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Archive for January, 2012

Recipe: Pineapple Raisin Bread Pudding

Bread pudding has roots in many cultures’ food histories, from Europe to Argentina.  It’s a dessert that’s a great use for stale bread and can be flavored with so many different fruits and spices, so try experimenting!  Some other ideas include trying different dried fruits or using maple syrup in lieu of sugar. This is […]

Myth: Fair Trade USA Certified means equal wages, ethical farming practices and fair prices

TRUTH:  Fair Trade USA (see left for logo, formerly TransFair USA), made a name for itself a decade ago by focusing on coffee but has slowly and steadily lowered their standards of what it means to trade fairly. First, let me highlight an important distinctions between ‘fair trade’ and ‘Fair Trade USA’: ‘fair trade’ is a phrase that refers […]

Raising the Tax on Soda

Forget the war on drugs or the war on terror; we’re waging the war on bubbly soft drinks.  Not a bad war to wage, but worthy of serious consideration as mentions of a soda tax has sparked debates. On Wednesday night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address, in which he (again) expressed […]

Recipe: Spicy Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

I don’t discriminate against any type of fast food – I think there’s a time and place for everything.  However, in my opinion, most Chinese Takeout is oily and bland.  It’s not even that comforting – and when you can’t tell a difference between Cashew Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken, it’s a bad sign. The […]

All you need about A (vitamin A, that is…)

Functions Vision Bone growth Reproduction Cell division and differentiation Immune System (with regard to white blood cells and in keeping the linings of the eyes, respiratory, intestinal and urinary tracts healthy) Skin health Foods (in which 1 serving provides at least 20% of the Daily Value)   Animal Sources (in the form of vitamin A) […]

A Curry Conundrum

I’ve heard a lot of people say ‘I don’t like curry’ which is a gross overstatement of what you probably mean.  Granted, I’m being a little presumptuous, but there are so many types of curry that to have only 1 or 2 and say you don’t like them is not giving curry a fair chance! […]

Myth: Vitamin Water is healthy, vitamin-packed hydration.

TRUTH:  I have to give Glaceau (producer of Vitamin Water, owned by Coca-Cola) credit – the name of the product alone sparked nutrition-related discussion and media hype for their “novel” creation.  Why not put vitamins in water?  It’s not a bad idea per se, but they make some seemingly bold claims for being sugar water. […]

Vitamins and Minerals 101

One of the most common inquires I get is about vitamin and mineral supplements; people are very interested in specific vitamins and their functions.  Honestly, I have trouble giving concise answers because the real answer is that vitamins and minerals have many functions.  But, ‘they have many functions’ is not a satisfying answer, you still […]

Recipe: Winter Squash Curry

I’m on a curry kick right now – and though it’s only just begun, the versatility of curries is amazing. The variety of curry powders out there is astounding; regional populations have cultivated hundreds of different spices used in their unique curry blends.  For those who aren’t familiar, curry powder is a combination of up […]

Myth: In order to lose weight or be healthier you should ‘Eat Right for Your Type’

TRUTH:  ‘Type’ in this instance, refers to blood type.  A very popular diet these days is the blood type diet, which prescribes certain foods to persons of different ‘types’ based on the theory that different blood proteins are more (or less) compatible with the proteins in certain foods (called lectins). Based on your type, you […]