The US Compared To Other Countries When It Comes To Food

Such a great article I came across on Buzzfeed comparing what we eat here in the United States that are BANNED from other countries. Definitely worth your time reading and definitely an eye opener!
The 8 foods mentioned here are:

  • Artificial food dyes -  have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity in children.
  • Olestra – robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins
  • Brominated vegetable oil – BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.
  • Potassium bromate – linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.
  • Azodicarbonamide – known to induce asthma.
  • BHA and BHT -known to cause cancer in rats.
  • Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST – potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.
  • Arsenic - Used in some chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is poison, which will kill you if you ingest enough.

 

Check it out here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/8-foods-we-eat-in-the-us-that-are-banned-in-other-countries

Get The Scoop On Leafy Greens!

  • Collards: An excellent source of fiber, vitamins A and K, and calcium. Since they are full of Phytochemicals, they may help prevent cancers and promote heart health!
  • Mustards: These leafy greens have a spicy, peppery flavor. They have vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and fiber!
  • Cabbage: Full of fiber and rich in vitamins C and K. Eating cabbage regularly may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.
  • Chard: Available in several varieties, this leafy green provides vitamins A, K, magnesium, potassium, and is higher on the sodium side (315 milligrams per cup)
  • Kale: An excellent source of lutein and vitamins A, C, and K, and a good source of calcium.
  • Arugula: This peppery salad green is an excellent source of vitamin K. It can be used a spice or eaten raw as lettuce leaves!
  • Romaine: A good source of folate and vitamin K. Tearing the leaves (not cutting) avoids the release of ascorbic acid oxidase which destroys vitamin C!
  • Watercress: An excellent source of vitamins C and K. It’s a great leafy green to add to salads or added to sandwiches.
  • Spinach: Raw spinach is 91 percent water! It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, and fiber. It is great cooked and raw!

What’s your favorite leafy green? Do you like eating it raw or cooked?

For more information: Leafy Greens Nutrition Rock Stars by Marisa Moore

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National Nutrition Month 2014

The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the taste of eating right!” Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. This year’s key messages for NNM will focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

What does this year’s slogan mean to you and your family? Is taste really the overall factor when it comes to deciding what to eat? Share your thoughts!

Visit for more details: http://www.eatright.org/NNM

Rethink Your Calories When Eating Out

This gives us all a great perspective on what we really are eating when we order from restaurants! This short video shows that it may not be a bad idea to over-estimate your caloric intake when reading nutrition information. Until the FDA makes food companies report accurate information for the public, remember to rethink what you actually are eating.

The Scoop On Protein

Many people believe they’re struggling to meet their protein needs through food sources when weight lifting. However, this is not necessarily true! Relying on expensive protein powders and supplements may not always be the right answer.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that athletes who are weight training need more protein than the general population, roughly 0.54 to 0.77 grams per pound of body weight per day. That’s 81 to 116 grams of protein for a 150 pound person. And this amount can generally be met by eating food alone.
For example…
2 cups of 1% milk = 16 grams of protein
2 large eggs = 12 grams of protein
6 1/2 inch whole wheat pita = 6 grams of protein
2 oz. Swiss cheese = 16 grams of protein
3 oz. turkey breast = 26 grams of protein
7 oz. yogurt = 18 grams of protein
3 oz. lean steak = 23 grams protein
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Total = 116 grams of protein
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February Means Heart Health Awareness!

February is all about heart health, so let’s take a look at The American Heart Association‘s healthy diet goals in maintaining a healthy heart!

  1. Don’t smoke
  2. Maintain a healthy weight
  3. Be physically active
  4. Eat a healthy diet — think a colorful plate!
  5. Manage your blood pressure
  6. Take charge of cholesterol
  7. Keep blood sugar at a healthy level

As part of a healthy diet, an adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for:

  • Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day
  • Fish (preferably oily fish): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week
  • Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce-equivalent servings a day
  • Sodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages: No more than 450 calories (36 ounces) a week
  • Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week
  • Processed meats: No more than 2 servings a week
  • Saturated fat: Less than 7% of total energy intake

Spice Up Your Salad At Home!

When most people think of salads, they think of them as boring. But guess what… they don’t have to be! Here is a wonderful example of a way to spice up your salad. Share this wonderful recipe with family and friends!

Black Bean Salad:

What you will need: (Serves 4 people)

2 cups dried black beans

1 1/2 tbsp. coriander chopped

1 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped

1 tbsp. lime juice

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup avocado peeled and diced

2 tbsp. shallots chopped

1 tbsp. green chili seeded, minced

4 cups salad greens

Preparation:

1. Soak the beans overnight. Drain, rinse and place them into a medium size pot. Cover them with water and cook up to 2 hours until the beans are softened.

2. Combine the coriander, parsley, lime juice, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk. Add beans, tomato, avocado, shallots, and chili and toss well. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Combine with the salad greens shortly before serving!

Photo Credit: http://www.trialx.com

For more great recipes: Healing Foods: Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Chron’s, and IBS by Sandra Ramacher

Oat Granola.. A Nice Treat!

A wonderful, delicious recipe for all.. that is if you like granola!

What you will need: (Makes about 6 cups)

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup almonds, halved or chopped

1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup oil (your choice)

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup mashed banana

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine oats, seeds, almonds, cinnamon, salt in a large mixing bowl
  3. In a blender, combine oil, pineapple juice, and mashed banana — blend briefly
  4. Pour the liquid over the oat mixture and blend together well
  5. Spread on a large pan (cookie sheet with edges) and bake for 40-45 minutes stirring the granola 2 or 3 times
  6. When lightly brown, remove from the oven. It will get crispier as it cools down
  7. Store the cooled granola in a tightly capped glass jar

Photo credit: www.kingarthurflour.com

For more fabulous recipes: Get The Sugar Out by Ann Gittleman

Top 10 Tips to Eliminate Sugar

If you haven’t already read Get The Sugar Out by Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS — I suggest you do! Here are 10 great tips she gives on eliminating sugar in your diet.

1. Stop adding sugar to your foods like cereals and fruits as well as drinks like tea and coffee! Keep it out of sight to avoid being tempted by it.

2. Refined carbohydrates like white rice, white bread, and white pasta are covered with sugar. Stick to whole grain carbohydrates to help eliminate sugar.

3. Poultry, meat, fish, and eggs are SUGAR free. Legumes, grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits may have natural occurring sugars but they are all full of nutrients and fiber to help balance blood sugar.

4. Dilute concentrated sweeteners like honey with water or mix sweeter foods like granola with plain cereals and nuts.

5. Fat-free foods aren’t always the best. Sometimes there is two or more times more sugar found in fat-free foods than regular versions of food.

6. Always go for unprocessed. The more natural, the better. For example, choose an orange over orange juice, and an apple over applesauce.

7. Pay attention to food labels. Look at how many grams of sugar are listed on the food label as well as the ingredients!

8. Remember, your tastes can change. Eating a high sugar diet can result in nutrient deficiencies. Stick to lowering your sugar, your body and mind will thank you in the long run!

9. Stabilize your blood sugar by listening to your body. Keep a diary and see when your body is trying to tell you something after eating a certain food.

10. Always aim for balanced meals. You will have better energy, moods, and be able to focus more clearly without the temptation of sugar around!