Spice Chart – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

BENEFITS OF SOME COMMON SPICES Based on previous articles is a summary chart of proven benefits of some common herbs we have in our kitchen. Please print off, cut out and stick on the fridge and use for your health. SPICES BENEFITS Black Pepper Cayenne Pepper Cinna-mon Garlic Ginger Parsley Rosemary Tumeric Alzheimers y y … Continue reading Spice Chart – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Brown Rice – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Brown rice is whole grain rice; unhulled and unmilled and can be any type of rice including glutinous, long and short grain. It has a mild, nutty flavor and is chewier and more nutritious than white rice, though the calorie and carbohydrate contents are similar. White rice had has the bran and germ removed; these … Continue reading Brown Rice – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Parsley – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Parsley (petroselinum crispum) is an important culinary herb belonging to the apiaceae family and originating from the Mediterranean region. It possesses small and dark seeds with volatile oil content. It is now planted throughout the world due to its usage in food industry, perfume manufacturing, soaps, and creams. The word "parsley" is a merger of … Continue reading Parsley – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

To buy organic or not – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

IN THE NEWS: Organic food is the biggest growing sector of the UK food market, worth £1 billion with 4 in 10 people buying organic despite higher costs. The soil association reports that 500 chemicals are routinely used in conventional farming. The belief is that herbicides and pesticides in food can damage our health, taking … Continue reading To buy organic or not – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

CACAO Chocolate as a Health Food – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Chocolate is processed from the pod of the cacao plant, grown in the tropics. The Mayans were probably the first to cultivate the cacao plant. The early chocolate drink, considered a "drink of the Gods" was mixed with cinnamon and pepper, tasting bitter and strong, and most appreciated for its invigorating and stimulating effects than … Continue reading CACAO Chocolate as a Health Food – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

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

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

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

Oxidative Stress – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Life exposes us to many types of stress; oxidative stress is one we cannot see or feel. A certain amount is produced by our normal metabolic processes and can be important for our immune function, yet excessive oxidative stress can be a risk factor for many chronic conditions. Imagine that we have an internal exhaust … Continue reading Oxidative Stress – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips