FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Danger Foods!!

English: A hot dog. Français : Un hot-dog.

English: A hot dog. Français : Un hot-dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hate to publish negative food facts  and with any article of this type,  awareness is the main intent here.  As usual moderation is the key. The main points, in my opinion, involve the sprouts and the hot dogs for small children.

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The Wizardry of Dr. Oz’s Own Words – General Healthy – Khanna On Health Blog

Check out these  two articles.  This is where some nutrition and diet misinformation comes from and  there is enough of that to go around for everyone.

The Wizardry of Dr. Oz’s Own Words – General Healthy – Khanna On Health Blog.

 


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Dealing with Belly Fat?

English: Illustration of obesity and waist cir...

English: Illustration of obesity and waist circumference From left to right, as labeled in the original image, the “healthy” man has a 33 inch (84 cm) waist, the “overweight” man a 45 inch (114 cm) waist, and the “obese” man a 60 inch (152cm) waist. (image source) (image reference) Source: Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2000. Infographic: FDA/Renée Gordon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Confused about LDL, HDL, and heart disease risk factors?   Check out this excellent explanation of lipoprotein biochemistry and why we should be concerned more about central obesity than obesity in general.

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Food Servings – Then and Now

English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9...

English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables to get precious phytonutrients to feed your body at the cellular level. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the major causes, in my opinion, of the obesity problem in the U.S is the size of the portions we have come to accept as normal. It is always a shock to see the comparisons of serving sizes now as compared to those of 30 years ago.   Serving sizes are also a consideration on the new food labels.   For a visual comparison:

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Still Eating Raw Sprouts?

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Isolation of Salmonella and E. coli on medium Rambach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone still eating raw sprouts of any kind?  I hope not!!!   In my microbiology labs, we always tested sprouts (bought at the local supermarkets) and detected E. coli.  They are not recommended for pregnant woman or the elderly as well as a problem for all people.  Beware!!!   The bacteria  (E. coli and Salmonella) can be in the seeds and cannot be washed off.  Only cooking will kill the bacteria. Protect yourself by reading the following articles.

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Additive Problems?

English: Template for Template:Food safety

English: Template for Template:Food safety (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It appears that some food additives are being added to processed foods without the proper testing methods  and are added under a new definition of the Generally Recognized  As Safe (GRAS) rules.  Watch out for Quorn (vegans beware) and carrageenan, in particular on the ingredient lists.  It makes one wonder what else is being added?  Do you have a food allergy?  Check out my previous post here.

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Sugar? Really?

 

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Really??  This is a blatant marketing gimmick. As far as I can tell both sweeteners contain 4 calories per gram.  So what’s so good about using sugar over high fructose corn syrup?  Taste will tell.

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