Quinoa, often described as a "superfood" or a "supergrain," has become popular among the health conscious, with good reason. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah or ke-NO-ah) is packed with protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. It is also gluten-free and is recommended for people who are on a gluten-free diet. Often used as a substitute for rice, quinoa is commonly considered to be a grain and is usually referred to as such, but it is actually a seed. "The yellowish pods are the seed of a plant called Chenopodium quinoa, native to Peru and related to beets, chard and spinach," wrote Nicole Spiridakis in a story for NPR. When cooked, quinoa is soft and fluffy, with a slightly nutty taste. It can also be made into flour, flakes and various foods like pasta and bread, according to the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council. Quinoa comes from Peru, Bolivia and Chile. It grows in the Andes Mountains, and for millennia it has been a food staple for the native people there. According to a … [Read more...] about Quinoa: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts
Changes to the nutrition facts label
Pineapples are tropical fruit that are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidents. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories. Pineapples are members of the bromeliad family, and one of the few bromeliads to produce edible fruit, according to the biology department at Union County College. The fruit is actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core. Each pineapple scale is an individual berry. Pineapples’ nutritional benefits are as fascinating as their anatomy. “Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese,” said San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores. These tropical treats are also a good way to get important dietary fiber and bromelain (an enzyme). “As well as having high amounts of manganese, which is important for antioxidant defenses, pineapples also contain high amounts of thiamin, a B vitamin … [Read more...] about Pineapple: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts
Six months after its recommendation as an Internet standard, a major privacy initiative is entering an awkward adolescence as software heavyweights adopt it and individual Web sites leave it to languish. In ordinary economic times, a protocol like the World Wide Web Consortium's Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) might have a hard time gaining traction in the marketplace, as mainstream consumers generally exhibit lax security practices when it comes to their own online privacy. But in an economic downturn, the privacy protocol also is subject to disinterest by Web developers with scarce resources. P3P allows surfers to specify which information they are willing to automatically share with Web sites, such as names and shipping addresses. When a site seeks information that has not been cleared, such as a credit card number, a warning is displayed. Ideally, the process would make feel more comfortable with the information being shared and more likely to shop or browse. However, … [Read more...] about New privacy standards kept in the dark
I decided to use today's blog as an excuse to try two things I've been wanting to try. The first excuse was to buy DailyBurn's Meal Snap from Apple's App Store for my iPhone 4. The app has been getting a lot of press lately. It lets you take a picture of the meal you're about to consume, tells you what's in it, and estimates the number of calories it contains. The second excuse was to run out to McDonald's and grab a bowl of their relatively new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. I've been wondering if fast food can really be healthy, and how it stacks up against normal oatmeal. After all, since we're all always on the go, it'd be so nice to find a healthy breakfast or snack option available from a fast food joint. I worked up a healthy appetite running out to the car, driving through the drive through, and jogging back through the door with my bag of McDonald's Oatmeal. The experiment After downloading the Meal Snap app right to my iPhone 4, I snapped a picture of the McDonald's Oatmeal … [Read more...] about Can iPhone Meal Snap photo app magically tell what’s in your meal? We put it to the test.
Cures for the childhood obesity epidemic often come down to a chicken-or-egg question. That is, do lazy kids get fat or do fat kids get lazy. (Here is what looks like a healthy alternative, from Amazon.com. But read to the end before you buy.) The question is important, because the easy answer to obesity is that kids should just get out and play. Put down that video remote, get away from the game machine, go outside and run around. In fact, parents and the food system are the real culprits. Brad Metcalf, a researcher at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, England, used to think exercise would cure. He warned two years ago that the recommendation of an hour of exercise each day was not sufficient to do the job. Now he's back with a follow-up study, which concludes inactivity is not the culprit. Fat is. As he described it in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood last month, he recruited 202 boys, a quarter of them obese, and put them on Actigraph accelerometers for a week, once a … [Read more...] about Education alone will not end the obesity epidemic
You can sit around and read the nutrition facts behind every food label you come across and it would still not make much sense other than that it’s probably got a ton of sodium, sugar, and calories. That’s all anyone ever looks out for these days when buying ready-to-eat food, which are mostly over-processed anyway. So when the offer came about for me to learn more about InsideTracker, a service that personalizes your diet based on what you’re already eating and how you can improve to enhance physical and lifestyle performances, I became curious. What could this program possibly tell me that I don’t already know? Surely not much more than the obvious ‘eat less bad carbs.’ Inquisitive and slightly skeptical, I signed up for InsideTracker, courtesy of Segterra (its parent company), to gain a better understanding.Tracking… my insides?Health and fitness apps aren’t particularly new ideas, but InsideTracker ensured that I would be getting a … [Read more...] about My InsideTracker experience: The nutrition dashboard for your body
Ten years ago, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). In doing so, they put the age of inefficient incandescent lighting on notice. The law mandated strict new energy standards designed to kick-start a new era of greener, longer-lasting, more cost-efficient light bulbs -- and this meant kicking outdated, inefficient bulbs to the curb. The rising standards have already long rendered 100W and 75W incandescents obsolete, and in 2014, their 60W and 40W cousins met the same fate. Congressional budget waffling briefly seemed to put the new standards on hold, but it was largely too late -- the industry had already moved on, and wasn't interested in reversing course. Like it or not, the arrival of this new era means that replacing your lights will never be quite the same. With all of the new options out there (not to mention the disappearance of some important old ones), finding the perfect bulb can seem pretty daunting. New … [Read more...] about Light bulb buying guide
It's 2014, and you know what that means--time to get off the couch that you've been glued to for the past week and start eating food with an expiration date. [ Mobile Health Apps and Gadgets for Better (and Longer) Living ]Every year, millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, and be healthier. And every year, millions of Americans break these resolutions within six months. According to a Bodybuilding.com survey, two-thirds of adults in the U.S. have made a resolution to get fit, and a whopping 73 percent of those people gave up before they reached their goal.The odds may be against you, but you can succeed--with the help of your smartphone. Apps are the perfect tool for dieters: They help you track progress, even when it seems like nothing is happening; and they motivate you to keep going with incentives such as achievements and friendly social competition. Whether you want to eat healthier, lose weight, or just learn about nutrition, these five … [Read more...] about 5 Nutrition Apps for a Healthy New Year
Activists are trumpeting General Mills’ decision to remove GMOs from Cheerios as a watershed moment. It is; but not for the reason that they believe. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock The move was relatively easy and inexpensive. Cheerios are primarily oats, and there are no GMO oats. The comparatively small amounts of sugar and cornstarch in the mix required nothing more than a switch from beet sugar to non-GMO sources. At the same time, Cheerios popularity among parents transitioning their children to solid food leaves the product more vulnerable to activist attacks, and in turn justifies a modest investment that might provide a slight marketing boost and a modicum of brand protection.Add the ubiquitous use of GMOs today (they are found in as much as 80 percent of the processed foods we eat) – and the degree of difficulty in removing them from just about every other product on the shelves – and it’s hard to see Cheerios as a … [Read more...] about Are GMO-free Cheerios The First Domino?
The FDA is proposing a major overhaul to nutrition labels, to make them more user-friendly and reflective of the latest nutrition science. The new labels will include information about added sugars – a big deal in health nutrition – and will reflect actual serving sizes rather than the current idealistic ones. The labels will also change up the vitamins that are mentioned, to highlight those that are more relevant to chronic health and disease. The old labels, says the FDA, are antiquated, and a change long overdue.“For 20 years consumers have come to rely on the iconic nutrition label to help them make healthier food choices,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. “To remain relevant, the FDA’s newly proposed Nutrition Facts label incorporates the latest in nutrition science as more has been learned about the connection between what we eat and the development of serious chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans.”And First Lady … [Read more...] about FDA, Michelle Obama Team Up To Overhaul Nutrition Labels