HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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supermarket and calculated the cost of each ingredient used for one portion of a recipe. For most of the dishes, the cost was roughly doubled when using a meal kit delivery service. For instance, Blue Apron’s Spring Chicken Fettuccine was $9.99 as opposed to $4.88 for buying the ingredients at the supermarket. Green Chef ’s Greek Chicken Bowl was $13.49 (including shipping) as opposed to $10.49 at the supermarket.


Most of the Consumer Reports panelists whose annual income ranged from less than $25,000 to more than $150,000 considered meal delivery services a good value. Others considered factors other than dollar-to-dollar comparisons to attribute value, such as not having the time or energy to plan meals out every week and grocery shop. Only you know your own circumstances, preferences and biases to conclude whether these services are economically good. However, nearly all the services have introductory offers from discounts to free trials, so you could always give it a go if you wish.  

Since 2012, meal kit delivery has become a $400 million market that is projected to increase tenfold in the next five years, according to the food industry research and consulting firm Technomic. Currently, there are more than 100 meal kit delivery services nationwide with new ones starting all the time. Will one of these services work for you?


The commonly advertised appeal of these services is convenience: Have all the ingredients and a recipe delivered to your home – no shopping necessary. “Freshness” is another benefit the services advertise. However, these services appeal mostly to individuals and families that want an interactive, hands-on culinary experience. The true benefit of these services is getting to try your hand at original recipes without having to shop for the ingredients. It’s more of a foodie experience.


Still, consumers ask pertinent questions about the services.


How Healthy Are They?

Consumer Reports had nutrition experts test five popular meal delivery services. The ingredients were all fresh but not all services furnished enough nutrition information for their meals, said Kimberly Gudzune, M.D., M.P.H., an obesity-medicine expert and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hello Fresh listed the most information on its recipe cards, including calories, fat content,

MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICES: ARE THEY WORTH IT?

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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saturated fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, sodium and sugars. Others provided only calories. To determine how healthy the meals were, all the above factors were calculated using a nutritional database program. The experts were most concerned with the high sodium content of many of the meals. Almost every recipe called for seasoning ingredients with salt several times – as many as five times for one recipe. Half the dishes had more than 770 milligrams of sodium, more than a third of the maximum recommended daily intake of 2,300 milligrams. Ten dishes had more than 1,000 milligrams per serving.


How Do They Taste?

The Consumer Reports panel of nutritionists and subscriber members gave 24 of the 27 recipes tested an “Excellent” or “Very Good” score for taste. The recipes included ingredients unfamiliar to many people, such as Korean rice cakes, hemp herb dressing, udon noodles and Poblano peppers. “A meal delivery service is a great way to try new things,” said Amy Keating, R.D., who oversaw the testing.


How Much Do They Cost?

The panel bought the ingredients for five meals – one from each service - at the