Friday, September 28, 2012

More Victims Counted in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ricotta

More Victims Counted in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ricotta

Nut Butter Recall a Tragic Reminder of Missed Food Safety Deadlines ~ Newsroom ~ News from CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest

Nut Butter Recall a Tragic Reminder of Missed Food Safety Deadlines ~ Newsroom ~ News from CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest

Bleaching agent used in foamed plastics like yoga mats and shoe soles found in McDonald's McRib sandwich

Bleaching agent used in foamed plastics like yoga mats and shoe soles found in McDonald's McRib sandwich

FSIS Expands Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

FSIS Expands Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

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- Blueberry Macadamia
- Strawberry Banana
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- Chocolate Chia Maca
- Goji and Greens
- Low Carb Vanilla Cashew
- Low Carb Cafe Mocha (Organic ground coffee and raw chocolate with combo of almond/cashew butter and chia seeds. Only 12g carbs, 8g fiber, and 3g sugar per bar)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Don't go against the grain — Go whole grain - MayoClinic.com

Don't go against the grain — Go whole grain - MayoClinic.com

4 Low-Calorie Ways to Top Off Pizza

4 Low-Calorie Ways to Top Off Pizza

FSIS: Canadian Beef Recalled for E. coli Was Used for U.S. Raw Ground Beef

FSIS: Canadian Beef Recalled for E. coli Was Used for U.S. Raw Ground Beef

Peanut Butter Recall Expands

Peanut Butter Recall Expands

Should You Avoid Corn?

Should You Avoid Corn?

Do YOUR protein bar bars have these?

Protein bars...so convenient yet so full of garbage. They hold the promise of being healthy, easy and full of muscle-building protein.

But have you ever taken a few minutes to look at what's actually IN them

I think you're going to be in for a shock when you read the TRUTH about the ingredients in some of the most popular protein bars on the market right now.

Let's get right to it:...

1 - Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)
This is, unfortunately, one of the most prevalent protein sources you'll find in protein bars, especially those marketed to women. This marketing would have you believe that soy is an excellent protein source for women because of the isoflavones found in it. In reality, studies have indicated that these soy isoflavones can actually be TOXIC because of how the soy is processed (fermented soy products such as tofu are fine, just fyi).

In addition, SPI was actually considered a WASTE product in soy processing until recently, when it was discovered that money could be made by passing it off as a protein source. It's cheap and definitely NOT a high-quality protein. It should be avoided.

And the final nail in the soy coffin: GMO. A very high percentage of the soy grown in the United States is from genetically modified organisms (GMO). They don't currently have to be labeled as such but if you're buying any sort of processed food, chances are very good you're getting a GMO-sourced product.

2 - High Fructose Corn Syrup
This is an easy one to figure out...the adverse health effects of it are well documented (contrary to what the commercials from the Corn Growers Association claim - those are truly among the most annoying commercials in existence, trying to make people who question corn syrup look stupid). It's one of the WORST things you can eat and yet there are still bars that use it as a primary ingredient.

3 - Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil
Palm kernel oil is a cheap, unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can't be obtained organically. Instead, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractioned form is the most processed...if you see that in the ingredients, you should definitely avoid it.

4 - Sugar Alcohols
This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol, and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness...especially in bars that are "carb controlled". Sugar alcohols don't impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they're not well absorbed in the digestive tract...and when things aren't well absorbed in the digestive tract, things happen (if you know what I mean).

In small amounts, sugar alcohols aren't a big problem, but if you start getting into the double digits of grams of sugar alcohol (and many low-carb bars are in the 20 gram range), THEN you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.

5 - Artificial Sweeteners
I won't get into the whole debate about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for you or not and what they turn into in your body, etc. Personally, I'm of the mindset that if it's created by science, chances are good your body won't recognize it and won't be able to metabolize it into something actually good for you. Therefore, I try and stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as I possibly can. I find the actual natural flavor of real food to be pretty good :).

In Summary...
Those are the top 5 worst protein bar ingredients...and you will actually find bars that contain ALL of these ingredients in them.

The main problem I have with the vast majority of protein bars today is that at their most base level, they're deceptive. The bars are put forward as convenient, healthy alternatives to food for "on the go" people. Yet when you take a close look at the ingredients, they're actually WORSE for you than most candy bars.

Obviously money is the biggest factor...companies that use high-quality ingredients in their bars have to charge more for them in order to stay in business. Hence the brick-like slop sold in bar form that you'll find in the grocery store aisles today.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe's

Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe's: Now includes peanut and almond butters sold nationwide

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A daily dose of chocolate is shown to help prevent stroke in men

A daily dose of chocolate is shown to help prevent stroke in men

15 ideas for packing additive-free lunches

15 ideas for packing additive-free lunches

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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Truth About Natural Foods

The Truth About Natural Foods

Farmers: Organic study flawed - Life Extension Daily News

Farmers: Organic study flawed - Life Extension Daily News

Salt in Kids’ Diets Linked to High Blood Pressure

Salt in Kids’ Diets Linked to High Blood Pressure

Having trouble eating nutritious foods?

Having trouble eating nutritious foods?

Horseradish has been prized for its medicinal qualities for centuries.

Horseradish – The Bite That Bites Back

This is one of the most loved, or most hated, condiments on the grocery store shelves. A little dab is all it takes to turn a simple dish into a bite that will make you break out in a sweat. The taste is distinctive, and the watering eyes come with the territory. So, what makes some people crave this fire-breathing food? Let's take a closer look at the spicy condiment with the strange name.

What is it?

When we refer to horseradish, we could be referring to one of two things; the root or the condiment. The root is the basis for the condiment, but many of us would never dream of buying a horseradish root and using it as is. Even though a horseradish root looks and smells rather benign in the produce counter, when you get it home and cut into it, you'll be treated to an incredible sinus clearing, whether you wanted one or not. The horseradish is part of the mustard family, Brassicaceae, and as far as mustards go, horseradish would be on the top of the stingy scale.

Once the horseradish root is peeled and grated, it is mixed with vinegar to create the condiment we know as horseradish. The vinegar helps to not only produce a delightful texture, but it also puts the brakes on the super stingy oils that are causing your sinuses to scream. If you were going to attempt to make the condiment horseradish at home, you would want to grate the horseradish directly into a bowl of vinegar to help reduce the assault to the eyes, nose, and sinuses. You may then add spices, salt, sugar, cream, or oil to make a specialty style condiment.

History

Knowledge of the horseradish root dates back some 3000 years. Horseradish has been used for everything from an aphrodisiac to the treatment of rheumatism. You'll find it mentioned in ancient Greek cookbooks and used in Passover seder meals as a bitter herb. In German, the word for horseradish is 'meerrettich' which some say translates to 'sea radish' and others say 'large radish.' It may have mistakenly become known as 'horseradish' simply because in English the German word 'meer' was mispronounced 'mare' becoming 'mare radish' and eventually 'horse radish.' Then again, you'll find some indication that the word 'horse' was often used to describe something large, so the 'large radish' also makes sense. In America, we can credit our German immigrants not only for the name, but for bringing the horseradish to our shores sometime around the late 1800s. This hardy crop was important in German cooking and beer making.

Today, Illinois provides about 60 percent of the world's supply of horseradish. The winters are cold and the summers are long enough for this root to grow well. The horseradish is celebrated in Illinois at the International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville. The events during the festival might be challenging for many of us. With horseradish eating contests and cooking contests, this is not a festival for the timid taste buds. But, no matter how you enjoy your horseradish, how it got its name, or how it's celebrated, we have to agree that horseradish has come a long way from aphrodisiac and rheumatism; or not.

Health Benefits

Horseradish has been prized for its medicinal qualities for centuries. If you have every eaten horseradish, it should come as no surprise that horseradish has been used effectively to relieve sinus discomfort. The traditional treatment for sinusitis is to eat or drink a half teaspoonful of grated horseradish sauce twice a day. There will be a powerful feeling in the back of your head, followed by a sensation of the sinuses clearing, sometimes accompanied with sweating of the forehead and perhaps a few tears, as well. But, your sinuses will be cleared, so many say a small price to pay. Along with sinusitis, a little horseradish rubbed on the forehead is believed to relieve headaches.

It is believed that horseradish also contains antibiotic properties. This suggests that horseradish can be used to treat urinary tract infections; not only the bacteria but because horseradish stimulates the elimination of urine so that the bladder may be flushed out more often. The antibiotic properties of horseradish are also put to work to destroy bacteria in the throat to help prevent bronchitis, coughs, and related upper respiratory illnesses. Due to the stimulating effect horseradish has on the blood capillaries, it is also regarded as an aid in water retention.

Fun Fact

It would probably surprise you to know that in the US alone, it is estimated that around 12000 tons of horseradish roots are harvested yearly. That means about 5 million gallons of horseradish sauce ends up in those little jars on the grocery store shelves every year. Horseradish is still planted and harvested mostly by hand, making that 12000 tons even more astounding. Bottled horseradish was bottled and sold commercially as early as 1860, making it one of the first condiments sold as a convenience food.

How to Eat

To relish the full flavor of processed horseradish, be sure it's fresh. Color of processed horseradish in jars varies from white to creamy beige. As jarred horseradish ages, it browns and loses potency, so watch the color to know how fresh your horseradish sauce really is.

Of course, one of the best known uses for horseradish is probably as an ingredient to make cocktail sauce, typically served with shrimp. But, horseradish also adds a rich and spicy zing to sandwiches, cold cuts, or roast beef. A tiny dollop of horseradish in mashed potatoes is another winner. You don't even need to use processed horseradish sauce. You can grate a few shreds of horseradish root into many dishes to add pure horseradish flavor. Try a little in beef stew to take your old recipe up a notch or two.

You'll find the classic jar of simple prepared horseradish sauce in every grocery store, but you may also be surprised by the variety of flavored, seasoned, creamy, and herbed horseradish sauces available. Look for beet horseradish and even dehydrated horseradish. Add any of these to recipes where a bit of 'bite' works well, such as marinades for beef and pork. If you want to see horseradish used in unique ways, take a trip to Germany where you'll find horseradish schnapps and many beers with horseradish as an ingredient.

Rub it on your forehead to relieve a headache, or mix it in ketchup to dip your shrimp in. No matter how you approach this root crop, the bite will be unmistakable!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Healthy Eating Tip: Mix Ground Meat With Tofu

Healthy Eating Tip: Mix Ground Meat With Tofu

Honeydew melon is an excellent choice for both weight control and general health

The aroma of a ripe honeydew melon is unmistakable. One of the sweetest treats you'll find, this juicy melon is light, fresh, and about 99% water. What makes this pale green fruit one of our favorites? Let's take a look.

What is it?

The honeydew melon is a member of the gourd family, just like cucumbers and squash. You'll recognize it by its smooth, firm pale yellow rind and its sweet, juicy, pale green flesh. Most are round and somewhat larger than a cantaloupe, ranging in weight from four to eight pounds. The rind turns from green to white to yellow as it matures. As the honeydew ripens, its skin transforms from very hard and smooth to a velvety texture and often develops a slight stickiness as if the juice was trying to escape.

History

The name 'honeydew melon' is the American name for what is also known as 'Balian' or 'Wallace' melon. There is documentation indicating that this melon was cultivated in the warm climates of southern France and Algeria in the 15th century. Because honeydew plants need a hot dry climate to grow and produce fruit, these melons didn't make it in America until the 1800s, after areas like California and Arizona were populated and farmed.

Once the honeydew melon is introduced to the proper climate, it usually flourishes. If it gets what it needs, a hot, dry climate with plenty of sunshine, it will take off like crazy. One of the reasons is the honeydew plant produces both male and female flowers on the same vine. That means you have a plant that 'self pollinates' without any help from bees or humans intervention. You can plant your melon seeds and basically walk away. The biggest commercial producers of honeydew melon are Turkey and China, followed by California and Arizona. This hardy plant that self-pollinates and grows in hot dry climates can be a lifesaver for otherwise barren regions, which makes this fruit a big part of history around the world.

Health Benefits

Honeydew melons are not only sweet, juicy, and delicious, they are also all business when it comes to nutrients. With just one small serving of honeydew melon, you receive almost half the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C along with a healthy dose of potassium. Research indicates that honeydew melon is also a respectable source of pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6 which can help lower blood pressure and increase metabolism. Some studies also find improvement for skin disorders when honeydew melon is added to ones diet.

Even if you’re counting carbs to lose weight, honeydew melon may be one fruit to consider eating. Along with the nutritional value, honeydew melon is filled with juice, which, along with the fiber, makes you feel full. Honeydew melon is an excellent choice for both weight control and general health.

Fun Fact

Honeydew melons are at their nutritive and sweetest best when fully vine ripened. But, this fully vine ripened melon had a problem - they simply didn't ship well because they were so perishable. Once the ripe honeydew melon is picked, it starts to deteriorate quickly. The rind is delicate, and the insides are fully ripe when picked, so there's none of the 'ripen while shipping' element. Even refrigerated, the insides will start to spoil very quickly because the rinds simply are not hard and solid. But, things have changed. After some research, scientists have found a way to preserve the delicate honeydew melon without losing the vine ripened goodness. The honeydew melons are still picked ripe, but then are steeped in a solution that penetrates the rind and turns it into a more protective shield. Shelf life is increased and now more of us can enjoy the fresh juicy sweetness of this delicate fruit.

How to Eat

One thing to remember is that once a honeydew melon is picked, it won't get any sweeter. A honeydew melon sweetens totally on the vine until it is fully ripened. If it's picked at this time, it will have a high sugar content, making it super sweet and juicy. So, with this said, once you bring a honeydew melon home, there's no need to let it sit on the counter and 'ripen' like you do other produce, like avocados, for instance. Check the honeydew melon in the store before you buy to make sure it has reached its peak ripeness. If the blossom end yields to gentle pressure when pressed with your finger, it's ripe.

Honeydew melon can be enjoyed in a wide variety of dishes. You'll find it often in simple fruit salads, but honeydew melon pairs so well with mint and lime, that it begs to be part of a larger culinary adventure. Blend it for cold soups, smoothies, or sauces. You can even mix with savory ingredients and chop up into beautiful salsas to be served with fish. Remember, honeydew melon has a lot of moisture so it blends well into a lot of beverages. You can store cut honeydew melon in the refrigerator for a couple days, but I suspect once you cut into a ripe honeydew melon, there won't be any left to put away.

Friday, September 7, 2012

4 Of The Best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

4 Of The Best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

Eating Healthy Has Critical Effect On Maintaining Healthy Eyesight - Life Extension Daily News

Eating Healthy Has Critical Effect On Maintaining Healthy Eyesight - Life Extension Daily News

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Top Five Foods For Men

Top Five Foods For Men

3 Best Foods for Women

3 Best Foods for Women

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What messages are kids getting about nutrition? - MayoClinic.com

What messages are kids getting about nutrition? - MayoClinic.com

Health Tip: Defrost Meat Properly - MedicineNet

Health Tip: Defrost Meat Properly - MedicineNet

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Organic Foods Not Necessarily Better

Organic Foods Not Necessarily Better

Healthy meat consumption 101 - How to distinguish good meats from bad meats

Healthy meat consumption 101 - How to distinguish good meats from bad meats

Vegan Ice Cream Made With Bananas

Vegan Ice Cream Made With Bananas

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Manna Organics Recalls Tofu and Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risks

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Manna Organics Recalls Tofu and Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risks

Grocery Tips: Signs Of Good Produce

We all know that fruits and vegetables are essential parts of a healthy diet. The vitamins and nutrients from them helps make the body stronger and can boost the immune system. Each fruit and vegetable has its own natural properties that are beneficial. For instance, a tomato has antioxidant properties that help cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals. It is great for preventing cancer too.

You can easily find fruits and vegetables in the grocery store. But how do you choose the good ones from the bad ones? Read on for some great tips.

Tips for Finding Good Produce

Fruits

Oranges- Good oranges are firm, heavy and have a smooth texture. Do not buy oranges that are lightweight, dull, spongy, and have a rough texture.

Peaches- Good peaches are firm and plump. It should be white or yellow in color with a red blush. Do not buy peaches that are very cushiony or shriveled.

Grapes- Good grapes are tender, plump, firmly attached to the stems and have a slight amber blush (green grapes). Bad grapes are brown in color, have a wrinkled surface and brittle stems.

Apricots- Good apricots have a uniform golden color and they are firm. Do not buy apricots that have a pale yellow or greenish color. Bad apricots can be very soft or very hard.

Cherry- Good cherries have new looking stems and a smooth and shiny surface. Bad cherries have dried steams and dull surfaces.

Cantaloupe- Good cantaloupes have a delicate aroma, yellowish skin and a thick texture on the rind. Do not buy cantaloupes with a sweet and pungent aroma as well as those with a soft rind.

Watermelon- Good watermelons are symmetrical in shape and have a cream-colored underside. Do not buy watermelons with cushiony spots.

Vegetables

Broccoli- Good broccoli is firm, have closed florets and have a deep green color. Do not buy broccoli that are yellow in color, with open florets and water-soaked spots.

Asparagus- Good asparagus have closed tips and straight green stalks. Bad asparagus have open tips and the stalks are curved.

Bell Pepper- Good bell peppers have bright and glossy skin. They are firm and thick while bad bell peppers have soft spots and shriveled surfaces.

Carrots- Good carrots are firm and have a bright orange color. Bad carrots have a rough texture, soft and have green roots.

Tomato- Good tomatoes are plump, smooth and have a rich red color. Bad tomatoes look shriveled and have blemishes.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Why Vegans Should Avoid Gummy Bears

Why Vegans Should Avoid Gummy Bears

Health Basics - What exactly is a raw food diet?

Health Basics - What exactly is a raw food diet?

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