Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

Music can be the ultimate mood setter. Faster beats ignite excitement while slower music can help you relax. And, it seems music can make all the difference in what we order at a restaurant. Dipayan Biswas, PhD, at the University of South Florida conducted the first study on how the volume of ambient music helped … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Restaurant chains, cities, states and even countries have decided to ban plastic drinking straws because of the damage they cause to landfills and marine life. Though many experts dispute the actual … Read More

Researchers in London surveyed people to better understand what people believed were the causes of cancer. Most people surveyed had a very poor understanding of what lifestyle factors were linked to cancer. Those surveyed believed that stress (43%), food additives (42%), genetically modified foods (34%), and exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (35%), microwave oven (19%), and … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Lifeway long known as a source for kefir has introduced Farmer Cheese Cups which are cultured after pasteurization with live kefir cultures making them an excellent source of probiotics. Farmer Cheese Cups are … Read More

Americans discard over 52 million tons of food each year—that’s 400 pounds for each person. Though farms, restaurants, grocery stores, and institutional food services all have some food waste, households contribute the most, over 43% of all the food wasted is done at home. We need to be more responsible with this precious commodity and … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.  Americans love to snack. In 2017, 55% of adults said they snacked 2 to 3 times a day and those under age 40 snacked even more frequently. In many cases, multiple … Read More

All types of endive are the leaf of the chicory plant – curly (also called frisee), broad-leaved (commonly called escarole) and Belgian (pale to white cone-shaped head). One cup has 9 calories, 71 micrograms of folate (a B vitamin), 542 milligrams of vitamin A and 115 micrograms of vitamin K (close to one and half … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Finlandia,a subsidiary of Valio, Ltd., known for producing butter and quality cheese products since 1905 when a group of Finland’s dairies joined together to form a co-operative. Finlandia, founded in the … Read More

Food makes up the largest portion of solid waste found in US landfills. In a recent study researches focused on the nutritional value of food we routinely throw away. Americans are not getting enough fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, C, D, and E while at the same time throwing away tons of good food … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Microwave ovens heat by agitating the water in food. Food heats as the water molecules flip around. If cooking time is prolonged the water evaporates. The inside of some microwave ovens … Read More