Tag: food

NPR discusses how deadly the American Diet is and offers ideas on how to make it better.

NPR discusses how deadly the American Diet is and offers ideas on how to make it better. It’s no secret that healthcare costs are exorbitant and that many of the past ideas such as the food pyramids of the past actually created diabetics.   Many of these recommendations were more of a negotiation rather than the science of staying and keeping healthier. The trends toward healthier eating are continuing, yet the majority of Americans, eat processed foods loaded with calories, eat portions that are too large, snack too much, and their doctor’s solutions somehow always end up with a pill prescription.  Read More »

Are rice cakes part of a healthy meal?

Are rice cakes part of a healthy meal? If you like rice cakes as I do, they can be a healthy alternative to bread or sandwich fixings. Adding avocado, peanut butter, and other items can add additional nutritiousness to them and be part of a healthy meal. Things to be aware of are flavorings and other things that can add artificial flavorings, sodium, and other things that are less than healthy for us. Check out this interesting blog post which offers great information regarding the health benefits of rice cakes and what you can place on them for a healthy Read More »

Food expiration dates vs. food safety, according to the NY Times

Food expiration dates vs. food safety, according to the NY Times Since so many of us are quarantined due to covid19, do we have to throw away food that has reached its expiration date?  Do we really understand what an expiration date if vs. a sell-by date? U.S. Department of Agriculture food dating is actually voluntary.and may have little to do with food spoilage.  It may be that the date may just mean according to the manufacturers the expiration date may just mean that the manufacturer is estimating that this is the date the food is no longer of optimal Read More »

Food as medicine? Fixing our diet may be the best cure for chronic diseases according to the NY Times.

Food as medicine? Fixing our diet may be the best cure for chronic diseases according to the NY Times. The idea that food is all the medicine we need has been around for many years.   Statistically, those of us who live in the United States are less healthy than others who come from the Mediterranian countries and eat a Mediterranian style diet.  Other developed countries may also lead to more active lifestyles, which is in contrast to the USA where people in the suburbs will get in their cars to go from place to place.  There is also the idea Read More »

Food as medicine; could this be the best way to avoid disease?

Food as medicine; could this be the best way to avoid disease? Aging and pills have become a way of life for many Americans.   We take a pill for blood pressure, another one for cholesterol and yet another one for a dysfunctional thyroid gland. It is a fact that Americans take more pills than any other country according to Consumer Reports. We also pay the highest prices for those medications as well. Those who practice functional medicine take a holistic look at what went wrong with you.  They then find the common elements in your body’s systems and treat the Read More »