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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 [...]

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 [...]

Waste Less…Save More

Nonna Joann • January 28th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

YIKES: An estimated 27 percent of the food available for consumption, according to a government study, ends ups as waste. This includes food purchased at the supermarket, in restaurants and cafeterias, and food stored in your kitchen. It works out to about a pound of food every day for every American.
Wasted food equals wasted money. [...]

Do You Lose Track of Cash?

Nonna Joann • January 26th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

The question of how people lose track of their cash was polled by USA Today.
The USA Today results didn’t surprise me at all. Grocery shopping came in on top at 34 percent. Next leisure shopping came in at 32 percent, enjoying a night out at 31 percent, dining out at 26 percent, buying snacks at [...]

Babies Need Whole Food, Too

Nonna Joann • January 19th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Baby food is whole food, pureed. That’s it. Processed baby food can be expensive. It’s certainly not essential to purchase baby food in tiny glass jars. Jars of baby food found on grocer shelves are convenient when you’re out and about, but I never relied on them. I always made my own baby food.
Homemade baby [...]

We Believe This Is A Veggie…But It’s Not

Nonna Joann • January 14th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Have you ever told your kids to “finish your peas…eat your vegetables”? Peas are green and veggies are green, right? Peas, alfalfa, lentils, soy, peanuts, and beans are not vegetables, but legumes. Although legumes are often mentioned as vegetables, they are not veggies.
A vegetable usually refers to an edible plant or part of a plant [...]