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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 […]

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 […]

Why you should care about food if you care about freedom

After World War II America became the undisputed superpower due to our strong military, economic, political and cultural power. Culturally, freedoms on which we pride ourselves, such as the freedom of speech and freedom of the press allow citizens to live in an open, democratic country. The United States also has the largest economy in […]

Recipe: Thyme and Fennel Steamed Salmon

Many people, if not all of us, have experienced bland steamed food.  The perception of steaming, in general is that it doesn’t add flavor or depth to a dish.   In general, the addition of a fat (vegetable oils or butter, for example) gives dimension to a dish, but adding fat is not the only way […]

Myth: Light olive oil has fewer calories or fat than Extra Virgin Olive Oil

TRUTH: The claim “light” doesn’t have anything to do with the calories or fat content; what they’re really talking about is the way the olives are processed.  First, let me say that there is huge variety in the flavor of oils, and though you think you might not detect a difference, I encourage you to […]

Myth: 95% fat free means only 5% of the calories are from fat

TRUTH: Even though a basic elementary school education would tell us that 100%-95% = 5%, this is, in fact, just not true when it comes to food claims. As many of you may know, my usual approach to food and nutrition is that of applying common sense. However, in this case, common sense won’t do […]

Recipe: Homemade Personal Pizzas

When I was a kid, Sunday night was TV and pizza night.  I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, so it was a treat, as was the ½ pepperoni and mushroom and ½ plain pizza.  Of course, there was also a salad and Yoo-Hoo.  Though it’s been years since I had Yoo-Hoo, I still love […]

Myth: A whole grain muffin is a “better choice” than a whole grain bagel

    TRUTH:  This myth is best explained by a side to side comparison.  The values I’m using are averages from the typical coffee shop or deli.   Muffin Bagel with cream cheese (cc) Calories 350-490 310-360 + 45 for an ounce of low fat  cc (100 if full fat) Fat (in grams) 9-28 2 […]

Myth: Butter is worse for you than margarine

TRUTH:  Butter contains cholesterol and saturated fat, which can raise your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.  Saturated fat can also increase your HDL (“good”) cholesterol.  On the other hand, margarine is sometimes made from hydrogenated vegetable oil (which contains no cholesterol and is mostly unsaturated fats).  During the hydrogenation process, trans fats are formed which not only […]

Myth: Eating Low fat and fat free foods means you can eat more of them

TRUTH:  Ok.  I’m going to be straight with you.  I’m someone who chooses volume over quality almost every time.  I like to stuff my face with low calorie foods and feel like I’m going to burst rather than eating a handful of potato chips.  No, I do not promote this eating pattern.  However, I try […]