Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Diet Dilemma

He was offered a meal fit for a king—literally—but he refused it and, instead, went with the basics, the food
and drink he knew would be best for him.

I’m talking about Daniel, of course. Yes. . . Daniel of the Bible—the same one who was thrown into the lion’s den and came out untouched and without incident. There’s more to the story of Daniel, however, and his “diet dilemma” is part of it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Meatheads

I've known for a long time that processed meats are extremely unhealthy, but now a study involving over half a million men and women, published in the journal BMC Medicine, shows a strong correlation between eating processed meats and developing heart disease and cancer.

The study demonstrated that the risk of dying prematurely from any cause went up with the amount of processed meat eaten, but the risk of dying earlier from cancer and cardiovascular disease increased with the amount of processed meat eaten. Professor Sabine Rohrmann, who led the study’s analysis, remarked, “Overall, we estimate that three percent of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20g of processed meat per day.”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GI Ginger


You could call it “GI Ginger,” since ginger is known to soothe and relax the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but that doesn’t fully describe all the benefits of ginger.

For starters, ginger is known via modern scientific research as having numerous therapeutic properties, including its positive effects on the GI tract as well as healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Scary Dairy


It’s nothing short of scary. 

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA to change the definition of “milk” so that chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose can be used as ingredients in the milk—but not be listed on the label.

This is not necessarily a new agenda, however. The petition was originally filed in 2009, but it’s now being considered by the FDA. If this petition passes, then these hidden ingredients can also find their way into at least 17 other conventional dairy products such as whipping cream, low-fat and non-fat yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, half and half and eggnog.