Here’s another post in our series of websites to check, this time focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables. Is broccoli more nutritious than kale? Can kale be eaten raw, or is it more nutritious when cooked? How is it best cooked? These questions and many more are answered on the amazing site that is run by the George Mateljan Foundation…

The George Mateljan Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, which means they can offer an independent perspective that is not influenced by commercial interests. The Foundation’s mission is to offer the latest scientific information about the benefits of foods, and the specific nutrients they provide. The site offers practical, simple, and affordable ways to enjoy foods such that they fit into your lifestyle.

The site itself is called “The World’s Healthiest Foods” and its address is whfoods.com. The home page has several topics of interest, updated frequently. For instance, there’s a “Food of the Week,” “Recipe of the Week,” and “Nutrient of the Week.”

Searching the site

My favorite part of the site is the search utility. You can type in whatever food you’re interested in and search the Foundation’s database. The search results present you with a list of links in sections, such as Diets, FAQs (frequently asked questions), Foods and Spices, Nutrients, Preparation Tips, Recipes, Special Needs, and Ask George.

I have to say that the first couple of times I used the site I found the presentation of the search results to be a tiny bit counter-intuitive. But that’s a minor nit-pick when compared to the huge amount of valuable information! Here’s what I mean by counter-intuitive: if I enter the search term “broccoli” and click Search, what comes back is the following: 

Screen shot of a search results page on whfoods.com, as described in this post on CALMERme.com

As you can see, you have to scroll down to the Foods and Spices section before finding the word “broccoli.” The first couple of times you use the site, you might be left wondering why all these other links are included if they don’t even mention broccoli…but hang in there, because here’s the thing: although many of the entries in the sections are not specifically about broccoli, they each contain a reference to broccoli in the context of the section. For instance, the Recipes section includes a link to Miso Healthy Saute because the recipe calls for broccoli florets.

Find out just about everything you need to know about a food…

The entry in Foods and Spices contains a host of information. Most of the food-specific links go to pages that include sections like these:

  • What’s new and beneficial about the specific food
  • WHFoods Recommendations that provide information about how much of the given food to include in your diet.
  • Nutritional profile, both overview and detailed. This is an example of the detailed nutritional table for broccoli:

Screen shot of the nutritional profile of broccoli, as seen on whfoods.com, as described in this post on CALMERme.com

  • Health benefits afforded by the food, which goes into detail about the food’s specific benefits, such as anti-inflammation, antioxidant properties, detoxification, cancer prevention, digestive support, cardiovascular support, etc.
  • How to select, store, and cook the food.
  • Individual concerns.

A great way to spend time

You can easily spend a couple of hours roaming around the pages on this excellent site. Some of the information gets quite technical and more detailed than I need, but it’s easy to skip over. It’s nice to know that the information is there if I want it.

This site is a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the foods they’re eating. The writing style is straightforward, easy to follow, and very helpful.

 

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