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Diet Detective Interview with Educator and Healthy Food Innovator Stephen Ritz

Diet Detective Interview with Educator and Healthy Food Innovator Stephen Ritz

Food & Eating
If you haven’t had a chance to see Stephen Ritz on Ted.com you’re truly missing something special — he is a maverick educator, innovator, social entrepreneur, urban farmer and entertainer. Stephen is an incredible person, whose work has been lauded around the globe.   He started as an educator and transformed himself into a man on a mission to push healthy food in the South Bronx, New York City, the poorest Congressional District in the United States. He has been wildly successful and hit a nerve with his students, the school system, the community and throughout America.  His Ted Talk received more than 1 million views.   As a result, his tireless advocacy for healthy eating in schools and underserved communities has become legen
Farm-to-Table Restaurants Around The US (Part 1)

Farm-to-Table Restaurants Around The US (Part 1)

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Here are a few restaurants around the United States focused on farm-to-table foods. What is farm-to-table? Well it can be confusing, but the simplest definition is restaurants that buy foods directly from a farm/farmer.  The Greenhouse Tavern Location: 2038 East 4th Street Cleveland, OH 44115 Date opened: 2009 Type of food served: French-inspired local, organic, GMO-free, seasonal, sustainable Best known dishes: Fois Gras Steamed Clams, Crispy Chicken Wings Confit, Double Decker Rice & Bean Veggie Burger Own farm: Rooftop herb garden Percentage of locally sourced food: About 70 percent of seasonal produce sourced locally. All land-based proteins are from within 200 miles Opinion of the Good Food Movement: Owner Jonathon Sawyer is
Everything You Need to Know about Nutrition During Pregnancy

Everything You Need to Know about Nutrition During Pregnancy

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There is still a lot of confusion about nutrition and other health issues during pregnancy. To dispel some of the many myths and rumors we did a bit of research and also reached out to a world renowned expert, Taraneh Shirazian, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU School of Medicine, and the founder of Saving Mothers. How much weight should I gain? According to the Institute of Medicine, a woman who is of normal body weight or body mass index should gain between 25 and 35 pounds. A woman who is normally underweight should gain between 28 and 40 pounds during pregnancy. If you begin your pregnancy overweight or obese, you should pay specific attention to your weight-gain in order to minimize pregnancy-relate...
Tips to Increase your Vegetable Consumption

Tips to Increase your Vegetable Consumption

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At this point it’s indisputable that we all need to eat our vegetables. So here are 14 ways toincrease the amount of veggies in your diet. 1.    Join Something: How about joining an organic buying club or a Community- Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) program to support a local farm and get a share of the produce? Along with green markets, these programs offer easy ways to access locally grown foods. You can start by sharing a membership with neighbors and alternating pickups. Go to www.localharvest.org and put in your location to find a club in your area, or try one of the following: –    https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets ­ for a list of more than 4,300 farmer’s markets currently operating in the United St
Wonder Foods: Vegetables

Wonder Foods: Vegetables

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Wonder Foods: #Vegetables Well, Mom was right, and she didn’t even know all the yet-to-be-discovered research that supports eating plenty of vegetables. Veggies help you lose weight because they’re high in both fiber and water, which means you get a lot of food for very few calories. In addition to that, they fight disease. So, while experts recommend eating a variety of vegetables, here are the best of the best, based on the following criteria: taste, nutrients (biggest bang per gram), fewest calories (compared with other vegetables), antioxidant (disease fighting) value, portability, ease of use and storage, mouth feel and cooking and eating flexibility. BROCCOLI Why: Not only low-calorie and inexpensive, broccoli is also...
Millet: Just Bird Seed – or Important Food?

Millet: Just Bird Seed – or Important Food?

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New research shows a cereal familiar today as birdseed was carried across Eurasia by ancient shepherds and herders laying the foundation, in combination with the new crops they encountered, of ‘multi-crop’ agriculture and the rise of settled societies. Archaeologists say ‘forgotten’ #millet has a role to play in modern crop diversity and today’s #food security debate. The domestication of the small-seeded cereal millet in North China around 10,000 years ago created the perfect crop to bridge the gap between nomadic hunter-gathering and organised agriculture in Neolithic Eurasia, and may offer solutions to modern food security, according to new research. Now a forgotten crop in the West, this hardy grain &#...
Coconut: Food Obsession: The Salt : NPR

Coconut: Food Obsession: The Salt : NPR

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“From NPR:  German nudist August Engelhardt sits in front of his thatched tent-like hut on the island of Kabakon (in what is now Papua New Guinea) with the books that he brought with him from Germany. In 1902, he moved to the South Pacific to start a utopian cult that revolved around two orbs: the #coconut and the sun. “He believed that since the coconut grew high up in the tree, closest to God and closest to the sun, it was godlike,” says Kracht. “And since it had hair and looked like a human head, he thought it came closest to being a man. According to his rather crackpot theory, to be a cocovore was to be a theophage — or eater of God.” Today, devotees add coconut oil to coffee, dab it on acne and, foll
Glossary of Food Terms (A – Z)

Glossary of Food Terms (A – Z)

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Did you ever wish you can have one guide to help you figure out all those confusing #food terms? Well, this is a short version of nearly everything you need to know. Added: an acceptable synonym for “more,” but the addition must alter the #food. Best if Used By Date: It is recommended that a food be used by this date for optimal quality. Depending on the food, it may still besafe to eat after this date. Calorie-free: Less than five calories per serving size or RACC. Cholesterol-free: The food contains less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving. Contains a small amount of: An acceptable synonym for “low in”. Contains sulfites: Listed on the labels of beer and wine for people who are sensitiv
Summer Food Safety

Summer Food Safety

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You’re not worried about getting sick from your #summer food BBQs and Picnics? Not to scare you, but you probably should.  According to the CDC there are approximately 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually that’s 1 in 6 Americans. So here are a few tips from the FDA, foodsafety.gov and a few other sources (including a fantastic interview on NPR with Angela Fraser, a professor and #food safety specialist at Clemson University in South Carolina) to keep your barbecues, picnics, and outdoor eating safe during the summer months (and throughout the year) . Key Food Safety Tip Buy a #Cooking Thermometer: Since food temperature is so critical, you should purchase a thermometer that tells you the internal temperature of your fo
Is the Food in Your Fridge Dangerous?

Is the Food in Your Fridge Dangerous?

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Is the #food in your #fridge or freezer dangerous?  You NEED to find out now!! True or false: Foods can last forever in the freezer. True. Going into my mother’s freezer is like taking a trip down memory lane. She has a piece of my sister’s wedding cake that’s just celebrated its 18th anniversary. But even though frozen foods are safe forever, the activity of enzymes in animal foods, vegetables and fruits can adversely affect their quality. Freezing slows, but does not stop, the enzyme activity. That’s why food in the freezer has a “quality” shelf life that varies depending upon the food. For instance, hamburger has a freezer shelf life of three to four months. And any food that you freeze has to b