October 10th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
If you love the flavors of chai and chocolate, check out the new organic Chai Drinking Chocolate from Dagoba Organic Chocolate.
Made with organic cacao powder, unsweetened dark chocolate, cane sugar, crystallized ginger and chai spices, it’s 100% organic and Fair-Trade certified. Just add water, milk, cream or soymilk for a deliciously rich hot beverage.
The mix is now available at supermarkets and natural/organic food stores. It joins Dagoba’s existing line of organic drinking chocolates:
Read More:Dagoba Introduces Organic Chai Drinking Chocolate
October 8th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
As the New York Times reported on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bar residents who receive food stamps from using them to purchase soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
His goal: to help combat the obesity epidemic—a move supported by the state and city health commissioners.
Read More:NYC Mayor Seeks to Ban Use of Food Stamps for Soda Purchases
October 6th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Anyone wondering why more than 23 million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese can find the answer in a study published this month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute can sum it up in two words: empty calories.
Here are the basic findings:
Read More:Kids Consume 40% of Calories from Solid Fat, Sugar
October 2nd, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Start looking for fresh mushrooms in pink packages at your local supermarket and natural/organic food store.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, mushroom growers across the country will display their fabulous fungi in pink containers.
Read More:Go Pink with Organic Mushrooms!
October 1st, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
When researchers at the University of Las Vegas tested mercury levels in canned tuna, they were in for a rude awakening.
Of the 300 samples tested, representing three top national brands (unnamed):
- 55% exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for mercury levels ( 0.5 parts per million, or ppm).
- 5% of the samples exceeded 1.0 ppm.
Read More:Canned Tuna Fails Mercury Test
September 30th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Orange juice “brings a sweet and tangy flavor to many recipes and provides a variety of nutrients to help maintain good health throughout the year,” says registered dietitian Kim Galeaz, coauthor of 4 Weeks to Maximum Immunity.
She developed today’s super-easy breakfast recipe to help readers maintain a healthy immune system.
All of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store. Enjoy!
Read More:Orange Cinnamon Breakfast Boost
September 29th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to three companies that manufacture and market mouthwash products whose labels make claims about removing plaque above the gum line or promoting healthy gums.
No such benefits have been demonstrated, the FDA maintains.
Warning letters were sent to Johnson & Johnson (Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash), CVS Corp. (CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash) and Walgreen Co. (Walgreen Mouth Rinse Full Action).
Read More:Mouthwash Companies Warned About Making Unproven Claims
September 28th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
I can’t go anywhere without seeing signs for flu shots—a reminder that it’s time to start boosting our immunity.
“Filling your grocery cart with nutritious foods and beverages from all the food groups will provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients to help support a healthy immune system,” says registered dietitian Kim Galeaz, coauthor of 4 Weeks to Maximum Immunity.
Galeaz offers the following tips for maximizing nutrients when visiting your local natural and organic food store:
Read More:4 Ways to Boost Your Immunity Before Cold & Flu Season
September 27th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Americans have earned an “F” on their fruit and vegetable report card, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Researchers found we’re eating less fruit than we did in 2000, while vegetable consumption really hasn’t changed.
The CDC’s goals have been modest: 2+ servings of fruit and 3+ servings of vegetables per day. But only 33% of us were found to eat enough fruit, and only 25% of us consumed enough vegetables.
Read More:We’re Not Eating Our Fruits and Veggies
September 26th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Fast-food chains love to argue that their menus don’t make us fat, but a Journal of Nutrition study reveals high consumption over a long period leads to weight gain, as well as increased cardiovascular and diabetes risks.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina studied 3,643 young adults over a 13-year period (from ages 7 to 20) to identify how they ate when away from home.
Those who ate the most fast food weighed more, had larger waists and triglyceride levels, and showed signs of metabolic syndrome—a precursor to diabetes, heart disease and possibly cancer.
Read More:Researchers Prove Fast Food/Obesity Connection