Trans Fats are a Deadly Ingredient

An editorial in the British Medical Journal is calling for trans fats to be “virtually eliminated in the UK by next year” claiming that reducing the proportion of trans fats consumed by a mere 1% could prevent 7000 deaths each year in England alone. But what are trans fats, why are they used, and why the fuss?…

Why We Must Fight GMOs

  If you shop in any of the traditional grocery stores, you are eating genetically modified food (GMO).  This is laboratory created food, not food the way it was designed by nature.  GMO is very different from food that comes from hybridized plants.  GMO is the result of mixing plant and animal genes. The jury is still…

“Bad” Foods that Can Actually Make You Healthy

Sugar, alcohol and fat are believed to be three of the biggest offenders that cause weight gain, disease and overall poor health. Yet recent research has demonstrated that a few of our favorite weaknesses may actually be beneficial when used in moderate amounts and with acute awareness of balance. Dark Chocolate: A Snickers bar may still be something to avoid,…

Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine

Even if you don’t like seafood, your local sushi restaurant features an array of medicinal plant-based foods that regularly accompany each meal. This article will highlight ten healthy vegetarian items commonly found in Japanese cuisine along with their key health properties. Part I – Seaweed Products * Dulse – Palmaria palmata (Palmariacea) A red seaweed,…

Peanut Butter Facts

  Peanut butter is liked by many for its rich creamy taste and powerful nutritional punch. Cooking with peanut butter is quick, easy, and inexpensive.  But peanut butter also has a dark side.  Here is information to help you decide whether peanut butter is for you and your family. The creation of peanut butter does not involve the amalgamation of peanuts and butter…

The Mediterranean Diet Explained

Well-known for promoting longevity, the Mediterranean diet is based on a wide spectrum of popular and healthy foods. Bordering some 21 countries including France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Syria and Turkey, the Mediterranean is a large sun drenched area where life abounds.  While most individual nutritious ingredients of the diet have long been the…

Wild Pacific Salmon Explained

  While most consumers have learned that wild salmon is preferable to farm-raised, there are many other variables to consider. Even after ruling out Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead Trout, there are still 5 species of Pacific Salmon, and each goes by several names. Additional factors such as environment, fat content, and processing can make all…

Cook Once and Eat Plenty

  Buy the highest quality food available for the amount you have to spend, and cook less expensive items such as whole grains and vegetables just once.  Then eat two or three times from what has been cooked.  Buy mostly local small-farmed animal products free of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and other drugs.  This does…