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Everyone has the right to take their health into their own hands.

We, as healthy beings, should all have easy access to information that will help us to be more knowledgeable about nutrition as well as physical, mental and environmental health, which in turn leads to smart decision-making and an overall healthy wellbeing.

Trick-or-Treat Warning. Beware of Laced Candy…

2010 October 12
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Trick Or Treat Warning

I love this cartoon from Consumer Freedom.
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We Need Calcium! Drink No-GMO Non-Dairy Milks

2010 October 4
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I have a love-hate relationship with dairy. I love cheese but know that I shouldn’t eat or drink dairy products. (I will go into this wavering relationship soon in an upcoming post. Be on the look out!) I don’t drink dairy milk due to the fact that most of the milk comes from cows that are injected with antibiotics and synthetic hormones, and are fed corn instead of grass so that they bulk up fast.

Many people have made the move from dairy to soy milk and I frequently get questions about what is the best milk to drink. I believe that soy milk is better than dairy, but I also take issue with soy milk. 91% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GM). The best way to avoid GM soy product is to choose organic. USDA certified organic products are supposed to not have any GM ingredients. But sometimes there are mishaps that slip by the USDA, like the sketchy advertising that the Cornucopia Institute recently caught by Dean Foods, maker of Silk soymilk. (Don’t fret — they reported the issue to the USDA.)  Whole Foods Markets took a stand by taking Silk off their shelves.

We can’t trust all milk manufacturers to accurately market their products.  But there are numerous milk alternatives that are no-GMO and non-dairy, as referenced from PlanetGreen.com:

1. Nut Milks:   Almond is the most common nut milk but there are also hazelnut and cashew milks at the market.

2. Rice Milk:  It’s on the sweeter side in terms of taste so it’s good with cereal or for baking. It’s normally made by processing brown rice.  It’s sweet comes naturally from the grain rather than from added sugar. Rice milk is my personal fave to use with cereal.

3. Oat Milk:  Also slightly sweet, oat milk is thin, but not as easily found at most grocery stores.  But it’s a great choice for cereal and cooking.

4. Hemp Milk:   It is thick and creamy and holds up really well in coffee and cooking.  Taste can vary from brand to brand.  If you don’t like the first taste, try another brand before dismissing hemp milk all together.

5. Coconut Milk:  Many asian cultures incorporate this kind of milk into their recipes. I love it thai soups! Coconut milk is great for cooking, baking and making ice cream. :)

Sugar Has the Best Marketers in Town.. But Don’t Let the Mask Fool You

2010 September 24
Posted by - JZ
Mound of Sugar

Would you like some sugar with that?

Sugar has the best marketers in town.  It paints more faces on itself than the band members of KISS.  But its constant rebranding is an effort to hide its true identity: a diabetes and obesity culprit.

Don’t be fooled by the Corn Refiners Association’s new marketing technique, attempting to mask the name “high fructose corn syrup” (aka: corn syrup) under a new facade, “corn sugar”.  Corn sugar is corn syrup — SUGAR processed from CORN.  The only difference is in the name.  Sugar is sugar is sugar…
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Doctors Should Know More about Food and Diet

2010 September 18

F&V pie chartPhysicians still don’t know enough about food and diet.  Thankfully some medical schools are seeking to change that, but I believe that all medical schools should teach their students about how food and diet affect the body, both beneficially and detrimentally.

There is an abundance of research linking  the nutritional status of Americans to the increasing number of chronic diseases that are afflicting our society everyday. Between the growing list of diet-related diseases and a burgeoning obesity epidemic, watching what we eat is one of the most important public health measures we need to take.

It’s extremely difficult to get people to change their diets and their food habits around food.  By learning more about the connection between medicine and diet, doctors will have more knowledge and confidence in helping their patients more comprehensively.

Do you wish your physician knew more about the connection between diet and your health?  What foods are good to eat after a workout or surgery?  What to avoid if you are getting chronic migraines or dizzy spells?   Or do you think that food related stuff should be left to the nutritionists and registered dietitians?

Reference — http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/health/16chen.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

Good Fish, Bad Fish. Clean Fish, Dirty Fish…

2010 September 3
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Posted by - JZ

Wanna know what fish is safe and sustainable to eat?
Check out the new 2010 Smart Seafood Guide from the Food & Water Watch.  This guide provides information about
the safety and sustainability of more than 100 kinds of fish and shellfish.

Let’s continue to eat fish that is healthy and sustainable.  Let’s be good to ourselves and to the earth at the same time.  Fish… Yum!

McDonald’s Food Doesn’t Age

2010 August 27
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Posted by - JZ

We all know that McDonald’s food is loaded is preservatives and junk. Normal fresh food starts to mold pretty quickly — just give it a couple of days to a week and you wont want to eat anything that hasn’t been fortified with some sort of preservative. An artist for GOOD photographed a McD’s hamburger and fries everyday for 137 days, and they never molded. GROSS! How are our bodies supposed to break down this food if doesn’t even decompose naturally? Yuck!

Day 1

McD's Meal: Day 1

McD's Meal: Day 1

Day 137

McD's Meal: Day 137

McD's Meal: Day 137

Is Driving Making Us Fat?

2010 August 18
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Good.is posted a great map of obesity rates relative to transportation cultures among the states in the US.  This is basically saying that where you live and how you commute is related to and may even predict how fat you are. There are some very apparent trends.  What’s funny is that other concepts trend similarly across the country,  i.e.: political views and levels of education.

Check it out and share your thoughts!

(Click on the map to see a bigger view)

Driving is why you're fat

Pop-Tarts®, Now Literally a World of Its Own

2010 August 17
Posted by - JZ
poptartsworld

Welcome to Times Square, once known as a haven for drug pushers, and now... (photo by diaper via Creative Commons)

For an 8 year old, nothing is more exciting than the sound the foil makes when opening a bag of Pop-Tarts, putting the pastry in the toaster and waiting with bated breathe for the “ding.” What if that 8 year old could customize his own box? Could walk up to a cafe and order any Pop-Tart ever made? Could suggest his own ideas for new flavor varieties?

Well, welcome to Pop-Tarts World™, Kellogg Co.’s newest retail space in the middle of Times Square in New York City.

This emporium of sugar filling-stuffed frosted pastries will feel right at home, neighboring competitor sugar-pushing venues Hershey Store and M&M’s World.

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Is “HUGE” Promoting a BIG Problem?

2010 August 7
Posted by - JZ

Have you seen the billboards for the new TV show “HUGE” on ABC? Every time I drive by these ads and see the lead actress — 200+ pounds wearing a bathing suit and embarrassed expression — I can’t help but think about what this show means for the health of our country.
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Happy 4th! Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty Today Chowing Down At The BBQ.

2010 July 4
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fireworks

The majority of American holidays involve grilling up some grub, chowing on a cob o’ corn and numerous dipping dishes. Unfortunately our holiday foods aren’t the healthiest, usually not low in fat or calories, especially the dipping sauces: Buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing, Ruffles and french onion dip, potato salad and coleslaw, Doritos in cool ranch and nacho cheese, and that oh so sweet bombshell dessert platter, to name a few…
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