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Downsizing Meat Consumption

February 26, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Do we need a little more motivation to cut back on meat consumption? I afraid I know the answer to that question; and it is an anguished one for a grandma whose children and grandchildren, not to mention dear friends, include so many who are so passionately attached to what the nutritional and health guidelines […]

Shopping the Perimeter

January 29, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

I was drawn to an article called Shopping the Perimeter by A. Elizabeth Sloan, published January 2013 Vol. 67, No. 1; in IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) Food Technology.  Dr. Elizabeth Sloan is the president of a consumer trends company in southern California; they follow trends in foods, beverages, dietary supplements, food service, commodities and […]

Wishful Thinking – and Advertisers Who Promote It

January 15, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Exactly two weeks have gone by of 2013. Have you heard the data that two weeks is just about how long many resolutions last? I’m not familiar with any real research, but of course such estimates are about averages. Therefore, the possibility is that things are going well for you as an above average individual, […]

Ideas for Increasing Plant-based Menus

December 25, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

In the October issue of the Nutrition Action Health Letter the cover story is: Going Organic What’s the payoff? In the story Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University is quoted as saying: The single most important diet change you can make is to eat more fruits and vegetables and less bad fat, […]

Holiday Bugs and Well Wishes

December 21, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Dear Friends of Foodland Chronicles, We’re in the midst of the special winter holidays, often we’re very busy; and knowing that  I’m not going to write anything this year about holiday foods or food safety, I thought that I’d post the links for two articles that may help you have a safe and happy holiday […]

Avoiding the Train Wreck

December 18, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Public heath in this country has been likened to two freight trains headed directly at each other. One is loaded with epidemic cases of obesity, diabetes, and other preventable chronic diseases.  The other is freighting the rising costs of medical care and lost productivity because of the illnesses. This is the metaphor used by Reed […]

More Than an Apple a Day

October 23, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Our marked up copy of the September issue of the journal Science includes a 37-page special section called: It Takes More Than an Apple a Day. The introduction is printed in full in the preceding link; but you have to pay for the eleven articles that follow the introduction. You can probably get a copy […]

Less Money on Groceries, but Greater Share of It on Processed Food

June 19, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Once in a while I stumble upon some really clear graphics that clarify thoughts about otherwise hard to observe trends. Finding a study based upon the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the graphics published by National Public Radio (NPR) on June 8, 2012 was one of those times. Of course the title got my attention […]

Doctor Grandma’s Is Changing

June 5, 2012 by Victor Bunderson

In this post, Dr. Grandpa explains on-going changes in the type of service Dr .Grandma’s has provided, and how these services are beginning to evolve into a different form of outreach to like-minded people and groups. How Dr. Grandma’s is evolving away from a specialty product site You may have noticed over the last couple […]

Wondering What Weird Stuff Is in Our Food?

March 30, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you glanced at the ingredient list on the side of a box? Have you seen a list of mysterious ingredients; some making you lose your appetite? Have you been slimed? Who you gonna call? Maybe Ghost Busters, but certainly not the food processors or the USDA, who say ‘pink slime’ is a perfectly safe, […]