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5 Label Traps & How to Avoid Them

Nonna Joann • February 25th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

We’d like to believe that food manufactures, or at the very least the Food and Drug Administration, are looking out for our health.
No, the only way you can be sure you are eating nutritious foods is to read and understand food labeling. The food manufacturer will do just about anything to convince you that their [...]

Ludicrous Labeling

Nonna Joann • February 23rd, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Cool Whip has 0g trans fat!
That’s what the label says. I’m NOT kidding.
I wanted to purchase a tub of Cool Whip for a talk I was giving on the
“10 Worst Foods of the Decade” and couldn’t find the tub variety, so I bought the aerosol can.
As you can imagine, I was more than a [...]

What’s a Natural Flavor, Anyway?

Nonna Joann • February 18th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

What is this?
Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution [...]

Roasted Olive & Tomato Chicken

Nonna Joann • February 17th, 2010 • Main Course

Roasted Olive & Tomato Chicken
This tangy chicken recipe is easy to make. Serve with broccoli and hard crusted whole-grain bread and you have a complete meal.
You’ll need:
3 pounds chicken thighs
2 pints grape tomatoes
1 lemon
1 head garlic
1 cup Kalamata olives (may use whole pitted black olives)
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 sprigs of thyme
Salt and pepper
Heat oven to [...]

Psychedelic Flavors

Nonna Joann • February 15th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Do you know what percentage of food dollars is spent on processed foods, most, if not all, which have added chemicals to enhance flavor?
Kids are conditioned to these psychedelic flavors. The additives like food flavorings, 
high fructose corn syrup, MSG and salt are almost always ingredients in processed foods, especially junk foods. Salt is added [...]

Vaccine Controversy

Nonna Joann • February 11th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Part 2–A Shot in the Dark
I do not consider myself to be an expert on childhood vaccinations. The following information is the result of my research. At the very least, I trust you will find this information thought-provoking. With permission I compiled much of the following from You will find links to other internet [...]

Vaccine Link to Autism or Not

Nonna Joann • February 9th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Part 1–Retraction End of Concerns?

Last week, it was announced in the media that a 1998 study relating the measles, mumps and rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine to autism was faulty.
The Lancet, the medical publication in which the article first appeared, decided there were “concerns about ethical breaches by one of the study authors.”
The retraction from The Lancet [...]

Coconut Oil’s Bad Rap

Nonna Joann • February 4th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Saturated Fat
Any fat that is solid at room temperature, like butter and coconut oil, is a saturated fat. Four decades ago a negative campaign launched about saturated fat, including coconut oil, changed the way America cooked. Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees and was a favorite in the baking industry. Most abandoned [...]

Nature’s Sports Drink

Nonna Joann • February 2nd, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

What is it?
• One cup of nature’s sports drink contains more electrolytes than most sports and energy drinks.
• It has more potassium than a banana.
• It’s very low in calories.
• It’s an isotonic beverage (its salt concentration matches that of the human body).
• It’s similar to human plasma and has been used to save lives [...]

Nonna’s Hot Chicken Wings

Nonna Joann • January 31st, 2010 • Main Course

One large package chicken wings (about 20)
¼ cup mango nectar (I used R.W.’s Mango Nectar)
¼ cup hot sauce* (I used Nando’s Hot Peri-Peri Sauce)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon each:
garlic powder
onion powder
dried oregano
apple cider vinegar
1) Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. With poultry scissors, snip off the wing tips.
2) Mix all the [...]