July 2016 Newsletter


The Important (and Comical) Benefits of Fiber

Despite the marketing messages in popular, fad-diet literature, the health community continues to focus on the benefits of whole foods instead of single nutrients. Fiber, mostly from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, turns out to be a better yardstick for weight loss than the often-touted macronutrients—fat, protein, and carbs. Fiber also ends up being the butt of many food jokes. Read More


Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian, On the Benefits of the Mediterranean-Style Diet

Extensive research has shown the Mediterranean style of eating is linked to remarkable health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and lower total mortality rates. “The Plant-Powered Dietitian” Sharon Palmer, RD, is an award-winning food writer, registered dietitian, and nutrition expert who knows the Mediterranean diet well. She shares her thoughts about eating Mediterranean style. Read More


Sugary Sodas Linked to Cancer

Consumption of sugary sodas was clearly linked to increased risk of pancreatic cancer a few years ago. Now a recent study shows clear links between the consumption of sweetened beverages (including soda and sugary juices) and cancer in the gallbladder as well. Read More 


The Higher Cost of Organic Food

The market for organic foods is growing rapidly. “Almost every consumer today says she wants organic,” said John Foraker, president of Annie’s. However, growing organic food is not as simple as planting organic seeds. The labor costs alone can be three times higher for organic farmers. On average, the price of organic products is 47 percent higher than that of conventional goods, and some items like organic meats can be double the cost. Farmers are increasingly being paid to convert to organic growing to meet the demand. Read More



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