A-Z Foods

Rice has been a staple in the human diet for millennia. It’s a traditional food but recently has also become an ingredient in many modern foods such as energy bars, snacks and drinks.

With so many types of pumpkins, squashes and courgettes there’s a lot of choice but some varieties are very seasonal. As Halloween approaches, we’re used to seeing the bright orange ones in particular but how nutritious are they?

Any milk (plant or animal milk) is a very watery liquid, around 90 per cent is always water. Therefore, any amount of nutrients it contains is more or less diluted and any health effects depend on how much of it you drink.

Garlic is a true powerhouse with many sulphur phytochemicals which are stronger than those in onions and offer a number of health benefits.

Onions contain some mighty phytochemicals such as flavonoids – naturally occurring compounds that can trigger reactions in the human body that protect your health. Research on flavonoids has shown that they might help reduce the risk of cancer, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and stroke.

Rapeseed plant belongs to the cruciferous family – together with broccoli, kale and cabbage – and is native to Europe, whch makes it sustainable and easy to grow in the UK. Rapeseed oil is different to canola oil widely available in Northern America.

Olive trees are thought to have originated in Greece or Syria but over the last millennia and more their cultivation has spread across the Mediterranean region, making olives and olive oil a staple of the local diets. The biggest European producers are Spain, Italy and Greece.

Oats are, quite simply, amazing. This humble grain has so many nutrients and health benefits that if there ever was a superfood, oats are it!

Mushrooms are always firmly placed amongst the vegetables in any shop but, in fact, don’t belong to the plant kingdom at all – they have their own fungi kingdom. Their anatomy is very different to plants and they have unique characteristics.  Generally low in fat,&nb

Is moringa a wonderfood or should you rather spend your money on something else?

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