Yes, have a fun and be festive this St. Patrick’s Day! But please, go easy on the GREEN food coloring! Do you know how bad it is for you? I mean, REALLY BAD? (As I wrote in our February Blog:)
“suffice to say that a few of the long term effects can be chromosomal damage, brain damage, bladder tumors, thyroid tumors, hyperactivity, neurochemical/behavioral effects, agression, asthma, allergies, insomnia, lymphoma, eczema, hives, and oh my! the list goes ON and ON. Most of our widely used food colors are banned in Europe, Sweden, and Norway, and many were even attempted bans by our own FDA. Many more are indeed banned here depending on how they are administered. It’s poison. Not for eating. Not food.”
For more info about that horrid stuff go here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-scary-reasons-to-avoid-artificial-food-coloring.html
But not to worry…you can still be your leprechaun-like self during this impish Irish holiday. There are so many really really GOOD things that are green. If you’re smart and festive, you will realize this is a GREAT opportunity to try some super foods that can be super yummy! Of course, the first that comes to mind especially on THIS day as it is very IRISH also, is Cabbage.
Hey, you might even want to try Dr. Eric’s favorite way to cook cabbage. Slice it really fine, then sauté in a frying pan over medium heat with butter, then season with fresh ground pepper, white pepper, sea salt, and, wait for it…PISTACHIO meal! (also green!) & DELICIOUS!
For fun, I found a great site that lists only some of the super reasons to eat CABBAGE…I’m quoting directly here:
“Cabbage is powerful. Ancient healers declared it contained moon power because it grew in the moonlight. Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it’s worth adding this Powerfood to your weekly diet.
1. Ideal for weight loss!
It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.
2. It is a brain food!
It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin. Check out this Homemade Cabbage Face Mask
4. Helps detoxify the body.
The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid); which are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.
5. Has well-known cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane.
They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high.
The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.
7. Cabbage for headaches:
A warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.
9. Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator.
The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.”
So, give it a try. Or, try one of the MANY MANY MANY other wonderful GREEN foods out there –
instead of dying your beer, or your cupcakes, or your shake, or the river?!!
Thanks for listening…and
Go mbeannaí Dia duit (pronounced – Go Mawny Gia Hoitch).
xo, Coby (#mrsdrdahl)