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Archive for June, 2010

Honest Food Guide

I ran across this diagram on www.honestfoodguide.org. It is a simplified overview of what foods to eat and which to stay away from. The diagram also displays the benefits of healthy foods and the non-nutritive, unhealthy ingredients in processed foods.

"The food guide built to benefit you, not Big Business." - The Health Ranger

Cutting salt in manufactured foods could save the U.S. $32 billion a year in health care costs

Article from www.NaturalNews.com

Understand Nutrition Labels

Below is a link to the US FDA site which reviews in detail how to read a nutrition label. Even though I’ve been reading these labels since I was 10, I still learned a few things. Might be worth a review even if you consider yourself an expert!

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label.

Birthday Cake Discovery

Snapshot of the list

After enjoying a large slice of ice cream birthday cake, I returned to the kitchen to place the cake back in the freezer. As I placed the lid on the box, I happened to glance at the ingredient list. It was one of the longest ingredient lists I’ve seen in awhile with over 75 ingredients! Hmmm…might need to rethink packaged ice cream birthday cake. High fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and 1gram of trans fat per serving. Time to make my own ice cream cake! Anyone have a good recipe to share?

Quiz: Does Your Blood Pressure Pass the Test?

Health Quiz

  1. Blood pressure changes throughout the day. It
    • A – is highest while you sleep.
    • B – rises when you awaken.
    • C – is lower when you take a bath.
  2. Blood pressure is measured in an upper number and lower number. These are called
    • A – systolic and diastolic.
    • B – numerator and denominator.
    • C – a ratio.
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Drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages may lower blood pressure.

Study highlights:

  • Drinking one less sugar-sweetened beverage a day was associated with a drop in blood pressure in a study of 800 adults with elevated blood pressure.
  • Increased intake of sugar-sweetened beverages has already been linked with risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
  • Researchers say this does not prove that sugar-sweetened beverages cause high blood pressure and warrants further study.
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organicgirl Produce Announces Limited Precautionary Recall of 10 oz organicgirl Baby Spinach with Use-by Date of May 22 Due to Possible Health Concern.