True confession: I just bought cream soda … made with high fructose corn syrup. Anyone watching me at the grocery store and unaware of my inner turmoil would have thought that I was insane because of the dance I was doing with different cartons of the stuff. I was getting ready for my son's birthday party, and he had requested cream soda and Doritos to go along with the pizza … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Doritos and Cream Soda
Can a Nutritional Deficiency Cause Modern Disease?
Despite spending more on health care than the rest of the world, Americans are far from healthy. In fact, out of 11 high-income countries, the U. S. health care system ranks worst overall. It’s a national crisis, and a personal one. If your health is poor, how good can the rest of your life be? A fair share of the problem lies in what we’re putting in our bodies, such as inflammatory foods and … [Read more...] about Can a Nutritional Deficiency Cause Modern Disease?
Cooking Oils: Just Say No
I grew up eating fried food. Fried flounder and shrimp, fried chicken, French fries, fried hush puppies, you name it. In the South, we like to deep-fry stuff. But while my grandmother used that method sometimes, I rarely have cooked that way at home, and now I even forego the “heart healthy” extra-virgin olive oil whenever possible. I also try not to eat fried foods when at a restaurant. (It … [Read more...] about Cooking Oils: Just Say No
The Doughboy and Me: It’s Complicated
Dear Poppin, It’s over. Since childhood, I’ve had a crush on you, and I always will love your big, blue eyes. You make lots of dough and share it happily with everyone. Most people appreciate the sweetness you bring to a room. They don’t care that your laughter is canned. Nothin’ says Lovin’ like something from the oven, you kept crooning. I believed you. Oh, how I … [Read more...] about The Doughboy and Me: It’s Complicated
The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen
If you’ve ever found yourself at the grocery store, confused by whether to choose an organic option over a conventional one, here’s some help. Each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes two lists. One, the “Dirty Dozen,” is those vegetables and fruits that you’re best off buying organic, because the conventional ones are highly sprayed with pesticides. The “Clean … [Read more...] about The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen