by Toby Amidor in Food News, May 1, 2012
by Toby Amidor in Diets & Weight Loss, April 10, 2012
- Is this sweet stuff toxic?
First fat was the enemy, then it was salt and now sugar. A recent episode of 60 Minutes titled “Is Sugar Toxic” had folks buzzing over Twitter and whispering at the water cooler. But is sugar really the enemy or is this yet another nutrient that’s being needlessly blackballed?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, who claims that sugar is to blame for diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. Much of the fat that’s been removed from low-fat foods gets replaced with sugar and Dr. Lustig hypothesizes that the way people eat sugar today is putting their health at risk. Sources of sugar include honey and table sugar along with foods that have hidden sources of sugar like yogurt, sauces, bread and peanut butter. As a result, Dr. Lustig recommends eliminating all sugar from our diet.
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, February 29, 2012
- Weigh the crazy dieting advice you receive very carefully.
Trying to shed pounds for bathing suit season? Be careful how you go about losing the weight. There’s so much nutrition misinformation out there—don’t get sucked into thinking you’ve found the magic way. Although there are many dieting faux pas out there, here are 5 common misconceptions I often hear.
#1: Avoid All Fruit
Fruit is nature’s candy and contains a form of sugar called fructose. Before you shun all sugar, it’s important to understand the source. Oftentimes, folks confuse natural sugar found in fruit with added sugar found in cookies, candy and sugary drinks.
Fruit contains about 60 calories per serving and a ton of vitamins, minerals, fiber and special plant chemicals that help fight disease. The sources of added sugar (like sodas, chocolate bars) typically contain hundreds of calories and not many nutrients. Of course, you need to balance out fruit with other foods, but any healthy diet plan should include several servings of fruit each day.
by Toby Amidor in Food News, Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, March 31, 2011
- Is there sugar hiding in your groceries?
Move over salt, there’s a new bad guy in town: sugar. We know that sweet treats and heavily processed food tends to be laden with sugar, but you’ll be shocked to find out that these 8 common foods that contain more sugar than you think.
The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their added sugar to no more than 6 teaspoons (or 100 calories) while men shouldn’t consume more than 9 teaspoons (or 150 calories) each day. Americans blow these recommendations out of the water, consuming an average of 475 calories of added sugar each day! So take a good look at your pantry to see if you’re eating any of these hidden sources of sugar.
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, Label Decoder, January 7, 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.
by Toby Amidor in Food News, July 23, 2010
Many folks read food labels to gain better insight on the foods they choose. However, with so many claims plastered on labels, things can get really confusing. Even worse, food companies use these claims to push certain products and make you think they’re healthier than they really are. We’ve rounded up the top 10 food label boobie traps.
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by Karen Ostergren in Reader Tips & Comments, December 5, 2009
In this week’s nutrition news: Slashing sugar helps make you healthier, enjoying lunch away from your desk and the truth about the “5-second rule.”
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by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, December 1, 2009
Between holiday parties and cookie swaps, December is definitely the month for baking. Before you heat up the oven, check out this week’s list of reader comments for tips on trimming the sugar and fat in cookies and other baked goodies.
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by Toby Amidor in Food News, Grocery Shopping, August 28, 2009
Sugar helps make baked goodies puffy, golden brown and moist, but plain granulated sugar isn’t your only option. Whether you’re looking to cut calories, use less processed ingredients or simply change up the flavor, here are some options.
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by Toby Amidor in Label Decoder, August 20, 2009
From this week’s headlines: new reports show that Americans are drowning in sugar, the danger of supplements and the weight loss pill Alli might cause liver failure.
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Check the labels on some of those new “natural” beverages at health food stores — you might notice a common sweetener: “cane juice.” But is it really any better than sugar?
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