When I shop for fruits and vegetables I always consult the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) pocket-size Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, which identifies fruits and vegetables that have the highest and lowest pesticide residues. So I’m pleased that EWG, a nonprofit organization, is updating the list again this year. Their 2010 update is based on new data from the USDA and FDA on pesticide residues in produce. Three new foods made the “Dirty Dozen,” the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, and three new foods were added to the...read full post »
I know it can be hard to limit your added sugars intake—just last week I tried to drink a cup of coffee without any sugar thinking I might not notice. I did! But a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which adds to evidence that eating too many added sugars may be taking a toll on our heart health, gives us another good reason to keep trying.
Added sugars are those added to food by consumers or during manufacturing by food producers and include sweeteners like honey, molasses and agave nectar as well as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. (Get a more complete list of added...read full post »
I love, love, love those “how-to at every age” articles in women’s magazines: what to wear in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, how to decorate your house, which haircut, lipstick, nail polish, etc. is the most appropriate. I don’t know why I’m so drawn to these articles, but what’s great about them is that some fashion/decor/beauty expert has boiled down what I need to know into a super-short list of recommendations that I will (hopefully!) remember.
So, at the risk of sounding like a nutrition know-it-all, I’m now using my expertise as a registered dietitian to contribute with my list of must-eat foods for every woman at every age.
My disclaimer: these are just the highlights. Get more details on...read full post »
We’ve all had those days, sometimes even weeks, when we find ourselves endlessly hungry. When it takes a lot of food to fill you up.
That was me earlier this week. In a single day I ate two breakfasts, lunch, an afternoon snack, came home from work feeling so starved that I practically ate a whole dinner just “snacking” on what I was cooking for dinner—and then ate dinner. I like to eat, but this was so excessive I began to search for a reason: Am I pregnant? Could I have developed an overactive thyroid overnight? The hypochondriac in me had a field day, until, duh(!), I remembered a recent study that we covered in EatingWell: splurging on greasy, fatty foods can rev your appetite...read full post »
We use a lot of oil in my house. That sounds gross, I know. Let me explain. It’s really just that one of our healthy-cooking rules is to not use much, if any, butter. So when we need a little grease—be it in a skillet or a muffin tin—we use oil.
Most of the time, it’s canola oil, which led us (and a lot of EatingWell readers) to wonder: is it really all that healthy to cook with? (Choose a cooking oil based on your needs and preferences with this Cooking Oil Guide.)
Here’s what I found:
• Canola oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, the kind that, when used to...read full post »