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.
Food can be a real challenge for kids who are diabetic. Now a new book teaches diabetic kids how to take control of their diets and have fun in the process.
Cooking Up Fun for Kids With Diabetes: Recipes, Crafs, Games & More! written by Patti B. Geil, MS, RD, & Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, contains kid-oriented recipes and nutrition hints. It is available for purchase at the American Diabetes Association's online bookstore at http://store.diabetes.org.
Although manufacturers are required to list trans fat content on Nutrition Facts Labels by January 1, 2006, many consumers will still need help translating
the new terminology. That’s why the IFIC Foundation says to keep these facts in mind when reading food
Some margarines contain partially hydrogenated oils, but the combined amounts of trans and saturated fats are often less than the amount of saturated fat in butter.
how to limit your
exposure to mad cow disease
With the first case of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE) uncovered in the U.S. recently, several organizations have released recommendations to help consumers make informed decisions. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about BSE:
Does this sound familiar? You just got home from the grocery store and are about to put away a week’s worth of carefully selected fresh fruits and vegetables. Sure, these perishable products cost more than your first car, but your family’s health is worth the expense, right? The trouble is, before you can stash today’s groceries, you have to throw out all the rotten fruits and veggies from last week!
“Ellen” had great success with her low-carbohydrate diet. She lost 14 pounds in 5 weeks and felt like she was in control. No longer was she a slave to the chocolate chip cookie binge that had been her evening ritual. She was proud that she had exercised every day, waking up muscles she didn’t even know she had.
Dr. Jan Atwood, an incredibly fit 72-year-old retired exercise science professor from Penn State, knocked on my office door about a year ago. When I complimented her on looking so great, she humbly told me that her running days were over and walking was her new exercise focus despite the pain in her knees. She was hoping I could suggest a nutrition supplement or a special food that, put simply, could make the pain go away. Although I didn’t know Jan well, I knew she wouldn’t be asking for something unless the pain was real and persistent.
While Congress is reviewing a proposal that restaurants be required to publish nutrition information on their menus, consumers now have a new tool in their arsenal to make informed food choices when dining out. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) just released a report called Anyone’s Guess, which provides sample menus and their respective calorie contents.