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Not Stumbling into Red Meat, Cheese, and Butter?

April 1, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Sometimes we’re plugging along trying to do our best and there’s one of those little invisible trip lines near our feet and our stride lurches and falters, but hopefully we don’t stumble and fall. Because nutrition is in its infancy or pre-teen at the very best, we have to expect the lurches and falters in […]

Two Steps in Reducing Cholesterol

February 18, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

When groups of people eat a plant-based diet like the Mediterranean peoples did 50-plus years ago, bodies and minds stayed healthy for a relatively long time. The original epidemiologist who studied diet in populations, Ancel Keys, discovered the phenomenon of the health differences between American diet (now commonly called Western diet) and the Mediterranean diet. […]

No Matter How You Slice It

February 4, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

My fourth hint for permanently improving your eating style is to switch to whole grains. (Hint 1: An Apple a Day; Hint 2: A Nutty Little Change; Hint 3: Whittling Away at Meat Consumption.) With a little information, this 4th one, like the other hints is do-able and not too tough. And like the other […]

An Apple a Day

January 14, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

We’re already a couple of weeks into our new year; the holiday decorations and visitors are gone; and it seems like a wonderful time to consider making some changes in our lifestyle. It is worth making lifestyle changes that will lead to health improvements. This year, instead of making a massive, all-encompassing diet and exercise […]

Enjoy More Fruit and Vegetables – Polyphenols Will Be There for You

November 19, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Polyphenols are chemically active compounds that are involved in a huge number of roles in the body, including regulating genes, inflammatory and enzyme activity, cell to cell signaling and receptor sensitivity. You don’t really need to know much about the over 4,000 polyphenols; but scientists study them because they seem to be very involved in […]

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 […]

Conflict of Interest

October 29, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

I like the term junk food; it’s so helpful. It gets right to the identification of the item as something that you’re not counting on to nourish yourself or your family. It says, “This is just a treat;” and “Too much of this stuff is not great for my health.” I belong to the Academy […]

Phytonutrients – Hooray for a Plant-Based Diet

October 22, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

When you see the word phytonutrients or phytochemicals, does it just look like a scientific word and your eyes roll back a bit? In September’s issue of RD Today’s Dietitian, Denise Webb PHD RD has written an article called Phytochemicals’ Role in Good Health. The article has given me the impetus to write a short […]

Fishy, But Good

July 2, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Thirteen plus years ago I moved to the mountain west from southern California; among the many differences that I noted, were that there seemed to be more people that didn’t eat fish. What I really mean is that I’ve met many people who had not even tasted fish – ever. Growing up with a grandfather […]

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 […]