According to the March issue of American Demographics, two-thirds of Americans check food labels to find out how the foods they are buying are made, while almost half seek out organic foods at least some of the time.
n When purchasing food, how often do you look
at the label to find out how it was produced?
n How often do you purchase organic or
With more families adopting a meatless diet, parents are bound to have questions about raising vegetarian children. This is especially true for those who adhere to a strict vegan food plan, one that eschews all animal products, including dairy and eggs.
Professional cooks have long decorated their customers’ plates with garnishes designed to tempt the palate. Now, an article in the February issue of Food & Wine magazine recommends that home cooks pay more attention to the hues of the food they serve to their family members.
Food experts say that having the right gadget can help even the novice cook. Here’s a list of the top 10 kitchen tools you should have on hand:
1. an 8-inch chef’s knife
2. a garlic press
3. a vegetable peeler
4. a grater or zester
5. a kitchen timer
6. a plastic or stainless steel colander
7. a plastic or wooden cutting board
8. an instant-read food thermometer
9. thick potholders or oven mitts
Want to cut down on what you eat but need a helpful reminder? The answer may soon lie in your kitchen cupboards!
Several manufacturers now offer dinnerware that helps you measure food portions on your plates and bowls. For example, a company named Studio Penipento (877-310-8442) makes a line of ceramic bowls that come equipped with pastel dots on the bottoms and
sides that clearly indicate food amounts. Vessel’s (vesselinc.com) new line of everyday white plates and bowls has a
low ridge to help control portions.
Covering high-fat foods with plastic for microwave cooking can be hazardous to your health. The intense heat generated in the microwave can cause the plastic to leach chemicals into the food. These chemicals, known as phthalates, are known to cause serious health problems, such as cancer and sexual dysfunction. That’s why experts recommend microwaving your food in glass containers and covering them with a napkin or paper towel.
The merits of the Mediterranean diet are making a splash in the news these days. Not only is olive oil a staple of this diet; it is actually the principal fat listed in the Mediterranean diet pyramid (see the
May 2003 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source).
A holy trinity of religious diet books is shouting out the praises of the Lord and healthy eating. While each book extols the benefits of a different diet, all are based on Biblical passages and pay homage to natural foods.
The Hallelujah Diet by the Rev. George Malkmus features a vegan eating plan that borrows from the foods eaten in the Garden of Eden (e.g., fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds). Drawing
on the Book of Genesis, the diet bans all animal products, except for honey, and promotes an
80% raw diet.
Do Americans know they’re fat? According to a recent Associated Press (AP) poll, many are in denial.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs between May 17 and 19,
included a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide. The AP asked for weight and height and used a government formula to determine if interviewees were overweight.
Six in 10 who qualified as overweight said they were at a healthy weight. Only one-quarter of those who were obese considered themselves very overweight, and just 12% said they were currently on diets.
Liposuction Doesn’t Improve
Metabolic Risk Factors
In their quest to lose weight, more people than ever are turning to cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 384,000 people opted for liposuction procedures in 2003—a 3% increase from 2002. While liposuction may make people look leaner, a new study in the June 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (2004; 350, 2549–57) indicates it won’t necessarily improve health issues related to obesity.