One important piece of information on some meat labels tells you something about its safety: whether or not antibiotics were part of the animals’ diet. Antibiotics are routinely fed to…
“Miraculous.” “Amazing.” “Life Saving.”
For some reason, people love coconut oil. Really love it.
And because people really love it, the coconut oil myths have spread like dandelion seeds on a windy day.
“Stay balanced with our electrolyte water!” says the Whole Foods 365 Electrolyte Water bottle. “Electrolytenment starts here,” quips Resource Natural Spring Water. Should we all be choosing water enhanced with…
Seen the claims for Azo Bladder Control pills? This dietary supplement, marketed primarily to women, supposedly “helps control the need to go to the bathroom,” “helps reduce occasional urgency,” and…
“We’re going to reveal the major signs of gluten sensitivity,” promised Dr. Oz on one of his shows several years ago. His first sign: weight gain. “It’s not just eating…
High blood pressure is the leading cause of preventable deaths around the world. But did the Institute of Medicine (IOM) really say that lowering salt consumption is not the answer?
“Lowering daily sodium intake below 2,300 milligrams may do more harm than good,” reported CBS News in May 2013. “No benefit in sharply restricting salt, panel finds,” said The New York Times. “Is eating too little salt risky?” asked National Public Radio. “New report raises questions.”
Too much salt. Too much sugar. Too much saturated fat. We often hear about what we get too much of. But we also get too little of some nutrients. Potassium…
Mycoprotein, the novel ingredient in Quorn-brand frozen meat substitutes, is made from processed mold (Fusarium venenatum), can cause serious and even fatal allergic reactions.
Though the manufacturer’s (Marlow Foods) advertising and labeling implied that the product is “mushroom protein” or “mushroom in origin,” the mold (or fungus) from which it is made does not produce mushrooms. Rather, the mold is grown in liquid solution in large tanks.
Most people know that calcium is good for bones, fiber is good for constipation, and iron is good for blood, to name a few. But once you go beyond the basics, the picture gets murky.
Here’s a healthy food quiz (questions and answers included) to see how well you know which foods or nutrients can prevent or promote which diseases.
Feel free to cheat. The questions aren’t really a test of how well you read (and remember) every issue of Nutrition Action. They’re just a sneaky way to get you to look at the answers, which contain a wealth of information on how your diet affects your health.
“Poisonous.” “Toxic.” “Avoid like the plague.”
Is canola oil healthy? For some reason, people love to hate it. Really hate it.
That’s partly because the canola plant is derived from rapeseed, which contains a toxic compound called erucic acid and bitter-tasting compounds called glucosinolates.