Monthly Archives: November 2009

Is There A Link Between Nutrition and Cancer?

Nutrition and Cancer |

Nutrition and Cancer |

Our research indicates that cancer develops when changes to DNA, nucleic acids that are the basis of heredity and contain the genetic blue print, result in production of malignant cells that replicate but are not controlled or killed by natural defense mechanisms in the body. Cells are most vulnerable to intrusion and damage from cancer-causing agents when they divide normally and their DNA uncoils so that the gene information can be copied. Continue reading

Holiday Snacking and the Food Facts Health Score

Holiday Snacking |

Holiday Snacking |

When planning for healthy foods and snacking over the holidays, there is an important resource available with information that cannot be underestimated: The FoodFacts Health Score.

The FFHS has been in the news and has generated significant interest among nutritionally-minded consumers who are concerned about the foods that they eat and the ingredients consumed. Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Snacks | Health Score Health Score

A blog post suggestion from a staffer got us to thinking: are there some good tips out there regarding snacking over the holidays?

First, a great free resource now exists that enables food lovers to get good snacks now and over the holidays. The Food Facts Health Score is a revolutionary and groundbreaking score system that rates over 75,000 food products based on complete nutrition and ingredient value. It’s the first rating system to reflect the quality of ingredients in foods, in addition to the traditional measures of protein, fat, fiber, vitamins and added sugar. There is no better time to research this valuable resource via than right now, in time for the holidays. There is a more detailed explanation available here. Also, members have free access to this resource as part of their empowering nutritional experience. Continue reading

Food companies are jumping on the fiber bandwagon

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High Fiber Foods | has observed that, in 2007, the FDA declared that polydextrose can be called fiber. Poly-what? Polydextrose is made from glucose, sorbitol (a sugar alcohol), and citric acid. It’s what puts the fiber in Fruity Pebbles (not actual pebbles). Polydextrose received FDA approval because it mimics some attributes of dietary fiber: it isn’t absorbed in the small intestine, and it increases stool weight. Polydextrose mainly bulks up foods so they’re not as high in calories. However, there’s no research to prove that polydextrose is as beneficial as the fiber found in whole foods.

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Health Food or Health Deception?

Health Food or Health Deception |

Health Food or Health Deception | advises consumers to always be sure to check out food-industry health claims.

Beware of packaging claims: food-industry health claims can be misleading, say researchers at the University of California, Davis. Case in point: recently, a major yogurt food product company was involved in some controversy regarding claims made on two of their popular labels. The company denies any wrongdoing, but agreed to make several changes to their packaging. Continue reading