Chickpeas, an ancient legume originated from Turkey more than 7,600 years ago, is in the family of Fabaceae.  Chickpea seeds are rich in protein.  Other common names of the Chickpea are Garbanzo bean, Ceci bean, Chana, Hummus and Bengal gram.  The word Chickpea traces back to the French Chiche, or Latin Cicer.   There are…

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August Health News 1. Taller women have an increased risk of cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 2013; 22(8):  1353-63. As part of the Women’s Health Initiative study, which followed 144,709 women, all postmenopausal, ages 50-74, researchers found that for every 4 inches of height over 5 feet, the risk of cancer rose by 13%.  “Height was…

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While we can still get delicious locally grown tomatoes in season, here are a few simple recipes to make the most of them. Tomatoes are powerhouses of Vitamins A and C and lycopene. Because of the rich anti-oxidants, they may be helpful in preventing cancer. Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable.…

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Before the watermelon season is over, try this creative serving idea with peaches and mint. Watermelon is, as you would assume, mostly … water, and weighs in at only 46 calories per cup, which is mostly sugar. A good sweet watermelon doesn’t necessarily need anything to improve it, but this combination with peaches, berries and…

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Hope you had a chance to read Troy’s first blog on this website. It reminded us all of the great power of the mind over the body and how important that is to pursuing regular exercise and keeping in shape. Along those lines, he has shown us two great exercises to strengthen the posture of…

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Quinoa was a staple grain of the Incas, and has become popular with the general public lately because it’s easy to prepare and has more protein than other grains – 6 grams per 1/4 cup, and is a”complete” protein.  This means it contains the correct proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids in the proportions…

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So it is that time of the year when all of us are rushing to Office Depot or Staples for school supplies.  The summer is fleeing quickly and our children are heading back to school. Maybe I am idealistic but I like to think that most parents want to raise healthy children even when we…

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Public Health Mythbusters: what’s the deal with plastics? co-authored by Nisha Putambekar and Andrea Vaught. Nisha Putambekar is a Research Associate and Andrea Vaught is a Research Assistant, working with Professor Rebecca Katz at George Washington University, Department of Health Policy  – August 16, 2013 Each day we find ourselves constantly bombarded by the news,…

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Arugula is a dark leafy green, so like spinach and others, it is a good source of calcium, vitamins A, C, K, as well as iron, calcium and potassium. Potassium has been shown to help keep blood pressure in good range.  It is classified as  a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli or cauliflower, so as mentioned…

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