Monthly Archives: March 2010

Canned Tuna vs. Salmon

Canned Tuna | Foodfacts.com

Canned Tuna | Foodfacts.com

Canned tuna is an easy, convenient protein source, but it’s notorious for mercury contamination. Besides its well-known potential for damage to children’s developing brains, accumulated mercury may impair adults’ immune and reproductive systems and raise heart attack risk.

Foodfacts.com has learned that some experts suggest trying canned salmon or mackerel instead. Purdue University researchers tested 272 cans of fish. They found that mercury levels averaged 45 ppb (parts per billion) in canned salmon and 55 ppb in mackerel, compared with as much as 340 ppb in tuna in oil.

If you love tuna, opt for cans labeled chunk light tuna in water. Although they have less healthy omega-3 fats than salmon and mackerel, they averaged only 54 ppb of mercury.


Source:  Gloria McVeigh, via Prevention nagazine

Image:  Yummy.ph

Calorie Counts Coming Soon

Calorie Counts Coming Soon | Foodfacts.com

Calorie Counts Coming Soon | Foodfacts.com

It is about to get easier to count your calories when you eat at a chain restaurant. The health bill, which passed into law on Tuesday, includes a requirement for chain restaurants with 20 outlets or more to list calorie counts on menus, menu boards, drive-through displays and vending machines. The disclosure of calorie information is intended to give consumers better information to make healthier choices. Continue reading

Brit Chef Jamie Oliver Hopes To Cook Up A Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver | Foodfacts.com

Jamie Oliver | Foodfacts.com

Jamie Oliver may be known to most Americans as a TV chef but he’s been concentrating more of his efforts on healthy eating programs. He started a campaign to scrap processed food in favor of fresh ingredients in the UK and brought the fight to America with the upcoming premiere of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

Oliver started the campaign in 2004 to get schools in the UK to dump processed food which culminated in a TV series and a movement called “Feed Me Better.” The government caved under public pressure and banned junk food from schools and invested $400 million to help students get better meals. Continue reading

Autism and Diet: Many Questions to Digest

Autism and Diet | Foodfacts.com

Autism and Diet | Foodfacts.com

Foodfacts.com has learned that, a few weeks ago, the British medical journal the Lancet, which had originally published a controversial 1998 study by British researcher Andrew Wakefield that implied a link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, formally retracted that study. In the wake of this, one of the tantalizing areas to be explored is the role diet might play in the lives of children with autism. Continue reading