For years we have been advised to avoid saturated fats because they increase the risk for heart disease. Saturated fats are known for raising LDL cholesterol.  But, as with all health messages, it isn’t that simple – not all saturated fats are created equal. Some saturated fats are worse than others for raising LDL cholesterol. … Read More

A food allergy is a response from your immune system. Your body recognizes the food as a threat, which causes an inflammatory response which creates symptoms that can range from an itchy mouth to hives to difficulty breathing or even death in extreme cases. A food sensitivity, also called a food intolerance, is harder to … Read More

Mount Franklin Foods is a leader in delivering candies and nut products has introduced 3 new brands. Sweet Valley Organics offers dark chocolate covered fruits and nuts. They are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, kosher certified (OK), and made without preservatives.  We tasted two varieties. Cinnamon Praline Pecans– a 1-ounce serving (1/4 of the package) … Read More

Three quarters of all food waste happens at home. Some is related to how we store foods once we bring them into our kitchen. Milk should be stored on the back of the shelf in the coldest part of the refrigerator. The door shelves are the warmest part of the fridge. Eggs should be left … 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. Funkins was founded by a Mom who was looking to reduce school lunch waste. The company makes washable, neoprene lunch bags and 100% cotton, reusable napkins and placemats. The bags are spacious … Read More

More than 80% of Americans misinterpret label dates and throw away food prematurely under the misconception that the food is unsafe to eat. Congress is working on the Food Date Labeling Act but until they get their act together and pass a bill this may help you sort out the confusion. Sell-by dates are meant … 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. Many health experts recommend eating more fermented foods to restore the natural protective colonies of good bacteria in our gut. These healthy microbes, collectively called probiotics, are often our first line … Read More

Berries get their red, purple or blue color from natural pigments known as anthocyanins. A recent Finnish-American study showed that anthocyanins in berries could activate the SIRT6 enzyme function which may reduce the expression of cancer genes and cancer cell growth. The regulation of this enzyme could open up new avenues for cancer treatment. While the … 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. Moon Cheese is a crunchy cheese snack that does not need refrigeration. Moisture is removed, leaving bite-sized nuggets of 100% cheese that are gluten free and vegetarian because the cheese is made … Read More

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Researchers in Malaysia examined how steeping time and water temperature affected the antioxidant levels in tea. Antioxidants are potent chemicals found in food that provide protection in the body against harmful compounds. Tea is rich in antioxidants. What did the researchers discover? White … Read More