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February 12th, 2016

We may not think of ...

February 12th, 2016

Many of you have heard me say that when that candy bar in your desk drawer is calling your name at snack time…well…there’s a better choice. For many of us, that choice is dried fruit.

But is it so great a choice in the end?

As snacks go, it can be dodgy, to be honest. While dried fruits are concentrated sources of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, beta carotene and fiber, they are also rich sources of sugar…and calories.

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February 11th, 2016
As we celebrate our tickers, I thought I would take a look at one of the ingredients that seems to cause us so much grief.
 
We are told that eating foods containing saturated fats raises cholesterol levels in your blood. We know that high levels of LDL cholesterol, along with elevated triglycerides (fats in the blood) increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
 
What exactly are saturated fats? A bit of chemistry for you. Saturated fats are fat molecules with no double bonds between their carbon molecules because they’re saturated with...
February 11th, 2016

(A Note from me: I found this article online. I adore the work of Dr. Katz. I just had to share it with you. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is a specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine, with particular expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic-disease prevention. He is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, and principal inventor of the NuVal nutrition guidance system. Katz was named editor-in-chief of Childhood Obesity in 2011, and is president-elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.)...

February 11th, 2016

I know what you’re thinking.  It’s February, the month of love and romance…and she is writing about Brussels sprouts????  Brussels sprouts????

Before you turn to another article, hang in there with me.  By the time you finish this piece, you will have Brussels sprouts as the centerpiece of any romantic dinner…heck, you might even sprinkle the leaves on your bed, rather than rose petals!

This garden plant has an unknown origin.  Although related to a wild...

February 2nd, 2016

It’s that time of year. We’re all about the Super Bowl. And while the game is the center of the universe for those 4-5 hours, it seems to me that the parties are just as important. We gather with families and friends; in bars and restaurants, homes and clubs and at the field itself tailgating.

In that short window of time, we manage to do a lot of damage. Second only to Thanksgiving in terms of food consumption, the average fan consumes more than 2400 calories during the 4-5 hours of partying for the game.

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January 29th, 2016

We may think of February and picture Valentines, but since 1963, this short month has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease.

Since 1963???? Wait. What? We have struggled to get Americans on board to keep their hearts healthy since 1963?

Before 1900, very few people died of heart disease. Since then, it has become…and remains the leading killer of both men and women in the United States.

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January 26th, 2016

When I was a kid, the only thing that helped me get over the passing of Christmas was the appearance of what my grandfather called “Chinese apples.”  I couldn’t wait until he pried the bright red skin open, revealing the tiny jewel-like...

January 25th, 2016

It’s been a bad time recently for meat-and meat eaters. Everywhere they turn, they are faced with studies telling them meat kills, experts advising to quit meat and contaminated meat recalls. Everywhere, knives and forks are paused over juicy pieces of animal shank in hesitation.

Of course, surveys also tell us that most Americans are shrugging off the World Health Organization’s dire health warnings about meat and are not particularly concerned about meat recalls due to e coli contamination. There’s even a bit of a backlash...

January 21st, 2016

I don’t know about you, but where I live, when the bone-chilling cold of winter sets in, it feels like it will never thaw.  Steel grey skies, cloudy days and long dark nights leave us shivering under blankets for months.

So how do we add a bit of tropical warmth and sunshine to our winter-weary lives?  While there are lots of options, I always turn to grapefruit when my wintery life needs some sparkle.  With its delicately tart flavor, subtle sweet undertones and sensual juicy flesh, grapefruit makes me feel like I’ve jetted...