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Archive for 2012

How fracking can affect food

If you read the news, you’re probably aware of ‘fracking’ aka hydraulic fracturing.  Basically, it’s the process of extracting petroleum (a natural gas) by using chemicals (some of which are toxic) to create pressure fractures in rock.  By doing so, oil and gas companies can speed the extraction process in deep natural gas well drilling.   […]

How to save your heirloom tomato seeds

This works for any tomato seeds, really, but sometimes I come across a rare variety of heirloom tomato that is not only pretty but sweet and juicy.  I’m always a little sad thinking that I might never find that variety again.  But, with these 5 easy steps, you can easily save the seeds and grow […]

Myth: Exercising for a longer period of time is always better

TRUTH:  In a recent study of 60 Danish men (who were fit but heavy), the results were clear that after a 3 month period, exercising for 60 minutes does not necessarily mean more weight loss than exercising for 30.  You might be wondering why (I am too) – but there’s probably a simple answer: those […]

Trending Today: Chia Seeds

I’ve been holding off on posting about chia seeds but I’ve gotten so many questions about them recently, that I have to address the topic!  Chia seeds, popularly added to Kombucha and other trendy beverages, are being touted for their omega-3 content and fiber.  Some claim that they can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood […]

Recipe: Rainbow Vegetable Terrine

Terrines are a traditionally French food, similar to a pate (but with coarsely chopped foods in loaf form), and they’re served cold or at room temperature. I love the idea, but they’re frequently unhealthy and fatty. This Rainbow terrine requires no special cooking equipment or ingredients and can be made with whatever you have in […]

Myth: Donating enough food aid to feed the world would cost Americans’ billions

TRUTH:  Many people assume that if the U.S. government supplies more food to starving Americans or other nations, it would cost taxpayers billions per year.  However, what we really need to do is take a long hard look at how we use food at home.  A recent study published examined the food waste in America […]

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 […]