Get Fresh with OJ

Orange juice has been a staple of American breakfasts since the Jazz Age; it’s as American as apple pie. But Alissa Hamilton, a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, punched a big hole in our orange juice cartons with an exposé of the industry. In her book Squeezed: What You Don’t Know about Orange Juice, Hamilton reveals that what is sold as “fresh” orange juice in the refrigerated section of the grocery store is not so fresh at all.

Cooking for Health

How Sweet You Are

Recently I overheard someone at the gym recommending green apples over red ones because they supposedly contain less sugar. This seemed a strange idea, since sugar in fruit isn’t like added sugar in processed foods, so I decided to dig deeper. Is sugar in fruit bad for us? Do green apples have less sugar than red ones? Are some people avoiding fruits because they’re sweet? Numerous websites, blogs, and diets would seem to indicate yes. But not all sugars are created equal. The sugars in fruit are bound with beneficial nutrients and fiber that make fruit uniquely suited for the body to process and enjoy.

Got Fiber? Dietary Fiber Helps Weight Loss, Lowers Cholesterol

Looking for a miracle food that helps you lose weight, feel full, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and keeps you regular? Fiber is the answer. Most of us know very little about fiber, beyond the vague notion that it prevents constipation, yet it plays many critical roles in our body.

The Season of Cherries

Tastes and Tunes for Office Heroes

I'm listening to jazz and thinking about superheroes. None of this is unusual by itself - jazz is undeniably cool and my lifelong love affair with comics means superheroes are often on my mind. But today I'm listening to jazz that's been written about superheroes. Talented New York City composer Kelly Fenton (pictured at right) has recorded a suite of music based on Infinite Crisis, a mini-series published in 2005 by DC Comics as a sequel to the groundbreaking upheaval of 1985, Crisis on Infinite Earths. If anyone is even remotely as excited as I am, you can check it out at here under 'Tunes'.