by Amy Reiter in Food News, July 8, 2016
by Amy Reiter in Food News, April 29, 2016
Oh, no! No more dough?
Eating a furtive spoonful (or three) of raw cookie dough before you pop the baking sheet in the oven or letting your kids lick the bowl is one of life’s great pleasures, but alas, the killjoys at the FDA are strongly warning against it. “Eating raw dough or batter — whether it’s for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas — could make you, and your kids, sick,” the FDA warned in a recent blog post, noting that the uncooked flour in the dough — no matter what brand it is — “can contain bacteria that cause disease.” Apparently there’s been an outbreak of a strain of E. coli linked to the flour in raw dough or batter. In fact, the FDA says, even letting kids play with raw dough or clay made with flour “could be a problem.” Sheesh. On the bright side: Less raw-cookie-dough sneaking means more actual cookies! Read more
by Sally Wadyka in Trends, April 13, 2016
Getting the most out of your cuppa joe
Coffee — it not only wakes us up and elevates our mood, but, research suggests, may also protect us against dementia and boost our memory and metabolism. However, Fox News warns, we may be unintentionally undercutting some of coffee’s benefits. The site lists eight caffeine-consumption mistakes to avoid, including buying coffee preground and storing it in its original bag, which increase the level of free radicals, using up the health-promoting antioxidants, as well as drinking it too early, drinking too much, overdoing it with the sugar and drinking the wrong roast. Also, if you’re the sort of person who lets your coffee sit there forever, which increases its acidity, you may be upping your risk of heartburn and indigestion. Plus, if you drink your cuppa joe within 20 minutes of brewing — when, let’s face it, it tastes best anyway — you maximize the antioxidant benefits as well.
by Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. in Healthy Recipes, January 25, 2016
You may think that — thanks in large part to the Starbucks-ization of the latte industry — that coffee has already been made into every conceivable form. But in its latest incarnation, you’ll be more likely baking with it than brewing it. That’s because it’s turning up in a trendy new ingredient called coffee flour.
by Amy Reiter in Food News, January 22, 2016
These seven drinks will keep you warm all winter long:
by Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. in Grocery Shopping, November 29, 2015
Eat right, sleep tight
Looking for a good night’s sleep? (Who isn’t?) Try eating foods that are high in fiber. A new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, concludes that eating a high-fiber diet may correlate with sleep that is deeper and more restorative, with few interruptions — it’s called “slow wave sleep” — whereas consuming a diet that is low in fiber and high in saturated fat and sugar has the opposite effect. What’s more, the researchers found, just one day of high-fat, low-fiber eating can negatively affect the quality of your night’s sleep. So you may want to lay off the buttery sugar cookies before bedtime — or have a high-fiber snack instead.
by Cameron Curtis in Dining Out, September 22, 2015
If you don’t do dairy but love the silky mouthfeel of creamer in your coffee, you have options. The first thing to note, though, is that some nondairy creamers actually do have caseins (milk protein) in them, so if you’re vegan, look out for this. Here’s a roundup of six truly dairy-free creamers. Some of them come in several flavors, but for nutrition comparison, we stuck to the originals.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, July 25, 2015
They’re everywhere, and they’re here for a limited time only, but should you be rushing out to get your pumpkin latte fix on a daily basis? Check out the nutrition info from these popular chains before you swap the seasonal latte for your usual morning joe. Read more
by Cameron Curtis in Healthy Recipes, April 29, 2015
You can now pick up a canned or bottled cup of joe in many grocery stores around the country. Although a plain cup of java runs about 50 calories, many of these shelf brands add ingredients that should make you think twice before sipping. Here are four things coffee lovers should be aware of before grabbing a bottled coffee drink to go. Read more
by Amy Reiter in Food News, March 6, 2015
Consumers have been turning to store-bought coffee drinks for their caffeine fix, but with an 11-ounce store-bought Starbucks Iced Coffee + Milk clocking in at 21 grams of sugar, those store-bought blends can be unhealthy. With milk alternatives on the rise, juice brands have entered the coffee market and taken cold brew to the next level by incorporating almond or cashew milk, nuts and even chia seeds into their recipes. Even alternative milk brands like OMilk and Califia have started to play the coffee game by adding espresso or cold brew to their milk bases. But are all of these dairy-free options a healthier way to feel the buzz? Not necessarily. We took a look at a few popular brands and then made our own concoction that’s easy to whip up with a blender at home (no fancy equipment needed). Read more
In this week’s news: A study finds benefits in intermittent fasting; a high-fat diet may be good for athletes, but not everyone; and if you drink coffee, your arteries may be spick-and-span. Read more