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Archive for August, 2012

Recipe: Minted Green Tea Yogurt Filled Raspberries

Anyone who’s ever had green tea ice cream knows that it’s an earthy flavor and with a little creamy sweetness, it becomes delicate and light.  I suggest using Matcha green tea because it’s finely ground and powdery. If you have large berries (or are using strawberries), use an egg carton to keep the berries upright.  […]

Myth: nutritional claims and calorie counts on labels and menus are accurate

TRUTH: I want to preface this with an experience I had this past Saturday.  I was entering Dunkin Donuts to purchase an iced coffee. Outside the entrance, there was a thin, frail man who was hungry and asking for food, not money, just food. As I walked in, I decided to purchase a muffin for […]

Myth: The rich care more about eating healthy and spend more money on food than the poor

TRUTH: This myth bothers me so much. First, no one wants to feel tired, sluggish, out of shape, or have diseases. Some people are less motivated – but that doesn’t mean that they don’t care. False assumption. Second, in a recent study published by the USDA, low income populations (food stamp recipients) were significantly more […]

Myth: Sugar is toxic

TRUTH:  Claims that sugar is toxic have become more popular recently due to Americans’ overconsumption of highly palatable foods (like soda, candy, cakes, cookies, etc).  At this point, it’s been clearly established that extra calories from any foods are stored in our bodies as fat.  But, the question remains – is sugar toxic? Dr. Robert […]

Myth: Eating fats will make you fat

TRUTH: Eating fat will not make you fat.  Simply not true.  Eating fat is essential – we need fats to live but our bodies cannot make them without a sufficient dietary source.  It’s true that fats contain more calories per gram than protein, carbohydrate, or alcohol; however, all that means is that they’re more concentrated […]

New strategies to encourage healthy eating

As we all know, there’s a ton of research and work going on across the country to reduce the number of overweight and obese Americans.  New ides for conveying health messages to consumers are being thrown around – but who knows if they’ll improve the food environment or confuse people even more.  Here are a […]

Myth: Avoiding grains (i.e. the Paleo diet) is true to our ancestors

TRUTH:  Omitting grains is emphasized for those following the Paleo Diet because proponents claim that humans aren’t adapted to eating grains.  In short, these claims are completely unfounded and, in some cases, just plain false.  Here’s a look at the grain-related claims: Claim #1: Humans aren’t meant to eat grains. Claim #2: Humans have only […]

How local foodies can change local laws

Ever heard of Cottage Food Laws?  These laws basically say that if you want to sell foods that you make in your home (and are for human consumption), you can do so without jumping through hoops.  These laws enable the home cook to legally sell their items as long as the food is not a […]

Recipe: Whole Fruit Pops

One of my biggest issues with summer desserts is that it is very often unhealthy.  Ice cream, gelato, sorbet with added sugar, fruit pies and cobblers, and chilled cheesecakes often top the list of sugary sweets.  Not necessary!  Making refreshing desserts doesn’t have to be highly caloric. Try using some creative molds to make these […]

Myth: You should cut out gluten to lose weight or be healthy

TRUTH: Going gluten free is very popular these days – a new study says that 80% of people on a gluten free diet do not have celiac disease.  80%! To be fair, some of those people are probably gluten sensitive and only about 1 in 5 people with Celiac disease are diagnosed but still, that’s […]