The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

The 13 Best Healthy Drinks You Can Get at the Supermarket

The 13 Best Healthy Drinks You Can Get at the Supermarket

There have never been more exciting ways to quench your thirst than there are now. Water may be the best way to keep yourself hydrated, but a bevy of new, healthy beverages insist on making the process a whole lot more fun. In the mood for something sweet-ish? Instead of sugary drinks like soda, consider flavored seltzer waters that are tasty and refreshing without any sugar at all. If you like to caffeinate, there are excellent coffee and tea choices out there for whatever you prefer. And, of course, plenty of unique juices no matter what you’re mood, whether they’re made from cold-pressed watermelon or spicy, blended veggies. The next time water sounds too boring, reach for one of these 12 SELF Healthy Food Awardwinners, just a few of the 250 products we taste-tested for this year’s awards. Of the many different…

How to Pick the Best Tomatoes

How to Pick the Best Tomatoes

It’s not always easy to spot a good tomato from just a quick glance. Too many times, I’ve been duped by one that looked juicy and meaty, but actually ended up being watery and flavorless. When a tomato is good, it’s really good (see: all these amazing tomato recipes), and when it’s bad, you kind of feel like you’ve been taken advantage of by a piece of fruit—especially if you spent a lot on some you found at the farmers market. Luckily, there are ways to determine if a tomato is good or not without slicing it open. For SELF, Katy Green, produce field inspector at Whole Foods Market, breaks down everything you need to about the different varieties of the fruit (including the best ways to cook with each of them), when it’s in season, and what to look for to…

Here’s How to Pick the Best Squash This Fall and Winter

Here’s How to Pick the Best Squash This Fall and Winter

There’s a lot of beautiful produce in season during autumn, but I always get the most excited for squash. When I finally start to see all its many different varieties crop up, I know it’s time to get my sweaters out and my oven ready. As a gourd obsessive, I know a lot about the veg, including the best ways to clean and cut it (no easy feat!), as well as all the different ways you should be cooking with it. But recently, I realized that there’s one thing about squash that I still don’t know: how to tell the good from the bad when I’m at the supermarket. Up until now, I’ve always blindly chosen my squash from a big pile of them while praying for the best, but there’s a better, easier, more reliable way to go about doing…

What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?

What Is Raw Water – and Should You Drink It?

What Is Raw Water – and Should You Drink It?

RAISE YOUR HAND IF you’ve ever experienced food poisoning. If you’re one of the spared Americans who hasn’t, let me describe it to you: You wake up in the morning. The sun is shining. All is good in the world – until you eat or drink something tainted with an unwanted pathogen. At first, you may not even notice. But within a few days or even hours, you start to feel a few cramps and experience just a tad of diarrhea. Then, the diarrhea comes on full force, moving through your gut like the Amtrak Acela speeding from Boston to New York City. At this point, you are seat belted to the toilet bargaining with a higher authority to make it stop. All this could happen simply because you drank some raw water, or water derived from sources in the environment…

Camelina: The Heart-Healthy Oil You’ve Never Heard Of

Camelina: The Heart-Healthy Oil You’ve Never Heard Of

YOU LOVE SUNFLOWER OIL, experiment with peanut oil every now and then and call olive oil your favorite heart-healthy superfood. But new research suggests that you need to add another oil – one you might not have heard of before – to your cupboard: camelina oil. The study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, investigated how camelina oil, which comes from the camelina plant and is native to Finland and throughout Europe, affects the cardiovascular health of men and women with prediabetes. The telltale sign of prediabetes (and Type 2 diabetes) is insulin resistance, which can negatively affect heart health and is linked with high overall and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, explains Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth, a surgeon with NYC Surgical Associates who specializes in non-invasive vascular surgery. For the study, University of Eastern Finland researchers instructed the 79 participants to eat…

Is sriracha actually healthy?

Is sriracha actually healthy?

The little red condiment bottle has completely taken over the foodie world. No, not ketchup—Sriracha. The hot sauce with the rooster on the front had become a go-to condiment, salad topper, grain bowl accompaniment, and marinade, adding mega flavor to just about any dish. And though the sweet-and-spicy hot sauce seems to dominate refrigerator shelves and takeout counters alike, is it actually healthy? In a menu makeover, healthy salad empire Sweetgreen nixed Sriracha (as well as bacon). “As the signs in our stores say, we’ve gone ‘less sweet and more green,’” wrote culinary director Michael Stebnor in the press release announcing the change, which may explain why they said goodbye to the condiment whose second ingredient is none other than sugar. While Sweetgreen’s intentions for removing Sriracha from its menu may have been good (the company now makes all dressings from scratch, in-house), the decision caused an outburst of furious…