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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 11)

January 21, 2010 - 11:51am

When it comes to my health, and the health of my family, I like to play it safe. Recent news confirms that I’ve been doing the right thing by limiting my family’s exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-like chemical used in polycarbonate plastics. BPA is used to make some reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage containers and some baby bottles; it’s also in the linings of some food and drink cans, and other things, such as dental sealants. Studies have linked BPA to the development of precancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals.(Concerned about pesticides too? Find a list of 12 fruits and vegetables you should consider buying organic.)...

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January 15, 2010 - 1:27pm

Is sugar just sugar, even if it's high-fructose corn syrup? I thought the answer was no, that high-fructose corn syrup is worse than regular sugar or honey or even plain corn syrup and I should avoid it. And let's not even get into sugar substitutes.

But last night I was watching TV and saw a commercial from the Corn Refiners Association saying that high-fructose corn syrup is no worse for me than regular sugar. (See the commercials for yourself at sweetsurprise.com.) Could it be true?

I asked one of EatingWell's nutrition experts to help me sort out fact from hype. ...

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January 11, 2010 - 4:34pm

Move over trans fats, there’s a new health villain in town: sodium.

New York City is on the cutting edge of food regulation once again, this time with a new target. First the City banned trans fats in food, then it required restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. Now the New York Health Department wants to curb the amount of salt we’re eating. Today the health department released draft guidelines for a new (voluntary) health initiative to encourage food manufacturers and restaurant chains to curb the amount of sodium in their food. While the city hasn’t made sodium reduction a law, its goal is a 20 percent reduction in the amount of salt in packaged products and restaurant food in the next five years...

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January 8, 2010 - 11:43am

As a new mom I don’t have a lot of time for exercise. So when I do get moving I want to make the most of it. I love it that there are foods I can eat to help me get more out of my workout. (Find 10 breakfasts that help you burn more fat during your workouts here.)

By eating more onions, apples, grapes, berries, cabbage and broccoli I could boost my exercise endurance. An antioxidant in these foods—quercetin—when taken in supplement form, helped people bike longer, according to one study. Researchers think the quercetin makes oxygen more available to the lungs.

Get supercharged for your workout with these recipes using quercetin-rich fruits and vegetables, such as:

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December 23, 2009 - 1:36pm

Last year’s food trend predictions were all tied to the struggling economy: cooking budget-friendly recipes at home, dining out on the cheap and shopping for bargain ingredients. This year, the trends on the National Restaurant Association’s list of the Top 20 Food Trends for 2010 suggest we’re making decisions based on our health and the environment.

I’m glad that I can see the things I believe in—local foods, healthy meals and sustainable seafood—on this top 20 list, which is based on a survey of chefs across the nation. Here’s our take on the top trends, which we hope are here to stay:

Trends #1, 2, 5—Local-grown foods and drinks: Staying in touch with the seasons...

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