Food Science

The turnip is an under-recognized root in the brassica family -- and that's a shame. Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena explains why.
Haven't eaten rutabaga recently? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena explains why it's super nutritious and tasty, too!
Do oranges cure cancer? The National Cancer Institute even calls oranges a complete package of every natural anticancer inhibitor known.
You may have been steering clear of white foods in an effort to get healthier, but are parsnips bad for you? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looks at the science.
Discover why beans make excellent cholesterol fighting foods. Could it be that adding more to your diet could increase your lifespan? Get the amazing details.
It's a question women ask themselves every month, and there's a very good scientific answer why.
Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses with high levels of carotenoids. Studies show the benefits of eating pumpkin is cancer prevention.
Are condiments healthy? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looks at the most popular—mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and sauerkraut— and sees what the science has to say.
Is colored cauliflower healthier than white -- or is one specific type better than the others? We were curious, so Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looked at the literature.
Have you been wondering if celery is worth anything from a nutrition standpoint? We have, so Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looked at the science and finds some surprises.
Decreasing sugar in kids diets for just 10 days caused significant decreases in bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena shows how you can easily do it for your family.
Full of lycopene, tomato paste and sauces are most effective in protecting against cancers. Tomatoes are especially good for prostate cancer.
Does alcohol destroy nutrients when mixed with SuperFoods? Or can you enjoy a blueberry or pomegranate cocktail and truly benefit? We break down the science for you.
Yogurt digestion benefits lie in the pre- and probiotics found in this creamy and delicious food. Pre- and probiotics help keep the GI tract healthy.
The traditional food of Central and South American cultures is popping up all over. But is chia a SuperFood? Dr. Mcilvena breaks down the science.
The produce section is more colorful these days, but are purple sweet potatoes healthier than orange? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looks at the science.
You know the power of dark chocolate as a SuperFood, but is milk chocolate good for you? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looks at the science behind this favorite treat.
Ever wonder how peanut butter stacks up to other nut butters? This nut butter comparison will let you know!
Nuts and weight loss can work hand-in-hand. Despite being high in calories, nuts can actually help you lose weight.
Learn about the green tea gum disease connection. Is it actually true that drinking green tea may help your mouth? Get the full details in this article.
There is ample evidence to prove that extra virgin olive oil heart health is not a myth but a reality. Extra Virgin olive oil also lowers total cholesterol.
Anti-inflammatory properties of onions and arthritis relief are linked. Vitamin C and quercetin work together synergistically to reduce inflammation.
For those who regularly eat spinach heart health will improve because of the various nutrients found in this green and leafy SuperFood.
Discover the powerful benefits of Ceylon cinnamon and how it can help level out your glucose levels and maybe even increase your cognition skills. Also, see ideas for incorporating cinnamon into your daily diet.
Onions and cancer prevention are strongly linked in scientific studies. In fact, onions and garlic, both allium vegetables, have anti-cancer properties.
A study on nuts and diabetes has shown us that good fats, fiber and magnesium can be beneficial, not only for the heart but also for insulin and glucose.
The evidence of prebiotics and probiotics foods promoting health and fighting disease is increasing and is now supported by many human trials.
Wonder if soy stops hot flashes? Find out what science says about hot flashes, soy and isoflavones. You may be surprised at what you discover.
Garlic has several properties that benefit the heart. The selenium benefits in garlic also work to fight heart disease and cancer at the same time.
Nut health benefits cover both mind and body. Rich in vitamins C and E, as well as folic acid and copper, nuts can safeguard your mental acuity.
The health benefits of onions are stronger the more pungent they are. Onions can lower high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Hear the latest on this controversial topic, which is good news to many diabetics.
Find out how the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids can promote heart health and cancer prevention to mental health issues and age related degeneration of the eyes.
The health benefits of honey include its antioxidant ability, its antibacterial properties, and its ability to maintain optimal blood sugar levels.
Folic acid deficiency and illness are related. Heart disease and birth defects can be prevented with a folate-rich diet. Broccoli to the rescue!
The Mediterranean Diet is not just a fad; it's really healthy. The extra virgin olive oil benefits of the diet has been shown to lower blood pressure.
We can't say that garlic cures cancer, but it certainly seems to prevent it. It's only a matter of time before scientists fully understand garlic's powers.
We're only now learning the health benefits of Cinnamon. This spice can benefit many people, particularly those who suffer from type II diabetes.
People still wonder: Does broccoli prevent cancer? There's little room to question this health tip. Read all about the research that backs up the old adage.
The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil are plenty, but it's the cancer preventing properties of this healthy fat that are gaining wide attention.
The fat in dark chocolate is not the same as the fat in a burger. Dark chocolate health benefits include the increase of HDLs, which prevent heart disease.
The benefits of dark chocolate are mind blowing. In the case of atherosclerosis, dark chocolate can reduce inflammation and prevent blood clots.
Maqui berries have been used for diarrhea and dysentery, as well as in ceremonies. But is maqui berry a hoax? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looks at the science.
Citrus fruits are beneficial as juices but they are much more powerful when eaten whole. The benefits of oranges lie in the tissue, juice, pulp and skin. Read about why this is.
Wheatgrass has been promoted in health food stores for years, but what are the real health benefits? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena looks at the science.
Stevia is the newest addition to the world of zero calorie sweeteners. But what is the truth about Stevia? Dr. Lindsey Macilvena looks at the science.
Tea and heart disease are inversely related. Studies show that tea drinkers are at a lesser risk of heart disease and heart attacks than those who don't drink tea.
These small red berries have been used for increased energy, wellbeing, and stamina. But are goji berries good for you? Dr. Mcilvena uncovers the science.
It's been getting a lot of attention lately in health and nutrition circles, but how good is it? Dr. Mcilvena digs into the science.
It starts with a chocolate kiss and ends at a late night date with Ben & Jerry’s. See how to cut your sugar cravings without much work.
Kiwi and heart health go hand-in-hand. The fruit lowers triglyceride levels and reduces platelet hyperactivity. See what that means here.
Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena shows us what the science says about this so-called SuperFruit...
What's the connection between Alzheimer's and omega-3 fatty acids? Get the latest facts.
Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse -- but you don't know all of its secrets. Find out more about this small, unassuming veg.
Avocado health benefits are in the avocado and in the nutrients absorbed from other foods you eat with the avocado.
The health benefits of fruit skin are staggering. Get an overview of some top picks and how they can benefit you and your health.
Are you wondering if you should incorporate Spirulina into your SuperFoods diet? And what is Spirulina anyway? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena has got the facts for you.
Protein has become a loaded word these days. But the big question is whether or not you're getting enough protein. We break it down for you.
Citrus and Strokes are nearly mutually exclusive. Scientists assume that the power to protect against stroke lies in the polyphenols in oranges.
What is a whole grain? And is it bad for you? Whether you're talking oats, barley, wheat, or bulgur, whole grains are VERY healthy. Get the facts.
With tons of nutrient power coming from one tiny kiwi fruit, it's easy to get the good things you need in one tasty shot.
Everyone has heard of the benefits of fish and fish oil to heart health, but concerns about possible chemical exposure tends to limit intake. Learn more.
Find out why beans and blood sugar can make excellent friends in your body. Discover what a cup of beans can do a day to keep you healthier than ever.
They are not technically plants and therefore officially do not contain phytonutrients (plant nutrients), but the benefits of mushrooms are huge. See why.
Lycopene, the red pigment found in foods including the tomato, not only prevents cancer but a whole host of diseases. High quantities also prevent sunburn.
An increasingly large number of studies point to a link between dark chocolate blood sugar levels and gives us one more reason to love the cocoa.
Is it true that probiotics prevent disease? Find out what diseases probiotics may help fight against.
Walnuts omega 3 content is not the only benefit of this nut. Walnuts contain arginine, an essential amino acid that reduces blood pressure and hypertension.
While it's difficult to say that garlic cures infections, studies now tell us it's a helpful antibiotic. Get the latest findings here.
Phytonutrients, Polyphenols, Carotenoids, Omega 3 Fatty Acids — SuperFoodsRx popularized  these SuperNutrients. Check out our easy cheat sheet.
Want to be a bit brain smarter? We've got your secret to success right here -- and some interesting facts to back it up.
Learn about the connection between beans and cancer prevention. Do they actually play a role in protecting the body against the deadly disease?
Good fats versus bad fats: Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats while decreasing our intake of omega-6s and saturated fats.
Here are a 5 simple, natural ways to keep your energy up and steady throughout the day.
Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena breaks down how certain foods can help get your creative juices flowing.
The factor in blueberry nutrition and cancer prevention is the phytonutrient Ellagic acid.
There are so many illnesses that can be avoided with adequate amounts of vitamin D. Let the SuperFoods doctors tell you how to get vitamin D from food.
Healthy popcorn is usually air-popped or cooked with monounsaturated oils like canola and olive oils. Avoid the butter and cheese and take it easy on the salt.
Turmeric is said to be anti-inflammatory, anticancer, a natural antibiotic, full of antioxidants, and even a blood thinner. Can it replace aspirin for your health? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena weighs in.
Lots of people are going gluten free, but is that a good idea? How does that impact beta glucan and your immune system? We break it all down for you.
Yes, there’s the taste … the creamy melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness, but what are the real benefits of dark chocolate? We break it down for you.
Most people don't know that potatoes are full of resistant starch--and that's a good thing. Find out how potatoes can keep you trim.
Yogurt is a beneficial SuperFood with many great qualities. Lowfat yogurt protein, especially, can prevent several health problems. See how.
There are a whole host of spices with anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and anti-tumor properties. Learn how to cook with powerful spices and reap the health benefits.
It's hot outside and many of us reach for a cold soft drink. But can soft drinks quench thirst? Yes and no. Find out why.
Pistachios are awesome but pistachio shells are a pain. So why recommend a food that's difficult to eat? Good question, and the answer might surprise you.
Have you ever really looked at the fat content on your milk carton or on reduced-fat cookies or crackers? Let us help clear it up.
Artificial food colors are everywhere. Some people are very afraid of them, and think you should be, too. Learn about yellow number 5, other dye dangers, and what common foods they're in.
Probiotics and prebiotics can alleviate allergies, diarrhea, reduced immune response and lactose intolerance. See how to get them.
Next time you have an annoying cough, try this soothing SuperFood instead of cough syrup. It really works!
What does science say about the benefits of ginger? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena breaks it down for you.
A study on dark chocolate, blood pressure and Kuna natives who drank lots of cocoa found stunning results about the high-flavonol's effects on heart health.
Find out the best way to get omega-3s in your diet--and in a way your body can use.
There's a lot of confusion surrounding alcohol and health. Does it help or hurt you? We break down the latest science and deliver the facts.
It used to be thought that healthy eating was about avoiding fat and oil, but a little healthy fat helps you get great SuperNutrients. See how.
You don't have to eat meat to get your recommended dose of iron. There are plant based iron sources too. Let our SuperFoodsRx doctor break it down for you.
There's been a great deal of press about trans-fats lately, but what are they? Learn about all the different types of fats -- what's good, and what's bad for you.
Evolving scientific research is showing that vitamin D is far more important than we ever thought it was. Here are some vitamin D facts and how to get more of it.
What is ORAC and why does it matter? It's a measurement of a food's antioxidant capacity, and it matters to your good health. See why.
With so many labels out there, it's tough to know the difference between natural and organic. We break it down for you in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
The debate over raw vs roasted nut butter is ongoing, and SuperFoods did some research to see if one outweighs the other. Here's what our Dr. Lindsey McIlvena learned.
Avocatin B, a compound in avocados holds great potential of destroying leukemia cells.
Is canola oil bad for you? Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena gets to the bottom of this mystery and takes you on a trip through history as well. You'll be surprised by what you discover.
Avocados are rich in nutrients, including magnesium, potassium and folate as well as phytonutrients and phtytosterols.
Science gives proof to the wonders of walnuts, giving people more reason to replace some saturated fat intake (from meat) with walnuts.
What are antioxidants? We hear the term all the time, but what they are and how they work to protect the body can seem confusing. Don't worry -- we break it down for you.
Who knew that a small seed could be so powerful? Discover the benefits of flaxseeds and how they can fuel your body with amazing nutrients.
Read how tea health benefits can save your skin. While it's true that tea provides some sun protection, it's not all that simple.
Are purple onions good for you? Discover the science behind them and find out why they may be one of the most powerful foods you can eat.
The benefits of kiwi may be just what the doctor ordered for combating what ails the aging people among us. Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena breaks it down for you.
Many people who believe they are eating a “good” diet are not. Learn about micronutrients to see how they help your health.
Is there a difference between cultivated and wild blueberries benefits? Yep, but the reason why may surprise you.
Ever wonder why the fruit you bought just a few days ago has gone bad so fast? Learn a scientific fruit storage secret you'll love.
It’s been used for centuries as a natural conditioner. But does extra virgin olive oil help hair grow? We get to the root of this SuperFood's powers.
There's a definite connection between beans and cholesterol — and it's a strong one. Find out how beans can help save your life.
Dr. Charles made a cooking aid for anemic Cambodians--a piece of iron shaped like a fish. Learn what happened after they began cooking with the iron fish.
Should you chew gum? Some experts say chewing sugarless gum can help people quit smoking, lose weight, or just stay calm. Here's some research to chew on.
The apple nutrition facts are this: If you throw away the skin, you’re throwing away most of the fruit’s benefits as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory SuperFood.
Including avocados in a prostate cancer diet has proven effective, mainly due to the synergy of the various nutrients found in them.
There are tons of benefits in low fat yogurt. From the live and active cultures to being a great source of protein. See what other good stuff it contains.
You can slow or even reverse the effects of degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimers with blueberries nutrition.
For years doctors believed that diverticular disease (complications with the colon) was brought on by seeds & nuts. Our SuperFood doctors go behind the myth.
See how to have healthy-looking skin -- from the inside out.
There may be another reason to incorporate walnuts into your diet. The connection between walnuts and heart health is strong. Check out the findings.
Besides the flavor they add to foods, what are the health benefits of onions? We break down the smelly facts for you.
Coffee benefits are more than just a buzz. Drinking moderate amounts of the naturally antioxidant beverage per day can prevent certain diseases.
A potato's nutritional value has little to do with the unhealthy toppings we load on it. Let a doctor explain what's good and what's bad about this fallen veggie.
Is having a sweet tooth one of the macular degeneration causes? The panic comes from a recent study, but we break down what it all really means.
Blood oranges taste great, but they're also really good for you -- in unexpected ways. Learn more about blood oranges nutrition information to see why.
Research has found more dark chocolate benefits, helping make this sweet treat quite a health food.
Blueberries are another one of nature’s nutritional wonders, and thought by some experts to benefit brain function. Get the latest facts here.
Higher levels of antioxidants in our system may extend the life of photoreceptors and other retinal cells. Some SuperFoods prevent macular degeneration.
There is a great deal of buzz about alpha-lipoic acid. New research shows it can help protect DNA, protect us from mercury and more. Read on for the facts.
Before turning your gourd into a direction, scoop out the meat and seeds. Pumpkin Seeds Benefits in Your Diet can really boost your health.
Science has proven that free radicals and antioxidants are always battling. The good news is that SuperFoods rich in antioxidants fight free radicals.
They're creamy, delicious, and perfect with veggies and pita chips (or just about anything else). But are avocados fattening? We scoop out the facts.
Potatoes were being cultivated 10,000 years ago in the Andes of South America. In time, use of the potato spread to Africa, Europe, and Asia. The reason why is simple: There are some real nutritional benefits to the humble spud that kept our ancestors healthy and thriving. Potatoes are a good source of protein. A... Read more »
Have you been feeling forgetful? Scientists may have found that eating blueberries improve memory. Find out how this could be possible.
Numerous studies have proven that berries are one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet. Discover their health benefits and why they may save your life.
You hear about the health benefits of apples all the time, but what you don’t hear about often enough are the health benefits of apple skin. Find out why you should never peel another apple again.
Discover the many health benefits of garlic and how it may play a huge role in extending your life.
There's a lot of conflicting info on the internet about oats. We break it down for you.
Yogurt is one of the most beneficial low-fat foods out there, if you know how to choose the right one. Get the tips that make shopping easy.
In one study, men with higher amounts of lycopene in their system had fewer incidents of heart attacks. Tomatoes for heart health really work!
Discover the benefits of adding yogurt to your daily diet and dangers associated with calcium deficiency.
Discover the health benefits of wheat germ. What exactly makes it a powerful food? Also, find out how much you should eat and the best way to consume it.