Archive for September 2008

Kids’ Cereal Claims

Nonna Joann • September 30th, 2008 • Mealtimes with Kids

Eighty percent of children eat boxed cereal for breakfast. The Journal of the “American Dietetic Association” reports a study concerning children’s cereals. They found the claims made for kids’ cereals were often misleading. Are you surprised? I’m not!
Cereals sold as “low fat” or “low sugar” were not lower in calories. Brands touted as “whole grain” did [...]

Do Your Veggies and Fruit Fight?

Nonna Joann • September 24th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Did you hear that? Bang, Kaboom, Pow!
It’s my fruit and veggies fighting again! You may think your kids fight a lot, but fruit and vegetables don’t like each other at all. They’re probably fighting right now in your refrigerator, too!
The solution for happy produce is to keep fruit and veggies apart from one another. Manufacturers [...]

Yummy, Healthy Pancakes

Nonna Joann • September 23rd, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

This April 2006 letter to Dear Abby is circulated on the Internet. verifies that it’s true:
“I recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy 14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they tasted funny, but ate them anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having difficulty breathing and [...]

BPA Under Scrutiny

Nonna Joann • September 18th, 2008 • Horrible Foods

BPA Debate Goes On
The FDA has said that BPA doesn’t pose a risk to people. BPA (bisphnol A) is a hormone-like chemical found in plastics. Although, the three studies which the FDA based their opinion, were funded by the chemical industry.

Hundreds of independent studies suggest the chemical poses serious risks. The latest research links BPA [...]

Sugar Tsunami

Nonna Joann • September 16th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

If we didn’t already have a sugar tsunami in America, food companies have doubled the amount of sugar they add to some of their most popular products. This includes soups and cereals.
Some of the biggest increases in sugar have been in breakfast cereals, and even whole-grain bread has become sweeter. It now routinely contains nearly [...]

The Sugar Monster Lives In Your House

Nonna Joann • September 12th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

…because you let him!
In fact, you regularly invite him in.
Unless your children are driving and have an income, they’re eating the foods you purchase. Children aren’t the only ones controlled by the sugar monster. It’s estimated that American adults get about 20 percent of their daily calories from sugar. That’s alarming!
It translates to approxi- mately 150 [...]

Something Smells Fishy

Nonna Joann • September 9th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Low fish consumption has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. What a fine kettle of fish we’re in now!
A study reported in the British Medical Journal finds that low consumption of fish early in pregnancy can mean higher odds of preterm delivery and low birth weight. The study included nearly 9,000 pregnant [...]

Organic is Better

Nonna Joann • September 4th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

It’s official organic is really better! The article says, the largest study into organic food has found that it’s more nutritious than ordinary produce. The evidence from a four-year project from Britain should end years of debate, that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice. The study found organic fruit and vegetables [...]

Food Synergies Double Benefits

Nonna Joann • September 2nd, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

According to Drs. Roizen and Oz if you drink a glass of orange juice with your oatmeal it will help elevate your breakfast to superfood status. They say there’s food synergy between the nutrients in oatmeal and OJ that work to provide double the benefits you’d expect from simply adding their nutrients together.
The phenols in [...]

Lentil Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

 Lentil Soup
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped pepper (yellow, green, or red)
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves chopped garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (if chicken broth is substituted, more may be required)
1 cup lentils
½ teaspoon pepper
2  15-oz cans chicken or vegetable broth
2 medium chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
Small shell macaroni
1. In a large pan, sauté [...]