What’s the Difference Between Herbs and Spices?

What’s the Difference Between Herbs and Spices?

We often hear the term “herbs and spices”. As any amateur chef knows, herbs and spices are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients. But have you ever stopped for a moment to … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dorito

The Anatomy of a Dorito

Munching on savory snacks with the “Os” suffix (Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos) goes hand in hand with playoff Sundays and the Superbowl. Would you like to know what you’re putting in your body each time you reach for a Doritos Cool … Continue reading

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Are Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs Healthier than the Rest?

Are Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs Healthier than the Rest?

We recently got an email from Dave: Stumbled across your blog a few days ago, have been pouring over your archives ever since.  My wife and I are in the process of converting to a much more natural and healthy … Continue reading

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Egg Beaters and Cholesterol Confusion

Egg Beaters and Cholesterol Confusion

One of the problems with nutrition science is that it changes every once in a while when new research come in, but it takes the public a long time to readjust its mindset. The result is mass confusion regarding what’s … Continue reading

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Chocolate Milk Advice – Syrup, Powder, or Ready-to-Drink? [Inside the Label]

Chocolate Milk Advice – Syrup, Powder, or Ready-to-Drink? [Inside the Label]

We recently wrote about chocolate milk with too much sugar being served in school lunches. We also covered a chocolate drink that’s better left on the shelf. But as parents, we can’t ignore the fact that kids LOVE sweetened milk. … Continue reading

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Why Fat-free Salad Dressings are Ridiculous [Inside the Label]

Why Fat-free Salad Dressings are Ridiculous [Inside the Label]

“A salad without the dressing is not a salad”, someone famous once said. Or should have said. A good dressing helps accentuate flavors, helps some of those greens go down easier, and as you’ll see in a minute improves the … Continue reading

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9 Things to Know About Annatto [Food Additive]

9 Things to Know About Annatto [Food Additive]

1. Annatto is a natural spice used as a food additive. 2. It is used both as a red food coloring and adds a sweet peppery taste. 3. Annatto comes from the pulp surrounding the seeds of the achiote tree … Continue reading

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Weiner Wars – Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks vs. Ball Park Franks

Weiner Wars – Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks vs. Ball Park Franks

The long weekend marks the beginning of this year’s barbecue season, and if you’re like most Americans, there will surely be some form of frankfurter sizzling away on your grill. Hot Dogs are a big business (billions of dollars a … Continue reading

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How Healthy is ConAgra’s Healthy Choice?

How Healthy is ConAgra’s Healthy Choice?

Very healthy! Or at least that’s what new research, sponsored by ConAgra, has shown. Here’s the press release: ConAgra Foods announced today new research that shows people who ate Healthy Choice(R) really did get healthier. Participants in the 24-week study, … Continue reading

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Eleven Ketchup Facts

Eleven Ketchup Facts

1. Ketchup, one of the most popular condiments in the US, is a half a billion dollar industry. 2. Ketchup is originally a spicy fish sauce called Ke-Tsiap from east Asia. It was brought west in the 17th century and … Continue reading

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