Check out the healthy products we’ve carefully selected for our unique gourmet healthy food baskets, get well baskets, relaxation baskets and special occasion baskets.
Hippocrates was right when he said, “Let food be your medicine.” Experts believe that more than half of all cancer is related to diet. And a high-fat diet has long been linked to heart disease and stroke. However, it is possible to enjoy a snack that is not only good tasting but also good for you. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in our healthy baskets:
Eating your blues means you may be helping to fight aging and cancer, along with other health conditions. Blueberries contain antioxidants, the agents that protect the body from the breakdown of oxygen molecules into what are called “free radicals.” Free radicals help rid the body of toxins, but they also break down DNA. They are believed to contribute to the aging process and diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Now a study shows that blueberries contain the most antioxidants of all the fruits. Scientists at Tufts University ranked blueberries number one in antioxidant activity, compared with 40 other fruits and vegetables.
Another study, reported in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, showed that blueberries may be as helpful as cranberries in keeping your urinary tract healthy. A substance in the berries, called proanthocyanidins, helps prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall and causing painfully common urinary tract infections.
Finally, another study showed that blueberries improved the balance and short-term memory of elderly animal subjects.
One daily cup of tea may reduce your risk of heart attack by 44 percent, according to one study of tea and coffee drinkers who were compared with nondrinkers. Tea contains large amounts of the antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids offset the damaging effects of oxygen when it is broken down in the body–becoming potentially dangerous free radicals.
Other studies have shown that tea has an antioxidant effect on cancers of the lungs, stomach, breast, colon and esophagus. And the polyphenols (plant compounds found in tea and blueberries) show promise in treating inflammation, the brain’s aging process and in preventing cancer. We include high antioxidant black tea in our Healthy Heart Basket and our food baskets.
You probably know that it’s a good idea to limit the amount of butter and animal fats in your diet. These saturated fats can lead to heart disease or stroke. Now the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that you replace saturated fats with other fats: monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats such as those found in nuts.
Studies have found that monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are more healthful. They may make the blood-clotting component of the blood, called platelets, less sticky and less likely to form dangerous clots. When blood clots form in arteries, they can trigger a heart attack or stroke. Monounsaturated fatty acids may also help to dissolve clots if they do form, the AHA points out.
And for people with type 2 diabetes, a diet higher in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats can help improve control of blood cholesterol. Our gourmet trail mix, pistachios and sugar-free pecans will make you go nuts.
Plus you can enjoy an assortment of tasty low-fat items including: dipping pretzels, crackers and gourmet popcorn. These products can be found throughout our baskets. They are especially popular in His Healthy Basket.
Forget the apple. If any sinning went on the Garden of Eden, it had to be a big bite of a forbidden chocolate bar. Eating anything that tastes so sinfully good deserves punishment, right?
Not necessarily. Chocoholics can rejoice in a study that showed chocolate is a good source of flavonoids, the same antioxidants found in tea. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce heart disease and possibly cancer risk by protecting against the oxidation of cells by free radicals. Tea drinkers have already have been shown to have lower rates of heart disease.
Dutch doctors studied more than 6,000 people to analyze the antioxidants in the tea and chocolate they drank. They checked for catechins, which are in the flavonoids family. The doctors found that chocolate has four times the amount of antioxidants as tea. Dark chocolate has more catechins than milk chocolate, and both surpassed tea.
Dark chocolate also has less fat than milk chocolate. And cocoa butter, a main ingredient of chocolate, has a special fat called steric acid that doesn’t contribute to cholesterol formation.
“Drinking a cup of tea and eating a chocolate cookie might be not only enjoyable but healthy as well,” the doctors wrote in the British medical journal Lancet. Look for chocolate in our all-natural chocolate chip/pecan cookies and chocolate-covered cranberries–available in our food baskets, specialty baskets and our Comfort and Care Breast Cancer Basket and our healthy holiday baskets.
They’re natural, naturally. And gorgeous. Herbs, botanicals and natural oils go into these all-natural lotions, soaps and gels.
The line of spa products we use were developed by a woman with chemical sensitivies. She created these products for those with sensitive skin and anyone who enjoys the sensual experience of all-natural products and scents. And, of course, no animals are used to test the products.
From relaxation books and CDs, to fitness books for men and golfers…..and our healthy heart books, you can pick up tips from experts on how to be healthy. The books are especially chosen for up-to-date health information that is easy to understand.