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Plant-Based Diet Challenges

November 27, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Quite a few Americans are getting the message that a plant-based diet holds promise for improving both our health and the environment. But like any change there are always some challenges. In this post I discuss challenges to individuals who want to change their eating habits, and challenges to those good-citizen food processors who are […]

Tomatoes, Flavor, Health, Agriculture and Hope

October 30, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

I spent most of my ‘growing up’ years in California, where tomatoes enjoy a long growing season. That was a lucky thing for me, as eating vine fresh tomatoes, was one of the wonderful pleasures of the table.  In my memory, it definitely lived up to its old-time name, the love apple. Not being really […]

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 […]

Arsenic in Our Rice – Are You Kidding?

October 16, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

When I think of substances that I don’t want in my food, I usually think of stuff that the food processors purposefully add. The ammonia used in making pink slime – you know that so-called “lean beef” burger ingredient – well yes, if you listen to the gigantic food processor Cargill who sings its praises. […]

Fixing and Avoiding Feeding Bloopers

September 25, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Do you know what makes my day – defines it as great? One is discovering a new resource that makes uncommon good sense in guiding parents on how to bring about self-motivated healtthy eating by their children. “Eat Your Vegetables” and other mistakes parents make” is the best book I’ve read that helps parents manage […]

Supplements – American Roulette

August 7, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

In many of my past blogs I have addressed the facts that supplements are not necessary (or even helpful) for most people, and that they may actually increase risks of unhealthy outcomes. It appears that educating the public and stemming the tide of thinking that supplements are necessary, or that we can depend on supplements […]

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, […]

Microchips – Very Small Snack Foods

March 20, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Doesn’t the word snack just sound small – a little larger than having a bite or nibble, but not a meal and certainly not a feast? I mean, just a little snack – right? Years ago, Sophia (Estelle Getty), one of The Golden Girls said, “A few more snacks like that and the only thing […]