/herbs/dyes is a longstanding tradition. But…

Sometimes, momma knows best. Many of us had moments growing up when Mom prescribed a home remedy to better our health. Most remedies in the Valentine Household came from food. I can only assume this is because we were a big Italian family that loved to eat. Any excuse to enjoy ourselves a little more…

Hot foods were a hot topic for this interesting medical study. See what we did there? Experimental, or small population studies, over time have shown health benefits of spices and their bioactive ingredients. For example: Populations with a higher consumption of spices have a lower incidence of cancer. Bioactive agents of certain spices have shown beneficial roles…

Once school begins after a long summer, parents have to focus less on feeding their kid’s attention span, and more on feeding their mind and bodies. Close to 32 million children rely on school meals every day. Many of these meals are counted on to supplement children with up to half of their daily calories. Your school’s…

Lemons – Good for Your Health and Your Skin – Most people know that eating lemons and/or lemon juice is good for your health. But did you also know that lemons can be surprisingly beneficial to the health of your skin?  Of course, it should be noted that lemons are not meant to be eaten…

Cheers to Valentine’s – Health Benefits of Red Wine Lift up your glass this Valentine’s Day and say a cheers to good health, because everyone’s favorite V-Day beverage, red wine, is good for our hearts and bodies. In fact, red wine drunk in moderation is so good for you, it was even listed by Harvard…

Chocolate – Making Valentine’s Day Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, kindness, and all things heart-shaped. Bright red hearts can be seen everywhere this year, from shop windows to greeting cards, to dentist offices to postage stamps. It’s definitely the season of love, but did you know that it’s also the season…

The Dirtiest of All Dirty Words – Constipation Constipation is one of those taboo subjects that people feel very embarrassed to talk about with friends and loved ones, but it’s an extremely common problem that affects around 2% of the American public on a daily basis. Women and seniors are at the highest risk for constipation,…

How to Keep Your Holiday Appetite in Check ‘Tis the season of giving – and eating.  There is no season more notorious than the winter holidays for overindulging in favorite foods and drinks.  We’re all guilty of it, and having a little too much of a good thing is inevitable this time of year.  But…

Why Has America Gotten Fatter? Obesity is a prevalent issue in the United States.  Beginning around 1980, a trend began arising that has literally “tipped the scales” towards a fatter America.  Many scientists believe the reason why Americans started gaining weight en masse is because 1980 introduced us to “laboratory” foods, artificial stimulants, and ingredients in…