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FDA Trans Fats Ruling: Better Late than Never

November 12, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, the FDA finally got around to saying that trans fats aren’t safe in foods. Ya think? The FDA gave notice that trans fats will be removed from the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list. It will be the second item to be removed from the list since the list was […]

Sugar Industry Tactics Reprise Tobacco’s

October 15, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

On September 11, 2013 Credit Suisse published a report on the impact of global sugar consumption. You can read a quick summary of their report done by WorldNow and ABC. Because I’ve already written so much about the use of sugar I’m not going to spend much time about the nutritional aspects of sugar intake. […]

Freshman Fifteen

September 17, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Remember when the Freshman 15 was the Freshman 10? As history goes on things just have gotten bigger and bigger in many ways. Although Wikipedia says that the Freshman 15 is really not a gain of a full fifteen pounds on average, of course, some students do gain weight. The Wikipedia article is really quite […]

Autumn Pumpkin Alert

September 10, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Here in the mountain west, autumn has put her nose under the tent, and like the camel in the old story, will soon nudge herself all the way in. In our town, we blessedly haven’t had frost yet; but up on the mountainside we can see the trees and shrubs beginning to change to their […]

Supersized Issues

July 9, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Are you one of those people that find it easier to do something for someone else, than for yourself? Maybe focusing on the needs of others and the needs of earth will be the key to healthy progress. On July 4, 2013 CNN World published an environmental article called, How supersized portions cost the earth […]

Eating Bugs – Solving the Ick Factor

June 18, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Choosing today’s topic began by simply glancing at our subscription of Sierra Magazine’s cover (July/August 2013 issue) – a darling little girl with a bug leg hanging out of her cute little pink rosebud lips, her hand clutching a popsicle stick on which was impaled a large beetle with the portion missing around the right […]

A Dozen Little Peanut Facts

May 21, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Peanuts are wannabes; I think the little guys want to be nuts, because health-conscious consumers are sprinkling nuts (tree nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, and cashews) on their cereal, stir fries, salads and yogurt. Look up, I remind the humble peanut; reach for the stars! Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Peanuts have […]

Eating Like a Caveperson

April 23, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

I’ve been thinking that the general public would probably not fall for the Paleo diet; but it looks like there’s always a draw to try something new, weird or different. There is little or no valid research showing that the Paleo diet can solve the challenges of modern man; but it appears that some are […]

On Gaining a Modicum of Empathy

April 9, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

By the time you’re my age you begin to really believe that you know yourself; you know the principles that you embrace; how you would decide on many issues and, well….. just who you are. Today is the second time in the past ten years that I felt like I ran into a wall. That […]

On Tummy Aches and Processors’ Favorite Fiber Additive

March 26, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you noticed an increase in problems with flatulence (gas)? It seems that people immediately think of beans, cabbage, bran and milk. But maybe you’re overlooking a relatively new cause of gas – fiber additives using inulin, aka chicory root fiber, Frutalose, or other aliases. The big food processors are more and more often turning […]