Monthly Archives: August 2009

Food Facts Funny Friday: Brian Regan

This is the first in our series: Food Facts wants to bring a little humor to the end of your week, and comedian Brian Regan knows how to take a serious subject: food, diet and nutrition – and bring some humor to it. Watch him explain his dilemma with eating Fig Newtons, and the whole issue of serving size. This guy is really funny. Enjoy!

The Cheapest Health Foods

Cheapest Health Foods

Cheapest Health Foods

It’s a fact. Millions of Americans opt for fast food and many know it’s not a good idea. They simply want to eat fast, and not devote much time, effort of expense to preparing their daily foods. Still others would be more interested in consuming health foods, but believe it is a more expensive proposition. Or is it? Continue reading

Sugar Substitutes: Are Some Better Than Others?

Sugar Substitutes

Sugar Substitutes

We have written about sugar substitutes in the Food Facts Blog in the past, and it’s time to revisit this important topic. The sugar substitute industry in the United States is huge, but not without controversy. Consumers are concerned and want to know if the sugar substitutes they are using are safe to consume. Continue reading

Food Facts Girls! Do Lunch with the Allergists!

The Food Facts girls are on the move again, getting the latest information about food allergies and sensitivities to share with our many faithful blog readers and Food Facts members.

Tiffany and Stephanie had a great visit with the three doctors at the Adult & Pediatric Allergy of Central Jersey, PA, located on 1740 Oak Tree Road, Edison NJ. This practice also has an office in the Medical Arts Building, 3 Hospital Plaza, Old Bridge NJ.

“Dr. Kanuga, Dr. Centeno and Dr. Reyes operate a thriving practice,” Tiffany said. “All of the doctors serve on the NJ Allergy Society, serving the community in an area of medicine that is growing significantly. is a perfect complement to help their patients and people within the community.”

“We were surprised to find out that medicine dealing with food allergies and sensitivities only involved about 5 to 7% of the population back in the 1950s, and today about 30% of the population is affected,” said Stephanie.

Food Facts is looking forward to interviewing Dr. Kanuga in the near future to learn his thoughts on the increase in food allergies and some of the innovative new advancements in allergy testing and treatment. Look for his study regarding food hypersensitivity in our next post!

If readers have any questions you would like to see answered in the next interview, please email [email protected] today!

Is Bad Nutrition Causing Stress?

Stressed Man

It might be surprising to learn that you could be creating unnecessary stress in your life due to your lifestyle habits and choices. In addition, these same choices and habits can make it more difficult to deal with the stressors that you just can’t escape. Not only does prolonged stress impact nutritional status and increase your nutritional needs, but your nutrition habits also affect how vulnerable you are to stress, the intensity of your stress response, and how the body responds to chronic stress. Poor nutritional status can also affect the risk for numerous chronic health conditions such as depression, cognitive impairment, heart disease, and diabetes. These facts illustrate how important it is to understand the relationship between nutrition and stress. Continue reading

Got Milk? Are You Dealing With Milk Allergies?


What a great ad campaign for milk! Who can forget all of those celebrities touting the nutritional benefits of milk, adorned with those cute milk moustaches? Well, now we know that there is definitely a downside. Enter milk allergies, which usually occur in children at varying degrees. Unfortunately, it is not always an easy condition to trace or diagnose. Continue reading

Could Your Headaches Be From MSG In Your Food?


It might be time to think twice before you grab that bottle of soy sauce. More than 25% of Americans react negatively to MSG. In addition, there are reports indicating a potential linking of the common additive MSG (monosodium glutamate) with weight gain. Healthy adults using MSG were found to have a higher BMI (body mass index) than those cooking without it. And that’s discounting calorie intake or physical activity. Continue reading