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Comparing the US Food System & Health Care Stats

I found the following article to be extremely helpful, particularly because I have most recently had a loved one in the hospital.

There is no doubt that I believe the following statements to be true to a degree, such as, "Hospital food needs help!" or "Hospital food is so unsatisfying and flavorless" or "Hospital food is the worst". I've heard all of those statements, and unfortunately, I've got to agree that while hospital food may not be the worst, it certainly could use a makeover. I understand that many patients/families watch their salt intake or fat intake or followcalorie counts, but why make their diet so unsatisfying!

All of those just mentioned food scenarios can have spice substitutes used for salt or could simply focus more on braising, roasting, steaming or even blanching their vegetables. Those cooking methods certainly work in maintaining more of the nutritional profiles of the vegetables -- which, by the way -- makes them taste bet…

8 Impressive Health Benefits of Pumpkins

Fall is about to begin. One can tell as their is a change in weather and in the seasonality of our foods. Pumpkins come to mind with Fall and the upcoming holidays -- Halloween and Thanksgiving. Here are 8 Impressive Healthy Benefits of Pumpkins that you may not have known about....

Tricking your tastebuds?

It is quite well-known that kids are not the only ones to hate their vegetables. There are many adults -- both men and women who can't stand them either! It's so sad really. Aside from knowing that vegetables are super good for you, apparently the vegetable haters just aren't convinced.

Will it literally take an "aroma fork" for kids and other vegetable haters to actually eat their vegetables and like them?

To find out more, read the article....

U.S. Waist Sizes Keep Expanding

There is no doubt that belly fat is something that we just don't want! Aside from the fact that it is not a desirable thing to look at -- belly fat is simply bad for us. Research has shown us that abdominal fat is by far worse than fat in other areas of the body. For one, although our internal organs do need a little "fat cushion" for protection; too much of it can be just detrimental to our health. Simply put, too much fat around essential organs like our kidneys, stomach, liver and heart deters these organs from functioning properly. Also, with the addition of extra weight -- especially around the belly -- there is a higher risk of getting diabetes and heart disease which can lead to premature death. According to Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, he says "The increase in abdominal obesity in the U.S. population is very worrisome." "The total amount of body fat is important, but the location of the …

The Five Amazing Health Benefits of Avocados near and dear to my heart. As they should be!

First, they make you feel full; in large part due to the amount of fiber and good fats.

Second, because they avocados contain good fats, eating them creates a great strategy of weight-loss.
They also have lots of antioxidants and help in fighting inflammation.

Third, avocados help in maintaining blood pressure and blood flow and of course, avocados help in taking care of the heart -- very important!

Fourth, avocados have a ton of nutrition!

Fifth, avocados aren't typically thought of as fruit -- but, they are! So aside from guacamole -- have
them in a fruit/veggie smoothie, smashed on toast with lemon and a little hot sauce or just eaten plain.

What's the future of the food industry?

There is a demand for knowing where the food on your plate comes from -- period.  Now-a-days there is so much concern with food allergies, going vegan, going vegetarian, should I go gluten-free and so on that many issues beyond just buying food at the supermarket come to mind.

It seems we are hearing more and more about food recalls or food contaminations or just food safety in general. There are many things to think about which also include the places outside of your home that you eat at; namely restaurants.

Restaurants happen to have a huge impact on the US Economy according to the National Restaurant Association which makes it that much more important for restaurants to be particularly careful with knowing where their food comes from, wouldn't you agree?

The food industry is no doubt changing in a way that will affect what goes on your dinner plate - whether you are eating at home or in a restaurant. Those that share a particular interest in the future of our food industry? Mil…

Moderation: Where do you draw the line?

I had an interesting conversation with someone not long ago -- precisely about -- what does eating in moderation really mean? It happened to be that this conversation took place at a "Slow Food" gathering. In this context, "Slow Food" is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986.

Slow Food is meant to promote and be an alternative to fast food and it also strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine. But, on a larger scale, slow food should be seen as a healthier alternative to what we know now -- an industrialized food production. What did our grandparents eat before the industrialization of food? Real food! Anyway, I digress.

In going back to my conversation with this person, how can we expect to make lasting changes with the way we eat if we can't even agree on such basics as food moderation? Really eating
in moderation strongly encourages eating a variety of foods in a portion-controlled environment. This means no "super-sizing…

6 Surprising Sources of Refined Carbohydrates

It is possible to eat carbs, remain healthy and still have a balanced diet. It's in watching the carbs that we eat that really makes the difference. In eating more complex carbs instead of simple carbs, you will be sure to have a balanced diet.

Complex carbs consist of the following:

Green vegetables;Whole grains and foods made from them like oatmeal, pasta and whole-grain breads;Starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and cornBeans, peas and lentils Simple carbs to avoid:  White breads and white pastasSodas/soft drinksCandies/SweetenersJams and jellies Here is a list of 6 Surprising Sources of Refined Carbohydrates to watch out for and below are some of those complex carbs that should be part of a healthy diet...