If you're not familiar with the general health benefits of the DASH diet, you are not alone. It is NOT one of those fad diets that comes and goes, or a quirky diet plan that is touted by celebrities. Quite simply, it is one of the soundest dietary regimens around, based on years of scientific research.
What about people who are not concerned about their blood pressure? Is this diet now being promoted as being for everyone? In a nutshell, the answer is yes. The principles behind DASH can apply to almost anyone. Here's some background to help you understand the benefits.
Most people can instantly conjure images of sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods. If I asked you to picture something sweet, you might think of a piece of cake or a perfectly ripe strawberry. Similarly, a request to define sour may make you envision YouTube clips of adorable babies trying lemons for the first time. But what if I asked you to describe a 'savory taste'? Tougher, isn't it?
In a conversation with The Bean Institute, registered dietitian (and MSGdish blogger) Mary Lee Chin talks'well, beans! As the daughter of Chinese American immigrants and a renowned consultant, Chin's love of Asian cuisine is both personal and professional.
Do you find yourself craving foods that have a savory umami flavor? - such as pasta dishes with aged cheese and spicy tomato sauce, pizza with mushrooms and flavorful meats, and nearly anything that falls into the category of Asian cuisine).
Our family often has those cravings, too. In fact, in my experience as a lover of umami, I'm amazed every time I complete an online recipe search for 'cooking with umami.' Page after page of umami-rich recipes pop-up, with each recipe sounding more appetizing than the last.
Around the world today, there are at least 170 million tons of tomatoes being produced every year. Dr. Michael Mosley wanted to know why. We already know that there is more than one benefit of tomatoes; vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin K and lycopene. But did this fruit, yes fruit, become the most popular because of its nutritional value?
Dr. Mosley discovered that such is not the case. There was another reason why tomatoes are leaping over mangoes, bananas and apples to be the world's most consumed fruit.