About eight percent of women of child-bearing age, millions of
American women, have blood mercury concentrations higher than the
level considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. This
means that over 600,000 newborns are exposed to mercury above
EPA’s safe level each year. This has prompted the first safe
fish consumption guide written by physicians, published at www.MercuryAction.org/fish.
The guide will help parents choose what kind of and how much fish
they and their young children can most safely eat.
Do you know about
Nutritious foods need not be sacrificed when you go veggie. Worthington’s Tuno, an alternative to tuna, can be used in casseroles, sandwiches and salads. Its texture and taste are very tuna-like (which may turn some consumers off), but it is tasty and contains only 2 grams of fat and 60 calories per serving.
Tuno is a completely meatless vegetable product. So you can be assured there’s no dolphin (or tuna) in your casserole.
Nomeat.com sells 12-ounce cans of Tuno for $2.84, more than a buck off what you’ll spend at grocery stores.
Organics at your
Imagine ordering the freshest seasonal, organic fruits, vegetables and groceries. Then get them speedily delivered the next day.
Diamond Organics does just that as one of the freshest sites on the web. Try their sampler baskets, or subscribe to a fresh seasonal basket every month during the year, or just shop at your leisure.
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You don't have to be a
vegetarian to eat soy!
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized approval of the claims that link the consumption of soy protein with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. 25 grams of soy protein a day - which may be obtained through four servings of foods each containing 6.25 grams of soy protein - are effective in reducing both total cholesterol and
Guidelines for Healthy
To eat a
healthy nutritious diet we have heard many times. But what
is really the key components of good nutrition?
all know to keep fat down, to eat lots of fruits and
veggies, avoid sugar, cut down on red meat, caffeine,
alcohol and eat more fish. What else? Well, to lower your
bad cholesterol (Hdl and other lipids in your blood), eat
less animal fats and more grains that contain oatmeal and whole wheat
products. Avoid saturated and monounsaturated fats, and
choose polyunsaturated fats whenever possible.
disease is linked to obesity, and if you need to lose
weight, reading food-labels is a good way to start.
Make sure that the fat-grams are low in all foods that you
buy. In this day and age, non-fat, and low-fat foods are
very popular and common. However, many are unaware that
low fat and nonfat foods may not always be better for you.
Many processed diet foods contain hydrogenated and partially
hydrogenated fats and oils, which are being blamed for heart
disease. When cooking and baking at home, you can use your
own, healthier fat substitutes, such as applesauce.
health eating is also to make sure you get the right
minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which keep you from
having deficiencies. A multi-vitamin tablet is a good
insurance, but eating meals and snacks which contain
fresh fruit and vegetables is still key, as more and more
research shows that fruits and vegetables help prevent
people who are lactose intolerant are worried about their
calcium intake. It is perfectly possible to have a dairy
free diet, and still get all the calcium you need. Calcium
fortified orange juice, leafy green vegetables and broccoli
are some good sources.
and non-gmo (genetically modified) foods are gaining in
popularity. Although organic foods are not proven to contain more
nutrients, these foods are perceived as better for you. To buy
organically grown foods is good for the planet, and they surely
will not harm you.
Although exercise is not part of healthy eating, it is impossible
to achieve complete health without some cardiovascular exercise
and weight training. It is not necessary to become an elite
Athlete, but being a little athletic is part of a healthy
Whole Foods Sugar Cane
is made from sugar cane, usually organically grown, and only
minimally processed. When sugar is made,
"molasses," the dark, nutrient-rich component of
sugar cane, is separated from the sugar granules then
filtered leaving the nutrient deprived granules that we know
as white refined sugar. (Note that some sugar made from cane
is filtered through cow bone char. The package will label
the sugar as cane sugar. Beet sugar is never filtered
through bone char, and is often labeled granulated sugar or
fine granular sugar.)
Sucanat contains both the molasses and sugar and has not
been filtered. The result is a sweetener that contains more
nutrition and trace minerals. Sucanat can be used exactly as
sugar, without measurement adjustments. Sucanat makes darker
baked goods, but hey, try some of these melt-in-your mouth
recipes Wholesome Sweeteners!
Purely Organic from
Organic, awarded the Best Discovery of 1999 by Natural
Products Expo East, offers organic gourmet food products
imported from Italy. Among their offerings are organic olive
and flavored oils, balsamic and wine vinegars, pasta,
rice, sun-dried tomatoes, honey, and spread such as
Organic Black Olive Spread from Sicily, which is a paste
made of Sicilian herbs and the same olives used in Palumbo
organic extra virgin olive oil. Visit Purely
are functional foods? Browse these links to find out...
Alternative Diabetes Treatments
With as many as 21 million Americans afflicted with diabetes, treatment has
never been more important. However, as medical costs continue to climb, many are
looking for alternatives. Enter
Alternative Diabetes.com. The site will give you
information on several alternative treatments, as well as general information on
the disease. Eating healthy is important, but knowing all the facts is just as
With many complementary treatments available, the site provides information
that could help you manage diabetes. And live a normal life.
Get clued in on
By Andy Summa
Curious about how much fat is in a cup of Cheerios? Or how many calories
are in a double cheeseburger? Check out Sante.
It has a listing for almost 8,000 food
products, so that eating healthy need not be confusing.
Just type in the type of food you want to research, and Sante returns
lots of information. For example, in 100 Cheerios there are 33 calories,
grams of protein and 0.6 grams of fat. Not bad.
Want to compare soy milk and dairy milk? A fluid ounce of soy milk has 10
calories, 0.58 grams of fat and 0.40 grams of fiber. A fluid ounce of
milk? A whopping 27.57 calories, 0.95 grams of fat and 0.01 grams of
Sante also offers a free personal recipe analysis. Send them your
ingredients and they’ll give you a complete nutritious analysis of the
By the way, a double cheeseburger has an artery-clogging 500 calories
and 30 grams of fat.
Andy Summa is a freelance writer in Sugar Land, Texas.
News for Coffee
By Andy Summa
Coffee drinkers, rejoice! HerbaCafe, a new all-natural, no calorie, caffeine-free coffee alternative provides the taste of coffee without the side effects of caffeine.
The herbal blend reportedly offers health benefits including greater stamina, alertness and weight control. HerbaCafe contains Gingko Biloba, clinically proven to enhance cognitive functions such as memory and concentration. Resveratrol strengthens the body’s immune system. Resveratrol is 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 200 times stronger than vitamin C in antioxidants. Other antioxidants in HerbaCafe called catechins
fight cancer, promote cellular health, and block excess fat and carbohydrates to
help control weight.
HerbaCafe is made by HerbaSway.
Dr. James H. Zhou, a former Yale School of Medicine Scientist and Chinese Master Herbologist, developed HerbaCafe at the Connecticut headquarters of HerbaSway Laboratories.
“The caffeine in coffee is an addictive, stimulant drug that negatively affects people’s health, mood, mind, and behavior,” Zhou said. “HerbaCafe’s effects are essentially the reverse of coffee’s. It invigorates the central nervous system, increases blood flow, and delivers anti-oxidants to the brain, further enhancing cognitive functions while promoting cellular health.”
For more information, check out www.herbacafe.com.
Andy Summa is a freelance writer in Sugar Land, Texas.
A Consumer Guide
to Food Oils...
Spectrum Naturals is a natural food industry leader, manufacturing minimally processed and organic oils and condiments. Knowing that sorting out all the information flooding the media about oils can be daunting, Spectrum Naturals has provided a terrific consumer guide to oils on their
website. In this extensive resource you can learn about which food oils are best for you and why, how to store oils, which ones can be heated (and to what temperature), and how oils are processed.
Catch a quick healthy lunch with ShariAnn's
Organic fat free, vegan, wheat free soups
such as Italian White Bean, Tomato with Roasted Bell Pepper, Spicy
Mexican Bean, or Vegetarian French Onion.
are wonderful taste combinations made with certified organic
- Nutritiously Gourmet:
The menu of the month looks delicious, as do the menus archived. The low fat menus favor fresh, seasonal produce, and carbohydrates.
Healthy Choice: The Healthy Choice product line has grown to more than 200 products, and their website allows you to see the nutritional content of each product.
American Dietetic Association: An excellent resource for consumer publications about nutrition.
FoodFit.com: This fun, pretty site personalizes your dietary needs with interactive tools, and offers you your own menu planner.
Decisions: The American Heart Association's site full of heart-healthy recipes, tips for eating out, and guidelines for grocery shopping.
Conscious Choice: A wonderfully rich resource of articles about food, food politics, consumer food news, and food action alerts.
Software to guide you in cardiovascular health, fitness, weight training, and general exercise and calorie loss.
Family Food Zone:
A fun, child-focused family food center offering tips for meals in a hurry, meals for finicky eaters, ways to make food fun for kids, and expert advice.
Second Harvest: A U.S. hunger relief site for needy Americans, The Second Harvest is a food bank of over 200 food banks and food rescue programs.
Soy.com: A site all about soy, offering soy recipes, highlights on the latest soy products, soy research, and a free online newsletter.