Is your vitamin supplement a food or a chemical?

Sadly, more than 90% of the products on the market are chemicals. The first question we should ask is, “What is the difference between concentrated, whole food nutrients and synthetic mega-, multi-, anti-oxidant supplements?” The second question is, “What is the impact on my health?”

A properly processed whole food supplement contains an infinite number . . . → Read More: Is your vitamin supplement a food or a chemical?

The Influence of Bias on Research Regarding Health Advantages of Organic Food

This is my first attempt at a journal article that I would love to eventually publish. However, I find myself stuck between the academic research world and the world of the informed consumer. I have no interest in moving into the popular press. I say first attempt because my Doctoral Adviser, Dr. Liz Lipski, aptly . . . → Read More: The Influence of Bias on Research Regarding Health Advantages of Organic Food

What Influences Your Food Decisions?

Who Decides What You Eat? It is a relatively modern phenomena to believe that we are the masters of our daily food choices. In previous generations, the culture in which you lived and the planning and effort in which your family, clan, tribe or nation determined the food supply and the season determined the timing . . . → Read More: What Influences Your Food Decisions?

Why Do My Taxes Subsidize Fast Food?

Why is a hamburger cheaper than a salad?

What are the real costs of the processed foods and inexpensive chicken, hamburger and fish that I buy at the local grocery store?

After completing the Nutrition Politics and Policies course, I took a few weeks to do some deep breathing. The amount of information that is . . . → Read More: Why Do My Taxes Subsidize Fast Food?

What Kind of Grocery Shopper are You?

In Nutrition Education by Contento, she categorizes grocery shoppers into three categories – economizer, carefree spender & time-challenged. From my perspective, we can be at least two at once and those categories can change depending on the economic freedom or stress we are experiencing. In terms of looking for the availability of healthy food options . . . → Read More: What Kind of Grocery Shopper are You?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

My personal experience with a local farmer is purchasing cheese, cream, eggs and yogurt directly from the farmer. I would call in each week by Tuesday and met the Farmer on Thursday for the pick-up. My husband still gets a kick out of the back alley drop points! I loved the freshness, quality and price . . . → Read More: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Cost of Eating Healthy

Can you really eat a full nine servings of fruits (4 servings) and vegetables (5 servings) for only a few dollars per day? YES!

If you did, would that make you healthier? MOST LIKELY!

Marion Nestle, in her book, What to Eat, debunks the myth that cost can truly be the leading factor in why . . . → Read More: Cost of Eating Healthy

Cancer Tears

I am sitting outside on a beautiful sunny day shedding more than a few tears over a woman, my age, who has advanced pancreatic cancer. Mid-forties, four small children, husband. I don’t even really know her. She is the wife of a my husband’s college friend and we have not even seen him since our . . . → Read More: Cancer Tears

Is Organic Worth It?

If you view value as more good stuff (nutrient dense) without the bad stuff (pesticides, hormones & concerns about genetic modification) then organic is certainly worth it. Marion Nestle explores other issues around the organic label in her book, What to Eat. She addresses many questions and I thought a summary might be in order.

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Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva

Shiva presents a compelling argument from the perspective of citizens of the southern hemisphere, most of whom are farmers. Health implications of genetically modified foods, chemical fertilizers and pesticides on consumers is mentioned, but the main focus is on the health, social and economic implications of those producing the food. Although this is an issue . . . → Read More: Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva

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