Let's start with the myth that soy is a health food. Years ago, China and Japan planted soy beans, NOT as food for people, but for the sole reason of returning nitrogen to the soil since growing rice was especially nitrogen-depleting. They knew better than to eat soy, as it was particularly difficult to digest, causing gas and bloating. However, at some point someone figured out that if you buried it for six months and fermented it, it didn't cause those symptoms. And so miso, tempeh, soy sauce, and natto were created.
Health and Nutrition Stuff
Coming soon to US grocery stores: a speed-read nutrition label on the front of food packages that provides large-type icons that list the amount of calories, fat, sodium and sugars. New labels, called by the food industry that created them, have been announced by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Marketing Assn.
On January 31, 2011, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released by US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. The US federal government has been diligently working on "key recommendations" designed to shape the nation's diet — a challenge it embraces but every five years.
With great fanfare, it was reported recently that the current health advice about eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is outdated, and that scientists now believe that eight portions is more beneficial. While many people grumbled about how on earth they would manage those extra portions, I allowed myself a wry smile. For more than two years I’ve known that the "five-a-day" mantra we’re all so familiar with is nothing but a fairytale.
The world is facing a "population emergency" as soaring rates of obesity threaten a pandemic of cardiovascular disease, scientists have warned.
EVOO -- extra virgin olive oil. Everywhere we turn it is recommended that it be added to almost everything we eat in order to reap the health benefits of this numero uno oil. But I hate to burst the bubble: new reports are emerging that indicate it's not so great after all.