Dangerous food ingredients

I was very dismayed awhile back when I read the label of a poppyseed dressing which I had recently purchased to make a pasta salad for a special occasion. Guess the #1 ingredient–high fructose corn syrup! I was embarrassed to discover that I had unknowingly served a nasty food-like substance to my guests. High fructose…

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Are you “D” Deficient?

Are you experiencing the post-Holiday blues? Feeling more fatigued than usual? Although it’s somewhat normal to feel a bit more sluggish at this time of the year (part of our mammalian brain just wants to hibernate and wake up in the Spring), another source to consider is vitamin D deficiency. According to a recent report…

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Heart disease in women

Do you know that the number one killer for women in the US is heart disease? Surprisingly, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat, despite the fact that heart disease is the most common cause of death in both men and women. Although men normally experience severe,…

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Deadly foods

Is it possible that you’re killing yourself with your fork? I mean that figuratively, not literally of course! On a recent visit to Chicago, I was totally disgusted by the food-like products (I’m not even sure that I would classify them as food) that were offered at the hotel’s FREE continental breakfast. They did have…

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The Dirty Dozen: Are you eating them?

The Farmers’ Markets are brimming with delicious local produce this month. But do you know which foods are the most important to eat organic, and which foods are considered to be “clean” (minimal pesticides)? Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its list of the Dirty Dozen, foods such as apples and strawberries that…

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Stevia, Equal or Sugar?

Real sugar or artificially sweetened–what’s better? With hot summer weather now here, many of us are reaching for cool refreshing drinks, and this raises a common controversy about choosing sweetened drinks, such as Coke, Pepsi and lemonade, or artificially sweetened beverages such as Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi. Many of us probably remember the research…

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Diabetes & Prediabetes escalating

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 47% of US adults now have diabetes or prediabetes, a whopping 700% increase in the past 50 years. And an estimated 23% of adults have undiagnosed diabetes. These numbers are staggering and are contributing to rapidly rising healthcare costs in this country. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD,…

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6 Myths about Colds and the Flu

Cold and flu season has started, so be informed about how to avoid both. Check out these common myths, and learn how to stay healthy. I had a flu shot so I can’t get sick–Not true. The flu shot only protects you from 2 or 3 viruses, and not rhinoviruses that cause colds. My co-worker…

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Weight control during the Holidays

The Holidays are right around the corner, and most of the festivities involve food, which can be challenging for many people who are trying to watch their weight. The average American gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday, and over five years, that’s 25 pounds! But with some advance planning, it’s possible to…

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