November 19th, 2012
Food safety is especially important as you prepare a holiday meal and the CDC has some great tips for safely thawing and preparing your Thanksgiving turkey this year. Within the last couple of years, the CDC has investigated outbreaks of foodborne illness that were caused by bacteria in jalapeños, spinach, peanut butter, frozen pizza, frozen pot pies, and frozen beef patties. Many consumers are now more aware of the ongoing importance of food safety.
November 13th, 2012
As we all prepare for the upcoming holiday meals for Thanksgiving, food safety is something that can fall to the wayside along with the discarded scraps and trimmings. However, there are a few good tips from the Washington Post’s recent article we can all follow to help keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy, safe and happy this holiday season.
- A colander (or strainer) allows you to wash fruit and vegetables quickly and safely because it lessens the risk of contamination from other foods, such as raw meat, that might have been in the sink earlier.
- Wash refrigerator bins with dish detergent in warm water. Crisper drawers hold more bacteria than any other part of the refrigerator. Wash them often in a clean sink.
To read the full article, click here.
September 24th, 2012
Researchers are studying the ability of beneficial micro-organisms – or probiotics – to treat a range of conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease. And the idea that “good” bacteria are healthy for us is gaining traction. Because of this information, lots of people have turned to yogurt, with the belief that the bacteria added to the milk as part of the fermentation process are helpful. And there’s some evidence that yogurt affects digestion. Others are trying specialty yogurts or supplements made with specific strains of probiotics. There are hundreds of products on the market.
Check out this great article from NPR for more information about probiotics, how they can help, and the studies going on around them.
September 4th, 2012
Research is continuing to find that inflammation is at the root of many medical conditions and diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, joint pain, allergies, digestive issues, skin problems and more. Thus, we should try to include these 5 anti-inflammatory foods in our daily diets so we can reduce our risk of these conditions and improve our health.
Fit NOLA Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Project Brings $2.2 Million to Support Neighborhood Parks and Fresh Food Access
August 17th, 2012
The Fit NOLA Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Project, led by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), in partnership with the City of New Orleans Health Department, is slated to receive a total of $2.2 million in funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and pledged matching funds from community partner organizations to increase use of neighborhood parks and access to healthy foods in three underserved neighborhoods. The project will work to transform policies, systems and the environment in parks and surrounding neighborhoods to address barriers to both physical activity and access to healthy food.
The Fit NOLA Project will work to create innovative linkages between community health clinics, parks, and farmers markets in the St. Roch, Gert Town, and Hoffman Triangle-Central City neighborhoods, with a goal of connecting approximately 64,000 residents with new opportunities for family-oriented physical activities, nutritious foods, and community centered health clinics that support and promote better nutrition and increased physical activity to improve long-term, community health outcomes.
August 13th, 2012
Salad dressings are often the cherry on top of what should be a fairly healthy meal – until we load them with a quarter of a bottle of ranch. All oils are not created equally and some are better for us, in moderation, than others. When topping your salads this summer, consider these tips that a research study from Purdue University came up with to give you great taste, and keep you healthy an on track at the same time.
July 30th, 2012
We all know that fruits and veggies are tasty and good for us. But many people have also heard about the negative side of fruit – too much sugar, empty calories, etc. Well, for those of you who are still wondering, here are 10 compelling reasons why we should all put more fruit in our daily diets.
July 12th, 2012
According to a recent study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., people who ate a breakfast that included eggs reported feeling fuller longer than those who are cereal or other items.
July 2nd, 2012
We’ve continued to follow the New York Times’ Recipes for Health section. A recent addition was this wonderful sounding white beans with chicory, or other preferred cooked green. It looks simple and delicious!
June 14th, 2012
We all know what sugar is – that thing some of us crave, others add to morning coffee and still others avoid like the plague. However you identify the sugars you eat daily, we should all understand the basic differences between Fructose and Sucrose sugars.
Fructose is found mainly in fruits and honey. It can also be found in high fructose corn syrup, but not regular corn syrup. Regular corn syrup contains mostly maltrose (malt sugar) with various levels of other types of sugars, including fructose and glucose. Fructose should not be confused with either high fructose corn syrup or with regular corn syrup, since it is a “naturally” occurring sugar that doesn’t need a lot of chemical processing to be extracted from fruits and honey.
Sucrose is the sugar that’s found in many different types of plants world-wide. It is the most easily obtained sugar just by doing something as simple as eating a carrot. The sucrose that a person uses as a sweetener in baking and other food making processes is usually extracted almost exclusively from sugar cane and sugar beets.