Foods You Think Are Healthy – But They Aren’t

Sometimes the food industry drives me nuts. Actually more than sometimes. I especially dislike when they try to “fool” consumers by spinning words to make foods sound healthy!

For example, the other day I saw FAT FREE ORGANIC JELLY BEANS. Wow, doesn’t that sound great. They must be the best jelly beans and very good for me. Well,the truth is, all jelly beans are fat free, and although not all jelly beans can claim organic, they are all basically little balls of sugar that have absolutely no health benefit whatsoever.

Or when cookies have a big fat FAT FREE sticker on the front, but in teeny print on the back, you can see they have more sugar, and probably some artificial ingredients to make up for the lost flavor.  Continue reading “Foods You Think Are Healthy – But They Aren’t”

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2013 Health Trends

Americans are becoming more conscious of what they are putting in their mouths, how much waste they are producing, and improving their workplace environments.

A study conducted by The Value Institute of DGWB, a social science research entity based in California, used observational studies to identify top health and wellness trends that Americans are most likely to embrace in 2013.  Continue reading “2013 Health Trends”

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Quinoa: A Super Grain

Quinoa is a seed that is related to beet, chard, and spinach plants. It is considered a grain and a tasty choice for those who follow a wheat or gluten-free diet. It comes in a variety of colors and is a very nutritious food. Quinoa has a slightly nutty flavor and when cooked is fluffy and creamy, but still a little crunchy. Actually, it was quite the staple for South American Native Indians, and the Incas called it the “monster seed.” Also known to give strength and stamina, it was the called “the gold of the Aztecs.”

Quinoa is a great source of magnesium and manganese, plus a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorous, copper and zinc. It also contains B2, vitamin E and fiber. Quinoa has all of the essential amino acids, which makes it an excellent source of protein.

Easy to prepare, this grain is a tasty accompaniment to any meal. For perfectly cooked quinoa, simply add 1 part grain to 2 parts liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cover and let summer for about 15 to 20 minutes. The quinoa should look translucent at the end of the cooking process. You can dress it up any way you like. Here are some quick serving ideas to try.  Continue reading “Quinoa: A Super Grain”

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Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies in a Gluten-Free Diet

I was watching an episode of one of my favorite shows, Parenthood, and the topic of wheat allergy came up for one of the children. The solution: eliminating wheat. However, when you eliminate wheat, the risk of nutritional deficiencies may occur, especially if there is inadequate variety in the diet.

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to a protein in wheat, called gluten. If left untreated, malabsorption may occur, also leading to deficiencies in iron, magnesium, B vitamins and fiber. By eliminating gluten (rye, oats, wheat, barley and spelt), most symptoms are alleviated. However, even after going gluten free, some individuals with celiac still experience chronic diarrhea, which can impact nutritional status.  Continue reading “Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies in a Gluten-Free Diet”

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