Few moviegoers are immune to the lure of the popcorn, candy and other junk-food treats for sale on the way into the theater. But it turns out that the movie you’re going to see may influence just how much of those fattening foods you consume while you watch. A study just released by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab measured the differences in popcorn consumption — both in a lab setting and at a movie theater — between moviegoers watching sad movies and those watching comedies. Read more
When you hear about an outbreak of foodborne illness, it usually involves a large food corporation or chain restaurant. But you may be just as likely — perhaps even more likely — to encounter food contamination in your own kitchen. “In general our food is very safe, but there are also things consumers can do help prevent problems,” says Jeannie Sneed, Ph.D., research professor at Kansas State University and author of a new study about how consumers’ food-handling habits can lead to food contamination.
Here, the biggest culprits in the kitchen — and what you can do to minimize the risk. Read more
Like a car, your body needs fuel — the right kind in the right amount — in order to work properly. “You can’t put 10 miles worth of gas in your car and expect to drive for 30 miles without breaking down,” reasons Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and certified strength and conditioning coach in New York City. “The same goes for your muscles.”
For that reason, Rumsey recommends not working out on a completely empty stomach. She suggests timing your exercise for three to four hours after a meal or within an hour of a small snack that provides some carbohydrate and protein (like half a banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter). And skip anything that’s too high in fat or fiber — both digest slowly, which can interfere with your workout. Read more
Every day, millions of people — adults and children — in this country with Type 2 diabetes hit their pharmacy for a variety of medicines to control that condition as well as other obesity-related ills. But what if instead of the pharmacist giving them drugs to manage their diseases, they were handed a bin of fruits and vegetables to help prevent them? Read more
Don’t get us wrong — we love guacamole as much as the next person. But if that’s all you do with avocados, you’re missing out on a host of other healthy possibilities. This versatile fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit, not a vegetable) can be whipped into soups, pureed in a smoothie, blended into salad dressing, spread on a sandwich — or even slathered onto your skin for beautifying benefits. Avocados get a bad rap for being high in fat. While it’s true that 80 percent of their calories come from fat, over 75 percent of the fat is from the healthy unsaturated kind. Plus, that fat helps the body absorb more fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, E and K. Read more
“The question isn’t whether or not you need to eat fat; it’s ‘What kind of fat are you eating?’” says chef Franklin Becker, owner of The Little Beet and The Little Beet Table in New York City. Becker got a wake-up call in 1993 when, at age 27, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It forced him to change both how he ate and how he cooked. Now, he’s set out to change everyone else’s habits too. He started by revolutionizing the way New Yorkers eat on the run. His quick-service spot, The Little Beet, opened in midtown Manhattan in January 2014. With lines out the door at lunchtime, it’s not surprising that another New York location is set to open soon and more units are being planned. He also just opened a full-service fine dining version, called The Little Beet Table. And now he’s out with a new cookbook that captures his eating philosophy. Good Fat Cooking (Rodale, 2014) is filled with recipes that utilize healthy unsaturated fats to produce incredibly flavorful dishes.
Presented with the likes of cookies and candy, most people keep their guard up — or at least try. But even if you’d never dream of going overboard on those foods, there are less obvious culprits that could be derailing a healthy diet. Go easy on these saboteurs, and you’ll be better for it.
Holidays and food are so closely connected that it’s hard to even imagine one without the other. And not just any food, but very specific culinary traditions — often ones that have been passed down through generations. But what happens when you remove all animal products from your holiday goodies? Well, at least in the case of the New York’s legendary vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe, you end up with some incredibly tasty dishes. “Our restaurants always have wait lists on all the holidays, and we hate to turn people away,” says Joy Pierson, co-owner of Candle Cafe and coauthor of the new cookbook Vegan Holiday Cooking. “So putting our favorite holiday recipes in this book is a way to feed as many people as possible.”
Writing a New York Times Best Seller is no easy task. Neither is keeping a New York City restaurant packed and popular for a decade and a half. But Gabrielle Hamilton has managed to do both. Her 2011 memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, proved that she was as good a writer as she is a chef. Now she’s finally giving her fans the cookbook they’ve been clamoring for. And the release just so happens to coincide with Prune’s 15th anniversary as one of New York’s most-beloved restaurants.
There’s nothing new about fermenting food. In fact, it may be one of the oldest food preparation techniques around. Long before we were sipping pricy Kombuchas at the local café, our ancestors were using this process as a means of keeping their food from spoiling in age without refrigeration. “Fermentation was one of the earliest forms of food preservation,” says Kathie Swift, RDN, author of The Swift Diet (Hudson Street Press, 2014). “Traditional cultures were intentionally fermenting fruits, vegetables and grains well over 10,000 years ago, but they lost popularity when modern conveniences came into use.”
Lately, despite our ability to preserve and refrigerate food, fermentation is all the rage again. So what exactly are fermented foods (and beverages)? And why should we make a point of including them in our diets? We asked Swift — a huge fan of fermenting — for some answers.