Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 5)
It's been a big year in food news. Here's a look, in no particular order, at 5 of the food trends of 2010, the stories that propelled them to the top and what you can learn from them:
1. Cutting Back on Salt and Sweeteners—The year started with New York City's call for food manufacturers and restaurant chains to voluntarily curb sodium in their foods, with a goal of a 20 percent reduction in the amount of salt in packaged products and restaurant food in the next five years.
That's a big deal! Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily sodium limit of 2,300 milligrams—the amount in just 1 teaspoon of table salt. Reducing sodium intake slashed cardiovascular-disease risk by 25 to...read full post »
If you’re eating with my husband and me you need to be quick to get what you want when it comes to certain foods. He’s a chunk hunter and I’m a cherry picker. His ice-cream-scooping power has laserlike accuracy when it comes to finding and extracting the delectable bits of sinfulness from cookie-, candy- and swirl-packed ice creams. When it comes to nuts, I like to scavenge around the nut bowl to pick out just the varieties I want to eat. (Yes, I’m that girl.)
Turns out my habit may have some health benefits. All nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats. But some picks rise about the rest in terms of nutrition benefits, as...read full post »
It's not the presents I remember most about the first Hanukkah I spent with my now-husband's family, it's the latkes. Golden and crispy-crunchy on the outside, hot, tender and creamy on the inside, touched with just the right amount of salt. Mmmmm. Leave it to me to have fonder memories of potato pancakes than pearls, or whatever lovely gifts I received that year. Actually, I think it would make my mother-in-law proud that her crispy, golden cakes stand out most in my mind.
That year we were...read full post »
My husband works late two nights a week, which leaves our year-and-a-half-old son and me on dinner duty together. Sounds like a sweet mommy-baby date, right? It often is, especially on the nights when dinner is super-simple: minimal cooking, mostly reheating, a leisurely meal (ha!) and lots of playing. My solution: meals I can make ahead, freeze and then just reheat. (Eggs and toast are always a backup!)
The thing about cooking ahead is that I have to set aside the time to cook at some point. But then, on crazy nights when we just need to eat, we have a meal that’s all ready to go. That’s an investment that pays off big for my sanity and satisfaction (usually...read full post »
As someone who is health conscious, I read a lot of labels. My general rule is to buy foods that list ingredients I can pronounce, but there are at least two things I additionally watch out for: ingredients that sound healthy but aren’t (I try to avoid those) and obscure ingredients that sound scary but are basically harmless.
The latest ingredient to request a “healthier-sounding” name change? High-fructose corn syrup. This week, the Corn Refiners Association, which represents firms who make the product, petitioned the FDA to change the ingredient’s name to “corn sugar.” The group has many reasons for wanting the change, including changing public perception of this controversial ingredient. But two respected nutrition watchdogs, EatingWell advisory board member Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at New York...read full post »