April 9, 2024

6 Life-Extending Plant Extracts

An interesting article recently revealed the discovery of life-extending effects for six plant-derived extracts in experiments involving S. cerevisiae, a variety of yeast that is frequently the subject of aging research. Six new groups of molecules from plant extracts you most likely have heard of were found to slow down the aging process. Researchers found that extracts of black cohosh, valerian, purple passion flower, Ginkgo biloba, celery, and white willow bark extended the life span of S. cerevisiae. Do Plants Really Extend Life Span? In the case of white willow, the average and maximum life span increased by over 300%, which is […]
March 6, 2022

The Lowdown on Plant-Based Meat Substitutes

One of the hottest topics to come out of the world of food and nutrition was the broad introduction of plant-based meats, specifically patties that mimic beef burgers. Two companies, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, are at the forefront of providing meat substitutes that really taste like ground beef. The question from a FoodTrients standpoint is: are these products more healthful than beef patties? Do they have what it takes to benefit your well-being? Who’s the Target Audience? First thing to know about these plant-based meat substitutes is that veggie burgers have been around for decades. Remember Boca® Burger and […]
May 5, 2020

A Healthy Debate: Vegetarianism vs. Regenerative Beef

Industrial meat production is a leading cause of global warming, yet a plant-based diet alone might not solve the problem—or could it? What’s the way forward on this contentious debate? We put the challenge to two of our senior editors, Bill “Reg” Giebler and Jenna “Veg” Blumenfeld. Here’s what they had to say to one another. Bill Giebler: As we explore the ethics of meat eating, I look to the history of humanity. Eating animals was the hunter part that accompanied the gatherer; therefore, as cultivation became the norm for food production some ten thousand years ago, animal management was […]
October 15, 2019

Who’s Eating More Plants? Youth Weigh In

29% of the general population and well over a third of millennials said they are “trying to eat more plant-based protein instead of meat-based protein,” and consumers of all ages are reducing meat portion sizes. Here are several key insights into the booming plant-based trend–and it’s not all about the protein. Researchers also found that plant-based food marketing tactics are particularly effective among people who value health and sustainability. “This photo and post from NMI and Datassential was provided by New Hope Network. FoodTrients is a member of the New Hope Influencer Co-op, a network of health and wellness bloggers committed to […]
November 6, 2018

Bright Eyes: Natural Tips for Your Peepers

If eyes are the windows to the soul (and an excellent indicator of overall health) there’s good reason to make sure they’re looking vibrant and healthy this season. And with abundant holiday stressors—plus potentially scant shut-eye—it’s even more important than ever to care for your peepers. Luckily, DIY tricks and natural ingredients can smooth out lines, calm puffiness and tackle the dreaded dark circles, according to Sunny Subramanian, coauthor of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty (Robert Rose, 2016). Take a peek. PUFFINESS, REDNESS   The Cause: There is a range of reasons you may experience unsightly red or swollen areas around the […]
November 6, 2018

The Secret To Eating Gluten

Scientists have discovered a new way in which celiac patients may be able to digest gluten – with the help of an enzyme extracted from carnivorous plants. Pitcher plants, which have a cup-like shape
January 4, 2018

Whole Foods Predicts Top Food Trends for 2018

Whole Foods Market revealed what it believes are the most anticipated food trends for the year ahead. Floral
January 3, 2017

Is Alipotec a Safe Weight Loss Supplement?

Weight loss supplements and herbs abound in drugstores, health stores, and online. There are some plant extracts that may aid in weight reduction though most research suggests a very small added increase in weight loss when used in conjunction with reduced calorie intake and increased physical activity. Tejocote or its root form, Alipotec, is an herb showing up in supplements on shelves in the U.S. but is it safe or effective? A medicinal hawthorn plant, Crataegus Mexicana, is a species native to Mexico and commonly called Tejocote. It produces a fruit similar to a crabapple and is used in the […]
April 11, 2016

Aloe Vera for Immortal Skin

The ‘plant of immortality’, as it was called by the Egyptians, can perform miracles not just for your skin but for your hair and health as well. Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used extensively for years. The clear, sappy substance hidden in its long, thick leaves is the magic potion. Aloe vera plant contains numerous antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It is said to be useful in treating wounds and minor […]