Food Profile: Lupo

Have you ever heard of Lupo? It is known around the world as Sessile Joyweed. It is a leafy weed that grows all around the Philippines. Although it is originally from South America, it has adapted and spread here. It…

Food Profile: Sigarilyas/Balagay

The Winged Bean, known in Tagalog as Sigarilyas and Hiligaynon/Bisaya as Balagay is a leguminous plant that produces uniquely shaped beans in color red or green. It is widely grown in tropical countries and highly valued for it’s versatility as…

Vitamin C and Immunity

Vitamin C is easily the most popular of the vitamins, and most of us have heard to some extent, that it protects us from sickness. I remember eating candy-like vitamin C supplements as a child, and seeing countless commercials about…

Why Organic Is the Right Choice for Parents

Organic This excellent article written by DR. Alan Greene and Anna Lappe for Time Magazine in 2014 highlights and reinforces the important information available on the effects of an organic diet on children and pregnant women. They assert that an…

Transforming How We Think About Food

By Aeon Mapa There is no shortage of opinion when it comes to diet. Everywhere you look we see different advice on what to eat. Fitness diets, religious diets, organic, natural, raw, paleo, vegetarian, piscetarian, vegan, the list seems to…

Vitamin K and the Immune System

By Aeon Mapa Vitamin K a fat-soluble vitamin that has two forms. Phylloquinone and Menaquinones. Both play an important role in our health and immune response. Let’s take a look at each form and it’s effects on our body, as…

Food Profile: Kulitis

 A tall plant with broad, crinkly leaves and tiny bunched up flowers, kulitis is a native vegetable that is packed full of nutrients. Our local kulitis is a member of the Amaranth family, a group of edible plants that thrives…

Food Profile: Eggplant

Eggplants are one of the favorite vegetables in Filipino Cuisine. Tortang talong, eneselada, curries and more are some of the dishes that utilize this flavorful nightshade. Hoewever we always hear the claim from our elders that eggplants are devoid of…

Vitamin A and the Immune System

Vitamin A is a micronutrient that is widely known as a contributor to healthy eyesight and skin. In the context of our immune system, Vitamin A is shown to be highly important as well. Let us examine some of the…