Fake Sweeteners: Not a Healthy Option for Weight Loss

Pink. Blue. Yellow. You’ve seen the little packets on the tables of many restaurants. The theory of using these artificial sweeteners is to enjoy sweet-tasting food and beverages without all the extra calories, potential weight gain, and other health issues. There isn’t any evidence that sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose help people manage their weight. … Continued

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Fighting the Soda Epidemic in Minority Communities

African American and Latino community groups have sometimes been seen as allies of “Big Soda” for years. However, last week, two prominent African American pastors in the DC area filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming customers are being deceived about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages. The pastors are upset … Continued

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Gardening with Gramma Yuma Ranch

Food Safety from Field to Fork in America’s Salad Bowl

My parents grew up in Yuma, Arizona. One of my grandfathers leveled farmland across Dome Valley, and my other grandfather managed miles of crops there. The agriculture industry still employs 25% of Yuma County workers. Yuma’s growing season lasts from October to March and produces 90% of the nation’s leafy greens, including lettuce, cabbage, spinach, … Continued

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Removing Antibiotics is Something to Squawk About

Ever wondered why the frozen chicken breasts you purchase are so much bigger than any chicken you’ve seen? Most chicken in this country get plumped up with antibiotics so farmers can make more money. A large-scale change is coming to the chicken industry. Maryland-based Perdue Farms has come out with new chicken products labeled “No … Continued

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What is “Healthy” Food?

The 1994 FDA official definition of “healthy” is under review. With changing ideas of health and people’s eating habits, along with evolving nutrition research, this is a good time to re-evaluate regulations concerning nutrient content. Under the current definition, food can be marketed as healthy if it meets appropriate levels of fat, saturated fat, sodium, … Continued

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Why Wheat is Toxic (It’s Not the Gluten)

People with food allergies or digestive problems with wheat in America have no problem when eating pasta while on vacation in Europe. It couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization, since these have been consumed for thousands of years. Many have only started having bad reactions to wheat in the last 10 years. Since 1980, … Continued

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Early Introduction of Peanuts to Infants May Help Reduce Allergies Down the Road

If introduced to infants with potential for a high risk peanut allergy in their early diet, this could very well prevent most cases of nut related allergies later on in life according to experts. Of course, there’s still room for further research, but for care providers whose primary concern relates to the introduction of certain … Continued
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Nutritionists Prove They Are Only Human

It’s easy to think that when it comes to food and eating, nutritionists walk the straight and narrow road, confining their food choices to kale and baby carrots. Well, here’s an earth shattering revelation. Nutritionists are human too, but one thing that separates them from the common folk is that these professionals tame their cravings … Continued
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