FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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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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All About Vegans

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A nice article about vegetarianism in America.  It presents a very interesting timeline (love those timelines).  If you are a vegan, what is your main reason?

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