fast food

New Mini Book–Want Flies With That?

• April 23rd, 2012 • Fast Food

Book on Back Burner for 2 Years The idea for my new book Want Flies With That? has been sitting on the back burner for two years. Well, actually it was in the deep freeze. Recently, a friend suggested I publish a mini-book. That’s when I actually considered pulling the information together. My blog, “Happy [...]



What’s in Your Chicken Nuggets?

• January 24th, 2012 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

What’s Really in Your Chicken Patty/Nugget?  The following statement from a Facebook posting is not entirely true: Say hello to mechanically separated chicken. It’s what fast-food chicken is made – things like chicken nuggets and patties. In addition, the processed frozen chicken in the stores is made from it. Basically, the entire chicken is smashed [...]



Taste for Fat, Salt & Sugar Formed Early

• February 3rd, 2011 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Study after study prove the same thing: Kids develop taste preferences early. We’re not surprised when we hear that a recent study finds “preschoolers prefer salt, sugar and fat and equate their taste preferences to brand-name fast-food and soda products.” The latest confirmation is from a new study published in the journal Appetite. Their findings [...]



Fast Food Equivalent to Heroin?

• October 6th, 2010 • Uncategorized

“Childhood Obesity Break the Habit” is a new controversial PSA by Precinct Studios. This shocking ad is getting quite the buzz on the Internet. It’s intended to bring awareness to the childhood obesity crisis. The ad is melodramatic and disturbing as it depicts a mom helping her kid shoot up drugs and likens it to [...]



Trans Fat: Good News/Bad News

• July 22nd, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

The Good News: Fast food restaurants are using less trans fats. Yes, that’s good news. Research from the University of Minnesota’s Nutrition Coordinating Center has shown major chains significantly reducing their use of oils containing trans fat in French fries and other food during the past 10 years. Unfortunately, picky eaters love fast foods, especially [...]



Land of Denial

• May 20th, 2010 • Fast Food

We’re Not In Kansas Any More After Happy Birthday to My Happy Meal blog went viral, visits to my site went through the roof. There were over 110,000 visits to Happy Birthday to My Happy Meal blog alone. Most were new to the Baby Bites site and left their comments on that blog as well [...]



Growing Healthy Kids

• July 16th, 2009 • Fun in Nonna's Kitchen

Growing healthy kids starts in pregnancy and continues for a lifetime. When the first foods your baby receives is from the garden and you never purchase fast or processed foods, your child will naturally eat healthy foods. Contrary to popular belief, picky eaters are not born, they’re made. While we may have a natural preference [...]



Hidden Toxin in Food

• April 23rd, 2009 • Horrible Foods

Not the First to Deceive Initially, trans fat was touted as a healthy alternative to other fats! For years, products with trans fat, like margarine, were thought to be a healthy choice. After 30 years of pressure, the FDA finally admitted that trans fat is harmful to health. Trans fat wasn’t always identified, but lumped [...]



Nonna’s Happy Meal Blog

• March 3rd, 2009 • Fast Food

Even picky eaters will eat fast food, especially French fries. A recent survey found the French fry to be baby’s first finger food. When I talk to moms, they always insist their children don’t eat that many French fries. Someone is in denial. Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed government data on 6,500 children and teens, ages 2 to 18. [...]



Junk Food Is, Well, Junk

• July 15th, 2008 • Horrible Foods

Morgan Spurlock, producer, director, and guinea pig of Super-Size Me, shocked America by documenting his month-long fast-food binge. I had no desire to watch his movie…until recently. I thought the premise was preposterous, after all, who wouldn’t expect to gain weight after eating exclusively at McDonalds? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Supersize-Me, actually shed [...]