Category Archives: Why?

Why eat whole grains, legumes (beans & lentils), nuts, & seeds?

Pulses, a.k.a. Legumes (Beans & Lentils)

What are pulses? Dry seeds (so green peas and green beans are vegetables, not pulses) Some common pulses you eat: Lentils and beans (Kidney, pinto navy, lima, chickpea (garbanzo) Pulses are great because the nutrition they provide help you maintain … Continue reading

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Eating enough nuts & seeds is very important for good health

13 Dec 2012. Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. According to the 2010 “Global Burden of Disease”, the 12th highest risk factor, globally, for the greatest “loss of health” is low nut and seed consumption (8th in North … Continue reading

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Why I’m so angry about factory food

Who wouldn’t be mad to discover the food you grew up eating was stripped of nutrition and full of chemicals?  Americans are getting shorter (a sign of poor nutrition and health) and living shorter lives than nearly all other first … Continue reading

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White flour, not whole wheat flour, the main ingredient of most artisan bakery breads

You’re probably avoiding that long aisle of plastic-wrapped bread, but if you think you’re getting something better when you buy expensive artisan bread, think again. Sure, artisan bread tastes better, but no better than industrial packaged brands nutrition-wise. Food writer … Continue reading

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Baked goods have food dyes, chemicals, and unhealthy ingredients

Commercial chips and crackers often have many unhealthy ingredients, chemicals, and dyes.  Here are a few (from Dyes: Blue 1, Blue 2 (Lake), Red 40 (lake), Yellow 5 (Lake), Yellow 6 (Lake) Unhealthy or cautionary ingredient: Enriched Flour, High … Continue reading

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Whole Grain Mix for everything: crackers, baked goods, soups, stews, side & main dishes

Sample Whole Grain Mix Recipe: 2 cups millet 2 cups buckwheat 2 cups Israeli or whole wheat couscous 1 cup amaranth 1 cup red quinoa 1 cup black quinoa 1 cup regular quinoa (tan color, or 3 cups if you … Continue reading

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Why you should mill your own flour and flakes

I’ll help you get started step by step.  First you need to buy some whole grain flour to see if you like the taste and texture before investing in your own grain mill.  My Dad is a Wonder Bread man … Continue reading

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Whole grains and Health

The Whole Grains Council has excellent summaries of the hundreds of scientific studies done on whole grains and health. These studies have shown whole grains can reduce your risk of stroke up to 37%, heart disease up to 36%, type … Continue reading

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Why you Can’t Just say No. A book review of Kessler’s “The End of Overeating”

David Kessler. 2010.  The End of Overeating. Taking control of the insatiable American appetite. David Kessler was a commissioner at the FDA under two administrations, and a dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San … Continue reading

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Look Before You Eat – the history of Food Cheating

Bee Wilson. 2008. Swindled. From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee – The Dark History of the Food Cheats. If you’re looking for a way to lose weight, many of the hideous and frightening examples of food adulteration in this book … Continue reading

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