Amazing food facts you may not know

HibiscusFlowerTea* Do you enjoy teas, herbal and otherwise?  You may want to check out drinks containing hibiscus flowers, a tea regularly consumed in many countries. Now recent studies have revealed that it is the drink containing the highest amount of disease-fighting antioxidants. The study was published in the Food Science and Technology Journal.

Another study published in the Food Research Journal said the numerous anthocyanins in hibiscus were identified as the major source of the powerful antioxidant activity. Even a study conducted by the USDA in 2008 found that hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure by several points in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.

* Are you surprised to learn that today’s commercial chicken contains 266 percent more fat than the chicken in 1970 when poultry was raised more naturally? The admonition that chicken is so much more healthy than red meat has gone on for years, causing the public to turn to chicken and turkey as the meats of choice.

This trend became so popular—promoted not only for health but to control weight on growing girths—that the modern factory farming chicken industry put the poultry in ever smaller cages, filled them with genetically modified corn and soy, and injected them with antibiotics, hormones and even arsenic… all with the goal of forcing them to grow fatter and faster!

During their much shorter lives the imprisoned poultry ballooned in size during recent decades, along with the chicken-consuming human population. But today’s chicken is definitely not the same lean and healthy meat it once was.

As with most of our food, grass-fed, free-range and organic are far better for our health and well-being–if we can find it. And afford it.

* We all know that garlic is healthy as well as flavorful. But now a secret has been revealed about how to use this potent herb in your cooking that makes it even more beneficial to health. Simply crush the garlic and wait ten minutes before adding it to the dish you’re cooking.

Crushing garlic releases the enzyme alliinase that catalyzes the formation of allicin, which breaks down to form a variety of heart-healthy organosulfur compounds.

* Decaffeinated coffee and tea may not be the best choice for your health or your personal food philosophy. Many coffees and teas are decaffeinated using carcinogenic solvents such as dichloromethane and ethyl acetate. If the label on your decaf says ‘naturally decaffeinated,’ it is probably processed with carbon dioxide—a much better choice.

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