Resistant Starch

Studies began in the 1970s, but it’s only been recently that resistant starch has gotten a lot of attention.  Adding resistant starch to your diet will create and feed very beneficial gut bacteria, and may even help with weight loss.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of cooling, refrigerating, or freezing potatoes, rice, tortillas, pastas, etc.,…

Michael Pollan – In Defense of Food

On December 30, there is a two hour PBS documentary based on Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food.  It’s definitely worth watching and/or recording.  Pollan has a simple approach to food, and alleviates a lot of confusion about what’s “healthy.”  Click here, for an inside look at the filming of the show.  Locally it’s on KAMU or KNCT….

Eat Spicy, Add Years

  Good news for all of us in the southwest.  Not only do spicy foods help increase your metabolism and possibly help weight loss, but they may help you live longer and avoid certain diseases!  The study was done with fresh and dried chili peppers, and results were published in an article in the Harvard…

Rice and Arsenic

  One of the sites that I follow had a good article on rice and rice products (e.g. cereal, pasta, bread, and rice milk) and arsenic – which regions are the best and the worst, what health risks it poses, and how to lower the level of arsenic in the rice you buy.  To read…

Food Update

Mark Bittman wrote a great article that appeared in Time Magazine, “The Truth About Home Cooking.”  In it he says something I’ve always believed was significant – “Shouldn’t preparing—and consuming—food be a source of comfort, pride, health, well-being, relaxation, sociability? Something that connects us to other humans?”  We have lots of fresh foods and ingredients…

Home Cooked Dinner

Just a note – We’re in Colorado, with very little wifi or cell capability, so I’ll do a long post, when we get home.  The weather is great, and the food awesome (we’ve got pictures!). Joel Salatin did a good article for Mother Earth News on the “family dinner.”  He once again reinforces the need…

All About Calcium

Harvard School of Public Health has a good article with all the information, and misinformation about calcium.  I appreciate how readable they make information that otherwise might be a bit boring, or complicated. It’s a pretty comprehensive look at calcium and healthy bones, osteoporosis, vitamin D, vitamin K, and vitamin A.  It’s short, and worth…

Up Your D

I’m running behind, and have nothing ready to post on Super Bowl snacks, but you can always go to Recipes, and check out the Appetizer section.  As soon as I get pictures of the Buffalo Chicken Appetizers I’m making, I’ll post it!  Meantime, I’ve been trying to get the info on Vitamin D posted, because…

Have a Healthy New Year 2014

There have been a couple good articles recently in Mother Earth News.  I’m always looking for ways to stay healthy without relying on over-the-counter or prescription meds.  I’ve been careful about not overusing antibiotics, purchasing meats from animals raised without antibiotics, and even not using antibacterial soaps.  But I forget there are residual antibiotics in…

Heart to Heart about Breakfast

The American Heart Association published a study in July relating the incidence of heart disease with importance of breakfast.  The study was done over a 16 year period and included over 26,000 men.  Even after considering all the variables that existed, there was still a 27% higher risk of coronary disease in those not eating…

Iodine and Brain Development

In July 2013, Discover had a report of the effects of iodine on human IQs.  What’s very interesting is that “The role of iodine in brain development” was published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (Belgium) in 2000.  In addition, a study “Timing of Vulnerability of the Brain to Iodine Deficiency” was published in…

New Study on GMOs

There will continue to be information coming out about GMO crops and the effects on animals and humans.  This study, published in June, is particularly significant, and will give you pause.  Unfortunately, we’ve been lulled into believing that if it’s on the grocery store shelves, it must be OK to eat.  So, most people think…

Red, Yellow, Orange

It’s not the color-coded terrorism threat advisory scale, like we could ever really figure that one out, but rather the color of the foods that help you minimize damage from the sun. Yes, it’s that time of year when we think about the best protection for our skin and eyes.  It just so happens that…

More News on Omega 3

More high fives for fish!  The New York Times published a good article on Omega 3, click here, to read.  Just as a little aside, if you’re going to eat farm-raised salmon, the healthiest comes from Scotland or Norway, according to America’s Test Kitchen.  The feed they use there is higher quality than those of…

What Isn’t It Good For?

I’m talking about coconut and coconut oil, of course.  A recent article in the Natural Grocer Newsletter, reminded me that there’s no end to the beneficial effects.  It can help you fight infection and disease and heal,  improve metabolism and energy, and even promote weight loss.  There’s no side effects to worry about, and really…

Pesticides

There was a commentary in The New York Times last month, that should be a wake-up call for all of us.  Our food supply has become so tainted with loads of chemicals and pesticides, making maintaining a normal weight and staying healthy, a real challenge. Mark Bittman begins his commentary: How quickly we forget. After…

Salt Skinny

There was an article that appeared in the November / December 2012 “Energy Times,” with some great facts about salt.  I do know from personal experience that all salt is not created equal, and thought you might like to read the information.  Click here, for The Skinny on Salt article.