When buying olive oil I often wondered how there could be so many brands at such different prices. If you go into Whole Foods the unit price cost per gallon can vary dramatically. Trader Joe’s sells its ‘organic extra-virgin’ olive oil quite inexpensively. In addition, one can see distinct color variations between oils in clear bottles. What does this difference mean in terms of […]
For so many years when people tell me they use honey in their tea or other foods I always question to make sure it isn’t honey from a plastic squeezable bear. I am surprised how many people use inexpensive ‘honey’ from a standard grocery. You get what you pay for.
Interesting how chocolate is often associated with ‘love’ and ‘heart’ given its known benefit on the cardiovascular system . A review study just presented in Paris – a city that is renowned for its love of food and chocolate – showed that individuals who ate the most chocolate had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 29% lower risk of stroke compared […]
There is so much data about the correlation with milk and chronic diseases. There was a lot of press about A1 vs A2 types of milk and the correlation with heart disease about 7 years ago. Now there was just another study released that correlated milk intake in adolescence with prostate cancer which is what prompted me to write this post.
The Environmental Working Group has released the new shopper’s guide. They have a “Dirty Dozen” produce items that need to be purchased organic and “clean 15″ that have low residues of pesticides. I was surprised to see corn as #2 on the “Clean 15″ list since any non-organic corn is almost guaranteed to contain genetically modified protein sequences that have unknown physiological effects. However […]
We all collectively pay a high price for the glutton of sugar fed to us through marketing. The sugar addiction starts with children and it may even start sooner with infant formulas. The worst offender is fructose, especially the high fructose corn syrup which is known to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). (more…)
Given all the research about pesticide dangers and diseases it has been attributed to such as Parkinson’s it still amazes me that foods grown with chemicals still make up the vast majority of foods consumed. This is probably largely due to the fact that chemical companies have a ton of money and political lobbyists. The vast majority of commercial farmers […]
It is widely knows that the phytonutrient known as isothiocyanates have powerful anti-cancer effects. Isothiocyanate are found in mustard, horseradish, and onions to name a few. It is what gives the herb its powerful biting taste. However another anti-cancer phytonutrient that doesn’t get as much attention is phenethyl ITC (PEITC). Watercress contains high amounts of PEITC. A recent study looked at what happens […]
There is a new study out of Harvard by the well respected Walter Willett that is making headlines. I’ve seen some headlines say “Fruits and Vegetables Do Not Reduce Cancer Risk” or “Eating Vegetables Does Not Stop Cancer” which is incorrect at best. The headlines is not what this study reports, but the media needs to sell newspapers and […]
There has been a lot of research about maternal diet and health of offspring recently, but diet is important during pre-conception as well. There have been links to gluten sensitivity and infertility, vitamin D deficiency and infertility, and now there was a study just released that showed a Mediterranean diet can help boot conception rate in couples undergoing IVF.
Fertil Steril.2010 Feb 18