The upcoming release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is anticipated by those with an interest in nutrition. But not everyone agrees with the results from the committee of U.S. nutrition experts and their interpretation of the body of evidence in nutrition science that often has studies and opinions that are conflicting. Some are now coming forward and charging that the DGA recommendations for low amounts of dietary fats and increased carbohydrates are responsible for the U.S. obesity epidemic.Read more
Everywhere we go we’re meeting avid, new generations of “home economists.” Home baking, among the many economies of home, is a life skill 81% of adult Americans use daily, weekly, monthly or for occasions. Why they bake reveals both benefits and teachable moments.
In case you’ve missed it, one of the latest nutrition trends among athletes is the Paleolithic diet, or just Paleo for short. Popularized by Dr. Loren Cordain, it advocates eating only the foods that a caveman would have had access to. Effectively, this means including only foods that could have been hunted or gathered (fish, meats, eggs, nuts, fruits, roots) in the Paleolithic era and excluding all foods that require farming or agriculture (wheat, rice, corn, beans, dairy products, potatoes, sugar, etc). Read more
Juicy, red-ripe tomatoes are the most anticipated and beloved vegetable of the summer. This year in my garden, I'm growing over 20 different types of tomatoes and almost all are heirlooms. It's been a rollercoaster of a season with stormy hot and rainy weather, like the tropics. The tomatoes love it. They're hard green orbs right now but they'll be ripening soon.Read more
This month marks the second anniversary of USDA’s MyPlate, the graphic representation of a nutritious meal designed to help consumers build a healthy plate with all five food choices. What better way to celebrate this colorful icon than with the Mediterranean Diet? With an abundant array of plant-based foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and grains, a variety of seafood, olive oil as the principal source of fat, and moderate to small amounts of cheese and yogurt, poultry and eggs, red meat and red wine, it has all the makings of a healthy diet. And, whatRead more
I firmly believe the foods we grow up eating are the ones we keep a special and lifelong fondness for. As we age, our palates and preferences for certain flavors may change, but some foods never lose their effect of taking us back “home” in a single bite. For me, that food is tortillas.Read more
The US Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend we consume six one-ounce servings of grains each day for optimum health. Of those six servings, at least half – or three servings – should come from whole grains. While six servings doesn’t sound like a lot, most Americans, and especially children, fail to come close to meeting the recommendation for whole grains. And some people have trouble identifying healthy grain foods.Read more
Every week there’s a new “miracle” diet and every year you can’t help but wonder: Is THIS the weight loss diet that will finally work, once and for all? There are weight loss programs that work, but there many more “fads” out there that will temporarily drop your weight (or perhaps make you sick), only to have the pounds return in a few weeks. Fad diets are tempting, but like eating a rich dessert when you already have a full stomach: resist, resist, resist! In the long run, you will be healthier, thinner andRead more