A-Z Foods

Probably the most nutritious, health-protective foods in the world, berries are true heroes.

Tomato – a popular vegetable that’s actually a fruit and technically a berry. No matter what they are, tomatoes have the power to transform a myriad of savoury meals into tasty treats and make th

Most of us love cocoa and chocolate but what is it that makes it so irresistible? And is it healthy?

Talking about sugar, sweeteners and syrups is like entering a very sticky minefield because there are so many options and countless opinions on what’s best and worst. Bear in mind that any sweetener is an extract and what follows applies only to these concentrated extracts, not to

Soya still divides opinion, despite countless of studies showing its safety. The scare-mongering stories based on horrific animal experiments and fuelled by vested interests are slow to die down but soya is certainly not the villain it was once portrayed to be.

Seitan comes from Asia, where it was developed as a protein-rich food and has been eaten in China, Japan, Vietnam and other East and Southeast Asian countries since the 6th century. It’s also been a popular foods with vegetarian and vegan Buddhist monks.

A great source of iron, zinc and protein, pumpkin seeds also contain an extra dose of vitamin K and magnesium. We need vitamin K for healthy blood clotting, our immune system and bone maintenance.

 

Sesame – a great little seed well worth your attention. Sesame seeds, oil, tahini, halva, gomashio, things with a sesame coating… the options are endless and delicious! 

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, an important antioxidant that helps neutralise free radicals – metabolism by-products that can damage our cells – and prevents cholesterol particles in the blood from oxidising.

Most of us don’t know much about seaweed, apart from popping the little bubbles in stuff we find on the seashore (spiral wrack).

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