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Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition examines the integrity of our food. Within our posts, D2D will investigate the following questions…
- What ingredients are in our food?
- Is our food safe?
- How do our food choices influence our health?
Posts Related to Food and Nutrition
Coffee speaks a global language. This potent little bean wakes up millions of people every morning. Are there any health risks associated with your morning cup of caffeinated joe? Alternatively, are there any benefits?
We often hear that things that are considered “toxic” are always bad for you, while any food or product that is good for you is completely non-toxic,
Insects are in the spotlight as a healthy, affordable, and easily produced protein source for the future. We’ve examined the health benefits, but now it’s time to put these critters to the taste test.
All milk contains naturally-occurring hormones. But, consumer perception is that the hormones in milk that has been treated with rBST is bad for your health. In reality, this is not true.
Alternative sugar sweeteners have gotten a bad name and are associated with cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even obesity. Here at D2D, we decided to go on a fact-finding mission…
Sugar has become a controversial topic. Does it cause obesity, heart disease, cancer, and inflammation? Is it just sugar or is it more complicated? Let’s find out….
Are you inflamed? Chronic inflammation is believed to be the underlying cause of many long-term illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and even brain diseases…
The holiday season is upon us and this is usually the time we have fun indulging in sugary treats and festive cocktails. Before the holiday food and drink…
Gobble Gobble. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of you will soon be prepping the old butter-ball for your friends and family. Thanksgiving turkey…
Tom Brady has defied the odds of aging and is still playing professional football at age 40. The recent release of his book, How to Achieve a Lifetime…
We are told to live in fear of toxic substances and their effects on our health. But what makes something toxic? And how does our body process toxicants? It’s time to explore the different types of toxic exposures in our daily lives and whether or not we need to worry about them…
What does it mean to eat clean? We have been reading a lot about this approach to ‘healthy eating’ but it seems somewhat misleading. It’s time to get our hands dirty and dig into the “clean eating” movement.
Should we be burning our fat for fuel? The Ketogenic Diet embraces healthy fats and asks you to kick carbs, sugar, and even some protein to the curb. It’s proven to be successful in very overweight patients, but what does the research say about long term potential, especially if you are not obese. Is this just another fad diet? Read on to find out…
Agave nectar is a popular sweetener that many people use in order to replace sugar. We did some digging into this sweet nectar to find out exactly how it is processed and if it is in fact better for you than ordinary table sugar. What do you think we found out?
Probiotics are not just limited to Kefir or Kombucha, but gut health is very important!
Kombucha is a tasty tea-based, probiotic drink that has recently become extremely popular in the health-crazed market. This carbonated “cure-all” boasts the ability to regulate digestion…
In our recent “Journey”, Milk: From Cow to Carton, the D2D team explored the process and production of of milk. A few of our readers have questioned why milk needs to be pasteurized. They heard that raw milk has superior nutritional benefits and are curious–what happens during the heating process of pasteurization? We decided to dig deeper into the important role pasteurization plays in the production of milk.
We’re not telling— we don’t want to spread it around!
Many people may think they have a “summer stomach bug” when it actually may be a germ from your kitchen.
Let’s get ready for BBQ season and stay safe from foodborne illnesses.
Turmeric is everywhere! From supplements to golden latte to turmeric poached eggs—why all of a sudden has this spice jumped back onto the map?
The D2D team discovered that much of the milk used in the production of Greek yogurt doesn’t end up in the final yogurt product. Are there ways to repurpose this “acid whey”?
Apple cider vinegar has become an extremely popular “cure all,” that many believe has the ability to help fight weight gain, keep your gut healthy, regulate your stomach acidity, clear up your skin, stabilize blood sugar, and fight cancer cells. It sounds too good to be true. Is it…?
Geologists call it Halite, chemists call it sodium chloride (NaCl)— the rest of us just call it salt. Salt has a remarkable history, which dates back to the earliest civilizations. It is a vital component in the functioning of our bodies and it boasts over 14,000 known uses. You can cook, flavor and finish your food with fine, coarse or flakey salt, and select from white, grey, pink, red, black and even blue salts. So, what should we make of all these choices? Is there a difference in taste or nutritional quality of the different salts? Lets take a look…
Milk is a perfect and easy vehicle for many important nutrients. It is high in calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, D, B2 and B12! But, recent concerns pertaining to the lactose and/or saturated fat content has made milk somewhat of a controversial food group. We’ve done some digging and there is certainly a lot to consider. Before you toss the carton, you might want to consider the health benefits…
Protein is extremely important. It helps your body build muscle, repair issue, and creates important hormones and enzymes. While every person is different and may require different amounts of protein, one thing is for sure— we all need it. To make it easier to get protein, many consumers turn to protein supplements. But, do you know where these powders or products are coming from? The D2D team took a deeper look at some protein supplements—here is what we learned…
New research has indicated that controlled fasting performed roughly twice a year may help keep your healthy cells healthy and enable your body to replace damaged cells. Is this another gimmick or new information that we should actually listen to? Before the media runs wild with this research, let’s find the facts…
When you think of eating a well-balanced, homemade meal full of fresh ingredients the last word that comes to mind is technology. Today, culinary experts are exploring how food can be… printed! Is it possible to print food that is fresh and tasty? Will our kitchens soon be equipped with printers?! Where is this new technology headed?
Many of us would not be alive today without antibiotics. While antibiotics have certainly been a life – saver, there is also a downside to overuse. What is the healthy balance? And how do animals treated with antibiotics affect this balance? Many organizations often argue that giving animals antibiotics leads to human resistance. Is there any truth to this? Let’s find out…
Water is the most important substance for the human body– it’s over 50% of our body mass. But does the type of water you drink make you healthier? Recently, alkaline water has become hugely popular in the U.S. It promises to balance out acidity in your body, help neutralize free radicals, and protect against osteoporosis. Is this true? Let’s find out…
As the seasons change, our produce options change as well. This happens to be optimal for your body. But, do you know what produce to buy and when? How to select fruit that is ripe and veggies that are fresh?
What would it be like to “eat like a Mediterranean?” Recently, this approach to food has been touted as one of the most beneficial “diets” on the market. Can it help hopeful healthy-eaters enjoy a better relationship with their food?
What is an antioxidant? Do you know if your body needs antioxidants? If not— you are not alone! These days, millions of products are labeled as containing a strong source of antioxidants. But do you need to buy into the craze? Let’s find out…
Do you throw protein powder in your morning breakfast drink? Or do you rely on protein powder to supplement your meals? The sports nutrition market is projected to reach 20 billion dollars in the United States by 2020. Clearly we are buying into the protein fad! But do our bodies actually need these supplements?
Matcha green tea is the highest grade and most potent green tea available. Its nutritional profile boasts high antioxidants, a strong amino acid content, and a good source vitamins and minerals. So, we wanted to know what makes this so-called “superfood” so special? Should we be drinking matcha everyday?
Now is the time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. If you are thinking about cutting down on fat, you might want to give this a quick read first!
Fat is not the four letter word it once was. Here is why…
Most of us eat two to three times more sugar than is recommended. What does this mean for your health? And what about the various types of sugar on the market—are there healthier options?
As the demand increases for new “meatless options”, we asked ourselves— should we be making a switch or simply incorporating more plant-based products into our diet?
Coconuts as a “superfood” hit the mainstream food market in big way a few years ago, and the products are endless (water, oil, milk, juice, sugar, flour). Each product touts a dense nutritional content of antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals… is this true?
The protein staple that often occupies 50% of your dinner plate has turned from traditional beef, pork, or chicken to vegetable-based proteins and cultured meat. How is food technology influencing our protein options?
How healthy is chocolate? How much (or how little) do you need to reap the nutritional benefits? Is it just dark chocolate or can it be found in other chocolate products as well?
What is being done by the food industry and government agencies to keep you healthy and trust the food you buy?
Activated charcoal is believed to be a detoxifier! But how much of this is factual and how much is strategic marketing?
Looking for a new protein option? Here is what you need to know about insects as a new protein source!
Whether your meat was fed a grain based meal or foraged for grass, it is still a nutritious source of protein, B-complex vitamins, zinc, iron and phosphorus.
New produce varieties lead to a more diverse diet — which is a good thing. So, how has our produce selection evolved…?
By 2025, the US egg supply will be predominantly cage free. How are chicken producers responding to consumer demand for transparency? What does this mean for the welfare of the chicken?
While the Atkins Diet may help you shed some quick pounds, is your overall body health benefitting from the program?
We are being told that our gut is our second brain! Is this true? And if it is, are probiotics the intelligence behind the brain?
Is organically grown produce more nutritious than produce that is grown conventionally?
Skin is your body’s largest organ. Like the rest of your body, it needs the proper protection and nutrients to stay healthy.
With a few exceptions—such as vitamin E, natural beta-carotene, and vitamin B12—all of the vitamins used in dietary supplements are synthetic.
It can be next to impossible to get all the micronutrients you need in your daily diet. Supplements are important to ensure you reach the daily recommended amount of vitamins.
While products labeled as “USDA Organic” have adhered to strict growing guidelines, “conventional agriculture” (which still produces the majority of our nation’s food) is strictly regulated as well.
A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour in the gym? That cannot be real—can it?
While you may need to jump start your system with an extreme diet, long term weight loss is really only successful if you develop and maintain healthy eating habits.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat. Before you write it off as ‘bad for you’—you might want to see what you’re sacrificing…
While keeping Paleo can help you maintain a diet free of both additives and preservatives, eliminating entire food groups probably isn’t the way to go.
Labeling food as “natural” is often more of a marketing ploy than anything else. Guess what, foods without the “natural” label can still be good for you…
Glycemic load is calculated by taking a foods glycemic index, multiplying it by the carbohydrate content (measured in grams) and divided by 100. The glycemic load is actually more reliable than the glycemic index.
While it is important to be aware of your plastic use, you need to understand the point at which these plastics become harmful. How much is too much? 90,000 milligrams per person, per day.
Eliminating an entire food group will ultimately result in rapid weight loss, however this is not sustainable. Whole grain is an important part of your daily nutrition and while you don’t want to have a big bowl of pasta every day, eating a well balanced meal, which includes wheat, is healthy.
There are no known long term health benefits to cleansing. And if we’re being honest, juice cleansing doesn’t taste or feel that great… So, do you really need to starve yourself with green juice to detoxify your body?
Is BPA harmful? Not if you are smart about your plastics! There has been a lot of debate surrounding this topic. And the debate is certainly valid. While BPA has been used in plastic since 1981 it has only been tested for safety since 1996!
The World Health Organization released a statement saying red meat consumption should be limited as it is considered carcinogenic. But before you ditch the steak or even occasional bacon, we need to take a closer look at the studies behind this statement and whether the potential risk is something to worry about…