A recent New York Times article says the debate over a tax on sugary soft drinks is starting to fizz over.
The story quotes President Obama as saying taxing sugary drinks is an idea worth exploring, and that “every study that’s been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity.”
The American Heart Association’s (AHA) new guidelines published in late August were a refreshing point of clarity contrasting with the vagueness typical of nutrition advice designed not to offend any major food lobby.
The new statement, published in Circulation, replaces AHA’s hazier 2006 one to “minimize the intake of beverages and foods with added sugars,” and provides detailed guidance by… Continue
I can’t believe the summer vacation is over and kids will be going back to school this week. This summer went by way too fast!
I was happy to get a letter from my daughter’s elementary school announcing new snack policies—the school will not be giving out any more snacks, will not give food as incentives, prizes or rewards, and birthday celebrations at school will become "food free." Parents are being encouraged to send healthy snacks from home, including fresh fruit, cut-up… Continue
A recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found that a high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains and low intake of sodium, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats was associated with reduced…Continue
Cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. The rate of cancer doubled from 1975 to 2000 and is projected to double again by 2020. It is a disease that affects far to many people and in many instances can be prevented. Here are a few great reads to help you learn more strategies to prevent cancer or to help in treating cancers naturally.
I was disturbed by a short exchange I had with my ten-year old-daughter today. I told her we would be cooking a cholesterol-free dinner tonight, because one of our guests is trying to lower her cholesterol without medication, to which my dear daughter replied, “She should eat Cheerios.”
Apparently General Mills’ health claims—prominently displayed on every box—have reached my daughter, and she accepts them as fact.
Skimming through the New York Times later in the day, I… Continue
With healthcare reform on many people’s minds, and awareness of the rising and overwhelming costs of chronic disease, I want to bring to your attention two recent articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), both of which study the effects of lifestyle factors on two all-too-common chronic illnesses in two different populations.
I know it's been a while, but I am gonna make it up to you guys by introduce a super brand of ice-cream - "Graeter's " It is SO delicious!You have to try their blackberry with chocolate chip, yummmy!
I am so glad I am not lactose intolerance anymore, I can eat as much as ice-cream as I want and it's all thanks to "Lactagen"! Also, I am allow to have as much as milkshake I want after hitting the gym, and I don't think I need to tell you how great it… Continue
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an amateur organic gardener with many good intentions and a very modest yield.
I give my little vegetable patch lots of love, but the veggies are very slow to grow, and although some of my friends have been boasting home-grown produce for weeks, I harvested my first few cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini just this week.
I love watching the plant in all its stages, and I’m especially fascinated to see how a fruit evolves from the flower. In the… Continue
Barley contains the same soluble fiber and beta-glucan as oats. Individuals who regularly consume barley have lower LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol.
A review of studies found the beta glucan in barley linked to decreased total cholesterol of 13 mg/dl, decreased LDL cholesterol of 10 mg/dl, and a reduced triglyceride level of 12 mg/dl. The review found no… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on July 23, 2009 at 10:00am —
Well if you didn't already know how great the simple egg is for your health then you should find out. Where do brown eggs come from? Do the chickens have white or red earlobes? What eggs are the most healthy for you and why? Exactly what nutrients are in those wonderful eggs that make them so great for you. Find Out Here: Read…Continue
Added by TC on July 21, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Vegetarian or 'plant-based' diets can be a very healthy eating style. By not eating meat, you automatically consume less cholesterol and saturated fat. All the other rules still apply, however, of practicing variety, balance and moderation.
Start your day with breakfast.
Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include… Continue
Added by Sara Micale on July 20, 2009 at 11:08pm —
One-third of American kids are overweight or obese. Obesity rates among kids have tripled in the past thirty years. Many experts blame not only the food environment we live in—comprised of endless opportunities to eat foods of minimal nutritional value—but also the massive bombardment of advertising our kids are exposed to, baiting them to consume these foods.
The New York Times called it “one of the scariest movies of the year.”
I wouldn’t know, since I generally avoid horror films, but while Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is indeed deeply disturbing and isn’t the light entertainment typically screened in the heat of summer, it’s an important movie to watch, and it does offer a hopeful note and an action plan. I bet you’ll be moved by this movie, and understand more than ever that there’s plenty we can do to affect… Continue
I often write about the importance of eating whole grains, but since actions can speak louder than words, try making this healthy summer recipe with the most whole and least processed a wheat grain as could be—wheat berries.
My grandma used to say, “Eat slowly, with small bites, so that you digest your food.” She was partly right.
Unfortunately for us, we humans are quite efficient at digesting our food regardless of how quickly we eat it. Whether we chew well or not, our bodies will still extract nutrients from the food further down our intestinal tract. Had hasty eating been detrimental to digestion, we’d be a very thin nation.
But Grandma was oh so right about the other part: Eat slowly,… Continue
My dear kids bought me an ice cream maker for Mother's Day—they know my favorite gifts are connected to the kitchen and food. To their delight, I’ve been experimenting with frozen healthy treats for the past few weeks, and they get to sit on the sunny steps outside our kitchen where they taste, comment and compare. These recipes call for an ice cream maker. Not every kitchen has or needs one—I give instructions for making these fruit treats without one—but if you have the space in your kitchen… Continue