Spirulina – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Spirulina, also known as blue-green algae, grows naturally in salt-water lakes in Africa and Mexico, as well as in some fresh water lakes. It grows quickly in a spiral shape, is easy to harvest and was used as a food source by the Aztecs. Nutrition: B-complex vitamins, minerals, proteins, gamma-linolenic acid and anti-oxidants such as … Continue reading Spirulina – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Sprouting – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Growing your own sprouts is a cheap and easy way to improve your nutrition by eating live, raw food. A sprout is the transitional stage between a seed and a plant.  Studies show that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases and increasing consumption is recommended to prevent … Continue reading Sprouting – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Lemons – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Lemons are thought to have first grown in India, Burma and China originating from a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.  Known to the Jews of Jerusalem in 90BC, they entered Europe in southern Italy in 1C AD, in the time of ancient Rome and only introduced into Persian, Iraq and Egypt as … Continue reading Lemons – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Oats – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Oats (Avena sativa) are a cereal grain grown in temperate regions for its seed. Oats contain gluten so are not suitable for celiac, though gluten free oats are available. They can be rolled or crushed into oatmeal, ground into fine flour, used in a variety of baked goods, such as oatcakes, oatmeal cookies and oat … Continue reading Oats – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Almonds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Native to Mediterranean / Middle East and spread historically to north Africa and south Europe and more recently to California. Wild almonds are bitter and toxic while domestic almonds are not! Almond is a kernel or seed not a nut.  Almonds reduce serum cholesterol and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and may reduce the risk … Continue reading Almonds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Chia Seeds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Chia ( Salvia Hispanica) is a flowering plant of the mint family from Mexico and South America, that can sprout in a matter of days. Apparently the 16th-century Aztec Codex Mendoza shows that it was cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times and was as important as maize as a food crop. "Chia" means oily. … Continue reading Chia Seeds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Raspberries – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

The raspberry is an edible fruit of the Rubus, or rose family. We most commonly eat the red variety though they are also found in black, purple, blue and yellow varieties. Raspberries are rich in polyphenols such as flavinoids, anthocyanins and tannins, which are concentrated in the skins and seeds. Anti-Oxidant Anti-Inflammatory Phytonutrients, particularly the … Continue reading Raspberries – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Manuka Honey – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) is indigenous to New Zealand and bees that pollinate it are used to produce Manuka Honey (MH). All honeys contain hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) from an enzyme that the bees add to the nectar, though this does not accumulate in medical grade MH. Methylglyoxal (MGO) responsible for the antibacterial activity of MH, … Continue reading Manuka Honey – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Selenium – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

SELENIUM Selenium is an essential trace mineral, needed in small amounts in the body. The level of selenium in plant foods depends on the soil it is grown in and varies greatly in different parts of the world. Most areas of UK, Finland, New Zealand and parts of China are low in selenium. UK used … Continue reading Selenium – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Black Pepper – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Black pepper is native to south India and is cultivated in other tropical regions. Vietnam is currently the world's largest producer and exporter. Dried ground pepper has been used for its flavour and medical properties since antiquity. It is the world's most traded spice and one of the most common spices added to European cuisine … Continue reading Black Pepper – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips