4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Make Nuts Unhealthy

Add a lot of chocolate to your spread and remove a lot of the protein and fiber.  Serve with refined graham cracker “dippers”: Hershey’s Spreads Snacksters (Chocolate with Graham Dippers) provides: 250 calories, 13 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 22 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, and 2 grams fiber per container. For comparison: Smucker’s®…

Understanding the Difference Between Hunger and Craving

People say “only eat when you’re hungry” which is an oversimplified and often unhelpful piece of advice, especially for people who struggle with emotional eating or who have health conditions that affect appetite. In general, the following rules explain the difference between hunger and food cravings:   Hunger Cravings Caused by physical needs physical or…

The Foods You’re Most Likely to Binge On

Binge eating refers to eating 5,000 – 15,000 calories in one sitting. Stress and negative feelings often precede a binge eating episode, and binge eaters usually eat in secret and hide food. Besides drastically increasing the chances of being overweight or obese, binge eating is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart…

32 Foods That Improve Sleep

Salmon, halibut, and tuna, chickpeas, fortified cereal – The vitamin B6 in these foods aid the manufacture of melatonin. Tart cherry juice – In one study, two cups of tart cherry juice each day improved melatonin levels and improved chronic insomnia. Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables – Foods that contain calcium might make it…

How Climate Change Affects Food Production

Maybe you haven’t been too affected personally by the impact of climate change on the food that you eat yet. By 2030, if we continue on the same trajectory that we are currently on, we will all be undoubtedly able to see the negative impacts of climate change on crop and pasture yields, regardless of where…

Why Your Tuna Dinner Might Not Contain Any Tuna

In 2015, average per capita consumption of seafood in America was 15.5 pounds. In fact, the United States is the second largest seafood consuming country in the world (China is number one). Unfortunately, a report by Consumer’s Report found that many types of fish procured at retail stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey,…

20 Tips to Waste Less Food

Apples will last 10 times as long if they are kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator (usually the bottom drawer). Make a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water to wash your berries in. They will stay fresh for several more days than they would otherwise. Store onions in a hole-punched…

12 Tips for Quitting Soda

Sugar-sweetened beverages are undeniably terrible for us and accept part of the blame for obesity, diabetes, weakened bones, kidney stones, poor dental health, and a slew of other conditions plaguing Americans. However, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is not dropping quickly enough as more studies warning about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages are unveiled. Consumption still hovers…

Is Your Starch Resistant Enough?

Resistant starch, discovered by British researchers in the early 1980s, looks like starch but acts like a fiber, meaning that it passes through the small intestine to the colon without being digested. It seems to improve efforts to lose weight, treat digestive problems, and prevent both diabetes and cancer. There are several different forms of…

Funny Friday

Her: “I know you like weight watchers, and I signed up, but it doesn’t work for me, and now I’m stuck with it for six months. “ Me: “Why doesn’t it work for you?” Her: “All of the foods I eat are worth too many points.” Me: “Oh, I see…”

America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…

Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998, and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…