Give the Gift of Health

Nonna Joann • November 25th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

This holiday season, give the gift of health to a child you love. The Forest Feast: Baby Bites Mealtime Adventures is a delightful storybook with a yummy whole foods message. Best friends Betty Baby BitesTM, a tiny Italian mouse and Try Rannosaurus®, a gigantic T-Rex, eat their way through a prehistoric forest. These lovable buddies [...]

Safety Tips for Women

Nonna Joann • February 5th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Yikes! My computer has been out of commission for almost a week. I’ll take this opportunity to post safety information that I have saved. This is different than my usual blogs about family health and nutrition. It’s not about picky eaters, either. It’s about safety (which of course is ultimately your health).
Years ago, I attended a seminar on safety. [...]

Stealth Health

Nonna Joann • January 7th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Sneaking healthful ingredients into food has been a tactic used by moms since the first mom disguised vegetables from her picky eater by mashing them to make soup. Books like Deceptively Delicious, Stealth Health, and The Sneaky Chef offer ways to sneak nutrition into meals.
Hiding nutrition is helpful in the short-run, but I believe the goal should be for children [...]

Taste Is More Than Pleasure

Nonna Joann • November 10th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Taste is a matter of survival, not just pleasure. Current Biology reports on advances in taste perception. They highlight the importance of taste in life experience and link the taste of certain nutrients and compounds to our very survival. Authors Paul Breslin and Alan Spector say there are five generally accepted tastes, which are associated [...]

American Nutrition Sadly Lacking

Nonna Joann • October 14th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

I read an eye-popping article in the Sunday Denver Post. It looks at data about the American lifestyle complied from John de Graaf. The data compares the U.S. with 14 European Union countries in quality-of-life indicators. He says that it’s clear the health care, safety, and education are faltering in America.
“For example, he says, even [...]

We Lie About What We Eat

Nonna Joann • August 28th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

We regularly lie about three things: sex, money, and what we eat.
We lie most about what we eat. Because we desperately want to believe we eat a healthy diet; we comfort ourselves with lies and food myths. We believe we eat better than most of the world!
Americans are fatter than the rest of the world, [...]