Monthly Archives: June 2009

Health Food: Eating Your Way To Good Health

Health Food

Health Food

Health food can lead to good health, which is an essential part of anyone’s happy and healthy lifestyle. There is an old saying that “Health is Wealth.” Health is wealth because if your health is good, then you feel well, and can function well, also.

Good health can also be defined as having a body that is free from mental and body disease. Consuming health food can play a very important part in this process. Not having an interest in health food can contribute to a less than healthy lifestyle or a less than life in general. Continue reading

Vinegar could be used for salt reduction: Study

Adding low concentrations of vinegar to foods may enhance perception of saltiness and enable food manufacturers to cut salt content without affecting taste, according to new research from Japan.

The World Health Organization recommends that per capita daily salt consumption should not exceed five grams, but average intake is between 9 and 12 grams, increasing the threat of hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Food manufacturers have been under pressure to reduce salt content in their formulations, as it is estimated that 60 to 80 per cent of salt consumption comes from packaged foods rather than salt added at the table. This raises challenges in terms of functionality – as salt plays an important role as a preservative or to control the fermentation of yeast – as well as consumer acceptability. Continue reading

Food Allergies: Famous People Who Have Food Allergies

Lionel Ritchie

Lionel Ritchie

Famous People Who Have Food Allergies

Lisa Vultaggio, Hannah Scott on General Hospital | Dairy and wheat
Lionel Ritchie, singer | Dairy intolerance
Myriam Bedard, Biathlete | Unspecified food allergy
Sabine Voelker, speed skater | Beef, pork, chicken
Trace Adkins, country music star | Daughter has multiple food allergies
Caroline, actress on PBS’ Zoom, which is an educational show for kids. | Caroline used to be allergic to tomatoes (but isn’t now).
Clay Aiken, American Idol (second season) contestant and second place winner/now a recording artist    He has several food allergies. On The Tyra Banks Show he explained that he is allergic to “tree nuts, mushrooms, shellfish, coffee, chocolate, and mint.” He can react (with hives) to tree nuts without ingesting them.
Tom Poti, hockey player (Oilers defenseman) | Severe multiple food allergies (including nuts, fish, MSG)
Dale Hurd, Newscaster on 700 Club | Immediate family member allergic to wheat (others?)
Zoe, actress on PBS’ Zoom, which is an educational show
for kids. | Latex
Joshua Jackson, actor | Peanuts
Billy Bob Thornton  | Wheat, dairy and shellfish
Drew Barrymore, actress. | Coffee
Todd Reirden, hockey player (#28 for St. Louis Blues) | Gluten allergy
Tava Smiley, Chloe Morgan on General Hospital | Dairy

Actors who PLAY Characters with Food Allergies

Please note that the below people do not personally
have food allergies — instead, they play characters on
television that have the mentioned allergies.

Tahj Mowry, TJ on Smart Guy | [Oysters (?) -- unsure]

Nelson (played by Gary Leroi Gray) on Even Stevens, a Disney live-action sitcom, suffers from severe intestinal problems and other symptoms due to his allergies. GREAT! Although most TV shows that mention food allergies tend to use them in one episode as a convenient plot device only to dump the topic entirely in future episodes, Nelson’s food allergies are mentioned in multiple episodes, providing some education for viewers. He even does a school science report on them, and wears a medical alert necklace! | Almonds, beef, cashews, chocolate, peanuts, peppers, shellfish, shrimp, etc.
Jennifer on Even Stevens gets really bad stomach pains. | Cilantro
Tish on the Disney show Weekenders gets week long rashes. | Guava
Christie Abbott, Samantha (Sam) on Wishbone | Coconut
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed on the Enterprise (played by Dominic Keating). ["Silent Enemy" (episode #1.12), first broadcast January 16, 2002.] | Pineapple | bromelain enzyme)
Ross on the NBC show Friends | Kiwi
Noel Crane (played by Scott Foley), on the television show Felicity | Beets
Morwenna Banks, Claire Feeble on Stressed
Eric (adult BBC cartoon) | Multiple food allergies

Food Allergy

Food allergies affect many well-known celebrities. Meanwhile, food allergy advocacy groups often struggle to be noticed. Except for families who have a child with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or another food, most people don’t worry much about the issue.


But now the problem of food allergies is in the national spotlight, thanks to country music star Trace Adkins, who last week ended a stint on Donald Trump’s popular NBC program “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Although contestants in the original “Apprentice” competed to work for Mr. Trump, the celebrities were competing to win donations for their favorite charities.

In addition to money raised during the show, the celebrity winner also receives a $250,000 bonus for his or her charity. Mr. Adkins, the show’s nice-guy favorite, picked the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a group he says has helped his family cope with his daughter’s severe food allergies.

In the show’s finale, Mr. Adkins lost to British television personality and former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, and the $250,000 went to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports both severely injured war veterans and families of United States military personnel killed in Iraq and elsewhere.

But the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, or FAAN, got a bonus of its own. At the show’s finale, Mr. Adkins performed his current hit single, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” which is topping the country charts. Between March 27 and April 10, the music site iTunes will donate proceeds from the sale of the song to FAAN.

Source: New York Times

Food Safety Bill

Food Safety

Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a draft food safety bill that would give broad authority and enforcement tools to the Food and Drug Administration. The bill also would place increased responsibility on the food industry, with calls for enhanced ingredient tracking, country of origin labeling and fees for routine FDA inspections, which International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has consistently opposed. Continue reading

Food Calories-Weight Loss

Food Calories

Food Calories

Cutting Food Calories – A Change In Lifestyle, A Change For The Better

What is the best way to lose weight? Cut food calories. What is the best way to cut food calories? Change the way you eat. Cut back on calories, maintain your weight, and keep yourself healthy with these simple little tips. Take the time to read these 35 tips and put them to work for you. Your body will thank you for it. Continue reading

Food Allergy-Recipes

Allergy Sensitive Recipes

Allergy Sensitive Recipes

A food allergy is a type of immunologic reaction due to intake of certain food protein. Recent studies show that there are about twelve millions Americans who suffer from food allergies.

Shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, fish and peanuts are considered familiar causes of food allergies to older people. The younger ones usually suffer food allergies from peanuts, milk and eggs. Continue reading

How Important Is A Food Label?

Food label with ingredients

Food label with ingredients

Editor’s Note: Food label ingredients in our image do not necessarily illustrate all of the examples we cite below, but the image provides an idea of the type of ingredient information a consumer might find. Ingredients vary, of course, from product to product. Visit Food Facts for specific and non-biased information about the ingredients within the foods you are interested in.

The first place to start when you look at the  label is the serving size and the number of servings in the package. Serving sizes are standardized to make it easier to compare similar foods; they are provided in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount, e.g., the number of grams.

Looking for sodium with Nutrition Facts on a food label is equally important. This number tells you how much sodium is in one serving. Choose foods with the lowest number for sodium. Or look for foods that say Low-Sodium or Sodium-Free.

Always remember that the Ingredient List is the most part of a Nutrition Label.

Reviewing an ingredients list is important, especially if your kids have food allergies. Reading food labels can be very revealing, but the hidden ingredients can fool you. It’s good to know that independent sources of non-biased objective information about the hidden ingredients within your foods exist, like Food Facts, which can be a tremendous asset to you. Continue reading