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Archive for 2013

Silencing ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills

I want to shed some light on an  appalling trend in legislation, that has emerged in the last 12 months: Ag-Gag bills.  I’m hoping that with a catchy name, people will listen and lobbyists won’t have a fighting chance of getting more of these nonsense bills passed. Basically, Ag-Gag is a term for any proposed […]

10 Alternative Steps for Staying Healthy

Let’s play a visualization game.  I’d ask you to close your eyes, but since I don’t have voice over for this blog post, I’ll just ask you to read slowly and really think about this: Think of the last time you were hungry.  A time when your stomach ached with emptiness and growled for food.  […]

Myth: Vertical farming will save our food system

TRUTH:  It’s official – vertical farming won’t save our food system right now.  But it could in the future.  This week, the country’s largest vertical, aquaponic (soil-free) farm opened in Chicago, IL.  The process by which FarmedHere is growing plants (using the excrement of tilapia to create mineral-rich water that is cycled through stacked plant […]

Glutens Goodness in Flour’s Power

So you’ve heard of white, wheat, corn…and maybe a few other flours.  You might not care much about flour but when attempting to bake, the flour you choose can make or break you. This is where gluten content is key.  Gluten is a sticky, stretchy protein that helps create structure and substance in baked goods.  […]

Myth: Detox diets remove toxins from your body

TRUTH: If you google search for “detox diet”, you’ll get a range of results from fasting to strict meal plans.  Most of these use quasi-science and make extremely overblown claims touting the benefits of detoxing. So what’s the science based perspective?  Here are the basics: Natural detox mainly happens in the liver (though other systems […]

Myth: Your spicy tuna roll is made from tuna

TRUTH:  This isn’t completely a myth but because there’s a 1 in 3 chance that your tuna is actually tuna.  From over 1,000 samples collected over the last couple years, a seafood conservation group, Oceana, has used DNA testing to prove that only about one third of the samples taken were properly labeled.  The most […]

Myth: Pickleback shots prevent hangovers

TRUTH:  I love a good dill pickle.  But the thought of a pickleback shot, is completely disgusting to me.  For those who don’t know, a pickleback is a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice.  Ew.  But, the way it’s been explained to me is that it masks the flavor of terrible […]

Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth

Many coconut chicken recipes require frying and smothering chicken with dense, heavy (calorie laden) sauces.  My recipe, however, is lighter but with a strong coconut flavor at a reasonable caloric value. Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth Serves 8 ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 cups panko bread crumbs ¾ […]

Myth: Cutting carbs will make you lose weight

TRUTH: Oh, KGN readers.  You know this one isn’t true!  I know because you’re intelligent, savvy readers (and I’ve taught you well).  As you probably know, any extra calories are stored as fat.  It doesn’t matter if those calories enter your body as carbs, fat, or protein, they’re all stored as fat. So, there are […]

Myth: To optimize cardio exercise, you need a carbohydrate supplement

TRUTH:  Research that looks at the ingestion of whole food carbohydrates is seriously lacking.  Now that the local, organic, and whole food industries are taking off, the research is quickly following.  There’s been a recent influx of information about using whole foods instead of sports drinks and chews (or goos).  However, two very important studies […]