If you have been shopping in the local grocery or bakery stores lately, you may be seeing the growing crop of special foods labeled gluten-free. How do you know if this is useful for your health or more dietary hype?
Vitamins, minerals, and supplementation are hot topics in today’s marketplace. It seems you cannot go anywhere without being bombarded with advertisements claiming to have a “secret recipe” for good health. With so much misinformation out there, it is hard to remain a savvy consumer when it comes to these claims.
In today’s ever-changing marketplace, choosing foods to nourish your family while maintaining a budget can be both difficult and confusing. It seems there are so many foods touting health claims these days, which makes it harder to decode what will be a good choice for your family’s dinner table. “Organic”, “all-natural”, “fresh”, “antibiotic-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range” - what does all this mean and is it worth the price?
This school year, the nutrition guidelines have changed for school lunches. The United State Department of Agriculture oversees the nutrition of school lunches. This year USDA is focusing more on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables along with low-fat or non-fat milk; and less sodium and fat.
I noticed the first bins of pumpkins at a local farm market the other day, a sure sign that fall is on the way! If you think mainly of pumpkins when you think about fall and fall foods you are missing out on the wide array of winter squash that will be coming to market in the next few weeks.
There is a lot of talk and hype these days about dietary protein. Some people think you need to eat more or take protein supplements for a healthy diet.
It’s a fast paced world, and healthy snacking is sometimes at the back of the pack!
Gluten is a protein found in grains. It is a combination of two proteins, liadin and glutenin and is found in barley, rye, and wheat. We hear a lot about eliminating wheat from the diet to reduce gluten from the diet, but not too much about reducing barley and rye
According to a new survey by the International Food and Information Council, who recently completed a survey of Americans and their thoughts on diet, over 60% thought it is still simply too expensive to eat healthfully. What are your thoughts? Check yourself below to see if you are one of the many thinking this myth is true.
While it is almost impossible to predict the weather, we can expect some hot days, some wet ones and a large amount of humidity here in Pennsylvania. In the same way, while it is almost impossible to predict our health as we age, we can expect fish and seafood to help us along the way.
Consider asparagus as a delicious vegetable! Try it today!
With the gardens greening this time of year, or if you are like me and maybe still contemplating what to plant, I want to encourage you to think fiber.
Research supports that this may be a viable option. The results of two recent studies are examined in this article.
Considering fifty percent of Americans now own smart phones, this article explores how these devices might be used to improve health and wellnes.
This is the time of year in Pennsylvania the tree nuts are harvested. Few foods are as nutritiously complete and good for the human body as tree nuts. Tree nuts are unique as one of the most nutrient-dense whole food sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid in plant foods. Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acid in plant foods may help reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and clinical depression.
We have created a CD-rom disc of the "Great 88 Best of Ag Progress Days" food demonstration (88) recipes with food and nutrition fact sheets from the past decade.
The Pennsylvania Produce is a guide to quality produce grown in PA. This publication lists suggestions for shopping at a Farmers' Market, food safety, a harvest calendar. It also lists most vegetables and fruits, usage, selection, what to avoid, and storage. Available from your local Penn State Extension office.
Recipes for Chocolate Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Whip
These are some examples of quantities of fruits and vegetables that count as one serving.
The Master Gardner program was established to assist Extension in reaching the consumer horticulture audience. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teaching horticultural information based on university research and recommendations.