The leaves are falling, winter is coming and you (hopefully!) have a bounty of food from your garden waiting to be consumed. Here are some quick crockpot recipes to help warm you up this autumn season.(more…)
If you’ve seen any of the print and TV ads being promoted by the Corn Refiners Association lately – the ones implying that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is essentially the same as table sugar – you may be rightfully confused. In this post, we will set the record straight. (more…)
Aspartame is a widely used artificial sweetener. Since its discovery in 1965, it has been used in thousands of food products as a non-caloric sweetener. Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). However, aspartame is not the only artificial sweetener found in foods; others include saccharin, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. More than 6000 new products that contain artificial sweeteners were launched in the United States between 1999 and 2004, including soft drinks, baby food, Pedialyte, frozen foods, chewing gum and many (many) foods aimed at weight loss and blood sugar management (see other posts on the effects of artificial sweeteners and blood sugar and weight gain). (more…)
Heavy metals can disrupt numerous bodily functions and systems, even at very low exposures. Amazingly, heavy metals were found in many commonly eaten baby foods, sometimes at levels called “troublesome” according to a new report published by Consumer Reports. Find out which ones and what you can do to avoid them. (more…)
We all know that being properly hydrated is important. What most people do NOT know is how to get properly hydrated. It turns out that there’s a bit more to it than just pounding water a few times a day… (more…)
One of the hardest things for many people trying to live a healthier lifestyle is what to do in social situations when alcohol is available. As a society, we love our booze and it alcohol has become an integral part of many social gatherings and situations. So much so, that it is often deemed odd to not have a drink in hand and many of these events.
Have no fear – we have come up with several ‘mocktails’ that will ease the pressure to drink and allow you to enjoy a refreshing (and hydrating) beverage to boot – Cheers! (more…)