Health & Nutrition

In addition to its impact on health, meat consumption and production has been inciting some criticism. A lot of this criticism has been drawn from the fact that the production of meat has left a devastating effect on our environment. Documentaries like Cowspiracy have shown that meat production creates pollution through the use of fossil fuel, as well as water and land consumption. Of course, this isn't to suggest that it would be morally wrong to eat meat. A lot of the organic meat that we see in the grocery stores are from farms that practice sustainable methods. But let's say you are toying with the idea of going vegetarian, but you really, really love steak. Well, lucky for there's an actual term for such a lifestyle. It's called flexitarianism. And it's exactly what it sounds like—flexible vegetarianism.

Saturday, August 29 is "More Herbs, Less Salt Day." It may sound silly, but it's actually a great time to reassess how much salt you're putting into your body. Salt isn't necessarily bad for you, but as with anything else, too much of it can lead negative consequences, like bloating due to water retention, hypertension, and heart disease. A clever way to use less salt is to use more herbs. This way, you won't sacrifice flavor blandness; instead, you might come out ahead with even tastier dishes! Here's how you can use more herbs and less salt.

fresh peas "Eat your peas," your mother said as you sat there at the dinner table. That was all that was left on your plate. That mountain of green peas was your Everest, your nemesis as as child, your absolute least favorite food in the world because it was just so "yucky." You've tried to feed them to your dog, hide them in that plant in your living room, and sweeping them under the rug. All to no avail. So, as you sat there, urged by your mother to eat them, you put a spoonful of them against your will, grimacing. Well, it may be your eight-year-old self's worst nightmare, but peas have been announced as the "Food of 2015." With the demand for healthier lifestyles, and, in turn, more protein in our diets in North America, we're seeking for better, more efficient foods. While meat is has always been the alternative, the trend is now shifting towards vegetarian protein sources like—you guessed it—peas!

Everything from raw honey to honeycombs have been widely accepted as containing incredible health benefits, but it looks like the bee's influence doesn't just stop there. Enter the latest craze: bee pollen. When honeybees collect pollen, flying from flower to flower, some adhere to their hind legs as well as their secrete a thoraxes. These efficient workers then pack the pollen into granules, and carry them two at a time back to the hives to feed to their young.

We've all turned up our noses away from some ugly looking foods before. It is true what they say: food is a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. If it's ugly, you're less inclined to eat it. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of foods that are less-than-appealing, but ultimately, very, very good for you. Like they say, you can't judge a book by its cover, right? Here are some of the ugliest foods that are actually good for you.

Banana cacao bowl Remember açaí berries? A few years ago, they were everywhere, incorporated into every recipe, featured on ever health blog, and vouched for by everyone. The buzz has died down since; there was a bit of drama regarding false endorsements of açaí diet pills. Açaí may not help you lose weight, but its rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, and antioxidants are reason enough to start eating it.

Eating poorly can drastically affect your mood. You might notice that when you are bingeing on processed and fried foods; you become more sluggish and get tired easily. If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, then it's time to cut the crap—literally. Substitute your diet with some key foods, and you'll be feeling better in no time. Here are some foods that will improve your mood.

confetti It's a new year, a fresh start, a clean state. There's no better time than now to create some new resolutions to help you have a better 2015. Resolutions are hard to keep, though. It's easy to be disillusioned when you don't have the proper steps to achieve your goal. One of the hardest ones to keep is eating better. In an effort to help everyone live better in the new year, we've set out some tips to help you eat better in 2015. No, it's not going to make your life miserable, and no, you will not only be eating grapefruits. Here are 10 ways to help you eat better, without sacrificing all the good flavours that fresh food has to offer.

Amongst the many health food trends, fermented foods are one of the most popular items on the menu. It's an age-old practice, first used for the sake of preserving food. Remember: your ancestors had to grow everything in their diet, meaning that seasonality really had a say in what they got to eat. Food was harvested in one season, and if you wanted to get the most out of that harvest, you had to preserve it.

Health trends come and go, but the truth of the matter is that some are actually very good for you. One of the newest trends is liquid chlorophyll. It's exactly what it sounds like: chlorophyll, in liquid form, and diluted in water. Ideally, a few drops to a teaspoon is consumed at most twice a day. Those have taken up this practice are citing changes close to what miracles are—improved digestion, cured bad breath, and hell, some have even credited chlorophyll for getting rid of cancer. Why is liquid chlorophyll such a big deal? How does it work, and more importantly, does it even work?