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The 5 Benefits of Horseradish

In case you didn't know, horseradish is actually very good for you! Here are 5 benefits outlined as to why this is the case. In addition, learn more about this perennial plant here....

Watercress tops list of "powerhouse fruits and vegetables"

Aside from the regular fruits and vegetables that you may hear about in the news for their healthful benefits, there are also many others that go unnoticed for a long time -- until they get noticed...again.

Nutritionally speaking, it's hard to beat this plant for overall vitamins and minerals. It has also been studied and found to be a good preventative measure for cancer and great for the immune system as it contains a good amount of vitamin C.

In addition, watercress can be added to smoothies, salads and even soups. To learn more about this super food, read a previous post I wrote several months ago on energy boosting foods that you don't hear much about. For a recipe, go here....

"Natural" Food Sounds Good, But Doesn't Mean Much

I found this informative article on how the term "Natural" is applied to food products.

It seems that for many years now the director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports has clearly pointed out that the term "natural" is a misleading label -- I couldn't agree more.
Read the article to learn more....

Rethinking the word, "FOODIE"

Mark Bittman, an American food journalist, author, and columnist for The New York Times wrote this highly credible and accurate article on Rethinking the word, "Foodie"
As much as I also cringe at hearing the term "foodie" so freely used just about anywhere you go, who am I to say that I or you are a foodie? This is somewhere between where judgment automatically triggers something in me or there is a realization that I really need to understand what the term means as well. After all, if I consider myself a "foodie"-- which I do -- I better "walk the walk and talk the talk" -- that's not always easy. In general, our society eats poorly, we have far too easy access to junk food and so I choose to believe that Mr. Bittman's description of the term hits it home for me -- as I believe it should for the general public.
Foodie should be seen as someone who goes beyond just enjoying good food, but one who also appreciates the process of where…

How Restaurants Handle Food Allergies

I was glad to read this article in spite of the unwanted fear it mustered up in me. I was away this past weekend and realized this article could not have come at a better time to read. Its all about food allergies -- almost everyone knows someone who has one of these.

As we both ordered our meals at various restaurants that we went to, it came to me that -- "wow, this is different." We were asked if we had any known food allergy or food sensitivity as soon as we sat at our table. Fortunately, we both answered no, but in really thinking about this question, there is no doubt that there is a definite rise in food allergies/intolerances everywhere.

Restaurants need to know how to handle food allergies -- their businesses rely on it, but more than that, a life can rely on it. Now-a-days there can be any number of allergies ranging from Celiacs disease, gluten-free sensitivities, vegetarian, vegan, tree nut-free, dairy-free or shellfish-free allergies.

Today, there is "an es…

The Food Industry’s Solution to Obesity? Really?

Let’s be honest -- in the light of our current obesity epidemic that comes with an excessive rise in food-related illnesses, a tremendous excess in healthcare costs and an increasingly debilitating environment – it doesn’t seem that the food industry is on "our side". 
In what the article below says, “real food isn’t real profitable” – period. Fruits and vegetables don’t sell like Lay’s Potato Chips do, and add to that, a bag of potato chips is markedly less expensive than a pear or an apple or an orange. Truly, that is a pity.
So, how do we break this cycle? How do we know who to trust in keeping the public’s interest as the main focal point of concern when it comes to improving our health and economy? Some of the key things to remember are that corporations, i.e., food corporations are businesses that are in the business of making profits, even if it is at the cost of health and welfare. It takes an effort and vision for the general public to see that fact.
What we need in…

Time Magazine: “Eat Butter.” Maybe in moderation, please?

Is there an easy formula to not only lose weight, but to eat a well-balanced diet? Not that I know of, maybe you do? In the article by Time Magazine: "Eat Butter." Maybe in moderation, please?  , their seems to be a drop in heart disease compared to what it used to be. Is that any consolation to where we are "health-wise" today?

How can we have a "healthy and balanced" relationship with food without fearing every bite you take? Then, what is healthy and balanced to some, may not be for others.

The bottom line seems to be to eat "whole, real" foods as much as possible and simply really limit the amount of processed foods one eats. Is that too big of a sacrifice for people to make? Maybe. How do we not listen to the media when it comes to eating such tempting processed foods? How can we make fruits and vegetables something that everyone eats -- rich or poor -- and at a price that is reasonable for everyone. Having access to whole and nutrient ric…

A Pill to Bitter to Swallow

An excellent article that I came across just today is from a former lawyer who is now a freelance writer and blogger. The topic is one that I also am passionate about -- our crippling food system that naturally "spills" into our broken healthcare system. In a nutshell, if you continually eat processed foods that have no nutritional value, it will take a toll on your health, i.e., chronic diseases.

A Pill To Bitter to Swallow, speaks of the increasingly growing concern over "nonalcoholic fatty liver". Why is this of concern? Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease -- as pointed out -- was
pretty much unheard of thirty years ago and beyond that, it did not even have a medical term/name for it. Today though, this medical illness affects one in ten American children! This medical condition even raises more concern as it is a strong risk factor for heart disease development and Type 2 diabetes.

So how does one treat this condition? It is as simple as changing one's diet to…

Honesty: New Ingredient in Food Labels

It is so critical to have credibility in a product, and for that matter your business. As times are changin', so is the need to call large companies -- such as food & beverage companies -- out on their "shenanigans".

What do I mean by this? The integrity and honesty it takes to truly add only those ingredients to their food/beverages that really are contained in the product. Case in point, the Supreme Court decision that states that Coca-Cola can be sued by another Beverage Company, POM Wonderful for deceptive labeling of their juice. Apparently, Coca-Cola labeled a juice "Pomegranate-Blueberry" even though the amount of pomegranate juice contained in the beverage was a miniscule 0.3%!

According to Steve Gardner, the litigation director at the CSPI, Center for Science in the Public Interest activist consumer group, says that such actions can only encourage honest competition.

Such false advertising is being looked at more closely than ever -- thankfully, …

Changing our Environment....

There is so much we know about and learn about every day with regard to improving the landscape of our food and making it more sustainable. The thing is, it is not only food that is the concern, but all that is involved with having a better, healthier food system, ecosystem, healthcare system, and more. We can see the affects of poor quality foods in schools, hospitals, too much fast food and not enough real food to fill our appetites. That all spills into more complex issues surrounding our environment.

What can we do about this? Can we change our environment? It seems like we really need to -- that is if we want to see progress with better nutrition, better healthcare and overall creating an environment of health and wellness.

The cost to society is far too high for us not to care. Would it help to show frightening statistics that scare the public about what happens when chronic disease strikes? Do people see a strong correlation of the consequences of eating processed foods over un…

Food Label Deception

I'm sure you have heard time and time again, "read the back of the label" before purchasing a food at the grocery store. I would be curious to see -- first off -- how many people actually do read the label and secondly, is everything that is written on the back understandable to everyone?

As an example of food label deception, it is well known that dark chocolate eaten in moderation (small portion sized amounts) is good for you, but be sure to look at the back of the label to see what else is contained.

Notice how the 70% Dark Chocolate is very visible -- good. We know it is good because dark chocolate (eaten in small portions) helps control blood sugar levels, good for the heart and brain and also contains antioxidants.

On the other hand, it also contains "Palm Kernel" and "modified palm", which are not good choices for a healthy diet. It is bad enough being confused when reading labels or following a specific diet, but than finding that there is mor…

The Top 5 "Powerhouse" Fruits & Veggies

It seems that foods added to lists as "the best" or "worst" for you is fairly common -- and people seem to be led to believe that that particular chosen food is the absolute best one to eat. But, isn't this a trend? First there was Kale, now the latest trend is Cauliflower...all good by the way.

At times trends are good since they may give direction to choosing overall robust nutritional food choices, but research done on one's own behalf could be just as fruitful a project to find out about a fruit or vegetable that is not eaten as frequently as it should.

According to this list, Watercress is at the highest level for powerhouse food. But, all the rest on the list are good too. In fact, a variety of them are excellent choices. But, just because a nutritious fruit or vegetable is not on this list doesn't mean it should be disregarded -- great nutrition comes from blueberries, avocados, Mizuna (japanese greens) and more.....

9 Expert Tips for Mindful Eating

Mindful eating -- thinking about what one is eating, now that is a concept, right? Especially with a hurried schedule, most people don't think about the food they are eating -- at the most, it is making sure to have a protein, vegetable/fruit and a grain? Who knows? The thing is there are so many advantages for eating mindfully --- better focus, productivity and just feeling good!

The following is a list of the 9 expert tips for mindful eating:
Literally, take a seat -- don't eat on the run. Sit and enjoy the meal.Why not just do one thing -- just eat and don't get distracted by the T.V. or your smart phone. Try something different -- maybe eat with chopsticks or the hand that you normally don't eat with. This requires focus on your part.Eat with friends or family. Usually the talking prevents you from overeating.Really slow down, chew your food instead of just swallowing it.Don't go a long while without eating -- then you are famished and will eat anything in front…

10 Great Reasons to eat Healthy

Aside from wanting to drop some "lbs" or simply to want to live a healthier life.
Check out the following 10 reasons to eat healthy!

Some of those important reasons to eat healthy and stay healthy?

Be more productiveBe less stressedBe happierWeight controlEating lessAging betterLive longerBe healthierSave $$$ Good reasons, wouldn't you say?

KLAPPO: The latest in food and technology

Klappo is on the leading edge of food and all it contains -- good and bad. This London-based startup is at the heart of where food/health/wellness applications long to be with regard to having better tools to serve the entire food and health application sector. 
The Klappo technology platform has been built with the knowledge of many experts in the field of nutrition, semantic engineering as well as computer science. At the most basic level, this platform uses semantics to uncover the meaning behind the content of food ingredients. The advantages for food suppliers that "think out of the box" and app developers in the food/health/wellness world is tremendous because Klappo's platform allows these innovators to build tools that are more easily understood and widely accepted. 
The Klappo product will not be used directly by the consumer, but rather it is expected that its (API) Application Programming Interface will become the "default" choice for the food and h…