All Posts By Toby Amidor

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Healthy Debate: Should You Avoid Food Dyes?

by in Food News, Food Safety, April 7, 2011

sugary cereal

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling for a ban on several of the most common food dyes, citing studies that suggest they lead to hyperactivity in children. Last week, the FDA held hearings on the topic and concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a ban.  Here’s the latest on this hot debate.

Get the facts on food dyes »

In Season: Spring Lettuces

by in In Season, April 6, 2011
Watercress, Avocado and Orange Salad
Watercress Salad - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Spring has sprung, and along with it comes the first of the delicate spring lettuces. Learn more about the varieties to look for at your local farmers’ market, and get our favorite recipes for these tasty bites of spring.

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Taste Test: Fast Food Oatmeal

by in Dining Out, Taste Test, April 5, 2011


Oatmeal is the latest healthy food to hit fast food joints around the nation. But how healthy (and tasty) are these fast food versions? We tested some of the most popular offerings to see how they stacked up.

See which oatmeals beat out the competition »

Save or Toss: Shelf Life of Common Foods

by in Food Safety, April 1, 2011

stocked refrigerator

The time for spring cleaning has arrived — this includes your refrigerator, freezer and pantry! Confused on what should stay and what should go? We’ll tell you how long you can keep foods and when it’s time to toss them.

What to keep and what to toss »

Low-Fat Foods: Good or Bad?

by in Food News, Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, March 31, 2011


Low-fat is out and healthy fat is in. Does that mean the era of low-fat cookies is over? Not necessarily. Find out which fats are now recommended and how low-fat foods can fit into a healthy diet.

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Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, March 29, 2011

weight loss rules

You’re trying really hard to eat healthy and exercise. Maybe you saw some results in the beginning or just aren’t seeing the numbers go down on the scale. Frustrated, you wonder: “Why the heck aren’t I losing weight?” Here are 10 reasons why you’re not seeing results.

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Taste Test: Hot Chocolate

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, March 28, 2011

hot chocolate

Spring may be officially here, but cooler temperatures keep coming back for more. Get through what’s hopefully the last cold snap of the season with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. We rated 5 popular brands, looking at taste and the amount of added sugar — find out our top picks.

Get the hot chocolate taste test results »

Get The Facts: Iodized Salt

by in Food News, Grocery Shopping, March 25, 2011


With all the salt talk going on, we sometimes forget that the type of salt we use matters. In 1924 the government fortified salt with the mineral iodine for our health and well-being. Today, iodized salt  is being examined by the Japanese to possibly help protect against thyroid cancer as a result of recent radiation exposure. Here’s what you need to know about iodized salt.

Frequently-asked questions: Iodized salt

Talking to the Experts: Supermarket Dietitians

by in Grocery Shopping, March 24, 2011
Outside ShopRite's Dietitian booth, pictured: ShopRite Community Affairs VP Tom Urtz, the author, Corporate Dietitian Natalie Menza and Retail Dietitian Stacey Jackson.

Wondering which crackers are better for you? Or what to eat for a healthy heart? At many supermarkets across the country, there’s an in-store dietitian to answer your questions and help you compare food labels. As more grocery stores around the country jump on the trend of hiring an in-house nutrition expert, I spoke to the dietitians at ShopRite supermarket in White Plains, New York about what they do and what you should ask your market’s dietitian.

Dietitians: Coming to a supermarket near you »

Top 10 Foods For A Healthy Mouth

by in Healthy Tips, March 22, 2011
One more reason to enjoy yogurt: It's good for your teeth, along with these 9 other foods.

We’ve been taught to brush twice a day and floss, but eating the right foods also contributes to clean and shiny teeth and gums.  Keep your mouth happy by chomping on these 10 foods.

10 good-for-your-teeth foods »