Rutabaga Nutrition Facts, Benefits, Uses & Recipes

What Are Rutabagas? Close your eyes and imagine crossing a turnip with a cabbage. What you might see is a rutabaga (Brassica napus var. napobrassica). In fact, it’s likely that rutabaga is the result of an ancient genetic cross between turnips and cabbage, making rutabaga a centuries-old genetically modified crop. When it comes to rutabaga vs. turnip, the…


Eggplant (Aubergine) Nutrition Facts, Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Are you surprised to have clicked on an article about eggplants only to learn you’ll be reading about aubergines? Just kidding—aubergines are eggplants! These often-confused-for-a-vegetable fruits are a member of the nightshade family of plants, and they're used in a variety of ways. The eggplant (Solanum melongena) is prominent in both Mediterranean-style and low-carb diets. It is…


Black Rice Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Have you been enticed by the appearance of black rice in some of your favorite dishes or on grocery store shelves? If so, you’re definitely not alone. The mysterious, antioxidant-rich grain, also known as the “forbidden rice,” packs a heavy nutritional punch, is rich in anthocyanins (the antioxidant known for giving blueberries a deep-blue hue),…


Do You Really Need a Summer Detox Smoothie?

A detox smoothie sounds like such a great idea. Gwyneth Paltrow totally loves them. The problem, however, is that all of the “detox” regimens and products out there are completely bogus. Every. Single. One. You’ve got green detox smoothies, vegan detox smoothies, heavy metal detox smoothies, smoothie cleanses, and summer detox regimens, all over the…


Cantaloupe vs. Honeydew: How Are They Different?

Surely you’ve been faced with this pressing dilemma before: cantaloupe vs. honeydew. Personally, I wouldn’t pit them against each other in a heavyweight fight. Both cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis) and honeydew (Cucumis melo var. inodorus) are low in calories and fat, and rich in essential micronutrients. Both of these melons come from the cucurbitaceae…


Zucchini Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Zucchini, also called courgette, is a popular summertime food, even though it is used year-round in a number of recipes.  Zucchini noodles are a keto-friendly, low-carb alternative to starchy pastas, but this versatile summer squash can be used in many unique ways. It is a member of the gourd (Cucurbitaceae) family and part of the…



Muskmelon: Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, and Uses

What Is Muskmelon? Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) is a species of melon that belongs to the gourd family. It is cultivated in a variety of ways, with one cultivar being the cantaloupe. Other types of muskmelon include honeydew, Persian melon, casaba, and Armenian cucumber. Although the term "muskmelon" represents a group of melons, it is often…


5 Mango Benefits for Health - Plus Nutrition Facts & Recipes

What Is Mango? If you’ve never had mango before, now is the time to try it. Named the most widely consumed fruit in the world, mango (Mangifera indica) is the perfect fruit for summer. Its refreshing and tasty flavor makes the fruit a perfect dessert on its own, or as an addition to smoothies, salsas, and…


Vegan Cheese: What Makes the Best Dairy-Free Cheese?

What Is Vegan Cheese? Put simply, vegan cheese is a plant-based substitute for animal-based cheese. It’s typically consumed by people who are dairy-free; have lactose intolerance; or subscribe to a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. There is no single way to make vegan or plant cheese, and a number of options exist. Some common ingredients…


Fatty Liver Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Fatty liver disease affects close to a third of American adults and is a leading contributor to liver failure. Although the condition was initially closely tied to alcoholism, an increasing number of cases are being linked to diets high in processed food and sedentary behavior. Many are choosing to adopt what's called a fatty liver diet…