Happy 50th Birthday to the Microwave

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The home microwave oven turned 50 in 2017. Here are some tidbits you may not know about this cooking contraption—now found in more than 90 percent of American homes—gleaned from an article written by an associate professor of radiation medicine at Georgetown University and other sources:

 

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Hidden Mold on Your Food

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Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

SWEET-No_White_BackgroundWe all know that getting too much added sugar carries a slew of health risks—from weight gain and heart disease to diabetes and obesity-linked cancers.

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Are You the Food Police in Your Family?

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How to Stop Nagging and Still Get Your Family to Eat Right

Remember what the road to hell is paved with? Yep, good intentions. So even though your intentions are good when you “encourage” family members and friends to eat more healthfully, if you overstep and start to seem like the self-appointed Food Police, there could be a very damaging backlash. For instance…

  • The people you’re trying to help may assert their independence by obstinately doing the opposite of what you’re pushing for.
  • Your criticism may wound a loved one’s self-esteem.
  • Relationships can be damaged or destroyed if other people decide to tune you out or avoid you altogether to escape your proselytizing.

Food Police are all too common. “In my practice, I routinely counsel couples and families in which one person has unwittingly offended another in an effort to help that person eat better,” said Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, CDN, owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants in New York City and Long Island, New York, and author of Read It Before You Eat It.

Here’s what to do—and what not to do—to help those you cherish clean up their eating habits… Read the rest of this entry »


Dangerous Food Additives That Sound Safe

A bottle of Gatorade sounded like the perfect thirst quencher to 15-year-old Sarah Kavanagh on a hot, humid day in her Mississippi hometown. But this teenager, a committed label-reader, was surprised to learn from an Internet search that the popular sports drink contained brominated vegetable oil, an ingredient that comes with a long list of possible side effects, including changes in thyroid hormones and function and neurological disorders.

The additive, used in some citrus-flavored drinks to keep the fruit flavoring evenly distributed, does not sound ominous—how bad could it be with “vegetable” in the name? But Kavanagh, whose story was told in The New York Times, had done her research and started a petition to convince Gatorade-maker PepsiCo to change the drink’s formulation.

Other food additives (some even healthy-sounding) that are bad for us—along with some scary-sounding additives that are good for us.*

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How to Know if You Are Getting Enough Omega-3s

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Ask for This Test!

The positive research just keeps on coming. First, scientists told us that omega-3 fatty acids help guard against heart disease. Then research showed that these healthful fats also may help prevent other serious conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and polyps that can lead to colon cancer.

What we’re not being told: A little-known report from the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has estimated that about 70% of Americans are deficient in omega-3s.

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Trick Your Taste Buds Into Craving Veggies

 

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Which would you rather have for breakfast? A spinach and kale blended beverage? Or a “Love at First Sight” Breakfast Smoothie?

For lunch, how about an arugula salad? Or would you prefer tender baby arugula leaves tossed in a honey Dijon dressing?

Time for dinner. Would you like just Brussels sprouts as your side dish or Grandma’s sweet, slow-roasted Brussels sprouts?

Of course, the foods I’m offering you are the same each time.

But how a food is described—whether the description is written on a menu, said out loud or simply thought in your head—can play a large role in whether you want to eat it, according to new research.

In other words, if you want to eat the healthiest diet, foods don’t just have to lookappetizing to your eyes—they also have to sound appetizing to your brain!

And with a little creativity, you can use this naming trick to fool yourself into wanting to eat more healthful foods, such as veggies… Read the rest of this entry »