Foundation for Diet and Health

The best perspective for your health

The best perspective for your health

The best perspective for your health

The best perspective for your health


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Salt or table salt sprinkled with salt shaker on wooden table. Generally we salt too much.

We consume far too much table salt (cooking salt). See text. It takes three months for the taste buds to become more sensitive to salt so that we need less. 00/00/00

Tap water (drinking water): little girl playing with drinking water from faucet in kitchen.

Tap water
The quality of tap water (drinking water) varies greatly by location and can contain contaminants. Water sources, water systems, and water treatment … See text. 00/00/00

Pepper, black - Piper nigrum: black peppercorns. Bottom: spoon with crushed pepper.

Black pepper
Black pepper: read about the differences between black, green, white, and red pepper in the link. Pepper owes its spicy heat primarily to the alkaloid piperine. 82/13/04

Garlic, raw—Allium sativum: In the foreground, garlic cloves in a bowl and scattered around, in the background several whole garlic bulbs.

The claim that eating garlic reduces cholesterol is controversial. However, it is an accepted fact that garlic lowers the risk of colon cancer. See text. 83/16/01

Olive oil in glas containers in the left foreground, olives in a wooden bowl to the right of it, and an olive grove in the background.

Olive oil
Olive oil is given too much importance even though, for example, canola oil contains three times less omega-3. We also use too much oil. 00/00/100

Onion raw, untreated - Allium cepa: young female seller shows us a handful of yellow onions.

Onions have antibacterial effects and lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood lipids. The small intestine cannot digest fractans, which is why gas occurs. 89/10/01

Carrots, raw - Daucus carota - Girl in the garden with a bunch of fresh carrots in her hand.

Carrot, raw
Carrots are a low-calorie vegetable with a relatively high level of carotenoids. They can be used to make either raw or cooked recipes. 89/09/02

Lemon juice, raw: The glass pitcher with a handle contains lemon juice diluted with water. In the background to the left are two lemon halves and  glasses.

Lemon juice
Lemon juice in its raw form is used frequently to give a dish or drink a fresh, clean taste. Thanks to its antioxidants, it is effective against discoloration. 92/05/03

Sea salt in a burlap sack and wooden containers. Sea salt is produced from sea water collected in salt evaporation ponds. Sea salt does not contain iodine.

Sea salt
Sea salt from evaporated salt water is collected in salt evaporation ponds. The most well known type on the market is Fleur de Sel, which is harvested by hand. 00/00/00

Parsley, fresh—Petroselinum crispum—in a flower pot on a white windowsill, a watering can is in the background to the left.

Parsley, fresh
Fresh parsley adds flavor to your favorite dishes. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals and should be more than a garnish. Effective against bad breath. 63/29/08

Cilantro (fresh coriander) - Coriandrum sativum: leaves in a small wooden bowl with some coriander seeds in front of the bowl

Cilantro (fresh coriander)
Green cilantro (coriander) has a lemony, peppery smell and a sweet and sour flavor; some people think it has an unpleasant soapy taste. 58/34/08

Ginger, raw - Zingiber officinale: A wooden bowl containing ground ginger is on the left. Ginger is usually purchased as fresh ginger root, shown on the right.

Fresh ginger
Ginger is used as a spice and a medicinal plant (e.g., to treat gastrointestinal problems). It owes its distinctive spicy and citrus flavor mainly to gingerol. 87/09/04

Ripe cashew apples with the nut. Cashew nuts - Anacardium occidentale, cannot be eaten raw. High heat is used to remove the shell.

Cashews sold at the grocery store are seldom raw. Heat is used to remove the toxic cardol oil they contain, either by steaming or roasting. 33/20/48

Sweet red bell pepper, Capsicum annuum, raw: Ripe red, yellow, and green peppers on a wooden platter. The yellow and green ones are different varieties.

Red bell pepper
Unlike chilli peppers, bell peppers are not spicy, but instead have a mild sweetness. They are available in green, yellow, and red. See text. 82/14/04

Apple, raw, with skin - Malus domestica: This man is enjoying a healthy, sweet apple.

Apple, raw, with skin
Raw apples (best eaten daily) make for a delicious and healthy snack. Click on the link to read more about apples and their nutritional benefits. 97/02/01

Tomato, red, ripe, raw - Solanum lycopersicum: a gardener is harvesting in the greenhouse.

Tomato, red, raw
Ripe red tomatoes (raw) are used both for preparing cooked and raw foods and are also processed to make tomato juice, ketchup, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. 78/18/04

Fresh unpeeled lemon, to the left of it a glass containing lemon juice. In the background are a citrus reamer (on the left) and a lemon juicer (to the right).

Lemon, raw, without peel
The nutritional value of lemons without the peel is lower. Only use the peel if the lemon is organic - the peel contains more nutrients than the pulp or juice. 87/10/03

Canola oil in a small bottle surrounded by canola flowers. Canola oil is processed from ripe seeds.

Canola oil
Canola oil contains a significantly higher amount of essential fatty acids than, for example, olive oil. It is used primarily as a cooking oil and in margarine. 00/00/100

Agave syrup as a sweetener - drizzling off of a spoon to display the consistency, which is similar to thin honey.

Agave syrup
Agave syrup, which is used as a sweetener, dissolves quickly in both warm and cold liquids. For vegans, it is a good alternative to honey. 99/00/01

Ground cinnamon—Cinnamomum aromaticum—with cinnamon sticks and two unrelated leaves on top.

Ground cinnamon
Ground cinnamon is used to flavor a variety of dishes. The substance coumarin, which is found in higher levels in cheap cinnamon, may be harmful to your health. 94/05/01