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Peppers are rich in phytochemicals, which is important because there is no supplement that can replace the nutrients derived from phytochemicals . Most phytochemicals act like antioxidants, reducing the percentage of harmful free radicals in the body. The color of a pepper indicates which phytochemical it contains; each one is associated with particular health benefits. For example, purple and red peppers contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are known to promote urinary tract health and memory function. Yellow, orange, and green peppers contain carotenoids, which lower the risk of eye disease.
Other Health Benefits
The advantages to eating peppers go beyond the phytochemicals. Spicy or sweet, all peppers are a great source of vitamins A and C. In fact, …
Q: My son has autism and multiple food allergies. We try to keep his diet as healthy and clean as possible. Although he eats a wide variety of foods, it’s difficult to keep meals exciting, particularly breakfast. We usually eat cream-of-rice cereal, gluten-free rolled oatmeal, bread and avocado with raw sugar, or coconut milk with cold cereal (the last one only on the weekend). Sometimes I make egg-free French toast. Unfortunately, he’s getting sick of hot cereal altogether. What are some other options?
A: From what you have described, you have a lot of really good options, and those are nutrient-dense foods. This list is wonderful, but it is understandable that you would crave variety.
First, suspend the notion that breakfast has to look like breakfast; this will really …Read more Family and Food]
Every December 23rd since 1897, radishes have attracted thousands of people to a small plaza in Oaxaca City, Mexico. The festival is called the Night of the Radishes. The humble roots are carved into models of buildings, party scenes, and various religious figures and events.
Oaxacans are not the only …Read more Staff Spotlight]
Wendy Richardson, Family Care Coordinator, joined The Johnson Center in 2006. Originally from Seattle, she graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Ready to leave rainy Seattle, Wendy moved to New York after graduation to work in advertising and film.
Over the next 15 years, Wendy worked on feature films for almost every movie studio on locations across the U.S. She coordinated the production and art departments on feature films such as The Hudsucker Proxy, Forrest …Read more Family and Food]
removing the bumpy exterior. Celeriac has been a European favorite for centuries, and is often used in French cuisine. Its popularity is due to its fresh, crisp taste (a mix of celery and turnip flavor) that is easily enhanced with a few ingredients. Keep an open mind—celeriac could replace potatoes and celery in your recipes.
Celeriac helps meet your dietary needs without adding a lot of calories; one cup of celeriac has only 45 …
Rarely do you come across a vegetable with its own folklore. According to Greek mythology, Zeus fell in love with a beautiful woman named Cynara and swept her up to Mount Olympus. Angered when she slipped back to earth to visit her family, he turned her into the first artichoke.
Looking at an artichoke flower, …
Bright red cherries are used to make tart cherry juice. There’s a sweeter juice made with darker cherries, but it doesn’t offer the same health benefits—tart cherries have a higher concentration of phytonutrients and less sugar.
There are several reasons to choose to pucker up with a tart cherry juice rather than a sweet one. Most health benefits can be attributed to the phytonutrients, which are a part of the flavonoid group. These phytonutrients are considered the most important found in all food, and …
Strawberries have been known to draw more people than rock stars. Every year more than 100,000 strawberry lovers travel to the small town of Poteet, Texas for the Annual …Read more Autism Treatment][Healthcare][Q and A ]
Q: We are avoiding cow’s milk for my daughter and considering almond milk as a replacement. Do I need to use any supplements to make up for the fact that she isn’t getting any cow’s milk?Read more Staff Spotlight]
Ana Murga, Nutrition Clinic Manager, has been with The Johnson Center since 2009. Originally from Miami, she relocated to Austin after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Florida International University. Ana is a certified Pharmacy Technician and she enjoys providing care to the many families who visit The Johnson Center.
As the …