Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

I’m continuing my discussion of sugar today with the bad boy of sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup. Several early studies linked America’s rapidly increasing obesity problem to our equally rapid rise in the consumption of high fructose corn syrup since the 1970′s. But does it deserve this bad reputation? The question isn’t easily answered as research has shown mixed results.

While high fructose corn syrup is made from corn, it has none of the nutritional value of eating an ear of corn. The industries’ claims that it has no artificial ingredients may or may not be true depending on where it is manufactured. Another industry claim is that it is fine to eat in moderation but because high fructose corn syrup appears in so many foods, it can be hard to watch how much you consume.

High fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar and extends the shelf life of processed foods leading to the rise in its use. Many foods containing high fructose corn syrup are high in calories but low in nutrition, making them poor food choices. It is found in breads, soups, sodas, yogurt, snack food and fruit drinks to name a few.

Once again, I recommend cutting back on sugar and processed foods like snack cakes and sodas in general. Your daily diet should consist of whole fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Reading food labels and understanding what you are reading is key to better nutrition and better health. I like to distinguish between “treats” like snack cakes or cookies and “snacks” like fruit or cheese. A snack is part of a healthy diet while treats are to be eaten once in awhile.

Do some research online and read some food labels. Then make better choices. I hope the weather is nice where you live and you can get some fresh air and exercise this weekend.

Upadated on November 6, 2009

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