“My family recently replaced our lowfat milk with pea milk. We’re trying to do our part for the environment and the advertising suggests that pea milk is much healthier than dairy. I’d love to know the health benefits and drawbacks of pea milk.”
If they come up with any more nondairy milk options, they’re going to need a second aisle for them at my grocery store!
One of the latest entrants into this category is a beverage made from yellow peas. Like soy milk, pea milk boasts more protein than most other nondairy milks. With 8 grams of protein per serving, it’s comparable to cow’s milk. Legumes such as soybeans and yellow peas a also a relatively complete source of protein, although not quite as complete as dairy. Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Pea Milk”
Grilling is a quick, convenient, and delicious way to prepare many foods. However, grilling can also create carcinogenic compounds called HCAs and PAHs, which are formed when proteins and fats in meat interact with high or direct heat.
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to avoid these risks with a few simple steps. Continue reading “Tips for Healthier Summer Cookouts”
I got an email this morning from a blogger asking me to contribute to a post he was doing on ways to drink more water.
“My reason for doing this post,” he wrote, “is the scary fact that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and it’s probably the same in most countries. The hope is to create “dehydration awareness” and provide inspiration for how others can drink more water.”
(He also happens to operate a website in which he sells lots of water-related products through affiliate links but I’m sure that’s neither here nor there…)
I declined to participate in the post but I was curious about the claim that three-quarters of Americans are chronically dehydrated. A quick Google search shows this exact claim repeated all over the web (although not by any terribly reliable websites).
Where do these “facts” come from?
Continue reading “Fact Check: Three quarters of Americans are chronically dehydrated”
Despite the steady drumbeat of bad news about artificial sweeteners, many people find their daily diet drink a hard habit to break. If you can’t bring yourself to give up diet soda for your own sake, maybe you can do it for your unborn child. Continue reading “Pregnant? Skip the Diet Soda”
“In the last year I’ve changed my diet and added back good fats like avocado, nuts and seeds (which I used to avoid due to fear of fat). I also started making kefir and yogurt. I feel SO much better. However, the added calories have slowly added pounds. So my question is….How do we fit in all the healthy foods we need to be eating and still limit calories?”
You’re not the first to have this dilemma, Laurie! Nuts, seeds, and avocados are all healthy foods but it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Continue reading “I started eating healthy and gained weight”
“I am a [lacto]vegetarian, and I make sure to get 3 servings of dairy every day. However, I still technically fall short of the recommended amount of calcium. I have a conspiracy theory that the dairy industry has undue influence on the [USDA], and that the calcium requirements are higher than they need to be. I am interested in hearing your thoughts on how accurate the RDA for calcium is, and any tips for getting the needed level on a vegan or vegetarian diet (without resorting to supplements or fortified foods).”
I can see how Kate gets there. The USDA is the government agency responsible for generating our nutrition guidelines. But it is also the government agency responsible for promoting the welfare of our nation’s dairy farmers. Is it possible that the desire to promote milk consumption has prompted the USDA to inflate the recommended amount of calcium? Continue reading “Are the calcium RDAs a dairy industry conspiracy?”
Liv writes, “I’m expecting a baby and am supposed to avoid unpasteurized milk. I assume that pasteurization would kill the live cultures in yogurt. Is there another way to get the benefits of beneficial bacteria while I’m pregnant?” Continue reading “Are fermented foods safe during pregnancy?”
If you’ve been enjoying the Flax Muffin in a Mug recipe I recently shared in the Inner Circle newsletter, then you’re going to LOVE this make-ahead version I’ve developed, which makes it even easier to bake up a hot and wholesome breakfast treat on the go. Continue reading “Make Ahead Flax Muffin in a Mug”