Archive | October 2015

10 Healthy, Natural Phytonutrients that are good for you (and may help you avoid caner)

The Food Revolution Network lists the ten phytochemicals you can get from foods that are good for you.  Apparently, there’s research that it helps prevent cancer, which you can read here.  But if you don’t want to read it and are just curious about some healthy food chemicals, here’s the list below:

  1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG): a green tea extract
  2. Curcumin: the primary polyphenol in turmeric root
  3. Resveratrol: a phytochemical found in grapes, Japanese knotweed, and peanuts
  4. Lycopene: a red carotenoid found in watermelon, red grapefruit, and tomatoes
  5. Pomegranate extracts
  6. Luteolin: a flavinoid found in peppers and green vegetables
  7. Genistein: a phytochemical found in red clover, soy, and coffee
  8. Piperine: a phytochemical found in black pepper
  9. Beta-carotene: an orange carotenoid found in vegetables including carrots
  10. Sulforaphane: a sulfurous phytochemical found in broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and similar vegetables.

In this case, being healthy will involve eating a lot of salad.  Not really different from what it was before, really.

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Fresh Apples from Lynd Fruit Farm

Jonagold Apples

This Saturday, my family and I went to Lynd Fruit Farm and picked up some Jonagold and Golden Delicious apples.  Lynd, which is in Pataskala, Ohio, has the best apples we can find anywhere; we go there every year.

Honeycrisp Apples

They have seventeen varieties of apples you’re allowed to pick yourself, but we usually go for six: Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Fuji.  The Jonathans, because of their high acidity and tartness, are good for using in meat dishes, and all the apples listed make great sauce and pies.  I usually use  Jonathans and Jonagolds for pies.

Jonathan Apples

All these apples last until December if you refrigerate them.  The Fujis, which are picked in mid-late October, last until April and May.

Fuji Apples

If you have a local fruit farm near you and an opportunity to buy apples from them, I highly recommend it.  When they’re in season, local apple varieties taste much better than the typical Red Delicious you buy in the grocery store.  And if you pick enough, you’ll be able to have pie throughout the winter.

(Note: the bottom three pictures were taken from the Lynd Fruit Farm website: http://www.lyndfruitfarm.com/apple-varieties/)