Browsing Category: Nutrition

Stone Fruit: Five Favorites for Summer

Cherries, peaches, mangoes, lychees, and blackberries all share a common bond: They are nutritious and delicious “stone fruit” (and make perfect pies!). Their seed is sequestered inside a hard stone, or pit, called an endocarp—while the mesocarp is the juicy edible fruit we all love. The multiple “seeds” in blackberries or raspberries are actually their miniature endocarps holding even tinier seeds inside.

Men’s Health Month: Five Plant-Based Benefits for Men

Time to celebrate the health and well-being of men around the country! Since 1994, June has been set aside as Men’s Health Month (MHM), with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other education and outreach activities.

Plus, the Friday before Father’s Day is Wear BLUE Day (June 16), when corporations, government agencies, sports teams, and individuals wear blue to raise awareness about the need for regular checkups and health education, all geared toward men.

In support of MHM, Veestro brings plants to the table with the following top five nutritional benefits for men.

5 Protein-Packed Veggies

For decades, the iconic Popeye has been used by moms to encourage their children to eat spinach so they would grow up healthy and strong. Once again, nutritional science has proven that Mom was right. Roughly 51% of spinach calories are protein. However, spinach is not the only superhero of the plant world. Did you know every whole plant food contains protein? From your breakfast banana to your dinner potato, enjoying veggies packed with protein is easy to do and easy for your body to use.They’re alkalizing, high in fiber, and practically free from cholesterol compared to all animal products, which are devoid of fiber and acidifying to the body.

Vitamin D: Essential Like the Sun

Our glorious life-giving sun is the activator of vitamin D. But the days of carefree basking in the sun have been clouded by fears of skin cancer –from the same UV rays that activate the vitamin D, whichs cientists say actually functions to prevent cancer! We apply sunscreen or stay indoors, protecting our skin at the expense of the “sunshine vitamin” we need.