Understanding Human Nutrition (With a Side of Politics)

Where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat? How do you get enough calcium without drinking milk? Most people, even otherwise educated people, don’t seem to know very much about nutrition. Sadly, that situation won’t change anytime soon unless you educate yourself and the people you care about. Why did most of […]


Feeling Your Oats

Cereal grains, including wild rice (Zizania), wheat (Triticum), rice (Oryza), corn (Zea), oats (Avena), barley (Hordeum), millet (Echinochloa) and rye (Secale), are grasses cultivated for their edible seeds. They belong to the Poaceae family, along with bamboo. The first cereal grains, including wheat and barley, were domesticated about 12,000 years ago by farming communities in the fertile crescent region of southwest Asia. Whole (unrefined) grains […]

Brazil Nut

Planting the Seeds of Change

While legumes and grains are seeds, they have different nutritional profiles than the foods we traditionally think of as edible seeds, such as Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Seeds have been an important food source throughout history. About 10,000 years ago, humans harvested seeds, which may have spurred the development of agriculture. Seeds ripened […]

Brown Lentils

Loving the Benefits of Legumes

Legumes have been sustaining human life for over 10,000 years. All cultures use legumes in their traditional dishes. They are the only cultivated crop that improves the fertility of the soil in which they are grown, through the beneficial bacteria that live on their roots and by drawing nitrogen from the air into the soil. […]


Finding Fabulous Fruit

Fruits are the ovaries of flowering plants, and the means by which flowering plants disseminate seeds. Many fruits have developed to propagate by having animals eat them and then deposit the seeds far from the original plant. Humans and many animals depend on fruits as a source of food. Technically, fruit includes bean pods, nuts, […]

Brussels Sprouts

Stemming Disease and Promoting Budding Health

Leaves are lovely and roots rock, but other parts of plants are nutritional powerhouses as well, including stems and buds. Here are stem and bud vegetables listed by ANDI score: Brussels Sprouts 490 Kohlrabi 352 Broccolini 342 Broccoli, raw 340 Cauliflower, raw 315 Broccoli, cooked; Cauliflower, cooked 294 Asparagus, 205 Bean Sprouts 177 Celery 151 Artichoke 145 Cardoons 120 Radish Sprouts 114 Rhubarb, cooked […]