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Limiting Salt Consumption

December 23, 2011 by Mary Ireland

I was visiting my mother when she served steamed broccoli that was so salty, I could not eat it. I think this was a bad combination of my mother’s decreasing sensitivity to saltiness as she got older, causing her to use more, and my increasing salt sensitivity from being on a low-sodium diet. Or maybe […]

Mindlessly Noshing Chocolate

December 20, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

Since I wrote Enjoying Chocolate – A Spoonful of Reality about a year a half ago, there have been two new reviews – two meta-analysis studies finding links between cocoa consumption and cholesterol profile improvements.

Breast Cancer and Environment

December 16, 2011 by Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland discusses findings from the “Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach” study released last week and gives dietary suggestions for reducing cancer risk.

Twinkies for Breakfast

December 13, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

There no question that starting the day with a good breakfast is important; it’s especially important for children, for their health and for their school performance. Public programs have been designed to provide breakfast for ‘at risk’ children to insure the children start the day with the energy and nutrients to power their thinking for […]

Elite Athletes Leading Us Back to Real Food

November 29, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

It is interesting that Kazimierz Funk, the Polish biochemist who is credited with formulating the concept of vitamins in 1912, made his observations and did his work just about 100 years ago. Funk got the idea to study nutrients in foods, after he read about a Dutchman, Christiaan Eijkman, a Nobel prize-winning professor of physiology, […]

A Little Bit of Sugar

November 8, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

A handout from the Sugar Association entitled “Not Empty Calories” ends with the words “The old saw, ‘a little goes a long way’ holds true for foods made with sugar.” I obtained this handout at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in San Diego this past September 2011. I accepted the materials from […]

Cosmetically “Fixing” Impoverished Foods by Adding Supplements

November 1, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

Eating real, whole foods is not the habit of many Americans; and making the change to real whole foods, is not happening rapidly. Let’s just face the facts – changing our habits is not so easy. This is in the face of the fact that extensive research has left us little to no question that […]

Yet Another Reason to Control Your Weight

October 28, 2011 by Mary Ireland

I had dinner at a friend’s house Monday night. The meal was raclette. The traditional raclette-style meal is vegetables — usually potatoes, onions and (gulp) Gherkins covered with raclette cheese. The meal I had was a little different in style. We didn’t have any of the traditional vegetables; we had baby squash, carrots, broccoli, and […]

Surviving the Sodium Wars by Shaking the Salt Habit

October 25, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

“Sodium Wars” is a term used to describe the battle between food processors eager to keep profiting from the use of excess salt in their products, vs. regulators and educators trying to either get them to cut it back, or get people to stop eating excessive doses of sodium through these unhealthy products. Like other […]

Someone with Courage on Our Side

October 18, 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

Why are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans so important?  The fact is that they are used for all federal nutrition programs, including school lunch, hospital care, military feeding and so on, and are used in educating the public in how to eat healthily. The point is that billions of dollars are at stake when the […]