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GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe?

There is a lot in the news these days about Big Food, the broken Food System and the use of unwarranted ingredients in the foods we typically eat from the grocery store. We are continually caught in a vicious cycle of "good foods" "bad foods" and "portion control".

In short, people are confused. While yes, I absolutely agree that eating in moderation is key, eating in moderation may have a different meaning -- to just about anyone. Then, what about another difficult issue to tackle -- namely, who really determines what foods are safe for us to eat! Would you trust a complete stranger with feeding your own school-aged child (let alone an infant) a nutritionally-balanced meal?

At the same time, how is it that we are so trusting of those that set the rules of the foods we eat and those that label those foods as "GRAS", generally recognized as safe. The FDA? If you haven't been aware of such issues as food labeling/food safety, it would be wise…

10 Great Reasons to buy Locally-Sourced Food

With the proliferation of people wanting to know where their food comes from, there is also an increasing amount of reasons to buy and eat locally-sourced food whenever possible.

In buying locally sourced food, people can rest assured in knowing that their food will not only
be delicious, but it also supports good sustainable farming practices and contributes to the local economy. In addition, consumers can truly feel good about making better economical food
choices that don't involve miles of unnecessary food travel.

There are many more reasons in buying local, here are 10 reasons:

1)    Fresh & Tasty Food

2)    Sustainable Farming

3)    Natural tasting food -- truly natural -- with no preservatives

4)    Local Economy

5)    Ecosystem Benefits

6)    Less distribution costs

7)    Diversity of Diet

8)    More Eco-friendly

9)    Healthier for us

10)  Creates self-reliance

6 Essential Vegetables to Eat

There are a variety of great fruits and vegetables out there to be sure to keep in your diet. But, the following are 6 vegetables that really are life-promoting, nutritious and delicious...

6 Vegetables That Might Save Your Life

10 Foods To Seriously Consider Not Eating Again

The following is a list of 10 foods that should simply be eliminated from your diet. I'm sure that as you carefully read labels in the grocery store about other products you find, you will find that eliminating them is the way to go. Easier said than done I know, but isn't your health worth it?

Here is the list of the 10 foods:

1)    Margarine:  "The latest discoveries suggest that fat is NOT bad for your health as the government and food producers have been telling us since the 70's." Margarines do have quite a bit of trans fats (which we know are bad for us), artificial colors and don't forget calories. In many ways, a greater danger than butter is!!

2)    Artificial Sweeteners: The deceiving thing about artificial sweeteners is that they can promote weight gain, can increase the chances of getting diabetes and can also harm the kidneys.

3)    Tomato Sauce: Many times even store-bought tomato sauce has more than may contain refined sugar or ev…

If We ONLY Knew What We Were Eating...

Given your own choice, would you eat something that could seriously and potentially harm your health? If you knew that the foods you are feeding your kids were not good for them in the long run, would you care? If you knew that you were pre-diabetic and you didn't even know it or if you knew the foods you were eating were promoting more of a chance of getting sick, would you still eat them?

Today we have so many concerns regarding our food -- how it affects us, how much we should eat, is it nutritious enough, does it cause allergies? How does what we eat affect our chances of ending up in a hospital due to a chronic disease that could have been prevented if we only paid more attention to eating/living better? We hear it all the time in the media, in schools at our jobs -- "these are the 10 worst or best foods to eat"; "foods that cause weight gain or weight loss"; "too many food additives" and so on and so on.

It just is wise to read up from reputabl…

Where do you find High Fructose Corn Syrup anyway?

If you haven't heard about the dangers of eating/drinking high fructose corn syrup, its time to get informed. Just google it. This is the stuff that should be avoided at all cost -- it is the "stuff" found in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.

If you haven't heard about the dangers of drinking sodas, get informed. It is common knowledge at this point that as the use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased, so has the level of obesity and all of the other chronic related diseases that go along with it. Even though there still isn't enough evidence suggesting that HFCS is any less healthy than other sweeteners, there is a definite link to being associated with type 2 diabetes and a host of other health problems.

The bottom line is if you are concerned about your health -- be smart and have less sugar.

As the following article points out, Hide and sweet: Surprising Places You'll Find High Fructose Corn Syrup, there are several surprising places where HFCS is fou…

The High Cost of Sitting Down with the Industry

As the registered dietician who wrote this article points out, the food industry as well as the soda industry are "spreading their good word" of their ongoing relationship of "good will" with health organizations in order to combat the growing public health problems that we have in this country.

But, how can we honestly believe that organizations like Coca-Cola and McDonald's truly have the public's best health interest at heart? Aren't these two organizations part of the unhealthful food web that we are trying to extricate ourselves from further plummeting down the unwholesome rabbit hole of bad lifestyle behaviors?

This is what happens when health organizations and Big Food/Big Soda try to come together...
"Health organizations have -- or should have -- one simple goal: help Americans achieve healthier lives. Coca-Cola has one very specific goal: sell as much product as possible. Expecting Coca-Cola to prioritize health over profits borders on de…

Invest in YOUR Health; Invest in YOUR Retirement Account

I find making a powerful comparison about investing in one's health or one's retirement account can make a strong impact on the way we view health in general. Many times we don't even think about what we are eating as we run from one appointment to another or we attend a business luncheon with less than desirable food choices. And how many times does one stop and think to compare their retirement account to their health -- especially on a day-to-day basis when we are just trying to work
hard, pay the bills and spend some time with family or friends?

As this article points out, drastic changes need not be made, but making changes that are good for our health can add to healthier years and that becomes a smart investment. If we can start to think of placing more value on how much we spend and how much we save, we can then draw that same parallel to how much good food or unhealthful food choices we make. Ultimately, what we save in our retirement accounts is really up to how …

Did you know that SUGAR has 56 different names?

According to Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist from UCSF, the increase in obesity over the past 30 years is due to the amount of sugar that is seen in our diets. Sugar has been noted as being the main culprit to the outrageously out-of-control obesity epidemic that we see today.

Learn more about the 56 different names given to sugar that continuously "trick us" at the grocery stores and learn of ways around the deceptive nature of the big food corporations.

Below are some ways to implement better shopping habits and what habits we should be avoiding in order to make our lives healthier...
"Do:Shop the edges of the store, not aisles for real foodEat more omega-3 fatty acids, found in wild fish and flaxEat fruit as dessert, and if you’re craving cookies or cake, make your ownIncrease consumption of micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetablesUp your fiber intake. Fiber protects your liver from sugar, says Lustig, and keeps you from overeati…

Most People with Prediabetes Don't Even Know It

We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for us -- yet, why don't we do it?
We all know that certain foods -- sodas, sugar-sweetened drinks, too many carbs and too much red meat -- aren't good for us -- yet, why don't we avoid these foods more often?

In the cover story, "Tip of the Iceberg: Most People with Prediabetes Don't Know It", it is made abundantly clear that more diabetes is expected in the years to come, unless more serious considerations to change our lifestyles to healthier ones doesn't happen soon. Experts calculate that one in three adults and nearly one in two men already have prediabetes. Why? Take a look at our society now, two-thirds of adults (and one-third of children) are currently overweight or obese and to top it off, we have become a society of conveniences like too much TV, too much computer time, too much phone time and not enough exercise.

There is a large part of the population -- 28% -- that doesn't …

FDA gluten-free deadline approaches

Informative article from July 31, 2014 in regard to ensuring that all gluten-free products comply with FDA regulation by August 5, 2014....Read the article here....

Why is biodiversity important?

Our American Diet is SAD -- the Standard American Diet -- literally, just SAD. It contains mostly carbohydrates which more than likely is not a vegetable, but rather deep-fried foods (or deep-fried vegetables), a lot of protein which also may be high in fat and an overabundance of sugar which eventually turns into fat in our bodies. There are a variety of reasons for these changes as our world has changed in so many ways. But, it is so interesting to me that as mankind has advanced in so many ways -- technologically, with career advancements and high demands from life in general -- that we don't eat better!

In reality, the SAD diet doesn't help in our advancements in so many ways; on the contrary, we've now seen tremendously high healthcare issues surrounding medical care with regard to patients. Diseases that once were a rarity are more of a commonality, why? Our diets!

It would be one thing if this SAD diet promoted better health and nutrition, but sadly, it doesn't…