To Juice or to Blend?

To Juice or to Blend?

Fresh liquid nutrition is really big these days. Cold pressed juice stands are popping up all over metro areas. Jamba Juice and competitors have hundreds of branches nationwide, and companies like Vitamix and Blendtec are selling $500 machines like hot … Continue reading

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Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

For years, frustrated dieters have wondered how two people could eat the same exact food, with one gaining weight and the other staying as skinny as a flagpole. The answer was usually a “faster metabolism”, but the underlying scientific mechanisms … Continue reading

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Is Your Supermarket Sabotaging Your Diet?

Is Your Supermarket Sabotaging Your Diet?

America has become an obesogneic country. That’s because everywhere you turn to, unhealthy food and beverage are within arms reach. Supermarkets have become part of the problem. In a recent study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, 240 … Continue reading

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Protein Builds Muscle, Carbs Are Fuel, And Fat Help With?

Protein Builds Muscle, Carbs Are Fuel, And Fat Help With?

A little Nutrition 101 today. We all know that food can be divided into macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients. The micros are vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and vitamin C. Our body needs tiny amounts of micro-nutrients (usually measured in … Continue reading

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Balsamic Vinegar – 10 Things to Know

Balsamic Vinegar – 10 Things to Know

1. Balsamic vinegar is a sweet and complex tasting vinegar originally from Italy but gaining popularity throughout the world. 2. It is a special type of vinegar. Unlike regular vinegars that are derived from fermented alcohol, Balsamic vinegar is made … Continue reading

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The Bogus BMI

The Bogus BMI

There’s a great read on The Body Mass Index (BMI) over at Mother Jones. This is the standard unit of measurement used to assess a person’s health via assumptions about overweight and obesity. Adopted in the 80′s by the health … Continue reading

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The Other Pumpkin Product You’re Probably Not Eating

The Other Pumpkin Product You’re Probably Not Eating

It’s fall and pumpkin season is in full swing. Orange is the new green, and you can’t turn around without stumbling over a pumpkin flavored food or beverage. Don’t get us wrong, we love pumpkin in our recipes. Today, however, … Continue reading

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Cooking with Olive Oil?  Yes We Can!

Cooking with Olive Oil? Yes We Can!

This blog post is sponsored by the North American Olive Oil Association. One of the most common myths about olive oil believed by Americans is that you can’t or shouldn’t cook with it. In a recent study conducted by the … Continue reading

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Can You Guess What Cut of Meat This Is?

Can You Guess What Cut of Meat This Is?

The answer is fake meat. What you are looking at is Seitan, the step-brother to soy-based tofu. Unlike tofu, seitan is made from gluten. Yes, that same gluten that many Americans are shunning today. Seitan has been used as a … Continue reading

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This Apple Exemplifies Where America’s Food System Went Wrong

This Apple Exemplifies Where America’s Food System Went Wrong

There’s a great article in The Atlantic about America’s best selling apple – the Red Delicious. It’s the story of an apple that looks great, but tastes terrible. “Bumped around the bottom of lunch bags as schoolchildren rummage for chips … Continue reading

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