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April 25, 2015

The Dangers of Synthetic Food Dyes and Some Alternatives

Have you ever looked on the back of a candy bar wrapper and wondered what the heck all those added colors are? Many of them have been deemed potentially carcinogenic based on research, so why are we still eating them? These dyes are often used to make foods more visually appealing and marketable. Is changing the color of a snack – with no added nutritional benefit – really worth the associated dangers?

Since the time the Federal Food and Drugs Act was enacted in 1906, banning the use of artificial colors that were deemed harmful to health, the amount of generally allowed colorings has been reduced from 80 to seven.

Red No. 3, Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5, Yellow No. 6, Blue [...]

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April 21, 2015

Why You Should Eat Fermented Foods

We’re all familiar with sauerkraut as a tasty condiment and wine as a choice beverage with dinner. What you might not know is that they are both fermented foods and beneficial to your health.

Fermented foods have been through lacto-fermentation, where bacteria turn sugar into lactic acid. Fermentation preserves the food, creates beneficial enzymes and vitamins and makes food more digestible.

“Probiotic-rich fermented foods provide amazing health results,” says fermentationist Summer Bock. “There’s an established connection that shows ferments improve your mood.”

Studies show probiotics in the fermented foods are beneficial to our mental health because they [...]

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April 19, 2015

Get the Skinny on Fats

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad. In fact, there are fats you should incorporate into your diet.

But first, here are the types of fats: saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fats.

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and are found in foods such as beef, lamb, pork, butter, cheese and dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat milk.

Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and are found in avocado, nuts and soybean, canola and olive oils.

Polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and turn solid when chilled. They are found in corn oil, sunflower oil and fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and [...]

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April 17, 2015

Make Red Velvet Healthy With These Recipes

Whether it’s for a Christmas party, wedding or surprise birthday lunch, red velvet cake, cupcakes and even cake pops are often the go-to sweet tooth fix.

But did you know this colorful cake might not be all it’s cracked up to be in the health department?

You might be thinking: “Duh! It’s a cake! Of course it’s bad for you.”

Not in the way you might think. Sure, it’s got plenty of sugar, but that brilliant red color may also come with a price – carcinogens.

“Red dye has been specifically linked as a cancer-causing agent or ‘carcinogen’ and it is chemically derived from petroleum,” says Jenny Ross, raw foods chef and educator, holistic nutritionist and owner [...]

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