Is refined coconut oil a healthy choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products. Is coconut oil a healthy choice? Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive […]

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What does ‘organic’ really mean?

I am old enough that I heard the term ‘organic’ defined in chemistry class long before the term was widely applied to food products. So what does it mean when a food product is ‘organic?’   A recent post by the American Council for Science and Health attempts to address some of the confusion. “Organic” […]

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Labeling Added Sugars

Sugar is sugar, right? Not so fast according to an article in Food Processing and reporting by the Center for Food Integrity. It’s getting a bit confusing with new requirements to label ‘added sugar.’  There is sugar and then there’s ‘added sugar’ which metabolically is the same as sugar, but will now be labeled differently […]

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Freshcut veggies recalled for Listeria

Large food recalls have recently forced consumers to throw away foods such as fresh vegetables and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. On October 20, 2017, Mann Packing Co. initiated a recall of almost 150 freshcut vegetable products distributed across both the U.S. and Canada – the recall was because […]

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Safe & Healthy: Best not to kiss your chickens

Health officials across the United States are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of the end of June, 2015, 181 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 40 states, with 33 people hospitalized as a result. The increased number of families […]

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